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I actually thought that this could be a "sexy" read..wrong! The narrator is "lolly pink schoolgirl" and totally annoying. Oh shucks did I say that (american drawl). The plot is so full of holes in the end I just wanted one to swallow me up. Sure, I persevered. I wanted to ge to the sex part like everyone else...including the characters. What an anticlimax!! Honestly, the media hype surrounding this book deserves a gold star for sensationalist crap.
132 of 137 people found this review helpful
well i got drawn into the hype like so many others. it turned out to be one of the worst books i have bought. The characters lack credability, the storyline is weak and in places farcical. The dialogue reptative and listless. The sex scenes are written like a victorian dirty book and are also completley lacking in credability. This stupid woman does not appear to own any clothes, after four years ar university expresses amazement that she has her own email address and her strongest expression is 'oh my'. The man is not believable and creates neither pity or loathing, merely irritation. i won't put any more money into EL James's pocket nor more imprtantly waste hours of my life that i won't get back listening it.
And as for the narration, flat whiney voice, i only survived it by listening to the last half on double speed.
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
It is incredibly difficult not to roll your eyes and exclaim "as if" when you listen to this book. The story line itself as an idea could be worked with. However characters are simply ridiculous. In a year 2011 it is simply impossible to be Ana. The language used in the book is also odd. So many repeats and the attempts at creating the funny lovable character - huge fail. All the internal personalities and their names.... Seriously who calls their internal ego “inner goddess"? I am amazed at a line up of very excited people who loved this book. I have pushed myself to finish it.
What could E. L. James have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
This book definitely needs more research done on the topic. Its needs deeper characters and more realistic set up. After all this is not a science fiction!
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Becca Battoe?
As a narator there was nothing wrong with Becca. Although her reading of male characters did make me laugh at times.
13 of 14 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Just a string of cliches, shallow characters, no plot worth mentioning. One reads on to catch the raunchy although implausible sex scenes.
What do you think your next listen will be?
Envy by Sandra Brown
Would you be willing to try another one of Becca Battoe’s performances?
No, nice voice but her reading gives the wrong emphasis on words. She acts out too much and her portrayal of male voices is embarrassing.
Could you see Fifty Shades of Grey being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
Not for TV. Sex is the only interesting part and that couldn't be done on TV.
Any additional comments?
Disappointing as the name held so much promise.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful