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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
Prior to purchasing Fifty Shades of Grey (Book 1) I read the reviews and a vast majority of them were negative. Having never read the books before, I thought I would give it a try. It is really NOT as bad as everyone keeps saying. Sure Christians voice sounds a bit cheesy and the male/female characters sound similar but it’s an audio book read by one person. The only way this audio book would sound better is if there was a male and a female reading it.
If you are debating downloading it - stop debating. Becca Battoe does a good job for all this book entails. I really felt how Anastasia was feeling and the deep dark Christian came a crossed clear. The ending leaves you screaming NOOOOO....and instantly downloading the second book.
The characters in this story have such real and honest feelings. It was a great great book!
Given the all that the book entails, she did a good job.
No, took 3 days of constant listening... had to watch out for kids and I didn't want my husband to get too many ideas. :)
I liked the happy ending. The story was well written and the characters complicated enough to be intriguing. The sex scenes were explicit and well described. I liked that Anastasia figured out the complexities of Christian and stayed to make him see what love is all about.
The Story of O because both are about female sexuality and fantasy. Women do think about this and love reading about it.
Yes. She isn't the best at changing her voice for different characters but I expect she will improve.
Yes. I have ordered all three volumes.
A good storyline with more depth and less emails to each other. I got soo sick of the back and forth emails when they could have texted or phoned each other.
All the emailing back and forth to each other.
What a waste of my credit for this month. The only likable character was the roommate, Kate;
Okay, all women have sexual fantasies; many enjoy reading erotica with a believable storyline and, of course, hot, steamy sex scenes. Kindle, Audible.com, etc. make it possible for people to read/listen to erotica in public without others seeing the title or suggestive book cover. I believe this, along with the average person's curiosity about BDSM and D/s, is the only reason Fifty Shades went viral.
The book reads like an author's first attempt (and it is a good attempt) at writing. She does a good job with character development and does have better-than-average writing skills. I appreciate the author's verbiage and seemingly wide-ranging knowledge of American and British literature as well as eclectic taste in music. The way she wrote about literature, music, and especially BDSM, however, felt stilted and studied...not natural. On the flip side, she was obviously more comfortable writing about the dynamics of relationships, friendships, sexual tension, buildup, and release, and her writing style was smooth and flowing. (she just needs a good editor for some of the redundancies!)
If -- If this book were properly and professionally edited, it might be better visually read than listened to.
In my opiion, this particular narrator completely missed the mark. This book may have been better read by a man who can credibly perform women's roles. I almost put the book down a few times due completely to the narration. Maybe I'm being too harsh; audible has me spoiled with some of their brilliant narration performances.
Knowing what I know now, would I spend the credit again? Yes, but with much lower expectations. Looking for well-read sizzling BDSM D/s fiction? Try "A Good Student" by Elliot Mabeuse--after completing the Grey series. Student is slightly more realistic with very, very sexually explicit content.
I am in no way bashing this book. It just does not belong on NYTimes or Audible's top 100 list, much less top 10. So, lower your expectations and have fun listening!
When Ana left Gray, it broke my heart.
Yes I did, it made me HOT
I need book 4
I'm Trying to see the world with my ears.
I am rendered speechless, my mind reeling. I have read this story before, and yet I am still overwhelmed by the depth of emotion and staggering thoughts I have about this book. Having just read the last line, I sit here trying to wrap my mind around what I want to say, and my only coherent thought is....Wow!
everything. scenes lifted almost wholecloth from Pretty Woman and various other movies... so lame I couldn't even listen to the whole thing.
pretty much anything... take a writing class, stop "borrowing" from other sources so heavily and obviously... hello what movie that I have seen a million times has the rich guy order the entire breakfast menu at a fancy hotel for the poor girl that stays over in his hotel room??? have an original thought.
NO WAY!!!! she doesn't emote well - not a good voice actress. While I realize she was to protray a college student as the main character the voices weren't well done.
well in my version I cut everything after hour 2 - couldn't stand to listen to more drivel. but really should have stopped after the first sentence...
I am stunned at all the people who have gone crazy for this book. It does not deserve any praise. People must be hard up for the smut I couldn't stick it out to get to. Smut just isn't enough of a draw for me to stand the crap writing.
The story of two people figuring out what they need for happiness, and what they are willing to give up for it.
Hmm, Steele or Grey? I love them both. Being het - I'd like to run away with Grey, but I identify with Steele.
The first few chapters are grating. But if you can hang on - it get's better. I'm at the end of book 2 and only a few of the male voices make me wince. Shucks I even noticed the slip up of Christian speaking like Ethan.
O.M.G. This was a struggle to put down. Do yourself a favor - start it when you have some time when folks won't be interrupting you...My husband has received some chilling glares.
Although the sex at first was a bit much for me - as this was a co-workers book club read - I think if folks can get through that they will see a very interesting story about two worlds intertwining.
Still a bit nervous about the book club meeting with a co-worker and 10 strangers...but it'll certainly be a growth point.
Just because of E.L.e James
Yes. Left you hanging. Sick guy. Need to find out how stupid this gal really is.
Well, it's really quite a fluffy book, boy meets girl, girl falls for boy and the rest is quite predictable
No this was my first time.
Well this is a trilogy, will not be purchasing the next 2, what else other than more sex/bondage can I listen to.
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