Please note: This audiobook contains graphic adult content.
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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
No. I really don't understand why this book is so popular. I was so annoyed with the character of Anastasia, I could barely finish this book. I seriously felt like the author took Bella and Edward from Twilight, removed the vampire aspect, and added sex. I could not stand how weak and stupid Anastasia was. Why do the lead female characters in all these popular books today have to be so ridiculous? It's OK for a woman to have a backbone and some self esteem! Anastasia was unbelievably naive.
I could not stand all the emails in this book. While I can see that playful emailing back and forth can be very fun, listening to the narrator repeating all the information in the emails - i.e. sender, date, time, etc. - was beyond annoying. This in itself really made me just want to stop listening to this story. I really only finished the book because once I start a book, I have to finish it.
No. I did not like Becca's performance on this book. It made this already bad story worse. It really took away from the book for me. I would really have preferred reading this book instead of listening to it.
Anger, disappointment, and annoyance.
Story is extremely slow with about the only plot being sex. Unless you are into listening to that I don't think this is the book for you. Very disappointed.
Narrator was okay.
A totally better development editor and grammatical editor
If the author invest in a better editor maybe
I enjoyed the chemistry between Chris and Ana the dance was intriguing, I didn't like the porn and errors. Both made it extrememly tough for me to move forward in the book especially the errors. I'm so glad I didn't buy this book.
Disappointment at the delivery and anger at the errors and the many times I had to stop to try and figure out WHAT the author was saying.
I would have prefered a more realistic lifestyle. One that mere mortals could hope to escape to.
Most likely not - the dialog was repetitive, the characters predictable. I did like the email exchanges
When Jack was shot
It was not believable to me. A girl who is almost 22 and a virgin is going to consider this contract????
I think I've said all I have to say about this one. Mildly interesting.
Well I can't say I was disapointed, I expected it to be garbage, and it totally was.
I don't think this book can be saved.
No. Never. I found her dull and her accent for the hispanic character was nothing short of offensive.
Anger and laughter. but mostly anger.
Save your credit.
There should be a credit issued for any listener who downloaded this limp biscuit. Mind numbingly slow narration didn't help. I'm shamed for wasting my precious time on this earth bothering with this sorry excuse of erotica. If anything it's anti-rotica or just rot.
Can't believe I didn't see reviews first. Believe them all.
For a really sexy read just pick up the dictionary and randomly look up definitions. "That's hot!" This is not.
Next read will be something from Steven King. Not exactly Brit Lit but at least he has characters with more that 250 word vocabularies and true plot lines that zip along.
Obviously she took the job for the money. I thought I heard her yawn once or twice trying to get through a sentence. Am I right?
Someone made money to keep the economy running.
I've enjoyed not wasting any time considering anything by this author again
My wife already ordered book two of the trilogy. I will pass and go back to a business book.
It was not worth my time, but I gave it a change and listened to the end. My wife also has a copy and she is really into it.
At first the narrator annoyed me - her voice seemed too "preppy college girl-like", even for a preppy college girl, but as the story progressed her narration improved and she became more of a real person who had been gaining life experiences. I am assuming that progression was intentional, and I liked it. Least - I expected more because of what other people who had read it said. I expected more eroticism, more development of the story and more left for my own imagination. It seemed a bit dry at times... I guess it was left a bit undeveloped so that way so you read the next two books. I may or may not.
Have not. This was my first.
No, but I would like to hear more of her work.
Yes, maybe as a movie it would be okay. I expect less from movies than I do from books.
This was my first Audiobook and overall loved the experience and convenience!
I thought that I knew what I was getting into when I decided to listen to these books: I knew that the writing wasn't going to be stellar, but I wanted to be informed on the latest cultural phenomenon. I made it through this first book and half of the second before throwing in the towel.
First, I must say, that the writing is much worse than I expected. But leaving that aside, this series is probably the least-suited for the audio format of any book I've encountered. The countless emails that the characters exchange are awful to listen to - you have to hear the "To" line the "From" line, the subject, the time, the date and the characters' signatures for every single email - even the brief ones. (Also, anyone that believes that a 21 year old is exchanging emails instead of text messages is as out-of-touch as James herself). I also thought that the tone of the reader's voice made Anastasia's character seem even more childish, vapid and "valley girl" than she is written to be. I love audiobooks, but this performance is either the worst I've ever heard, or close to it.
If you have a burning desire to know what all the fuss is about, download it on your Kindle. That way you can skip past much of the filler, and you can read it in public without embarrassment.
I will get the print version of this book if i want to finish it. Sorry Becca but your voice drives me crazy--it is too young, and too many sentence endings sound like a question--that style of speaking. Audible, maybe someone like Sharon Stone would have been a better choice for such a book--i would have preferred a more adult sounding voice. Not sure if i am intrigued enough by the story yet to read the print versions of any of the series--too many good books out there to waste time reading mediocre writing.
The new Tom Wolfe novel!!
Sharon Stone, maybe Kate Walsh.
The virginity taking scenes. Really, a virgin at her age? In this day and age? Someone who doesn't have religious reasons to be a virgin? Someone who dates, is beautiful and has an adventuresome personality?
I still love Audible books!!
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