Please note: This audiobook contains graphic adult content.
When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees.
Now, Ana and Christian have it all - love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate. Ana must somehow learn to share Christian’s opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own identity. And Christian must overcome his compulsion to control as he wrestles with the demons of a tormented past.
Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice, and fate conspire to make Ana’s deepest fears turn to reality.
©2012 E.L. James (P)2012 Random House
"In a class by itself." (Entertainment Weekly)
Short, Simple, No Spoilers
I acquiesced and listened to all three due to media blitz and friends' recommendations. I feel a lot dumber because of it. You don't even need to read them to have a conversation. Most women are so embarrassed, they simply blush and nod when the topic arises. Save your money and give a coy smile when asked if you've read it. Effective and inexpensive.
The characters are flimsy, narcissistic, and quite frankly, psychotic. The plot is ridiculous and there is never a realistic connection between Ana and her friends. The Jose/Jacob characer was tossed in to create a faux love triangle and add diversity. After reading this, I know I can become a best selling author. Maybe I'll rip off Catcher in the Rye by changing Holden's name to Hampton and turn his character into a porn producer who employs roommates and townies as stars.And, the whole comparison to Tess. Please, most people don't know who Thomas Hardy is, much less the complicated plot line of Tess of d'Ubervilles. Just because Meyer wove in Wuthering Heights and Romeo and Juliet well with her novels, doesn't mean a simpleton can do the same with an obscure Victorian novel in this flimsy piece of garbage.
I wish I could answer this question. I can say it was not her young sounding voice causing the problem. She had a valley-girl twang making her sound like an farcical idiot. The male voices are atrocious, her accent for Jose is borderline racist & offensive. If we are supposed to believe Ana is a genius with Brit Lit and publishing, then at least find an voice expert with a little depth to her voice.
Maybe. Again, if my tennis friends organize a girls' night out, then yes. On my own, no. I was only able to make it through this last book picturing the actor Alexander Skaarsgard as Christian. It stopped me from deleting it more than once.
I'm not afraid to admit I enjoyed the sex scenes in the first book and believe this allowed Twi-Hard Moms to take the PG 13 relationship of Edward and Bella mentally to new heights. This is the only redeeming quality holding this trilogy together. And people, no one has orgasms every time they engage in intercourse when told. I shudder to think (pardon the pun) women would give in to a controlling freak simply because he is handsome, rich, and gives sexual pleasure. I'll take an attractive man with a witty personality & average sexual skills any day. These books are shallow and ridiculous. Save your $60 for all three, rent a $3 erotic video if needed and move on. Sorry Audible, this may have been a successful financial venture, but it is just veiled playgiarism aimed at overworked, exhausted Moms.If I sound a little angry, it's because I just lost $60 and hours of my time. Shame on me for succumbing to peer pressure. Heed my words ye of higher tastes.
I really liked how the writer shows how some women can make a nice looking man feel uncomfortable. She was honest about how it can affect the girlfriend/wife as well as the male perspective. It shows how a man wants a connection with a woman, not to be seen as an object or sex toy.
Their intimate connection and how they communicate. How they could put the past fights behind them and move forward still loving one another.
Yes, I think she did a wonderful job. I would recommend her.
When the female architect was told to keep her hands off her husband. She had it coming.
I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)
So I finish the Fifty Shades trilogy... Oh the tragedy! Fortunately I can and will listen to all three books over and over. I just can't get enough Fifty. I think my inner goddess is a pervert ;).
Narration: By now Becca Batoe's remastered recording (the-I-just-drank-half-a-bottle-of-wine-and-started-reading) is growing on me. She's ok but I still prefered the original recording were she sounded young but her male voices were much better.
Fifty Shades Freed starts with Christian and Anastacia enjoying their honeymoon. It includes more kinky lovery, more vanilla wonders and more Christian going sicko possessive. By now this drags a bit because it is a repeat of situations: Christian jealous, Ana challenges them, they fight, the have steamy sex and so on and so forth. Christians skeletons keep coming out of the closet and threatening his dear Ana. There is some suspense that brings some spice to the book but it never lives up to the mesmerizing stories we got on the first two books. Oh, and Ana calls RED on fifty. I was waiting for that!
I believe that listeners will be happy with the ending. Definitely the epilogue and the Shades of grey chapters are the absolute best in the whole book. It was exactly what I wanted to listen to in this story. This trilogy is in a class of its own. I've never read anything like it and will treasure it for years to come.
I found the readers interpration of the characters laughable at best. She really got on my nerves. I was already dealing with a book that was not exactly what you call great writing but i wanted to see what all the hype was about...Oh good lord...
This book would have been better if every other page wasn't some weird "Kinky F-kery" I believe she called it. It was a lot too much!
If it's written by James...then for sure!
She was annoying
Not unless it was NC-17! And it starred porn stars!
I hate I spent money on this but, oh well. I wanted to catch up and see what all my girlfriends where gushing about. Now I think they all need to have their heads examined.
This book was AWESOME, EROTIC, and well written.
Ana...she was funny and innocent and naughty.
She's always great!
When Chistian opened up to Ana about Elena.
I hope this author writes MORE!!!!
I love audiobooks! They allow me to do my daily chores and get a book read at the same time.
This trilogy came at a great time in my life.
I liked Becca Battoe's voice, although her Latin/Mexican accent was not good.
Yes! I did not want to stop listening to this book and I did not want it to end.
Yes I must have some masochist tendency's as I tortured myself through the whole series - audible even! Mainly to see if the author and narrator could possibly be so consistently bad through to the bitter end.
My emotions? Frustrated there was no improvement in the writing skills of the author or narration skills of the reader. Disappointment that Ana never matures from her naive, malleable and subservient behaviors. There are times throughout the series that Ana thinks she's acting strongly and standing up defiantly for herself, against Christian, to protect her civil rights. What a bunch of horse pucky! It's sad how she so deludes herself. There are specific items/actions she considers deal breakers but will debase herself for the other 98% of time. She lets Christian roll over her like a freight train, coming and going. I lost track of the times she's trying to figure out how "not to make him so mad or so upset" - over and over. She constantly supplants her own needs for his wants and desires.
The book is grand example of how abusive and controlling behaviors can be exhibited and some classic victim thinking to go along with it.
Yes, because I liked it
Reading the first chapter from Christian's perspective
Christian's view point (at the very end of the book)
When he realized that what happened between him and Mrs Robinson was wrong
Great series, I wouldn't mind reading it again but doing it from his perspective
I am so glad and feel fulfilled that the story has come to what seems to be a full circle. But, I see many ways that other books come be written for the story to continue.
becca bring the story to life.
The drama never ends! I love that growth of the relationship continues
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.
This book was a nice end to the series but it does have a bit to much of daily life. The most enjoyable part was the twist and the ending.
The heart racing car chase and the hiding in the parking lot is the best part for me.
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