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
I enjoyed both versions of the book. While reading the book, I could not put it down. I purchased the audiobook to continue reading/listening to the book while driving to work, etc. I travel over 1 hour to work one way. I love the characters. Grey and Ana's romantic journey is obsessive. I read the Trilogy twice.
Didn't live up to the hype, in fact it was a load of rubbish.....Last time I get drawn in by hype!
not the other two books in this series for sure!...Probably a good Herman Wouk story
So-So but she had little to work with in character development anyway!
I truly wished I had gone on reviews of others and not listened to this book. The narrator was so, so, so bad that I envisioned the female character as a complete idiot and had to just stop listening. Also, not into the whole S&M thing.