I would encourage someone to think carefully before buying this audiobook. You either love her writing style read out loud, or you don't.
Control by Charlotte Stein
I enjoyed their email exchanges more than anything else. I do appreciate the more emotionally charged scenes related to his trauma.
This series inspired me to write romance and erotica fiction.
Honestly, I loved 50 Shades when I read it (at release of the 3rd book, I read them all). I drooled over it. That was some time ago, though. Last year I bought all three books through audible because I spent a lot of time traveling.
However, hearing the books highlights issues from the author. Ana overuses juvenile slang ("Holy Shit," "Oh My" - and things of this nature become repetitive while listening), I think the advice of 'read your books out loud when you write' should have been heeded by James when she penned a lot of this because it's outright obnoxious to listen to at times.
Hearing some of the scenes read out loud was just disturbing (his attitude toward her regarding certain issues, the punishment scenes - in audio, I could not listen to it). .As a result, I couldn't get through it. I've tried countless times to listen to the audio book (since I bought all three upfront) but I just can't enjoy it like I did when I read it. I likely never will.
Now, some of my issues might just be the audio format in general. I have to pay attention, and often found myself immersed in whatever else I was doing and I missed bits and pieces. It's an effort to listen to a book read out loud - easy to tune out like radio.
No way.. wasted enough time before I just shut this off.
Learn the craft of writing and not ride on mild shock value.. luckily for her the majority of society is filled with idiots and they apparently didn't know or care regarding her lack of writing skill.
I can't blame the narrator for making the lead character come across as an idiot, the lead was written that way.
I have friends that actually enjoyed this book, then they back tracked and said well the first book isn't that good but once you get to the second and third it gets better. OMG, seriously.. you don't pick up a book and struggle through it because the next editions are better.
If the writer actually had a real sex life or lived a true S&M relationship, maybe this book wouldn't have been crap!!!
I am the owner of a Kids Play Café in Upstate NY and Mother to two teens, love my books, but work too hard to read - so audio is my life!
I have been wanting to read the book to see what all the hype was about. Working 6 days a week this was a great mental break. The story is a love story. Just happens to have some very interesting sex written in to it. I loved the way she talked about him and how you fall in love with the relationship and the frustration of it all at the same time. Better than reality TV!
The most memorable parts for me was when Ana returns from GA. though the arc scene was interesting the conversation has you waiting to hear the words of love.
She really captures the voices so well and put the story to life at a pace you could see a movie or picture in your mind. I loved listening to it.
I cried at the end. The separation broke my heart and her clinging to Tango Charlie Balloon just made my heart break and cry. I loved the story for the love!
You have to experience this book for yourself. There are vividly descriptive sex scenes and my husband thought it was a great book in the end after he caught me listening to it with out him. It makes you want to fix a broken relationship.
Tell us about yourself!
The most enjoyable thing in this book was the open examination of innocence vs. experience in the relationship between Anna and 50 Shades. The book is dangerously erotic, tempting and lucid. The writing itself, was average and even poor at times. Painstakingly slow to build the character base and redundant in verbiage and style many times over throughout the book. It was a challenge to keep my interest until about Chapter 8.
Anna, the main character of the book is my favorite. She is innocent, cautious but brave, yet flawed in her own right; she is attracted to the darkness of this this man and even though she will not admit it, she is where she wants to be. Interesting study of human behavior and how women are able to fall for the "wrong" man.
Had a deeper more sultry voice, at times.
"Means to an End"
Listening to the book, as opposed to reading it , for me made the experience of listening to the book much more interesting than reading the words alone.
She truly made the characters come to life.
Same as the title.
Change? Well, it really has become an entity of itself and who am I to destroy this living, breathing freak of nature? Even I can't do that. But, change it I would, if it were as a manuscript in my hot little hands before being published....oh-so-many-things...
I believe humanity has lost their sensibilities about what is deemed "good literature". And this particular attempt at story-telling by E.L. James is the poster child for such taste. The absolutely most distasteful thing about this novel is how it reads like a teenage novel but then has the erotic *pow* that shows up unpredictably then predictably over and over thereafter. Not something I'd want my children to read....because if they see how many "adults" are reading it, they'd want to see what all the fuss about and start reading it....then find how easy it is to read and discover the sex before they have even discovered first base in their own lives. That was truly disturbing. It should be at least more of an "adult" reading level. But I digress.
I decided to google this book and author to find out the history of it. Once I did discover it's beginnings, it all made sense as to why it was so amateurishly produced. Turns out that E.L. James started this story as fan fiction on the Twilight fan fiction site. This totally explains it in my mind. I am able to piece together an idea of how the story came about:
E.L James started this as a simple little story starring none other than Bella and Edward. This completely explains Ana's courageous yet self deprecating character and Christian's off-putting, secretive and protective behavior in the book. But then, as we all know, it diverged and went in a whole other direction. This is why James pulled the fiction from the fan site and thus....we now have "50 Shades" glorified in every way. Including a "50 Shades" movie coming out next summer (2014) who is rumored to be starring the oh-so-sweet Alexis Bledel which will ruin my Gilmore Girls reruns forever... if rumor be true.
On an upside, the narrator, Becca Battoe is most excellent. She really knows how to put herself in the story while making it a totally entertaining experience to hear her affect the character.
No. I have read plenty of good erotica. And this is definitely not one of them. But it will not deter me from reading other erotica novels. In fact, this is not an erotica novel. It is teenage fiction with erotica sections placed irreverently throughout.
She is really able to capture Ana's "voice". Needs a little help on men's voices. Not the tone, but with the feeling.
I seriously considered stopping this read after the first 5 chapters.
While I feel this work is amateur at best, I have to give it to James to have done such an effectual job at becoming successful. But if this means success, then what are the true literally genius works of our day rated?
Character development and the underlying fairy tale~
Yes, the writing is repetitive, the narration like finger nails on a chalkboard at times and the descriptions cloying at times. However, once you get through your irritation about these you might find, like I did, some strong character development. I found Anna and Christian interesting. Of course they are unreal to a great extent but over the series Ms. James does manage to allow each of them some personal growth. For me, I knew so little about the BDSM "life style", I may have even learned a lot. Realistic? No idea.
The most obvious, of course, is Anna revealing her virginity.
Only and I mean ONLY if there was just one character would I subject myself to the torture of her extreme and unpleasant rendering of most of the characters other than Anna and even then the whininess could be grating.
The ending, of course.
Read or listen to the book like it is a fairy tale, full of extreme and repeated situations and some attractive characters. Don't worry about the literary value. Not the point.
It just didn't seem to fit the story
While I don't think it was quite as bad as some of the previous reviewers claimed, it will certainly not make my favorites list. It did not live up to the hype in my opinion. And perhaps that is the issue for most. The expectations are simply too high.
Not really. Too much detail in the intimate scenes. I liked the narrator and the story line was OK, but overwhelming in places. I could have skipped the sex scenes
She had a lot of expression in her voice. I still hear her saying "oh, my,"
Yes and no. It was too long. It showed another world out there that has its psychoanalysis inspired by the reader.
I wouldn't read (listen) to it again.
Depends what you are looking for. If they were looking for a literary masterpiece...keep looking. The author NEEDS a thesaurus...BAD. "Holy shit", "he murmurs", "Clambered" ugh. Other than that. I enjoyed it. It was sexy. On book 2 now! :)