i loved to be read to as a child and i still love to be read to 40 years later as an adult. when i looked into listening to the "shades of grey" trilogy, review after review seemed to dissuade me from listening to the books due to the poor narration...and i almost followed suit. so glad i didn't. is becca battoe the best narrator ever? no. is she in the top 10? no. do i enjoy books more when there is a different narrator for each character? yes. however, just as when i was read to as a child, my imagination can handle pretending that a female narrator’s lowered voice is a male’s. i don’t need the oration to be perfect, just enjoyable. and honestly, i enjoyed becca battoe’s narration. she used expressions where i wouldn’t have, and i liked hearing her version in my ears more than the version that would have been silently in my head. there were times that battoe’s naivete version of anastasia or the steamy version of christian saying “baby” made me smile and feel flushed at the same time. it was steamy. it was funny. it kept me listening until all 3 books were finished (and i’ll go see the movie when a movie version is made). is this book good literature? no. is it good smut? yes. good, captivating, hot, juicy, smut. thanks e.l. james, becca battoe, and random house audio.
I could not put this book down!
This book is like no other
I don't think I can pick one favorite part because there were so many.
This book consumed my life for a couple days!
I don't understand what all the critisizm was with the reader. I thought she did a fine job and I enjoyed the book.
There are some really good erotica readers out there, this narrator was so bad it detracted from the story. Random house needs to rerelease this book with a new narrator and offer those of us stuck with this version a free download of it!
Yes. I find it a compelling story that engaged me emotionally. Despite its popular reputation, this is a novel focusing on a relationship and its complexities, rather than a sex story that only incidentally seeks to understand its characters' feelings and motivations. At its heart Fifty Shades is a story of redemption. This book and its sequel form a single whole, with an ending that is satisfying. Several sections remind me of my favorite scenes in Pride and Prejudice.
Christian Grey was my favorite character. He's the classic hero -- honest, well-intentioned, courageous, caring -- with a fatal flaw. We come to know him as well as we do Ana, even though the tale is told in her voice.
I enjoyed Ms. Battoe's rendition. As some of the other reviewers noted, she sounds young, but that's in keeping with the twenty year old character she portrays. Her narration gave me more of a sense that I know Ana that I would get from simply reading the book.
It made me smile -- and I found myself going back to my favorite parts, none of which were the sex scenes.
The first two books form a single story, one that feels like a classic (rather than a modern) romance. The third book is more in the form of a "further adventures of. . ." addition, fun but not as deeply involving. Don't be put off by the sadomasochistic aspects of the story. They add a frisson of titillation, but they're only central to the story in that they provide a barrier that the two main characters must overcome in order to reach the satisyfing conclusion.
I'm a librarian. I listen to a book of some kind almost every night. I'm not devoted to any category but SciFi/Fantasy is my favorite.
I listened to it while traveling to Canada and back and it was great for my long plane rides and long bus rides. The story was engaging. I barely noticed the other people around me because I was so engrossed in what was happening.
The story isn't some earth-shattering classic but it's fun. Christian and Anastasia have a relationship that made me want to learn what happens next. It's a beach read.
So at first, I hated the narration. Hated. It. But then it grew on me, I think that as the story went along she became more mature sounding. She certainly became more mature acting, ahem.
No, just no. No movie.
I loved this book...it took me a few chapters to get into it, but I will definately get the next one. The only negative to listening to it on audio is that the voices are all done by the same person and then there is 'erotic' dialogue and it sounds silly. But that's it. Other than that, I would recommend.
Very diverse person who enjoys good books.
I really like the story, but I don't care much for the woman who is reading it. I think it could be better if they had found a different person. But I would say, go ahead and listen to at least book #1 and see if her voice does not bother you. I am funny about the sounds of people's voices, so I may be pickier than most.
From E L James, yes. From Becca Battle, never.
I think she is the same girl who did the opening lines for "Baby Got Back".
Every time I hear "Oh My" in that Valley Girl accent I have the reaction of nausea.
The story is great, but I can't focus on it or take it seriously due to the terrible narrating. Her Valley Girl accent is so annoying, it would be perfect for comedy but is ridiculous for this story. My husband and I are listening to it in the car and are choking through it for the sake of the story. Do not buy this audio book, just buy the book.
I would listen to this book again, again and again. I do not understand all the bad reviews about narration. I loved it and thought it was great. I could stop listening. Just finished second book and have to talk myself into going to bed and start the third one tomorrow morning.
Oh my.... My favorite character... CHRISTIAN GREY of course :) But Anna is great as well.
Too many scenes. But most favorite phrase no doubt is "Laters baby!"
I cried, I laughed, I went into deep thoughts, I imagined, I was so into this book that sometimes had to pinch myself to realize that I was listening to a book and it's not my life :( :))
Five thumbs up!