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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
Spoiler Alert! I don't usually read "romances" but I was suckered in by all the hype. I hope they are generally better written.
First point: the vocabulary.
If I had known, I would have kept track of how many times Ana said, "Ooooh, myyyyy!" That seemed to be the only reaction the author could think of.
I told my daughter (who is a book editor) that if they make a movie of this, the audience will miss half the dialog since there was so much of it that was "murmured." There were entire conversations that were murmured.
In my entire life, I had never heard the word "clambered" used that much.
Second point: the attraction.
Ana is attracted to this man, but the only thing she keeps repeating is how stunningly beautiful he is. She's not a gold-digger, but she is so taken by his looks. I can understand a naive young woman (are there really women this naive and innocent?) being flattered by the attentions of a 27-year-old self-made billionaire (is there one of these besides Mark Zuckerberg?), but there doesn't seem to be a lot beyond infatuation.
Third point: the precedent.
I'm not a prude and I'm not a stranger to erotic fiction. I've written some myself. When I finished this book, I thought back over it. This naive young girl was lured into a world that she knew nothing about by a dashingly handsome man. He flattered her and cajoled her. The book romanticizes a jealous possessive stalker who abused her physically and mentally, and who convinced her that she wanted it. He never told her he loved her because he didn't.
I thought about all the young women who would read this book, and fall in love with Christian Grey. Domestic violence is on the rise in this country. I have known a few victims of it, and I know how difficult it is for them to leave the abuser because "he loves me." I worry that naive young women who find themselves in abusive relationships will be more tolerant because they will think it's okay after reading this book.
Fourth point: the narrator.
She was equal to the quality of the writing.
I will not be downloading the sequels.
A decent story would have made this better, or even a legitimate protagonist who had an ounce of self-worth and maturity. This is the most poorly written and least sympathetic character I've read in a long time - I really just wanted to punch her in the face until she got a clue about anything.
I wanted to know what the hype regarding this book was about, so I took a chance - shouldn't have wasted my time/money! I should have known better, considering it's loosely informed by the "Twilight" series - the main character, as in "Twilight", is a whiny half-wit with zero self-esteem and no sense of self-preservation. And the story itself is entirely ludicrous (perhaps that's a symptom of the Romance genre, which I generally avoid at all costs, but again, curiosity got the better of me) - never in the real world (or even a well-crafted literary world) would a highly successful, apparently supremely attractive man fall for such a mindless drip. I've had enough of the low self-esteem, "I'm unworthy of this man", clumsy, unsophisticated female leads! Even the minor characters were worthless and added nothing to the story. The fact that this book is so popular is an incredibly unfortunate comment on American society (or at least on American women).
Anything but a book written by EL James or narrated by Becca Battoe.
Anyone else. This narrator had a horribly irritating voice that made the character even less sympathetic and much whinier than she was written.
Not for me.
I love to read. Now I love to listen and read.
I wanted to stab myself in the ears it is soooo bad. The writing is terrible it is literally if Cher from Clueless was getting it on with some smug jackass. AND I LIKED clueless in fact I think Cher would have been too smart to be this annoying.
I am literally going to see if I can get my credit back for this horrible, obnoxious, poorly written mess of a book.
I love listening to books when cycling, paddleboarding, etc but I press pause when I need to concentrate. Its safer & I don't lose the plot!
I listened to this book because I was curious. I listened right to the end because I was determined to give it a chance and maybe discover why it has become a number one bestseller. After finishing it I read the Audible reviews. I was pleased to see that it got completely slammed by most reviewers, who have recognised it as the rubbish that it is. So I suppose the book must have appealed to lots of people to become popular in the first place, and then, afterwards, lots of people have bought it because it is a best-seller. Its interesting that it continues to sell more and more copies to people who find it to be complete trash (me included). The author must be laughing her tits off (all the way to the bank) reading the damning reviews by idiots like me who've given her their cash. I suppose I should have checked the reviews beforehand, but I don't usually do this because a) I don't want to spoil the surprise and b) I don't want to be prejudiced by other people's opinions. At least my curiosity has been satisfied.
The other reviews should have clued you in already: This book is trash. As in, I'm-out-camping-and-I-have-no-toilet-paper trash. I won't reiterate the many, many problems, but I will let you know how I managed to enjoy it. Even enjoy it enough to not regret the time or credit, if you can believe that.
Me and my friends were on a road trip, and we wanted to listen to an audiobook. Trying to find one that appealed to everybody was an impossible task, so instead, I went with this book, hoping that it could provide laughs that everyone could appreciate. And provide it did! It ended up being vaguely reminiscent of MST3K, with us riffing off and tearing apart this book. We laughed (at the prose) together, we cried (at the prose, again) together, we moaned together. It ended up being a really great experience, and HOLY MOSES is it a joy to quote to each other. There are so many horrific lines in this book (most of them repeated at least 10 or more times, because why write 500 pages when you can write 50 and copy-paste?), that we didn't stop quoting it the entire vacation.
In the end, I can't imagine someone suffering through this dreck alone. I feel so much pain for you, you being unable to share your misery. But if you're looking for a fun group read, look no further!
I am a young-executive with a voracious appetite for great stories. I read and listen constantly, and am very proud of my book collection.
I found this book painful! I hated everything about it. I for the life of me cannot figure out all the hype. This book basically is a gigantic Penthouse Letters, with very little interesting plot! I wasted my money, and cannot believe that people actually like this nonsense.
I have never been so disappointed in a book, as it started out ok. Oh, and the narrator stinks too. I am less intelligent as a result of this book!
Short, Simple, No Spoilers
I wanted to like this book, but the childish writing style and flimsy characters are absurd. Don't believe the hype if you like books with real plot lines and well-developed characters.
This is so horribly written and the narrator is just awful. Total waste of time. I could barely make it through the first eight chapters before I had to throw in the towel. Thank goodness it was free but I shouldn't have wasted a credit on this piece of trash.
Like so many others, I fell for the hype. Female co-workers told me to 'stick with it'. Well I can't. The story is SO juvenile. The narrator grates on my nerves, but she's just reading what the author has written. I, too, feel I wasted a credit and will remove the 2 remaining books in the trilogy from my wish list. Everything about this book is AWFUL! That there are women who actually think this is good literature absolutely baffles me.
Someone in high school or a very shallow person.
Find a narrator who doesn't sound like an annoying teenager.
not so much
The content and conversation is so shallow and uninspired, which contrasts with the smattering of erudite adjectives. Some of the flippant phrases seem repetitive. Perhaps a better narrator would have made a big difference. I am not impressed.
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