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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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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 05-27-12
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 05-27-12

    Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books

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    "Very engaging g series, a must read"

    I have really enjoyed this series. Love the characters and the way the books are written. Narrator is excellent. Found this series hard to turn of. Just wanted to keep listening. Highly recommended. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janille 06-05-12
    Janille 06-05-12 Member Since 2012

    being me n loving myself...

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    "EXCEPTIONAL listen.. Thank you Becca Battoe"

    I must say that this book was exceptional.
    i was looking for atleast one flaw so that I can say not listening to this book earlier was no harm just to do myself justice but to my surprise I damned myself for the late listen. :(
    to you E L James you have made my day a lot on several occasions, the way the book was written was exquisite and I am not just saying this for word sake but you did all your fans justice. the stages that the book gradually increased, the way that the characters were developed, their personalities that meshed so wonderfully I must say that you took time out to write this book in which I do appreciate, you can know when someone take the time out to do something I could feel that in every words of this book when Anastasia Steele went to interview Christian Grey and bare in mind that the interview was for her friend so for the book to turn out this way it took one heck of an U turn in which did got me obsessed possessed and will keep this book 4ever
    THANK YOU SO MUCH E L James :-) .............

    Now Becca Battoe are you only human????? because I did not know that such talent exist in one person and I really do hope that when I listen to more books with you I will not have to take this back (I really hope that you will keep my 5 star ratings).. what I would really like to know is how did you know that this book was just so perfect for that well trained, refreshing breathtakingly beautiful, elegant, divine, precious, tantalizing and sweet voice. you played all these characters as they were ought to be played I really n truly enjoyed your narration, perfect book perfect voice can it get any better??? the way you portrayed the male voices was beautiful. I know that you did your best because listening to the book really takes my breath away I was awwed and I know that I was not the only person. You are one hell of a narrator you took this book and made it your own in which that's what made this book sooooooooo special.
    I wonder did E L James wrote this book and handed it to you herself or were you stunned by the book and wanted to read this for the world at hand. THANK YOU ALSO for making this book into an unforeseen movie you did us listener justice.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Faifield, Australia 06-12-13
    Lisa Faifield, Australia 06-12-13 Member Since 2011

    Addicted to Audible.

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

    LOVE the story in general. So much happened in the novel, it moved fast and was always dramatic. I couldnt put it down.


    Which character – as performed by Becca Battoe – was your favorite?

    Christian Grey! OH Always Christian Grey!


    If you could take any character from Fifty Shades of Grey out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    CHRISTIAN GREY!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 03-19-13
    Sarah 03-19-13
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    "Becca Battoe reading EL James is divine combo ;)"
    Where does Fifty Shades of Grey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was fabulous. Great story, great storytelling. Becca Battoe just brought the characters to life.


    What other book might you compare Fifty Shades of Grey to and why?

    The time travelers wife read by Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole. They did a great job, but Becca was a cut above!


    What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

    Her ability to really create characters with her narration. The mood and warmth or lack of she would create.


    If you could rename Fifty Shades of Grey, what would you call it?

    its too cool a name, I wouldnt call it anything else! Hat off to EL James! She's amazing!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Meaky 02-25-13
    Meaky 02-25-13
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    "EXCELENT."
    Where does Fifty Shades of Grey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best. Not only is it a good story, but the narator Becca Battoe is the BEST that I've listen to so far.


    What other book might you compare Fifty Shades of Grey to and why?

    I haven't read any others like this.


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

    I haven't yet, but I absoluetly will


    If you could take any character from Fifty Shades of Grey out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    If it's me taking them out, I would say Kate or Anna.. But I would definitely let Mr Fifty-Shades take me to dinner any time.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elsa Mount Lawley, Australia 08-06-12
    Elsa Mount Lawley, Australia 08-06-12
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    "Badly written and very repetitive"
    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    Not worth the hype


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything better then this


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

    Her character voices


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom


    Any additional comments?

    Will not be listening to the next in the series

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    Kim Armidale, Australia 07-23-12
    Kim Armidale, Australia 07-23-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Terrible narration"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I have never heard and Audiobook narrator this bad. Do not listen to the Audiobook if you have never read these books before. She reads very slow so you loose the banter and flow between the characters because you are just waiting for her to get to it. She is also terrible at accents. In the first book she sounds like a teenager trying to put on a mans voice (all over exaggerated deep voice that she struggls to use constantly) it was very distracting and unrealistic. Also any new character automatically has a southern drawl (annoying and inconstant given that the book is set in Washington State!) and then when she try's to do a foreign accent I don't know what she was trying to do but she mangles it badly. I could not recognises any of the accents she was trying to do (and they were only French, Scottish and Russian, pretty standard accents).

    If you have read the books before, as I had, you can go with the flow to some extent but absolutely do not get these if you haven't already read the story, it will put you right off the books before the end of the first chapter. In any event you will find yourself banging you head against the wall at how she mangles simple things.


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    malarni Toowoomba, Australia 06-04-12
    malarni Toowoomba, Australia 06-04-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Saucy"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades of Grey to be better than the print version?

    I prefer audio


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

    All of them


    Which scene was your favorite?

    They are all good


    If you could take any character from Fifty Shades of Grey out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Not sure


    Any additional comments?

    A must for your audio library

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Keisha Bridgetown, Barbados 04-23-12
    Keisha Bridgetown, Barbados 04-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Riveting!!!"
    What did you love best about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I've just finished this audio book and I have one question...When are the others coming out on audible? The story is definitly worth the hype it has been getting.


    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
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  • 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.

    116 of 120 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    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!

    38 of 39 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.

    93 of 97 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.

    13 of 13 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.

    24 of 25 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.

    84 of 90 people found this review helpful
  • Barbra
    Lancaster, United Kingdom
    6/7/12
    Overall
    "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.

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Deiana
    Bolton, United Kingdom
    5/20/12
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    "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.

    52 of 56 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.

    41 of 44 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!

    61 of 66 people found this review helpful
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