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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 constantly get irritated about Ana saying "holy sh*t" to EVERYTHING! It is very old, and I don't think it is coherent to her overall persona
I would maybe recommend fifty shades of grey to some of my friends, and only because it is hot reading and very sexy - not because of the story-line in such.
i have not
"Fifty Shades Of Grey" might be the worst book ever written. The writing is pathetic: trite, repetitive, and purely amateur. The author uses the same stock phrases over and over, as though she has never *read* a book before writing this one. A challenge for the listener: How many times does Grey "stare intently" at the protagonist? Are there other words to describe how one person stares at another? If so, why doesn't the author use them? Could it be because she isn't a good enough writer to come up with some new phrases?
There is no plot at all, beyond the narrator either drooling over Grey or agonizing about their relationship. Nothing happens. There is no conflict.
The characters have the depth and emotional maturity you would expect in a book written by a middle-schooler - or a piece of throw-away Twilight fanfic. "Holy crap!" and "Jeez!" and, especially, "Oh, my!" seem to be the deepest thoughts of which the protagonist is capable, and you get to hear these thoughts in her internal monologue every thirty seconds.
The protagonist is supposed to be a college student, but there is no indication whatever that the author has ever met one, or knows what a college student in 2011 is like. Scenes where the characters use computers or interact with technology are so miscast as to be laughable.
The narrator is a perfect match for the material, vapid and vacuous, enunciating each word with a clumsy precision that makes it sound like she's struggling to read the words. I can't blame her, though, I struggled with it myself.
I would hesitate
The narrator had a prominent 'ssssss' that grated on me after a period of listening. The sound became like finger nails on a chalk board.
The story is so shallow it would have to be porn. I would not go see it.
The author has a very childish limited writing style. The repetition of words becomes quite annoying. I began to roll my eyes every time 'hot', 'delicious', 'smoldering', 'inner goddess', 'geeze, what's his problem?' and 'down there' were repeated. These words and several more are way over used in this book.
As for the story, I became bored with its lack of depth and nearly gave up listening. I think it would have been more interesting if the roles had been reversed. Anastasia, is depicted as such a weak pride less naive girl. She seems more like an impressionable 14 year old than a college graduate character with an impressive GPA.
The book finally introduces some depth in the last chapter or two but then it ends. I suppose it is a good tactic to encourage the reader to buy another book to finally get to the story. Since it is a trilogy I fear the second book will be just as lack luster.
The book is mostly porn with an attempt to tell a story at the end.
Women, I guess since my wife wanted me to read/listen.
No, I don't think so.
Young Valley Girl.
Just not for me. Found myself dreading the next e-mail read wanting to fast forward. Felt like chewing on aluminum foil.
Listening to the over and over e-mail exchange was like nails on a chalkboard. I listened to the end only for my wife. She wanted me to listen. I enjoyed it better the times I fell asleep. I did go back and re-listen. Again, just for my wife.
Lets all be honest with ourselves. We got this book for the sex. We wanted to see what the hype was all about. After finally getting through it, we can have better stories reading a forum. The "sex tales" weren't all that hot and the story stinks. However, the absolute worst part of this audible tale is listening to them READ EMAILS. It never seemed to end. One email after another. Why does anyone think that makes a good story? Every email is read with the date, time, subject, sender, ending. Over and over and over to the point I was screaming at them to stop reading the emails!!!
Complete lack of redeeming literary value. Compared with Lady Chatterly's Lover, it's flat and undeveloped.
Oh Gee, what a surprise an older man interested in a young virgin. Real
No. I hate the whiney, adolescent tone in her voice. It speaks poorly of her that she even did this book.
I wouldn't even write the book. I consider it a total waste of time
If this is what America spends its time on, God help America.
I dont know
I havent even gotten to listen to the book since I purchased it. It took me forever to load it to my computer and then I couldnt get it to my itunes. After having that issue for a couple weeks my computer quit on me.
yes but I dislike the narrator....
yes but I dislike the narrator
most of all...I could not enjoy the voice and character voices
that is still out for opinion
I dont understand how this popular book could be narrated so poorly...
Fiction lover, wannabe writer. lost of flights with my new job. Audible is PERFECT to keep me up the books I want to read.
I think a really horny 6th grader wrote this. I have never ready (didn't finish) such a poorly written book. I only gave it 1 star because 0 stars was not an option. Terrible.
I think she did the best she could with the material.
Many, many laughs. I mean laugh-out-loud laughs. It got to the point where every time she said "Oh, my!" I chimed in with her and cracked up. I listened to this while I did spring cleaning, and it got me through it.
I'm up to date on pop culture. And I can speak from experience when I tell others it was truly awful.
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