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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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    Kristin Philadelphia, PA, United States 06-14-12
    Kristin Philadelphia, PA, United States 06-14-12
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    "Narrator is terrible"
    Would you try another book from E L James and/or Becca Battoe?

    Read the book if you have the chance as this narrator is terrible! I downloaded the audiobook and stopped after 5 minutes and ran out to the story to get the hard copy because I couldn't stand listening to the narrator's "performance" - hopefully they find another narrator.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leigh Spring, TX, United States 06-13-12
    Leigh Spring, TX, United States 06-13-12
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    "AWFUL Narration"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Save yourself frustration and READ this book instead of suffering through this horrible
    performance.


    What didn’t you like about Becca Battoe’s performance?

    Her reading is stilted, choppy and juvenile.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Upper Marlboro, MD, United States 06-12-12
    Kelly Upper Marlboro, MD, United States 06-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "New to Audio Books"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the book. It was a great read...very intriguing.


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

    Zane books - many of them.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Hated the narration - I just couldn't get into the changing voices of the woman...trying to sound like a man. It didn't work for me at all, as a matter of fact it almost turned me completely off of audio books. I could have been expecting too much but I expected each character to have their own voice. It was very difficut for me to get past the woman...very difficult.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Carlsbad, CA, United States 06-09-12
    Anne Carlsbad, CA, United States 06-09-12
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    "Entertaining Book. Terrible Performance."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades Darker to be better than the print version?

    No. It definitely COULD have been if performed by someone else.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Becca Battoe?

    Anyone! She way overacted.


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

    Yes.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Philadelphia, PA, United States 06-04-12
    Barbara Philadelphia, PA, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Need a better Narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes - Truly enjoyed the series - I read all three before i listned to them,- Glad I did because the narrator for this seris was not good


    How could the performance have been better?

    A Narrator who reads with passion


    Was Fifty Shades Darker worth the listening time?

    Yes & No


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Japan 06-01-12
    Amazon Customer Japan 06-01-12 Member Since 2010

    Kat

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    "SNOOZER"
    Would you try another book from E L James and/or Becca Battoe?

    E L James Yes, Becca Battoe No.


    Has Fifty Shades Darker turned you off from other books in this genre?

    NO


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    If the narrator actually participated in the book, such as change of voice when doing male vs female, and scene changes. Every time I listen to this book I found myself falling asleep. I thought it was just me, but after 3 different people tried we all agree that it was the narrator.


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

    to the book per say ( I had read the books prior) I had no issue. the Narrator was a disappointment.


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    Amy S Starks 05-31-12 Listener Since 2006
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    "Misses the mark with Narration Choice!"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    While the "Fifty" series is a great get away from it read, I'm baffled by the choice of narrator. Without offense meant to Ms. Battoe, who is a talented audible performer, I was SO DISAPPOINTED in this narrator for the Fifty series. Anastasia IS a college grad aged gal, an maybe that's why the "younger" sounding choice for Becca Battoe, but it simply didn't work for me. I skipped the "audible" version of the final book, opting to read it myself. Sorry Audible, you missed the mark on this one, in my humble opinion.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jen Bensalem, PA, United States 05-31-12
    Jen Bensalem, PA, United States 05-31-12 Member Since 2011

    Wiccan High Priestess

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    "50 More Shades of Bad Writing"

    I'm the type of person who doesn't like to leave things undone. I never walk out of movies, no matter how bad and I can count on one hand (and still have fingers left) the number of books that I've abandoned before the end.

    I did manage to finish the first book in spite of the bad writing, flat characters and incessantly whining Ana. And who knows why, but something pushed me to download 50 Shades Darker. I wanted to know what happened next, how the story ended.

    My Audible subscription is kind of like Netflix, I sometimes download titles that I wouldn't necessarly spend money on if I were buying from Amazon or one of the chain stores. Most of the time it works out well and I discover a gem that I otherwise wouldn't have, but this time it was 50 Shades of I Wish I Hadn't Wasted My Credit.

    Another reviewer said it well...once they go Vanilla, there's no point in continuing. Maybe if the book were better in terms of actual plot and characterization there would be something left worth reading. But without the basics of a good book, once you take away the hook-y gimmick of BDSM, there's nothing left. That's a shame, because even Erotica should be about something more than sex.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanne GRANBURY, TX, United States 05-30-12
    Jeanne GRANBURY, TX, United States 05-30-12 Member Since 2011

    Rajun Cajun

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    "Don't confuse the AUDIO with the BOOK"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one with any intelligence at all.


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

    The audio version is the WORST audio book I have ever listened to among the hundreds I have listened to while traveling. The reader should never again be allowed to narrate a dictionary much less anything worth reading. She tries to be sexy but comes across like a bad 1-900 number.


    What didn’t you like about Becca Battoe’s performance?

    Everything


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not as an audio. The IBook version is fantastic.


    Any additional comments?

    I will never buy another book performed by Becca Battoe.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    N. Campbell Ann Arbor, Michigan 05-27-12
    N. Campbell Ann Arbor, Michigan 05-27-12 Member Since 2007

    A Physicists

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    "okay I really tried but Becca Battoe..NOT"

    okay, the story in 2 is better than one...but becca battoe really is a bad narrator for this series. They desperately need to redo it with another person as narrator. I wish Anna Fields was still alive she would have been perfect narrator for this....

    PLEASE REDO THIS AUDIOBOOK!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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