LOL Really? Do you have to ask?
I should have read it, this is the only time I am writing a review. The woman who read the book was almost condesending. She changed her voice to match the person talking but it seemed stupid. It totally ruined the book for me.
Maybe redo this with someone else reading it.
I very much enjoyed the innner struggle that Ana experiences throughout the story and how she takes you on this emotional journey with her.
The devotion to detail without being vulgar. The descriptions and experiences of Ana and Christian are very well played out. Tastefully written.
I loved Anastacia Steel. It was a hard choice for the narrator really did a great job in brining life to each of the characters.
Anticipation and arrousal would have to be the extreme feelings in this series.
I will return and listen to this series over and over. I have recommended it to all my co-readers and will put the shades of gray series on my top ten list..... a must read for grown women readers...
I know this book is meant for adults. However, I shudder to think of some young adult women thinking this may be fun or interesting to try with WRONG CHOICE OF MAN!!
I agree with other listeners about the narrator. She is NOT suited for this book. Editor should have changed some multiple uses of the same words over and over again. I may be sick if I hear "oh my", "hot" or " my sex" EVER again!!
I actually enjoyed listening to this book.
E.L. James almost won me over to the dark side with her portrayal of Christian Grey. It started with his insistence on honesty and trust. From such an unconventional guy, these were pretty normal things for a relationship, right? And honestly, I was kind of intrigued by his whole outlook on the s&m lifestyle. The fact that he kept insisting it wasn't about pain - and he fact that he was so willing to work with Ana to quell her fears, really won me over. He was sort of sweet.... In his dark, twisted way. E.L. James almost had me in the palm of her romantic hero's hand.
Then.... The end. The end of the story came. I literally could not listen to another word after I heard our "hero" Christian telling Ana he was "sorry [he] hurt [her]" and hearing Ana shrug and say "[she] asked for it." this floored me. I want to know how. HOW could a female author write such dribble in he 21st century and get away with it? HOW could this sentence have been published, unedited? HOW could it have been nonchalantly narrated in an ungripped, unchanging tone?
15 minutes from the conclusion of this story, I unplugged the iPod and immediately stopped listening. I don't want to know how it ends. I have never been more upset at a national best seller and the dangers of others, like myself, experiencing what passes for literature with little to no warning about the horrors within.
I do not blame Becca Battoe for this crap. She did her best and she did well with the awful script she was given.
It's a shame the author couldn't write as strong of a female character as her male lead. It's a shame she had to demolish every ounce of personal strength Ana Steele had gained by that final chapter. I think she meant to teach some message about true love and how they were each giving something to each other? All E.L. James ultimately accomplished was to disturb me so much I will never, ever, be able to pick up another one of her books, and not even so much as think of listening to one. Let alone hear the end.
What a complete waste of my time.
The story and charaters captured me. The only thing that irritated me was the e-mails. OMG, I didn't need all the sastics for every e-mail.
The narrating was horrible.
She could've taken out 75% of the same ol same ol sex scenes and still had a decent story. The narration made the book a difficult one and an unenjoyable one to listen to.
Anyone else but Ms. Battoe.
I wish I could get my credit back. Simply a wasted credit.
It was an interesting story idea, but the execution seemed amateur and lacked an interesting dialog.
There are a lot of sex scenes which was interesting, but the lack of variety in the dialog made even those hard to bear.
A teenager who would probably skip through to the erotic sections might enjoy this more.
This was a genre? Ugh!
Anyone but...her Valley Girl inflection was so very annoying as was her raising and lowering her voice depending upon which character role she assumed.
Ugh...none. The writing was basic and elementary, the irrelevant incessant repetition of e-mail dates, times, to, from, subject, ugh!!!! The character development was totally lacking. The story line was totally implausible (26 year-old billionaire pursues a twenty-one year old naive virgin who's never been kissed, never had sex, doesn't have a cell phone, no pc, etc., etc.) Really? I mean, really?
I should have read the reviews before I wasted a credit on this book!
I thought this book was as plotless as a no budget porno, with a reader who sounds approximately as intelligent as a porn star. Wasted Credit! I kept waiting for a plot to develop... I mean, there are three of these books. I only made it through about half way. I will never get that time back.I suppose this is Rated X "Twilight".... weak stupid girl plus old creepy guy. I should have known better, I just expected more from a best seller.
The voice of the computer in War Games could have done a better job.
The part where Becca Battoe speaks.
Add a plot.
I would not recommend the audiobook, although I would recommend it as a book. The poor performance by Becca Battoe ruins what should be an entertaining listen. The writing isn't stellar, but honestly, the story is excellent. A guilty pleasure if there ever was one!
There's a sketch on Saturday Night Live called "The Californians." Imagine that horrible drawl for hours on end. Her voice is much too experienced than innocent naive girl and too girly to capture Christian. Her voice was so irritating that I listened to the book at 1.5 speed just so I could get through it.
I think her voice for other books could be fine, but she was a poor choice for this one.
50 Shades Darker/Freed- I'll be getting the paperbacks!