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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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    Masha Cornubia, Australia 06-29-12
    Masha Cornubia, Australia 06-29-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Frustratingly bad read"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It is incredibly difficult not to roll your eyes and exclaim "as if" when you listen to this book. The story line itself as an idea could be worked with. However characters are simply ridiculous. In a year 2011 it is simply impossible to be Ana. The language used in the book is also odd. So many repeats and the attempts at creating the funny lovable character - huge fail. All the internal personalities and their names.... Seriously who calls their internal ego “inner goddess"? I am amazed at a line up of very excited people who loved this book. I have pushed myself to finish it.


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

    This book definitely needs more research done on the topic. Its needs deeper characters and more realistic set up. After all this is not a science fiction!


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

    As a narator there was nothing wrong with Becca. Although her reading of male characters did make me laugh at times.


    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Leigh Johannesburg, South Africa 06-02-12
    Leigh Johannesburg, South Africa 06-02-12 Member Since 2011

    Listening to books is very liberating for me. I am free to work with my hands while "reading" a book. Total relaxation.

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    "Mills and Boon with sex."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Just a string of cliches, shallow characters, no plot worth mentioning. One reads on to catch the raunchy although implausible sex scenes.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Envy by Sandra Brown


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

    No, nice voice but her reading gives the wrong emphasis on words. She acts out too much and her portrayal of male voices is embarrassing.


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

    Not for TV. Sex is the only interesting part and that couldn't be done on TV.


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointing as the name held so much promise.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Anne-Marie Corlette, Australia 10-01-12
    Anne-Marie Corlette, Australia 10-01-12
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    "50 Shades of Crap"
    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    A plot! Less repetition. Anastasia may have been surprised by some events but the reader was not. If the sexual episodes were cut then the book would be about 2 hours listening. It was like coming up for air when the book eventually ended.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Certainly not the sequel to 50 shades of grey!


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

    Becca did a splendid job with the material given. Can't shoot the messenger and she was really very good at bringing the book to life.


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    The inner goddess and the subconcious were soooo annoying. Between the IG high fiveing and the subconscious wagging finger and tapping her foot we are left with the vulnerable but worldly Anna, ready to try anything rather than remain a virgin, and "oh my" ,having multiple orgasms at every turn of the page.


    Any additional comments?

    E L James has stated that this trilogy is the result of her middle-aged fantasy. She's certainly tapped a vein and deserves all the accolades she receives; thanks to her readers.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Australia 10-01-12
    Wendy Australia 10-01-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Boring"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The content of this story was just so pathetic, I didn't even bother to listen to more than half an hour of it.


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

    It was so predictable and silly. I did not find this book arousing. I bought this booking thinking it might be sexy, but was very dissapointed.


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

    No, I think someone else could write a much sexier book than this.


    Any additional comments?

    I think it's time that a good author took up writing sexy books. There is obviously quite a lot of money to be made and people interested in reading this type of book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amy 09-30-12
    Amy 09-30-12
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    "What's all the hype about?"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It depends on what you expect. I was reading this to find out what the fuss is all about & frankly I'm at a loss....the story is just ok but the writing is bad. Predictable plot, shallow characters & almost unbearable narrating make this an effort to finish. If you can turn your brain off you might enjoy it.


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

    What genre is this in? I was expecting alot more with the references to "mummy porn". I can name books in completely different fields with hotter scenes. As for the so called romance...hmmmm, it almost fools you into thinking there is some.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Becca Battoe?

    Doubtful. This narrator makes all the female characters sound like they belong on the 90s film 'Clueless', she mispronounces words as well as emphasising the wrong ones.


    Do you think Fifty Shades of Grey needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes as it ends without being resolved & it's not that type of book....there are 2 more of course


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sure I'm not the only one to see the similarities to Twilight. It's so obvious at times that I found myself rolling my eyes in disbelief - one scene was practically word for word to a Twilight one! Overall it's good enough to finish & I enjoyed it for what it was but not in my list of favourites. I'm really not sure why this has been so hyped up.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Persis Florida, US. 08-29-12
    Persis Florida, US. 08-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Shoot Me!!"
    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    Never ever again..


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

    Where do I even begin. I listened to about 2 hrs of the book and couldn't take it any more.
    I know this book got lots of bad reviews but so did Diana Gaboldon's Highlander series.
    I gave that a try and was hooked. Thought that this would be the same too.
    God was I wrong.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The Narrator did her best, but you can't really do much for a crappy book.


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

    nothing at all.


    Any additional comments?

    Someone shoot me for even trying to listen to this book

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Sylvia 03-02-13
    Sylvia 03-02-13
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    "Bad beyond belief"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    What is all the hype about


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

    Possibly


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

    Probably not


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    What characters they were all pathetic and not believable


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 05-17-12
    Lia Sutton, Australia 05-17-12 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "I couldn't stop listening"

    I did not think this was a style of book that I would like. However, when I started listening I couldn't stop. The book is charming, funny with lots of very erotic sex. The characters are very believable and the narrator did a fantastic job.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Perth, Australia 06-15-12
    Sarah Perth, Australia 06-15-12 Member Since 2010
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    "OMG it is like, SO bad!!!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you are a 20 year old girl who like, speaks, like, omg, you know in that teenage american way you may like it. As a nearly 40 year old it was embarrassing! If this girl blushes one more time or trips over falling on her face one more time I shall scream. It is a Mills and Boons for teenagers. Maybe it was just the narrators voice. Maybe reading the book would be better. I don't think so. The target audience is definately late teenagers early 20s.


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

    If I had known it was a Mills and Boons genre I wouldn't have read it.


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

    Shocking. That is as a 40 year old. If I was 18 I would probably have loved it.


    Any additional comments?

    For anyone over the age of 22 don't waste your money.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Martin Merseylea, Australia 02-12-13
    Martin Merseylea, Australia 02-12-13
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    "Fifty shades of grey"
    What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades of Grey the most enjoyable?

    Becca's narration was superb.


    What other book might you compare Fifty Shades of Grey to and why?

    N/A


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

    Becca brings the story to life. She does all the characters voices so well. Great job


    If you could take any character from Fifty Shades of Grey out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Anna. She sounds like a really nice, easy going person. As long as Christian was in another country!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "My first audio book!!!"

    brilliant and gripping story line. so many unanswered questions. can't wait to start 2nd book. beautifully narrated

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel
    3/3/15
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    "Lovely story"

    I have listened to this story twice now and would happily listen to it again. I found it quite emotional to listen to from being highly amusing to the sadness at the end, I can't wait to start on the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cassandra
    3/3/15
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    "Got me all hot an steamy."

    Better than the film by far. I enjoyed a few chapters at night, and was fun to listen to while at work. Nice if it had male and female narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • anna jones
    3/1/15
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    "fabulous!"

    Becca Battoe had amazing voice great story teller. could not stop listening. a great book. it let my imagine the character s

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karen Gurney
    3/1/15
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    "Oh My. What a waste of a credit."
    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    Simply not writing the book. Or if she had to..... better writing, better characters, better narrator.... need I go on?


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

    Like everyone I downloaded this book wanting a bit of a sexy read......that is not what I got - an annoying woman drawling 'oh my' every 5 minutes... it left me wondering is that where George Takai got the phrase from?


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

    Literally anyone.


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Anna, Christian, Mrs Robinson, Kate, Elliot...... all of them.


    Any additional comments?

    What a dissapointment. I used a valuable credit thinking I would have a bit of a snigger, nudge nudge wink wink listen to a sexy book whilst walking to work. What I got was an annoying woman drawling 'oh my' every 5 minutes in a way that really grated after about the erm 40th time..... its terribly written, and the female lead is a shockingly terrible role model, and the thought of young Anna wannabes drewling over Christian saddens me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nice person
    3/1/15
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    "Brilliant and funny"

    was a bit doubtful about this book but really enjoyed it. Going to read the others

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. Dunbar
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    2/26/15
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    "Not What t Expected"

    After all the hype I was pleasantly surprised by this book and thoroughly enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • nadeen
    2/25/15
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    "Amazing"

    I love it , just listened for the second time and it gripped me just like the. first. The narrator is fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brittany Foster
    2/24/15
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    "amazing"

    i couldnt take my ear phomes out of my ears... says it all. one of the best books I have ever read/listened to!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joanne
    2/23/15
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    "Narrator Spoils the book!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The terrible narrator


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the narrator spoilt the Christian character


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

    her attempts to mimic the voices of other characters - should have been a male voice too !


    Was Fifty Shades of Grey worth the listening time?

    I listened to it to re-cap before watching the film but if this narrators performance was my first experience with the book I wouldn't have read on


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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