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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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    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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    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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  • Rebecca
    12/26/14
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    "utterly amazing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades of Grey to be better than the print version?

    yes i found i got through it quicker and i liked that i could simply listen while doing other tasks i needed to do


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    christian grey because of his mystery and intriguing personality


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

    no this is the first


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

    yes made me laugh at various moments and i felt i connecting with the characters understanding how they felt at different times


    Any additional comments?

    cannot wait to listen to the others

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • B
    12/25/14
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    "Terrible rubbish, dont bother!"
    Would you try another book written by E. L. James or narrated by Becca Battoe?

    no, her writing is terrible


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

    Had it properly edited or used a ghost writer who actually knew how to write.


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

    a male voice


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

    the whole lot and start again


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • frankoadams95
    Cumbria
    12/15/14
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    "wow/unbelievable"

    I enjoyed listening to Fifty Shades of Grey, it brought the book to life even more so when you read and listen at the same time.
    :) x

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MRS Suzi E.
    10/16/14
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    "What an AWFUL, SICKING and SAD story!! NO STARS!"
    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    Not using a 21 year old virgin as a sex character in every abusive ways possible!! Slow destruction of a young girl mentally, sexually and spiritually by a rich freak and very clearly sick in the head whom pry on young innocent girl(s) to satisfy his sick fetish! The writer should have used an experienced female sex addict nympho maniac that wanted to be a part of the whole sick bedroom play thing!!!


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

    YES IT HAS! BIG TIME!!!


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

    NO...NO NO


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    NO! HORRIBLE!


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, I would love to speak with the Author as this story has had a vey uncomfortable effect on me!! Civilized confrontation might set this negative emotion free!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • michelle frizzel
    10/3/14
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    "read the book"
    Any additional comments?

    becca battoe isn't good reading this book on tape..not worth getting as her story telling for the characters is not that good. you are better of reading the books at least you can imagine the characters voices for yourself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    9/24/14
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    "implausable storyline and slow to boot"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not particularly, often cheesy and predictable. The main characters were implausible and the storyline was generally slow to boot.


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

    Probably not


    What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

    Well narrated


    Could you see Fifty Shades of Grey being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    I wouldn't be interested


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Izabela
    8/4/14
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    "ridiculous"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    abysmal plot ( or rather lack thereof). sexy? not really, sex scenes very moderate - and bordering on ridiculous. Complete lack of character development - on both parts; dialogue stilted and boring. Laughable - in fact is should be classified as a parody - at least then folks wouldn't be disappointed!


    What will your next listen be?

    Lee child, I think....


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

    anyone with less whiny voice....


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    some descriptions are funny?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • tracy
    7/30/14
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    "wow its great being read to you"
    Where does Fifty Shades of Grey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    this is my first audio book I've listened to and I'm looking forward to getting all 3 books of the trilogy


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

    love the whole story nothing is more memorable to me love the whole trilogy


    What does Becca Battoe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    she makes the story come to life


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    i would love to but beings i got the book at 02:06am it was very hard to do so


    Any additional comments?

    so can't wait for the rest of the books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • helen
    7/2/14
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    "Major disappointment"
    Would you try another book written by E. L. James or narrated by Becca Battoe?

    No


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

    Not necessarily


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator reading the female voice was more than false and grating. It was unbelievable and distracting


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

    Boredom


    Any additional comments?

    This book was long winded and dragged out.
    The storyline was poor and the book badly written

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J.Taylor
    6/3/14
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    "Kinky - But looses its lustre after a while"

    This book will certainly have you hot under the collar but it's just a little predictable in the end and there's only so much you can listen about spanking before it looses its excitement. The performance by Becca Battoe increases my overall rating for this book because her voice works so well for the main character (Ana) and I guess this book with all its emails and txts is trying to be a modern book for a modern era, but seriously - bring back sex, drugs and rock & roll if this is really the best we can do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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