I purchased this trilogy 9/12, I just got around to take a listen and did not make it through the entire audio. What was I thinking. I lost 3 credits.
In the context of an actual story line, this was very weak. Perhaps, if you're used to watching porn, where the story line is weaker yet, then these will probably seem like great books. This is your more basic of base romance novels, the only difference is the author stuffed it with sex scenes. I don't know the narrator personally, but I would not have picked her to read the male lines in this series. Her voice was fine for all of the female parts, but come on.... the male voices sounded way too forced for it to remain enjoyable.
11/22/63: A Novel, by Stephen King
I haven't listened to enough books to make a valuable recommendation.
Disappointment and anger; I'm not the first to ever complain about fair treatment between the sexes, but the portrayal of each sex in this book was horrid. Not because of how the author chose to portray each, but by the mere fact of how publicized and "liked" these books are. If you're only going to read these because you want to know all about the "juicy sex scenes" then save your money. The internet offers porn for the small monthly cost of your basic internet service. The actual story itself was incredibly weak. I've read romance novels with much better stories (including the weak females and rough/tough males) with far less sex. The only thing about this book that makes you want to buy the next one is the ending. If you can't stand finishing a book on a cliff hanger DONT PICK UP THIS BOOK. Otherwise you'll be sucked into buying the next, and then the next after that. It is a horrible cycle. By the end of the three books (yes, I wasted my time listening to all of them because I hate books that end on cliff hangers) I hated Christian. Despised him in fact. Regardless of how wonderful a picture the author tries to paint, I cannot stand him. Anna is another I cannot even begin to like. Though her character was very typical of a romance novel by generally being weak willed, unpractical in her thinking and moronic in most of her actions.
I was completely uninterested with the narrator but tried to stick it out bc I heard the story was so "great".....The story was terrible! Didn't even get 1/2 way through!!
The story was very child-like and cheesy
Better person to narrate probably would have helped a lot
Dissatisfied and disappointed
I downloaded this book to find out what all the hype was about and it turns out that this is the most horribly written book I have ever read. I hated almost every second of the six chapters I somehow managed to wade through without throwing myself of a bridge, but I kept thinking, maybe if I just keep listening it will get better. But it didn't. I should preface by saying I am sex-positive, love erotic fiction, read Dan Savage all the time, and pro-BDSM. So, my hatred for this book has nothing to do with the subject matter.
I have multiple problems with this book.
1) The writing is horrible. Terrible phrases are overused to the point where it is extremely distracting. Every other sentence Ana is "blushing scarlet" or "flushing beet red", saying "holy crap" or "holy ___" fill in the blank. Christian is always gazing, paralyzing her with his good looks. I started keeping track of overused words but once I hit 18 uses of "blushing" I had to stop reading, it was just too painful.
2) The plot is horrible. The fact that this is a bootleg erotica story based on the Twilight books is so painfully obvious. Ana is clumsy and terrible at sports and falls a lot? Okay.
3) This story paints BDSM in such a stupid, negative light. In reality, you should be having discussions on what each person is into, negotiate the encounter, and there isn't just one person in control doing whatever they want to the submissive.
Really, America? This is what hits the top of the best seller lists?
The books is very poorly written, borderline amateurish. The constant "I flushed" and "Oh my" phrases that inundate the book make it laughable. You could create a drinking game on how many times those phrases come up and you'd be drunk within the first ten pages.The premise is absurd and ridiculous. To believe a billionaire would bother devoting that much time to this single woman is beyond belief. Truly mommy porn.
Remove all the "I flushed" and "Oh my" phrases.
I actually like Becca's performance, she just had extremely bad material to work with.
The sex scenes and the unpredictability of some of the books overall story arc were well done.
Several thousand of my brain cells committed suicide after I finished this book. As my IQ decreased, my enjoyment increased.
The story seemed like it was written by a 15 year old girl. The characters are absolutly unbelievable. The main character was dumber then a box of rocks.
Far too juvenile, maybe even for juveniles.
She sounded like a fifteen year old reading it. Although, no one could make this story worth listening to.
All of them.
I kept listening thinking it had to get better...IT DIDN'T!!!. At one point I contemplated piercing my eardrums with an icepick
I am a 50 plus year old woman and maybe I could have gotten into the story if it hadn't been narrated by a seemingly 12 year old girl. She narrated poorly and sounded entirely too young for the content.
Something maybe nature inspired and adventuresome.
I don't know but certainly someone with more experience and maturity.
Yes, I would recommend for the hopeless romantic to read with a modern twist.
I guess my favorite part of the book is when Ana "drunk dialed him" and he demanded she tell him where she was and she hung up.. Then guess who appears Christian Grey at a time where one of her best friends Jose Roderguez tries to make a move on her and he steps in... That was the first of many nights they would share together.
No this was my first but i like her performance in this series
Loved this book, it's very erotic true but set that aside it is a true love story!
Foodie, sports fan, loves indie and documentaries. A book lover and Grand Puhbah of a bookclub for 5+yrs. A fave is Shadow of The Wind.
The concept was intriguing. Yet, the idea of a mature and experienced man manipulating a young and naive college student slightly disturbed me. Having daughters in that age group, it was hard to have the same overly sexual experience that the soccer moms who giggled behind their book, camouflaged by a book cover at the pool the Summer of 2012. If the story didn't drag on and on enough to drive you mad, the audio will. The narrator sounds like she is a high school girl which just adds to the ick factor. I would not read the sequel. I will see the movie...on DVD. The actor cast as Christian Grey is pretty cute.