Yes. Storyline is awesome.
No book I've read compares to the "Shades" series
Love story on crack!
Would have been a better book without the exhaustingly long gratuitous sex scenes, although I assume that most people are attracted to the book for that very reason.
I wouldn't bother reading any of the other books in the series.. Let me guess what happens next? They get together, she tries to 'change' him, they have lots more SnM sex, they separate... get back together blah blah.. I might be completely wrong of course.
Good narration. Quite enjoyed Becca's voice and narration style.
Having said all that... if I got the royalties that the author has... I'd be laughing all the way to the bank.
If it wasn't so predictable, wasn't so badly written, wasn't such a ridiculous story. If the characters weren't so dull, if there was a plot, if the ending was more than just the end of another lousy sentence and IF there was more to it than a wealthy basket case with mommy issues meets miss seriously dull goodie two shoes and indulge in awkward sex... then maybe it would qualify for as a Penthouse Letters submission.
Actually, if it had come with illustrations... maybe it could have verged on entertaining.
Held the repetition to maybe three or four repeats of the same quips, same predictable descriptions of emotion, physical sensation and absurd fascinations. One of the main characters (Ana Steel) is amazed by stuff that would put high school kids to sleep.
mediocre, average, apathetic
Disappointment and very curios as to what's happened to the world where a book like this actually goes main stream.
Yea... E.L. James, give up your day job !, oh, and you owe me a credit on Audible !
I dont typically write reviews but I wanted to give kudos to Becca Battoe for an impeccable reading. She has such emotional expression. One of the best readers I've come across.
I did not pursue listening after the first couple of chapters. This was too graphically pornographic for my taste. If I could, I would demand my credits be returned on this one!
The content is so cheesy it made me cringe, then laugh out loud, the exclaim "oh come on, seriously". I feel sorry that Becca had to suffer through the narration. I actually wish I could get a refund on this one and would not recommend to anyone older than 16!
Pretty much everything disappoints. Bad plotting (I do not know ANY women who would put up with a guy who, before even dating, scolds them for getting drunk), tired characters, and too much coincidence.
It was ok.
Umm, all of them?
I read this primarily to see how a successful book of the genre dealt with the women's perspective of falling for the 'bad boy'. As uncomfortable as it was, I did get a view, albeit extremely formulaic (I was hoping for a fresh and new take).
After all the hype, "50 Shades of Grey" is a huge disappointment. The only halfway redeeming thing about this book was that the sex scenes were so vivid and interesting. Everything else was beyond bland.
The main character was boring, repetitive, naive... and the narrator's voice was, unfortunately, perfect for her. I suppose the narrator did a wonderful job of reading Anastasia - if I'd liked Anastasia more, I might have liked the narrator more. I wish I had bought the book in print (or, better yet, not spent any money on it and borrowed it instead) so that I could have skipped all the "story" and the repetitious musings of the main character.
In my opinion, this series is getting so much buzz not because the books (the first one at least, which is the only one I have read and the only one I will read) are so well-written, but purely because of the sex scenes. It's essentially interludes of porn interwoven with a lame story. (Oh wait, that's basically all porn...)
Furthermore, there were many, many similarities between Anastasia-Christian relationship and Bella-Edward in "Twilight;" it almost felt like the same story but with more sex. Seriously, if you read "Twilight," make a list of similarities between Christian and Edward, between Anastasia and Bella, and between the two couples. I came up with at least 8.
"50 Shades of Grey" might be trendy, but is far from enduring. I imagine a lot of the same women who swooned over Edward Cullen and jumped on the "vampires are hot" bandwagon are now Googling for handcuffs, floggers and other BDSM paraphernalia. If you want to know more on the topic of dominant/submissive relationships, I'm sure there is plenty of free content on the web. I would suggest going there and skipping "50 Shades of Grey" altogether.
Her character development was awful
Not really. I wish I had read it....people who read it really seemed to enjoy it.
It's very explict, but in a sensual and artistic way. They way a sweet, more innocent woman would describe sex. It's a great drama...I would say it's most like the movies "Closer" and "Match Point". I really can't wait to listen to the second book! Honestly, I had a dream that I was dating Christian Gray after listening to this! haha!