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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 dont typically write reviews but I wanted to give kudos to Becca Battoe for an impeccable reading. She has such emotional expression. One of the best readers I've come across.
I did not pursue listening after the first couple of chapters. This was too graphically pornographic for my taste. If I could, I would demand my credits be returned on this one!
The content is so cheesy it made me cringe, then laugh out loud, the exclaim "oh come on, seriously". I feel sorry that Becca had to suffer through the narration. I actually wish I could get a refund on this one and would not recommend to anyone older than 16!
Pretty much everything disappoints. Bad plotting (I do not know ANY women who would put up with a guy who, before even dating, scolds them for getting drunk), tired characters, and too much coincidence.
It was ok.
Umm, all of them?
I read this primarily to see how a successful book of the genre dealt with the women's perspective of falling for the 'bad boy'. As uncomfortable as it was, I did get a view, albeit extremely formulaic (I was hoping for a fresh and new take).
After all the hype, "50 Shades of Grey" is a huge disappointment. The only halfway redeeming thing about this book was that the sex scenes were so vivid and interesting. Everything else was beyond bland.
The main character was boring, repetitive, naive... and the narrator's voice was, unfortunately, perfect for her. I suppose the narrator did a wonderful job of reading Anastasia - if I'd liked Anastasia more, I might have liked the narrator more. I wish I had bought the book in print (or, better yet, not spent any money on it and borrowed it instead) so that I could have skipped all the "story" and the repetitious musings of the main character.
In my opinion, this series is getting so much buzz not because the books (the first one at least, which is the only one I have read and the only one I will read) are so well-written, but purely because of the sex scenes. It's essentially interludes of porn interwoven with a lame story. (Oh wait, that's basically all porn...)
Furthermore, there were many, many similarities between Anastasia-Christian relationship and Bella-Edward in "Twilight;" it almost felt like the same story but with more sex. Seriously, if you read "Twilight," make a list of similarities between Christian and Edward, between Anastasia and Bella, and between the two couples. I came up with at least 8.
"50 Shades of Grey" might be trendy, but is far from enduring. I imagine a lot of the same women who swooned over Edward Cullen and jumped on the "vampires are hot" bandwagon are now Googling for handcuffs, floggers and other BDSM paraphernalia. If you want to know more on the topic of dominant/submissive relationships, I'm sure there is plenty of free content on the web. I would suggest going there and skipping "50 Shades of Grey" altogether.
Her character development was awful
Not really. I wish I had read it....people who read it really seemed to enjoy it.
It's very explict, but in a sensual and artistic way. They way a sweet, more innocent woman would describe sex. It's a great drama...I would say it's most like the movies "Closer" and "Match Point". I really can't wait to listen to the second book! Honestly, I had a dream that I was dating Christian Gray after listening to this! haha!
Not by Becca Battoe as a narrator and not EL James as an author.
Harlequin romances are better written!
NO NO NO!!!
Honestly, does every email have to include to: , date: time: from:
That alone added at least an hour!
I am sorry I used a credit for this book. I could not finish it due to the narration. The attempts at different characters voices and nuances really annoyed me.
I LOVE AUDIBLE BUT, the Narrator is unbearable.... I will buy the actual book and read it myself hopefully without her voice :)
The two characters were weak at best and not believable in their roles.
Less crappy dialogue and more sex talk. It was the only thing that kept my interest.
Wow there must be a lot of pent up sexual fantasy in the world for this book to get this much hype. We are to believe that a 21 year old college virgin (if that still exists) suddenly has her sexual switch turned on by an S&M loving sadist? If nothing else the sex scenes provide great sexual stimulation. This is a clever way to discreetly package porn for the housewives of ________________.
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