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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)

What Members Say

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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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    Nanda 04-14-15
    Nanda 04-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "fairytale"

    loved it! just remember its not like this in real life
    wish it was, not the punishment though

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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.

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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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  • Mick
    Blackburn, United Kingdom
    6/20/12
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    "Mills and Boon On Speed"

    Think that says it all. This was Long, Tedious and Repetive. After the first coiuple of chapters I started listening to this at double speed; then after what became so repetitive I would have speeded it up further but couldn't one more chapter I gave up forwarded it to the last chapter which was basicly no furthe on than the third as far as I could see. This has got to be the worse book I have ever listened too.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    NEWTON AYCLIFFE, United Kingdom
    7/29/12
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    "Truly Awful"

    What a waste of a credit. Thank goodness I did not pay good money for the book itself.
    All the hype surrounding this book is just that - hype, or mega-hype, with no basis in reality.
    Erotica??? What erotica??? It is nonsense.
    The narrator gets on your nerves. Even without the narrator,the book is truly awful. I won't bother to finish the book, never mind listen to, or read, the others in the series

    28 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • Jenny
    5/2/12
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    "Should have the tittle, Filthy Shades Of Grey!"

    I am no prude, but the book was a porno in audio! Such graphic detail constantly all the way through was way over the top. Makes me wonder about the author. The voice was awful and droned on and on and the ending was rubbish. Sorry have been a member for many years, and don't often comment. Don't waste a credit!!!

    63 of 71 people found this review helpful
  • Julie
    Alton, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Fifty shades of cringing"

    Yuk, I am sorry but I couldn't listen to this much rated book. The narration drove me nuts. It was too breathy and made me cringe. I didn't make it past the first 10 minutes and therefore, didn't make the end of the first chapter, where my children tell me the story really begins.



    I am sorry I can't give a better review rating or really review the story in any way as this it put me off the book too.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • mAIRI
    United Kingdom
    8/5/12
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    "Irritating rubbish"

    I tried to persevere with this book but couldn't. Badly written, with the most annoying central character imaginable, she may have come across a little better if she had been portrayed without the inane catchphrases...as for the erotic scenes, these were cringeworthy; I half expected a plumber with a handlebar moustache to turn up.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Anne
    Beckenham, United Kingdom
    7/18/12
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    "Rubbish"

    The narrators voice could not be more irritating!! Cannot understand how this is a bestseller.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Whitland, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Badly written porn"

    I bought this not having read the reviews - a mistake but the book has been on the best seller list - thought there must be something about it. Have given it a star as I am forced to by the system - otherwise would have given nothing. Poorly written, especially the lengthy bits where the couple email each other these being grindingly boring. The reader is no help at all. I have not completed listening to the first part of the download and am not going to bother with the rest. Thank you Audible for allowing me to be able to return this truly awful book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Peterborough, United Kingdom
    8/19/12
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    "Fifty Shades of Grey"

    Trash! Trash! Trash! Poor literature, awful American accent ... sorry Ms Battoe. This book came in 3 parts. I was so bored by the end of the first part, that I cannot continue.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • rach
    rhyl, United Kingdom
    4/26/12
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    "oh my"

    love the book but the womens voice on this is wrong!!! have a listen to a sample first!

    56 of 66 people found this review helpful
  • The Mole
    UK
    4/16/13
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    "Holy crap!"

    If you've read it or listened to it you'll understand the title. It's used with irritating frequency throughout. I thought the first part of the 3 would never end. I fought tirelessly to get through it, slipping in and out of consciousness. It is unbelievably boring, for a book surrounded by so much hype. To summarise, she wants a meaningful relationship with this rich guy. He just wants to shag and occasionally beat her. She’s not keen on the beating as it hurts and makes her cry. He is dead inside and has no emotions due to childhood trauma and gets off on beating a woman. Clearly they are incompatible. That’s it really. God only knows why it is so long and wholly crap.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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