I teach middle level reading, consequently, I find myself reading Young Adult selections. Audible is my guilty pleasure!
This is my first review ever. Had I not felt deceived by the hype surrounding this novel, I would remain silent, reading other points of view. Fifty Shades of Grey was as captivating as a "How to" manual. First, James didn't develop her characters, resulting in a flat plot. The thoughts, feelings and behaviors of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey became monotonous half-way through Part One, of the recording.
The concept for the conflict is intriguing and thought provoking, but the book was not. I would have enjoyed the book if the characters had more dimension. I struggle to read when I can't connect to the characters and conflict on some level, whether it be character trait or his/her background. While the speech pattern, including word choice of Anastasia is intended to create an aire of innocence and naievity, she came across as dim-witted and limited. We get the sense that one reason. Grey is attracted to Anastasia is her intellect. Instead, she seems like a typical "middle schooler".
Actors cannot make a weak story strong. Given the material she had to work with, Becca Battoe did a great job narrating. I haven't heard of her before, so I'm assuming she is new to the industry. Like all successful performers, Becca will hone her craft, through practice.
This book provoked a lot of anxiety. It wasn't the sexual practices, of Christian Grey, but the structure if the story. Simply put, I found it monotonous. Fifty Shades of Grey is an example of a long drawn out story line.
I wish I had read the reviews before making my purchase. Three women whom I respect and admire raved about this book. I question why my friends enjoyed it. I'm guessing they were intrigued by Christian Grey's sexual practice and Anastasia's sexuality. Her sexual awareness has familiar aspects. Perhaps it brings readers to a time in their lives when they weren't responsible for making a living and raising a family.
Becca, no, definitely not.
Yes. His characters seem to have wit and humor, and might be sexy, if they were narrated by a more sophisticated reader who understood the basics rhythms of sarcasm and comedic timing.
A reader who didn't over-enunciate, growl, "up talk," misread the humorous lines, and use "reading" pronunciation: clamboring has a silent "b." An English major would surely know this.
Pity. My friends who are reading the book this summer are loving it. I am the "working" girl with a very long commute. Now listening is just tedious, but I want at least to be able to discuss the story with them.
At first I thought it was fairly fun, exciting however, it became pretty apparent that the author had a lot of wishful thinking and time lost as a very young woman with VERY little plot/story line.
Not unless the author took another tack on a different genre.
She does a pretty decent job, and in the end her young and innocent voice does Anastasia's character justice. One gets a little tired of the "Oh My's" after awhile, however that is not Becca's fault. She does put the quite the necessary inflection into that expression over and over again. The expression just gets overused by the author.
No. it would in no way shape or form be appropriate for any movie except for pornography and certainly not for a TV series.
I can see this series being completely attractive to an audience of women of a much younger age than me. It was fun at first, but I became completely bored right away with the continued "activity" that is so unrealistic for a couple even at Christian and Ana's (Anna?) age. Their whole relationship is based on one thing (and ONE thing only) and Ana, has no experience with any lasting relationship of her own. In additon she has no parental example to follow or even any others in her personal life. I am left to shake my head over and over again how she can be "so in love" with a young man that she barely knows who seems to run a multi-million empire while being able to trade personal emails non-stop for quite some time with his new found love.
The narrator sounds like she is auditioning for the speaking part at the beginning of Sir Mix-A-Lot's "I Like Big Butts". I'm furious that I purchased all three at once and can't even make it through the first book. The story itself isn't all that compelling and now I've got to listen Ms. Battoe read the To, From, Subject, Date/Time and signature line from every email in her best "Clueless" voice. The author makes Ana out to be a fairly sensible 22-year-old woman about to graduate from college, so, like, I don't like, get why she, like, talks like this.
This book was all people were talking about at a recent BBQ (mostly the wives and girls). I'm open minded and love a good story and if it is well written I can listen to most anything for a while. This is or was one of the few book I could not just sit and listen to. The writing is very poor and very repetitive. I get it. I get the story and the main guy was hot but to keep saying it over and over got very distracting.
No the second book in this series.
The narrator was not all that bad. I believe it was the writing.
The non stop expressing how hot Mr gray is. Okay we get it.
The book is just not to my liking. I'm guessing by the number of sales other love it. I just do not believe it was well written.
This book was poorly written and narrated. I couldn't decide who was worse and I'm going to say the author and narrator tied for the worst performance EVER! I was laughing so hard I peed my pants. My tip, listen with a group of friends and get ready to mock. If you want to roll your eyes a lot, then this is the book for you.
She is terrible. She overacts throughout and the character sounds psycho. But the psycho part is 50% the author's fault.
Why is the book and series popular? Got me. I have no clue. My tip, listen with a group of friends and get ready to mock.
Yes, because I liked the story line. But for a book intended primarily for women the use of the F-BOMB was WAY OVER DONE!!!!!
Not for this type of story.
I don't think my Goddess can listen to two more of these books. Sorry.
I liked the ending - - enough is enough. Wish Ana felt the same.
Don't think a sex one. It is original or I haven't been a reader of much porn.
I think I would have enjoyed the book in paper or on a kindle/nook better. I was always afraid someone would hear me listening to it. I would turn red with embarrassment like Ana if they did.
Don't see how a movie can be made of a book that is 90% S&M sex.
I can see why the books are popular-hot sex if you enjoy being afraid or want to be beaten. Trilogy is the way to go these days. I would have preferred a good story in 1. Maybe by the time I finish the third book I would feel like the characters got developed. They are what they are and why they are being bought. I am glad women will be talking more about sex. I feel certain that is all men talk about. Now it is our turn.
too much sex
the initial interview
not my favorite
I really don't get into this genre of book but wanted to know what all the fuss was about. I decided about half way through the first book that I wouldn't be interested in reading the other two.....I read them. I just couldn't resist.
I loved this Trilogy because I was so addicted to the characters of Anastasia and Christian. I loved the fairytale of this naive girl and powerful man who worked to save each other. Yes there were repetitive parts and a few parts that I shook my head. Is this book series going to win literary awards ...NO..... but did I love the Story...YES