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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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    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


    3 of 3 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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    "Can I have the option of a Negative Star rating?"
    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.

    6 of 7 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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    "Heated"
    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


    6 of 7 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


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TX, United States 10-01-12
    Dawn SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TX, United States 10-01-12
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    "same old stuff! sounds like an adolescent wrote it"
    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    NO, NO, NO


    What was most disappointing about E. L. James’s story?

    no imagination, same old sad tired line! oh my!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    she was boring!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    It just sounded like a kid wrote it.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Shelly El Reno, OK, United States 03-22-13
    Shelly El Reno, OK, United States 03-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not sure if I want to bother with finishing it...."

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Tampa, FL 02-15-13
    David Tampa, FL 02-15-13 Member Since 2013

    Love listening to books.

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    "I can now honestly say I disliked the whole series"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-01-13 Member Since 2011

    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. :-)

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    "don't waste your money"
    What would have made Fifty Shades Freed better?

    a better narrater, and I'm sorry fifty fans, there are better books!


    What could E. L. James have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Combined this into one book and not made christian into such a whiney snob.


    How could the performance have been better?

    a better narrater!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    no. I couldn't even finish this one.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope this was the last one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Chelsea, AL, USA 11-15-12
    Jeff Chelsea, AL, USA 11-15-12 Member Since 2000
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    "Disappointed in the story and the narration"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades Freed?

    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.


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

    Ana's mother. I enjoyed hearing the relaxed soothing tone of her voice. This was one area Becca did well.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bee Martinez, CA, United States 11-08-12
    Bee Martinez, CA, United States 11-08-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Should have stopped at Darker"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


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

    Yes. The intense sex in the first book was a good read but then it got to be too much and honestly boring.


    What three words best describe Becca Battoe’s performance?

    Annoying at first, but then you get used to it as Ana.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Not to be so perfect.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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