Complete lack of redeeming literary value. Compared with Lady Chatterly's Lover, it's flat and undeveloped.
Oh Gee, what a surprise an older man interested in a young virgin. Real
No. I hate the whiney, adolescent tone in her voice. It speaks poorly of her that she even did this book.
I wouldn't even write the book. I consider it a total waste of time
If this is what America spends its time on, God help America.
I dont know
I havent even gotten to listen to the book since I purchased it. It took me forever to load it to my computer and then I couldnt get it to my itunes. After having that issue for a couple weeks my computer quit on me.
Tell us about yourself! I am a French woman and live in Paris. I love to read - I read almost EVERYTHING! I like also to speak English
I really hate to write bad reviews and truly respect those who work up the nerve to write something and expose themselves out there to be read and judged. Having heard so much about this book I decided to give it a shot but it goes without saying that I was extremely disappointed. How I end up listening to this garbage? I wish I had taken the time out to read reviews on different sites before downloading it to my kindle. The story is not sexy at all I absolutely hated Grey and Ana I was hoping for his helicopter to crash and put an end to this ridiculous redundant mess. I have learned never to go by the five star reviews again. The book is mostly about sex and a naïve, clumsy, innocent girl Anna who orgasms at everything/or anytime his billionaire boyfriend moves/emails her/touches her. Then if you remove the parts where Anna blushes and orgasms the book will be down to 25 pages. This is the most appalling, immature book I have ever read. The bad news is I’ve bought the whole trilogy I did not know that this book will turn out to be so dumb. I will have to read the whole trilogy now. If some of you are thinking about reading it please don’t! I wonder how someone (the author) who is right in her mind could write a book where she repeats over and over the same word. I wish I hadn’t bought this garbage.
I was mad, let down and hated the book! As far as I am concerned this book does not deserve to be called book at all! This is fifty shades of sh*t!
yes but I dislike the narrator....
yes but I dislike the narrator
most of all...I could not enjoy the voice and character voices
that is still out for opinion
I dont understand how this popular book could be narrated so poorly...
Fiction lover, wannabe writer. lost of flights with my new job. Audible is PERFECT to keep me up the books I want to read.
I think a really horny 6th grader wrote this. I have never ready (didn't finish) such a poorly written book. I only gave it 1 star because 0 stars was not an option. Terrible.
I think she did the best she could with the material.
Many, many laughs. I mean laugh-out-loud laughs. It got to the point where every time she said "Oh, my!" I chimed in with her and cracked up. I listened to this while I did spring cleaning, and it got me through it.
I'm up to date on pop culture. And I can speak from experience when I tell others it was truly awful.
Lame, limp, wimp.
No reason to hide this book from your co-workers. So tame it's lame. Our heroine is unbelievable, how rare is a 'babe' old enough to have finished college, still virginal who is not hung up by religious conviction. She must have a near zero libido to have reached into her twenties and never before been attracted to a male. The great build-up to the 'red room of pain' leaves so much to be desired that I almost didn't bother finishing the book. Hoping she had second thoughts about the relationship to make books two and three interesting, but not sure if I'm willing to invest anything to find out. Too bad ms. James didn't model a real female in the starring role.
Most interesting, the big lead in. Least interesting, the delivery.
If you had prurient motives in considering this book, forget it.
While this is a decent love story, I'm not sure what the big deal is. Not as steamy as I expected, I guess the Dom/Sub subtopic of the story is why so many women thought it was so wicked :-) Will finish the trilogy - don't know if I would try another EL James book. The reader, Becca Battoe was annoying in this first novel, but she has grown on me, I think her voice is better suited for young adult novels.
More kinky sex!
I struggled to get through this book, hoping it would improve. Sadly, it did not. I searched for something positive to say. I found nothing. The writing was awful, and the narration was worse. This book reminded me how much I dislike when people write or talk about mores/lifestyles of which they obviously know little. Then again, it is fiction; however, fiction should be plausible. I would not recommend this book to anyone. It was a complete waste of time and money.
I found the story poorly written and very juvenile in writing and character portrayal. I felt like I was reading the musings of either (a) a highschool girl with extremely low self esteem, attracted to jerks or (b) a guy who has a really low opinion of women and what they think women want. That being said, perhaps it was written for the "20 somethings" who are still exploring self-esteem issues and the archetypical "bad boy." If that was the intended audience, then it was just not for me. Classier writing style, thoughtful adult situations and relationship parameters that exclude the glorification of "the jerk" would have helped.
I found the whole concept of young women pursuing jerks very disappointing.
No. Her voice was so irritating - but perhaps that was more a function of the irritating characters she was portraying.
I would have just thrown the book in the fireplace and started over.
I bought the books (yes, unfortunately I bought the sequel too) because of the media hype - "women everywhere are going crazy about this book"! I think those women should be in therapy. There are so many other great books with romance and eroticism that did not have the marketing machine that "50 Shades" did. I would like to get my credits back - what a waste!