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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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"In a class by itself." (Entertainment Weekly)

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    Teri G 04-17-12
    Teri G 04-17-12
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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.


    24 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 09-10-12
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 09-10-12 Member Since 2012

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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

    Yes, I Do!!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fifty!! He is just simply amazing... He is sooo in love with Ana and don't even know it... OMG! He just don't know what do. He is soooo passionate about Ana, and soooo controlling, plus I even love when he is so angry he damn near go insane... He really is 50 shades... *He is the best character I have ever read about... LOVED IT!!


    Have you listened to any of Becca Battoe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Listen to Fifty Shades of Grey!! She was awesome...


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Paging Dr. Flinn; My Fifty; no no... I got it...

    * Ben and Jerry's and Ana* Loved it!!!

    wait... no... "Holy F--K!" or even "Bit*h Troll!"


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dream Watauga, TX, United States 08-14-12
    Dream Watauga, TX, United States 08-14-12 Member Since 2011

    LIFE just happens that way sometimes!

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    "A lot better than book 1"

    I enjoyed this book it's amazing how many people are connected to Grey and the lengths Grey will go to make sure that his lady love is secure in her life with her job, the things that love seems to make people do, protect the one you love. This book was good I am still frustrated with the emails that continue to go back and forth but I am suprised how Ana starts to show some type of boldness in this book. What I remember the most and had me wanting to know what will happen next is when Charlie Tango had it's issue. The narrator did a great job and the sex scenes in this book were still superb. Grey does work my nerves though because of his dominating actions and responses. A lot happens in this book and I am ready to listen to the final book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Angelia Lancaster, CA, United States 07-31-12
    Angelia Lancaster, CA, United States 07-31-12

    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 Pine Hill, Nj United States 06-04-12
    M. Thomas Pine Hill, Nj United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2007

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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!!!


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    ROXANNE BELLE CHASSE, LA, United States 04-17-12
    ROXANNE BELLE CHASSE, LA, United States 04-17-12
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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 :(

    33 of 41 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 2011

    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.

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    Karen Keller, TX, United States 10-05-12
    Karen Keller, TX, United States 10-05-12
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    What did you love best about Fifty Shades Darker?

    The love story of how protective Christian was of Anna.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Christian, of course! Sexy, protective, mysterious and sexy!!!


    Did Becca Battoe do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Oh yes. I loved her voice for each different character.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    My Happy Ever After


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ruan Woodland, WA, United States 10-03-12
    Ruan Woodland, WA, United States 10-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "You had me at Fifty.......Darker was sublime!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades Darker to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anna of course! She's THE perfect person for 'fifty'.


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

    I'm not crazy about her male voices, but give her credit for doing so many of them well. I do like her voice as it brings Anna's character to life. I would like to hear other books by Ms. Battoe.


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

    I have to say I did have an extreme reaction. I'm surprised I got past the first book since 'erotica' isn't what I choose to read. However, the story is so compelling it turned into the best book I've 'heard' in a very long time.


    Any additional comments?

    It definitely lives up to the hype!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan United States 09-28-12
    Susan United States 09-28-12

    There is never enough time for great books! I love the ones that suck you in from the first minutes but I have also learned to love the ones that take a little longer to warm up to.

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    "Does it really have to end?"
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades Darker in three words, what would they be?

    I couldn't believe how book 1 ended.....so much of a cliffhanger I stopped at the next McDonalds to download book 2. And book 3.....wow, suspense and satisfaction of the story but like so many of my friends that have also read the books, now I'm on Fifty Shades withdrawal. While I may never find my "Christian" and I will never be as beautiful as Anna, this was "the" best story I have read in a real long time. The story is more about relationship development than sex....but oh was it tantalizing sex. In a lot of ways, it's a familiar story but E L James puts enough fresh stuff in it that it leaves you on the edge of your seat, always wanting more.

    As for the movie I hear they're considering....I don't see how it could even compare to the book in many ways, but yes, I'd go see it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kate - I can really relate to her "rebel" nature and her thirst for answers...yet her shy/unsure and caring nature.


    Have you listened to any of Becca Battoe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the first one.


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

    I laughed a lot. I loved Kate's "inner goddess" the most! She was a hoot!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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