I was excited to use my monthly credit for a new book, especially one that had a 4 star rating and seemed to have an excellent premise. I was immediately disappointed when I started listening to this audio book. Maybe it was the narrator, but it sounded so juvenile, I almost gave up on it. It turned out to be an okay story, although very predictable, but I think it would've been much more enjoyable if it was narrated differently. Maybe it was the actual writing in the "first dog" format. Regardless, I was disappointed I used my monthly credit for this book.
I've never listened to a book that just stopped in the middle of the story. I can't believe the reviews didn't warn me of this. If I'd known I'd get wrapped up in a book that was going to end before the storyline was wrapped up, I would've never wasted a credit on this book. The reviews also didn't advise me that this is a "erotic fiction", although I soon figured that out. Not that I'm a prude, I've listened to the 50 Shades trilogy, but I like to know what kind of genre I'm getting myself into.
At first the book was a little difficult to get into. It's obviously written for a certain ethnicity and the language used was a little off putting at first, but when I got into the characters, the language and different voices of the characters made a lot of sense. I have to give the narrator credit for all the different voices, including amazingly realistic voices for the men characters.
The characters were nicely evolved, interesting and fairly realistic. The story line was intriguing and I was really caught up in it, right up until the time it ended, with no warning, before the story was wrapped up. I looked online for a sequel but nothing! I was so irritated I had to wait a couple weeks before writing this.
I guess I'll keep looking for the sequel from Naomi. Hopefully she doesn't let me down.
Having grown up in Janis' generation, being almost the same age, I was a huge fan. Her lyrics always resonated with me; but other than 17, I had forgotten about her music and about her as an artist. This book brought it all back to me vividly and, along with it, memories of myself at 17. Her narration was key to the enjoyment of the book. Beginning each chapter with a song was brilliant and sharing the story of her life was not only brave but made for an excellent read (listen). I always knew from her music that she was a complex individual but to hear first-hand how and what made her who she is helped to truly understand her music and life. This is an extremely a good book, even if you don't know Janis and he music, but being audible made it just that much better. After listening, I immediately went out and bought some of her music.
This is a delightful tale that is beautifully written. I would recommend this book (and have) to anyone looking for an escape into a delightful world of well defined characters that have both poignant and amusing stories.
I had heard all the hype about this book, so I was interested to see what it was all about. I can't believe this series is a best seller. All I can say is that there must be a lot of young, bored, lonely and sex starved house wives out there that must be buying this trash. First of all the book is entirely predictable. It was obvious where the plot was leading long before the writer got you there. Secondly, the detailed reading of the numerous emails between Christian and Anna, including the date, time and signature line, every time an email was read was so tedious, I almost threw my mp3 player across the room several times, it was so frustrating. Thirdly, I'm definitely no prude and have read my share of erotic literature, but the number of sex scenes so overshadowed the characterizations and plot that the book was almost just a series of sex scenes one right after the other. It got so boring. Anna describes rolling her eyes all the time (only about a billion times) in the book and that's what I found myself doing every time you knew there was yet another sex scene coming. I would definitely NOT recommend this book.
The amount of sex scenes that really served no literary or entertainment purpose whatsoever. Also the predictable plot, as miniscule as it was.
Everything. Anna's character is supposed to be a literary bookworm whose favorite classics are British literature. Ms. Battoe's performance (and EL James writing) makes her sound like a California valley girl.
About 80% of the sex scenes, they are so unnecessary. We get it! Christian's into kinky sex! Big deal. Why not focus more of the story on his childhood and why he's 50 shades? Or how about describing what in Anna's past made her so vulnerable and so lacking self esteem that she would succumb to such a control freak of a boyfriend. As a woman, I got so frustrated when Anna allows Christian to control her again and again. I wanted to scream "get some b-lls Anna!
Don't buy this book. You'll be wishing you'd never wasted your money (credit) or your time.
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