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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
"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)
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.
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!
As a narator there was nothing wrong with Becca. Although her reading of male characters did make me laugh at times.
Listening to books is very liberating for me. I am free to work with my hands while "reading" a book. Total relaxation.
Just a string of cliches, shallow characters, no plot worth mentioning. One reads on to catch the raunchy although implausible sex scenes.
Envy by Sandra Brown
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.
Not for TV. Sex is the only interesting part and that couldn't be done on TV.
Disappointing as the name held so much promise.
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.
Certainly not the sequel to 50 shades of grey!
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.
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.
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.
The content of this story was just so pathetic, I didn't even bother to listen to more than half an hour of it.
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.
No, I think someone else could write a much sexier book than this.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes as it ends without being resolved & it's not that type of book....there are 2 more of course
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.
Never ever again..
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.
The Narrator did her best, but you can't really do much for a crappy book.
nothing at all.
Someone shoot me for even trying to listen to this book
What is all the hype about
What characters they were all pathetic and not believable
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!
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.
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.
If I had known it was a Mills and Boons genre I wouldn't have read it.
Shocking. That is as a 40 year old. If I was 18 I would probably have loved it.
For anyone over the age of 22 don't waste your money.
Becca's narration was superb.
Becca brings the story to life. She does all the characters voices so well. Great job
Anna. She sounds like a really nice, easy going person. As long as Christian was in another country!
"Fifty Shades of Grey"
Curiousity was the reason I downloaded this book. Dissapointed, not only with content, but was told it was well written. I would not recommend it, thought I could be listening to something better. Maybe I am the odd one out as most people I have spoken to rate it highly.
"Lots of rave but not really worth it."
Truly sorry to have to say this but I didn't complete the book - albeit that I purchased the trilogy. I found this to be a boring story line, I think this was a compulsive buy as I wanted to know what the rave was about. Sorry I did.
"Soppy, sexist & tragic"
'Mills and Boon' with some S&M thrown in an attempt to make the book edgy. I only downloaded it to see what the fuss was about... Dreary nonsense - but whoa what amazing marketing!
"Hyped up too much"
Got this just because of all the hype and didn't feel I wanted to miss out on anything but I wouldn't have done really. At least I can join in any conversations about it but a very weak story just spiced up with sex. I borrowed the last two books from someone at work and like everyone else in the office I was able to speed read and skim through. All in all got it got very boring. It was a bit Mills and Boon with sex. Not for me at all. It could have been condensed into one book. Can't imagine I will read another from this author and can't really recommend it.
"Greys not a colour & it lacked COLOUR"
Well I did try to enjoy this because everyone is raving about it - but it is easily split into parts of boring, spicy, boring and - yep spicy and the saga goes on.....
Unfortunately the boring bits really are dull, mundane and very long - and that is how it opens and the first 7 chapters is enough to make you put the book down - then it gets pretty interesting and worth all the hype - but then of course the story has to move out of the bedroom and 50 shades of grey paint drying would be more interesting - I gave up after that (about half way) the correspondence of endless emails to the two main characters was more than monotonous and the the quality of the writing echos the fact that the author is someone that was practising their skills on a fan-fiction site and based the story on the "Twilight" sagas.
I would have loved to say this was worth the hype, and credit to the narrator she did her best with the material she was given.
If the padding was less or maybe of a more interesting nature and the hype worth the spice then it could have been a good book but the characters are bland - so Grey was certainly a spark of genius as Grey is not a colour and that's what it lacked COLOUR in-between the spice....
I chose this audio book just because of all the hype. It is a long audio book lasting 18 hours or so and I am still trying to work out why I could not stop listening. When I think back not a lot happens. Essentially the story centres on the relationship between a damaged billionaire with perverse relationship boundaries and an innocent 21 year old latent nymphomaniac. I still can't quite put my finger on why I found the story so enthralling. It certainly wasn't the sex scenes. I am a middle aged house wife and I considered the sex only mildly adventurous. However I was completely hooked on the relationship between Christian and Ana. I have no time to read and haven't read a book for three years now since I got hooked on audible but I am seriously considering buying the next two books in the trilogy as they are not yet available on audiobook. Haven't felt that way about a series since The Hunger Games.
"FIFTY SHADES REVIEW"
Enjoyed the book. Would read again if there was a joint female and male narrator to give depth to the narration.
"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
Suberb performance and great storyline. Thoroughly enjoyed it and looking forward to the next book....
great book and great performance. easy listen and very amusing in parts. I would recommend
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