The performance isn't really up to par with others I have listened to. And I mean no disrespect to the reader, but she sounds a little too much like the Valley Girls of the 80's. She got pretty annoying. As for the story...I think it was a bit too mild and too much of a romance. I still haven't talked myself into buying the next book.
I will more than likely try the next "Grey" book in the series, but if it is too much like the first one...I doubt I will waste my time with the third.
Too much like a Valley Girl and didn't really come across as intelligent as I think Anna was supposed to be portrayed.
I couldn't get passed the first 3 hrs. The characters were irritating to say the least. People kept telling me to keep listening, but if a book doesn't grab my attention in the first 3 hrs., I doubt any more time would make a difference. Poor writing, don't think there's anything the narrator could have done to change my mind.
not sure what's all the excitement about. Sounds like a good story if a high schooler wrote it. Formulaic descriptive sentences.
Ok so only got through part 1 of 3 maybe it picks up, but doubtful. I got it since EVERY female under 50 I know said I MUST read it. I figured my Name is christian, would be silly if I didn't know what everyone is talking about.
So pick it up if you need to know what the fuss is all about, but I'm pretty sure you can find better.
its just ehh.
I guess, maybe a duo would of worked better. The "male" Gray's voice made me laugh every time.
well depends who's playing the parts.
As far as books of this genre go, the erotic scenes were embedded in the whole story and were done well.
However, in gereneral, the writing quality of the book is quite poor. There are too many unnecessary repetitions that irritate the reader. Also the whole book is like a TV show where you have product placements on the scene. Some parts really sound annoyingly like advertisement.
The narrator was just OK, but she wasn't very successful with the different voices, especially the male ones. I usually was not able to understand who was speaking.
On the whole, I think it is a very sad story. All throughout the book, my dominant feeling was of sadness.
did not read the print version
Anastasia. It was interesting to hear her female perspective when she was thinking out loud.
The boat house
I felt like I was listening to book poorly writen by a 15yr old.
It was very mediocre.
Its romance plus a very sexist version of BD and SM
Doing a bad version of the male voice
The content was sexist but fine if that is what you are into but the overall writing was poor.
Just someone who likes a little bit of everything but mostly Sci-Fi/fantasy & Mystery Thrillers. I love Audiobooks because it makes whatever project I'm working on a little more enjoyable. I only wish I could leave reviews on books that I didn't get from Audible..I need another tb....
There is plenty of Erotica out there that is NOT full of cliches that actually has a story and the characters are likable! I tried to finish the series but just could not listen to one more sentence with "MINE, all mine" or "Oh my!" or "I love him so much" and last but not least his poor, poor "Itchy Palm"
I'm not offended by the sex, in fact one of my all time favorite series is "Kushiels Dart" and many found it offensive. However, there was at least a point to it and in the context of the story it made sense... but this was just poorly written with unlikable characters and no story line....
These days there is so much Erotica out there it makes no sense to me why this has gained so much attention... If it's just the erotica, then check out some of Laurell K. Hamiltons books, or Lora Leigh, Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione, Megan Hart and even Anne Rice.
In regards to the narrator she did a fine job given what she had to work with, my one drawback to her was that she didn't sound a day over 15 and that was just a bit too, too much....
I bought this book bc it was on the best seller list and someone told me it was really good. I was curious as to what the fuss was all about. Now, I know... haha.
Here's a piece of advice: Just because its on best seller lists, don't go around telling your co-workers or people at your church that this is a good book!!! They will read it and think you are a freak.
Ok, why I didn't care for the audiobook/book:
- First, the narrator, Becca Batoe, makes Christian Grey and Anastasia Steel sound like school kids who popped right of Valley High... It was distracting and conflicted with the characters roles. They are supposed to be intelligent successful people... A "Like Totall-ay OMG" voice just doesn't reflect that image...
- Second, sex scenes in books just don't interest me... That's all this book has in it... I felt like after I skipped over all the sex stuff, there really wasn't a lot of substance to the story... My guess is the sex is the substance! "Like OMG, My Bad!". hehe.
Why I gave it 2 stars:
- For the Story Idea: The "Idea" of the rich troubled CEO, Christian Grey, meeting the beautiful intelligent college grad, Anastasia Steel, in a chance encounter; is hot. The "Idea" has a lot of potential for a good romance.
As it stands now, the story stinks.
She just wasn't the right person for the part.
- Not really...
- It's obviously directed toward a certain type of people. They probably think this story is great the way it is.
- The "Idea" of the rich troubled CEO, Christian Grey, meeting the beautiful intelligent college grad, Anastasia Steel, in a chance encounter; has potential for a good romance. In order for it to have any redeeming qualities, I think the whole story would have to be re-written from scratch.
This story would have been better had there been more lively, interesting characters. There is too much time hearing the voice of a vapid, inexperienced, somewhat ditzy young woman who is the toy of an empty, sullen, perverted old man.
The author could have considered giving more insight into other aspects of the character's lives rather than focusing solely on their abusive relationship.
Listening to this narrator is clear the worst part of the experience. It is like hearing a thin voice bar girl squeak out the dumbest boyfriend story ever. Hearing her channel the voice of male characters is particularly grating and makes those characters sound like Saturday Night Live cartoons.
I spent most of the time listening with a great deal of irritation, mostly because the main character is so dumb.