Please note: This audiobook contains graphic adult content.
When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees.
Now, Ana and Christian have it all - love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate. Ana must somehow learn to share Christian’s opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own identity. And Christian must overcome his compulsion to control as he wrestles with the demons of a tormented past.
Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice, and fate conspire to make Ana’s deepest fears turn to reality.
©2012 E.L. James (P)2012 Random House
"In a class by itself." (Entertainment Weekly)
If the narrator actually participated in the book, such as change of voice when doing male vs female, and scene changes. Every time I listen to this book I found myself falling asleep. I thought it was just me, but after 3 different people tried we all agree that it was the narrator.
NO, I would recommend Janet Evanovitch, Jennifer Cruises or Deborah Harkness.
This book does have an intense part towards the middle end but I don't want to give it away.
ANYONE who knows how to pronounce so many words you mispronounced it was painful!
NO, I listened to Pratchett, Gaiman and Cruises interchangeably with this book so I could get through it as a promise to a friend.
Who ever is supposed to be directing the narrator on this one really screwed up.
A different narrator. I read the first two books, so it is possible that I already had a thought in my mind as to what the characters should sound like.
Quit using the same stupid sayings throughout the book. I seriously hate the words Oh My and will probably cringe when I hear it in the future. OVERUSED Also who cares what the date and time is for every single email that was sent between Christian and Ana.
The narrator did not seem to grasp the feelings that the characters were having due to the way she enunciated the words.
I did enjoy the content of the book overall minus the comments above.
Yes to E.L. James
No to Becca Battoe.
I have never listened to or read a book like it.
I read the 1st two books in the series which is not typical for me. I listen to the majority of books I choose. However, I am going to spend more money and buy the 3rd book for my ipad kindle. I listened to the 1st part of this book and was extremely disappointed. The reader is extremely miscast for this book. She changes the complexion of the book, making it far less than it is. Please do not waste your money. Unfortunately this book has to be read not listened to.
I am sorry to be so negative about the reader. I am sure she would do much better with a book that was more appropriate for her reading style.
This is the 1st time I am reviewing a book even though I have been an audible member for many years. Since I usually listen to my books, I was surprised how disappointing it was to switch from reading the first two books in this series to listening to the third. With the popularity of this series it should have been read by a superior cast, similar to how "The Help" was produced.
"Oh my"! I murmered. I don't think anyone. I mean "Holy crap!"
Repitition of the same few phrases and words over and over and over agian. Also I liked the first book for the BDSM aspect. After the first book that is pretty much gone....
She would be okay with a different character
I would not, and only because the Narrator isn't very good. She mispronounces many words in the book and a good many of them numerous times so you know it wasn't a simple mistake. Tentatively was "tenatively" and Clamber she pronounces the "B" when she shouldn't. These are just a couple of examples that kept standing out. In addition to that I think she failed to capture Anastasia’s tone a lot of the time. She was very whiney and irritating at times. And her whole attempt on Christian and other males was just ridiculous and couldn't be taken seriously. Not to leave out her attempt at a Hispanic accent was beyond bad.
I love Christian. A lot of his personality and his need for control and all around stand-offishness reminds me of my husband and that helped me really transport myself into the story and experience it for myself.
I would not.
Yes, and came pretty darn close to it too.
I love this book and the other two as well. They are very well written aside from her whole inner godess references, I just don't think that was necessary. That and the back and forth of emails the went on and on and on seemed like a cheap way of fleshing out the book. Other than that it was outstanding.
Probably but it needs a different narrator
Her pregnancy, the turmoil & strong wills.
A different narrator, & better pronouncation.
The meadow & her second pregnancy. The joy & happiness that was finally found.
I would enjoyed the information about his childhood at the beginning of Fifty Shades. It would have made everything more realistic.
I loved this series! Though, I enjoyed reading it more than I enjoyed listening to it. The narration isn't the worst that I've heard, but definitely doesn't top my list.
An avid listener of audio books.
I didn't have a problem with the narration at all. The story was good. The only problem with the narration was with some of the writing. Some of the dialog was repetitive and that became annoying. But overall I found the book enjoyable.
Great! Great! Great
How Christian grows emotionally.
This is a very good trilogy, but Becca Battoe is not the narrator for this series. Although Ana is young and, in the beginning, very innocent, she grows into a blossoming woman in a matter of months. The narrator does not bring this into her reading. Becca Battoe's reading is on the level of a 3rd grader and it was difficult to enjoy. There's very little emotion in her voice and it's pretty dull. This is an erotic series and the sensual scenes should make you feel what Ana is feeling, but it doesn't. It's like reading any other book. No imagination in the reader's voice. It's pretty dull - and Christian's voice - don't get me started on that. Becca Battoe leaves a lot to be desired in the reading of this series.
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