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Please note: This audiobook contains graphic adult content.

Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.

They rekindle their searing, sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven, and demanding Fifty Shades.

While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life.

©2011 E L James (P)2012 Random House

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"In a class by itself." (Entertainment Weekly)

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Delightful!

What did you love best about Fifty Shades Darker?

The love story of how protective Christian was of Anna.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Christian, of course! Sexy, protective, mysterious and sexy!!!

Did Becca Battoe do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Oh yes. I loved her voice for each different character.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

My Happy Ever After

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Dream
  • Watauga, TX, United States
  • 08-14-12

A lot better than book 1

I enjoyed this book it's amazing how many people are connected to Grey and the lengths Grey will go to make sure that his lady love is secure in her life with her job, the things that love seems to make people do, protect the one you love. This book was good I am still frustrated with the emails that continue to go back and forth but I am suprised how Ana starts to show some type of boldness in this book. What I remember the most and had me wanting to know what will happen next is when Charlie Tango had it's issue. The narrator did a great job and the sex scenes in this book were still superb. Grey does work my nerves though because of his dominating actions and responses. A lot happens in this book and I am ready to listen to the final book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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And the story continues . . .

This story just continues to be exciting and not just in the bedroom. It picks up right where the first one leaves off. Still a little too much sex for my taste but a great story line.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Fifty Shades Darker

If you could sum up Fifty Shades Darker in three words, what would they be?

Oh this series is getting better and better, Darker was even better than Grey, that must mean that Freed is going to be off the chart fantastic!!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Gwen
  • Moon Township, PA, United States
  • 04-18-12

BRING BACK THE ORIGINAL NARRATION! "UN" REMASTERED

What did you like best about Fifty Shades Darker? What did you like least?

I am only into the first 10 minutes and I cannot stand the narration. YOU HAVE RUINED CHRISTIAN!!

If you’ve listened to books by E L James before, how does this one compare?

I LOVED Fifty Shades Of Grey, Ana sounded young but SHE IS! I loved Christian's voice, strong but sexy. I am happily married for 16 years but this book captues perfectly the feeling and the excitement of falling in love. I am anixous to see how their relationship evolves and I am rooting for them both. SO far, in this book all I keep thinking is about how bad they screwed up the voices.

Did Becca Battoe do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Becca did a great job in the first book but again the male voices are horrible in this version. I don't think this is Becca's fault but how Random House altered the version. Christian and all the men sound DOPEY and OLD. Ana is so listless she sounds like she is taking too much Prozac.

Was Fifty Shades Darker worth the listening time?

As I said, I am only into the first 10 minutes but I am worried I will not be able to enjoy the rest due to the "remastered" version!!! After being a member of Audible for years now, for the first time I am seriously considering buying and reading the book because I don't want the story to be ruined by listening to the horrible sounding male voices.

Any additional comments?

I could not wait until Darker came out. Counting the days until today and then I heard Christian's voice. Now I am not sure I will finish the book. AUDIBLE-tell Random House to offer the UN-remastered version to those who fell in love with Ana and Christian in Fifty Shades of Grey.

67 of 83 people found this review helpful

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  • BELLE CHASSE, LA, United States
  • 04-17-12

New Narration is Horrible !!!

Becca's ORIGINAL narration is MUCH better !! It perfectly fit Ana ... who is afterall , 21 yrs old and innocent . It perfectly fit her personality and character .
This new narration doesnt even sound like her character at all !! A 21 yr old doesnt have a deep sultry voice and it doesnt even sound natural . I feel that those who wrote bad reviews couldnt have listened to the whole book before making their opinion . It totally fit ANA !

PLEASE bring back the original narration !! I am very dissapointed in the new voice and want Ana back :(

41 of 51 people found this review helpful

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The First Book/Narration was the better of the 2!

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would change nothing about the book!

What did you like best about this story?

The conflict and Love Story!

How could the performance have been better?

I would prefer the original narration to the new one! The Male Voices are HORRIBLE! I think that the first narration actually sounded better; like a typical 21 year old. Absolutely HATE the new version!

Do you think Fifty Shades Darker needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

YES! LOVE the Midnight Sun/Fifty point of view.

30 of 38 people found this review helpful

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I'm in love

The second installment is just as good as the 1st- Christian has decided that in order to have Ana, they will try to compromise. What does that entail though. Christian and Ana not only have the obstacles of their relationship to endure but have outside driving forces trying to pull them apart. I love to see the changes they each go through in the process of loving each other.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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okay

good book. kinda cheesy toward the end thou. with the whole oh fifty thing. its kinda over rated.. like okay i get it. hes fifty shades of fucked up.

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  • NEW NAME
  • Georgia, United States
  • 08-14-14

Re-reading....and still loving it.

No doubt I have just lost 20 or more of my followers by reviewing this book, BUT, can't help it!

This trilogy had the misfortune of being too hard for some, too soft for some, but it's real power was to introduce the vanilla crowd to....MORE.

It is not overly erotic....it is not a short and sweet romance...it's in between and you either LOVE it, or you HATE it....and I personally love it. I have been stuck lately with the same old same old plot of boring and repetitive books that are all the same but with different covers, I just had to pick if I wanted to read about a Navy Seal, a billionaire, cowboy, vampire or a shifter. *yawn*, so I went back to basics.

I have missed the Christian and Anna stories and am enjoying them again. If you hated them, then ignore this review...if you loved them, go ahead and re-visit, especially if you know more about kink now than you did the first time you read them.

Still dislike Becca Battoe, but I'm willing to put up with her for these books.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful