Not likely, although I suppose people who are entertained by extremely limited writing skills might tolerate it, (I mean, who on earth would consistently use "apex of my thighs" or "belly", then also use words like "clavicle"? And the reader, YUCK. I'm not sure where Becca learned to read, or if she had to work to be that bad, but other than confirming Ana's infatuation for Christian, all of her moaning and strange cadence, this reader cannot even pronounce the poorly written words. Talk about adding insult to injury. James tries to convey opulence and richness by using French, which Battoe then slaughters because she has not one notion of how to pronounce them, or willingness to do the research to learn.
Develop the characters and stick to their strengths and weaknesses more closely... why on earth does she need to turn them both into super-heroes? Really, does every male lead character have to be rich, gorgeous, highly successful and with uncommon sexual prowess and um, stamina? And Ana, come on... what innocent girl would be so willing to do so many shocking things with her first sexual partner? Unbelievable in every sense of the word.
Voice, cadence of her reading structure, inability to portray men's voices, complete lack of ability to pronounce French words.... the only thing even remotely tolerable is that there were moments when she portrayed Ana's innocence in a believable way.
My recommendation to Ms. Battoe - find another job, maybe as a hand model. You are not a reader, although I do congratulate you for managing to land this job for all three books.
The first book was so bad, but I downloaded the other two anyway, so shame on me. I will say that the Christian character, who left me loathing him at the end of this book, became more sympathetic and likeable during the other two. Ana, on the other hand, became less and less tolerable over the course of the series, and by the end, largely due to the reader's voice, I just wanted to throw something at her.
Lots of hype for a trilogy that could easily have been one novel. The narrator is painstakingly slow and made this difficult to listen to, even at 1.5x, especially with all the email details.
As far as the story goes, you can fly through the trilogy if you skip all the repetitive sex. I guess I am just used to more intrigue and action as far as a plot goes.
If you are interested, just read the e-book.
Too slow, I didn't like her voice, didn't like the male portions either. I have listened to other novels and didn't have any issues.
Author could have used a good Thesarus, uses sames descriptive words over and over...but somewhat entertaining.
of course all the romance and steamy spots.
No first time listening to her but really enjoyed it.
yes but usually just to and from work.
When he spanks her in his playroom for the first time
The narrator seemed too young or not as serious as I was hoping for, but in the end it was good. And I got used to her voice
Now, don't get me wrong... I love hearing about sex, reading about it, talking about, etc. But, this is one of the most poorly written books I have come across in a LONG time. The performance by the actress reading the book wasn't the best either, but, bless her heart... The material she had to read was horrible... I just don't get the hype. No, I wouldn't try another of E. L. James' books. I might listen to Ms. Battoe again before completely writing her off.
The writing was ridiculously lousy. Throw in some big SAT word to make it look like you can write... PRETENTIOUS
Well, you can't expect too much from a performer who has such bad material.
I would just pull the whole series
I think I've said enough.
This was a book that branched out from the normalcy we often find ourselves in reading stories about love.
I believe the entire story was pretty memorable
She was eligible to portray the proper age of the the heroin.
the story line
the night they flew to Seattle in charlie tango
at the end when they were standing in the "Red room of Pain" after he spanked her
Can't put down!
That there is a story, and a good one
This was my first of hers. I loved it however and are reviewing other books narrated by her.
Too many to count!!!
Love the whole series.
Audible Addict. My iPod is my security blanket.
No, but will make sure to choose a better author next time.
I found the entire experience was painful.
I disliked the entire book.
Crazy thing is, the only part that really made me cringe wasn't even sexual.
I shouted "No, no, no!" When Anastasia used Christians toothbrush. That freaked me out for some reason.
This book wasn't my cup of tea.
I really did want to like it, but the whole time I kept wanting to slap the main character.
I would have liked to have the author explain why Ana would let a man belittle her. Why was she so taken by him? What was in HER past that would make HER enter a relationship like that?
Christians money, power and good looks weren't enough for me.
I NEEDED there to be more. The book lacked depth.
The character wasn't relatable.
I'm two years older than Ana, from Seattle and could not identify with her. I didn't feel anything for her.
I can't count how many times I rolled my eyes at the dialogue.
We might be young, but we're not stupid. Twenty-somethings don't say "Oh my". Twenty-somethings don't generally like being told what to do. (Daddy Issues?)
I didn't like the whole Dominant-Submissive thing. I would never let a man dictate what I could and could not do.
To me, that shows a lack of spirit and love for oneself.
E.L. should have addressed more issues. If she would have made me feel something (anything) towards Ana then maybe I would have enjoyed it.