Someone in high school or a very shallow person.
Find a narrator who doesn't sound like an annoying teenager.
not so much
The content and conversation is so shallow and uninspired, which contrasts with the smattering of erudite adjectives. Some of the flippant phrases seem repetitive. Perhaps a better narrator would have made a big difference. I am not impressed.
Before I purchased this, I saw the overwhelming low rating on performance. I thought I could tolerate bad performance if the story line was interesting enough, and in my experience, I get used to irritating voice or bad performance fairly quickly and could ignore them well.
But in this book, I don't know if it's the bad writing, bad performance, or bad story line, although I'm pretty sure it's all of the above, I simply cannot stand it. It was fairly interesting in the beginning, but after 1/3 in the two antagonists just sound and act like they're both intellectually challenged. I can accept Anastasia being stupid, but how do you justify a self starter multi billionaire being a complete moron?
Anastasia says "HOLY COW" "HOLY CRAP" "HOLY F*" every few minutes throughout the book. Maybe if I read the written copy, it'd be more tolerable. But when listening to the audible version, there's no escaping from her (and the author's) stupidity.
And the majority of the conversation between Mr. Grey and Anastasia Steel is, "Did you just do that, Mr. Grey?" or "Did you just do that, Miss Steel?" YES! They just did that. Stop asking! They say that in every single conversation to each other, and I'm not exaggerating a bit! Oh my god. This book is beyond stupid and I don't understand how the story line got such a high rating.
I thought the Twilight trilogy was poorly written and stupid. But compared with this, Twilight can be a English classics.
If you are still curious about the book, do yourself a favor and get the written version. At least you can skip through the moronic parts and all of the HOLY ____ and "did you just do that?"
To give the narrator some credit, I think she did a stellar job given the poorly written material.
I have no idea how anyone can enjoy this book.
This book was so hyped, I thought it had to have some redeeming value. It is poorly written and the characters are annoying. It was the opposite of erotic. I am pretty sure a group of high school girls wrote it as a joke.
I would only recommend this book to a friend I didn't care for. Seriously. I don't understand all the hoo-hah about this book (seriously). Is it supposed to be some 'deep thinkers' novel and I totally missed it, like the story itself has some undercurrent of meaning that has just escaped my notice? It sounded just like a regular old Harlequin Romance novel to me (though more LORNO (light porno) than the ones I remember reading as a teenager) -really not something I'd (ever) listen to again, in fact I couldn't even finish it. It sounds like something from the writers at Hustler Magazine, almost like a man writing about a fantasy (but not very well). I was disappointed, to say the least, hate paying for something I'll never listen to again (what a waste) and can't even think about lending it to anyone, I'd be too embarrased to have anyone think I was recommending it. Yuck. Only bought it because "everyone" was getting it, talking about it, etc. (and yes I get the irony, and no I wouldn't jump off a bridge if everyone was jumping off a bridge).....my mom always said that to me and I guess I never learn) The author and/or the publicist did a SPECTACULAR job of getting the book mentioned on t.v. and in magazines (heard about it 2-3 times on t.v. and read about it several times in different magazines) and good job tricking us into wasting our money. Darn. Hated it (and I love to read and can ready anything, seriously-this really blew). Boo.
Don't think so.
Reader was okay just hated the book itself. It was porn advertised as....I don't even know what -the "best new novel in forever", somehow (again: great publicist) making me feel I HAD to have it. I totally feel like I was intentionally tricked (for lack of a better word) into buying it.
Yuck. And first (and last) time I jump on the "everybody's doing it" book band.
Perhaps this book is for someone who likes Harlequin Romances or other bodice-ripper novels.
Something with a plot, I hope
Her reading of the main character sounded like a teenager, and her reading of the males. especially Grey, was fakey and stilted. I compare this to The Help, where they actually had different people reading the different roles. By the time a book makes it to #1, you expect a better reader.
Didn't get far enough to tell you
The writing in this books is atrocious at best. The repetition of phrases alone is enough to make you stop listening, but the way the words are blended together to tell the story is as bad or worse.
If one is to write an S&M book, write something more true to form than fan fiction from someone who knows no better.
The narrator, unfortunately, sounds even more niave and annoying than the main character.
I could find no redeeming qualities for this book or this series.
I do not understand why my mother and sister like this book. Poor writing and bad audio personality.
Her voice fluctuations were hideous!
I want my credit back!
I am a young-executive with a voracious appetite for great stories. I read and listen constantly, and am very proud of my book collection.
I found this book painful! I hated everything about it. I for the life of me cannot figure out all the hype. This book basically is a gigantic Penthouse Letters, with very little interesting plot! I wasted my money, and cannot believe that people actually like this nonsense.
I have never been so disappointed in a book, as it started out ok. Oh, and the narrator stinks too. I am less intelligent as a result of this book!
Develop and maintain a plot that isn't ONLY about sex. Sex is fine, I'm not a prude, but to make a book that is this explicit and doesn't have a decent plot line to back it up isn't a great plan.
No, Becca Battoe's performance was dismal, it only made worse an already poor novel.
It had the potential to be a good book and interesting, but instead of furthering the plot and fleshing out the characters more, it got lost in the sexual encounters.
I really tried to give this book a fair shot, I kept listening when both Becca and the novel had lost my interest. I found that instead of being drawn in and caring about these characters and wanting to find out more, that I was instead having the opposite reaction and found myself only listening further so that it wasn't a waste of a credit. I was excited for a new trilogy, but this book didn't hold my interest enough or develop the characters enough to make me want to read the other two in the series.
What killed this for me was the long drawn out email conversations that account for what seems like 50% of this book.
I suppose they wanted to give the characters depth through the "clever and witty" banter, but the constant time stamps and auto-signatures drove me insane!
Refer to above.
Yes, she was a little squeaky but really not that bad.
Cut out all the email headers.