I would consider the print version to be better. The story itself is phenomenal. Becca Battoe did not do such a great job narrating the book. I envision a much more manlier voice for Christian and I am not too keen on her "valley girl" sound to depict the females in the book.
Aside from the sex. The relationship between Christian and Anna is in the process to grow into something beautiful.
Possibly, if I find her voice more suited for a different type of character in a different book. I probably would have enjoyed it more if the voice of Christian was performed by a man. I don't think one person should narrate the book for all parts.
There were many parts of the book that moved me. Makes you wonder how a guy like him chooses a girl like her. A particular moving experience was when he took her flying early in the morning to see the sunrise. And when he visits her at her mothers because he missed her. It is moving when you see Christian genuinely caring for Anna. Christian can be so forceful, yet loving and caring. Anna is like a lump of clay ready to be molded into whatever Christian would like her to be. In the end you left to wonder why she leaves, a cliff hanger till the next book I guess. But I really think I will purchase the next book and read it myself. Becca kind of ruins what I would imagine what the characters would sound like. Plus, the cost of purchasing a book compared to purchasing an Audible book is significantly less.
Overall it was a good first experience. I'm looking into which book I might download next.
Amazing trilogy! I hope there is more Christian Grey! I read comments on how bad people thought the woman doing the reader was but I thought she was great, yes when she did Christians voice it did sound funny but wouldn't any woman trying to do a mans voice? thought it was great and poeple shouldn't be so harsh.
Better dialogue, better writing, and a far less annoying main character. If it was possible to give a book less that one star in the Audible system, this one would have gotten a 1/2.
Not another E.L James book
Anastasia Steele is one of the most annoying characters I've read in a very long time. I wanted to slap her myself... only not with a velvet glove. The words "Oh my" have become like nails on a chalk board.
I can only assume that this book is so popular because it has stirred up so much controversy, because I REALLY don't get the hype. While I can understand how the subject matter and the graphic scenarios have stirred up those opposed to such things as well as those titillated by such things, if you take that all away, underneath, this is just not a well written book. I wanted to read it, and quite frankly may have found the scenarios hot... had I found the main characters the least bit sexy. This was worse than porn with really unattractive people. Unfortunately Anastasia Steele's constant and pathetic self-talk made her wimpy, unsympathetic, and completely unlikable as a character. Hard to get my panties in a bunch over someone so unappealing, no how many positions you tie her up in. Christian Grey was one dimensional and I really didn't care what he did, didn't do, felt, etc.
The storyline also seemed EERILY close in many ways (though not so well done) to the 2002 movie, Secretary, with Maggie Gyllenhaall and James Spader (whose character is also named Mr. Grey, btw). The story felt so familiar when I began listening that I actually looked up the movie to be sure it wasn't based on this book. Bottom line, I want my 19 hours and 45 minutes back.
yes the book is good
my favorite character in audio is Ana she has the voice to represent anna but in the print it is Christian, I was dissapointed with his voice in the audio.
yeah I'll give her another try
yes please! lol
I wish there was a man actually reading Christian.
It was terribly written. Though I love good books (i.e., the classics) I'm willing to dip into lesser/pop-fiction, as long as the book is entertaining. (Think: Twilight series, Tom Clancy). But this book was the pits! The writing was adolescent. The characters were flat and uninteresting. What the hell did Grey see in that insecure, wet-noodle, Steele? For that matter, what did she see in him? His character was basically a collage of male models from magazines - attractive, but also unconvincing, unlifelike. I almost never put a book down before I finish it, but I couldn't bring myself to finish this one. Not even the sex-scenes (belabored, too-long) could keep me reading this book.
NEVER! She has that annoying habit? Of punctuating? Every single breath? And every statement? As if it were a question? It was terribly annoying? You know?
I truly cannot comprehend why so many people like this book.
The story was a cute love story, but not the best written book of all time.
Yes and I have, however, I also warn them about the voice of the narrator. I'm not sure why she chose to use a whiney "valley girl" voice for the character of Ana, but it was very hard to get past.
Not really sure there is anything currently out there with the depth and layers of these two characters comparable.
"Fifty Shades of Grey, Hollywood ruining another book because they don't take the time to get it right".
At first? Hot! At second? Hotish, and a bit... WHOA? But by the seventy millionth time you hear the same sex scene repeated... it just gets lame. This first book was just ok. Enough story to keep you going, but couldn't the author get more creative with her adjectives?! The 2nd and 3rd books have a better story, but the repetitive stuff doesn't stop.
It was ok
It definitely made you feel
It would of been nice if narration was done by a woman for female parts a man for male parts! That is my only complaint!