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
"In a class by itself." (Entertainment Weekly)
Perhaps. It really depends on the subject matter.
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!
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.
The audio version inspired me to go out and buy the book.
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.
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!!
Short, Simple, No Spoilers
No. E.L. James creates shallow, flimsy characters. Beach reading with graphic sexual content. No depth or interest. Becca's voice previously or in current altered state is awful. The male characters could have been better voiced by my 7 yr old.
The sexual details were interesting at first, but then repetetive. The shoddy plot was contrived and ridiculous.
Mia is a trite Alice (from Twilight) rip off and Ethan has no discernable characteristics except for being Chester Cheetah Cheesy. It's a toss up.
Don't understand the hype? There's real porn for those in need of such. This was an enormous waste of my time. D. H. Lawrence or Thomas Hardy are rolling over as I write.
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.
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.
I didn't have any annoyance with Becca Battoe's narration. In fact I thought she did better in this one by not making the male characters sound constipated.
I loved how both of the characters changed so much together.
In this book it had to be Christian. He made such an effort to be completely different and become someone even he could love.
YES YES YES!!!!
Can't wait for the third!
could not put book down
the story about christian
yes, if i like the story
very good book, finish the books first before judging it
I loved this trilogy!!!!!! so much I would read it again and i have definately recommended to many friends!!
Cannot wait for more from this author
I'm 37 years old. A single Mother of two boys and a small business owner.
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?
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