Okay, let's be fair - none of these books are extraordinary from a literary standpoint. The dialogue was completely ridiculous, and I imagine E L James going through her thesaurus looking for words like "burning", "enflamed", and "dangerous". For the record, I think using "Fifty Shades" in the text itself is only allowable once. Picking this as Grey's nickname in Ana's running internal monologue was just awful. I was also hoping that there would be more intensity in the intimate scenes - instead, it was just more of the same. As the relationship between Ana and Grey deepens, the book becomes a romance novel wearing a black nail polish. It was all too tame. Read the classic "The Story of O" if you are looking for something that is dangerous, a little shocking, and very stimulating to those that want something a little more edgy. Frankly, I'm one woman who feels that watching porn for the plot is a waste of time. I didn't pick up a series about a virginal woman who begins a BDSM relationship with a hot, young, millionaire (let's add astronaut rocket scientist to that ridiculous list of descriptors) so that I could have him end up lukewarm and tender.
Probably not, although I might get around to the third book eventually, just for the sake of closure.
Perhaps if she was narrating only female characters, she would have been fine. However, her reading in the male voice was absolutely awful. She tried to affect a male voice, which was just distracting and not at all sexy. I read the first book in 6 days - and that's working a day job and taking care of 2 kids with after-school sporting activities. I then got this book as audio, and Becca Battoe's performance rendered the book corny.
The narration immediately sparked irritation and disappointment. As the story unfolded, I felt somewhat deflated by the downward spiral into bland romance.
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