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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
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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.
I don't know why I bought it. I guess I was compelled by the hype and the promise of over the top tales of .... whatever. I hated it. The characters were STUPID and unconvincing. It was awful. Like awful on top of awful, handcuffed to more awful. I'm not sure who the target audience for this book. I'm going to go sanitize my ear buds. In the future I plan to deny I ever listened to it.
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.
I purchased this book because it was a bestseller. I figured that if it was, it would be good. Boy, was I wrong. Repeatitive and boring. Maybe I just cannot relate to a stupid 21 year old girl. The story had potential but once again the heroine is a simpering idiot. The reviewers who gush about this story, have no idea what a good story is. I cannot believe this is a best seller. Is it to much to ask for something well written and sexy?
WORST Audible book EVER, he murmured . OK, I'm a guy, he murmured, I'm not the intended audience. I get it. But by the end of the book the main character comes across more as an imbecile than a curious woman exploring her sexuality, he murmured.
To the author's credit, I heard her say that she does not consider herself to be a writer. I agree 100 percent, he murmured.
Read this book and you will never hear the word "murmur" again without cringing.
What a great disapointment.....after all the hype I was so excited to get going on this book but what a complete waste of my time. The narrator sounded like a breathy schoolgirl trying to immitate a mature sexy woman...not so. And the writing is maybe high school level but maybe not even graduation level? Won't bother with the other 2 books thank you very much.
Only gave it 1star rating as I couldn't go 0
LOVE TO READ. But since becoming a Mommy it is impossible to sit to read a book. So I get to listen in my car, and cleaning/cooking! BLISS
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.
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.
An author who knows their limits. Kinky is good, poor narrative, cliche, and unorigional charictor types are not good. There were so many repeated poor visuals such as "looking up through my eye lashes." Nor does the author seem to understand that if your "subconscious" is having a conversation with you, it is by that virtue we define it as our conscience with which we are conversing...in effect, she is talking to herself, not her subconcious nor her "Medulla Oblongata."
Yes. The voices did come off very shallow and cliche but I don't discredit the narrator, that's how they were written.
Grey. Why does he have to be so lame to be kinky?
If you really need sexy...go on a date and write your own kinky story.
Before I purchased this, I saw the overwhelming low rating on performance. I thought I could tolerate bad performance if the story line was interesting enough, and in my experience, I get used to irritating voice or bad performance fairly quickly and could ignore them well.
But in this book, I don't know if it's the bad writing, bad performance, or bad story line, although I'm pretty sure it's all of the above, I simply cannot stand it. It was fairly interesting in the beginning, but after 1/3 in the two antagonists just sound and act like they're both intellectually challenged. I can accept Anastasia being stupid, but how do you justify a self starter multi billionaire being a complete moron?
Anastasia says "HOLY COW" "HOLY CRAP" "HOLY F*" every few minutes throughout the book. Maybe if I read the written copy, it'd be more tolerable. But when listening to the audible version, there's no escaping from her (and the author's) stupidity.
And the majority of the conversation between Mr. Grey and Anastasia Steel is, "Did you just do that, Mr. Grey?" or "Did you just do that, Miss Steel?" YES! They just did that. Stop asking! They say that in every single conversation to each other, and I'm not exaggerating a bit! Oh my god. This book is beyond stupid and I don't understand how the story line got such a high rating.
I thought the Twilight trilogy was poorly written and stupid. But compared with this, Twilight can be a English classics.
If you are still curious about the book, do yourself a favor and get the written version. At least you can skip through the moronic parts and all of the HOLY ____ and "did you just do that?"
To give the narrator some credit, I think she did a stellar job given the poorly written material.
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