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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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    thuraya 12-15-12
    thuraya 12-15-12
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    "It was very boring and childish"
    What would have made Fifty Shades Darker better?

    Bit of sense and proper story


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

    No


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

    A loone would


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades Darker?

    Grey


    Any additional comments?

    Sex is a beautiful classical painting, please dont portriate as modern art where it does not have any sense but to few.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie United States 12-13-12
    Natalie United States 12-13-12
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    "Wonderful"
    Where does Fifty Shades Darker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    1st so far!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anna very witty


    What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

    She really got into this one very nice performance


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

    No I savor my listening time plus this book I can't exactly listen to with the kids around


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to listen to book 3

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tanya L. Bashaw Burlington, VT 12-11-12
    Tanya L. Bashaw Burlington, VT 12-11-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Awful."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Would have had to be a good book, and it's terrible. Also the Becca's performance was just annoying.


    What could E. L. James have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The writing is atrocious. She uses terms she obviously doesn't understand. Her common use of "subconscious" is incorrect - it's obvious she has no idea what that means. Plus she uses "inner Goddess" for pretty much the same thing. Her vocabulary is so limited, she just repeats the same things over and over, and calls it a book. Also, non of the characters have any depth, not even the main one. This series is so bad, the only thing I could compare it to is Twilight... then I found out that this series started as twilight fan-fiction. Vomit. Oh, and if you think this book is about S&M, you will be disappointed. It's all talk, no walk.


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

    Nope.


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

    The whole thing needs to be scrapped and rewritten by someone with guts, and maybe some skill...


    Any additional comments?

    How is this series popular???

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tami 12-10-12
    Tami 12-10-12

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Wonderful! Funny, and charming!!"
    What did you love best about Fifty Shades Darker?

    I enjoyed the the continuing storyline, Ana's challenges and Christian's wonderful fall in love with Ana.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Christian, charming, dazzling Ana falls in love with him. I loved the vunerable man and loves the flaws. It gives people hope. I am happily married and the joy I have, maybe this will give others such hope that it is out there.


    Have you listened to any of Becca Battoe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I liked her performance and I believed that she was Ana, her Christian is fine and other men. I found when you are into the story it all sounds fine.


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

    Yes, wonderful I wish it would continue on for many books.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the way E.L. James writes, she is exciting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Iitanyia GWYNN OAK, MD, United States 12-10-12
    Iitanyia GWYNN OAK, MD, United States 12-10-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Again, surprisingly tasteful."

    At first, I just saw this trilogy mentioned in a magazine. Then I saw, after I downloaded it, that it was supposed to be a really sexy book about Sado-masochism (sp?). I almost asked audible to take them back. But, fortunately, I decided to give them a chance. The books are really well written and are less about BDSM than a psychological and romantic and sexy exploration. Actually, a really good read. The reader was well chosen; she sounds correct for the character she portrays. If you are curious, give it a listen...you won't regret it. Unless, of course, you are adverse to sexually graphic literature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    darlene Cleveland, OH, United States 12-08-12
    darlene Cleveland, OH, United States 12-08-12
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    "could have been better.."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, I did love the book, but I have to be honest and tell you that (and i mean no disrespect
    to the narrarator) the women who narrarated this book was not the right pick. It was so
    hard to stay with the story when the voices of the characters sounded so fake, not only the male voices, but even the female voices were awful. I really wanted to see the story
    all the way through though. I will go out and buy the book and read it myself, and hope-
    fully it will not lose any of its pizzazz.

    Excellent story so far, and i cant wait to read book 3.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Christian and Anna's opposites attract relationship


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

    only if its not anything with Adult content.


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Again, I must say that I believe that Becca Battoe is an excellent narrarator, but not for these particular books. She failed to make the characters believable, they sounded so
    fake and childish, like she was trying way to hard, and with that the voices sounded down
    right silly.
    Christian Grey is supposed to be hot and sexy and i didnt feel that from her narration, nor
    did i feel like she brought Anastasia Steel's personality out, she sounded more like a dopey teenager.

    I still will recommend this story to everyone because it is one of those stories that you just
    have to know whats gonna happen with the characters next..but i think i will read the final
    installment on my own so i dont lose any of the excitement through Becca Battoe's
    fake accents for all of the characters in the book. She would have been better off just
    doing a straight narration, without adding voices to each character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda Katy, TX, United States 12-06-12
    Melinda Katy, TX, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Surprised"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend because it's an interesting read.


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

    I've never actually read anything like this.


    What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

    Becca Battoe gives a believable performance as a naive inexperienced 22 year old.


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

    I enjoyed listening every evening on my way home from work.


    Any additional comments?

    Once I got passed how juvenile some of the writing was I started to like the characters. It is very campy and unreal but I do like to "get away" so I actually like the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lena Smyrna, TN, United States 12-06-12
    Lena Smyrna, TN, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2013

    I am a busy sports mom listening to romance only. If the narrator is good and it has a decent plot, I will find it enjoyable.

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    "My favorite book in the series"
    Would you listen to Fifty Shades Darker again? Why?

    Yes. The change in Christian is so sweet and the way he cherishes her makes you want to read it over and over. I've listened to it at least 3 times since downloading. I'm not crazy about the Becca Battoe, but I am crazy about the story.


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

    Bared To You and Reflected To You, but I don't like them nearly as much as Fifty.


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

    Sometimes.


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

    I don't know what the tag line would be, but I will be first in line to get a ticket.


    Any additional comments?

    You will either love or hate this series. I am definitely on the love love love side. I enjoy this story so much. Christian's change and Ana's maturity. I have really enjoyed this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa R. Rapach Woodbridge, NJ United States 12-06-12
    Teresa R. Rapach Woodbridge, NJ United States 12-06-12

    Teresa

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    "Love This Story!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades Darker to be better than the print version?

    No, they're equal. I just have more time to listen, then to read.


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

    n/a


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

    Personality


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I have a 2 - 2/12 hour roundtrip commute Monday through Friday so these audiobooks are great and make my commute enjoyable and speed by!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Curtis Denver, CO, United States 12-06-12
    Curtis Denver, CO, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting finish to this series..."
    What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades Darker the most enjoyable?

    I like listening because it allows me to create a "movie" in my head and E L James did a great job of character development throughtout the the entire series.


    Would you be willing to try another book from E. L. James? Why or why not?

    Yes, I like the way the story unfolds and the detail of the characters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The time in Aspen when Christian finally relaxed and showed a side of him we hadn't seen up to that point.


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

    Fifty Shades of Grey...Anna's Awakening


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed the Epilogue as well...looking forward in time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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