I read the books first and fell hard for Christian and Ana's love story. After reading reviews of the audiobooks I was concerned about the performance of the actress, but decided to give one a try. I thought the actress was fine as Ana, but at first found the way she changed her voice to be Christian was really distracting, but not as awful as when she spoke with a Spanish accent as Jose! But after the first few chapters I got used to her "Christian" voice because I got into the storyline and didn't really notice her voice at all. Luckily Jose doesn't have many lines so that wasn't much of a problem. If you can't get enough of Christian and Ana, and were devastated when the third book was over, I recommend the audiobooks as a complement to the paperbacks, to enjoy when it isn't possible to read, like on a long drive.
The writing leaves something to be desired. For instance the phrase,"Oh, my!" probably appears five times a page, but the originality of the story trumped the poor writing for me. Not so, with regard to the narration. Anna is believable and well done, but the remainder of the voices are so overdrawn that they become caricatures.
The way in which James manages to convey all types of sexual situations without resorting to the words commonly used.
I am an extremely tolerant listener who can usually adjust my idea of how a character should sound to the interpretation given by the narrator. I was not able to do that here. In my opinion this is a case where a good book was practically ruined by the narration.
I can only listen to Audio books.
Anastasia she is a strong woman and stands up for herself and her love is pure.
Christian Grey and Anastasia Grey
50 Shades of Grey.
I can only listen to Audio books. I loved this book and the whole series. I've even listened to it twice it is captivating One you read the first book you will want to read the entire series.
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again there is no use in reading it at all. Oscar Wilde
I liked the story line the banter and between Christian and Anna
It puts a question in your mind of how can I fit this in to my relationship with my counterpart.... everyone likes a little spice and let me tell you it definitely has that
I really did she made some of the love scenes very graphic but also threw in some humor with it. She also had Christian explain to Anna what it was that they were doing so really someone like me who doesn't know about bdsm wasn't completely, lost
I didn't particularly care for the narrator's performance I think she tried to hard to portray the characters ages and in that missed it completely
I know that there is alot of comments on why you shouldnt listen to this novel but I really do think it is worth the listen
The narration was awful. I didn't like the way the words were read at all.
This was very easy to listen to, and a much needed continuation to what seemed like an incomplete first book (Fifty Shades of Gray.) The narrator did an excellent job reading the book in a non-annoying, yet youthful way. It would be difficult to find Christian attractive if the narrator didn't pull the voice off well, and I feel like she did.
I was overall disappointed with the series after all of the hype. I had hoped for more plot, but I think that the author is not to fault, as she did what she set out to do. I think that the great reviews come from women who should get over their shame and just shop in a different section of the bookstore.
I like most of it, but nothing stands out. It was a good story, distracting, entertaining, but not especially thought-provoking.
While relatively well written, I did become a little irritated over the use of the same phrasing and big words throughout. I think rather than reuse big works, authors should expand their vocabulary, or opt for simplicity. This was, however, one of the author's first works, and it should not be a fault that she gained extreme popularity early in her career.
This book in the series is the most exciting, filled with constant ups and downs. I was listening constantly wanting to know what happened next. For having no experience writing the author did a good job.
Audible is the best thing since sliced bread..
Its twilight sage with dirty sex and less story.
The narrator is unbelievable.
Spoiler alert... OMG my man is so hot and rich. Im so clumsy. His sister is so quirky. Am i really pretty? Lets get married and be happy forever.
I wanna choke the writer while I suspect it is steph meyers filling in the sex blanks.
Save your credit.
It may have been better except for the very horriable narrator. She is awful
And would you please stop trying to prove how smart you are? No one talks like that. And men like him dont do 180's.
I'd rather listen than read!!!! This is my joy!!!
I love the plot, the characters, and I love the fact that it's exotic!!
Christian Grey is my favorite character because he's complex, exotic, and eventually a hard nut to crack and then enjoy (pun intended).
I love Becca Battoe and she enhances The Shades Triology not that it needs enhancing.
I loved this book I have the hard copy and the audible version that I listen to atleast once a week when I am not into other books.
This book should be compared to Twilight series. And it also should be compared to
Grey's Anatomy (I know it's not a novel). The Twilight series because there are a lot of similarites with the main characters in each book. The Twilight series is a very watered down version of Fifty Shades.
Definitely, I have already recommended this book.
Christian, because of all the changes he made in his life.
You know, I had the books, but I let Becca read them with me and it enhanced my reading. When you read the book by yourself sometimes you don't put emphasis where you should.
The book makes you laugh and cry. It is so full of emotions, even the sexaul scenes got to me.