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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
The story is ooooookay at best, senseless at other times. Some of the worst writing I've ever read. Not much above a VC Andrews novel and I gave those up when I was 16.
Poor Becca... she worked with what she was given.
Miss Steele... and her inner-goddess... and her subconscious...
I wish I could brainwash myself.
Educator, mother and avid reader!
FSG is a diffinitely memorable listen. In fact I am on my third pass!
The BeautySeries by Ann Rice
Becca Battoe has a talent for languages. She enthralls the reader with her voice, inflictions and acting ability.
Yes, and I did. In one weekend.
I can not wait to see what E.L. James has in mind for the next novel/series.
Fifty Shades is a lovely little vacation into wish fulfillment and romantic fantasy for the adult woman. It’s not a work of art, not structurally sophisticated or necessarily well written. Enigmatically, for all its B- writing and construction, it still has delicious and detailed character development, occasional gems that sparkle, and a romantic essence that lingers with the reader long after you sadly reach the end of the story. You may or may not like the two main characters, but regardless, they become like two old friends that invite you to become a fly-on-the-wall to their unusually complex and sometimes unhealthy relationship. It’s deliciously sweet, sad, real, unreal, and painful. From the second I started the first book, I was on the merry-go round and didn’t want to get off.
By this time, everyone knows that the textually the writing is often annoyingly repetitive, the voice sometimes childish and forced, lacking many of the American idioms that would strengthen the story line and the character development. The editing is non-existent. Who cares? If a sweet, sometimes dark romance is what you want, this is where you’ll find it. I say let go and enjoy the ride.
This little series is hardly S&M porn along the lines of the legitimately dark 9 ½ Weeks, which when I read it years ago left me distinctly uncomfortable and slightly nauseated and disturbed. Fifty Shades is a quite the opposite—more of a love story that the reader wants to happen, to work, and to succeed. Thus the fantasy. The sex scenes are graphic, sure, but sex becomes the third main character in the story, not an opportunity for reader gratification. “Sex” is simply how Christian communicates. He doesn’t know any other way. (I do have to admit that I did start to wonder how he never needed a refractory period, and she wasn’t writhing with constant vaginal infections…but I digress.)They are both virgins when it comes to “lovemaking” and once you understand Christian and Ana in this context, it can and does become more real and bittersweet.
Sure, Christian is simply too good to be true, but he is the better developed and--- for all his whips and chains-- the more likable character. Too rich, too good looking, too lusciously sexy, too witty, too over-protective -- our perfect fantasy man. It’s his darkness and sad vulnerability that make his obsession with inflicting sexual pain so interesting. This guy has put up emotional walls made of cement, and that just makes him more interesting and real. I loved him and found myself far more interested in him that I was in Ana, the sweet innocent that becomes his emotional salvation. She just advances too quickly for me to feel any really empathy for her. In a period of five or six months, she goes from shy to sophisticated, naïve to worldly -- and that alone damaged her character development. It’s a little tough for a virgin to go from unkissed to multi-orgasmic- on- demand in a short five month period (if ever!!), and for all her own issues of self-doubt and inferiority, it makes her the less sympathetic character. She is witty, smart, and outwardly independent; inwardly she is full of self-doubt, self-dislike, and has the same fear of abandonment that her lover has. That we understand.
As I said earlier, it’s a fantasy. Is Ana codependent? Is she an enabler? Is Christian a sick bastard that revels in orgasm denial (Red! Red!) and a selfish control –freak of pathological proportions? In real life, probably. But this isn’t real life. It’s a delicious and tantalizing escape, and one that women today desperately need. I laughed, I cried, I loved it.
There are rumors that E.L James is considering writing the same book from Christian’s perspective. I hope she does. That would be one hell of a psychological ride.
I haven't read the print version, but I can say I was totally engrossed in the audio version. Something tells me that had the performance been done after the hype (rather than before), the production, voices, etc would have been more carefully done and better produced.
While she's not the best reader, she's not the worst either. After re-listening to the trilogy a few times, I decided that she's good enough to generate the necessary imaginative imagery, and by the 2nd book, she does the Christian voice well enough.
I admit it, I did have an extreme reaction: addiction. I laughed at the witty banter (i.e. the email exchanges) and I cried at his emotional pain.
For all its faults (and there is a long list of them) the audio version grabs your imagination and doesn't let go. I loved it.
i never read the print version i listen to books for work. when i heard about this book i was a little nervous. then when i read all the nasty comments about the book i was like okay then im defintally not reading these books. i was bored at work tired of listen to music and spent my credit on the first book. an d im glad i did this is an amazing read i really like it i think people are reading to much into i think this is a book about all the thing girls and guys go through ugh minus the whole dark sex stuff. but like any guy or girl we fall for what we know wil hurt us in the end hoping that it will change sometimes it do and sometimes it doesnt. i cant wait to read the other books and hope that he understands were she coming from and her understand where he is coming from. dont listen to what people say about these books if you want to read it spend a credit on it if you dont like it you didnt pay for it anyways... latas baby :D
anna because she a girl not ever have experianced love before but wants with the wrong guy or is he??... and she really smart but its her first time being boy crazied and we have all been there.
ive never heard her until know but i love anna
when she finnaly stood up to him at the end and tld him what she really wanted
i say read these book and make your own descion about it ... latas baby ;D
Someone as naive and with as limited a vocabulary as the main character.
The protagonist knows the behavior is problematic and doesn't even have a desire to experience it, and yet does it anyway, which is just dumb. Plus, every other word is "Holy Jesus," "Oh, my" or "Holy something else." You would think the surprise would wear off after signing the contract and researching the acts. But, no. The naive, dual-word reactions continue all the way through parts one and two, which is where I stopped listening.
The most disappointing thing about the book is the rehearsed powerful-man-is-the-prize-a-naive-young-virgin-values-over-her-own-self-respect plot line. It's so uninventive, i's archetypal but without the mystery.
I thought the reader tried hard to make the repetitive vocabulary interesting and give the blahsville protagonist some character.
No. I cannot figure out why America is so interested in reading this book. I bought it to find out why everyone was buying it. I still have no idea, except to say that readers are just less savvy than I thought.
No - definitely not
Hated the beginning of the book - lack of emotion!
Reader too young for mature subject matter. She sounds about 15 or 16.
Good lord - I pray that our society has not gotten to be such an immoral society.
Don't waste your money. For the sexually-prude or frustrated woman, it may be exciting. For all the normal sexually satisified women, don't waste your money.
SENSUAL, UNINHIBITED, LIBERATING
Definitely Mr. Grey and his mysteriousness behind his eroticism.
When Ana and Cristian met, I was cracking up when she stumbled in and fell over her own two feel!
easy to listen
Anastasia she had her own personality
when she trip over her feet at the beginning of the book
kept me listening
I love to read espionage and criminal thrillers. My lifestyle doesn't allow time to sit and read so audio books is really an enjoyment.
Some where in the middle.
I was in hopes that she finally got smart.
When she asked to sample the worst pain in the Red room
The book is basically telling of all the different ways to have sex. It is a little boring in spots.
The same thing happens each time. She is surprised in what she done and he is pleased in how she done it.
Idk, the audio edition is great, I get all into it when I'm taking a walk.
Just how Grey IS, it remindes me a bit of ME, ( just not the rich part,LOL) Just feeling that GO FOR IT ATT.
What did I like best about this story? Umm, bring her to the house and knowing in the back of his mind that he was going to *U*K
After the Photo shoot, I bet he could just see it in her eyes that he got her.
& When she threw herself to him.
Moved me? Just getting too excited on some parts giving me flash backs on my own life on the things I did with some girls.
My first audio book will always be rememberd, lol. :p
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