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Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy | [E. L. James]

Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.
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Publisher's Summary

Please note: This audiobook contains graphic adult content.

Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.

They rekindle their searing, sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven, and demanding Fifty Shades.

While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life.

©2011 E L James (P)2012 Random House

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    Angelia 07-31-12
    Angelia 07-31-12 Member Since 2010

    I love books, it's my great escape.

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    "A Fantastic Sophomore effort!!! 5 Stars!!!"

    I have to be honest and say that all the bad reviews I read before purchasing the books turned me off. So I decided to be safe and get the first installment from the public library. Of course I was on a waiting list, #255. A friend gave me the Trilogy as a gift. I was totally hooked after reading the first book, Fifty Shades of Gray. From what I have read about the author, Fifty Shades was her freshman effort. Not too often that authors’ have a home run so to speak right out of the box. Fifty Shades was pretty damn good in my opinion. Fifty Shades Darker is no exception.

    Christian is a likable character but man he is really “f..... up” in the head and deeply damaged. To say he is flawed would be too weak of a description. By definition a flaw is ….a physical disfigurement that prevents something from being totally perfect and detracts from its value. On the outside Christian is beautiful, financially successful, and generous. He does not see his own self-worth. That is really what kept me listening and pulled me in deeper. I just had to see if this guy was going to be ok and if Anna would make a difference in his life. For a lack of a better description, Christian is a walk on the dark side of sexuality.

    What I did not expect was to be moved to tears because of the horrible things that happened to Christian in his young life. I did not expect to find myself laughing at Anna’s inner Goddess and her self-conscience which were like two minor characters with their own personalities.

    The narration of the 1st and 2nd books was really adequate to me; I could not find any fault with it. In fact the narrator did a pretty good job in conveying some serious and disturbing emotions from Christian and making the reader feel how young and inexperienced Anna really is, the young sounding voice just added to this fact for me.

    Christian’s big reveal knocked me for a loop. So Keep Calm and Stow Your Twitchy Palm! It’s ok the Trilogy is worth purchasing. I do recommend getting this trilogy, because I have already downloaded the 3rd installment. I now know what the hype is all about and it’s not hype, it’s pretty shocking and pretty darn good. If you liked Tempted and Naked, and the character Alex by Megan Hart this Trilogy will move you too.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    M. Thomas 06-04-12
    M. Thomas 06-04-12

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    If you could sum up Fifty Shades Darker in three words, what would they be?

    Oh this series is getting better and better, Darker was even better than Grey, that must mean that Freed is going to be off the chart fantastic!!!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    ROXANNE BELLE CHASSE, LA, United States 04-17-12
    ROXANNE BELLE CHASSE, LA, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "New Narration is Horrible !!!"

    Becca's ORIGINAL narration is MUCH better !! It perfectly fit Ana ... who is afterall , 21 yrs old and innocent . It perfectly fit her personality and character .
    This new narration doesnt even sound like her character at all !! A 21 yr old doesnt have a deep sultry voice and it doesnt even sound natural . I feel that those who wrote bad reviews couldnt have listened to the whole book before making their opinion . It totally fit ANA !

    PLEASE bring back the original narration !! I am very dissapointed in the new voice and want Ana back :(

    35 of 43 people found this review helpful
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    Teri G 04-17-12
    Teri G 04-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "The First Book/Narration was the better of the 2!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would change nothing about the book!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The conflict and Love Story!


    How could the performance have been better?

    I would prefer the original narration to the new one! The Male Voices are HORRIBLE! I think that the first narration actually sounded better; like a typical 21 year old. Absolutely HATE the new version!


    Do you think Fifty Shades Darker needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    YES! LOVE the Midnight Sun/Fifty point of view.


    26 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer severna park, MD, United States 10-24-12
    Amazon Customer severna park, MD, United States 10-24-12 Member Since 2014

    I'm actually a day old tart, filled with maple custard. Perhaps, this reads as a rational introduction to others, and you are deliberately misreading it, because, come on, maple custard.

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    "Dear Abbey, my girlfriend keeps exploding."

    I was not a fan. I couldn't get through it. I've heard so much about these books, I decided to give them a try. Anna is a dead fish. My last review was deleted for extrapolating just how much of a dead fish she is.

    The e-mails between Anna and Grey are unbearable, since the narrator has to voice out the to/from, message title, p.s.'s and signatures, between each and every message body. And the e-mails are used frequently during the book, as a major plot progressor.

    When I first heard Becca Battoe's version of Grey, I thought she was kidding, and I started to giggle, until I realized she was serious.

    E.L. James should be rationed on her uses of the words; mutter, murmur, whisper, gasp, explode, inner goddess, and Holy ____.

    The Inner Goddess thing makes Anna sound schizophrenic. The plot and dialogue were weak. The ... scenes... were weak.

    Perhaps this would be right up other people's alleys, and worth every penny, but for me, it wasn't even a lukewarm read.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    John 04-11-15
    John 04-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting but not great"

    The idea was a good one. To bring out such a taboo subject in a love story seems innovative. However, it could have been written much better. The main female character Anna, could have had more depth, and a less childish personality in every way.

    I quickly grew tired of the constant inner monologues that were dumb. Even the repetitive descriptions of the main male character Christian's smell, had become overkill.

    I can say that the Christian character was well rounded. Unfortunately, my patience for the lack luster heroin has worn out and I can't stand it much anymore. I started playing the whole thing at 3x the speed, just to get her dumb monologues over with.

    I will finish the series just because I need to know how it all ends but honestly, I'm not looking forward to it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Capella 04-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I listened because I was hoping someone would die."

    this is trash. Ana has the depth of a teaspoon and the emotional maturity of a preteen. her naivete is far from endearing it's repulsive.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michele Alpine, UT, United States 03-28-14
    Michele Alpine, UT, United States 03-28-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Worthless!"

    You can read my review of the last book - it covers everything to be said about all the books! Do not waste your money, unless you are desperate to read S&M scenes or have curiosity about it, or have no life!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sara 11-18-12
    Sara 11-18-12
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    "Awful!"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades Darker?

    The book itself is extremely one-track and boring, little to no character development other than "he's so hot" and "I'm a confused little girl... oh my!" The narrator is even worse! Her voice sounds like a winy little b**ch and you put up with it because occasionally there's a steamy enough sex scene to make it kind of worth the nails-on-chalk-board voice and mostly stagnant storyline.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michele Fort Worth, TX, United States 10-07-12
    Michele Fort Worth, TX, United States 10-07-12
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    "Thank Goodness It's Over!!!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who don't mind monotony.


    What was most disappointing about E. L. James’s story?

    Her skills.


    What three words best describe Becca Battoe’s performance?

    She was ok.


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

    Boredom.


    Any additional comments?

    This book seemed to dredge on forever and ever and ever. I couldn't wait to get it overwith but I couldn't seem to dedicate myself to listening to do it. But I always finish my audible books, good, bad or indifferent and after all, I had read the other two and needed to see if there was some big wow factor at the end.

    Book one - the Taboo nature holds your interest and getting to know the characters gets you through the book.
    Book two - hum, the author, not so great, the story becomes monotonous, imo.
    Book three - read it you've read the other two... how much longer is left!!!! Oh good, it's over. No great fantastic ending. Awww Happily ever after as expected.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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