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Fifty Shades of Grey Audiobook

Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy Audiobook

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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

What Members Say

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    Bonnie Barrett MEMPHIS, TN, United States 06-18-12
    Bonnie Barrett MEMPHIS, TN, United States 06-18-12 Listener Since 2009

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    "Disappointed with narrator and dialogue"
    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    A better narrator and not so much analyzing in her mind - very juvenile. I could not get past the voice of Becca Battoe - hated it. Story was sooooooo slow and not that surprising.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    not the rest of these books


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    voice with lame written dialogue and thoughts


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

    no problem with scenes - a quicker transition to provocative stuff - more passion in descriptions


    Any additional comments?

    overall I think I wasted my money on this - sorry but much ado about not much.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shamika PENLLYN, PA, United States 06-18-12
    Shamika PENLLYN, PA, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Overly suprised!!"
    What did you love best about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I started the book because all of my friends were reading it. I found that I couldn't put it down. This was worth the experience.


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    Racycarr LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 06-17-12
    Racycarr LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 06-17-12 Member Since 2015
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    "an amazing book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes would recommend it to a friend. I think everyone could use a little of Mr Grey in their life..


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fifty Shades of Grey?

    The contract..


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

    I felt angry toward what happen to Mr Grey at 15 and Cried during the last chapter of the book. Sorry won't give to much away. Want to know more listen to the book..


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Darlene 06-17-12
    Darlene 06-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The story teller is so annoying."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades of Grey to be better than the print version?

    No


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fifty Shades of Grey?

    LOL Really? Do you have to ask?


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I should have read it, this is the only time I am writing a review. The woman who read the book was almost condesending. She changed her voice to match the person talking but it seemed stupid. It totally ruined the book for me.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe redo this with someone else reading it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    cherish lakewood, ca, United States 06-16-12
    cherish lakewood, ca, United States 06-16-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A breathe taking grown up Cinderella Story"
    What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades of Grey the most enjoyable?

    I very much enjoyed the innner struggle that Ana experiences throughout the story and how she takes you on this emotional journey with her.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The devotion to detail without being vulgar. The descriptions and experiences of Ana and Christian are very well played out. Tastefully written.


    Which character – as performed by Becca Battoe – was your favorite?

    I loved Anastacia Steel. It was a hard choice for the narrator really did a great job in brining life to each of the characters.


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

    Anticipation and arrousal would have to be the extreme feelings in this series.


    Any additional comments?

    I will return and listen to this series over and over. I have recommended it to all my co-readers and will put the shades of gray series on my top ten list..... a must read for grown women readers...

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nana USA 06-16-12
    Nana USA 06-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Meant for adults."

    I know this book is meant for adults. However, I shudder to think of some young adult women thinking this may be fun or interesting to try with WRONG CHOICE OF MAN!!
    I agree with other listeners about the narrator. She is NOT suited for this book. Editor should have changed some multiple uses of the same words over and over again. I may be sick if I hear "oh my", "hot" or " my sex" EVER again!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Madeleine PULLMAN, WA, United States 06-15-12
    Madeleine PULLMAN, WA, United States 06-15-12
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    "Garbage. I don 't want to hear the end."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I actually enjoyed listening to this book.


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

    E.L. James almost won me over to the dark side with her portrayal of Christian Grey. It started with his insistence on honesty and trust. From such an unconventional guy, these were pretty normal things for a relationship, right? And honestly, I was kind of intrigued by his whole outlook on the s&m lifestyle. The fact that he kept insisting it wasn't about pain - and he fact that he was so willing to work with Ana to quell her fears, really won me over. He was sort of sweet.... In his dark, twisted way. E.L. James almost had me in the palm of her romantic hero's hand.

    Then.... The end. The end of the story came. I literally could not listen to another word after I heard our "hero" Christian telling Ana he was "sorry [he] hurt [her]" and hearing Ana shrug and say "[she] asked for it." this floored me. I want to know how. HOW could a female author write such dribble in he 21st century and get away with it? HOW could this sentence have been published, unedited? HOW could it have been nonchalantly narrated in an ungripped, unchanging tone?

    15 minutes from the conclusion of this story, I unplugged the iPod and immediately stopped listening. I don't want to know how it ends. I have never been more upset at a national best seller and the dangers of others, like myself, experiencing what passes for literature with little to no warning about the horrors within.


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

    I do not blame Becca Battoe for this crap. She did her best and she did well with the awful script she was given.


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

    It's a shame the author couldn't write as strong of a female character as her male lead. It's a shame she had to demolish every ounce of personal strength Ana Steele had gained by that final chapter. I think she meant to teach some message about true love and how they were each giving something to each other? All E.L. James ultimately accomplished was to disturb me so much I will never, ever, be able to pick up another one of her books, and not even so much as think of listening to one. Let alone hear the end.


    Any additional comments?

    What a complete waste of my time.

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    Deborah Castaic, CA, United States 06-15-12
    Deborah Castaic, CA, United States 06-15-12 Member Since 2009
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    "I'm a fan..."
    What did you love best about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    The story and charaters captured me. The only thing that irritated me was the e-mails. OMG, I didn't need all the sastics for every e-mail.


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    Tanya 06-14-12
    Tanya 06-14-12
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    "Poor narrating"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    The narrating was horrible.


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

    She could've taken out 75% of the same ol same ol sex scenes and still had a decent story. The narration made the book a difficult one and an unenjoyable one to listen to.


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

    Anyone else but Ms. Battoe.


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

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could get my credit back. Simply a wasted credit.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Emily San Francisco, California, United States 06-13-12
    Emily San Francisco, California, United States 06-13-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Repetitive Dialog, Nearly unbearable at times"
    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    It was an interesting story idea, but the execution seemed amateur and lacked an interesting dialog.


    Would you ever listen to anything by E L James again?

    Not likely.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are a lot of sex scenes which was interesting, but the lack of variety in the dialog made even those hard to bear.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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