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  • Fifty Shades Darker

  • Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
  • Written by: E. L. James
  • Narrated by: Becca Battoe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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Fifty Shades Darker

Written by: E. L. James
Narrated by: Becca Battoe
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Publisher's Summary

For all those who loved Fifty Shades of Grey, the second instalment will have you no less enthralled. Immerse yourself once again in E.L. James' sinfully debauched world. 

Please note: This audiobook contains graphic adult content. 

Romantic, liberating and totally addictive, the Fifty Shades trilogy will obsess you, possess you and stay with you forever.... 

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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"oh my!" is making me crazy!!!

The narration was great as the previous one. Enjoyed it very much. Sometimes it was irritating to listen to "oh my!" again and again but at the end i overcame the irritation. Every time i hear it i cringe and close my eyes like "oh! not again this line".
The obsession they had for each other (Ana and Christian) is quite disturbing. They are always moaning for each other. But seriously take a break!! It felt so boaring. Let live and help others live. That part is quite irritating. But otherwise i enjoyed the humor the struggle the desire. It felt so raw and real. Believe me although you get irritated by their obsession for each other but they will get under your skin for sure.
Here readers will learn about more of Mr. Grey, about his past, why is he like he is. And also how Anastasia came to terms with them. For me this story shows you that when a person wanted to do better or wanted to be a better person he or she can. When two person have faith and love for each other they grow.

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awsome narration

can we just take a moment to admire the narrator !
it's so difficult to make it less confusing with so many character and the narration is on point for the same

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  • Natalie
  • 05-10-12

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.

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  • Lia
  • 15-06-12

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!!

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  • Samantha
  • 30-09-12

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.

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  • Chris
  • 14-05-12

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......

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-09-12

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

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  • Milica
  • 13-11-20

Steamy love story

Ana and Christian get back together and continue to try and make their relationship work, despite various differences.
Despite being cheesy, I cant help but enjoy the romance and fictional characters in a cute and predictable story. It was sweet, steamy, different, and overall enjoyable.
The narrator did a good job and provided an entertaining performance.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 22-12-17

oh so sweet

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

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  • Bianca Demeritte
  • 16-07-17

oh so sweet

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-04-17

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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  • Kevin
  • 06-01-17

Intense

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

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  • MRS
  • 24-08-12

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.

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  • JAN
  • 13-07-12

More rubbish from this trilogy

Don't buy into the hype. Bought all 3 at once.......big mistake. I rarely write reviews but this book was so bad had to warn others.

One star for me for getting to the last chapter

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-02-15

"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

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  • patricia
  • 29-08-12

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

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  • marie
  • 27-10-13

love it

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

best in trilogy

What did you like best about this story?

book two really brings the story together.defo best book in trilogy by far.

What does Becca Battoe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

i have read the books about twenty times. having it read out makes me conect better with ana.

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

i listened to it in no time at all.

Any additional comments?

really would have prefered the male voices to be read by a man. would conect more with christian this way.

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  • Karen Currie
  • 01-12-12

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!

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  • Natasha
  • 25-11-12

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!

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  • pooh
  • 20-06-13

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.

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  • lisa
  • 13-04-13

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

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  • Robyn Myers
  • 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.

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  • David
  • 08-09-16

mixed opinions.

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

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  • Wren-nest
  • 08-05-16

Sadly!

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

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  • hannah
  • 05-11-15

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
  • 07-03-15

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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  • Paulie
  • 23-08-14

On par with book 1

Would you try another book written by E. L. James or narrated by Becca Battoe?

I don't know about another E.L. James but I will read book 3

Would you be willing to try another book from E. L. James? Why or why not?

No she is way too repetitive, and uses a thesaurus too much

What didn’t you like about Becca Battoe’s performance?

Only Ana's voice, but that's the director's fault not hears. Hear other characters were flawless.

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  • Wendy Hewitt
  • 26-10-20

Just a taste.. What's next

What can I say. This story leaves you wanting to know more. Can't wait to start the next one..
Immersed..

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  • Mrs Allen
  • 19-05-19

Still with them

continuing Ana and Christian's story, we are there with them as they face the future together

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-01-19

easy listening

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this novel. Would definitely listen again and listen to the next book

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  • tommyomm
  • 12-06-18

A lot slower than the first book

I kept thinking the book would produce something good. Then the end came and I was disappointed.

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  • Jane
  • 07-05-17

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!