I was beyond disappointed with this audio book. Having the hard copies, and reading them multiple times, I did not hesitate to buy the audio book. Unfortunately, Becca narrated this book so poorly that I felt I was listening to a middle school student reading a classroom assignment to her teacher. Please buy either the kindle version of this book or a hard copy, but stay away from the audio version.
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Right now you couldn't go wrong with anyone else.
I am only 1:09:29 into the audiobook, and I am already mimicking the voices. She made Christian sound like a ladies man who can't get any ladies, a guido more or less (because she makes all of his lines sound like cheesy pick up lines) and she tried to make every day conversations between everyone else sound 'sexy'. It's truely aweful.
I heard this book was going to be made into a movie and was compared to the Twilight series. Beware, there is absolutely no comparison. This is practically pure pornography in print. Should have researched the book better before downloading, however, there should be a bold warning about what the book contains. Only made it to chapter 7.
Fascinating story! I have read the books so I knew the story would not disappoint.
BUT if any book should have a male AND a female narrator, it's this one. So much hinges on the listener connecting with Christian in this book and it's just isn't possible with Ms. Battoe's narration.
I feel badly for the author. Her story won't get the praise it should because of the poor choice of narrator.
oh gosh, no!
Becca completely fails at the male voices!
And it's impossible to tell when the female character (Ana) is thinking something or speaking out loud. As Ana's internal dialogue is so important to the story, it's an unforgiveable failing on Becca's part! How can anyone who hasn't read the book figure out what's going on?
Sorry Becca but this just isn't the book you should be narrating.
Read the books instead!
If I could have given the "performance" a negative number I would have. I didn't hear any performance in her delivery.
I'm so disappointed...it's beyond bad.
The trilogy should be re-done with new narrators. A series of books such as this , that have had great success in print, deserve to be equally well done in audio.
Random House should be ashamed.
One of the worst narrators ive heard. Instead of getting into the characters Im more distracted by her attempt to voice them.
I thought the narrator was way too young sounding, but I liked the book. Think it would have been a better read than listen. THEN when I started book 2 with a new narrator, I wanted the first narrator back. It is painful to listen to and am thinking I will get the book and read it.
Reader was so bad I could not finish part one. And my reading is entirely by audio
Only with a better reader
Unable to hear enough to tell. First part = Erotocism
Equally bad reader on "Swamplandia" First time in years to hear bad readers
I LOVE the story. It draws you in quickly and is compelling. HATE the narration. Ugh!
Anyone! That "valley girl" inflection was beyond irritating!
I should have taken the time to sit down and read this one. The narration ruins the experience.
The narrator sounds terrible.. I can't even finish the first book! And the writing... how many times can they say "bemused", "murmured", or "Wholy Crap"?? Sounded like a 12 year old wrote it! Author makes the main female character out to sound like a complete moron! And the narrator, well she makes all the characters sound ridiculous. The emails were painful to listen to also..... I think the listeners know who they are from or to!!! OMG... awful listen.
More than likely not
More than likely not but I may give her another shot
Not for me at all. I was looking forward to listening after reading the reviews but it was plain and smiply boring! If I have to hear the word "beguiling" one more time I think I will scream haha and a reading of "the rules" over and over really had me rolling my eyes not to mention the back and forth emails. I get what she was getting at but her book read like an english lesson. And the narrator was horrible in her laughable Chrisitan voice and valley girl Anna. Waste of my credit. "OH My" *eyeroll*