There are a few words/phrases that are used to death in this book. "Oh my!" and "Holy Crap" are used every few minutes.
Thank GOD you can adjust the narrator speeds. She is so slow that I need you keep the speed at 2X.
More than I'd keep.
If you want a love story, go get a love story. If you want porn, go get porn. This book is lacking in both.
Even with a most ardent suspension of disbelief, this series is amazing, yet I???m still not sure which of the following reasons impressed me most:
1.That (except for the huge difference in quality) the series should be more fantastically categorized with "Lincoln the Vampire hunter" and more appropriately re-titled " Trixie Beldon and the Marquis de Sade."
2. If a key word search removed "body wash, "oh my" and any references to wardrobes or meals you'd have maybe 25 pages (12 pages if you excluded interior and architecture descriptions).
3. That immature, whiny, annoying and constantly questioning would be attractive to anyone, especially a devastatingly handsome bejillionaire.
4. That anything slightly prurient outweighs a need for (any) literary integrity.
5. That this ever made it beyond the bodice-ripper section.
My biggest fear is that the popular success of this drek will spawn more of the same.
Oh...the narration is the worst by far of hundreds of audio! The worst.
The story and the characters were very well put together.
No. For example when e-mails were going back and forth between characters it was a bit much to hear the to, from, subject, date and time for EVERY e-mail. I believe there was to much repetition in some parts of the book that was unnecessary.
The voice was very whiny in parts and since there was just a female reader the male parts especially when things got hot and heavy didn't match well.
I will read the other two books because I enjoyed the story line but I will not listen to them on tape and I will for sure be skipping over some of the unnecessary/ repetitive writing.
A story line, well developed, believable characters, a plot, good writing: all of these things would have made the story better.
This isn't a story, but simply light porn disguised as a story. The most disappointing thing is that I wasted money.
The narrator's speech is a fad/gimmick accent most commonly associated with teenagers.
The scenes are erotic a bit scary and unbelievable.
If you are looking for an erotic, far fetched fantasy and nothing more, then this is the perfect book. I heard a woman at the spa referred to this piece as a self help book.
Bad narration and an adolescent, immature plot. There were many good reviews about the book and I listened to the first five hours thinking it would have to get better. If the author was hoping to flatter the author of the "Twilight" by imitating the characters, Bella and Edward, she miserably failed. This was fifty shades of bad.
A teenage Helena Bonham Carter
All of them. It would have made for a better plot
This book was a disappointment, there was no plot, no story, mostly sadism and control, the narrartor was bland not good voice to listen to for long time. How this book got on best seller list is a complete mystery to me. It had no ending which was very bad.
No. I did not care for the writing, or the narration.
Come up with her own storyline, rather than write a so-called "erotica" story that so closely mirrors Stephenie Meyers Twilight.
No. I did not care at all for her narration of the male characters.
I purchased this book with one of my monthly credits, due to a little prodding from a friend who had just read the books. As I began listening I was a little surprised and annoyed to discover all the similarities to Stephenie Meyers Twilight. Both set in Washington, the same hair color for the male characters in each, many descriptive qualities, and others. I continued to listen, as my friend kept insisting that I would come to Love Christian. I'm still waiting.
I'm not a prude, but the constant use of the word f--k got old REALLY quickly. It was also unbelievable to me that a virgin would allow herself to get into this kind of "relationship"
The whole thing with the e-mails - subject, date, time, etc - got really, really annoying as well.
Throughout the book, I found myself rolling my eyes often. Should I worry about being spanked for that?
All in all, I was very disappointed with the book. I'm glad I didn't pay for it, but I really wish I would have spent my credit on a book I know I would have enjoyed.
Wife, mom, career woman who loves books!!
Loved the book, narrator was ehh... I loved that it was an easy read for everyone. The story was sweet and sassy and what can I say about my favorite character..."CHRISTIAN" Dreamy!!
Great storyline. Awful narration! Narrator used a seductive voice throughout the story in places where it was not needed. And the emails???? Ugh
Decent story line. Gave "outsiders" an inside look into a different lifestyle.
Her seductive tone in everyday activities was unnecessary and didn't tie in with the innocent character.
Overuse of Holy Crap, Oh My.....I realize the character is a recent college graduate, but really??????
Quite a few things:
1. The first thing I noticed when listening to this book (apart from the narrator which others have discussed at length), was that it required a certain suspension of belief. Here we have a graduating English major (or lit major) with a vocabulary that consists of not more than crap, double crap, and holy crap he's freaking hot.
2. The emails (which were painful to hear read) were a bit excessive considering this takes place in 2011 and text messages are readily available.
3. The sex scenes really do overtake the book leaving not much if any plot. I've read erotica before, but I can't remember not being able to go a few minutes without another sex scene.
4. The characters of the book all seemed to have a very child-like outlook on life and even when the author attempted to make the characters complex, they largely came off as immature and one-dimensional.
Disclaimer: I am by no means a literature buff, but I read a lot of popular fiction. I can't say that any other book I've read stood out to me as shallow before reading this one. This could largely be due to the narration.
Probably not. I will not be finishing the trilogy.
I feel bad for Becca Battoe because while her voice was very annoying and all of the characters sounded like variations of a valley girl, there was not much she could do with the writing she was provided.
While the BDSM didn't bother me at all, what did bother me was the description of what appeared to be an abusive relationship. While it is one thing to voluntarily enter into a dom-sub relationship because that's how you get your kicks, it's quite another to let someone beat you and try to become the type of person they want because you got turned out. To be afraid to say how you feel or stand up for yourself because that person might whip you. There were quite a few uncomfortable moments in this book, and for me none of them were during the sex scenes.
If you're looking for something along these lines with less intensity and amazing narration, try Outlander. If you're looking for something with intense BDSM sex scenes and a more intricate plot, try the Kushiel series. Both are period pieces. I personally saw very minimal similarities to Twilight by the way.