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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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    Sarah R. Wales 09-06-12
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    "Boring"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who don't find wimpy, self-doubting female characters to be insufferable.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'll try the third book. I have to complete the set.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Becca Battoe’s performances?

    After these three books, no. Never. Most characters sounded like bored teenagers. Her interpretation of all of the characters was incredibly immature. I found myself pausing to reinvent the voices of every character. I confess to wondering if I might have tolerated the book better had I read it myself instead.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fifty Shades Darker?

    I found myself rolling my eyes every time another vanilla sex scene came up. I could have done with less of that, and more action. It was all so shallow.


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    Charles 09-06-12
    Charles 09-06-12
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    "Fantastic! A great story of first love..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I can see why it is popular. If you are looking just for smut, go elsewhere. This has some very erotic scenes, but they are a tasteful part of a story of true love and personal growth that should appeal to nearly everyone.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ana Steel - the main charactor


    What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

    She was fantastic at bringing the different characters and their moods to life with her delightfully talented voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Christian showed up at their apartment while everyone had been worring about his whereabouts.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to read the next book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Battle Ground, WA, United States 09-05-12
    Michelle Battle Ground, WA, United States 09-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome!!"
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades Darker in three words, what would they be?

    addicting suspensful fabulous


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably in the 3rd book - gun scene.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When he said "I love you"


    Any additional comments?

    I had to drive 17 hours do southern California, and this book kept me awake, alert and out of a ditch! :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Margate, FL, United States 09-04-12
    John Margate, FL, United States 09-04-12
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    "Wonderful Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades Darker to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely, can listen all the time


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

    Fifty Shades of Grey and Freed


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

    Listening to her was very entertaining


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    All three were great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl 09-04-12
    Cheryl 09-04-12

    Love books and love to put in my two cents' worth

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    "Book may be debatable, audio version is a no-go"

    I read volume 1 out of curiosity and found it reasonably diverting so thought I would try the audio version for volume 2. Not a good idea. In part the book just does not lend itself to being read aloud -- all those email exchanges are unbearably tedious to listen to (from: to: subject:). And the narrator is completely unsuitable, sounds like they grabbed some girl at random from a high school parking lot. Her male voices are headache-inducingly awful and incompetent, the main guy sounds especially ridiculous, she can't even sustain the same voice for more than one sentence, so you have no idea who is talking. It would be better if she had just spoken in her normal voice. Maybe she's secretly a feminist offended by the book and trying to put us off it? That's the only theory I can come up with to explain this terrible performance.

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    Amazon Customer 09-04-12
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    "Best of Trilogy"
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades Darker in three words, what would they be?

    Questions are answered


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fifty Shades Darker?

    Ana stading up to Elena.


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

    Her narration was really good.


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

    It made me laugh, brought me close to tears (but I'm emotional), and it made you really feel for the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the best of the 3 books. I've read them several times and listed to the audible. LOVE, LOVE, them....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Fort Worth, TX, United States 09-04-12
    Linda Fort Worth, TX, United States 09-04-12
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    "Leaves me wanting more"
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades Darker in three words, what would they be?

    Sexy. Deep. Engrossing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fifty Shades Darker?

    The end of the book.


    What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

    I loved all of it.


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

    Yes. Absolutely.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jacqueline BERWIND, WV, United States 09-04-12
    jacqueline BERWIND, WV, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2009
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    "AWFUL"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades Darker?

    I bought this series because of all the hype and good reviews on my FB feed, well obviously my FB friends don't read very often or read good books or something. I even am a fan of some fan fictions this was awful and I truly had to trudge through the series. I kept going because I thought, this has to get good somewhere.


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

    Sadly I purchased the whole series


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

    Irritation at the repetitive nature of every character


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dianna Hall Allen, Texas, United States 09-03-12
    Dianna Hall Allen, Texas, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2012

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "BETTER than the FIRST"

    I rated the first book in this seriers as average. The first book included quite a bit of sex. I guess it had to in order to describe the world the main character lived in. This second book is much better. It has more plot than sex. I actually looked forward to listening to it. I have recommended the book to others but did explain that the 3 books seem to be a developing plot that gets better.

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    William KNIGHTDALE, NC, United States 09-03-12
    William KNIGHTDALE, NC, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2011

    I love a good book...

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    "Too much sex...I can't believe I am saying this."

    This book has an interesting story line, but it is interupted too often because of a provocative sexual encounter. It is distracting. Sometimes these scenes go on for about 20 minutes while the interesting part of the story just waits...and waits...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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