compelling, sensual, oversexed
The ending left me wanting to hurry to Book 2
The reader manages to make the main characters at once innocent and strong
I nearly did.
The density of sex was, I suppose, a necessary evil, given the storyline. I believe, however, refrain from repetition of praise for each others' physical appearance would have made the dialogue less sophomoric. That said, I was drawn into the characters as people struggling with their own frailties and values.
A reader forced to drive alot. If I am listening to a book I don't speed. Well not too much anyway.
No. He uses the word "squeak", and "oh my" and other simplistic language page after page. There are silly longwinded descriptions of food and wine. I wonder how much the brand names like Mac and Audi paid to be mentioned time and time again. They send ridiculous emails to each other that are supposed to be cute and only makes you want to strangle them. The emails include the date, time and to and from, so it takes forever to get through a one sentence message. She sounds like a Valley Girl and then uses a breathy ridiculous voice to do the other characters.
No - And I wonder, who this book is directed at? I didn't think men got into romantic novels, but here the sex and story is definitely from the point of view of a man. Over a 3 week period of time, a 20 something virgin that wants sex 25 times a day and comes at the drop of a hat meets a millionaire who buys her lots of stuff. He wants to own her. She wants to take care of him and solve his problems stemming from a cruel childhood. And also very irritating, she is constantly eating things like pancakes and bacon, never works out and gets thinner and thinner. This is not a story from the point of view of a woman!
Where to start? High pitch tone of voice, lack of depth and feeling, an irritating voice in general, no real differenciation between the characters...
Where she talks about her Inner Goddess. And then the endless round and round about their relationship and his problems, whether he loves her or not! We read entertaining books to get AWAY from this stuff!
I got this book because it was compared in the New York Times to important literature that happened to include sensual or sex scenes. This is junk, pure and simple.
Opinionated redhead who uses audiobooks to make L.A. traffic bearable.
A better reader probably would have helped dramatically... as it is, the story felt weak and I couldn't stand the reader and the combination of those two factors made it impossible for me to continue listening past chapter 9.
Absolutely not. Ever. She sounds like a shallow teenager.
A better narrator and not so much analyzing in her mind - very juvenile. I could not get past the voice of Becca Battoe - hated it. Story was sooooooo slow and not that surprising.
not the rest of these books
voice with lame written dialogue and thoughts
no problem with scenes - a quicker transition to provocative stuff - more passion in descriptions
overall I think I wasted my money on this - sorry but much ado about not much.
I started the book because all of my friends were reading it. I found that I couldn't put it down. This was worth the experience.
Yes would recommend it to a friend. I think everyone could use a little of Mr Grey in their life..
I felt angry toward what happen to Mr Grey at 15 and Cried during the last chapter of the book. Sorry won't give to much away. Want to know more listen to the book..
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.