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)
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.
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.
Hard to say, since the story sucked to begin with. Even the best of narrators would crash and burn with this story.
Ana. Ridiculous, annoying, immature kid....I could deal with Christian's character flaws if Ana were gone...
Don't waste your time if you are wanting a "steamy" story.
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!!
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!!
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
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
she made the people sound so unbelievably stupid and boring
all of them
NO, NO, NO
no imagination, same old sad tired line! oh my!
she was boring!
It just sounded like a kid wrote it.
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
A narrator can either make or break a book. Becca Battoe's performance definitely BROKE this book. I would give it less than one star if it were an option. She makes the characters sound like children. I really should have listened to some of the other reviewers and never even started the series, but there was so much hype and had all my friends talking about it. The story itself really isn’t all that bad, it’s not great, but it isn’t bad, it certainly wasn’t as raunchy as I expected it to be. My issues with the story itself is E.L. James constantly referring to Anna’s “Inner Goddes” and her “Sub Conscious”, it makes her seem somewhat schizophrenic and the constant “Oh, myyyyyy”s and all the emails that had to to have every single word duplicated, (I mean, really? Does anyone look at more than the sender and the message itself before moving on to the next activity?) just about drove me to stop listening.
Love listening to books.
The writing improved - slightly - over the series, especially in this book. E.L. James also achieves a goal required of writers, to emotionally impact the reader. In this book, she reached deep in to my emotions, but not to my happy trail. Instead, she reaches into me to find a pit of hatred - for Christian Grey. This way over the top megalomaniac was always a shallow and abusive individual. In this book, he hits a new low of abuse that had me thinking that the relationship between him and Anna required police intervention and a restraining order.
Worse than his emotional and sometimes physical abuse, is Anna's total willingness to accept it all with only minor reservations. It is a textbook abusive relationship. He abuses her, she forgives him, they proceed to reach a new low.
Then comes the speed of everything. James does not do timing well. Grey goes from 100k in debt (he borrowed it from 'her') at around 21, and by 26 he is making 100k per hour (or 2.4 million a DAY!) by doing takeovers and fixing companies. So 5 years to become an 'established' gazillionaire. The relationship progresses from first glance to wedded bliss to more in weeks. I would wager that porn films have better plot timing than this.
The writing has improved, but it is still horrible. I can only guess that the reason for its success is the need for the porn factor. I can't really comment on it, as I could not get past the abusive relationship. That killed the story for me. Combined with the horrific writing, and this series was one of the largest wastes of my reading time ever.
Finally, the narration for Anna is done well, but all the male characters sounded like they swallowed gravel. They all had the stereotypical low breathy voice. This might have been a good case where a partner narrator added significant value.
I love to read but who has time. I'm in the car all day for work so listening to books is so perfect and feeds my habit. :-)
a better narrater, and I'm sorry fifty fans, there are better books!
Combined this into one book and not made christian into such a whiney snob.
a better narrater!
no. I couldn't even finish this one.
I hope this was the last one.
I have listened to all 3 books now. Frankly, I found it humorous that someone that young is a multi-millionaire...with THAT much spare time on their hands. Aside from that, I'm glad the story brings to light a lifestyle choice to some that may have not been aware of its existence. However, it seems to indicate that one has issues in their childhood or past if they prefer that style of sexual encounter, which is a falsehood. I also found the narrator was difficult to listen to. Her voice changes were distracting (i.e. the voice of men speaking) and over-pronunciation of words.
Ana's mother. I enjoyed hearing the relaxed soothing tone of her voice. This was one area Becca did well.
No, as poorly written as the first two in the triology, the storyline for Freed goes off the deep end. Its like James had nothing else to write so she made up stupid scenes and made Ana appear to be even more juvenile than she is. Not worth it. Stop after Darker.
Yes. The intense sex in the first book was a good read but then it got to be too much and honestly boring.
Annoying at first, but then you get used to it as Ana.
Not to be so perfect.
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