The e-mail's (better while reading the books not listening), SHOUTY CAPS ;), when Ana goes off on Mrs. Robinson...
Everything!!! I read the books first, then got the audio version. Big mistake. I generally love reading books over again if I really like them and I did these. Listening to the audio version almost put me to sleep. They are a lot more enjoyable/entertaining to read than they are to listen to.
Anger, sadness, happiness, joy, laughter...
I experienced just about every emotion while reading these books!
I loved everything about this book, some repeditive words but you get used to it.
Christian of course
She read the book with such ease, much better than reading myself, she did a amazing job
I could'nt stop reading it.
Thanks to E L James :)
I would have Ana behave her age instead of like a young infatuated teenager.
Juvenile and unrealistic dialogue.
Childlike, melodic, clear.
Not without a rewrite of the plot.
The concept is good; and I'm hopeful that as Erika gains writing experience, the dialogue and plot will improve.
don't waste your time on this one-if you are interested in the book read it in print!
I am just so turned off by the narrator-can't get past it-not even sure about the content of the book!
Anyone could pick up this book and try to change their voice to other characters better than her.
NO NOT NARRATED BY BECCA BATTOE
SOUNDED LIKE A BAD ACTRESS , WAS COMPLETELY DISTRACTING. I WAS NOT EVEN ABLE TO GET THREW THE FIRST CHAPTER. COMPLETE WASTE OF MY CREDIT.
PLEASE REDO IT WITH A WOMAN AND MAN NOT JUST A VALLEY GIRL.
Yes. It was too dragged out.
Too slowly read and monotone. Had to speed up to 1 1/2 times to get through it.
No. I was happy to have other books to read and listen.
I was told by many reliable people to go with this book as they couldn't put it down. After the first third, I was bored and disappointed to have wasted my credit. I've known people like Mr. Gray and of the life style. I don't approve or disapprove. I just don't feel the need to live vicariously through someone else's sexual preferences.
I would just like to say that I, for one, really appreciate audible.com listening to its customers and quickly making an effort to re-record this very popular book. I think it is without doubt better than the original. I read all the reviews protesting LOUDLY and decided to order it anyway. I thought, Good Grief! It can't be that bad. I started listening, determined to not be critical of the narration. After about two chapters. I cut it off and I just thought I wasted a credit. I couldn't take it and it kind of creeped me out and annoyed me at the same time. It REALLY did sound like an eight year old valley girl reading an adult novel. The new version is MUCH better. I think it is very comendable that you would act quickly and respond to your listeners. Thank You! I am now able to finish this book and see what all the fuss is about!
I started listening to this book having no idea what it was about. A very conservative friend recommended it to me. I had a 15 hour drive home and thought it would be good to get me home. I almost drove off the road by the sex. Of course my drive passed very quickly. I loved the three books. I didn't have a problem with the narration. I had a problem with the texting back and forth. It was boring, but the love story was what kept me interested. The Heathman Hotel in Washington is booked all summer, by the way. I happened to have a trip to Seattle and thought I would stay there. Not a chance.
The fantasy of fabulous looking, attentive lover Christian, is every woman's dream. I'm sure men wouldn't mind Anna either. This is just not the real world, but a great fantasy.
The sex became very secondary. The healing of Christian thru his love for Anna was very well done. Really enjoyed the books!
Her voice? It took me until chapter 4 to get past it.
it's a great book- her voice will (mostly) stop annoying you around chapter 4, I promise.
High School teacher and audiophile...I listen to no fewer than four books a week. It is my escape. I listen for information, entertainment and sometimes just brain candy, so my audio library is eclectic. I offer no profound literary analysis, but I can tell you if a book is fun to listen to!
Though I agree with many others that the narrator's voice took some getting used to, I thought she did an amazing job with the material. By the time I finished this book, I could not imagine anyone else as Ana.
The story, however, has many issues that become painfully apparent in audio format. Overused phrases, limited descriptive vocabulary, lack of depth in some areas. That being said, the email exchanges between Ana and Christian had me laughing, literally, out loud. Very witty and amusing. I wish Ms. James had demonstrated the same level of sagacity in the text for the sex scenes.
Overall, it is an enjoyable listen if you can overlook (overhear???) the too often used lines...(Oh my, down there, unexpected). I listened and looked forward to every email exchange!