If it weren't for the fact that this was my book club selection, I would have stopped listening half way through.
I would probably read something by this author again, but not if it is read by the same performer. The story line was intriguing but I am not nuts for reading about addiction. Substitute cocaine for sadism and you might see what I mean. This author is glorifying someone's pain...making it erotic and entertaining. For many this is a turn-off.
more reasonable history for Christian Gray. Less "Surprise" from Anna. Really is anyone that naive at that age
her voice is irritating over time
it kept me company on a long drive
Better writing! Read by someone else!
Sophmoric way the story was written.
Can not listen to another "valley girl"
The Main character!
Sorry, maybe I'm not cut out to read teenie bopper stories.
The story is fabulous...if this is the only way you can "read" this book than you must download because it is a must listen/read. With that said.....the narration of this series is not what I expected.
I'm not sure if the original description of the book was misleading or if I selected it based on the positive national reviews, but I was not prepared for the book. I didn't finish it and perhaps I should have slogged to the end before commenting, but there didn't seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel.
The narration was better with the remaster, but the original one just emphasized the true nature of the plot and characters. Does using a more mature tone change the real story? That is, a twisted young man preying on an even younger woman. As long as women the same age as Ana are lured into things like legal prostitution and are dominated by men physically and financially, this should be uncomfortable to hear, regardless of who reads it. Any woman who actually thinks this is "romance" needs counseling. And any man who reads this and convinces himself that the average healthy woman awaits their Christian Gray is mistaken.
The narration is horrible. It's like listening to a middle school girl read aloud. When she tries to "be" the male characters it's close to laughable. Really, really disappointing.
Note: I TRIED to listen to. Holy moly, how on earth did this girl get a PAID job reading this book? I felt like I had an 1980's Valley Girl whining in my ear. After an hour, I had to pull the plug. Then I saw it was remastered, and I thought GREAT now I can get what I paid for! Not! Same HORRIBLE narrator. Mind you, I could do no better. But assuredly, no worse. I feel completely ripped off. Shame Recorded Books did not have the production rights, I hear it is a great book. I read nonfiction, I listen to fiction. Guess I will die without
"audio-reading" this one.
ONLY if a new narrator is hired.
Audible: Please protect me from wasting my hard earned money. I want a credit on this defective product.
I think if her vocabulary would have been better? I didn't like how she said "oh my" all the time.
wasn't for me
I gave this one a try just to see what all the fuss was about. I had difficulty taking the book seriously because if it wasn't the terrible dialogue that made me want to bang my head against the desk, it was the horrible voices that made me bust out laughing. The male characters sounded silly, and the female characters sounded like dimwitted sorority girls.
I'm trying to think about that. As long as she doesn't have to mimic a man's voice, perhaps.
Eye exercise - i.e. I rolled my eyes, A LOT!
I sighed - but not from the "lusty" scenes. I sighed in exasperation from the silliness of this story.
Holy Crap - there's going to be a movie and additional book(s) in this series. My Inner Goddess --- laughs at this ridiculousness.