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Romantic, liberating and totally addictive, the Fifty Shades trilogy will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you for ever... Daunted by the dark secrets of the tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Ana Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a US publishing house. But desire for Grey still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, she cannot resist. Soon she is learning more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades than she ever thought possible. But while Grey wrestles with his inner demons, Ana must make the most important decision of her life. And it's a decision she can only make on her own...

©2012 E L James (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Natalie
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • 10-05-12

Oh Boring....

"I gape at him"..."Oh Christian"...
"Oh my 50 shades" . Save me now. I grew so tired of hearing the same lines repeated over and over, so I gave up on it. Poorly written. Why is this so popular? Don't waste your precious credit on it.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 06-15-12

Captivating

It has everything one wants in a book, it's exciting, funny and well yes lots of sex very erotic sex, but it is also a love story with all the twists of one. It will make you cry and laugh and want more, you fall in love with both characters and well it's only fair that I say that men like Christian Grey are only make believe in books. Don't miss this series!!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Samantha
  • Yarramalong, NSW, Australia
  • 09-30-12

Utter rubbish

What would have made Fifty Shades Darker better?

More about the story of the two people rather than their very boring sex life. I feel stupid for buying it, really stupid. I loved hearing about Christian's lifestyle but that's about it.

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

Someone who doesn't say "oh my!" every third sentence in that revolting accent.

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

Annoyance

Any additional comments?

The first book I managed to read, this one I just couldn't bear.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Chris
  • United States
  • 05-14-12

Riviting 2nd Installment

The story continues from where Ana has left her beloved Christian, these are two modern day lovers just one is Fifty Shades ........ ed. It has everything one wants in a book, it's exciting, funny and well yes lots of sex very erotic sex, but it is also a love story with all the twists of one. It will make you cry and laugh and want more, you fall in love with both characters and well it's only fair that I say that men like Christian Grey are only make believe in books. You want to follow their journey and see where it takes them, just wait till the final book Fifty Shades Freed, it's a ripper. All I will say is laters baby......

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Torn

I found this really difficult to rate - it does get you in - but its the classic girls meets screwed up millionaire. The plot is weak and predictable - you think that there is going to be some drama some suspense but it fizzles out.
Focused way too much on having sex every five minutes - but with more in the story line even that could have been forgiven.
Its pretty much Mills and Boon on steroids. If you want an easy listen that wont keep you awake at night this is it. Oh and just a tiny bit of day dreaming about being with Mr Grey and his money lol

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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oh so sweet

I loved every chapter narrator was awesome I will listen to it again and again

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Imagine

What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades Darker the most enjoyable?

It had so much details one could actually see it

What other book might you compare Fifty Shades Darker to and why?

To kill a mocking bird by Harper Lee, it gave the same details never leaving no doubt as to where it took place, what was used or seen, even the weather. It left nothing to wonder about.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Becca Battoe?

Yes, but I would prefer more voices. Example a man's voice for the man and female voice for the female etc.

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

I could have but prefer to listen a bit at a time.

Any additional comments?

If possible can more voices be added?

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Intense

I like this book mostly because of the intense moments and the way each characters role was.

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job well done

The narrator did a wonderful job, I love evey minute of it. On to the next one.

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Loved it.

Was a great series to listen to while driving to work . Looking forward to listening to Grey.

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  • natasha
  • 11-25-12

Waste of my life!

Really tried to get into this trilogy, but it was too hard to listen to rubbish! I was losing the will to live!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • vicki
  • 02-06-15

"Awful narrator never again"

Is there anything you would change about this book?

NARRATOR

What did you like best about this story?

they both got the family they both wanted in the end

How could the performance have been better?

DIFFERENT NARRATOR

Did Fifty Shades Darker inspire you to do anything?

no

Any additional comments?

i loved READING these book but the NARRATOR killed the audio

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • MRS
  • 08-24-12

read all reviews before buying ....

This book sounds great but the narrators voice is terrible,really irratating, which you wouldnt pick up on from the sample but as she has to repeat the same awful 'Oh My's' and 'Holy Sxxt's on average every couple of minutes it really goes through you.
Very dissapointed with the end which completely left me feeling a bit ripped off for the credit i'd wasted. I suppose its so that you will feel compelled to buy the next book but honestly it wasnt good enough to waste more credits.

16 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs. K. J. D. CURRIE
  • 12-01-12

On the downward spiral but I still read it!

After the first book, I felt I needed to get the rest of the story - the sex almost got in the way tbh because it was same stuff in different places with different extras!

After I'd finished it, I couldn't possibly have told you what happened - it is probably the least memorable of all three books.

I won't comment on the actual language/words - not to my taste - sorry.

Still glad I listened - sometimes just being able to discuss the current hyped stuff is enough!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Katherine
  • 09-18-14

Even if you liked the first, you won't enjoy this

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

The pathetic lead became even more uninteresting and limp in this book, and the attempt at bringing some kind of story line in between badly written and repetitive sex scenes was almost amusing, but not amusing enough to tempt me to continue listening.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • pooh
  • 06-20-13

WOW

Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades Darker to be better than the print version?

excellent even better and more erotic and intense than the book. beware do not listen to this while driving :)

Who was your favorite character and why?

Both Ana and Christian

Which scene did you most enjoy?

the one where Ana gives Christian the third present.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • lisa
  • 04-13-13

Really don't know what the fuss is about

This book has been a major disappointment for me, I was full of hope and expectation but found it truley terrible, the storyline is slow and predictable the sex is repetitive and lacking in imagination and the dialogue is limited seriously don't bother

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Robyn
  • 03-03-13

'Fifty Shades' or 'Fetch My Spade'

I'm sure by now that most of you have heard of the international best-seller Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James, probably well aware of its somewhat 'naughty' content and, according to its blurb, "romantic, liberating and totally addictive" storyline. Having suffered emotionally (and needless to say, physically) as a result of successful entrepreneur Christian Grey's unrelenting need for control, we saw main character Anastasia Steele flee from his apartment at the end of the first book. Now, in the second book, she faces him again. But have things changed? Maybe they have in terms of their relationship, with Christian offering Ana a new proposition which may be more suited to her weak personality (well, at least she's no Bella Swan). However, for those seeking a more literary read/listen, then I would strongly advise looking elsewhere. There's been no change in this department from book one. No wonder James has not printed her full name on the front cover; the book appears to have been written by a 16 year old schoolgirl with an unrealistic perception of sexual intimacy and the importance of achieving a good work-life balance (Grey earns an apparent $100k per hour, yet 95% of his time is spent courting excitable young Ana). Aside from the obvious lack of writing skills used in the second book (actually, make that the entire trilogy), the audio version is even worse. My first thoughts on the audio book were that the narrator, Becca Battoe, did not whatsoever convey the mild personality of Anastasia Steele. Next, as Christian's and others' voices were attempted by Battoe, I almost laughed. Her strong accent and rather annoying intonations did nothing to add to the voices of the characters, especially during her ridiculous try at Dr. Flynn's British accent; in fact, I found them rather intolerable. Altogether, this was a thorough waste of my money. But, hey, I'm sure there are a lot of 16 year old girls this mind-numbing audio book would make very happy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • patricia
  • 08-29-12

BRILLIANT

the 2nd book is fab its certainly a page turner .and the story gets deaper my house lay untouched for nearly three days i could,nt stop listening to it

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • MR
  • 08-27-12

fifty shades 1and2

My inner goddess belives this book is badly written and the narrator makes it worse with her annoying child like voice.I wouldnt have given half a star but all fields are required.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • 09-08-16

mixed opinions.

this book should be narrated by both male and female voice overs, but still good

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Wren-nest
  • 05-08-16

Sadly!

The narrator leaves this stormy novel cold and unfeeling. The story doesn't work well read aloud.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • hannah
  • 11-05-15

Great Listen!!

I really enjoyed listening to the book I found becca's voice to be perfect for the age and I also enjoyed her enthusiasm. but I hated listening through the emails why read each emails date, time and signatures it was very repetitive and annoying.. other then that I was obsessed :)

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  • Robyn Wilson
  • 03-07-15

Enjoyed

I giggled and actually cried
Although the writing isn't the best the story is great- a great distraction from reality.
The narrators voice takes a little while to warm to but you do get used to it.

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  • Jane
  • 05-07-17

boring & predictable

I kept reading these books as I thought there was something I want getting. but after giving the second book a go I'm still confused why this series is popular... it's this kind of ridiculous love story that gets woman into such unhealthy relationships. Don't bother!

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  • kaylene press
  • 03-29-17

eggplant

loved this story even though it has all the sex in it looking forward to the next book

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  • Daniel Lish
  • 03-16-17

This book keeps you wanting and gives you more.

I will be listening to the next book, for sure. 10/10 I loved it. And I just know I'm gonna keep enjoying this series.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-05-17

A Beautiful Love Story

This story is one of a love story.
it represents a tiny piece of the BDSM world but is not a true representation.

dont mistake this book for anything other than a kinky love story.

this book has shone a bright light on the once dark and underground kink world, it has made it easier and more acceptable to be a Kinky person living in a Vanilla muggle lead society.

well done EL James x

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  • Librariasaurus
  • 09-27-16

Literally 50 shades darker

This is the book that sold me on the series. Really enjoyed it, looking forward to the next one. Still not overly enthused about becca battoe as narrator though.

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  • Debra
  • 09-04-15

It's got it ALL!

I absolutely loved the suspens in this book ... It had it all ... mystery, suspense, romance and kinky $#@kery 😜