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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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    Lani Casselberry, FL, United States 06-11-12
    Lani Casselberry, FL, United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Terrible narrator!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The narrator is so whiny and annoying! I could only get through 3 chapters before I went out and bought the book. I would NOT recommend this series as an audiobook - I couldn't imagine HOURS of her voice. I actually made a few friends listen to see what their thoughts were and they agreed they her voice was absolutely dreadful!


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

    ANYONE ELSE!


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Dallas, Texas, United States 06-11-12
    Cindy Dallas, Texas, United States 06-11-12
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    "Should of had a Male voice for Grey!!!!"

    Couldn't stand the narratoe's voice and couldn't get into the story at all! It would have been best if Christian's voice was a male.
    Would have been satisfied if I had read it myself but had a credit on my acct for the second book.. It's best to read yourself!!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kristy United States 06-11-12
    Kristy United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Worst Narration"
    Would you listen to Fifty Shades of Grey again? Why?

    Listening to Becca Battoe is like nails on a chalk board. Her voice is so whiny and valley girl like. Awful. And holy hell, i have never listened to a narrated book with SO many mispronunciations!

    E.L. James, PLEASE do not rebook Becca Battoe for any future readings!


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

    NO


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MissMichelle GRAND HAVEN, MI, United States 06-11-12
    MissMichelle GRAND HAVEN, MI, United States 06-11-12
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    "Steamy"

    I must admit, I like a little smut every now and then, so this book was sure to be on my list to check out. It did not disappoint. I was a little apprehensive at first, having seen some of the reviews about the narrator, but I thought she did fine. It wasn't the best book I've ever listened to, but I wasn't expecting it to be some great literary novel. I like to listen/read romance novels because I can lose myself in the story and discover different roles to fantasize about - this book was perfect for that. If you like some spice in your stories, then this is a great choice. Will I finish the series? Heck yes, already into book 2, with book 3 waiting in the wind!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    lori Duluth Mn 06-11-12
    lori Duluth Mn 06-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "EASY READ"
    Where does Fifty Shades of Grey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    NUMBER 1


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Christen. He a complex man with everything a woman would want.........


    What does Becca Battoe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The low tones in voices and makes it more visual........


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

    When Christen realized he wanted a girl friend and then wasnt afraid to show her off.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robin LaCenter, WA, United States 06-10-12
    Robin LaCenter, WA, United States 06-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The narrator is absolutely fine...."
    Would you listen to Fifty Shades of Grey again? Why?

    Most likely not, but I don't usually reread books either.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I like that it is set in the Pacific NW.


    What does Becca Battoe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I was surprised after reading all the horrible reviews on her narration because I think she was pretty good and I am a narrator snob. I am reading the third book on my Kindle and it is not as enjoyable as listening to Becca Battoe reading it.


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

    The end, made me want to listen to next book right away just to see what happens.


    Any additional comments?

    Becca Battoes narration is not bad, listen to the sample and you can hear for yourself.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Erinne Orlando, FL, United States 06-10-12
    Erinne Orlando, FL, United States 06-10-12
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    "Interesting book, awful talent"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you are an adult woman who liked the Twilight series or romance novels, there is a good chance you will like this book. If you do not fall into that category, read at your own risk. It takes a few chapters for the book the develop, so give it a chance.


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

    I typically only listen to audio books since they allow me to double task. Unfortunately, this audio version was horrible. So bad, in fact, that I gave up, bought the kindle version, and read my first book in years. The voice was so whiny and catty, not at all as I imagined the main character to be like, and her male voice impersonation didn't help his character development at all. Plus, it made the poor writing more noticible.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    LambChop Spokane, WA, United States 06-09-12
    LambChop Spokane, WA, United States 06-09-12
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    "Best of the Best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have listened to over 700 audio books in the last 20 years. This is by far the best series I have heard. Now if you don't like erotic romance this is not for you. No other series has actually had me go seeking out my husband for private time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I never got old.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he finds out she is a virgin


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

    I did!


    Any additional comments?

    More!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    S 06-08-12
    S 06-08-12
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    "50 shades a great read but a horrible listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades of Grey the most enjoyable?

    it wasn't


    What did you like best about this story?

    A good book. A great read. A great story overcoming the trama of our lives against our future growth.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    the cocky childish inflection of the narrator really dimished my enjoyment of this audible. I have read all 3 books. I enjoy rereading and thought I would try audible. The narrator ruined it for me. Also the stupid inflection immitating Christian's voice made it utter rediculous. It reminded me of listening to stories in Kindergarten with the inflection.... that is if you can imagine your kindergarten teacher reading erotica. Just didn't compute.


    Any additional comments?

    worst narration ever for this type of book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Breed United States 06-08-12
    Breed United States 06-08-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Her voice!!!"
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

    intriguing, spellbinding, referable


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

    e-mails


    How could the performance have been better?

    Use of different voices. The male performance should have been male.


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

    I could feel her confusion and lust


    Any additional comments?

    That was the first of the trilogy. Does the other two also use this same voice? I don't think I can take it!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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