I have listened to hundreds of audio books and this was, by far, the worst narrator I have ever heard. It was a struggle to get through the book, not because of the story but because of the truly awful, mind numbing, overall idiotic performance. The story was ok but the author could have used a bit more imagination in her descriptions. The word "belly" was probably used more than 100 times in the book and started to become pretty annoying. Anytime the main character became aroused, anxious or scared, I knew the word would be used. Not one of my favorite books and I probably would not recommend this to a friend, at least not in audio format.
While the "Fifty" series is a great get away from it read, I'm baffled by the choice of narrator. Without offense meant to Ms. Battoe, who is a talented audible performer, I was SO DISAPPOINTED in this narrator for the Fifty series. Anastasia IS a college grad aged gal, an maybe that's why the "younger" sounding choice for Becca Battoe, but it simply didn't work for me. I skipped the "audible" version of the final book, opting to read it myself. Sorry Audible, you missed the mark on this one, in my humble opinion.
Since I listen in the car, it's time OK spent.
None...it's in a league of it's own
Absolutely not! The reading is AWFUL. Dreadful. Slow.. bad....just bad...
I have to admit, I do want to go on to learn more about Christian and Anastasia. Unbelievably, I am interested in the next book. I did buy the Kindle version, though...no way could I stand another audio version!
This series is getting a lot of hype, so I decided to check it out. It's not all that and a bag of chips. I can't imagine this 'spicing up my marriage' - but my marriage is already great. I can't understand that viewpoint, though. The book is OK. The writing is bad. Very obviously a first book by someone who THINKS they're an author. It's not good. Obvious that she's thrown words in just because she thinks they'll sound good. Doesn't flow. It's bad. But, I have to admit, she did something right, because I want to know what happens in the next book. The writing is very elementary (aside from the subject matter of course), but the story is overall OK. Maybe it's like a train wreck, I have to look....
Wiccan High Priestess
I knew its first incarnation was Twilight Fanfic. I expected to be disappointed, so I guess in a weird way, I wasn't.
Before downloading (the remastered version) I had read the first few pages online, so I knew that it was poorly written and had vowed not to purchase.
But... curiosity got the better of me.
The characters are one-dimensional and immature (particularly Ana) and the fact that there's little development there except for Ana's level of sexual experience makes the book tedious. I was somewhat surprised at the way Christian and Ana's D/s relationship and the BDSM was treated; enough credible detail to at least suggest the author had done some balanced research. It was (just) enough to keep me listening to the end of the book.
I thought Becca Battoe's narration suited Ana's immaturity well, but that the characterizations of others were somewhat awkward. Given the material she had to work with I think it's unfair to blame the faults on the narration as some other reviews have alluded to.
I would recommend this book as a good summer read, but would suggest buying the book instead listening to the audio book. Becca Battoe has a very strange reading style and misreads several words repeatedly. For example; she reads the word "chaise lounge" as chaise long.
I would have used a better narrator.
I wish I bought the book and read it myself. I've been traveling and always looking for good audio books in order to avoid packing the books for my trips. I found Becca Battoe very difficult to listen to for extended periods of time. In fact, I stopped the book frequently to take a break from her narration. This series is supposed to be erotic but, listening Becca Battoe leaves me flat and certainly not looking for more.
I suspected what it was going into the financial and time investment - an x-rated Twilight. Like many, the media hype pushed me into dilusions that it could be possibly more. I was expecting a more mature novel to go along with the upgrade in sexual content. But alas, It's an average harlequin romance novel with bondage and a few sex toys.
If you are considering purchasing this book - go into it with your eyes open. The narration was debateable for many so you will want to listen to the sample. I personally had a greater problem in the usage of a overused words and phrases. They sat on my last nerve.
If I would have been reading the hard copy, by the second chapter I would have been highlighting the times that the answer was just "yes". This couple doesn't have discussions they have questions and answer sessions. Countless times Anna replies just yes regardless how complex or simple the question. As long as you are counting - keep track of the time mercurial is used. Mrs. James must have lost her thesarus for she overkills good words - mercurial being the most flagrant abuse. I personally have never had my breast "hitched" but, this virgin heroine has hers "hitched" countless times along with her leg and other body parts. Start counting ....for halfway through your palm will be "twitching" wishing you would have bought a hard copy so you could highlight and edit the redundant words and over used phrases.
If I had a friend that wanted a mindless romance novel with a lot of panting....maybe. But I would caution that when the relationship goes vanilla so does THAT.
I read quite a few reviews concerning her performance because I wondered why there was so much hate. I think a great many of those complaining also were first time book listeners. It's not for everyone. Becca Battoe has a better female reertoire than a male one. Her Christian voice being especially bad. People that complain need to try it. Having a different sex and variety of different human voices is an art. I agree that Becca Battoe could use some work on her male voices, but she is not THAT bad.
Trust my instincts. It is what I thought it would be. I should add here - I did purchase the second novel as well. The end of the first novel forces you to purchase the second. Thankfully the ending of the second does not leave you wondering about the characters nearly the same way. I am not purchasing the third. I got all the information I needed to know by listening to the sample and reading the reviews of the second novel. I am happy to let them go.....and see how Universal Artists will ruin this when it comes to a thearter in the future.
#1 is the narrator, her voice isn't good with changing voices to male/female. Very irritating and most likely won't be purchasing the next two books.
her tones, male to female voices, speaks like a teenager...
disappointment in the story, but mostly the voice is irritating.
A completely different story line and characters would be a good start, probably replace the author as well.
Never ever EVER!!! Nope, rather eat a scary spider, or maybe insert razor wire into my eurethra.
No see above, if you have seen twilight (not a love story) imagine the reader as Bella reading about half asleep and sighing/talking simultaneously.
No more of this, you are lowering the national IQ.
The demention of the characters was amazing, especially Christian. It was like peeling an onion, so many different layers. Once you start the story, you simply cannot stop. Love the storyline.
Nothing I have ever read. Definitely an erotic read
The story comes to life, and she is amazing
I would have to agree with some of the others. This really needs a new narrator. It was very hard to get past that. Apart from that the story was very good