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Fifty Shades of Grey Audiobook

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

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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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    Renate 06-26-12
    Renate 06-26-12

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    "Oh My!!!!"
    What did you like best about Fifty Shades of Grey? What did you like least?

    It was something different and light entertainment but a little repetitive.


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

    Not really


    Did Becca Battoe do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She was quite good but perhaps a male voice for Christian would have been better


    Any additional comments?

    It was entertaining enough - a bit of a laugh - nudge, nudge, wink, wink

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    Amazon Customer geeveston, Australia 06-18-12
    Amazon Customer geeveston, Australia 06-18-12
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    "shoulda googled first"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about E L James’s story?

    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.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Becca Battoe?

    Tavia Gilbert perhaps


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

    no idea, I only listened to a couple of hours before removing it from my device.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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. :)

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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.

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    Lisa 06-12-13
    Lisa 06-12-13

    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!


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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!


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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.


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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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    4/3/16
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    "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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  • Monika Hergeth
    4/2/16
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    "Suberb"

    Suberb performance and great storyline. Thoroughly enjoyed it and looking forward to the next book....

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  • miss
    3/24/16
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    "Great"

    great book and great performance. easy listen and very amusing in parts. I would recommend

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  • Kat Herrity
    3/11/16
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    "all the hype did not disapoint."

    was actually a intriguing love story with the hope someone that is bright n innocent can bring someone with a miriad of troubles bak from the dark.

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  • mandy
    3/9/16
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    "wasn't sure"

    wasn't sure what all the fuss was about but after listening to the book being read beautifully it left you wanting more of the story to be told & you don't want to stop listening would recommend well done

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  • joseph brown
    3/8/16
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    "Better than the movie"

    A brilliant book . I think people would be put off by the movie. I highly recommend it. It's not what you think.

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  • Amazon Customer
    2/18/16
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    "the narration is really quite bad if im honest."

    it sounded as if it was my phone reading to me. Usually enjoy audio books however unfortunately not this one

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  • Lesley
    1/29/16
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    "Amazing"

    The reader is soft spoken and the different voices she uses for the characters are good

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  • kirsty
    1/23/16
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    "annoying and boring"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Someone with a less annoying voice


    Would you ever listen to anything by E. L. James again?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    Make it seem like the films


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Christian and anna


    Any additional comments?

    Waste of signing up

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  • Caroline
    12/23/15
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    "Mills and Boon, but longer..."
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Dreadfully written and questionable in so many ways, I only looked at this because I thought 'six million housewives can't be wrong.' I forgot that the Sun and the Star are the best selling papers in the UK. Never over estimate the discernment of the masses.


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

    Chosen another profession.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Becca Battoe’s performances?

    Yes, this really wasn't her fault.


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

    Too many to list. Though to be fair I gave up quite early on.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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