The relationship between Fifty and Ana.
Fifty, because he has so many issues. I want to know what happen to him to make him this way.
When she left him at the end of the book. She was so torn.
I don't know where to begin.
The narrator's reading of the book was SO slow and sounded too ditzy to me that in order to finish the book, I increased the speed. Unfortunately, that made it worse. The voices of the male characters only sounded like she had laryngitis. Were it not for it being in the first person, I don't think I would have been able to distinguish when it was Ana that was talking or Christian. The attempt at emphasizing a sentence between actions (kissing each body part) was...not....good. I..found..myself....cringing.....at every...attempt. (Said in Captain Kirk's voice)
The accents, oh lord, the accents. British? More like an awful attempt at mimicking Robin Leach and painfully failing. I'm not sure why she gave the mother a VERY light southern accent when her mother and new husband were transplants from Oregon..
Storyline: (may be harsh)
I know this is from fanfiction, but I would think a little bit more research would have been done regarding the terminology to make the story more believable. I couldn't help but roll my eyes whenever "medulla oblongata" was uttered to kick her into motion from whatever shock she was in.
A Blackberry? Really? If you're going to put in the "latest macbook pro that's not even out in the market yet" in the book, an Iphone would have served much better as a phone (because he is a multi-billionaire who has the "latest gadgets," after all) instead of a Blackberry which in 2011 was already a year behind in design and specs compared to other cell phone manufacturers and business users were beginning to move onto a different platform for mobile email and communication.
To call this an erotic novel is giving the genre as well as BSDM a bad name. Erotic is The Story of O, an erotic author is someone like Anaiis Nin. I think this is a very poor attempt of a little fish trying to play in the big fish pond. But yet, the masses are eating it up and E.L. James is quite wealthy at the moment.
This is another disappointed book purchase.
Not being written!
Not sure, wish I had never bought it. It was a waste of a good credit. Should have read reviews.
Terrible narration, but maybe it was what she had to work with.
Not sure what the hype is about, are people so desperate for sex or what? It a horribly written piece of literature, if you can call it that.
Among the best of the best! and I have listened to in about a year about 25 books, from Harry Potter to the Kite Runner! Let me tell you something, if you want to feel smart or are planning to analyze the writing, then don't read it or listen to it, but if you are all about relaxing and getting lost in a book as you would once in a while with a movie, then do it. Yes, it has it's soap opera moments, but sometimes they are needed.
I have never read
I thought she did a very good job. Reading this book, must have been very hard, to make people understand when she was thinking to herself or actually speaking, but 97% of the times you could make it out (it's an audiobook for god's sake! for those who complain!)
Yes! I laughed and almost crashed my car twice!
Absolutely recommended to anyone looking forward to get lost in a entertaining story.
So far this has been the most entertaining book that I have read. I'm not going to say that I was swooning over the characters but it was a fun read.
Yes, because this is a way to get exposure to something that most people think of as taboo. I don't think that it was horrible but it wasn't amazing either.
I would be open to listening to something else.
If it wasn't so predictable. There was a lot of hype about this book and once I read it everything was predictable and not original.
The narration was annoying. The narrator did not capture the moods.
None that I can think of.
The narrator's exceedingly annoying voice and horrible voice acting, plus the author's utter lack of skill can be distracting. The heroine is a far more annoying version of Bella Swann that is barely tolerable with her inane inner dialogue and seemingly weak grasp on reality. But just like one doesn't browse Playboy for the articles or watch porn films for the plot, one doesn't purchase this book for the its literary accomplishment. Enough said.
Someone who can act the part not just read it. Would like to have men play men.
Not very good acting. Christian sounds like a cartoon character not a sexy man.
I loved the book. On my fifth read!
For a bestseller like this, seems you could have put more money into it.
I don't even know where to start. I rarely hate books. But this book... This book is just a train wreck. If you've ever been in a bad relationship, don't read this, it just makes you feel so... ugh! How has this book sold 40million copies? I think the word I'm looking for is traumatic. As in so bad, I think I need to find a therapist now.
But seriously, I can get over bad reads most of the time. I mean, we can't expect every book to be a classic can we? Some books are just guilty pleasures that are meant for entertainment. But there was nothing entertaining about this. Dirty sex? pff! Maybe it would be better if the author bought a thesaurus.. or hell even a dictionary... Where was the editor on this? As it stands, the sex is poorly written and although it borders on kinky, I can think of dozens of other authors who are far better at writing more creative, more passionate scenes that EL James. This is just an insult to that genre. The BDSM parts are really very tame and so poorly written... why is this book so popular? If I had to rate E. L. James against the other romance/fantasy authors out there, she wouldn't even come close to the top 1000. Frankly, the creepy dude who sat behind me in English class in 10th grade could probably write better sex scenes than E.L. James.
Plot? What plot? I get that it's supposed to be fantasy but really, I have yet to find one redeeming quality about anything in this plot. Normally, I can forgive oversights on reality to the characters but this isn't even reasonable. A 27-year old billionaiire? puh-lease! If he's gonna be such a creep why not just make him a an unbelievably young looking 37year old? That would have been more believable and a better fit as a Dom. But why do women continue to obsess over bad relationships? I'm sorry but I cannot sit through another franchise that is based off of women debasing themselves for men or trying to "fix" them. If he's really so great then why are you trying to change him? I really worry about what this and the Twilight phenomenon are doing to women today if this is what they fantasize about. It's one thing to fantasize over a guy who is so passionately in love with you that he is obsessive about protecting you and makes you his whole world. But when you have to change who you are for a guy who won't even tell you he loves you... ugh!! This book has the potential to do some serious mental damage to this generation. Seriously, I would be far more entertained to set these two characters on the set of Jerry Springer.
I'm gonna kill my two friends for recommending I read this. I was going to stop this book about halfway through but then I went online and saw that the second book starts out with them broken up. So then I kept reading/listening just so that I could watch this b***h finally come to her senses about this whole thing. I'll just pretend the next two books don't exist. As for my comments about the audiobook performance of it: I don't think it was that bad. I like that the reader was younger although her impressions of the male characters were rather cheesy. I'll trade younger for ditzier sounding and frankly, given how horrible this book was, I much prefer listening to it than investing my time reading it on my kindle. I'm sure if I would have read the text version I would have been far more annoyed by the lack of writing skills by E.L. James.
Use two voices: one woman for women and narrator; a man for the men's voices.
Ms Battoe did a good job of giving Ana a voice.
She can't do men.