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Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy | [E. L. James]

Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind – until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out. Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more.
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Publisher's Summary

Please note: This audiobook contains graphic adult content.

The book everyone is talking about. When Ana Steele meets Christian Grey.... Romantic, liberating and totally addictive, Fifty Shades of Grey is a novel that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind – until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out.

Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more. But Grey is tormented by inner demons, and consumed by the need to control. As they embark on a passionate love affair, Ana discovers more about her own desires, as well as the dark secrets Grey keeps hidden away from public view.

©2012 E L James (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

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

"The book that made women want sex again" (Mail on Sunday)

"It’s the book everyone’s talking about, becoming a word of mouth hit, topping the bestseller lists, and the film rights have just been bought to bring it to the big screen… a good steamy read. 4 Stars." (Heat)

"E L James's erotic novel, one of a trilogy, has become a phenomenon." (Telegraph Online)

"E. L. James is the talk of the book world thanks to her Fifty Shades... trilogy." (Daily Mail)

"It has become the topic of choice for water cooler chats, school run tête-a-têtes and whispered conversations over the garden fence... Erotic novel Fifty Shades Of Grey is conquering best-seller lists around the world." (Herald Scotland Online)

"Fifty Shades of Grey…is now a mainstream publishing sensation." (Guardian)

"It's the definition of a page-turner… Ultimately, James’s exploration of the dynamics of sexual power is both troubling and intriguing, and women will undoubtedly be discussing it for years to come." (Telegraph.co.uk)

"Fifty Shades of Grey isn't your average bonkbuster. It could change our sex lives forever." (Fabulous, Sun on Sunday)

"..it was a proper love story… If my review has at all persuaded you that Fifty Shades of Grey might be more than just a kinky book full of sex, then I urge you to pick up a copy and try it - I'm sure you won't be disappointed! 5 stars." (ChickLitChloe.blogspot.co.uk)

"This is erotic fiction that firmly falls into the by women for women category. I’ll be buying copies for all my girlfriends this year... an intriguing read 5 stars." (Bookbag)

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    Cay.S 02-11-13
    Cay.S 02-11-13
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    "Sometimes you need something to push your buttons"

    I'm not a great consumer of trashy mags but sometimes it answers some primal needs, just like this trilogy. It has all the ingredients - the dark brooding male who needs some saving, the innocent heroine...throw in some sex and you have the makings of a best selling trilogy

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rina Durbanville, South Africa 01-22-13
    Rina Durbanville, South Africa 01-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Soft porn twilight mix"
    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    no


    Has Fifty Shades of Grey turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The initial "blase teen" imitation of the heroine was OTT and made me cringe.


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

    All the sulky teen Cinderella parts.


    Any additional comments?

    Best enjoyed while slightly tipsy. Not for the sober reader looking for something with substance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alysha Kedron, Australia 01-07-13
    Alysha Kedron, Australia 01-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Best Series I've read in a long time!!"

    It was Funny, Erotic, Captivating and absolutely fantastic! I could not stop listening, It was never predicable...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dempsey Paraparaumu, New Zealand 06-07-12
    Dempsey Paraparaumu, New Zealand 06-07-12

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    "mills and boons with sex"
    Any additional comments?

    All over the workd women are not doing house work, not picking up the kids form school beacuse they're hiding reading this book with their legs crossed. I'm no prude but I didn't like the S and M content and couldn'tget past the violence to women fantasy or not. If your fantasy is this sort of thing go for it you will love it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine USA 06-22-12
    Catherine USA 06-22-12
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    "Fast paced ..such a good read"

    I loved this book. I couldnt put it down and now I have listened to them all. I am far from a teenager and I am a corporate manager. Quite a few of my friends are also very taken with the story. To the haters...lighten up. I guess you need to find some way to vent your sad frustrations by giving this best seller such scathing reviews. Many millions of women all over the world...not just teenagers are in love with the idea that is Christian Grey. We cannot all be illiterate, pubescent idiots!! In fact I dont think this book is suitable for teenagers at all!! We all have different tastes. Please recognize this. Fantastic book.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Elisa Cronulla, Australia 06-27-12
    Elisa Cronulla, Australia 06-27-12
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    "This will have you panting"

    I'm not a fan of the romance genre, so I found Anna's character really annoying. And the way the narrator reads the character is grating (I'm not a fan of silly girls). But, this made the really hot parts of the book so much better. The way Becca gets really breathy and deep for Grey is intoxicating and worth enduring the inbetween parts of the book for.

    This is the kind of book where you have to leave your sense at the door - this is an unrealistic fantasy world. I won't even go into the flaws in the themes in the book. I think E.L. James should stick to short erotic stories.

    I recommend you suspend reality, curl up on the couch, endure the crappy romance and hold out for the fantastic hot scenes. Becca's reading of them makes the audiobook so much hotter than reading it yourself.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed it!"

    Great audio story. Loved the voices and looking forward to listening to the next book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Toni Stange 02-01-15
    Toni Stange 02-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Omg totally captivating"

    So much better than reading it through a book the slight voice control and expression gives your imagination that little bit more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Khamika 10-29-14
    Khamika 10-29-14
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    "great book."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes.great story line. left me wanting more


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fifty Shades of Grey?

    When Christian went to Atlanta to see Anna.


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

    no


    Who was the most memorable character of Fifty Shades of Grey and why?

    Christian.. He's all man, cant help but visualize him


    Any additional comments?

    great story line. left me wanting more

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Conduit Perth, Australia 04-25-14
    Sharon Conduit Perth, Australia 04-25-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Fabulous"
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

    Erotic love story


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everyone thinks it's about BDSM, when in actual fact it is a truly romantic love story


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

    She is amazing. I have only listened to the Fifty Shades Trilogy and she plays each part with a completely different voice. Loved it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Everything. Laugh, cry, anger, broken heart, swoon, fall in love.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • John
    Byfield, United Kingdom
    8/8/12
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    "Tripe"

    well i got drawn into the hype like so many others. it turned out to be one of the worst books i have bought. The characters lack credability, the storyline is weak and in places farcical. The dialogue reptative and listless. The sex scenes are written like a victorian dirty book and are also completley lacking in credability. This stupid woman does not appear to own any clothes, after four years ar university expresses amazement that she has her own email address and her strongest expression is 'oh my'. The man is not believable and creates neither pity or loathing, merely irritation. i won't put any more money into EL James's pocket nor more imprtantly waste hours of my life that i won't get back listening it.
    And as for the narration, flat whiney voice, i only survived it by listening to the last half on double speed.
    Its RUBBISH!

    35 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • Ada Thomson
    Australia
    6/29/12
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    "Over hyped and dreadfully narrated"

    I actually thought that this could be a "sexy" read..wrong! The narrator is "lolly pink schoolgirl" and totally annoying. Oh shucks did I say that (american drawl). The plot is so full of holes in the end I just wanted one to swallow me up. Sure, I persevered. I wanted to ge to the sex part like everyone else...including the characters. What an anticlimax!! Honestly, the media hype surrounding this book deserves a gold star for sensationalist crap.

    109 of 112 people found this review helpful
  • Sonia
    Walthamstow, United Kingdom
    6/28/12
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    "Awful book made even worse by the narrator's voice"

    "Oh my!", thinking about writing this review, my eyes widened and I bit my lip, with my trousers hanging of my hips in 'that' why. It's so HOT!

    *rolls eyes*

    Except nothing about this book is hot at all. there are sex scenes, but I wouldn't call them erotic in the slightest.

    If you haven't bought this yet, DON'T!! if you HAVE to read it, borrow it off of someone as it is a huge waste of money.

    And definitely do not be tempted to buy this as an audiobook. The narrator's voice is TERRIBLE. If you have already bought it, try putting it on x1.5 speed to make it in any way bearable.

    87 of 91 people found this review helpful
  • Rowan
    pembroke dock, United Kingdom
    7/6/12
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    "Turgid"

    My god what an appalling bit of writing. It's just a mucky little book but read by a girl you just pray dies at the end of the book. It was a toss up which one of these two horrible people I wished would kick the bucket the most but I think the girl just edges it.
    The narrator is rubbish and it's just comical when the dappy bird tries to sound like the dominant man telling her to bend over and grab her own ankles while he pops in the Chinese worry balls or whatever they were.
    It really pains me that this is a trilogy. I think I might go sniff my walking boots just to try and snap my senses back into life after this truly awful book has turned my brain to tapioca.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • nicky
    Bath, United Kingdom
    8/8/12
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    "Panties!"

    Oh My! what a victory for media hype! This book is a load of badly written 'panties'. No plot, shallow characters, primary level adjectives, ...even the supposed saucy bits are more cheap mayonnaise than tabasco. Don't waste your money.

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • sharon
    castleford, United Kingdom
    5/6/12
    Overall
    "no no no"

    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.
    worst book ive listened to.

    82 of 88 people found this review helpful
  • Barbra
    Lancaster, United Kingdom
    6/7/12
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    "Disappointing after the hype"

    A friend read this in paperback and raved about it, saying she loved the characters and plot. Unable to find a copy locally, I downloaded it expecting great things. Oh dear, after 5 chapters of listening to the clueless recounting of an immature, clumsy, boring undergraduate, delivered in a nasal American drawl, I gave up! The female protagonist is supposedly reading English Lit, but she has learned nothing about the world. To say she's naive is too flattering - she is dense, falls over her own feet but, of course, is stunningly beautiful, yet unaware of her charms. That the mysterious Mr Grey is going to initiate her into the world of S & M is apparent within the first few chapters but by Chapter 5 I couldn't care less.
    I can only suppose that this is the type of book that's best read not listened to.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Guido
    London, United Kingdom
    7/26/12
    Overall
    "Apalling"

    Admittedly, as a gay man I am not the target audience, but I couldn't help but be intrigued to find out what all the hype was about, hoping for at least some entertaining reading.

    But this book exceeded my worst fears, the writing is so terrible that I gave up after 4 hours (which felt like years) and before the first sex scene. I have no idea what anybody would find interesting about these two shallow and deeply unlikable characters. Here is hoping that the last book ends with the mutual suicide, but I won't find out.

    40 of 43 people found this review helpful
  • Deiana
    Bolton, United Kingdom
    5/20/12
    Overall
    "ABSOLUTELY DIABOLICAL READ"

    This must be the worst book I have ever read in my life. It has absolutely no storyline, no plot and just contains an oratory on sadomasochism. It was and is a complete waste of money/credit! I am totally disgusted and do not even wish to rate this book but it seems I must complete the 'rate this title' section to submit my review and, therefore, I will give 1 star, although I would not recommend anyone to purchase this book, even those who are into S&M as the content is diabolical and repetitive.

    50 of 54 people found this review helpful
  • jenninemacey
    Worthing, United Kingdom
    6/2/12
    Overall
    "Fifty shades of Grey"

    Blooming awful! The narrators voice just drones on & on! Don't waste your money or time on this trash!

    59 of 64 people found this review helpful
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