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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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    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

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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

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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!

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    Deanne M. Montgomery Vancouver WA 05-24-12
    Deanne M. Montgomery Vancouver WA 05-24-12 Member Since 2009

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    "No...No Young Women...........No"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This is a pop phenomom and I had to read it like Twilight. But the message sent to young women about worrying so much about pleasing a man and him being mad every two seconds. The rowdy sex was good fun but got boring after awhile the same thing over and over. What really upset me is when he threatens to "beat the s--t out of her" when it has nothing to do with BDSM. I don't know..... I hope young women are reading this tongue in cheek and just for good summer beach reading fun and not taking this too seriously re: how relationships should work. How can he be so dreamy one sec and beat the s--t out of you the next. You dont want to find out in real life. Read as a pop phemom culteral experience for not other reason.


    What was most disappointing about E L James???s story?

    repetitive nature of it .....took ten min of story and played it out for three books


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    horrible male voices


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades Darker?

    none.......add some more


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    Angela L. Hallack monroe, la 05-19-12
    Angela L. Hallack monroe, la 05-19-12

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    "Narration completely spoils the mood. Turn-off"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Becca Battoe narrates this book in what sounds like an 80's Valley Girl dialect. "Oh My Gawd, Christian! Could you BE any hotter? Like Totally." Ruins the mood.


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

    I love his dark, troubled character.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It's just the way she reads. She emphasizes certain syllables in a way that detracts from the mood. Her voice is more petulant adolescent than young woman exploring her sexuality. Very distracting.


    Do you think Fifty Shades Darker needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, because the ending is a cliff-hanger.


    Any additional comments?

    Need a different narrator. I wasted my money on the audiobook. The reading was a turn-off. She should narrate tween or teen literature, like the Dork Diaries, or Popularity Papers. "Like, I'm SO sure.....Gawd."

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dame Chesterfield, VA, United States 05-17-12
    Dame Chesterfield, VA, United States 05-17-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Fifty Shades of Kinda Bland"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades Darker?

    Okay, let's be fair - none of these books are extraordinary from a literary standpoint. The dialogue was completely ridiculous, and I imagine E L James going through her thesaurus looking for words like "burning", "enflamed", and "dangerous". For the record, I think using "Fifty Shades" in the text itself is only allowable once. Picking this as Grey's nickname in Ana's running internal monologue was just awful. I was also hoping that there would be more intensity in the intimate scenes - instead, it was just more of the same. As the relationship between Ana and Grey deepens, the book becomes a romance novel wearing a black nail polish. It was all too tame. Read the classic "The Story of O" if you are looking for something that is dangerous, a little shocking, and very stimulating to those that want something a little more edgy. Frankly, I'm one woman who feels that watching porn for the plot is a waste of time. I didn't pick up a series about a virginal woman who begins a BDSM relationship with a hot, young, millionaire (let's add astronaut rocket scientist to that ridiculous list of descriptors) so that I could have him end up lukewarm and tender.


    Would you recommend Fifty Shades Darker to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not, although I might get around to the third book eventually, just for the sake of closure.


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

    Perhaps if she was narrating only female characters, she would have been fine. However, her reading in the male voice was absolutely awful. She tried to affect a male voice, which was just distracting and not at all sexy. I read the first book in 6 days - and that's working a day job and taking care of 2 kids with after-school sporting activities. I then got this book as audio, and Becca Battoe's performance rendered the book corny.


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

    The narration immediately sparked irritation and disappointment. As the story unfolded, I felt somewhat deflated by the downward spiral into bland romance.


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    Dana Marcel Metairie, LA, United States 05-14-12
    Dana Marcel Metairie, LA, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2012

    Never trust anyone who doesn't enjoy reading.

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    "In love with Mr Grey"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades Darker to be better than the print version?

    The narrator is aweful. I wish they would've at least had a male narrator to play Grey's part.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mr Grey becoming more loving and sensitive.


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

    Not in anything sexy. She doesn't play the part well at all.


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

    YES!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Looooooove Mr Grey!!!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Laurel, MD, United States 05-10-12
    Barbara Laurel, MD, United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades Darker to be better than the print version?

    No, the performance was horrible. Sounded like some dimwitted 20 something valley girl. I thought Ana had a little more class when I read the first book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    She should have had a little more class and attitude. This performance made me think Ana was a bridezilla. Had no sympathy for her in the audio version but did in the eBook I read of the first book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janit L Johnson WESTVILLE, OK, US 05-03-12
    Janit L Johnson WESTVILLE, OK, US 05-03-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Steele Gray"
    Would you listen to Fifty Shades Darker again? Why?

    Relucantly yes but if there was a different Narrarator absolutely. Fabulous book but the miss pronounced words & poor narration made it difficult to really enjoy. Buy the book instead.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Christian, he's a challenge


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Everything, her tone of voice, miss pronounced words. Everything!


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

    Steele Gray


    Any additional comments?

    Rerelease in audible form with different narration. Natalie Ross & Phil Gigante would be fabulous!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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