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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 2012
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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.


    10 of 11 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
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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 Australia 09-30-12
    Amy Australia 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 2009
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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

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Sylvia Ormond, Australia 03-02-13
    Sylvia Ormond, Australia 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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    Dempsey Paraparaumu, New Zealand 06-07-12
    Dempsey Paraparaumu, New Zealand 06-07-12

    47 year old woman

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    "mills and boons with sex"
    Any additional comments?

    All over the workd women are not doing house work, not picking up the kids form school beacuse they're hiding reading this book with their legs crossed. I'm no prude but I didn't like the S and M content and couldn'tget past the violence to women fantasy or not. If your fantasy is this sort of thing go for it you will love it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Ada
    Perth, Australia
    6/29/12
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    "Over hyped and dreadfully narrated"

    I actually thought that this could be a "sexy" read..wrong! The narrator is "lolly pink schoolgirl" and totally annoying. Oh shucks did I say that (american drawl). The plot is so full of holes in the end I just wanted one to swallow me up. Sure, I persevered. I wanted to ge to the sex part like everyone else...including the characters. What an anticlimax!! Honestly, the media hype surrounding this book deserves a gold star for sensationalist crap.

    71 of 72 people found this review helpful
  • Sonia
    Walthamstow, United Kingdom
    6/28/12
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    "Awful book made even worse by the narrator's voice"

    "Oh my!", thinking about writing this review, my eyes widened and I bit my lip, with my trousers hanging of my hips in 'that' why. It's so HOT!

    *rolls eyes*

    Except nothing about this book is hot at all. there are sex scenes, but I wouldn't call them erotic in the slightest.

    If you haven't bought this yet, DON'T!! if you HAVE to read it, borrow it off of someone as it is a huge waste of money.

    And definitely do not be tempted to buy this as an audiobook. The narrator's voice is TERRIBLE. If you have already bought it, try putting it on x1.5 speed to make it in any way bearable.

    59 of 61 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Byfield, United Kingdom
    8/8/12
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    "Tripe"

    well i got drawn into the hype like so many others. it turned out to be one of the worst books i have bought. The characters lack credability, the storyline is weak and in places farcical. The dialogue reptative and listless. The sex scenes are written like a victorian dirty book and are also completley lacking in credability. This stupid woman does not appear to own any clothes, after four years ar university expresses amazement that she has her own email address and her strongest expression is 'oh my'. The man is not believable and creates neither pity or loathing, merely irritation. i won't put any more money into EL James's pocket nor more imprtantly waste hours of my life that i won't get back listening it.
    And as for the narration, flat whiney voice, i only survived it by listening to the last half on double speed.
    Its RUBBISH!

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • nicky
    Bath, United Kingdom
    8/8/12
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    "Panties!"

    Oh My! what a victory for media hype! This book is a load of badly written 'panties'. No plot, shallow characters, primary level adjectives, ...even the supposed saucy bits are more cheap mayonnaise than tabasco. Don't waste your money.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Guido
    London, United Kingdom
    7/26/12
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    "Apalling"

    Admittedly, as a gay man I am not the target audience, but I couldn't help but be intrigued to find out what all the hype was about, hoping for at least some entertaining reading.

    But this book exceeded my worst fears, the writing is so terrible that I gave up after 4 hours (which felt like years) and before the first sex scene. I have no idea what anybody would find interesting about these two shallow and deeply unlikable characters. Here is hoping that the last book ends with the mutual suicide, but I won't find out.

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • sharon
    castleford, United Kingdom
    5/6/12
    Overall
    "no no no"

    This book sounds great but the narrators voice is terrible,really irratating, which you wouldnt pick up on from the sample but as she has to repeat the same awful 'Oh My's' and 'Holy Sxxt's on average every couple of minutes it really goes through you.
    Very dissapointed with the end which completely left me feeling a bit ripped off for the credit i'd wasted. I suppose its so that you will feel compelled to buy the next book but honestly it wasnt good enough to waste more credits.
    worst book ive listened to.

    62 of 67 people found this review helpful
  • Deiana
    Bolton, United Kingdom
    5/20/12
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    "ABSOLUTELY DIABOLICAL READ"

    This must be the worst book I have ever read in my life. It has absolutely no storyline, no plot and just contains an oratory on sadomasochism. It was and is a complete waste of money/credit! I am totally disgusted and do not even wish to rate this book but it seems I must complete the 'rate this title' section to submit my review and, therefore, I will give 1 star, although I would not recommend anyone to purchase this book, even those who are into S&M as the content is diabolical and repetitive.

    39 of 42 people found this review helpful
  • Jenny
    5/2/12
    Overall
    "Should have the tittle, Filthy Shades Of Grey!"

    I am no prude, but the book was a porno in audio! Such graphic detail constantly all the way through was way over the top. Makes me wonder about the author. The voice was awful and droned on and on and the ending was rubbish. Sorry have been a member for many years, and don't often comment. Don't waste a credit!!!

    48 of 52 people found this review helpful
  • jenninemacey
    Worthing, United Kingdom
    6/2/12
    Overall
    "Fifty shades of Grey"

    Blooming awful! The narrators voice just drones on & on! Don't waste your money or time on this trash!

    44 of 48 people found this review helpful
  • Barbra
    Lancaster, United Kingdom
    6/7/12
    Overall
    "Disappointing after the hype"

    A friend read this in paperback and raved about it, saying she loved the characters and plot. Unable to find a copy locally, I downloaded it expecting great things. Oh dear, after 5 chapters of listening to the clueless recounting of an immature, clumsy, boring undergraduate, delivered in a nasal American drawl, I gave up! The female protagonist is supposedly reading English Lit, but she has learned nothing about the world. To say she's naive is too flattering - she is dense, falls over her own feet but, of course, is stunningly beautiful, yet unaware of her charms. That the mysterious Mr Grey is going to initiate her into the world of S & M is apparent within the first few chapters but by Chapter 5 I couldn't care less.
    I can only suppose that this is the type of book that's best read not listened to.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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