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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

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  • Finalist, GoodReads Choice Awards, Best Romance

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    Kindle Lover Baltimore 06-19-12
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    "All that & 2 bags of chips"

    I had borrowed a girfriend's book when I initially started reading it then I found out about
    audio books & thought I would try it. Well needless to say I was engulfed with 50. Becca made me feel all the emotions every character was feeling. It was very convenient. However after reading some of the reviews on audio book 2 & 3, I think I will go back to the Kindle version for the last two, which I just finished # 2 today.

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    Sherri Wiley-Benson 06-19-12
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    "a bit provocative"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I really enjoyed the story line, sometimes the intimate scenes are a bit much.


    What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

    the way she reads the story almost makes the listener feel like they are part of the story


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

    I found myself laughing out loud at times, I did cry a time or too and also felt the anger of the characters.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Audrey New Orleans, LA, United States 06-19-12
    Audrey New Orleans, LA, United States 06-19-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Good read, Bad Listen"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book gives a little more than most romance novels with an edgy s/m twist. The hint of twilight fan fiction is there but not overwhelming enough to be distracting. The narrator for this audio book on the other hand was awful. Her voice is trite and her emphasis echos dumb girl from the mall I really don't want to talk to. Pretty much ruined anything sexy about it.


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

    Daniel Steel meets Twilight.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    High flighty emphasis and over enunciation leading me to literally stop on occasions because I didn't like her voice.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    kimberly Fayetteville, NC, United States 06-19-12
    kimberly Fayetteville, NC, United States 06-19-12
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    "twilight porn"
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

    achingly tantalizing


    What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

    she did a good job with the voices and dialects for the other characters


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

    when anastasia states she wants to bring him into the light


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    mary 06-18-12
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    "Sexy but No Literary Work of Art"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades of Grey to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version


    What did you like best about this story?

    Learning about the characters.


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

    Maybe, but she was not a good choice for this one...


    Any additional comments?

    This series is all the rage, but I need to take a break before listening to the next one.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda 06-17-12
    Brenda 06-17-12

    I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.

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    "Great Book"

    I bought this to see what the big deal was. It is a little too sexy for me but it has a great story line. It held my interest right from the start so I bought the other two. You are never really sure where this thing is going. I would recommend this to any adult reader.

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    Sharon L. Wisenburg 06-15-12
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    "After all the hype, quite a let-down."
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    The book sounds as if it was written by a junior-high school girl. There was very little of substance, just a lot of "ohhhh, Christian Gray, I can't believe I'm talking to Christian Gray". That got old quickly for me. I didn't make it past the first half of the first part.


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

    Not necessarily, but I won't be buying any more of this series.


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

    She had a nice voice.


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

    I was very disappointed with the book after all they hype.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Yahaira Pembroke Pines, FL, United States 06-14-12
    Yahaira Pembroke Pines, FL, United States 06-14-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Made for Danielle Steel Book Lovers"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    All my friends hiped the book and only to find out it was just soft porn from Cinemax...lol.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    11-22-63 - more my type of book.


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

    Becca Battoe is a great narrator with a wonderful tone to each character.


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

    Interest at the start but disappointment towards to the end - just not my type of book.


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    Shelley 06-12-12
    Shelley 06-12-12
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    "Have plenty of time available: It will tie you up!"

    I found myself wanting my I-touch within easy reach at all times in case I had five minutes to get a Fifty Shades fix. I have read a fair amount of erotica and this just hit all the right spots.

    I thought Becca Battoe's narration was lovely. You spend alot of time in the main characters mind and her voice brought the emotion of the passages out.

    The only thing I would warn others about is to have the second book already downloaded and ready to go. The first book will leave you hanging. If I would have had to wait for the second book to come out I would have been pissed!

    I am so glad I didnt read some of the reviews written here, it might have turned me away from a very enjoyable experience.

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    John United States 06-12-12
    John United States 06-12-12 Listener Since 2006

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    "I Love This Book"
    What did you love best about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    the prolonged intraludes and how she wanted more.


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

    I don't, I feel this book is in a class all by itself


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Anastania interviewed Christian.


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

    the love she has for Christian


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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