The characters were without complexity. The dialog was inane. I listened to three hours of it hoping it would improve and gave up.
Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. ~Attributed to Groucho Marx
No, E. L James can not write, and Becca Battoe is a horrible reader for this series.
No, her voice is to whiney and shrill, and my inner goddess would hula on my grave.
BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front): Bad call having a female narrator trying to portray a male "Dom" and what could the female lead possibly see in this loser of a young millionaire??
Plot: I can't believe the hype behind this trilogy. In the day and age of a women wanting to be treated as equals I can't believe why the main character kept coming back to this clown of a millionaire. The authors portrays her as not having an interest in his money yet throughout the entire book he treats her like trash and she keeps coming back for more. I only finished the book because I was expecting a killer ending (due to the rave reviews and top seller status) but the book definitely left me wanting....that is ...the 20 hours of my life back!
Narrator: I don't blame the narrator so much as the producer. I understand that generally books written by females have female narrators and vice versa. In this case they should have deviated from the norm (as J.R. Ward did with the Black Dagger Brotherhood series). I understand we're following around a female and it's written from her POV, but when read by a female the main male character was portrayed as a weak, little boy that had his lunch money stolen as a kid. I think a lot was lost in having a female try to create the voice of a Dom/Millionaire/"supposedly" B.A. guy. Just my two cents.
I only got through a few chapters before I just couldn't force myself to listen anymore. I am not sure if it was the narrator as I have not read the hard copy, but it reminded me of an inexperienced teenager playing "make believe". Granted the book is fictional, but it's too over the top and unbelievable. Many phrases and descriptions were used too often to keep it interesting., there was no element of suspense, nothing left me with a feeling that I wanted to know more and keep listening. Although the story was supposed to be a steamy novel--if not for the content, I would have felt like a child being read to by a kindergarten teacher with a voice and expressions of a "valley girl"... in her squeeky little voice baby bear said "someone has been eating my porridge, and it's all gone" You get the point. The narrator tends to act out the characters, which is not necessarily a bad thing, until she forgets whose voice she is to be speaking in.
It has perhaps turned me off from other books that are similar. Perhaps I am at a point in my life where fairy tail romance just isn't important anymore.
The audio book sparked nothing but annoyance.
I don't think I'll ever finish this book or the other one I bought. I don't even know if they are good or not, but both ladies speak too slow for my liking and speed 1 makes them sound weird. Should be an option to listen to the reader and select another if you don't like it.
So glad I cancel the subscription on time to stop waiting my money.
Umm... not sure beyond just not writing it.
Not really. It's a story of a strong girl who allows herself to be controlled by a broken boy. I see that every day at a women's shelter... I don't want to read about it too.
The characters lacked full range and development. The way they each flipped flopped on subjects were frustrating and annoying.
I wouldn't cut anyone. I would make them better
If you are looking for something sexy and naughty with BDSM go else where. Unless you have lived/experienced only mild adventurous sex you will not be inclined to find this sexy, dark and forbidden. I listened to the entire series because I bought into the hype of it is so thrilling, a must read, OMG it is soooo HOT! I'm here to say the Emperor has no clothes. I believe there are many others that dislike this series but do not want go against the tide. I have no such inclination. It is an easy light listen if you remove all of the hype. It isn't something that I would listen to again which is a serious disappointment for me. I love to listen and read my books over and over. It is a HUGE disappointment that I wasted three credits on this series. Lesson learned, no more.
The reader was terrible! She brought no emotion to the characters and the difference between her voices was minimal. This was such a popular book I thought that a decent reader would have been chosen, but I guess I was wrong. The story is weak and rather pathetic. But it is racy and could be an interesting listen if it had been performed better.