I thought that I knew what I was getting into when I decided to listen to these books: I knew that the writing wasn't going to be stellar, but I wanted to be informed on the latest cultural phenomenon. I made it through this first book and half of the second before throwing in the towel.
First, I must say, that the writing is much worse than I expected. But leaving that aside, this series is probably the least-suited for the audio format of any book I've encountered. The countless emails that the characters exchange are awful to listen to - you have to hear the "To" line the "From" line, the subject, the time, the date and the characters' signatures for every single email - even the brief ones. (Also, anyone that believes that a 21 year old is exchanging emails instead of text messages is as out-of-touch as James herself). I also thought that the tone of the reader's voice made Anastasia's character seem even more childish, vapid and "valley girl" than she is written to be. I love audiobooks, but this performance is either the worst I've ever heard, or close to it.
If you have a burning desire to know what all the fuss is about, download it on your Kindle. That way you can skip past much of the filler, and you can read it in public without embarrassment.
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