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Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.
When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of his success—multinational businesses, vast wealth, a loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.
©2011 E L James (P)2012 Random House
I liked that I was able to get into it without it being a supernatural book, being as those are my favorites. However, I chose to physically read the book rather than listen to the narrator's mundane way of speaking to a five year old. This isn't a children's story.
Shesee want able to captivate me by making it real. Other narrators, like therese Plummer, seem to be able to read the story as if they were telling it from personal experience, but this narrator was so terrible, she was almost laughable! And Btw, the way she can read the words of Christian Grey was so far from sexy, I think I just might turn gay.
A better narrator
Sex certainly sells but having listened to this I cannot really understand why the book has received so much attention. I think there are plenty of more worthwhile listens out there.
This book should have been named "Fifty Shades of Effed Up." It is nothing more than an adult version of Twilight, and that is not intended as a complement. This book is also as poorly written and is nothing more that an erotic, fan fiction publication that has just as much power over its followers as Twilight. I can only imagine that adult women will be standing in line around the theater when this book is made into a movie just as their daughters have for the Stephanie Meyer's series.
Anna an older, less secure version of Bella Swan. She is an awkward virgin that lacks self confidence when she stumbles into Christian's (AKA Edward's) office. He warns her that he is a bad boy as he lures her into his web in the same way that Edward said "...I'm dangerous, Bella...". At one point she even went home in his jacket, does that sound familiar? (hint Chapter 9 of Twilight) He also left the choice up to her. Right, like there was even a choice, that pathetic girl didn't stand a chance with him.
The similarities don't stop there. Bella, I mean Anna, has a kooky mother, loves old novels, and continually thinks that he doesn't like her [even though he's f--ked her (his words, not mine) repeatedly]. He's older, not 108, but yes, much more worldly, he's wealthy and drives a nice car, hum does that sound familiar? He even has auburn hair. I kept waiting for him to turn into a werewolf or some other mythical creature.
Then they author drops the final punch with an unresolved climax. I assume this is the only way to get poor sex-craved women to purchase that next book.
I can not, in good conscious, recommend this book to my worst enemy. Turn away, no, run away and find yourself a well written book where the characters have depth.
First off, the narrator in this book was HORRIBLE. She sounded like a whining little valley girl and the character voices were atrocious. Not believable at all and didn't ring true to the characters in the book.
Perhaps with a different narrator
Was there anything to like? She made the sex scenes even sound uninteresting. No build up, no anticipation.
The story has a little intrigue, but needs more depth
No one should enjoy this book.
Something with a story behind it.
Yes, both characters are disfunctional.
Anger, disappointment, disturbing, and boring
I would not recommend this book to anyone, especially young adults. It is a pure waste of time to read. There is no story behind it. It's about a man that has serious issues with women and a girl with low self esteem that will do anything to keep a guy that she thinks is hot. I don't understand how this book got so much attention. There are so many other good reads out there, then to waste your time on this kind of junk.
E.L. James is not an author, she is a creator of badly written cliche and tedium. So no, I'd never try another 'book' by her.
Not necessarily. I don't mind erotica, but am violently opposed to horribly written fiction of any kind. This 'book' is one of the worst written I've ever read/listened to.
Her voice grated. To be fair, it may have been the awful medium the poor woman had to work with. I do not envy her.
If I were an editor I would never have allowed this work of utter swill off my desk. If they'd cut out every cliche and over-used "Oh my", "Holy ****" and "My inner goddess" the book would have been a short story, if that. No, straight into the trash, please!
I fear for the future of literature if this is considered great writing now. I'd recommend that anyone who has a mote of taste listen to parts of the book on YouTube or borrow it from a friend if you 'must' try to read it. I'd also recommend some well-written erotica, if that is what you're looking for. Unfortunately, FSoG is NOT it. I'm now going to try to erase it from my computer. Ugh.
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I have listened to 2 chapters of this book so far and HATE it, and what makes it worse is the narrator!!!! She's almost making me wish I was deaf. That, on top of the sophomoric story, makes this a minus 5. How do I get a refund??? A total waste of a credit.
I love this series. I have read all 3 books, and I would love to buy all 3 in audible. The hero's voice is narrated badly. I just could not buy the second and the third book in audible. I hope if they change to a strong hero voice then I will change my mind to buy them.
I don't like her hero voice.
SUSPENSE! HUMOR! LIFE LESSON!
The love story was exciting, intriguing, romantic, and sexy.
The proposal was the best part of this story. An alpha male who claimed he was not a hearts and flowers kind of guy created the most exquisite atmosphere for a romantic proposal. It would have been hard for any red blooded female to say no.
"LOVE" in Control & Dominance in "Love"
Thank you E. L. James for a wonderful story of suspense, love, humor, and kinky. My inner goddess is jumping up and down in a sexy cheer leader outfit.
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