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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
"In a class by itself." (Entertainment Weekly)
I am only into the first 10 minutes and I cannot stand the narration. YOU HAVE RUINED CHRISTIAN!!
I LOVED Fifty Shades Of Grey, Ana sounded young but SHE IS! I loved Christian's voice, strong but sexy. I am happily married for 16 years but this book captues perfectly the feeling and the excitement of falling in love. I am anixous to see how their relationship evolves and I am rooting for them both. SO far, in this book all I keep thinking is about how bad they screwed up the voices.
Becca did a great job in the first book but again the male voices are horrible in this version. I don't think this is Becca's fault but how Random House altered the version. Christian and all the men sound DOPEY and OLD. Ana is so listless she sounds like she is taking too much Prozac.
As I said, I am only into the first 10 minutes but I am worried I will not be able to enjoy the rest due to the "remastered" version!!! After being a member of Audible for years now, for the first time I am seriously considering buying and reading the book because I don't want the story to be ruined by listening to the horrible sounding male voices.
I could not wait until Darker came out. Counting the days until today and then I heard Christian's voice. Now I am not sure I will finish the book. AUDIBLE-tell Random House to offer the UN-remastered version to those who fell in love with Ana and Christian in Fifty Shades of Grey.
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.
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.
Kate - I can really relate to her "rebel" nature and her thirst for answers...yet her shy/unsure and caring nature.
This was the first one.
I laughed a lot. I loved Kate's "inner goddess" the most! She was a hoot!
LIFE just happens that way sometimes!
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.
I love books, it's my great escape.
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.
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!!!
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 :(
I would change nothing about the book!
The conflict and Love Story!
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!
YES! LOVE the Midnight Sun/Fifty point of view.
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.
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.
The love story of how protective Christian was of Anna.
Christian, of course! Sexy, protective, mysterious and sexy!!!
Oh yes. I loved her voice for each different character.
My Happy Ever After
Didn't read it.
Anna of course! She's THE perfect person for 'fifty'.
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.
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.
It definitely lives up to the hype!
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