My thoughts on the subject are that people in the lifestyle will be one of the first to buy these books, as this subject is often kept out of polite society. These people will be greatly disappointed as the author, E. L. James has not done enough research on this lifestyle and hasn't portrayed the D/s characters realistically. D/s and BDSM are totally different variations of the lifestyle.
For those readers outside the lifestyle looking to understand will be mislead. I do however need to remind myself this is only a fiction novel, and enjoy it for entertainment purposes only.
I am excited that the author E.L.James is brave enough to attempt to bring this subject to light. Many people are interested in it, want to know more about it, but dont know where to go to find out more. I applaud him for trying to enlighten people. Such is the secret to the outstanding success of this trilogy. I only have to smile, my knowing smile when I listen to people discussing the book.
Miss Battoe, the narrator also was a horrible mistake as the reader. She doesn't understand this lifestyle and totally misrepresents Christian in speech. She has him coming off as wimpy and bland. A DOM is confident and strong in character and speech. It totally takes a lot away from the story. No submissive in their right mind would surrender their total personal power to such a wimp. In such a portrayal she misrepresents E.L.James' content.
Go ahead and pick up the book for a general understanding of the D/s lifestyle and read it for an afternoon of sensual enjoyment. But remember it is fiction, every D/s relationship is different and reading the book yourself is preferrable to listening to it digitally.
A good read for anyone who likes romance with a different slant on "incompatibility." It's definitely a "fantasy" -- if you can accept that a millionaire sociopath BDSM addict can fall for a 21 year college graduate who has never had sex (or an orgasm!) -- and the characters sometimes unbelievably naive, but it has charm and an air of mystery that is compelling. The narrator does a credible job of overcoming the awkward writing style, and the much vaunted steamy sex is better written than in many other books of the urban fantasy genre.
The Anita Blake series
She conveys the heroine's "sweet young thing" personality and contrasts it with her love interest's darker voice.
It is being made into a movie. Not sure about the casting, but I hope they don't make it into a trilogy. This storyline has enough dramatic elements to make one or two movies...but when does that stop Hollywood?
I'm not sure what I expected. I read a enjoyed the Twilight series for what it was, and understood that this started out as fanfiction. It is NOT a teen oriented series :o]
I had low expectations and was still disappointed. The story is old, often told, and poorly written, really poorly written. This Cinderella sex story could, convincingly, have been written by a semi-illiterate 15-year-old. The heroine is insecure, and overwhelmingly dull. The language is preadolescent. The sex, is disappointing. It is supposed to be interesting because it is told by a female first person narrator. It is difficult to fathom that this Cinderella, who has never experienced an orgasm or masturbation, is suddenly able to climax in any position and with minimal stimulation. Skip this one and head for romances that are better constructed and more stimulating.
Really a place I have never been or considered. I blush all the time......
I think she did a good job, easy to hear and understand .......
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Itwas just the book to take me away to a world that I know little about and could lost and hide from the world around me for just a little while.
She was so innocent but willing to try about anything. She, however, was not afraid to ultimately let her preferences be known.
I have not but she is really good in this one. I would like to know of more that she has done.
Not necessarily. However, I have listened to it more than once.
Thoroughly enjoyed the story and the performance by Becca Betoe!
A different reader. This reader made me feel like I was listening to a very bad high school play. I couldn't get past part one.
More of a story
I listened to all three. By the time I got to the 3rd one, I found myself fast forwarding just to finish it so I could hear how it ends and get on to something more interesting.
This narrator is the worst I've ever listened to. I have tried numerous times to listen beyond her horrible voice to get to the story that everyone is talking about and I've given up. I'd buy the written book, but the narrator has ruined any chance I have of imagination and the storyline! Hate her voice and what she has done to the story!
Horrible sounds and intonations. Sounds like a 12 year old.
It is a shame she does all of the trilogy.
The book and story were great, however, I'm not fond of the narrator. She seemed to drag it on and was boring to listen to.
Boring and not very enthusiastic.
Love the book but some of Ana's dialogue is kind of hoaky, stupid and non sensical. Her thought process is also kind of slow for someone who is supposed to be so smart. And what's up with the "goddess"?
I loved how Christian would be so authorative and possessive. I have to admit I liked how he would just show up; that blew me away. I found myself actually excited that he would surprise her. Yes it is a bit stalking yet a compliment also. I loved how he chased her like the night she got drunk with Jose. I also like the day he showed up at her job in the hardware store. Good grief, I have so many favorite parts.
Her voice and also her presentation. She sounded too much like reading straight from a script not enough spontienity.
His locking her in his apartment, perhaps longer time in the Red Room.