I hated the first one. Why, oh why, did I get the second?!?! There isn't a story. It's about an unhealthy relationship. No plot. No reason to read it. It's a deplorable story with some ten dollar words thrown in to make it sound intelligent. Don't. Just don't.
Narrator was awful. She sounded ridiculous when she attempted other character's lines, especially Christian's. You'd think they'd invest in a better cast of voices for such a popular book series. Extremely disappointed.
Being able to focus on the delivery rather than the story, I've greatly warmed up to Ms. Battoe's performance. I misjudged it on the first listening and happily admit so. I will look for other performances of hers.