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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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    Su Ormond, VIC, Australia 06-06-12
    Su Ormond, VIC, Australia 06-06-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Crap. Crap. Crap"
    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    There was no zero star option and I was forced to choose 1 star. There is no good bits in this book not even the sex. Yes. Not even the sex.


    What could E L James have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Her style of writing is pubescent. I cannot believe that an adult woman wrote this book and one with 2 kids. She is obviously still stuck in puberty. The main character only knows 10 adjectives. The male lead is not believable and come on…. he is a billionaire with no signs of intelligence. Not only that, the narrator sounds like a teenager?!? Sigh. I can’t write for $#% and I acknowledge that. This author should also acknowledge that she can’t write for #$% and acknowledge that even sex can’t save this book. But unfortunately not everyone thinks like me. Obviously some women who do not read any other romance novels or do know what good sex is bought this book and gave it 5 stars. This book is crap. Do not waste your time or your money. If you wanted porn, just Google it or pick up a good erotic novelist.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Not the Narrator's fault. She was only doing her job and reading what was on paper... crap.


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

    the whole book would have been cut and not even published


    Any additional comments?

    The standards of literature is dropped alarmingly as this book made the NYT Best Selling list.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Janie CAIRNS, Australia 05-31-12
    Janie CAIRNS, Australia 05-31-12 Member Since 2015

    I am an artist, living in Cairns, Queensland, Australia right next to the Great Barrier Reef. I listen to audiobooks everyday while making art and on into the night. I really like mysteries with a good serving of suspense on the side that keep you wondering right to the end. However, I won't say no to any entertaining and well written book which has been read by an excellent narrator.

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    "A little bit boring!"

    I guess because it's fairly repetitive and, for me, not really that erotic. I think Lisa Kleypas' books are a lot more so. I'm half way through part 3 and will finish it but I doubt that I will buy the rest of the trilogy. Mr Grey is a bit too grey for me; he just doesn't do it for me and if I hear anyone say "oh my" anytime soon, I'll feel like hitting them!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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 06-12-13
    Lisa 06-12-13 Member Since 2011

    Addicted to Audible.

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    "HOOKED!!"
    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

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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  • Gloria
    6/18/15
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    "Intriguing and Enlightening"
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing, enlightening and risque


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    i think it would have to be Christian Grey because here was a man who was handsome and rich could have any woman he liked and yet he could never keep them because of this dark secret he had. he had everything and yet he had nothing.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    i loved the interaction of when Anastasia goes to visit Christians parents for dinner and he is late arriving. when he eventually turns up, his mother expected him to greet her first but he went straight to Anastasia and greeted her with a kiss to the dismay of his mother. to me this showed how much he loved Anastasia and how much he wanted her to feel he was on her side in this strange environment.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the bit where Anastasia just wanted to please him and opted to go along with his wishes of being dominated for the first time and found it not to be the experience she thought it was going to be.


    Any additional comments?

    it was a good ending as it left the story open to be taken further.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emma
    6/13/15
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    "Unable to get started due to timing out, poor :-( "

    RIP beautiful Pat xx


    :-( x










    Dissatisfaction, :-( :-( :-( xxx xxxx xxx :-( x

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joanne Stringfellow
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    6/11/15
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    "Fab!"

    Well read, once you get used to her very young sounding voice! Really enjoyed it Jx

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • tala
    6/7/15
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    "Weak, nonsense, really bad boon and narrator"

    Worst book I've ever read... I'm a young woman, highly educated, good looking and married successfully... This book wasn't love, nor sex... Girls please be aware of these none sense and don't fall for it... I explained who I so you wouldn't think that I'm some ugly depressed old woman who hasn't seen the face of love or never had sex and doesn't want you to get any either...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mommyfiona
    telford
    5/27/15
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    "giggly in that way"

    this book is very addictive to listen to especially with the narrator becca i loved it on to book two then three

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maggie May
    Fartown, Huddersfield, United Kingdom
    5/24/15
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    "all hyped up for the wrong reasons"

    unsure of it because of the hype around it, it was lovely to listen to the story develop . the reader has a clever way of emoting innocence, joy of discovery as well as tempering fear of the unknown . showing a good command of descriptive language without vulgarity, the writer managed to not be too 'lady Chatterky' s lover' in the language for the 21st century.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • reece
    5/23/15
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    "Awesome"

    Loved it for my first time audible and i would recommend it definitely,and hope more people use them wen in parks on sunny days

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emma
    5/20/15
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    "Not raunchy enough"

    The story itself was ok but thought the story teller could have done better to create different personalities for the characters plus not as raunchy as i expected.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • zoe
    5/12/15
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    "Fabulous"

    The Narrator was amazing funny with good timing
    Story captivating
    A brilliant read
    I highly recommend this book to everyone

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. G. V. West
    UK
    5/9/15
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    "Narrater was crap"
    Would you listen to Fifty Shades of Grey again? Why?

    I have listen more than once ,trying to understand Christian and his ways and after seeing the film I see those actors in my head..I preferred the second book a bit more as you got more into Christians head


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

    could not stand Becca Battoe I think it would have been better with a male and female narrators


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

    yes cried at the end


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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