I have read the entire series, and I enjoyed the stories, but the narrator was a bit of a joke.
In the top 100. It's not my favorite genere, but still quite entertaining. Also keep in mind, I am an avid reader and audio book listener, I have probably gone through about 1000 audio books in the last 10 years.
The main characters were finally able to come into their own. There was a sort of peaceful feeling that came towards the end of the book. The epilouge was a nice surprise and exceptionally informative.
Her interpretation of the character's personas and personalities. I read the first book of the 50 Shades series and listened to the last two. I had a much different perception of the characters tones of voice, use of inflections and levels of sarcasm while I read as opposed to listening to Becca Battoe. Different is not indicative of better or worse.
Hard work pays off. :-)
For all that the writing is a bit childish, it has it's moments of bizarre fascination. Becca Battoe's voice really highlights all that is wrong with the book, so that's a negative. On the positive side, there is something engrossing about watching these two characters come together despite themselves.
Let me first say, I've listened to the entire trilogy in less than 7 days.
This book was my least favorite. Battoe, the narrator, I've grown accustomed to. Reading some of the chapters of the actual book, I find I prefer the audio version to print, due to the repetitious nature of the author's phrases, descriptions and words.
The final book in the trilogy, i was tired of hearing every detail of the couple's copulation every other hour of a day. I appreciated that James cut it short at times, the other times, i just set the playback to x1.5 (thanks Audible!) To me, this final installment related a lot to the Twilight series, which I wasn't particularly fond of. I found myself impatient to get back to the story line rather than dwell in sexual details that we are all very apt to at this point.
However, the brief action is good, the storyline is entertaining and the epilogue was interesting and enticing enough to make me feel like I am now empty inside not having the trilogy to listen to every free hour of my days.
Just getting started at audible, looking forward to some good books! I work in a library, you would think I would get tired of books but I don't ever get to read so I am going to listen :).
Was very romantic
I listened to the rest of the series, it was great
Made me not want to put it down
Wish it would have kept going!!
Poet, Musician, Songwriter, Author of The Dishwasher's Son
I really enjoyed the first two books and thought I'd do things differently for the third book and listen to it in audio format. Jogging with headphones and listening to this is tolerable enough, but when listening in the car during my commute, there were certain times when stopping at a traffic light I couldn't hit the mute button fast enough. Embarrassing and funny at the same time. I'm sure my face was red on many occasions even as I pretended to act nonchalant.
I'm also pretty sure that reading the book would have been more enjoyable than listening to it. After listening to The Help, I couldn't help feeling the narrater could have transformed herself into the character better. I was also put off by the constant "Oh my!" and "inner goddess" phrases in audio format. While I read the first two books, I'm sure those phrases were repeated as much, it just seemed annoying when listening to it. I also kept waiting for the kinky stuff to happen. Isn't that what this series was built around? Did I mention the embarrassment of listening to the love scenes with the top down? (I know I did, but it's worth mentioning twice : )
In Conclusion: If you're a guy, read this book and listen to "The Help" instead.
Gallup Strengths: INPUT ~ LEARNER ~ ACHIEVER ~ RESPONSIBILITY ~ DISCIPLINE
The suspense on all levels...the climatic middle story the filled in the mystery blanks of Grey's past.
She matures and finds her own voice, will and power.
A definite re-read or listen
Becca Battoe was not my favorite person to listen to. EL james wrting made the protagonist sound so self conscious it was painful to listen to
I never read the series.
I enjoyed the last section giving the background of Christian from his perspective.
I felt it was difficult to stop only because I wanted to hear the end of the story.
I enjoyed the witty banter from the emails.
I love to read southern fiction, family sagas, romance and a bit if fantasy
I read the kindle version of the first in the series. I wish I;d done that with the next two. The narrator was very distracting,
The couple falling in love and getting to know each other on a deeper level.There was more plot action in this one also. I like the idea of being loved in spite of your issues.
I was fine with her as Ana but her pronunciation of words needs work, The book needed a male for Christian.
Yes I listened to this one while I was very busy and I wanted to be left alone to finish.
I resisted getting these despite friends & family knowing I'd like the story. I shouldn't have waited so long, I adore a good love story.