I'm a librarian. I listen to a book of some kind almost every night. I'm not devoted to any category but SciFi/Fantasy is my favorite.
I listened to it while traveling to Canada and back and it was great for my long plane rides and long bus rides. The story was engaging. I barely noticed the other people around me because I was so engrossed in what was happening.
The story isn't some earth-shattering classic but it's fun. Christian and Anastasia have a relationship that made me want to learn what happens next. It's a beach read.
So at first, I hated the narration. Hated. It. But then it grew on me, I think that as the story went along she became more mature sounding. She certainly became more mature acting, ahem.
No, just no. No movie.
I loved this book...it took me a few chapters to get into it, but I will definately get the next one. The only negative to listening to it on audio is that the voices are all done by the same person and then there is 'erotic' dialogue and it sounds silly. But that's it. Other than that, I would recommend.
Very diverse person who enjoys good books.
I really like the story, but I don't care much for the woman who is reading it. I think it could be better if they had found a different person. But I would say, go ahead and listen to at least book #1 and see if her voice does not bother you. I am funny about the sounds of people's voices, so I may be pickier than most.
From E L James, yes. From Becca Battle, never.
I think she is the same girl who did the opening lines for "Baby Got Back".
Every time I hear "Oh My" in that Valley Girl accent I have the reaction of nausea.
The story is great, but I can't focus on it or take it seriously due to the terrible narrating. Her Valley Girl accent is so annoying, it would be perfect for comedy but is ridiculous for this story. My husband and I are listening to it in the car and are choking through it for the sake of the story. Do not buy this audio book, just buy the book.
I would listen to this book again, again and again. I do not understand all the bad reviews about narration. I loved it and thought it was great. I could stop listening. Just finished second book and have to talk myself into going to bed and start the third one tomorrow morning.
Oh my.... My favorite character... CHRISTIAN GREY of course :) But Anna is great as well.
Too many scenes. But most favorite phrase no doubt is "Laters baby!"
I cried, I laughed, I went into deep thoughts, I imagined, I was so into this book that sometimes had to pinch myself to realize that I was listening to a book and it's not my life :( :))
Five thumbs up!
The fantasy, taking me to a place I would never have gone sexually...I liked too, that it was erotic, with out getting into real s & m...that I could not have endured.
The development of the relationship
I thought the performance was well done.
It made me dream!!!
Can't wait to get the next one~
My favorite charactors were Anna's Subconcious and Goddess. They come up throughout the story and make me laugh.
I appreciate that the narrator sounds the charactors's age. I also find that her voice tone of Gray that goes from the domineering and strong to a more vulnerable as the relationship changes.
Yes, actually I found myself wanting to listen to the series in one sitting.
If you get past the erotic nature of the story, the storyline has merit. It is the conversion of Gray and how Anna gets through all of the crap to raise Gray from the dark. I think that the developement of some of the sub charactors chould have been better developed.
I drive truck for a living. My audible books keep my wheels turning.
This book is very disturbing, and the narration is a very poor quality. As someone who was mentally abused as a young person this book left me feeling very upset. I am glad to know that the libraries are banning these books from our children.
The narrator needed to distinguish the characters.
The story in general I love. The first book I got had the old reader that sounded like she was a little kid. She was supposed to be young and naive and after a few chapters I was ok with it. When the notice came that the voice had been re-mastered or whatever you call it, I downloaded it again. I still have the old version so not sure where the new version went, but I was used to young voice so I just finished the book that way.. The new voice to me sounds like she's way older and it makes all the other voices she does be way too low. It makes me tune out so it's harder to focus on this second book.
I like that it goes into details regarding the bdsm lifestyle with consentuality and communication, leading her slowly and hearing her confusion as she tries to wrap it around her brain in the context of how she was raised and what she knows. It shows the hard side but gives an insight that doesn't make this type of lifestyle all horrible and taboo.
so far, it's hard to choose
for me...the type of lifestyle makes it irresistible
Other than the new voice, I look forward to getting in the car to listen on my long waits in traffic
I loved everything about this book, some repeditive words but you get used to it.
Christian of course
She read the book with such ease, much better than reading myself, she did a amazing job
I could'nt stop reading it.
Thanks to E L James :)