the auther kept me interested all the way through, I loved the changes through out the story each turn was unexpected. Great book
I feel that this just became another romance novel. I couldn't finish it because I was just annoyed with the fact that Christian changed his ways for this girl. I also have to say I do not like the more mature voice of the narrator. I'm probably in the minority here but just felt that th eother girl's voice was much more innocent which fit the character better.
Not the best - but it's up there! There was some overuse of phrases, and the narrator could have used a bit more diversity in her interpretation of the voices. I did, however, find her presentation of Anastasia to be reasonably accurate for a young 20-something female, who clearly came into this story/world very niave - but strong. Not exactly a role model, but not the weak minded fawn she could have been portrayed as. There is a love story here - and a story of 2 people growing up - together. Average girls falls at feet and into arms of Adonis-like billionaire - not a completely realistic scenario - but i was entrances and caught up in the energy as the story progressed.
It is, at it's core, a love story. There's intrigue, and the every murcurial Christian Gray to contend with - but i'm captivated by trying to keep up with the evolution of their relationship.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching the interplay between Ana's Inner Goddess and her Sub-Conscious, and watching them develop into characters unto themselves. It reminded me of my own struggles in my youth!
Captivating as the love story and evolution of the relationship were for me, i found the frequency and seemingly needless sex a bit off-putting and excessive to what would have been needed to advance the plot. I'm a bit of a sucker for gothically tragic, self depricating men - so Christian worked well for me. The airheaded Anastasia was, well, pretty much what I would have expected. I personally wasn't put off by the Kink-Lite, nor the Alpha/Domineering Male versus semi-submissive female interplay - it's typical to a lot of what I read. But if you find that distressing, or take a personal affront to that kind of interplay in your characters, this is not the read for you.
I have loved books every since I could read. During my elementary & high school days I spent my time in libraries getting books to read.
Romance, adventure, intrigue, and mystery laced with erotic episodes makes this novel sublime. It was worth listening to and should be heard again.
Hot Romantic Mystery!
Who would guess that such a story would be so hot! This is even better than Story of O and that was pretty thought provoking. 50 Shades is great. Anyone who says they don't like it is either lying to themselves or hasn't read it yet.
I liked the way that Ana and Christian interact. Even though you think he is kinky, he is just a troubled guy who needs love. Don't all guys need love! My Inner Goddess is a pervert and loved the story....all of it....including the Red Room of Pain/Passion parts. All women like to read about this and the audible lets you experience it .... almost! The narrator was better or maybe I just go used to her. I'd still like more voice changes but....it isn't a Hard Limit.
She brings her innocence in her voice. Christian sounds a bit pompous which I guess he was supposed to be altho I didn't think that when I read it but only when I started listening to the story. I'm going to be listening to this series over and over just like I've already read the e-books twice.
Unleash your Inner Goddess with this sexy movie. Can't see this being made into a movie though.
I liked the series. Can't really imagine it in a movie. No movie could do justice to the visuals imparted by the text and voice method.
Don't get me wrong, I love a good erotic novel, but there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. I found myself wanting the plot to move forward instead of another erotic scene. By book two, the author starts to reuse the same adjectives to describe the scenes and they are no longer entertaining-just boring.
There are many things in the plot that could be developed better...they are brought up and then left dangling. Characters, such as Jose, are brought in to seeming ill effect. It does not seem that this novel was planned very well.
Now I am hooked and will be getting the third book, but I wish I had stopped at the first book.
AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL!!! No intonation, and the male character's voices are butchered beyond recognition. Recommend using a female and male narrator.
Less sex, more left to the imagination.
The Jose character is a distraction and serves no real purpose in the novel.
yes, i enjoyed the story. Lots of sex, ridiculous romance/fanstasy (don't we all want to fall in love with a billionaire and have such crazy passion we have sex 6 times a day or more?), and the trilogy promises hours of entertainment make them a good value. I like how the books are actually long with a plot and not super short like a lot of romances.
It was more suspenseful/cliff-hanger than the ending to Fifty Shades of Grey. I purchased the third immediatly.
YES please replace the narrator! I read the first book in the series on my ereader, but bought books 2 & 3 on audible. I like listening because I can do other things (clean my pool, clean, drive & helps me get to sleep better than TV) so I "dealt" with it, but did not enjoy it. I looked her up, she primarily reads children and young adult novels and should stick with that. The voice for Anna was fine, but every other character was mediocre or bad. The male voices were AWFUL - it made a handsome, dreamy CEO sound like a slow, idiot which was a shame. It was hard to really enjoy the sex scenes because his voice was so UN-SEXY. I was apparently listening to the remastered version. Also, her accents were way off (is Jose hispanic or have a bad lisp?). My favorite female narrator is Susan Erikson (JD Robb In Death series) because she can do a lot of different voices (including men) very well - from southern, irish, hispanic, etc - they should get her if she is not exclusive to Brilliance Audio. I am less concerned with Anna sounding 21 than I am with the performance of most the characters being good.
It has a follow up - I enjoy the story, but the sex and their interactions are already getting really repetitive. I am starting to get annoyed with Anna at this point - the guy has already made amazing strides in days with her that in real life would take years, but she constantly feels the need to test him, constantly doubts herself (at least this part is understandable) and wants to grill his therapist - unethical! She needs to be more patient, but I guess she is 21 . . .
If you get this one, might as well read them all!
I didn't get the first one on audible so here is my take on the whole series if you haven't invested yet:
My understanding is that the books were originally fan fiction available for free online that became popular and were rushed to press. I think I read they were in response to Twilight and notice some people think it is similar or a rip off - I've seen two of the twilight movies but never read the books and don't see how they are similar except in the way most romances are similar (but with no vampires thank god - i can't take this paranormal stuff seriously). The story itself is not much different than any romance novel in which rich/hot guy meets virgin who dates lots of hot women and is never serious with any of them meets hot/virgin & suddenly she is the "one & only" for some inexplicable reason (since virgin is often whiny & stupid when it comes to relationships) and they get engaged within days or weeks. I haven't finished the 2nd book yet or started the third, but I bet they do get engaged, she gets pregnant, & they live happily ever after despite the fact that it would be ridiculous. I am not saying I don't enjoy reading these books sometimes, but I also awknowledge what these books are and I don't think this one stands out that much from the rest.Could have been a lot better if they hadn't rushed and did some editing. Everytime I hear "oh my" I want to kill myself, and that is just one of many repetitive phrases (if I was reading instead of listening I could skip over some of this and reading the emails wouldn't be as annoying - but I actually enjoy the content of the emails). I see my comments are sounding negative, but I did enjoy it. It is better than a lot of other romances out there, many of which are just terrible. If you are new to erotica, you might like this because they don't use "dirty" words as often which can make some people uncomfortable.She uses anatomical terms and phrases like "he touched me down there" "his fingers traced up to the apex of my thighs," "penis," and "erection." I teach anatomy & physiology for a living so these terms are a little lame to me. If these terms bother you, don't bother reading any real erotica! Despite these relatively tame terms it is still sexy, but the sex happens so often it does get a bit boring. Sometimes I wish they would write erotica about normal people (you know, not a billionaire, good sex but not every few hours 7 days a week, a girl more realistic than a 21 year old hot vigin who doesn't think she is hot and apparently has never once been attracted to the any other hot men in her life who are in love with her because she was destined for this man) - but then I guess it wouldn't be a fantasy and not serve as a great escape from reality. Ooh - how about an experienced woman of 30 who meets hot young virgin man and he gets her to settle down ;)
What a waste of time, money, and talent. The author is probably a good writer but sold out fof sex scenes. I recieved these books as gift or would never tried to get past first. I have never wished so for characters to keep their cothes on and get on with story. I am not a prude but reallyso repetitious. I fast forwarded most of books due to sameness and boredom.
On my first evaluation I said yes, but as I continued the series I really would have to say
I would evaluate their books alittle closer than I did this one
Do I want to read part three and yes -I did.
She was good.
I do not know, but if it is like this book it should be rated R.
The actual story became losted in the second part and was more into sexual content of a couple's sexual life rather than a story of their lives. I am not into spanking and inflicting pain during sexual activity so this was not the great book I expected.
I have written this review once, with the old narration, so now I write it again. Let me start by addressing narration. I had no problem with the first narration of this story; I thought Ana was read perfectly. She is a 21 year old innocent, who seems to have no life experience and is just at the beginning of learning who she is and coming into herself. For those that thought she sounded too young, I have to question the last time they listened to a 21 year old girl talk. However that is moot, the narration has been redone and badly. I dislike this new Ana very much, while she perhaps sounds older, the voice is almost tired, words seem over spoken to me, like the narrator had to hold her mouth oddly to get the voice to sound this way. The male characters are really bad, no really, and I did not think them that badly before. If you are one who can get past bad narration, then maybe you won’t be so bothered by it, however the writing of the actual story does not get much better.
The overall idea of this novel is great, I like Christian. There is something lustful about a powerful, handsome, rich, intelligent and dangerous man that wants nothing more than to have you and protect you. Ana is young, bottom line, young and everything that comes with inexperience in life and love. So this story starts off with Christian wanting a submissive and then moves into Christian wanting Ana, however he can get her, even if that means giving up some control and opening himself up to the possibilities of love. This is an erotic book, so expect the sex to be there and a good bit of it. There are no great plot twists, there are no “holy cow” I didn’t see that coming moments. It’s obvious and you can pretty much see the ending a mile away. However it’s a simple, easy read that can help some of the more boring moments of your day slip away.
By biggest complaint is all the repetition…words and expressions used over and over and over and … you get my drift. I don’t have the e-reader version of this, so I did a little research to give you an idea of the gross overuse of words. Here goes: eye rolls 41 times, Ana bites her lip 35 times, eyebrows raising 50 times, 80 references to Ana's subconscious, 58 references to Ana's "inner goddess," and 92 utterances of some form of "oh crap", 60+ gasps and 120+ times of blushing and or flushing and more exasperations of “Oh My” than I even care to go into. However, never fear, she does pull out her Thesaurus every couple pages and throws out a $5.00 word, you will no doubt have never heard before, thereby giving you the opportunity to Google the definition.
The highlight of the story, outside of imagining my very own Christian, is the email exchanges. I very much enjoyed seeing the relationship between the two of them during the emails; it’s pretty much the only time they have any real conversation outside of sex. I also enjoyed seeing the softer caring side of Christian when it came out.