Like so many others, I fell for the hype. Female co-workers told me to 'stick with it'. Well I can't. The story is SO juvenile. The narrator grates on my nerves, but she's just reading what the author has written. I, too, feel I wasted a credit and will remove the 2 remaining books in the trilogy from my wish list. Everything about this book is AWFUL! That there are women who actually think this is good literature absolutely baffles me.
This has to be one of the worst books I've ever listened to. I couldn't even listen to the whole thing. A lot of the reviewers complained about the narrator, but I couldn't stomach the story itself. I didn't realize it was basically a porno and not even well written porn at that. The author needs to come up with some other lines instead of repeatedly using the same ones such as "I peeked at him through my lashes". Is that even possible?! I wish I hadn't wasted my time or money!
I don't know why I bought it. I guess I was compelled by the hype and the promise of over the top tales of .... whatever. I hated it. The characters were STUPID and unconvincing. It was awful. Like awful on top of awful, handcuffed to more awful. I'm not sure who the target audience for this book. I'm going to go sanitize my ear buds. In the future I plan to deny I ever listened to it.
WORST Audible book EVER, he murmured . OK, I'm a guy, he murmured, I'm not the intended audience. I get it. But by the end of the book the main character comes across more as an imbecile than a curious woman exploring her sexuality, he murmured.
To the author's credit, I heard her say that she does not consider herself to be a writer. I agree 100 percent, he murmured.
Read this book and you will never hear the word "murmur" again without cringing.
I purchased this book because it was a bestseller. I figured that if it was, it would be good. Boy, was I wrong. Repeatitive and boring. Maybe I just cannot relate to a stupid 21 year old girl. The story had potential but once again the heroine is a simpering idiot. The reviewers who gush about this story, have no idea what a good story is. I cannot believe this is a best seller. Is it to much to ask for something well written and sexy?
What a great disapointment.....after all the hype I was so excited to get going on this book but what a complete waste of my time. The narrator sounded like a breathy schoolgirl trying to immitate a mature sexy woman...not so. And the writing is maybe high school level but maybe not even graduation level? Won't bother with the other 2 books thank you very much.
Only gave it 1star rating as I couldn't go 0
I wanted to like this book, because of all the hype, but I just couldn't. It is such a stupid, poorly written story, that I find it disturbing that so many women have embraced it. Has the dumbing down of America reached this low of a level? Evidently. I think this book appeals to people because it's provocative, but that doesn't take away the fact that it makes no sense and is, sex aside, incredibly boring. I enjoy a good sex scene, but all the crap I have to read before I get to it, is ridiculous. Anna talks about her inner goddess to the point where I want to puke, and her favorite phrase is "holy cow". Women, wake up, you're smarter than this. Spend your time reading something with at least a little literary value. I agree with fellow reviewers, that you can get equally turned on by a good Anne Rice novel, that is at least well written.
All of those boring emails.
Terrible writing, cringe inspiring dialogue, boring characters, Christian Grey is annoying, Ana has no brain cells.
Doesn't matter who reads it, the book is cheesy as heck.
all the sex scenes, Christian needs to STFU during sex, all the dialogue, every "OH MY" and "HOLY CRAP" phrase, every mention of Ana's Inner Goddess, and Subconscious.
I didn't know it was fan fiction, it is written by a total amateur. I want my credit back.
LOVE TO READ. But since becoming a Mommy it is impossible to sit to read a book. So I get to listen in my car, and cleaning/cooking! BLISS
I wanted to stab myself in the ears it is soooo bad. The writing is terrible it is literally if Cher from Clueless was getting it on with some smug jackass. AND I LIKED clueless in fact I think Cher would have been too smart to be this annoying.
I am literally going to see if I can get my credit back for this horrible, obnoxious, poorly written mess of a book.
An author who knows their limits. Kinky is good, poor narrative, cliche, and unorigional charictor types are not good. There were so many repeated poor visuals such as "looking up through my eye lashes." Nor does the author seem to understand that if your "subconscious" is having a conversation with you, it is by that virtue we define it as our conscience with which we are conversing...in effect, she is talking to herself, not her subconcious nor her "Medulla Oblongata."
Yes. The voices did come off very shallow and cliche but I don't discredit the narrator, that's how they were written.
Grey. Why does he have to be so lame to be kinky?
If you really need sexy...go on a date and write your own kinky story.