Recast and better editing for the Audible reading. The emails and the repetitive use of certain words and descriptions made me roll my eyes, completely took me out of the story again and again and again.
Engrossing sex scenes. Superficial and unbelievable characters. (I can't tell if I would like and believe that characters more if I had read the book myself.)
While Becca has a pleasant enough voice, her intonation, pronunciation and delivery are painfully distracting from the story and characters.
Irritation and arousal.
My friend called to tell me I MUST read this book immediately. She read it in three days and couldn't stop thinking about the characters. I had time to listen to the book but not to physically read it. Wish I had read the reviews first because now I feel the whole series is ruined for me because of the performance of the reader.
Yes. It was too dragged out.
Too slowly read and monotone. Had to speed up to 1 1/2 times to get through it.
No. I was happy to have other books to read and listen.
I was told by many reliable people to go with this book as they couldn't put it down. After the first third, I was bored and disappointed to have wasted my credit. I've known people like Mr. Gray and of the life style. I don't approve or disapprove. I just don't feel the need to live vicariously through someone else's sexual preferences.
I started listening to this book having no idea what it was about. A very conservative friend recommended it to me. I had a 15 hour drive home and thought it would be good to get me home. I almost drove off the road by the sex. Of course my drive passed very quickly. I loved the three books. I didn't have a problem with the narration. I had a problem with the texting back and forth. It was boring, but the love story was what kept me interested. The Heathman Hotel in Washington is booked all summer, by the way. I happened to have a trip to Seattle and thought I would stay there. Not a chance.
The fantasy of fabulous looking, attentive lover Christian, is every woman's dream. I'm sure men wouldn't mind Anna either. This is just not the real world, but a great fantasy.
The sex became very secondary. The healing of Christian thru his love for Anna was very well done. Really enjoyed the books!
Her voice? It took me until chapter 4 to get past it.
it's a great book- her voice will (mostly) stop annoying you around chapter 4, I promise.
High School teacher and audiophile...I listen to no fewer than four books a week. It is my escape. I listen for information, entertainment and sometimes just brain candy, so my audio library is eclectic. I offer no profound literary analysis, but I can tell you if a book is fun to listen to!
Though I agree with many others that the narrator's voice took some getting used to, I thought she did an amazing job with the material. By the time I finished this book, I could not imagine anyone else as Ana.
The story, however, has many issues that become painfully apparent in audio format. Overused phrases, limited descriptive vocabulary, lack of depth in some areas. That being said, the email exchanges between Ana and Christian had me laughing, literally, out loud. Very witty and amusing. I wish Ms. James had demonstrated the same level of sagacity in the text for the sex scenes.
Overall, it is an enjoyable listen if you can overlook (overhear???) the too often used lines...(Oh my, down there, unexpected). I listened and looked forward to every email exchange!
I hate this new format. I have spent $5000 on audible in the last year. This is the 2nd book (well triology). I woke up at 4:00 to listen, never happens.
I love Audible and I love books! The file formats for Audible are great, easy download, doesn't take up a lot of space on your device, the ability to download titles again are great. Narrators add another dimension to great stories.
Yes, that is a little play on the story, my headline. I do feel compelled to listen to the next two in the series, which will have to wait as, I plan on getting one of the books a month. What I find interesting is all the uproar which is happening around the story, as usual people tend to focus on specific aspects of a certain something and not the whole. I think it was well written, with one exception...the author continually used "hot" to describe attractiveness of the male main character. The author used so many other fabulously diverse words, that "Hot" kind of got boring. That would be my only negative to the story.
Yes! It was the perfect mix of romance and passion in its rawest form! As a 47 year old male, this is not my normal type of book, but it hit the spot for sure.
Anna was delicious! Made me wish I was 27 again for sure. Christian was warped, but right on target. I have been inspired in many ways by this book! I want my wife to read / listen to it now for sure.
I loved her voice! She made me want to keep listening. I listened to all three books back-to-back! It was hard to go to sleep at night! She sounded so sweet and innocent combined with the scorching content... it was HOT! I think I could listen to her reading a phone book! I will certainly listen to them all again!
Yes, but I was soooo sad when the books were completed. I did not want it to be over. Over 60 hours for the three combined, but I am ready to listen to them again!
The email exchanges could have been done a little better. That was a little much, but loved the changes in the subject lines and signatures... Worth it in the end.
Not the story that I was expecting. WAY more sexually graphic than I would have imagined from a mainstream book. Made me blush frequently. More of a Harlequin Romance novel than anything.
The narration was too slow. She was trying to be sexy, I suppose. I had to put it on double speed just to get through the book.
Slowwwwwww and trying to be too sexy. Not enjoyable.
Disappointed. Writing is terrible. Sounds like author just wanted to write a saucy novel and wrote it in one sitting (same words and phrases over and over). Will not read the other 2.