Winner: Popular Fiction Book of the Year – Specsavers National Book Awards 2012
Please note: This audiobook contains graphic adult content.
The book everyone is talking about. When Ana Steele meets Christian Grey.... Romantic, liberating and totally addictive, Fifty Shades of Grey is a novel that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.
When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind – until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out.
Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more. But Grey is tormented by inner demons, and consumed by the need to control. As they embark on a passionate love affair, Ana discovers more about her own desires, as well as the dark secrets Grey keeps hidden away from public view.
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By AdaT on 29-06-12
Over hyped and dreadfully narrated
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.
136 of 142 people found this review helpful
By Sonia on 28-06-12
Awful book made even worse by the narrator's voice
"Oh my!", thinking about writing this review, my eyes widened and I bit my lip, with my trousers hanging of my hips in 'that' why. It's so HOT!
Except nothing about this book is hot at all. there are sex scenes, but I wouldn't call them erotic in the slightest.
If you haven't bought this yet, DON'T!! if you HAVE to read it, borrow it off of someone as it is a huge waste of money.
And definitely do not be tempted to buy this as an audiobook. The narrator's voice is TERRIBLE. If you have already bought it, try putting it on x1.5 speed to make it in any way bearable.
105 of 111 people found this review helpful
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By Masha on 29-06-12
Frustratingly bad read
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
By Leigh on 02-06-12
Mills and Boon with sex.
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