Audio books are my new favorite thing, I'm catching up on so many books. If you know any good dystopia novels, please recommend them to me!
For all the hype surrounding this book, I wasn't really impressed. It was shocking at times, yes, but perhaps the genre just isn't my thing, which is understandable considering the book's content! hah
I will say, however, that Anastasia's voice didn't bother me as it did some people, I thought she sounded like a woman in her early 20's, which...she was.
I'm still contemplating on whether or not to get the next book, the fact that its a trilogy makes me think there's more to the story that might get me to like it more. And the ending just leaves you champing at the bit for more... In the mean time I'll go back to my young adult novels to recover haha
Much better, imaginitive writing and a less predictable, trope filled story. The narration was also awful- Anna, the main character, is admittedly vacuous and uninteresting, but making her a valley girl made things even worse. The production decision to read the headers, salutation, and closings of each ot the endless, idiotic e-mails is inexplicable. When actually reading, the eye would automatically skip right over them, but in audio it is an endless, mind numbing repetition. Making the plot less predictable (seriously, who didn't know exactly what would happen?) would go a long way. Also, Anna's constant, irrational inner dialog only serves to highlight just how empty headed she really is. Honestly, I was hoping one, or both of the main characters would be killed, but no such luck.
Good question- what genre is this? Seems like an "adult" version of a Harlequin romance. Given the hype, I had no idea it would be so devoid of anything interesting, or that it was
Not if she continues to affect a whiny, valley girl accent.
It had the potential to be interesting given the exploration of S&M (not your every day topic), but it would require characters that people might actually care about.
I'd like to say I'm baffled by the massive sales of this book, but the Twilight series prove there is a vast audience for badly written romance novels. This one has the added attraction of pornographic content. The thought of listening to the sequels makes me shudder.
Better writing, where were the editors in this book? Or better yet, the author could really benefit from some writing workshops. However, since this series is so popular, the author is probably laughing all the way to the bank. Why improve your craft if horrible writing makes a lot of money?
Terrible writing. I would expect better writing out of a class of advanced high school English / literature students. I don't understand how this is popular. As badly written as Twilight was, at least there was a payoff if you took the book as a romance book. I don't understand the attraction to Christian at all. And the book could be much more tightly written.
The poor narrator did not have much to work with here. The narrator was fine.
Tighten the book up. It takes too long to get going.
Twilight series.In their own way they both illustrate that true love can conquer all, including the baggage we all bring to a relationship.
Absolutely love these books. Audiobooks always produce a deeper and fuller connection with the characters and story. When I was done with this series I missed Ana and Christian, so much so, I started listening to them again. I have 100+ audiobooks and these are the only ones I have listened to twice!"Oh my" is engraved in my mind, including the sensual intonation. Becca Battoe provides a very believable naive and innocent Ana.
The narrator does a great job as Ana. Sounds like a college age girl.
I've never listened to a story line like this. I've listened to most all of Jodi Picoult & Nicholas Sparks this book is not narrated as well as those. It's too many characters for one person, should have had a narrator for Christian at least. On a positive note, it doesn't take long to get past her "Christian Grey" and just enjoy the story. It's like listening to a friend impersonate their husband.
Perfect for Ana
Purchase & listen!
She made the female characters very whiny.
The hype for this book was disproportionate to its quality. It dropped a lot of names i felt were just put in to attract a certain crowd. (converse,xbox, bands)
main character is awful.
needed more character development.
its a romance novel.
whatever floats your boat i guess
I could not put this book down!
This book is like no other
I don't think I can pick one favorite part because there were so many.
This book consumed my life for a couple days!
I don't understand what all the critisizm was with the reader. I thought she did a fine job and I enjoyed the book.
My favorite charactors were Anna's Subconcious and Goddess. They come up throughout the story and make me laugh.
I appreciate that the narrator sounds the charactors's age. I also find that her voice tone of Gray that goes from the domineering and strong to a more vulnerable as the relationship changes.
Yes, actually I found myself wanting to listen to the series in one sitting.
If you get past the erotic nature of the story, the storyline has merit. It is the conversion of Gray and how Anna gets through all of the crap to raise Gray from the dark. I think that the developement of some of the sub charactors chould have been better developed.
The story in general I love. The first book I got had the old reader that sounded like she was a little kid. She was supposed to be young and naive and after a few chapters I was ok with it. When the notice came that the voice had been re-mastered or whatever you call it, I downloaded it again. I still have the old version so not sure where the new version went, but I was used to young voice so I just finished the book that way.. The new voice to me sounds like she's way older and it makes all the other voices she does be way too low. It makes me tune out so it's harder to focus on this second book.
I like that it goes into details regarding the bdsm lifestyle with consentuality and communication, leading her slowly and hearing her confusion as she tries to wrap it around her brain in the context of how she was raised and what she knows. It shows the hard side but gives an insight that doesn't make this type of lifestyle all horrible and taboo.
so far, it's hard to choose
for me...the type of lifestyle makes it irresistible
Other than the new voice, I look forward to getting in the car to listen on my long waits in traffic