Foodie, sports fan, loves indie and documentaries. A book lover and Grand Puhbah of a bookclub for 5+yrs. A fave is Shadow of The Wind.
The concept was intriguing. Yet, the idea of a mature and experienced man manipulating a young and naive college student slightly disturbed me. Having daughters in that age group, it was hard to have the same overly sexual experience that the soccer moms who giggled behind their book, camouflaged by a book cover at the pool the Summer of 2012. If the story didn't drag on and on enough to drive you mad, the audio will. The narrator sounds like she is a high school girl which just adds to the ick factor. I would not read the sequel. I will see the movie...on DVD. The actor cast as Christian Grey is pretty cute.
If I had made $95 million for writing it.
she did fine
kept me from speeding while driving
The writing is pretty bad - the plot is predictable and the author needs a thesaurus for descriptive words because she uses the same handful of words over and over and over again. The female protagonist is described by other characters as being intelligent, but I fail to see that actually demonstrated in any of the internal monolog; in fact, the dialog throughout the trilogy is much the same--trite. The narration is OK, but I'm not sure if that's because of the narrator or the deficient writing. On the other hand, the love scenes are very tantalizing and plentiful, making the series worthwhile.
I loved the storyline of Ana & Christian and how they each eventually accept each other for who they are.
The relationship of Ana & Christian
I have too many to name just one.
It made me laugh. It was an emotional roller coaster.
The trilogy was amazingly captivating, however not for the closed minded or foe people weak at the knees when it comes to sex. This trilogy was AMAZING I will read them again I also believe every sexually active man should rsad thess so he knows how to please a woman the right way.
My favorite character of course Christian he's so dark at times and so loving and sweet at other times....I wish he wers real.
I don't know that I have a favorits scene. Other then when Ana saves her sizter in law that was a good one.
It made me laugh at many points as Christian is so educated but knows nothing really.
To any who oppose this trilogy just remember back when they wanted huck finn and uncle toms cabin out of libraries this is the world we live in believe it or not. There are play rooms there is bdsm everywhere. Other countries laugh at us for being so prude. Maybe its time to open our eyes. Sex is sex it is what we were designed for.
I would encourage someone to think carefully before buying this audiobook. You either love her writing style read out loud, or you don't.
Control by Charlotte Stein
I enjoyed their email exchanges more than anything else. I do appreciate the more emotionally charged scenes related to his trauma.
This series inspired me to write romance and erotica fiction.
Honestly, I loved 50 Shades when I read it (at release of the 3rd book, I read them all). I drooled over it. That was some time ago, though. Last year I bought all three books through audible because I spent a lot of time traveling.
However, hearing the books highlights issues from the author. Ana overuses juvenile slang ("Holy Shit," "Oh My" - and things of this nature become repetitive while listening), I think the advice of 'read your books out loud when you write' should have been heeded by James when she penned a lot of this because it's outright obnoxious to listen to at times.
Hearing some of the scenes read out loud was just disturbing (his attitude toward her regarding certain issues, the punishment scenes - in audio, I could not listen to it). .As a result, I couldn't get through it. I've tried countless times to listen to the audio book (since I bought all three upfront) but I just can't enjoy it like I did when I read it. I likely never will.
Now, some of my issues might just be the audio format in general. I have to pay attention, and often found myself immersed in whatever else I was doing and I missed bits and pieces. It's an effort to listen to a book read out loud - easy to tune out like radio.
No way.. wasted enough time before I just shut this off.
Learn the craft of writing and not ride on mild shock value.. luckily for her the majority of society is filled with idiots and they apparently didn't know or care regarding her lack of writing skill.
I can't blame the narrator for making the lead character come across as an idiot, the lead was written that way.
I have friends that actually enjoyed this book, then they back tracked and said well the first book isn't that good but once you get to the second and third it gets better. OMG, seriously.. you don't pick up a book and struggle through it because the next editions are better.
If the writer actually had a real sex life or lived a true S&M relationship, maybe this book wouldn't have been crap!!!
I am the owner of a Kids Play Café in Upstate NY and Mother to two teens, love my books, but work too hard to read - so audio is my life!
I have been wanting to read the book to see what all the hype was about. Working 6 days a week this was a great mental break. The story is a love story. Just happens to have some very interesting sex written in to it. I loved the way she talked about him and how you fall in love with the relationship and the frustration of it all at the same time. Better than reality TV!
The most memorable parts for me was when Ana returns from GA. though the arc scene was interesting the conversation has you waiting to hear the words of love.
She really captures the voices so well and put the story to life at a pace you could see a movie or picture in your mind. I loved listening to it.
I cried at the end. The separation broke my heart and her clinging to Tango Charlie Balloon just made my heart break and cry. I loved the story for the love!
You have to experience this book for yourself. There are vividly descriptive sex scenes and my husband thought it was a great book in the end after he caught me listening to it with out him. It makes you want to fix a broken relationship.
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The most enjoyable thing in this book was the open examination of innocence vs. experience in the relationship between Anna and 50 Shades. The book is dangerously erotic, tempting and lucid. The writing itself, was average and even poor at times. Painstakingly slow to build the character base and redundant in verbiage and style many times over throughout the book. It was a challenge to keep my interest until about Chapter 8.
Anna, the main character of the book is my favorite. She is innocent, cautious but brave, yet flawed in her own right; she is attracted to the darkness of this this man and even though she will not admit it, she is where she wants to be. Interesting study of human behavior and how women are able to fall for the "wrong" man.
Had a deeper more sultry voice, at times.
"Means to an End"
Listening to the book, as opposed to reading it , for me made the experience of listening to the book much more interesting than reading the words alone.
She truly made the characters come to life.
Same as the title.