In the context of an actual story line, this was very weak. Perhaps, if you're used to watching porn, where the story line is weaker yet, then these will probably seem like great books. This is your more basic of base romance novels, the only difference is the author stuffed it with sex scenes. I don't know the narrator personally, but I would not have picked her to read the male lines in this series. Her voice was fine for all of the female parts, but come on.... the male voices sounded way too forced for it to remain enjoyable.
11/22/63: A Novel, by Stephen King
I haven't listened to enough books to make a valuable recommendation.
Disappointment and anger; I'm not the first to ever complain about fair treatment between the sexes, but the portrayal of each sex in this book was horrid. Not because of how the author chose to portray each, but by the mere fact of how publicized and "liked" these books are. If you're only going to read these because you want to know all about the "juicy sex scenes" then save your money. The internet offers porn for the small monthly cost of your basic internet service. The actual story itself was incredibly weak. I've read romance novels with much better stories (including the weak females and rough/tough males) with far less sex. The only thing about this book that makes you want to buy the next one is the ending. If you can't stand finishing a book on a cliff hanger DONT PICK UP THIS BOOK. Otherwise you'll be sucked into buying the next, and then the next after that. It is a horrible cycle. By the end of the three books (yes, I wasted my time listening to all of them because I hate books that end on cliff hangers) I hated Christian. Despised him in fact. Regardless of how wonderful a picture the author tries to paint, I cannot stand him. Anna is another I cannot even begin to like. Though her character was very typical of a romance novel by generally being weak willed, unpractical in her thinking and moronic in most of her actions.
I was completely uninterested with the narrator but tried to stick it out bc I heard the story was so "great".....The story was terrible! Didn't even get 1/2 way through!!
The story was very child-like and cheesy
Better person to narrate probably would have helped a lot
Dissatisfied and disappointed
I downloaded this book to find out what all the hype was about and it turns out that this is the most horribly written book I have ever read. I hated almost every second of the six chapters I somehow managed to wade through without throwing myself of a bridge, but I kept thinking, maybe if I just keep listening it will get better. But it didn't. I should preface by saying I am sex-positive, love erotic fiction, read Dan Savage all the time, and pro-BDSM. So, my hatred for this book has nothing to do with the subject matter.
I have multiple problems with this book.
1) The writing is horrible. Terrible phrases are overused to the point where it is extremely distracting. Every other sentence Ana is "blushing scarlet" or "flushing beet red", saying "holy crap" or "holy ___" fill in the blank. Christian is always gazing, paralyzing her with his good looks. I started keeping track of overused words but once I hit 18 uses of "blushing" I had to stop reading, it was just too painful.
2) The plot is horrible. The fact that this is a bootleg erotica story based on the Twilight books is so painfully obvious. Ana is clumsy and terrible at sports and falls a lot? Okay.
3) This story paints BDSM in such a stupid, negative light. In reality, you should be having discussions on what each person is into, negotiate the encounter, and there isn't just one person in control doing whatever they want to the submissive.
Really, America? This is what hits the top of the best seller lists?
Avid reader all of my life! Favorite author is Stephen King! Favorite book is Hyperion! (READ/LISTEN to it!)
The books is very poorly written, borderline amateurish. The constant "I flushed" and "Oh my" phrases that inundate the book make it laughable. You could create a drinking game on how many times those phrases come up and you'd be drunk within the first ten pages.The premise is absurd and ridiculous. To believe a billionaire would bother devoting that much time to this single woman is beyond belief. Truly mommy porn.
Remove all the "I flushed" and "Oh my" phrases.
I actually like Becca's performance, she just had extremely bad material to work with.
The sex scenes and the unpredictability of some of the books overall story arc were well done.
Several thousand of my brain cells committed suicide after I finished this book. As my IQ decreased, my enjoyment increased.
The story seemed like it was written by a 15 year old girl. The characters are absolutly unbelievable. The main character was dumber then a box of rocks.
Far too juvenile, maybe even for juveniles.
She sounded like a fifteen year old reading it. Although, no one could make this story worth listening to.
All of them.
I kept listening thinking it had to get better...IT DIDN'T!!!. At one point I contemplated piercing my eardrums with an icepick
I am a 50 plus year old woman and maybe I could have gotten into the story if it hadn't been narrated by a seemingly 12 year old girl. She narrated poorly and sounded entirely too young for the content.
Something maybe nature inspired and adventuresome.
I don't know but certainly someone with more experience and maturity.
Oh my god.
Anastasia Steele. Her innocense.
No this was the first time.
My jaw did drop multiple times!!
I deffently would read or listen to this book again. I am looking forward to the movie.
Christian Grey. Not sure why just is.
Looking forward to the movie.
At first i had a hard time with Anastasia, she sounded like a valley girl and the story of how they met was a bit cheesy. But as i continued to listen, i was swept up in Ana's struggle. I fell in love with Christian too. I was torn as she was. The sex was secondary to the real story. I wish as she did that she could show him the light. And as she found out i don't know if that's possible for him. I feel her pain. I cried with her.
I immediatley downloaded the second book. I do hope upon hopes that somewhere by the end of the triology there is a happy ending for them.
I can identify with both Ana and Christian on many levels. It is a book that has deeply affected me.