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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
"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)
A good book would have made all the world of difference. This was bad literature with a bad story.
Something much better written
It wasn't her, it was the book.
Don't understand what everyone thinks is so great about this book, it was really bad.
It was something different and light entertainment but a little repetitive.
She was quite good but perhaps a male voice for Christian would have been better
It was entertaining enough - a bit of a laugh - nudge, nudge, wink, wink
Adults who liked twilight. I didn't realise it started as a Twilight fanfiction, it didn't take much listening to start wondering why it sounded like I was hearing Twilight all over again and google it.
The use of the same character tropes from Twilight. The clumsy, doesn't-realise-she-is-attractive, blank-slate-so-you-can-put-yourself-in-her-shoes main character, the bumbling mother who needs her daughter or new husband to look after her, the father figure of few words, the 'hero' who knows he is dangerous for her but can't stay away, the best friend who secretly loves her and presses his intentions... Seriously, non of these characterisations are flattering to anyone.
Tavia Gilbert perhaps
no idea, I only listened to a couple of hours before removing it from my device.
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.
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.
Not the Narrator's fault. She was only doing her job and reading what was on paper... crap.
the whole book would have been cut and not even published
The standards of literature is dropped alarmingly as this book made the NYT Best Selling list.
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.
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!
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
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. :)
being me n loving myself...
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.
LOVE the story in general. So much happened in the novel, it moved fast and was always dramatic. I couldnt put it down.
Christian Grey! OH Always Christian Grey!
It was fabulous. Great story, great storytelling. Becca Battoe just brought the characters to life.
The time travelers wife read by Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole. They did a great job, but Becca was a cut above!
Her ability to really create characters with her narration. The mood and warmth or lack of she would create.
its too cool a name, I wouldnt call it anything else! Hat off to EL James! She's amazing!
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.
I haven't read any others like this.
I haven't yet, but I absoluetly will
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.
"couldn't stop listening!! loved it "
brilliant narrator, didn't want it to finish! can't wait to listen to book 2. thanks
"A bit boring if I'm honest "
The book tells a pretty short story in 26 long chapters. I expected more from a book with such hype. Just about managed to finish it.
"Amazing storyline, although not keen on narrator's voice."
Narrators voice is a little annoying... would've preferred a man's voice for the part of Christian.
"Disturbing becomes trendy..."
This is a book about a female allowing her 'freedom' and free will to be taken by a man in a sadistic way; yes the love story is lovely and it appeals to, as much as us women hate to admit it, the Cinderella part in all of us; boy meets girls, he sweeps her off her feet in every dreamy unimaginable way.
However in a very real and overt way, there are many disturbing aspects to the book.
Find it sad something with sadistic 'man overpowering woman' so overtly has become to unbelievably 'trendy' to read... Sign of the times with our 'accept-all' society I guess; I have studied much NLP, coaching people etc, and in a subconscious way this stuff isn't great, but hey, so are most films on TV :-)
I did listen to it 2 times; must admit the first time I was hooked and listened to all the books one after the other as the romanticism of the books DO get you: what I do recomend is GO BACK and listen (or read) to the 1st book at a later date when you are so inclined, as I did, then see what you realise then about the book.
"Fifty shades of grey"
Well I thought I would listen to this as it's been hyped up so much, for me it started off all sex and I thought that there wasn't a story line but as the book moves on it become less about the sexual exploits and more about her trying to get him to make love to her rather than having sex. Although it is all about the darker side of sex it wasn't seedy even for someone like me who is a prude! By the last chapter I was in tears and it was very emotional. I am looking to the next book to see what the next step is. Good reading!
"great book.everyone must read it fantastic,Brillia"
loved it great book
can't stop listening to it iv heard it now 4 times everyone must read it
Loved it. Much better and detailed than the movie. This is a book that can be enjoyed in your quiet time and on commute to work-and will help change your mood anytime
"If she just chews her lip one more time..."
I may just have to smack her in it!! Badly written, cheesy and as formulaic as Mills & Boon with sex added. I have no idea what all the fuss was about. Please spare me ... Id rather drink a cup of tea and watch paint dry than have to listen to any more of this.
"An enjoyable read"
This is a good read, enable, easy listening and a bit of fun! I would recommend.
"The first part of a trilogy!"
I loved this book being a person who hates romance. I happen to like Erotica books which leave you feeling and waiting with suspense for the next chapter. Not the usual story where sex is the only thing spoken about. I love the plot and I love the intensity that builds up in every chapter. The author has just scratched the surface of BDSM in a creative theme. I am hoping that the second part of the trilogy is just as grand and suspenseful. A great read
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