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Publisher's Summary

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

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  • Linda
  • Cantonment, FL, United States
  • 04-25-12

These books are great, I don't want it to end!

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I am starting my second time through on this series. It still leaves me breathless. Such erotica but with a tender love story. Great ending (though I wish it would go on) with Christian finally happy. I would love to hear the whole story from Christian's point of view. The small excerpt we get tells a whole other story in a new and exciting way. This series is not only well written, but Becca Battoe did an amazing job! Her characters really came to life and I could see everything happening in my mind's eye. A truly amazing experience! I will read anything E. L. James writes.

19 of 25 people found this review helpful

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True love wins . . .

I love happy endings and this is really sweet. Ana really comes into her own in this book and she is a strong, loving wife.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Vilma
  • Brandon, FL, United States
  • 04-29-12

Do the right thing!-Random House

The story is fabulous! The audio is NOT! I gave one star but it doesnt even deserve that. My favorite part is (Spoiler alert) where Christian is drunk and talk to Ana's tummy "And we have an invader in here". I'm quoting from the book since I couldn’t even finish this one.
I would never listen or purchase another book with Becca Battoe as the narrator, let me rephrase that, OH HELL NO! After listening to the first 2, I couldn't stomach the third narration. I had enough to last me a lifetime. Advice to Becca "RETIRE from doing audio books unless Random House is foolish enough to pay you to do another one, then take their money and run". I was so looking forward to the audio after reading the books, but I don’t even want them in my library anymore.
I thought Random House was going to fix it since they received horrible reviews about the audio (snort) but again, what was I thinking, they did all 3 using the same narrator even after the horrible reviews they got and continue to get on Audible, I can tell they are probably laughing all the way to the bank since I don't think I can get my money back which I would like very much. I can see how much Random House value the opinion of their listeners. Random House owes all their listeners a do over with another narrator for all 3 books or give us our money back, Do the right thing! I'm sure I'm not the only one who would like their money back.

70 of 96 people found this review helpful

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  • Fay
  • hopatcong, NJ, United States
  • 09-09-13

Not great

What disappointed you about Fifty Shades Freed?

The plot was weak, and the dialogue was horrible. The characters didn't mature from the start if the series and the whole book was a waste of time and money.

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

The lack of character development and change. I really was hoping for something others than another story where the girl ends up with the control freak and adjusts her life to meet his needs.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her voice was too pitchy and hard to listen too for me.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fifty Shades Freed?

Every scene where the female character backs down abd does not stand up for herself allowing herself to be treated ad a human doormat.

Any additional comments?

Very diss appointing ending, to a very disappointing series.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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.<br/><br/> 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?)<br/><br/> 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. <br/>The repetition was beyond annoying. <br/><br/> 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. <br/> <br/> 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.<br/><br/> 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.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • CV
  • Palo Alto, CA United States
  • 10-29-12

Don't bother

What disappointed you about Fifty Shades Freed?

All the murmuring, smirking, muttering. Detailed descriptions of what characters were wearing, and every description followed an utterance by the vapid Ana about how "hot" Christian is. Ridiculous story line. Terrible writing. Even the sex became routine and boring and I had to fast forward through those parts to get to the funny part (that were not meant to be funny). Oh, and how does Ana, the 22 year old editor of a publishing house (right) get anything done when all she does at work is send idiotic emails to her "hot" boyfriend? Barf!!!!

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

Not write it.

What character would you cut from Fifty Shades Freed?

Ana and Christian.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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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 5 people found this review helpful

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  • kerie
  • keizer, or, United States
  • 06-12-12

A honest look at how women look at some men

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

I really liked how the writer shows how some women can make a nice looking man feel uncomfortable. She was honest about how it can affect the girlfriend/wife as well as the male perspective. It shows how a man wants a connection with a woman, not to be seen as an object or sex toy.

What did you like best about this story?

Their intimate connection and how they communicate. How they could put the past fights behind them and move forward still loving one another.

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

Yes, I think she did a wonderful job. I would recommend her.

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

When the female architect was told to keep her hands off her husband. She had it coming.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Larry
  • Fort Madison, IA, United States
  • 06-10-12

Are you kidding me?

Ugh, what a let down. I mean really. I won't ruin the story for anyone. But Jack, really! And the husband??? And nothing but a damn phone call!?!?!
It feels like to me the author just ran out of steam.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • RENEEKY
  • LOUISVILLE, KY, United States
  • 06-08-12

More to come?

Lots of answers and questions about Christian's past. Hope there is more to come with more answers.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful