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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

What the Critics Say

"In a class by itself." (Entertainment Weekly)

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    Mary Kaye Halterman Charlotte, North Carolina United States 07-17-12
    Mary Kaye Halterman Charlotte, North Carolina United States 07-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great series...would not recommend to teen agers.."
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades Darker in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting Sexy Captivating


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Christian and his dark co dependant needs...


    Which character – as performed by Becca Battoe – was your favorite?

    Christian..


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

    Shocked is a better description to some of the sexual content


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer ESPANOLA, NM, United States 06-20-12
    Amazon Customer ESPANOLA, NM, United States 06-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "HIGHLY OVERATED!"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Becca Battoe?

    Narrator is fine, the book left me flat.


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

    Total disappointment is what I felt after reading this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I really don't understand how this book became a sensation. Fifty Shades fell flat on so many levels I really wish I could have my credits back.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry Redlands, CA, United States 06-20-12
    Sherry Redlands, CA, United States 06-20-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Oh my!"
    What would have made Fifty Shades Darker better?

    The sex in this book is not enough to warrant all the hype about the novel. This is one of the most poorly written books I have ever listened to or read. It reads like something a high school student might write wishing to shock the reader! I wish I had started counting the "oh my", "holy s*#%" and "holy f@#*" comments just to satisfy my curiosity as to how much these "literary" phrases were used! Not only was the writing sophomoric, it was clearly written by a much older person. The main characters engage in email conversations (complete with the headers and salutations read out completely - really?) People who graduated from college in 2011, as the main character did, DO NOT have conversations through email - they text! Also, I don't think there is a recent college graduate on the planet that went through four years of college without their own computer - please! This author is clearly way out of touch. Even the sex could have been more imaginative.


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

    No


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

    I thought the performance was very poor. The narrator made Anna sound like a Valley Girl ditz. The narration was so slow it drove me crazy at first. Then I discovered that with my new Andriod app, you can adjust the speed. I turned it up to 1.5 and it actually sounded normal!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maurina Oakville, ON, Canada 06-18-12
    Maurina Oakville, ON, Canada 06-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Love story"
    Where does Fifty Shades Darker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top or very close


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Christian.......He was a loss soul


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I didn't like narrator's male voice


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I loved all three books........Read each by book form and then the audiobooks.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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 06-01-12

    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.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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