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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Natalie Auckland, New Zealand 10-05-12
    Natalie Auckland, New Zealand 10-05-12 Member Since 2012

    An audio book loving Aucklander.

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    "Oh Boring...."

    "I gape at him"..."Oh Christian"...
    "Oh my 50 shades" . Save me now. I grew so tired of hearing the same lines repeated over and over, so I gave up on it. Poorly written. Why is this so popular? Don't waste your precious credit on it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha Yarramalong, NSW, Australia 09-30-12
    Samantha Yarramalong, NSW, Australia 09-30-12
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    "Utter rubbish"
    What would have made Fifty Shades Darker better?

    More about the story of the two people rather than their very boring sex life. I feel stupid for buying it, really stupid. I loved hearing about Christian's lifestyle but that's about it.


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

    Someone who doesn't say "oh my!" every third sentence in that revolting accent.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance


    Any additional comments?

    The first book I managed to read, this one I just couldn't bear.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 06-15-12
    Lia Sutton, Australia 06-15-12 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Captivating"

    It has everything one wants in a book, it's exciting, funny and well yes lots of sex very erotic sex, but it is also a love story with all the twists of one. It will make you cry and laugh and want more, you fall in love with both characters and well it's only fair that I say that men like Christian Grey are only make believe in books. Don't miss this series!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Chris United States 05-14-12
    Chris United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Riviting 2nd Installment"

    The story continues from where Ana has left her beloved Christian, these are two modern day lovers just one is Fifty Shades ........ ed. It has everything one wants in a book, it's exciting, funny and well yes lots of sex very erotic sex, but it is also a love story with all the twists of one. It will make you cry and laugh and want more, you fall in love with both characters and well it's only fair that I say that men like Christian Grey are only make believe in books. You want to follow their journey and see where it takes them, just wait till the final book Fifty Shades Freed, it's a ripper. All I will say is laters baby......

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer corowaAustralia 09-09-12
    Jennifer corowaAustralia 09-09-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Torn"

    I found this really difficult to rate - it does get you in - but its the classic girls meets screwed up millionaire. The plot is weak and predictable - you think that there is going to be some drama some suspense but it fizzles out.
    Focused way too much on having sex every five minutes - but with more in the story line even that could have been forgiven.
    Its pretty much Mills and Boon on steroids. If you want an easy listen that wont keep you awake at night this is it. Oh and just a tiny bit of day dreaming about being with Mr Grey and his money lol

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ingrid S. 05-16-15
    Ingrid S. 05-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great and easy listening"

    Great book, easy listening. There were a few parts that were a bit drawn out but taking breaks from it helped.

    Lovely story and will read / listen to the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kk 03-15-15
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    "I love it "

    I felt the deep connection between the two of them. love it thank you E. L.James

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rene Miguel Cudaihl 01-28-15
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    "Great narration"

    Becca makes the book worth listening to, despite the dull monologue. hesitant to finish the book but id rather finish what I started

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Conduit Perth, Australia 04-25-14
    Sharon Conduit Perth, Australia 04-25-14 Member Since 2014
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    "It only gets better"
    What did you love best about Fifty Shades Darker?

    Christian asking Ana to marry him.


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

    Nothing compares to this


    What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

    Yes, what an amazing talent in her voice becoming all the different characters.


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

    No, I listened to it on my journey to and from work over a couple of weeks.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lee Rivett, Australia 09-04-13
    lee Rivett, Australia 09-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Darker and loving it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades Darker to be better than the print version?

    This audiobook brought the characters to life.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It was most interesting to see how the author portrayed dom and sub relationships.

    Some of the dialogue was a little boring.


    What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

    Her voice sounded like someone who may be of Anna's age.


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

    I did cry at some points and felt warm and fuzzy at others


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • patricia
    barry, United Kingdom
    8/29/12
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    "BRILLIANT"

    the 2nd book is fab its certainly a page turner .and the story gets deaper my house lay untouched for nearly three days i could,nt stop listening to it

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • marie
    catrine, United Kingdom
    10/27/13
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    "love it"
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades Darker in three words, what would they be?

    best in trilogy


    What did you like best about this story?

    book two really brings the story together.defo best book in trilogy by far.


    What does Becca Battoe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    i have read the books about twenty times. having it read out makes me conect better with ana.


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

    i listened to it in no time at all.


    Any additional comments?

    really would have prefered the male voices to be read by a man. would conect more with christian this way.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • pooh
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    6/20/13
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    "WOW"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades Darker to be better than the print version?

    excellent even better and more erotic and intense than the book. beware do not listen to this while driving :)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both Ana and Christian


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    the one where Ana gives Christian the third present.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. K. J. D. CURRIE
    Hayling Island, UK
    12/1/12
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    "On the downward spiral but I still read it!"

    After the first book, I felt I needed to get the rest of the story - the sex almost got in the way tbh because it was same stuff in different places with different extras!

    After I'd finished it, I couldn't possibly have told you what happened - it is probably the least memorable of all three books.

    I won't comment on the actual language/words - not to my taste - sorry.

    Still glad I listened - sometimes just being able to discuss the current hyped stuff is enough!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • MRS
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    8/24/12
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    "read all reviews before buying ...."

    This book sounds great but the narrators voice is terrible,really irratating, which you wouldnt pick up on from the sample but as she has to repeat the same awful 'Oh My's' and 'Holy Sxxt's on average every couple of minutes it really goes through you.
    Very dissapointed with the end which completely left me feeling a bit ripped off for the credit i'd wasted. I suppose its so that you will feel compelled to buy the next book but honestly it wasnt good enough to waste more credits.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • vicki
    2/6/15
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    ""Awful narrator never again""
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    NARRATOR


    What did you like best about this story?

    they both got the family they both wanted in the end


    How could the performance have been better?

    DIFFERENT NARRATOR


    Did Fifty Shades Darker inspire you to do anything?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    i loved READING these book but the NARRATOR killed the audio

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • natasha
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    11/25/12
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    "Waste of my life!"

    Really tried to get into this trilogy, but it was too hard to listen to rubbish! I was losing the will to live!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Angie
    2/25/15
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    "fantastic"

    This order was fantastic 50 shades of darkness brilliant it had me in tears can't wait to see the movie again and again and again

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Katherine
    New Malden, United Kingdom
    9/18/14
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    "Even if you liked the first, you won't enjoy this"
    What was most disappointing about E. L. James’s story?

    The pathetic lead became even more uninteresting and limp in this book, and the attempt at bringing some kind of story line in between badly written and repetitive sex scenes was almost amusing, but not amusing enough to tempt me to continue listening.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Judith
    Lincoln, United Kingdom
    6/13/13
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    "fifty shades of grey trilogy"

    Fantastic fantastic fantastic. I read the. Three books last year when they first came out, from the beginning I couldn't put them down. Thought I'd try listening to them, same thing, couldn't stop listening. Loved every minute.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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