The horrible writing. The fact that the writer seems clueless. Or that she opted to write about people and a state she has never even been to! The constant annoying repetition of words such as "Oh my!" and "my inner goddess". How did this book ever become a best seller is beyond me!
I've read some racy books but this was by far terribly written.
Nothing, it's not her fault that she read a dim witted book.
That's a joke!
I want my 10 hrs back!
This book would definitely benefit from more accomplished writing skills. Was it really necessary to use emails and contract verbiage as fillers?
It is just another book depicting educated young women as not so bright. It wasn't even very good erotica.
Maybe a different narrator. The Valley Girl voice was irritating.
Disappointment, boredom from too many emails and contracts.
This was an extremely disappointing book. I'm not sure that it qualifies as an "adult" book. the writing style is reminiscent of that of young adult books. It's not even very good erotica. I think this book would have truly deserved being on the New York Best Sellers' List if it was better written and if the author had taken more time to develop the storyline. The main character was supposedly educated in English lit and was going to intern for a publishing company. Her use of the English language was deplorable under those circumstances. She uses words that aren't in any dictionary I could find. I will not be reading or listening to the rest of the trilogy.
O. M. G.
Bared to You
All of them!
This was my first erotic novel, so I was shocked at first! But I loved the story and couldn't stop listening! When I was finished with the 3rd book, I just wanted the story to keep going. I really hope E. L. James writes more and centers them around Christian from his point of view!
Great story....loved it!!!!!
I liked that I was able to get into it without it being a supernatural book, being as those are my favorites. However, I chose to physically read the book rather than listen to the narrator's mundane way of speaking to a five year old. This isn't a children's story.
Shesee want able to captivate me by making it real. Other narrators, like therese Plummer, seem to be able to read the story as if they were telling it from personal experience, but this narrator was so terrible, she was almost laughable! And Btw, the way she can read the words of Christian Grey was so far from sexy, I think I just might turn gay.
A better narrator
Sex certainly sells but having listened to this I cannot really understand why the book has received so much attention. I think there are plenty of more worthwhile listens out there.
This book should have been named "Fifty Shades of Effed Up." It is nothing more than an adult version of Twilight, and that is not intended as a complement. This book is also as poorly written and is nothing more that an erotic, fan fiction publication that has just as much power over its followers as Twilight. I can only imagine that adult women will be standing in line around the theater when this book is made into a movie just as their daughters have for the Stephanie Meyer's series.
Anna an older, less secure version of Bella Swan. She is an awkward virgin that lacks self confidence when she stumbles into Christian's (AKA Edward's) office. He warns her that he is a bad boy as he lures her into his web in the same way that Edward said "...I'm dangerous, Bella...". At one point she even went home in his jacket, does that sound familiar? (hint Chapter 9 of Twilight) He also left the choice up to her. Right, like there was even a choice, that pathetic girl didn't stand a chance with him.
The similarities don't stop there. Bella, I mean Anna, has a kooky mother, loves old novels, and continually thinks that he doesn't like her [even though he's f--ked her (his words, not mine) repeatedly]. He's older, not 108, but yes, much more worldly, he's wealthy and drives a nice car, hum does that sound familiar? He even has auburn hair. I kept waiting for him to turn into a werewolf or some other mythical creature.
Then they author drops the final punch with an unresolved climax. I assume this is the only way to get poor sex-craved women to purchase that next book.
I can not, in good conscious, recommend this book to my worst enemy. Turn away, no, run away and find yourself a well written book where the characters have depth.
First off, the narrator in this book was HORRIBLE. She sounded like a whining little valley girl and the character voices were atrocious. Not believable at all and didn't ring true to the characters in the book.
Perhaps with a different narrator
Was there anything to like? She made the sex scenes even sound uninteresting. No build up, no anticipation.
The story has a little intrigue, but needs more depth
No one should enjoy this book.
Something with a story behind it.
Yes, both characters are disfunctional.
Anger, disappointment, disturbing, and boring
I would not recommend this book to anyone, especially young adults. It is a pure waste of time to read. There is no story behind it. It's about a man that has serious issues with women and a girl with low self esteem that will do anything to keep a guy that she thinks is hot. I don't understand how this book got so much attention. There are so many other good reads out there, then to waste your time on this kind of junk.
E.L. James is not an author, she is a creator of badly written cliche and tedium. So no, I'd never try another 'book' by her.
Not necessarily. I don't mind erotica, but am violently opposed to horribly written fiction of any kind. This 'book' is one of the worst written I've ever read/listened to.
Her voice grated. To be fair, it may have been the awful medium the poor woman had to work with. I do not envy her.
If I were an editor I would never have allowed this work of utter swill off my desk. If they'd cut out every cliche and over-used "Oh my", "Holy ****" and "My inner goddess" the book would have been a short story, if that. No, straight into the trash, please!
I fear for the future of literature if this is considered great writing now. I'd recommend that anyone who has a mote of taste listen to parts of the book on YouTube or borrow it from a friend if you 'must' try to read it. I'd also recommend some well-written erotica, if that is what you're looking for. Unfortunately, FSoG is NOT it. I'm now going to try to erase it from my computer. Ugh.