Having an actual plot, being written in something akin to literate English
None that I could find in the 5 hours I wasted listening to it before I turned it off
Way too long. Poor writing and no discernible plot
I am a 37 year old mother of 2. I love supernatural, horror and historical fiction. But I read everything. Audible makes my workday fun!
I'm a fan of series. So I'm probably going to want to know what happens between Christian and Anna. So yes I would try another book by this author. However I am not going to get an audio version. I don't like the Becca Battoe version of Anastasia Steel .
"I F*@k ...hard."
I didn't like her in this. She was honestly too cheerful.
I don't see how they can make it a movie without taking out all the parts that make it interesting.
I was constantly distracted by the dialogue which clearly has a British feel. If EL James wasn't going to bother to make her characters sound American than why not just make them British. This is not the way Americans talk Ms. James!
Yea, I would recommend it because the overall story is good..
I love that Mr Grey had a lot of things going on in his life that he has never experience before and actually enjoy it with Ana
Well for Ana to be so smart she was so dumb. and when Ana was being dumb it sounded like she was whinny
if it didnt take so long to get to the punch line, thats why i stated that it started off boring
I thought the emails were a bit too much to listen too and made it boring
It seems with some books they never doen load all the way i only get 1 or 2 chapters it is very frustrating
This book had a great premise but I think it lacked the knowledge and research to make it a real winner.
I can see why there is an attraction to the overall story, the romance and sexual discovery of a young women along a more forbidden path was something we need more of, that and more plot to make at a page turner for me.
Lately I have been finding most books lacking, seems anyone can write a novel now a days. I guess I am looking for a literary genius type, Charlotte Bronte taken up a few notches, more strong females, liberated sex, but still with the literary prowess of the classics.
Narration is here nor there for me, it can distract, but if the story is great, listening goes beyond just hearing the words.
Yes, it could open doors for many more novels of this type, a cross over genre, romance meets erotica meets BDSM. Women have finally reached true liberation when they cannot just fantasize about sex, but read about it, write about it, talk about it and do it!!!!!
My husband heard about the 50 shades of hype, and asked if I had heard about the series. I'm always up for some good, sloppy, adult sex, and I had a credit to burn. Three hours into it, and I was bored with all of the sighing and dreamy eyed crushing when it was finally revealed to me that she was a 21 year old virgin! No wonder! Well, maybe it would hook me with a good story. Nope! Unanswered question after unanswered question and by the end of the book, I could care less what happened to the characters during next two books. I have since talked to a few friends who say the biggest question, what happened in the main characters life to make him view sex and relationships the way that he does, isn't explained until the last few chapters in LAST BOOK!! As for the sex? I have no problem with exploring alternative lifestyles, but it was awfully disappointing. It is obviously written to shock, not to arouse your own real life sex, there was no passion behind the act, sociopath or not. Hey, at least now I can hold up my end of the conversation at the water cooler....
Prior to purchasing Fifty Shades of Grey (Book 1) I read the reviews and a vast majority of them were negative. Having never read the books before, I thought I would give it a try. It is really NOT as bad as everyone keeps saying. Sure Christians voice sounds a bit cheesy and the male/female characters sound similar but it’s an audio book read by one person. The only way this audio book would sound better is if there was a male and a female reading it.
If you are debating downloading it - stop debating. Becca Battoe does a good job for all this book entails. I really felt how Anastasia was feeling and the deep dark Christian came a crossed clear. The ending leaves you screaming NOOOOO....and instantly downloading the second book.
The characters in this story have such real and honest feelings. It was a great great book!
Given the all that the book entails, she did a good job.
No, took 3 days of constant listening... had to watch out for kids and I didn't want my husband to get too many ideas. :)
I liked the happy ending. The story was well written and the characters complicated enough to be intriguing. The sex scenes were explicit and well described. I liked that Anastasia figured out the complexities of Christian and stayed to make him see what love is all about.
The Story of O because both are about female sexuality and fantasy. Women do think about this and love reading about it.
Yes. She isn't the best at changing her voice for different characters but I expect she will improve.
Yes. I have ordered all three volumes.
A good storyline with more depth and less emails to each other. I got soo sick of the back and forth emails when they could have texted or phoned each other.
All the emailing back and forth to each other.
What a waste of my credit for this month. The only likable character was the roommate, Kate;
Okay, all women have sexual fantasies; many enjoy reading erotica with a believable storyline and, of course, hot, steamy sex scenes. Kindle, Audible.com, etc. make it possible for people to read/listen to erotica in public without others seeing the title or suggestive book cover. I believe this, along with the average person's curiosity about BDSM and D/s, is the only reason Fifty Shades went viral.
The book reads like an author's first attempt (and it is a good attempt) at writing. She does a good job with character development and does have better-than-average writing skills. I appreciate the author's verbiage and seemingly wide-ranging knowledge of American and British literature as well as eclectic taste in music. The way she wrote about literature, music, and especially BDSM, however, felt stilted and studied...not natural. On the flip side, she was obviously more comfortable writing about the dynamics of relationships, friendships, sexual tension, buildup, and release, and her writing style was smooth and flowing. (she just needs a good editor for some of the redundancies!)
If -- If this book were properly and professionally edited, it might be better visually read than listened to.
In my opiion, this particular narrator completely missed the mark. This book may have been better read by a man who can credibly perform women's roles. I almost put the book down a few times due completely to the narration. Maybe I'm being too harsh; audible has me spoiled with some of their brilliant narration performances.
Knowing what I know now, would I spend the credit again? Yes, but with much lower expectations. Looking for well-read sizzling BDSM D/s fiction? Try "A Good Student" by Elliot Mabeuse--after completing the Grey series. Student is slightly more realistic with very, very sexually explicit content.
I am in no way bashing this book. It just does not belong on NYTimes or Audible's top 100 list, much less top 10. So, lower your expectations and have fun listening!