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Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy | [E. L. James]

Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

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.
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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

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    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 05-02-12
    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 05-02-12 Member Since 2015

    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! ;)

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    "We ate the dessert first..."

    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.

    77 of 84 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine 06-12-12
    Katherine 06-12-12 Member Since 2015

    I love audiobooks! They allow me to do my daily chores and get a book read at the same time.

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    "I really enjoyed this trilogy!"
    Where does Fifty Shades Freed rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    This trilogy came at a great time in my life.


    What about Becca Battoe???s performance did you like?

    I liked Becca Battoe's voice, although her Latin/Mexican accent was not good.


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

    Yes! I did not want to stop listening to this book and I did not want it to end.


    Any additional comments?

    LOVED IT!

    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Chawntilly United States 09-26-12
    Chawntilly United States 09-26-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Only Sad that it is Over, for now--Hopefully!!"
    What did you love best about Fifty Shades Freed?

    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.


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

    becca bring the story to life.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The drama never ends! I love that growth of the relationship continues


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tischar United States 06-10-12
    Tischar United States 06-10-12
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    "I NEED MORE"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book over and over again. I hope E L james makes a trilogy based on what Mr. Gray was thinking.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Christian. He had me so hot and bothered. I loved him.


    Which character – as performed by Becca Battoe – was your favorite?

    I think she did a great job with all the characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When christian thought she was going leave him again and he became the Submissive.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was so awesome. I hope E L James takes my advice and PLEASE make books based on what Christian was thinking.

    19 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    carolyn 06-20-12
    carolyn 06-20-12 Member Since 2013
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    "MORE! I need more Fifty Shades!!!"
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades Freed in three words, what would they be?

    This book was AWESOME, EROTIC, and well written.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ana...she was funny and innocent and naughty.


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

    She's always great!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Chistian opened up to Ana about Elena.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope this author writes MORE!!!!

    32 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    Kenya GAINESVILLE, FL, United States 11-20-12
    Kenya GAINESVILLE, FL, United States 11-20-12

    Just me...

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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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!


    Has Fifty Shades Freed turned you off from other books in this genre?

    If it's written by James...then for sure!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She was annoying


    Could you see Fifty Shades Freed being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not unless it was NC-17! And it starred porn stars!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    45 of 55 people found this review helpful
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    Spitfre WA 09-30-12
    Spitfre WA 09-30-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Thank goodness the torture is over"

    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.

    53 of 65 people found this review helpful
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    Rochelle Jones Texas 04-03-13
    Rochelle Jones Texas 04-03-13 Member Since 2015
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    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades Freed?

    In a word, ALL. I listened to the whole trilogy only to be completely disappointed in the books as well as society for liking them.

    The only thing worse than the plot line was the way it was written. I don’t know how many times I heard "Oh my", “and in that moment” and "subconscious" but it was incredibly annoying. (How would someone even know, as well as Ana seems to know, what is going on in their subconscious? Wouldn’t it be more accurately defined as your “conscious” since Ana is actively aware of the thoughts coming from it?)

    James did not once try to change the words used to explain the story. If it had been me I would have pulled out a thesaurus I’ve owned since elementary school to help break it up.
    The repetition was beyond annoying.

    Then from their the character compositions were dreadful with Christian’s ridiculous predispositions and then sudden changes of heart and then enduring the self-revelations and pitiful self-doubt of Ana that were on every page. I mean really, are we watching a baby take its first steps or picturing and adult woman consenting to intercourse?!?! The maturity level of Ana is just sad and I would have thought that given the nature of the content in this book James would have done a better job of creating characters capable of consenting and enjoying themselves.

    Then there is the underlining idea that you can change someone or that you can just decide not to be something so extreme that you have been for so long (applicable to various aspects/dispositions in life.) Wrong, and women everywhere should be advised; its not love if you have to change the person.

    I kept hearing people raving about how liberating these books were and how after reading it women felt empowered….was this a section of the book that was left out of my unabridged audio book? I was anything but liberated and empowered because of these books. I found myself bored the more I listened and then annoyed that I was bored and not finding a better use of my hearing ability.


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

    NO. I doubt James's writing skill will improve at this point, and these books burned my so bad, I wont give her books a second look.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Becca Battoe?

    Hard to say, since the story sucked to begin with. Even the best of narrators would crash and burn with this story.


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades Freed?

    Ana. Ridiculous, annoying, immature kid....I could deal with Christian's character flaws if Ana were gone...


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time if you are wanting a "steamy" story.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Legalartist Newark, DE United States 03-07-13
    Legalartist Newark, DE United States 03-07-13 Member Since 2014
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    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades Freed?

    The narrator, she was HORRIBLE!! Sounded like a teenager with an annoying voice and the writing was equally HORRIBLE!! Unrealistic scenarios & characters!! What prompted me to listen to all three books you might ask...the erotica...it was the only part that was well written...other than that I wouldn't recommend any of the 3 books!!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Made the situations and characters more believable (a 21 yr old getting ready to graduate college is a virgin, doesn't own a computer or cell phone?! yeah right), and the main character is 28, was an abused child, adopted by a dr...becomes a piano prodigist & multi-billionaire. Is EXTREMELY controlling (outside of the bedroom) in a condensending, parently way and the female is always cowering to him like a child! I wanted to slap her on many occassions and if she said...'oh my' & 'my inner goddess' one more time I thought I'd pull my hair out!!


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

    her voice, her intonation, and the fact that EVERYTIME she read an email she read the time, date, salutation, etc which typiclally was longer than the content of the email. If I have to listen to her one more time I'll SCREAM


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Belfast, ME, United States 11-26-12
    Anne Belfast, ME, United States 11-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "it I ever hear the word "murmur""
    What would have made Fifty Shades Freed better?

    these characters are such name dropping stuck up rich snobs even though the author tries to make them less shallow. It is just so DUMB. The narrator ends every sentence with the new valley girl intonation that has taken over “like” the growly voice


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    she made the people sound so unbelievably stupid and boring


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades Freed?

    all of them


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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