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)
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!
I can't vouch for the content of this book simply because listening to it is such a struggle.
The first book had a different narrator and it wasn't the greatest, the new narrator might be worse. The men's voices are horrible.
Change the narrator.
I haven't gotten to any redeeming qualities yet....I'll stick it out simply because I don't have the time to read the book.
Nothing more than buyer beware!
Why did I waste my time and money on purchasing the follow up to this ridiculous nonsense? Someone told me they got better. That shouldn't have been reason enough to buy the second novel. It was just as bad. Same poor writing. Same predictable, repetitive dialog. Same nonsense. The sex wasn't anymore titillating than the writing. Blah!
Becca you have listened to the reviews and improved your voice imensly. This "new" Ana is much more mature sounding, more in keeping with the adult material. I'm so looking forward to continuing in this trilogy. Bravo!
The narration "redo" of Fifty Shades was necessary. And has made the listen even better!
I love the Romance. I have listened to erotica stories but not with this much romance.
I think that Becca was able to relate to the characters, and it came through in her performance.
Some of of the romance was tear jerking
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