Please note: This audiobook contains graphic adult content.
Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.
They rekindle their searing, sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven, and demanding Fifty Shades.
While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life.
©2011 E L James (P)2012 Random House
"In a class by itself." (Entertainment Weekly)
While the "Fifty" series is a great get away from it read, I'm baffled by the choice of narrator. Without offense meant to Ms. Battoe, who is a talented audible performer, I was SO DISAPPOINTED in this narrator for the Fifty series. Anastasia IS a college grad aged gal, an maybe that's why the "younger" sounding choice for Becca Battoe, but it simply didn't work for me. I skipped the "audible" version of the final book, opting to read it myself. Sorry Audible, you missed the mark on this one, in my humble opinion.
Wiccan High Priestess
I'm the type of person who doesn't like to leave things undone. I never walk out of movies, no matter how bad and I can count on one hand (and still have fingers left) the number of books that I've abandoned before the end.
I did manage to finish the first book in spite of the bad writing, flat characters and incessantly whining Ana. And who knows why, but something pushed me to download 50 Shades Darker. I wanted to know what happened next, how the story ended.
My Audible subscription is kind of like Netflix, I sometimes download titles that I wouldn't necessarly spend money on if I were buying from Amazon or one of the chain stores. Most of the time it works out well and I discover a gem that I otherwise wouldn't have, but this time it was 50 Shades of I Wish I Hadn't Wasted My Credit.
Another reviewer said it well...once they go Vanilla, there's no point in continuing. Maybe if the book were better in terms of actual plot and characterization there would be something left worth reading. But without the basics of a good book, once you take away the hook-y gimmick of BDSM, there's nothing left. That's a shame, because even Erotica should be about something more than sex.
No one with any intelligence at all.
The audio version is the WORST audio book I have ever listened to among the hundreds I have listened to while traveling. The reader should never again be allowed to narrate a dictionary much less anything worth reading. She tries to be sexy but comes across like a bad 1-900 number.
Not as an audio. The IBook version is fantastic.
I will never buy another book performed by Becca Battoe.
okay, the story in 2 is better than one...but becca battoe really is a bad narrator for this series. They desperately need to redo it with another person as narrator. I wish Anna Fields was still alive she would have been perfect narrator for this....
PLEASE REDO THIS AUDIOBOOK!
This is a pop phenomom and I had to read it like Twilight. But the message sent to young women about worrying so much about pleasing a man and him being mad every two seconds. The rowdy sex was good fun but got boring after awhile the same thing over and over. What really upset me is when he threatens to "beat the s--t out of her" when it has nothing to do with BDSM. I don't know..... I hope young women are reading this tongue in cheek and just for good summer beach reading fun and not taking this too seriously re: how relationships should work. How can he be so dreamy one sec and beat the s--t out of you the next. You dont want to find out in real life. Read as a pop phemom culteral experience for not other reason.
repetitive nature of it .....took ten min of story and played it out for three books
horrible male voices
none.......add some more
Becca Battoe narrates this book in what sounds like an 80's Valley Girl dialect. "Oh My Gawd, Christian! Could you BE any hotter? Like Totally." Ruins the mood.
I love his dark, troubled character.
It's just the way she reads. She emphasizes certain syllables in a way that detracts from the mood. Her voice is more petulant adolescent than young woman exploring her sexuality. Very distracting.
Yes, because the ending is a cliff-hanger.
Need a different narrator. I wasted my money on the audiobook. The reading was a turn-off. She should narrate tween or teen literature, like the Dork Diaries, or Popularity Papers. "Like, I'm SO sure.....Gawd."
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.
Never trust anyone who doesn't enjoy reading.
The narrator is aweful. I wish they would've at least had a male narrator to play Grey's part.
Mr Grey becoming more loving and sensitive.
Not in anything sexy. She doesn't play the part well at all.
Looooooove Mr Grey!!!!!
No, the performance was horrible. Sounded like some dimwitted 20 something valley girl. I thought Ana had a little more class when I read the first book.
She should have had a little more class and attitude. This performance made me think Ana was a bridezilla. Had no sympathy for her in the audio version but did in the eBook I read of the first book.
Relucantly yes but if there was a different Narrarator absolutely. Fabulous book but the miss pronounced words & poor narration made it difficult to really enjoy. Buy the book instead.
Christian, he's a challenge
Everything, her tone of voice, miss pronounced words. Everything!
Rerelease in audible form with different narration. Natalie Ross & Phil Gigante would be fabulous!
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