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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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    Toni PHOENIXVILLE, PA, United States 04-25-12
    Toni PHOENIXVILLE, PA, United States 04-25-12
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Just started book 2 and having a hard time adjusting to new narrators! Why would they change it?? Not liking it at all!!!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    NO


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew lowell, MI, United States 04-25-12
    Matthew lowell, MI, United States 04-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades Darker to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version, I think any book would be better in audio, because you hear the emotion and feelings in the narrators voice


    What did you like best about this story?

    That they were back together, I didn't like that the first one ended that way


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

    Narrator adds a lot of feeling and emotion, which adds a lot to the book, Good job becca


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

    definitely


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Darrelyn 04-20-12
    Darrelyn 04-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I'm listening to a 'valley girl'...awful."
    What did you like best about Fifty Shades Darker? What did you like least?

    Like, ya know...it's soo totally gross to like listen to this voice. Becca Bettoe speaks like a typical uptalking teen. I will not make it through this book, without wanting to slap the question marks out of her voice. Her emphasis is too many times, on the wrong syLAble. There is that bored rattle in her voice, as well. I bought the whole series, without sampling --big mistake. I had assumed the email notice from Audible that the production/narration had been fixed; that I could reload it, was responsive of them, based on the reviews. But this is like listening to, as previously stated, a spoiled, bored, clueless teenage girl.

    I think we all need to call Audible, and demand a new narrator. These files cost nearly as much as the hardcovers, and should be better in quality than they are. If my hardcover was barfed on, I'd be able to return it. This narration is comparable to that. Sorry Becca...but you should only read books marketed to girls who talk like you. Or...here's a thought: Work on your speach, inflections, diction, emphasis, and tone. Then, you can read to the grownups.
    ***DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK, IN ITS CURRENT FORMAT***


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

    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO.


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

    Yep...but only with my girlfriends!


    Any additional comments?

    PLEASE this narrator. I'm extremely annoyed, now that I've heard what everyone's talking about. Reeeeeelly not good, and I've never complained after buying / listening to dozens and dozens of books from Audibles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gloria 04-18-12
    Gloria 04-18-12
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    "Oh No!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades Darker to be better than the print version?

    Mrs. Robinson has overtaken Ana's voice! Please bring back Ana's REAL VOICE. Without the real voice of Ana, the entire character is lost.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Iola 10-06-13
    Iola 10-06-13
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    "Stupid"

    I never downloaded this audio, a waste of time I really would like my credit back.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rhiannon Missouri 09-19-13
    Rhiannon Missouri 09-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "guilty pleasure? ....not so much"
    Any additional comments?

    I listened to 50 Shades and decided I had to keep up with the story. I've drawn one conclusion. Anastasia Steele is the most annoying female in any book I've ever read. She's so whiny and impossible to please. I had to stop listening after 11 chapters.

    I wish it wasn't this way. I adore the idea of the bad boy turned good... I just couldn't stomach the annoying Ana.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    nina moyock, nc, United States 09-15-13
    nina moyock, nc, United States 09-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome!!!!!"
    Where does Fifty Shades Darker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of my favorite books.. Loved the characters and story line, you have action, drama and love all in.


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

    Wicked lovers... In both book series you have characters who have their wild side but in the end they want what every one else does and that to be loved and accepted for who they are...


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

    Later's baby


    Any additional comments?

    This second installment of the book was awesome looking forward to the third book...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thorsten Tucson, AZ, United States 09-03-13
    Thorsten Tucson, AZ, United States 09-03-13
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    "Very little plot"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades Darker?

    The story is 19 hours of whiney gratuitous sex with little or no plot. The first book was marginally better. I read the first book out of curiosity and don't have a clue why I got the second. I've never read novels for the lovelorn, but I would guess this is a good fit for women who never date and are looking for a Prince to come along. After hearing about the book I should have known better.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I wish Vince Flynn were still with us.


    Did Becca Battoe do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Ana is a box of rocks when it comes to understanding the obvious. I can't believe that James made $95 million dollars last year on this drivel.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Erin Olympia, WA, United States 09-02-13
    Erin Olympia, WA, United States 09-02-13
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    "strange buzzing and bleep I'm glad it was free"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    the book itself is good, anyone who is interested in it will probably enjoy /reading/ it.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    i would like to finish the series, but do not care to pay for them because upon listening to the first two, there were high pitched small odd sounds resonating through the microphone and made listening frustrating.


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

    yes the narrator did a fine job, a little too valley girl sounding though, and also needs to learn how to properly pronounce city names. Montessano is pronounced Mont/teh/say/no.


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

    it was very fulfilling as a sorry, however not pleased with the technical properties, as in the odd sounds coming through with the narration.


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    Susan 09-02-13
    Susan 09-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The love scenes save the series"

    The writing is pretty bad - the plot is predictable and the author needs a thesaurus for descriptive words because she uses the same handful of words over and over and over again. The female protagonist is described by other characters as being intelligent, but I fail to see that actually demonstrated in any of the internal monolog; in fact, the dialog throughout the trilogy is much the same--trite. The narration is OK, but I'm not sure if that's because of the narrator or the deficient writing. On the other hand, the love scenes are very tantalizing and plentiful, making the series worthwhile.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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