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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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    erin smithfield, RI, United States 07-12-12
    erin smithfield, RI, United States 07-12-12
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    "excellent"

    Please DO NOT listen to these negative reviews, the narration of these audiobooks is excellent. I think people just like to complain in life and cannot be happy. Save your negative comments and keep them to yourself!!! Great Job narrating Becca Battoe :)

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    Amazon Customer United States 07-10-12
    Amazon Customer United States 07-10-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Better"

    The story line was much better on this book than the first book. I still did not like the narrator. She just doesn't do justice to this book. I am glad that I listened to it though, and look forward to book 3.

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    amy winter haven, FL, United States 07-10-12
    amy winter haven, FL, United States 07-10-12
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    "Great story"
    Would you listen to Fifty Shades Darker again? Why?

    I have listened to the book over again. Listening to these books while driving is a better than to listening to music on the radio.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like both the Ana and Christan because without one the other would never be who the are at the end of the book


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

    Her tone was the darkest in this book. I liked her upbeat tone that she read in the first book.


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    Amazon Customer menlo park, CA, United States 07-09-12
    Amazon Customer menlo park, CA, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Not what I expected!!"

    I just don't get what the hype is about this series. I was expecting so much more than what was presented. I was bored halfway through the book. Although this was certainly not my favorite book, I have this quirky thing where I have to finish the entire series regardless if I like it or not.

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    TOMMI DENVER, CO, United States 07-08-12
    TOMMI DENVER, CO, United States 07-08-12
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    "hate the narrator love the story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    i would recommend the book but not the audio book the narrator you can tell is reading and her male "voices" are horrible so FAKE i got this and fifty shades free but im returning them because i just cant take her voice any more!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    horrible "VOICES" and you could tell she was reading and then also she pauses to many times. kinda like shes reading to a child.


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    Kendra Monterey, CA, United States 07-08-12
    Kendra Monterey, CA, United States 07-08-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Fifty Shades of Annoying"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The male voices were extremely annoying, and the writing (not the narrator's fault) was horrible! However, the way the narrator said repeat words like, "Oh my!", "Holy crap/shit", "inner goddess", and "subconscious" had me screaming and cringing. Where was the editor?!


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

    Sadly, I will torture myself to listen to or read the third book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The male voices made them sound nasal and/or condescending like the narrator had an unnatural intonation to their voices that made it bothersome to focus on the content.


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

    Fifty Shades of Annoying! Holy crap! Holy shit! Oh my! Overhyped, poorly written, and narrator drove me crazy! My inner goddess did not do triple Salchow's, backflips, or somersaults while listening to this audiobook. If I was so in tune with MY subconscious and knew what it was THINKING, then it would want to punch her subconscious in the face, breaking her spectacles for acting like a scolding school marm. At the very mention of "inner goddess" and "subconscious," I found myself cringing and screaming because it became so common; admittedly, Ana's inner goddess is quite the athlete, gymnast and ice skater...very impressive! I have to wonder if she has Dissociative Identity Disorder (Multiple Personality Disorder). The book became so inundated with boring, detailed, gratuitous "vanilla sex" with a hint of "kinky fu&$ery" like a bad porn flick, but unlike bad porn, this actually has a potentially good plot if it had been written better. I find myself asking the same thing the insecure, whiny, game-playing character finds herself asking repeatedly, "Why [her]?" I know she's young, but it's so far-fetched and not believable that this girl would magically begin to "change" Grey when years of therapy hasn't. Puh-lease! I should probably do my review in Microsoft Word so that I can right click and choose synonyms to get some 50-cent words in there like "loquacious" and "avuncular," etc. to make a dim-witted college grad appear sagacious.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, I tortured myself with Fifty Shades of Crap, er Grey, and why, do you ask will I torture myself with Fifty Shades Freed? Morbid Fascination, I guess. At least E.L. James is laughing all the way to the bank while I'm screaming in my car down the highway to hell, but I can't not listen and not know what happens. It's like crack. It's horrible for you, but you're stuck wanting more.

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    Pat Feuerbacher Romayor, TX USA 07-06-12
    Pat Feuerbacher Romayor, TX USA 07-06-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Not much better than the first book"

    The second book in the the 50 Shades triology only got better in the final paragragh of the book. Until then there has been no plot, no real story and the performance of the narrator is no better than the first book. How many ways can you use the f word. Still hope the 3rd book has some story. How can one have 3 books and so far the first 2 could be done in 5 or 6 chapters.

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    Ruth MISSOULA, MT, United States 07-06-12
    Ruth MISSOULA, MT, United States 07-06-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Easy story, but Frustratingly Awful Narration"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the actual book. The story is a fun read, but I found myself getting frustrated with the whiny and shallow characters that the narrator portrayed. Don't get the audio book!!


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    Kindle Customer United States 07-06-12
    Kindle Customer United States 07-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, to spice up your life


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ana because she held her own. She's a badass


    What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

    At first it was a little valley girl, but it grew on me and I loved it.


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Repitious word use by the author which was annoying, but the story was great. Needed more imagination and descriptors.

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    Patty Flores Culver City CA 07-02-12
    Patty Flores Culver City CA 07-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Get the Book Instead"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades Darker to be better than the print version?

    I love this book, but the voice of the narrator is terrible!!! Her impression of male voice is super irritating and makes me want to stop listening to it. Our Cristian cannot sound the way she "sounds him out" UGGGGH!


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