Fifty Shades of Grey has been a worldwide phenomenon since it was released in 2011, selling over 100 million copies. The movie adaptation has also been a huge success, and it has made over $400 million at the box office. The book is a story about Anastasia Steele, a 21 year old college senior, who is asked to fill in for a friend, to conduct an interview with a young billionaire, Christian Grey. At the meeting, she realizes that she finds him attractive and intimidating, and after a while, the two of them begin a relationship that would change both of their lives.
The audiobook of Fifty Shades has also been very popular, it is narrated by Becca Battoe, which was a little surprising, because I was expecting two narrators, one male and one female. Battoe was up to the task of handling both voices in the audiobook, as Anastasia Steele, and other female characters, it was easy for her to change her voice, and as Christian Grey, and the male characters, she did a pretty good job sounding like a man, but at times you could tell it was a woman trying to sound like a man.
Some people might have a problem with the voices that Battoe used, because they had imagined something different when they read the book, but I think she did a very solid job for the most part. The one problem that I had with Battoe’s work in the audiobook, is the fact that the book was read without a lot of emotion. I didn’t feel the emotions that you expect from the characters, especially in certain situations where they are supposed to be excited. That lack of emotion makes you feel like the reader is just going through the motions. I understand that an audiobook is not a big production, but I feel it would have been better if the excitement of the characters were better expressed when she read the book.
All in all, you should listen to 50 shades of grey audiobook free, especially if you don’t have the time to sit down and read the book. It is 20 hours long, so you will want to take a few breaks in between, and it is still very enjoyable, despite the fact that the narrator wasn’t very expressive while reading the book. If you already read the book, you might be a little disappointed, but if you haven’t, you will enjoy the 50 shades of grey audio experience.