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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 goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.
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Publisher's Summary

Please note: This audiobook contains graphic adult content.

Random House Audio’s recording of Fifty Shades of Grey has been remastered in a new edition. If you've already purchased the audiobook, you can re-download the file from My Library to get the new audio.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of his success—multinational businesses, vast wealth, a loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

©2011 E L James (P)2012 Random House

What the Critics Say

  • Finalist, GoodReads Choice Awards, Best Romance

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    Andrea 05-28-12
    Andrea 05-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Save your credit for something else"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better writing, where were the editors in this book? Or better yet, the author could really benefit from some writing workshops. However, since this series is so popular, the author is probably laughing all the way to the bank. Why improve your craft if horrible writing makes a lot of money?


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

    Terrible writing. I would expect better writing out of a class of advanced high school English / literature students. I don't understand how this is popular. As badly written as Twilight was, at least there was a payoff if you took the book as a romance book. I don't understand the attraction to Christian at all. And the book could be much more tightly written.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The poor narrator did not have much to work with here. The narrator was fine.


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

    Tighten the book up. It takes too long to get going.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Mesa, AZ, United States 05-27-12
    Denise Mesa, AZ, United States 05-27-12 Member Since 2014
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    ""One word- Amazing!""
    What other book might you compare Fifty Shades of Grey to and why?

    Twilight series.In their own way they both illustrate that true love can conquer all, including the baggage we all bring to a relationship.


    Any additional comments?

    Absolutely love these books. Audiobooks always produce a deeper and fuller connection with the characters and story. When I was done with this series I missed Ana and Christian, so much so, I started listening to them again. I have 100+ audiobooks and these are the only ones I have listened to twice!"Oh my" is engraved in my mind, including the sensual intonation. Becca Battoe provides a very believable naive and innocent Ana.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa Gobles, MI, United States 05-26-12
    Theresa Gobles, MI, United States 05-26-12
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    "Fun story, addictive, narration lacking"
    What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades of Grey the most enjoyable?

    The narrator does a great job as Ana. Sounds like a college age girl.


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

    I've never listened to a story line like this. I've listened to most all of Jodi Picoult & Nicholas Sparks this book is not narrated as well as those. It's too many characters for one person, should have had a narrator for Christian at least. On a positive note, it doesn't take long to get past her "Christian Grey" and just enjoy the story. It's like listening to a friend impersonate their husband.


    What three words best describe Becca Battoe’s voice?

    Perfect for Ana


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Purchase & listen!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    maeday 05-26-12
    maeday 05-26-12
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    "A lot of hype for no reason"
    Would you try another book from E L James and/or Becca Battoe?

    no


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

    She made the female characters very whiny.


    Any additional comments?

    The hype for this book was disproportionate to its quality. It dropped a lot of names i felt were just put in to attract a certain crowd. (converse,xbox, bands)
    main character is awful.
    needed more character development.
    its a romance novel.
    whatever floats your boat i guess

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    jennifer United States 05-26-12
    jennifer United States 05-26-12
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    "Wanted more!"

    Couldn't stop listening. Listened at home, car, work. Great story line, great narration, great characters.

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    Kindle Customer Kansas 05-25-12
    Kindle Customer Kansas 05-25-12
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    "Great story and characters"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    There was a lot of negative about the narrator but I thought she was fine, I really wish they had a male and a female narrator. I love the characters in this book and the story is fun.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love his obsession with her.


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

    I think she does a fine job, she sounds like someone in her early twenties.


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

    I have laughed several times.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Elkridge, MD, United States 05-24-12
    Amazon Customer Elkridge, MD, United States 05-24-12
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    "Narration ruined the Story!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Needed a different more believable narrator,and should have had a female and male reading.Love the Fifty Shade Series. The narrator ruined the characters for me. It was like a bad dream. Could not even stand to listen. Was a joke!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is AMAZING!! Have read it over and over! EL James is a gifted story teller and I highly recommend the series to anyone and everyone. The story of Christian and Ana is incredible!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Thought everything was terrible! Voice did not portray Ana the way I saw her. And her imitation of Christians voice was laughable!! Totally ruined it for me!


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

    I DID LOVE THE BOOK!! HATED the narration!!


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    ELIZABETH SHREVEPORT, LA, United States 05-23-12
    ELIZABETH SHREVEPORT, LA, United States 05-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Erotic Story but narration annoying......"
    Where does Fifty Shades of Grey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Please find a new narrator. The voices makes the story seem more silly than erotic. I don't have much time to read and prefer to listen to books on my daily commute. I am very much enjoying the story but will not purchase another audio version with the same narrator. I will have to purchase the actual books for the remainder of the trilogy as I do not want to ruin it with the voice of Christian sounding so...........well, annoying and silly.


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    Stephanie Antioch, CA, United States 05-23-12
    Stephanie Antioch, CA, United States 05-23-12
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    "Great Book"
    What did you love best about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I loved the book it kept me wanting to find out more what is going to happen next. I can't wait to hear the other two books.


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

    I don't think I have heard anything by her, but I wish she would have been more into the story.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Williston, ND, United States 05-23-12
    Laura Williston, ND, United States 05-23-12 Member Since 2013
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    "bad narrator!"
    What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades of Grey the most enjoyable?

    The topic is new and intriguing!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There isn't a fav character in this book for me... i really enjoyed all the characters


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

    She has terrible intonation, valley girl style.... uhhg, i listen to about 2 sometimes 3 books a week and i have to say this is the worst narrator i have ever heard. her voices aren't different enough, her accents are really bad, and the intonation of a dumb woman dripping all over it all. it was really distracting for me. but the story is really good, so i made it through. if it were a mediocre story i wouldn't have listen to the whole book because of the intonation... i feel really mean for that :/ but it really had to be said.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Bahahaha, the book has A LOT of sex in it! It was hard not to be "moved" through the whole thing.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel like maybe some people out there are overreacting to this book. I understand that the type of sex is new to romance novles. but the way it is told is so mainstream that I was left wondering when the story was going to get controversial??? it never really did for me. It was a new perspective on a topic most people don't understand. didn't make my flesh fall off.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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