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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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    Tracy L Winchester, CA, United States 04-18-12
    Tracy L Winchester, CA, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I CAN'T LISTEN ANY LONGER! I'M BUYING THE BOOK."
    Would you try another book from E L James and/or Becca Battoe?

    Perhaps. It really depends on the subject matter.


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

    Yes. I will READ the third book in this trilogy when I am done READING this second book. I will not LISTEN anymore to the "50 Shades" books. That is unless I could download the original version. I did not mind it. Anything is better than this second narration. I HATE it!


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

    The male voices are absolutely horrible, paticularly Christian. I cannot listen any longer and I am only on Chapter 2. I am going to go buy the book today. I definitely prefer the first version of the narration. I did not mind Becca in the first version. Yes, she did sound young, clueless and a bit like a Disney character but I found her performance believable. Her voice reminded me of Amy Adams. In this new narration Becca sounds more like Christian did in the original version. Her performance comes across very flat and uninspired. Christian sounds like a large, clumsy, slow witted buffoon. I can't stand listening any longer. By the way, this is the first review I have ever written here. I have been listening to audio books for years and love Audible. This was the biggest waste of a credit for me.


    Did Fifty Shades Darker inspire you to do anything?

    The audio version inspired me to go out and buy the book.


    114 of 122 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia Peoria, AZ, United States 05-04-12
    Virginia Peoria, AZ, United States 05-04-12 Member Since 2010

    I don't have time to sit and read. Mother of 3 beautiful kiddoes. Thanks to Audible, I can listen and multi-task at the same-time.

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    "Good Point, Well Made!!"

    Again, the only reason why I scored it so high was because I kept the audiobook at a faster speed, instead of the normal speed. If I kept it at the NORMAL speed, I think I would have been pissed and seriously would have wanted my $$ back. However, keeping at a FASTER speed did the trick. I was still captivated, is it possible to have that much sex? Holy Crap!! CRAZY!! Yet so intriguing. KEEP IT ON THE HIGHER SPEED TO GET THROUGH IT!! THAT IS THE ONLY WAY!!

    39 of 43 people found this review helpful
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    Vilma Brandon, FL, United States 04-18-12
    Vilma Brandon, FL, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Random House trick me! Shame on ME for purchasing"

    Even so I told myself I wasn’t purchasing the 2nd or 3rd one I felt I should after the note posted regarding Random House “re-mastered” copy. For those that had anything to do with the producing or decision makers of this audible, this section is for you:

    Re’mas’ter =(Noun) a new master copy of earlier recorder / (Verb transitive) make better quality copy of old recording. To make a new copy of a recording using new technology in order to improve its quality.

    Well the 2nd book is not better and no new technology that improve the quality. Same narrator and yeah it lost the child inflection and fast marathon narration that Becca Battoe gives to the first one but its terrible when it come to the voices for the male characters. The inflections leave a lot to be desire too, pauses and emphasis on sections that doesn’t make sense and just confuse the listener. Also sometime she forgets to change voice inflection and I didn’t even know which character was speaking. I’m still blaming the producers or decision maker for the narration choice.
    You really can’t ask more from the narrator when her only experience on narrating books is over teens (6 books) and children’s books (4 books). Look her up, I did. After listening to over 480 audio books I know what I like and don’t like from a narrator. I increase my review to 2 stars from the first book, just because she lost the "bubble gum" voice.
    The love story between Christian and Ana is so intense, and so many unanswered questions from the first were answer on this one. The adult content take a second stage to their story.

    62 of 71 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Yvonne centennial, CO, United States 06-29-12
    Sarah Yvonne centennial, CO, United States 06-29-12 Member Since 2012

    I love to read. I love all genres but romance in particular. The hotter and steamy and sexier book is the more I want to read it.

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    "BETTER THAN BOOK ONE"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades Darker to be better than the print version?

    IT ADDS LIFE TO THE STORY


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

    THE BALL


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

    SEXY SEXY SEXY MAKES YOU WANTS TO TAKE YOUR HUSBAND TO THE BEDROOM OR ELEVATOR.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Winter Springs, FL, United States 04-18-12
    Debbie Winter Springs, FL, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2006
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    "New narration is dull and uninspiring!"

    I didn't understand the reviews of the original narration being to young sounding. The original production sounded like a college student, the new production has no character and feels shallow. Male voices are HORRID. I think the people who reviewed the original narration as bad had it so wrong. If there are two separate productions already done they should offer listeners a choice of version to download. I am choosing to read the 2nd and 3rd book because this new version is so bad. Love the story though so I will take time to read instead of listening to these new horrid versions.

    34 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Oxford, PA, United States 04-17-12
    Judy Oxford, PA, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Narrator better, and worse...."
    Where does Fifty Shades Darker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's definitely a different type of story than I usually listen to


    What did you like best about this story?

    The personal journey Christian undertakes to make a better life for himself and Ana.


    What aspect of Becca Battoe’s performance would you have changed?

    Where to start? She does better in sounding more mature in regards to Ana's character, losing the "valley girl" intonations, but Christian and Jack Hyde sound absolutely ridiculous! Who talks like that? I didn't have a problem with those characters in book one....

    And she definitely hasn't learned to correctly pronounce several words....


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

    I listen to books constantly as I don't have time to sit down and read them myself.


    Any additional comments?

    I really think the author should be consulted when choosing a narrator to insure that the audio comes off the way she meant it to when she wrote it....

    41 of 48 people found this review helpful
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    connie Bald knob, AR, United States 04-21-12
    connie Bald knob, AR, United States 04-21-12 Member Since 2010

    I'm 37 years old. A single Mother of two boys and a small business owner.

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    "My heart is racing"

    The continuation of the story is perfect. Anastasia's inner monologue is very entertaining. I listened with my heart in my throat. I laughed, I cryed, and I panted! What more could you ask for?

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tweetyct2 Phoenixville, PA, United States 04-18-12
    Tweetyct2 Phoenixville, PA, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story but bad narrator for male characters."
    Would you try another book from E L James and/or Becca Battoe?

    I love the story so yes i would be another book from E L James.


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

    How much Christian grow as a character.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I think Ana's voice improved, however, I can not stand Christian's voice. What's ashamed b/c I love this story.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    The fatal attraction b/c Ana & Christian


    Any additional comments?

    Please redo with better narrator.

    33 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    Gwen Moon Township, PA, United States 04-18-12
    Gwen Moon Township, PA, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2009
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    "BRING BACK THE ORIGINAL NARRATION! "UN" REMASTERED"
    What did you like best about Fifty Shades Darker? What did you like least?

    I am only into the first 10 minutes and I cannot stand the narration. YOU HAVE RUINED CHRISTIAN!!


    If you’ve listened to books by E L James before, how does this one compare?

    I LOVED Fifty Shades Of Grey, Ana sounded young but SHE IS! I loved Christian's voice, strong but sexy. I am happily married for 16 years but this book captues perfectly the feeling and the excitement of falling in love. I am anixous to see how their relationship evolves and I am rooting for them both. SO far, in this book all I keep thinking is about how bad they screwed up the voices.


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

    Becca did a great job in the first book but again the male voices are horrible in this version. I don't think this is Becca's fault but how Random House altered the version. Christian and all the men sound DOPEY and OLD. Ana is so listless she sounds like she is taking too much Prozac.


    Was Fifty Shades Darker worth the listening time?

    As I said, I am only into the first 10 minutes but I am worried I will not be able to enjoy the rest due to the "remastered" version!!! After being a member of Audible for years now, for the first time I am seriously considering buying and reading the book because I don't want the story to be ruined by listening to the horrible sounding male voices.


    Any additional comments?

    I could not wait until Darker came out. Counting the days until today and then I heard Christian's voice. Now I am not sure I will finish the book. AUDIBLE-tell Random House to offer the UN-remastered version to those who fell in love with Ana and Christian in Fifty Shades of Grey.

    46 of 55 people found this review helpful
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    Dio United States 04-18-12
    Dio United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "i like her younger sounding voice"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book nothing...A great book, my favorite of the series, but as an audio, it is painful to hear. i know there were many complains about Becca, but it now sounds as if someone slowed the recording to make her sound deeper. It is a drag. Please, as much as i hated the valley girl voice, it is still better than this.


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

    i love the entire book.


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

    the male voices, and lack of emotion


    Any additional comments?

    Make her sound the way she did in the first one.

    26 of 31 people found this review helpful
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