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New Narrator Needed.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-2017

The narrator of this series is not really suited to the genre. Perhaps she would be better with lighter chick lit but her narration of the Fifty Shades series is cringeworthy. She mispronounces words, takes pauses is awkward places and her ‘voices’ for the characters are quite irritating. For Anastasia she puts on a voice I would imagine you would assign to a 16 year old girl. I know Ana is, in the beginning, inexperienced and timid but her tone is too young. As the books progress so does Ana’s character and she becomes a more confident and bolder woman which doesn’t come through in the narrative. Christian’s ‘voice’ is so far off the mark. I know that it is difficult for a female voice to portray the tone of a male but this is such a mess. There are female narrators out there who can quite successfully do a male voice. For example, Andi Arnt. In this instance though, Christian sounds like a permanently grumpy old man who when experiencing moments of raw emotion is borderline pathetic. She makes him sound like a whinging man child. She can’t find a middle ground between enraged crazy tyrant and sulking whimpering man. Due to the great success of the books and also the movies I don’t know why these books haven’t been re-recorded with a narrator who is more well known and great at what they do. For these books especially, the duet style of narration would be incredible and add so much more depth and entertainment to the listeners experience. Primarily read by a female, but a male to speak male lines. Zachary Webber does an incredible job on “Grey” and “Darker”. He does a better female voice than Becca Battoe. If Audible re-recorded these books with a different female narrator and Zachary Webber reading the male lines, it would bring the books up to the level of quality you would expect from a huge worldwide success.

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Narrator is baaaaad.

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-11-2016

When the narrator does the males voice he sounds like Donald Trump.
Very off putting.

Male Narrator Terrible

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-2016

Why they just didn't use the female I don't know. He is awful. Just bad.

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Horrible Narrators

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-03-2016

Vivienne Lee Fox narrates like a 10 year old and can't pronounce words. Not good.

9 people found this helpful

Bad Narrative

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-2016

Male narrator made Eva sound ditzy. Stick with just the female for the last book.

1 person found this helpful