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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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    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 Boral, Australia 02-25-13
    Meaky Boral, Australia 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 2009
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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 2012
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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 2011
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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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  • 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
  • Joseph
    Rochdale, UK
    4/15/14
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    "What's all the fuss about?"

    This is a massive case of "King's New Clothes". All the hype surrounding this book makes people believe that it is going to be a real sexy read. NO it isn't.

    I found it quite childish. Yes the heroine is put through some strange initiations by Mr Grey but they are far from sexy. Violence in sex to the extent described is perverted and not titillating.

    There are far sexier books in the Audible collections (Anne Marie Villefranche, Tessa Stimson, Sophie Kinsella to name but three).

    Sorry but I cannot say I enjoyed the book and will not be buying the next two in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jakub
    CROYDON, United Kingdom
    4/15/14
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    "Flat, repetitive, cheesy, annoying"
    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    Some better story writing skills


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

    Leave out the exchange of emails between Ch and A.


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

    I liked her voice


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

    Annoyance and disappointment. It was difficult to keep listening after the first half. Too cheesy


    Any additional comments?

    20 hours of sexual fantasy, that gets predictable, and annoying after short while. Christian is a cross between Batman, James Bond, and McGyver.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • nichola
    pontefract, United Kingdom
    3/11/14
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    "would of been amazing if not for the narrator"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    no i have always loved the books and thought it would be nice to listen to them instead.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    christian grey for sure lol u just feel him pull u in to the story


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

    i didnt like her trying to play the part of the male characters that was the biggest disappointment for me while listening to the story. there should of been both a male and female narrator to tell the story then i would of given it 100/100


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    it will be on the 14th feb 2015 and i cant wait to go see it


    Any additional comments?

    u should be able to change the narrator reading the books if your not happy with them that way everyones happy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Teresa
    hampshire, United Kingdom
    3/7/14
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    "it is all about the sex?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades of Grey to be better than the print version?

    I have only listened to the audio version so can't compare to written text, but my experience of audio is that its always better than the written text as I like the interpretation the narrator puts into the story


    What did you like best about this story?

    Becca Battoes charactorisation of both Anastasia and Christian


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    the none sex scenes, the general storyline was ok


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

    if I had time yes but as don't made do with listening to it in bits as I always do


    Any additional comments?

    although this book has been published as porn, there were other elements to this book that were good, although the story line wasn't overly strong, it does lead to 2 much better books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • rmm
    London UK
    1/27/14
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    "Lazily written"
    What was most disappointing about E. L. James’s story?

    The story was lazily written with the odd big work in each paragraph to sound intellectual.


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

    I haven't listened to Becca Battoe's other performances so I can't compare however I think the performance was quite good.


    Any additional comments?

    Avoid this book in any form. It is lazily written pron.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • boudmaria
    UK
    1/21/14
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    "Bland"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I found myself getting very bored listening to this book because the story seemed to be very boring and due to my personal thoughts about it- the main character seems to be very stupid and naive and that got me irritated when I was listening to the book.
    But this is my personal taste. I got this because my friends kept telling me about how great it is, I was disappointed.


    What will your next listen be?

    the jeremiah hunt chronicle . The books seem to be amazing!


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

    Yes the tone of voice and intonations were very good, and I agree to female reading this book was a good choice


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    the main femal character needs to be changed in my opinion to someone who is not as naive


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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