Totally Over rated. It was okay, but I have heard better. The plot was very good, it just seemed that the author could have done more.
I had written a review before they supposedly "remastered" the narration; which, Audible deleted when they offered the remastered version for download. I don't think slowing down the audio did anything other than making it even more annoying. The simple fact of the matter is that they tried to find someone who sounded like the narrator of the Twilight series and, in doing so, made the whole thing sound like some kind of child porn.
As for the story, I read it when it was Master of the Universe within the Twilight fanfiction world and for fanfiction, it was really good. The female lead said "oh my" so often that I wanted to never hear it again, but the storyline was good. I preferred "People Like Us" by justginger/people like us as a BDSM fanfiction storyline (TWCS) because the spin was positive as opposed to the negative approach within the Fifty Shades story. I am not a part of the BDSM community, but it bothers me that millions of people who are reading this story might only see the negative side of why a person might find themselves drawn to that lifestyle (as in prior abuse). Not that I think that is what the author is trying to portray but what I think the average person might come up with.
Regardless, the editors didn't help the author change enough of the "Twilight" references within the character personalities and the narrator sucks for this series. Sorry to be negative but don't waste a credit.
This was so good!!! It made me wanting more and more.
i would recommend this to anyone!!!
I love the storyline??? its engrossing
The Emails between Christian and Ana
Thanks for Changing the first Narration??? This is better.
I did not read the print version of Fifty Shades of Grey however, I am reading book 2 in the Shades trilogy, and I do miss the narration....I may have to purchase the audio version of the second book.
The scene where Ana first experiences pain as pleasure in the Red Room Of.....
I did have an extreme reaction to this book and it made me hot.
I have read a lot of comments where listeners did not like the narrator....I have to say...Give her a chance. I did not immediately like her either, but as the story cranks up....she really grew on my and became Anastasia Steele.
I am just a little surprised to see that this racy book is such a best seller....who is buying it??? What is the demographic?
Audible listener who's grateful for a long commute!
I would definitely recommend this to my straight friends. Especially men. (No, we're not all looking for Christian Grey. Or interested in BDSM. But interested in imagination, yes!)
Don't think my gay friends would get anything out of this except a good laugh at the too liberal use of the clichés and startling metaphors.So, don't drive while listening to this.
You'll laugh out loud at some of the descriptions (did she actually wipe her lips off her face??? if so, where are they - on the floor???).
You'll be annoyed - 'disorientated' is not a word, ladies, and I don't have the print version to know if it was the author or narrator. Someone's editor was asleep, either way!
You'll also squirm at some pretty okay porn. Oh, I'm sorry, erotica. I don't want to ruin the suspense by describing it, but this predictable plot is worth it for the erotica. Even if the erotica always reaches its predictable end.
E.L. James is no Anais Nin, but Nin's use of flowery language and eupehmisms were a necessity when she wrote. Nin's voice was self-censored for her time. E.L. James has the freedom Nin never had, and she puts it to good use.
E.L. James writes erotica for the 21st Century woman, and lack of an editor aside (and much too liberal use of cut and paste), she's important for opening a popular, public door on a genre long hidden in bookstores with plywood windows, next door to liquor stores open all night, and late night computer sessions, with all of the lights out.
Yes, went for the 20% discount on three credits that's good till the end of the month and purchased the last two.
On the erotic part - sometimes I could hear the blush and stumble in the narrator's voice, even when the character was doing neither. When people say the erotic things that Christian and Anastasia were saying to each other, their inflection changes - their voice drops and gets husky, and their pace is more measured and careful. The erotica is narrated in a tone you could overhear in a grocery store produce section from someone asking about the benefits of organice versus natural apples. It's a seduction, not a grocery list!
Since I went from Sinclair's "Main Street", narrated by Brian Emerson to "50 Shades of Grey", the intrusiveness of the narrator was especially jarring. I got used to the narrator after about an hour, and stopped wondering how old she was and how she got into the audio book busness, and I was able to just listen to the story.
How many stars are fighting over the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steel?
I simply could not stop listening to the audiobook. I went through the whole trilogy in about three weeks. What a fun, exciting, and entertaining series. Here's an idea...maximize on what sure is to be a sensation... you heard it here first... I would love to have a soundtrack to complement the book, as well as a wine list recommended by Mr. Grey. They could offer "date night" recommendations as far as wine, meal, and "dessert" pairings. Regardless, you won't be disappointed with the storyline. A modern day Beauty and the Beast with dark, yet irrestible twists.
I LOVE to listen to audiobooks - the Audible ap is by far the best thing that's ever happend to my iPhone.
I imagine the actual print version of this book would have been much better for several reasons. The story does have a lot of steamy bits - and for the most part, they make the story - but the believability of this girl Anna was just not there for me. I couldn't identify with her, conceptulize her - she was just so unreal, I couldn't grab on and relate.
The narration is just plain bad - I get the young girl/young voice Anna bit - but her voice drones on and on with little inflection and over enunciation of words. It was tedious hearing the email detail read aloud - to the point of distracting from the actual text.
Like many - "oh my" "holy _____ (you fill in the blank)" was so overused - I found myself mocking the narrator by the end of the book.
I couldn't wait for it to end. Really - I will not be downloading the other two books in the trio - perhaps I will read them so I'm not tortured by Ms. Battoe's voice.
Have a more interesting story. The female lead character just seemed weak to me. Not someone to root for.
The sex (most of the book) is very hot. The characters a little unbelievable. I think there is definitely an audience for this. The plot was a little light for me.
Not sure. It's pretty graphic. Will be interesting to see who and how they play out the scenes.
Just ok. I actually didn't quite finish it. Very hot and graphic bondage scenes. The new narrator (I originally downloaded with the first recording) is so much better and sounds more age appropriate to the character.
heard the sample of the audiobook and the new version of the audiobook is HORRIBLE! there are weird accents, her voice does not fit with the character and CHRISTIAN sounds weird!! if I had to choose, I'd rather have the OLD audiobook version than this one. Anyone know of a way to get the old one instead?
her voice did not match that of Ana's or of any girl that I've ever heard of in an audiobook..
Please re-release the OLD version of the audiobook!! This new narration kills the story completely!