I think she did the best she could with the material.
Many, many laughs. I mean laugh-out-loud laughs. It got to the point where every time she said "Oh, my!" I chimed in with her and cracked up. I listened to this while I did spring cleaning, and it got me through it.
I'm up to date on pop culture. And I can speak from experience when I tell others it was truly awful.
Lame, limp, wimp.
No reason to hide this book from your co-workers. So tame it's lame. Our heroine is unbelievable, how rare is a 'babe' old enough to have finished college, still virginal who is not hung up by religious conviction. She must have a near zero libido to have reached into her twenties and never before been attracted to a male. The great build-up to the 'red room of pain' leaves so much to be desired that I almost didn't bother finishing the book. Hoping she had second thoughts about the relationship to make books two and three interesting, but not sure if I'm willing to invest anything to find out. Too bad ms. James didn't model a real female in the starring role.
Most interesting, the big lead in. Least interesting, the delivery.
If you had prurient motives in considering this book, forget it.
While this is a decent love story, I'm not sure what the big deal is. Not as steamy as I expected, I guess the Dom/Sub subtopic of the story is why so many women thought it was so wicked :-) Will finish the trilogy - don't know if I would try another EL James book. The reader, Becca Battoe was annoying in this first novel, but she has grown on me, I think her voice is better suited for young adult novels.
More kinky sex!
I struggled to get through this book, hoping it would improve. Sadly, it did not. I searched for something positive to say. I found nothing. The writing was awful, and the narration was worse. This book reminded me how much I dislike when people write or talk about mores/lifestyles of which they obviously know little. Then again, it is fiction; however, fiction should be plausible. I would not recommend this book to anyone. It was a complete waste of time and money.
I found the story poorly written and very juvenile in writing and character portrayal. I felt like I was reading the musings of either (a) a highschool girl with extremely low self esteem, attracted to jerks or (b) a guy who has a really low opinion of women and what they think women want. That being said, perhaps it was written for the "20 somethings" who are still exploring self-esteem issues and the archetypical "bad boy." If that was the intended audience, then it was just not for me. Classier writing style, thoughtful adult situations and relationship parameters that exclude the glorification of "the jerk" would have helped.
I found the whole concept of young women pursuing jerks very disappointing.
No. Her voice was so irritating - but perhaps that was more a function of the irritating characters she was portraying.
I would have just thrown the book in the fireplace and started over.
I bought the books (yes, unfortunately I bought the sequel too) because of the media hype - "women everywhere are going crazy about this book"! I think those women should be in therapy. There are so many other great books with romance and eroticism that did not have the marketing machine that "50 Shades" did. I would like to get my credits back - what a waste!
I know I'm was warned about the read, but I find this story to be rather BORING!..Gray..a control freak, no matter how or what his past was..and Steele, just one more follower of virgin stupidity.
What's so disappointing to me is I buy books to be entertained, not bored to tears. I find this to be so predictable, if this were real life, I'd drop kick the chick to the side of the road. I simply cannot finish this book and won't even attempt to start on the other two. If this is a type of book you'd like to read and can let your mind drift into fluffy clouds of p-fooey, or you think you may learn something, enjoy yourself. Me, I'm going to delete it and the other two. After all, mama bear sayz fur lined handcuffs are for amateurs.
The only scene I can think of that could have been enjoyable was Steels helicopter ride, her first...I can relate to that! I do give kudo's to Becca Battoe, she tried so hard to give the characters life.
I'm sure many many people have loved these books (after all, check out the sales!), I'm just not one of them and I'm sure E. L. James is considered a fine writter. So take a chance if you must, but try reading them first at your local library before you spend your money or credits.
I have never written a review. I can't help it on this one. I want to spare the unwitting consumer who was lured in by all the hoopla that surrounds this series. I can't imagine anyone enjoying this. I must have seen a thousand references to this novel on Pinterest and out of curiosity, I bought it. Big mistake. The narrator of this audiobook has, without a doubt, the most annoying voice ever to be recorded. But, I cannot in good conscience lay blame to the fail of this novel SOLELY on this womans voice. The writing is God awful. If I heard her say double crap one more time I was going to stab myself in my ear. Not an exaggeration. At first I thought maybe the people who were raving mad over this book were lonely women who perhaps have never had a night filled with passion in their entire lives. Perhaps women who haven't ever been touched or even perhaps the readers who loved this book considered this to be erotica. This is not erotica. Ladies, please just buy some random erotica, I promise, you will rejoice in how wonderful a short erotica story is. Because, like Penthouse, Playboy and similar publications, the story is pointless but oddly enough it is also TO THE POINT. Thankfully, they are not hundreds of pages long with side stories that are so ridiculous as to be highly unbelievable and greatly disappointing. Need I say more? Ugh.
I am purchasing the Hobbit right now, read it as a child but seeing as I am about to watch the movie, I wanted to remember the book well as I have forgotten most of it.
Her voice!! Her valley girl crap! double crap! statements. The fact that we are to believe she is in her twenties and drop dead GORGEOUS and has never been touched by a man but every eligible, filthy rich, genius, hot, creative man in her vicinty is crazy about her. She is made to be so innocent, "oh, what's this? a butt plug?? what's that? is that a whip"....I mean, come on!!!!!! Oh, and she becomes so angry any time anything is purchased for her. Oh, I don't want this closet full of designer clothing, how could you possibly buy me a brand new car! I'm fine driving my vintage VW bug!! I don't want your money!! Stop randomly putting money in my bank account!! You can't buy me!! Give me a break. Show me that woman and I will gladly hand over everything I own to charity. Its asanine. And the story - if a book is going to be this long, why is there not a better story? If its strictly about the sex and dominatrix S&M stuff, why can't it just be about that stuff? Are people really that easily influenced?
This was horrible and I feel sad for everyone who thought this was good. Letters to Penthouse have more depth to them than this. It was horribly written, same words (gaze, murmur, mutter) used over and over. When she actually did discover a thesaurus she used the word Ad nauseam. The only people who should read/listen to this are aspiring writers as a "What Not To Do" guide. Really sad I wasted my time on this.
There is no other words for abuse and please do not waste your money , we want our young women to have respect for themselves and not be woed by a man that is warped.
And that goes for all the books.
Should have to be rewritten from scratch.
so boring! The way Anastasia drones on and on!
Poor narrator did all she could but to no avail!