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Fifty Shades Darker | [E. L. James]

Fifty Shades Darker

Romantic, liberating and totally addictive, the Fifty Shades trilogy will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you for ever... Daunted by the dark secrets of the tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Ana Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a US publishing house. But desire for Grey still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, she cannot resist.
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Romantic, liberating and totally addictive, the Fifty Shades trilogy will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you for ever... Daunted by the dark secrets of the tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Ana Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a US publishing house. But desire for Grey still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, she cannot resist. Soon she is learning more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades than she ever thought possible. But while Grey wrestles with his inner demons, Ana must make the most important decision of her life. And it's a decision she can only make on her own...

©2012 E L James (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks

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    Martin Merseylea, Australia 02-12-13
    Martin Merseylea, Australia 02-12-13
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    "Fifty Shades Darker"
    What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades Darker the most enjoyable?

    Becca's narration was superb.


    What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

    She does different voices for the characters. I dont think you could find a better person to do this job.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Gauteng, South Africa 01-29-13
    Brenda Gauteng, South Africa 01-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Awful and then some more awful"

    I bought book two because I thought it couldn't possibly get worse than the first one - and Wow.

    I am now more certain than ever that I will need to have left my brain outside in the rain for a fortnight, for me to ever be stupid enough to allow book three to become part of my library.

    Even the sex scenes became so tedious that I regularly hit fast forward to get back to the story - to see if there actually was a story! This book was so utterly dismal that it sucked in every possible way. I found myself feeling thoroughly gob smacked and embarrassed for E.L. James.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jo Fergus Napier, New Zealand 11-12-12
    Jo Fergus Napier, New Zealand 11-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Another way to get a fix of fifty"
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades Darker in three words, what would they be?

    This is the book, where they fall in love and is my favourite out of all three of them


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this on audio as I have already read the trilogy five times and wanted to hear it read to me just to get another 'fix' of the Grey's

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    fiona 09-26-12
    fiona 09-26-12
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    "Is the best way to get throw a book"
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades Darker in three words, what would they be?

    This is the first book's I have read for years as I'm not that great at reading I have got the books as well but audio has been the best thing I'v found in years you can get right in ti the book and the lovely girl that reads the book is so great at making you feel you are there. So thank you to you for getting me in to books


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lindsey Walkamin, Australia 09-10-12
    Lindsey Walkamin, Australia 09-10-12
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    "Twenty shades lighter"

    I found book 1 of the trilogy pretty 'dark', and way too 'S&M', and aren't sure why I persevered to book 2. I enjoyed book 2 much more (but realized that the first book 'set the scene'), and with the development of the 'plot', got really engrossed in the story line. Very much enjoyed it, and so on to book 3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine PASCOE VALE SOUTH, Australia 09-01-12
    Katherine PASCOE VALE SOUTH, Australia 09-01-12 Listener Since 2007
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    "Loved it."
    Where does Fifty Shades Darker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely top of the list after Fifty Shades of Grey.


    What other book might you compare Fifty Shades Darker to and why?

    Can't compare. Just great.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last scene in the boat house.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me both laugh and cry.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved Becca Battoe's reading of this trilogy. She made all characters very believable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    08-27-12
    08-27-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "Fifty Shades Darker"

    After finding the first book a little amateurish, I still couldn't wait to get this book. And let me say this book is my favourite of the three. It really lets you see the interaction between the characters. It shows you how a strong relationship can form and can save someone who has had a very bad past.

    I love the interaction between Christian and Anastasia via the email. It is humorous and I think a good reflection of what and how some real life romances are carried out these days.

    Becca Battoe again did a great job of conveying the emotion and drama of the relationship and I have to say handled some of the hotter scenes very well.

    I will be listening to these books again and again and after all that is what you want in a book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ann plumpton, Australia 07-31-12
    Ann plumpton, Australia 07-31-12 Member Since 2010

    love listening to books vampire romance books

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    "enjoyable"

    i was not disappointed with the second installment Becca Battoe didn't disappoint would love to see more stories from this author

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    Amazon Customer Wellington, South Africa 07-24-12
    Amazon Customer Wellington, South Africa 07-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "High Expectations..."
    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    I did read the last book in the series hoping that the story would improve but I was disappointed.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The first book had an interesting story line and a good twist but I felt like the second (and third) lacked imagination and even became boring at times. It seems like E.L. James ran out of ideas and instead wrote something akin to a Mills & Boon novel.


    What aspect of Becca Battoe’s performance would you have changed?

    Her pronunciation of particular words left a lot to be desired and her attempt at male voices was sometimes horrifying.


    Could you see Fifty Shades Darker being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, I think it would be mediocre compared to a movie version of the first book.


    Any additional comments?

    Read the first book and skip the rest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Duncan Sunshine Coast, Qld Australia 07-22-12
    J. Duncan Sunshine Coast, Qld Australia 07-22-12
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    "Weakest storyline ever!"
    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    Never.


    Would you ever listen to anything by E. L. James again?

    Never.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Becca Battoe?

    Anyone.


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades Darker?

    Both, there are only two!


    Any additional comments?

    The first time I've ever been moved to write a review, and I'm pretty well-read. More a learning curve in erotica than a novel. I'm broadminded, but this is only about sex!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Valerie
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    5/3/13
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    "Mm..... MORE! of the same............"

    I have now read all three titles in the series, & generally found there was not enough substance to the storey line for me. I felt it was ultimately just a vehicle for the readers education/titillation in S&M activity. The characters were fairly predictable, and the narrator did quite well to inject some life into them. Not really my kind of book ( I like historical mystery), but it no doubt has appeal to some judging by the talk about it when first released & sales figures.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • s
    United Kingdom
    4/26/13
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    "At best it's repetitive"

    By the time I got to chapter 12 the narrators whiny voice was making me feel physically sick. When reading the book you can scan past email headers and sign offs, but for some reason the author included a trail of emails and read through the sign off in each one --- yawn. The sex is unimaginative, the storyline slow, the expletives are repetitive and irritating. Feel pity for anyone who has paid full price for this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • lisa
    narberth, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Really don't know what the fuss is about"

    This book has been a major disappointment for me, I was full of hope and expectation but found it truley terrible, the storyline is slow and predictable the sex is repetitive and lacking in imagination and the dialogue is limited seriously don't bother

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Robyn
    Southampton, United Kingdom
    3/3/13
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    "'Fifty Shades' or 'Fetch My Spade'"

    I'm sure by now that most of you have heard of the international best-seller Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James, probably well aware of its somewhat 'naughty' content and, according to its blurb, "romantic, liberating and totally addictive" storyline. Having suffered emotionally (and needless to say, physically) as a result of successful entrepreneur Christian Grey's unrelenting need for control, we saw main character Anastasia Steele flee from his apartment at the end of the first book. Now, in the second book, she faces him again. But have things changed? Maybe they have in terms of their relationship, with Christian offering Ana a new proposition which may be more suited to her weak personality (well, at least she's no Bella Swan). However, for those seeking a more literary read/listen, then I would strongly advise looking elsewhere. There's been no change in this department from book one. No wonder James has not printed her full name on the front cover; the book appears to have been written by a 16 year old schoolgirl with an unrealistic perception of sexual intimacy and the importance of achieving a good work-life balance (Grey earns an apparent $100k per hour, yet 95% of his time is spent courting excitable young Ana). Aside from the obvious lack of writing skills used in the second book (actually, make that the entire trilogy), the audio version is even worse. My first thoughts on the audio book were that the narrator, Becca Battoe, did not whatsoever convey the mild personality of Anastasia Steele. Next, as Christian's and others' voices were attempted by Battoe, I almost laughed. Her strong accent and rather annoying intonations did nothing to add to the voices of the characters, especially during her ridiculous try at Dr. Flynn's British accent; in fact, I found them rather intolerable. Altogether, this was a thorough waste of my money. But, hey, I'm sure there are a lot of 16 year old girls this mind-numbing audio book would make very happy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    IWADE, United Kingdom
    8/27/12
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    "fifty shades 1and2"

    My inner goddess belives this book is badly written and the narrator makes it worse with her annoying child like voice.I wouldnt have given half a star but all fields are required.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • JAN
    north lanarkshire, United Kingdom
    7/13/12
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    "More rubbish from this trilogy"

    Don't buy into the hype. Bought all 3 at once.......big mistake. I rarely write reviews but this book was so bad had to warn others.

    One star for me for getting to the last chapter

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Spruce
    4/29/15
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    "so much better than you expect!!"

    having read the book previously I basically knew what to expect but having it read so beautifully by Becca with emphasis and excitement and seduction and anger and every emotion expertly put into the text, the book came alive almost as good as the film brought the first book alive.
    Moving on the fsf immediately!!!
    I love the way Becca seems to put so much into a story that feels like EL JAMES put her heart and soul into whilst writing. I've cried, laughed, gasped, clutched the edge of my chair and panted through this book and definitely plan to 'read' it again in the future.
    Thank you everyone xxx

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kathryn
    4/28/15
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    "Gripping"

    Loved these books read them watched the film now listening to them !! Listening to them is for me the best way to access this story !!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Susanne
    4/25/15
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    "Again, a great read."

    This is another smashing book. Well performed. I could hardly put it down. Onto number three!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zoe
    4/24/15
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    "Loved it"

    Loved the first movie, loved listening to this second one & I am looking forward to seeing the other two movies :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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