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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
Well now (fans blushing face), that was an interesting listen. The story definately had threads of Twilight-likeness to it. Ultimately I was able to separate out the two stories pretty well. Interesting and erotic to say the least. One thing that kept me from adding a few more stars to the review is Ana's inner monologue. It's partially the author's fault and partially the narrator's fault for the annoyance I think. "Oh my" "Oh my" I'm a bit of a geek and every time she said "Oh My" I thought of George Takei... awkward!! But the frequency with which she says it and the way the narrator speaks it was grating. Of course that isn't enough to stop me from downloading books two and three...
I have loved books every since I could read. During my elementary & high school days I spent my time in libraries getting books to read.
Romance, adventure, intrigue, and mystery laced with erotic episodes makes this novel sublime. It was worth listening to and should be heard again.
Always moving. Always listening. Always learning. "After all this time?" "Always."
I would definitely recommend this to my straight friends. Especially men. (No, we're not all looking for Christian Grey. Or interested in BDSM. But interested in imagination, yes!)
Don't think my gay friends would get anything out of this except a good laugh at the too liberal use of the clichés and startling metaphors.So, don't drive while listening to this.
You'll laugh out loud at some of the descriptions (did she actually wipe her lips off her face??? if so, where are they - on the floor???).
You'll be annoyed - 'disorientated' is not a word, ladies, and I don't have the print version to know if it was the author or narrator. Someone's editor was asleep, either way!
You'll also squirm at some pretty okay porn. Oh, I'm sorry, erotica. I don't want to ruin the suspense by describing it, but this predictable plot is worth it for the erotica. Even if the erotica always reaches its predictable end.
E.L. James is no Anais Nin, but Nin's use of flowery language and eupehmisms were a necessity when she wrote. Nin's voice was self-censored for her time. E.L. James has the freedom Nin never had, and she puts it to good use.
E.L. James writes erotica for the 21st Century woman, and lack of an editor aside (and much too liberal use of cut and paste), she's important for opening a popular, public door on a genre long hidden in bookstores with plywood windows, next door to liquor stores open all night, and late night computer sessions, with all of the lights out.
Yes, went for the 20% discount on three credits that's good till the end of the month and purchased the last two.
On the erotic part - sometimes I could hear the blush and stumble in the narrator's voice, even when the character was doing neither. When people say the erotic things that Christian and Anastasia were saying to each other, their inflection changes - their voice drops and gets husky, and their pace is more measured and careful. The erotica is narrated in a tone you could overhear in a grocery store produce section from someone asking about the benefits of organice versus natural apples. It's a seduction, not a grocery list!
Since I went from Sinclair's "Main Street", narrated by Brian Emerson to "50 Shades of Grey", the intrusiveness of the narrator was especially jarring. I got used to the narrator after about an hour, and stopped wondering how old she was and how she got into the audio book busness, and I was able to just listen to the story.
How many stars are fighting over the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steel?
The e-mail's (better while reading the books not listening), SHOUTY CAPS ;), when Ana goes off on Mrs. Robinson...
Everything!!! I read the books first, then got the audio version. Big mistake. I generally love reading books over again if I really like them and I did these. Listening to the audio version almost put me to sleep. They are a lot more enjoyable/entertaining to read than they are to listen to.
Anger, sadness, happiness, joy, laughter...
I experienced just about every emotion while reading these books!
I find narator's voice distracting.
A different narator, perhaps a more mature voice. Her inflections and timing is off.
I think being are being overly negative about the reader. I didn't have a problem with her. She wasn't the best but I have heard worse. I thought she did a fine job!
Yes...but, would be much better with a man speaking Christians part.
So far, Christians character. I cant wait to see how it developes and of course the submission/domination sex. Christian makes it feel okay. Kate, is the least interesting.
Umm, she sounded like a good representation of a naive 21 y/o virgin.
Yeah...the last 2 chapters of part 1. (wink,wink) ;-^) lol...
cant wait to dwnld parts.2 and 3.
Warning: Do Not Start reading /listening to this at bedtime.....you won't want to stop, then you may not make it into work the next day...Jus' sayin' yawn!!
Yes - It is well written and well delivered by the narrator. It is adult themed and very erotic so be aware of what you will be hearing. I totally disagree with the other reviewers who have made negative comments about the performance. I think Becca does a great job of portraying all of the characters. Her Ana has just the right degree of sexual innocence combined with honesty and a good sense of self.
Yes - but impossible to do...
Please make the rest of the trilogy available quickly!
love listening to great books while I work, clean, and drive...a great way to experience great books!!!
the anticipation of what the characters would do
When Christian gps Ana at the bar and comes to her rescue.
the voice work was ok but the emails: listening to the heading of each email prior to the actual message was madding!!! "From Christian Grey CEO...." OK WE GET IT!!!!!
when Ana enters the elevator for the last time and Christian is a live wire of pain...it is a haeart breaking moment when one knows they have lost love.
A BETTER ENDING...
A familiar author...I know then I will like the ending for sure.
She does pull you into the story with her reading.
Bring out another book with a continuation and a better ending!
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