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Relive the sensuality, the romance, and the drama of Fifty Shades Freed through the thoughts, reflections, and dreams of Christian Grey.

E. L. James revisits the world of Fifty Shades with a deeper and darker take on the love story that has enthralled millions around the globe.

You are cordially invited to the wedding of the decade, when Christian Grey will make Anastasia Steele his wife. But is he really husband material? His dad is unsure, his brother wants to organize one helluva bachelor party, and his fiancée won’t vow to obey....

And marriage brings its own challenges. Their passion for each other burns hotter and deeper than ever, but Ana’s defiant spirit continues to stir Christian’s darkest fears and tests his need for control. As old rivalries and resentments endanger them both, one misjudgment threatens to tear them apart.

Can Christian overcome the nightmares of his childhood and the torments of his youth and save himself? And once he’s discovered the truth of his origins, can he find forgiveness and accept Ana’s unconditional love?

Can Christian finally be freed?

©2021 E L James (P)2021 Random House Audio

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We can officially say 50 shades story has 100% been fully exploited

We can officially say 50 shades story has 100% been fully exploited. There is a point with any series that the author needs to realize there is absolutely nothing left of interest in the story to tell. I can summarize Grey’s 26 hr POV in Freed in two short sentences. We still screw kinky. I still make everyone around me suffer for my temper-tantrums.

There now you know the whole story and I saved you 26 hrs of your life you literally will never get back. The author added no extra character insight in this book that we didn’t already know clearly from the last books. There is no new information the adds or changes the readers understanding on the overall plot. The only thing that was added was Grey’s commentary on the kink in their sex life but again nothing that adds to the story that is already known.
Zachary Webber is the saving grace he is pleasant to listen to so you keep listening hoping the author eventually pulls some new and original content into the story line but FYI It never happens.

This book in general felt like the authors last attempt to squeeze the very last drops out of a popular series.
Skip it... your not missing a thing! I promise!

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Love Zachary Webber

I'm so glad that freed from Christian pov is finally here. Loved every single second. Love Christian and Anna's romance story. These books made me fall in love with reading again

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Zachary Webber is absolutely amazing!!

Book was good but Zachary Webber made it better. Wish Could find a different women to read the voice of Ana in Fifty Shades Series. I would have bought the whole audio series , like this one. Instead of just 1 audiobook. Zachary brings E.L. James great work to life!

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An Absolute Must Read For Fans! A Colossal Book.

A Colossal Book That Tells So Much More About The Couple’s Story. This Book Is A Deep & Emotional Read As Christian’s Character Digs Deeper To Overcome The Emotional Damage That Has Prevented Him From Living A Normal Life. Anastasia’s Safety Becomes An Obsession As He Recognizes That Her Life May Be In Danger. Yes, This Is A Steamy Story. Christian & Anastasia Have Incredible Chemistry & Those Scenes Burn Up The Pages. But They Also Serve To Bring The Couple Closer, & Due To Their Dark Nature, They Promote Trust & Deepen Intimacy. That Carries Over Into The Rest Of The Story – And There Really Is A Story Here, Despite The Hype. The Characters Are Complex & Real, Even If The Story Itself Is A Fantasy. Christian May Be Dictatorial & Brash, But This Tells The Story Of A Boy & Teen Who Suffered From Abuse & Grew Into A Man Whose Self Worth Had Been Beaten Down.


ABOUT THE FIFTY SHADES AS TOLD BY CHRISTIAN SERIES:

This book is absolutely a must read for fans. It is colossal – and tells so much more than Anastasia’s story. A lot takes place here between the proposal and the wedding, which occurs one quarter of the way through the book. There are new scenes between Christian and his father, as readers finally get a look at their falling out before the wedding. Several scenes include Christian’s brother Elliot, and it is nice to see the two of them one on one. This book shows Anastasia making good on her promise to go to church. Elliot throws Christian a bachelor party to remember. This story pulls in more characters, and here we get to know how Christian feels about them all. From the changing relationship between him and his employees to Jose Rodriguez and Ethan Kavanagh. This book really adds to Christian and Anastasia’s story.

Everyone is familiar with the Fifty Shades of Grey series. That is Anastasia Steele’s story. This is the third book in the series that tells the Fifty Shades of Grey story from the male point of view: this is Christian Grey’s story. Whether you have read the first series makes no difference here. It is essentially the same story, but here the reader gets to discover more about Christian, who is a far more fascinating character than Anastasia. Her story is captivating – makes no mistake – but hers is more of a dark coming of age story. Unlike Anastasia, Christian has a past – one that is out of the ordinary in almost every respect. He has demons. Combined with the power he has amassed, that makes him dangerous, especially to someone like Anastasia. Anastasia’s story has her finding her own power and her own voice when she finds herself swept into a whirlwind relationship with a dark and powerful man. Christian’s story obviously goes further to shed light on what he is feeling throughout Anastasia’s story, and it doesn’t disappoint. Christian is a broken and misunderstood man who believes himself both incapable and undeserving of love until an unassuming college senior stumbles into his office and has him rethinking all the rules in his well-ordered world.

Christian’s character is broken and compelling, and his story is well worth reading even if you already know Anastasia’s. This book picks up after Christian’s formal proposal at the tail end of his birthday party. For fans, book two in Anastasia’s story ended just a little after this story begins. This is a happy time for the couple, whose short relationship has seen big highs and lows.

For the naysayers, just keep in mind while reading that this is a fantasy. There are certainly many happily married real-life couples that meet and marry in record-breaking time, and there are likewise real-life billionaires who are entitled to their own happy stories. There are also people that are healed by the love of someone special in their life. But this doesn’t pretend to be more than a fantasy – a love story.

Anastasia walking out on Christian in book one changed his life. It forced him to begin a process of earnestly confronting his demons and considering the possibility that he might be capable of a normal vanilla relationship. In book two, he began in earnest to win back her affections. He still has a lot to learn, however, as he works through the kinks (no pun intended).

Yes, this is a steamy story. Christian and Anastasia have incredible chemistry and those scenes burn up the pages. Those scenes serve to bring the couple closer, and due to their dark nature, they serve to promote trust and deepen intimacy. That carries over into the rest of the story. And there really is a story here, despite the hype. The characters are complex and real, even if the story itself is a fantasy. Christian is a young billionaire and leads a life most could never attain. In that respect their story is a modern version of the classic fairy tales, such as a modern Cinderella story – or perhaps Beauty and the Beast would be more appropriate. But even if it were scaled down and Christian’s success moderated, the dynamics between him and Anastasia would still make for a great story.

FROM GREY: FIFTY SHADES AS TOLD BY CHRISTIAN

The first book in this series takes place between May 9, 2011 and June 9, 2011.

Christian Grey, twenty-seven, has a lot of rules. Rules keep his world safe and afford him the control he craves. He is CEO of Grey Enterprises Holding, Inc., the Seattle-based company he started after graduating from Harvard. He devotes himself to his work, and it has paid off well. He owes it to his discipline and drive – and that he owes to Elena. Without her he probably would have ended up like his mother – a druggie who overdosed when he was just four. He has horrible memories of those days, and the nightmares still haunt him. He barely spoke for a long time afterward, even after being adopted by his parents, Carrick and Grace. Despite all the support of his parents, Christian struggled with anger as a child. He was heading down an ugly road until Elena entered his life at age fifteen.

Elena introduced Christian to the BDSM lifestyle. Following her rules helped him channel his anger and gave him the ability to focus on goals. He stayed with her five years before spreading his wings. He works long hours and doesn’t have much down time, but in addition to flying and boating, he enjoys unwinding with a sub in his playroom. It is a secret pleasure – and he intends to keep it that way. His family hasn’t a clue – he has never brought a girl home before; Elliot thinks he is a monk. Christian has since gone through many submissives over the years. He always enters into contractual agreements with the women so there are never any misunderstandings. It is the only kind of relationship he is capable of, and once the women want more from him he cuts ties. Susannah was his latest, and that ended about two months ago.

Christian is feeling restless and in need of a diversion when Miss Anastasia Steele stumbles into his office on an uneventful Monday. She is there to interview him for the WSU student newspaper, as he is giving the upcoming commence address. She is uncoordinated and lacks good fashion sense, and is someone he would normally dismiss, but something about her fascinates him. He finds humor where he would usually be irritated, and he sees possibility even though he knows he has no business pursuing her. Christian has never pursued a woman before – Elena has always helped him find a new sub. By the time Miss Steele bumbles through the interview, though, he is entirely lost to her unassuming beauty and klutzy charm.

As the couple tentatively moves forward, Christian hopes to establish boundaries and rules, bringing Anastasia into his world. She is open to trying new things but doesn’t hide the fact that she wants more. She wants a relationship. Christian knows he is holding back on her. She wants him to open up, but he only really shares with Dr. Flynn – and of course Elena. He has secrets that he cannot share with Anastasia because they would scare her away, and he is too selfish to let her go. This story ends in a cliffhanger, but it is one of hope.

FROM DARKER: FIFTY SHADES DARKER AS TOLD BY CHRISTIAN

This book takes place between Jun 9.2011 and Jun 18, 2011.

Christian is more determined than ever to win Anastasia back. After speaking with Dr. Flynn and considerable self-reflection, he has a plan. He had hoped to win her over to his lifestyle, but that had been a colossal mistake. Ms. Steele, he learned, does not enjoy nor does she understand the mindset involved in severe punishments. Christian thought he needed that until she left, but now he will have her any way he can. He has discovered that he wants her more than he needs the safety of his playroom and the punishments he so enjoys administering. And most significantly, he wants more with her, too. He will do whatever it takes to keep her by his side.

The couple works on building a vanilla relationship, but that is easier said than done. Christian remains a man that craves control in his life, and learning to let go is difficult for him. Anastasia is challenging, yet he enjoys the challenge (when he isn’t angry). But even as they begin to find happiness again, there are obstacles that threaten the couple. Leila Reed, his former sub, remains on the loose after her attempted suicide in his home. In her current state, Christian cannot be certain that she won’t cause further harm to herself or others – including Ana. And letting Anastasia go to work at her new job is hard enough for Christian to stomach, control freak that he is, but learning that her boss at SIP has a history of going through assistants is troubling. Christian has his eye the editor, but Jack Hyde doesn’t seem easily intimidated. Elena, too, seems insistent on making herself relevant at a most inconvenient time given Anastasia’s animosity towards her. Christian and Anastasia’s confusing relationship is thus further complicated, pushing them into situations they aren’t prepared to face just as they go public. Their relationship is put to the test over a very short period of time. This book has a happy for now ending, but there are still some rather unsettling questions that remain to be answered.

IN THIS BOOK:

This book takes place between June 19, 2011 and September 21, 2011.

Christian is at the top of world after proposing to Anastasia. After an emotional week – dealing with Leila, firing Jack, and surviving a helicopter crash – his birthday had reduced all that to insignificance, despite all the drama with Elena and his mother. But that bubble is quickly burst when he and Anastasia leave the boathouse. His father, always his harshest critic, has some words for him, and it seems the two don’t see eye to eye. Christian still sees Elena as a positive force in his life, and his father couldn’t disagree more. Carrick suggests Christian isn’t ready for marriage, and some of those words make an impression, sending him back to Dr. Flynn for answers. Flynn contends that Christian essentially skipped his adolescence and is now learning the lessons he missed earlier in life, but that alone does little to ease his insecurities. Christian may have made tremendous progress since meeting Anastasis, but he still has a lot to learn about relationships.

Christian deals with the emotional fallout with his parents over their discovery of his past with Elena while also facing the very real possibility of danger. Leila may be getting therapy now, but Christian continues to worry about her progress and the potential threat she poses to Anastasia and himself. But the biggest concern brewing is the crash of Charlie Tango. It looks like his helicopter may have been sabotaged. He and his team are soon hard at work looking for suspects while the investigation into the cause of the crash continues. Anastasia’s safety become almost an obsession as Christian recognizes that her life may be in danger. His overbearing ways only lead to more problems for the couple.

All this takes place while planning a quick wedding. Christian and Anastasia do finally tie the knot, and their honeymoon is epic, but the story doesn’t stop there. They still face challenges as they adjust to married life, and some of their biggest challenges yet remain. Christian still has women in his life that would love to interfere with his newfound happiness. His past is a problem. But perhaps the biggest challenge to his happiness is himself. Christian repeatedly gets in his own way, sabotaging his happiness. There are tears along his journey, but he finally earns his happy ending.

Christian’s story is dark, but it humanizes his brokenness. It is different than Anastasia’s story in that it takes the reader into his world, showing several of his nightmares and flashes of memory. Some of those reflect back on his childhood in Detroit, before he was adopted. Some are reflections of his childhood with the Greys, and there is a little with Elena and his submissives, too. There are also some scenes about his business dealings, giving a look at the confident and put-together man that has achieved so much success professionally. That view of him stands in stark contrast to the unsure man who fears opening himself up and becoming vulnerable. There are some fabulous scenes with Dr. John Flynn that shed more light on Christian’s inner fears, contrasting them with Flynn’s sound encouragement. This story goes further into showing Christian’s relationship with his family, and that glimpse is worthwhile. The biggest bonus found in Christian’s story is simply getting to know his character intimately. In Anastasia’s story, it takes time to unravel his tragic past and the abuse he suffered. Here, readers get to see how he reflects back on those times and how it impacts his life. There are several things that he kept from Anastasia, and in reading this it explains a lot of his behavior and decisions.

This book is a deep and emotional read as Christian’s character digs deeper to overcome the emotional damage that has prevented him from living a normal life. He has embraced his new life with Anastasia and is committed to facing the challenges. He is devoted to keeping them safe in the face of danger. He and Anastasia build new dreams together, and together they bring them into reality. Christian Grey has become a household name. He represents the quintessential broken and reclusive billionaire who is incapable of a standard relationship or love. He lives a very private life – which had been necessary to keep his BDSM lifestyle under wraps. Christian may be dictatorial and brash, but this tells the story of a boy and teen who suffered from abuse and grew into a man whose self worth had been beaten down. His anger never left him; he just channels it into his work and his rules. He hides his vulnerability from the world, too afraid to open himself up to more pain. His story is wonderfully written. The plot is somewhat complex. The characters are carefully crafted and three dimensional. They feel very real. The story is written in first person in Christian’s POV. I rate this book five full stars.

As for the Audio: it is beautifully narrated and consistent with the book.

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Thank God. About time. Finally FREED!

well now that I have gotten the chance to listen to this, I glad to say that the narrator has improved alot from the 1st two books. Now Im just dealing with the audio stopping for no reason. grr.

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The Narrator is HORRIBLE!

The narrator has absolutely RUINED this book! I was so looking forward to this. Im a big fan of Fifty Shades of Grey. I can’t even get through the first chapter. Utter disappointment. Don’t waist your money like I did. If I could give zero stars, I would.

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Deje Vu

Except for about 10% of the story, Everything is in Fifty Shades Freed. Also, the long and over-detailed sex parts were like watching paint dry. I wished the author would have fast-forwarded to about 10 years to learn new and interesting things about Christian’s family, and have him reminisce periodically over major past events. I am happy the series is finally over and l must say that I will miss Christian, but not enough to listen to it again.

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Worth the wait!

I feel like I waited a lifetime for this to come out! Well worth the wait! It was everything but I loved the other 5 books just as much!

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yes extra new details!! hydes future!!!

finally I enjoy that Christian gives more details. to readers at least, Ana being in the dark half the time sucks haha. I feel pity for her lack of being informed, but I enjoyed Christians point of view, because we finally know more.

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Hard to listen to

Why can’t they use a women’s voice to speak those parts of the female. I don’t want to hear a man reading a female part. It lost me , and could not continue listening. It’s boring.

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