I realize this book is not a great work of literature... it really doesn't need to be. I read them all, great rainy day reads and kudos to E.L. James for riding this to the bank. That said, narration was HORRIBLE. Undoubtedly the worst I have ever listened to. I will never buy anything else by the narrator. I wish there was a way to get my money back on this one.
Remove the author's thesaurus function. I love big words, but they have to work and at times they are just absurd. This is prevalent throughout the series, but honestly, it isn't a big deal. The books are fun, all that matters.
A different narrator. This was as if I grabbed a kid from the mall and had her read it. We have a southern drawl at times and then we do not. I really cannot express how horrible this is. I cannot listen to it any longer... i wasted my credit on this! I suggest they go back and do it again with Rene Raudman or Xe Sands or pretty much anyone else. Gilbert Godfried was easier to listen to.
It. Is. Just. So. Bad. (If you have endured even three chapters of this narration you will know what I am mocking. Ugh.
i really hate that folks will buy this having liked the book. Buyer beware.
The narrator throughout the entire series was bland.. She put way too much emphasis on parts that were supposed to be whispered and not enough on stuff that was supposed to be yelled. There were parts I thought she was monotone and the accents and different voices for different people were not that good. José was the worst! I am generally not a very critical person, but I listened to the entire series while driving for work in a matter of two weeks. I have read the books, but I wanted the information to be fresh in my mind for the movie release. That being said, I just wish they would've picked a different narrator!
The narrator is good with clear speech and pleasant voice. She did well with women's voices, but men sounded more like robots than actual human beings.
Unfortunately the book itself was a waste of time for me. After gripping first part and still interesting second, third part of the trilogy spoiled all the impression from the first two.
I read the first two parts, but the third one already felt too much, so I decided to listen to it to make it easier to bear. Incredibly boring with a poor story line. Just long descriptions of the same events over and over again. And those dialogues, which seem to be a copy-paste from previous parts of the trilogy, with endless murmuring and whispering are just sickening. Looks like the author was paid for the number of words she wrote. At least there was a happy end.