Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty—until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her, but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him—past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to Christian’s cold, wounded heart.
Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him?
Published June 18th 2015
Current GoodReads Rating: 3.82 Stars
I listened to this as an audio book from Audiobooks.com App. The app is easy to navigate around in, but every time I had to leave listening for the day or pause to do something else I was scared it would lose my spot. It didn't seem to have any form of bookmarks but even with exiting out of the app it never did lose my spot.
I would recommend the app for up to date books that are easy to pause and start back up again while through normal earphone controls. The app also has the option to speed up the speed to an insanity speed. I would give this a 4 out of 4 stars.
I don't normally enjoy reading the same plot twice just from a different perspective but with the anticipation of this series I couldn't resist. It was as expected just a recap of the same story with minor tweaks but nothing thrown out of left field to intrigue me and catch me at in awe.
I did like a glimpse of his childhood thrown into the background, but to start it out as the beginning, I didn't like. I would give this as well a 3 out of 4 rating. It had been so long since I had originally read the first of the series, then after being disappointed by the movie, it was refreshing to get back to the story again. The movie seemed to miss out of so much detail and took the story and rewrote in my opinion butchering it from the book. It also seemed that some of the conversations where remembered differently than in the original book. Did anyone else notice that?
I've seen a few good different point of view books which did not change the original plot but added a better depth to the specific character and maybe having some family twists that would spice things up but come to the same conclusion. I did need to read this because Christian was such a monotone, flat character I needed to hear his side of things. He wasn't too much more exciting that I imagined but it gave him a little more depth and heart. To those who made fun of the book's BDSM stand on things and how it was so far off from a normal relationship arrangement, the story with his perspective shows how he slowly caves to her and has a more powerful drive to get her and keep those happy memories together coming. It's worth reading if you were intrigued by the series.