March 20, 2014
The wildly successful Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy follows the relationship between the innocent Anastasia Steele, a college graduate, and the mysterious Christian Grey, a young successful businessman. Written by British author E L James, the adult romance series is notable for its depiction of erotic scenes. All three books feature sexual practices involving sadism/masochism, bondage, and dominance/submission.
For a quick background, Fifty Shades of Gray Audio Book started out as a Twilight fan fiction titled Master of the Universe. Under the pseudonym “Snowqueen’s Icedragon,” E L James posted it on fan fiction websites in separate installments. After receiving comments regarding the material’s sexual nature, the author decided to published it exclusively on her own website.
Eventually, James rewrote the fan fiction as an original piece. She changed the main character’s backgrounds and renamed them Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. After that, she submitted the material for print publication.
The revised and extended version of James’ Twilight fan fiction became the Fifty Shades Trilogy. Fifty Shades of Grey, the first book in the series was released in May 2011 both as an e-book and a print-on-demand paperback. The book was released with the help of The Writers’ Coffee Shop, an Australian virtual publisher. The second book was then published in September 2011 while the third one was launched in January 2012. Even with the Writers’ Coffee Shop’s limited budget for promotion, the books went viral due to word of mouth recommendations from bloggers.
The first book in the series, Fifty Shades of Grey, introduces Anastasia and Christian and how they started their intense, sexually-charged relationship. It ends with Anastasia leaving Christian as she doesn’t know how to deal with his dark passion anymore. The second book, Fifty Shades Darker, throws the couple back into each other’s arms again. This time, however, their feelings have grown deeper to the point that Christian asks Anastasia’s hand in marriage. But first, the couple must deal with Christian’s troubled past. If you download fifty shades freed audiobook, the final book in the series, it follows the two as a married couple, with Anastasia being pregnant with their first child.
In spite of being fitted into the erotica genre, the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy has gained mainstream success. The series has broken sales records since its publication, selling millions of copies everywhere. All three books have been published in almost 40 countries and have since become available in audiobook format. Even non-readers are able to enjoy the trilogy thanks to its popularity as an audible download.
March 19, 2014
Fifty Shades of Grey has catapulted author E.L. James into stardom. 50 SHADES OF GREY AUDIOBOOK is the first book in the trilogy. The first book was published on June 20, 2011. The second book was entitled Fifty Shades Darker, and the last book in the trilogy is Fifty Shades Freed. The first book in the trilogy was first self-published and print-on-demand. The publishing rights to the first book were bought by Vintage Books in March 2012. The book sparked worldwide interest because of its themes on love and its many passions, topping many of the world’s bestseller lists. The series as a whole has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide and has been adapted into more than 50 languages. The books have also claimed the record as the fastest selling paperback of all time.
Plot of Fifty Shades of Grey
The plot of the first book revolves around two star-crossed lovers, namely Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. The two lovers lived on two different stratospheres before their paths crossed. Anastasia was only a 21-year old college senior who went to Washington State University, while Christian was a 27-year old multimillionaire. Ana and Christian were not supposed to meet till her friend Kate backed off an interview and persuaded Ana to take her place to interview Christian. Ana was initially attracted but was intimidated as well. After fumbling through the interview, Anastasia though that she would never see Christian again.
Ana’s friend Kate wanted to have a photoshoot with Christian, taking Ana with her. Christian then asks Ana out to coffee and asks her if she has a boyfriend, both find out that they are single. Ana and Christian starts dating, and then Christian, finally whisks Ana to his apartment using his helicopter. Upon entering the apartment, Christian asks Ana to sign a non-disclosure agreement. Ana and Christian then made passionate love after discussing their dominant-submissive relationship. The two enter a strange love affair as they work out the details of their dominant-submissive relationship.
Listen to the Fifty Shades of Grey
The Fifty Shades of Grey series is also available in audiobook format, aside from the hardcover and paperback format. You can get all the books in the series, including the finale, 50 Shades Freed audiobook. You can enjoy the tumultuous love affair between Anastasia and Christian at home, on the bus, or while riding the train. You can enjoy every page as you listen to the wonderfully voice acted novel. Go through the ups and downs of Christian and Anastasia’s love affair when you purchase the audiobook.
Combine a dystopian world set in a post-apocalyptic nation with a tyrannic society lording it over poor, impoverished citizens by forcing them to compete in a battle to the death: that’s what the hunger games Audio Book is all about.
Suzanne Collin’s highly successful trilogy has received widespread acclaim for her fast-paced story line and thematic content, drawing on Greek mythology and Roman gladiator games. The story is set in the first person narrative of 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, a young but accomplished archer who will do anything to keep her mother and younger sister safe. After her father’s death, she sustains her family by hunting with her best friend Gale.
Despite her simple lifestyle, there remains the ominous threat of the Hunger Games: an annual event imposed by the Capitol over the rest of the nation. One boy and one girl from each of the 12 districts are chosen through lottery to compete in the televised battle. Only one winner gets to survive, winning fame and fortune for his district.
The trilogy follows Katniss’ adventures as she competes in the Games, makes shaky alliances, and finally challenges the autocratic rule of the leaders of the Capitol.
The books have gotten much attention because of its similarities with the Japanese book Battle Royale, which also features a battle to the death. In Collins’ world, power play and subversion are also a dominant theme, with the later books Catching Fire and Mockingjay detailing the slow and steady growth of the rebel movement and revolution against the leaders of the Capitol.
The story is a combined social commentary on the pervasiveness of reality television, violence shown in public, and the deference to authority, all told from the perspective of one young teenager.
The series became even more of a hit with audiences after it was adapted for the big screen, with Hollywood darling Jennifer Lawrence playing Katniss, Liam Hemsworth playing Gale, and Josh Hutcherson playing the role of Peeta, the male tribute from District 12 alongside Katniss.
Because of its runaway success, it has now become very marketable, with merchandise based on the Hunger Games franchise and more ways to immerse in Katniss’ world of Panem. The books are also available in audio book format, allowing for a more immersive and emotionally charged experience of the book. The series gets darker, serious, and more political, leading up to finale of the series MOCKINGJAY AUDIOBOOK. The political element is just another thing that adds to the appeal and critical acclaim of the Hunger Games stories.
A story about power play, magic, and warring families all competing to sit on the coveted Iron Throne: George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire has captivated audiences, even garnering more media attention and fan praise thanks to HBO’s live action adaptation, Game of Thrones.
The American fantasy drama series is based on Martin’s ongoing book series, of which there are currently five: the game of thrones audio book (1996), A Clash of Kings (1998), A Storm of Swords (2000), A Feast for Crows (2005), A Dance with Dragons (2011) and two more upcoming books, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring.
Game of Thrones is the first book in the series A Song of Ice and Fire. The story is based primarily on the fictional kingdom of Westeros, ruled by a king who sits the Iron Throne at the capital King’s Landing. The first novel introduces interweaving plot lines of the noble houses of Westeros, bound by a fragile peace under King Robert of House Baratheon; the exiled line of the Targaryens, who was driven out of the kingdom in a civil war and whose blood line lives on in brother and sister Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen; and the constant, looming threat of the supernatural Others living beyond a protective, immense wall of ice on the northern border.
As the series progresses, many new characters with different political motives take the spotlight. Several ‘heroes’ are shockingly killed; allegiances turn; alliances vanquished. New houses and families usurp power. Tragedy strikes Houses and families, and the once meek Daenerys rises to become the Mother of Dragons, on a quest to reclaim the Iron Throne she believes is rightfully hers.
As families stab each other in the back for the power and honor to sit the throne, the threat of the Others continue to grow, posing a danger to Westeros from the north.
What makes the entire series so compelling and worthy of critical acclaim is its portrayal of power play and moral ambiguity. There seems to be no clear protagonist or antagonist with clearly defined motives; any character can reasonably die, change allegiance, or turn from hero to villain and vice versa. No one is considered safe. With the stories told through the point of view of several main characters, the readers get only a limited, biased perspective of how events unfold. Battles and violence comprise much of the stories, as do the quieter struggles in political intrigue. Later on, the idea and use of magic becomes more and more prominent in later volumes.
If you’ve ever wanted to know what the collective acclaim for the series is all about, George RR Martin’s imaginative series is available in digital mediums that make it easy for anyone to catch up. Immerse in the magic of Martin’s world: the series is now available in audiobook format (visit gameofthronesaudiobookdownload.com) to make it easier for anyone to keep up with the latest story lines and plot twists at your own pace and convenience. Get on with the latest in the stories while waiting for the next two installments in the highly addictive series.