The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy took the world by storm and the movie adaptation of the first book was released earlier this year after a lot of anticipation. To most book critics, Fifty Shades of Grey is an amateur love story, at best. So why is it so popular?
First of all, it’s obvious that most of the fans are women, and most women fantasize about having a ridiculously wealthy and attractive young man coming to save them from this horrible world. Enter Christian Grey, dashing billionaire who takes care of all his girlfriend’s financial needs- buys her a new laptop, a Blackberry, she gets a very big allowance and an expensive car. Although women may love working and taking care of all their financial responsibilities, they secretly dream about having a Christian Grey in their lives.
The Fifty Shades Freed Audiobook is also popular because women get to read about a man who derives his pleasure from pleasuring his girlfriend/wife. It’s a good shift from all the advice that’s constantly thrown at them about how to please their men. In this book, women feel that it’s possible to have a sex life that doesn’t primarily focus on pleasing the man. Playing on this fantasy is what got the book sold.
Although this book has been criticized for having a weak female character, this is ironically one of the reasons it’s so popular. Ana is a very ordinary girl who literally stumbles into a young and attractive billionaire’s life. Ana’s character is a bit void and maybe this was intentional, so that the readers would be able to see themselves as her- a girl, who in spite of how plain and ordinary she is, has managed to find a man who loves her unconditionally. It gives women hope that somewhere in this world, there is a man who’ll love them just as they are.
The monogamous relationship between Ana and Christian is something that most women also fantasize about. Pop culture shows us that wealthy, young men are not exactly the monogamous type. However, Mr. Grey wants only Ana, and he never paid attention to any of the attractive girls that would flirt with him in her presence. Which girl doesn’t want that?
Finally, the book is pretty easy to follow- the prose is simple, the story line is based on the age-old redemption love story and the light BDSM scenes also add some spice to the story.
For decades, millions of readers have been swept away with John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath as he tells the story of the Joad family and their struggles. Now you can sit back and listen the amazing journey of the Joad family with the audiobook narrated by Dylan Baker.
Set in the time of the Great Depression, Steinbeck gives us a unique look into the lives of the families who lost their livelihoods to the droughts that created the Dust Bowl in the southern Great Plains. His characters represent archetypes of epic heroes as his novel points out and criticized the policies that drove the country into the Great Depression and gives an accurate account and representation of the people affected.
The journey begins when Tom Joad is released from prison after serving his sentence for a manslaughter charge and is headed back home to reunite with his family. On his way, Tom meets Jim Casy, a former preacher who joins him on the trip back to his family’s farm only to discover the farm deserted and the family packing up to leave. The family believes that California will be their salvation with promises of jobs and so they set out on the road, joining the other families making the same journey after being “tractored” off their farms.
On the road, they lose Grampa Joad who never wanted to leave the farm and meet Ivy and Sairy Wilson. The Joads invite the Wilsons to travel with them until Sairy becomes too sick to go on any further. Despite rumors of California jobs being depleted, the family presses on and reach their destination only to find that their promised land is more hostile than expected. Local Californians are fearful of the families moving in and work for that the migrants can be lucky enough to find does not pay enough to buy a decent meal.
Tensions rise as talks about organizing workers into unions stirs and encounters with local law enforcement become violent leading to Jim Casy being arrested. Migrants unable to find work are starving in the camps and families are forced to move from camp to camp in constant search of work. After Casy is released from jail he begins to organize workers and along the way makes a number of enemies, eventually leading to his death at the hands of the police who hunt him down which Tom witnesses. In his retaliation, Tom kills two police officers and if forced to go into hiding while the rest of the family continues to struggle to get by. With the nearing of the end of the cotton season and the impending end to any available work, the future looks bleak.
The Grapes of Wrath Audiobook is a must listen for all readers. This Pulitzer Prize-winning epic, that became Steinbeck’s masterpiece, gives us a special insight into a time of tragedy and turmoil known the Great Depression that has left millions of readers in outrage and awe. I would recommend immediately listening to The Grapes of Wrath Audiobook today.