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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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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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    sahar Seattle, Washington, United States 06-28-12
    sahar Seattle, Washington, United States 06-28-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Rolling my eyes half the time!"

    Yes, rolling my eyes at 10% of the listen repeating Grey and Ana's email signatures, inner goddess doing some pose, and one exquisite feeling after another. This book tired me and the female character was not as intelligent as her GPA would suggest. Her naïveté at not guessing a lot of upcoming events and Grey's implications was annoying. " what? Another first?? He hasn't been in iHop with a woman before? Oh my!!!" very annoying. all the repetition gave me headaches.

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    E. Pringle Washington, DC 06-27-12
    E. Pringle Washington, DC 06-27-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Don't get tied up with this!"

    Body parts heave and breath hitches - in pretty much every sex scene. It is as though the author had a build-a-sex-scene app and used the same phrase over and over and over again. Perhaps it is meant to be a send up of the whole romance genre. The reading and style of the narration don't seem to suggest this. I don't believe I'll continue with the series.

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    Ado 06-27-12
    Ado 06-27-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Horrible performance!"

    Unfortunately, I did not read the book, but I can imagine that it could be entertaining. However, the horrible performance completely ruined this book for me. The characters sound grotesque and ridiculous where they did not have to and should not. Bad choice of narrator.

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    Janet Lascassas, TN, United States 06-27-12
    Janet Lascassas, TN, United States 06-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Terrible Narrator"
    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    Having an involved editor. This book is in draft form and should have been proof read and edited severely before going into print. Shame on this book publisher for not giving Ms. James an experienced editor who would have told her you don't duplicate descriptions and responses hundreds of times over in a book. Another lesson that should be learned by the recorded books community is you don't have to repeat every, single email header and signature block. That was utter misery and boredom at its best.


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

    Probably not.


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

    Absolutely not. This is the worst and the main reason I can't tolerate the book. My 12 year old doesn't sound as immature and whiney as this narrator. Not to mention she is not convincing as other voices. Arrggg....what were they thinking? Doesn't anyone listen to these recordings before they hit the street? This narrator should NOT be in this business. It sounded as though she were reading and not living the story. I can't say "terrible" enough.


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

    Maybe if I read the book instead of listening to it. Possibly then it wouldn't be as bad.


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    jillery!!! 06-27-12
    jillery!!! 06-27-12

    I'm a little fish in a medium pond.

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    "The reader..... UGH"

    The story line seems pretty good but a bit trite. I am hoping maybe in the next book there will be a different reader. This one has no fluidness and makes the story quite dull.

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    Sarah Conway, MA, United States 06-26-12
    Sarah Conway, MA, United States 06-26-12
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    actually what is this book let's be serious


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    the bible for some purification


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

    i would cut up the manuscript


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    kzhaq Lake Hiawatha, NJ, United States 06-25-12
    kzhaq Lake Hiawatha, NJ, United States 06-25-12

    KZ

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    "Worst book of the century"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    The horrible writing. The fact that the writer seems clueless. Or that she opted to write about people and a state she has never even been to! The constant annoying repetition of words such as "Oh my!" and "my inner goddess". How did this book ever become a best seller is beyond me!


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

    I've read some racy books but this was by far terribly written.


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

    Nothing, it's not her fault that she read a dim witted book.


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

    That's a joke!


    Any additional comments?

    I want my 10 hrs back!

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    Ginny Sun Valley, NV, United States 06-25-12
    Ginny Sun Valley, NV, United States 06-25-12
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    "Disappointing"
    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    This book would definitely benefit from more accomplished writing skills. Was it really necessary to use emails and contract verbiage as fillers?


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

    It is just another book depicting educated young women as not so bright. It wasn't even very good erotica.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Maybe a different narrator. The Valley Girl voice was irritating.


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

    Disappointment, boredom from too many emails and contracts.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an extremely disappointing book. I'm not sure that it qualifies as an "adult" book. the writing style is reminiscent of that of young adult books. It's not even very good erotica. I think this book would have truly deserved being on the New York Best Sellers' List if it was better written and if the author had taken more time to develop the storyline. The main character was supposedly educated in English lit and was going to intern for a publishing company. Her use of the English language was deplorable under those circumstances. She uses words that aren't in any dictionary I could find. I will not be reading or listening to the rest of the trilogy.

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    Michel W. Scott 06-24-12 Member Since 2012

    Michel Scott

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    "Loved loved loved!!!!!"
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

    O. M. G.


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

    Bared to You


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of them!


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

    This was my first erotic novel, so I was shocked at first! But I loved the story and couldn't stop listening! When I was finished with the 3rd book, I just wanted the story to keep going. I really hope E. L. James writes more and centers them around Christian from his point of view!


    Any additional comments?

    Great story....loved it!!!!!

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    Hev Nampa ID 06-24-12
    Hev Nampa ID 06-24-12 Member Since 2015
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    "reader made the story boring"
    What did you like best about Fifty Shades of Grey? What did you like least?

    I liked that I was able to get into it without it being a supernatural book, being as those are my favorites. However, I chose to physically read the book rather than listen to the narrator's mundane way of speaking to a five year old. This isn't a children's story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Shesee want able to captivate me by making it real. Other narrators, like therese Plummer, seem to be able to read the story as if they were telling it from personal experience, but this narrator was so terrible, she was almost laughable! And Btw, the way she can read the words of Christian Grey was so far from sexy, I think I just might turn gay.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    A better narrator


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