The Madeleine Brand Show for August 3, 2012

Voice actress moves from Young Adult to plain Adult lit with 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

Even if you haven't read "Fifty Shades for Grey," you've probably heard about it.

It's the wildly-popular erotic novel about a college student falling for a hot tycoon with a thing for whips, chains and handcuffs. There are two sequels — and all three books at the top of the best-seller lists.

It's being called "mommy porn" and the sexy talk has lent itself to parody. The book has been read by comedians Gilbert Gottfried and Ellen Degeneres as spoof audio books. But now there actually is a real audiobook.

It's read by a veteran of Young Adult audio books, Becca Battoe. She was picked by the author — E.L. James — to read the audio book.

“I have no idea [why she was chosen]. That has been a secret that has been kept from me,” Battoe said.

Her youthful sounding voice has been used in eleven young adult novels. With this new role in such a steamy book, there was bound to be some dissent as to the choice of someone who sounds almost adolescent.

“Because this book was so popular as an e-book before it was released in the States by Random House, there was a lot of really die hard fans that had expectations," she said. "There’s these older women that are reading this book and even though the character is 21 they still see themselves as the character. So I think some people imagine her sounding older even though she is only 21."

Although Battoe is older than the character of Anastasia, she would love to play her in the movie version.

“I think it would even be fun to have a cameo or something,” Battoe added.

The audiobook is widely available online and at major booksellers.

Guest:

Becca Battoe, is a voice actress and veteran of reading Young Adult literature for audio books. She was hand-picked by E.L. James, the author of "Fifty Shades of Grey," to read that audio book.


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