I admit that I got sucked into all the hype about this book and that's why I bought it. Save your money - this is TOTALLY MISSABLE. The narrator was awful. She sounded like a bad actress on a daytime soap opera - only worse. Too monotone, wrong inflections, totally flat. With respect to the book itself - I kept waiting for a storyline but it never materialized. Whatever shred of a story there is it was predictable and very, very immature. The book strings together one predictable scene after another with a bunch of totally over the top sex scenes (complete with S&M and other acts that border on creepy) that are way over the top and I believe included simply for the shock value. I truly believe that the only reason the book is so popular is because of all the sex which I admit the author writes about very well and creatively. But that's not enough. IF YOU NEVER READ IT YOU ARE NOT MISSING ANYTHING.
it was my first audiobook and I loved it, the voice and clarity of the narrator is excellent
It is different than any thing else I ever read, romantic, erotic and hard to put down
When she goes the fist time to his appartament on a helochopter in Seattle, shocking
A little too much sex description, too much information
No. I thought her writing was very juvenile and repeats constantly. I couldn't get into her characters because they weren't believable. Everyone said that I needed to read the 2nd and 3rd book to get more of the story, but that wouldn't improve the authors writing skills. I thought the narrator did the best she could with what she had in reading this book. I would not recommend this book and wouldn't try another one of her books.
Something with more intellect and storyline.
I would be willing to try another one of Becca Battoe's performances to see if it was, in fact, just the writing.
The banter back and fourth on the emails were funny at first, but then they just got annoying. I liked the beginning when they first met. The beginning started off strong.
Another Audible Addict
What a waste!I can't believe anyone would have anything good to say about this. One of the stupid sex scenes was plenty for me. The male voice was ridculous and not sexy done by the women reader, what a total turn off. I thought I was buying a mystery not a fluff novel. It was like a broken record with the same scene being played over again and again I kept fast forwarding hoping for a change in the next chapter but all I heard was that stupid girl saying "Holly F_ _ _!" over and over. I guess I am ranting now.... I will stay away from EL James in the future. I am not a prude but it was light years away from sexy - if that was the goal here?, there sure was no Mystery.
Ex-military high school math teacher.
I am not looking to ever read another book by this author, I teach high school and some of these kids write better.
No, the writing was bad.
The performance was fine, for what the narrator had to read.
There is alot of hype around this book and frankly I was dissappointed at every turn. The writing was bad, the characters were poorly created with little to no depth, and the extra special scenes that people talk about were tame. If someone is looking for a book that is edgy like that, they should read the Ann Rice books from 20 years ago, The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty and the rest of it's series.
If you like Twilight this book may be for you. Really, it is the same story with more sexual detail and without the vampires. I am not a Twilight fan so found this book to have few redeeming qualities. Some of the erotica was interesting, but spoiled by the main female character's unbelievable ability to climax on command - every time. Made me think that this book was actually written by a man. The narrator has an annoying "uptalk" teenage girl's speech pattern, completely botches her british accent, and cannot pronounce the word "sentient", but does a fair job otherwise. One of the biggest problems with this book in audio format is the complete description of date, time, subject, signature, etc. for each and every email that the characters exchange - and the emails are numerous. A half hour of listening to back and forth emails with all the above content included is enough to make anyone put it on double speed. I would not recommend purchasing this audiobook unless you are desperate for more Twilight.
This book is a sad literary attempt and really just comes across as an adolescent excuse for kinky erotica. The descriptive sex scenes highlight S&M which is a somewhat novel approach to a romance novel but otherwise there is little appeal. I was quickly bored with the book but kept listening to see what happened with the story line and was disappointed. I hate superficial romance novels with poorly developed characters and predictable plot lines and this was one of those. If you are a Danielle Steele type of romance novel fan and interested in some kinky sex scenes this is a book you will like. If you have more sophisticated literary tastes and enjoy good character development and interesting plots, do NOT waste your time. Overall a pretty trashy novel with little to hold readers' interests after the first few sadistic sex scenes and not worth your time even if it were free. I should have heeded all the other negative reviews. Even as erotica goes, this is poorly written!
Be a better writer and stop relying on so many annoying and simplistic "holy crap" and "holy shit" expletives to express alarm or dismay. Perhaps get a new editor with an English or Journalism degree from a distinguished university.
Reader sounded very young, perhaps a more mature voice would have been better
I hated this book and resented wasting my time and money on it.
A lot... mainly the lack of literary tools and poor quality of writing... this book was difficult for get through, even on audio.
no, the faults I found with this book were mainly due to the author's abilities. Not everyone can be a good author, let alone a great one.
The story was slow and the narration was slow, so I suppose they matched.
No, please no... Perhaps if it developed a plot along the way then perhaps.
save your money, if you really want to read it, go to a second hand shop and pick it up for a few bucks. Its simply written and won't take long at all.
Aside from being one of the most poorly written works of fiction in the English language, the performance is stale, stilted, and awful in general. How this became a best-seller is truly beyond me.
The performance might have been improved by not having been performed.
I'm sure my credit card company might have seen some redeeming qualities in it.
Not a very good story - sprinkled with soft porn to entice reader to finish a very childish story. A teenage lust story, at best, with too much deviant sex to try to make an immature story appeal to grown-ups.
yes! will never even consider reading another story by this author.
the reader did a good job. the book sucked!
The author professes to have preformed each sex act with her husband to make sure the story had authenticity...NOT even close to believable! The author writes of a character just days beyond a snowy virgin and tosses her into situations that a seasoned hooker wouldn't agree to perform, then ends the story with a childish cry-fest. BLAH!