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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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    Alison essex jct, VT, United States 06-03-12
    Alison essex jct, VT, United States 06-03-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Huh?"

    This novel was trash. I am not offended or scandalized by sex. It was the writing that offended me. Using the same words over and over and over and over again. Sometimes in concurrent sentences. The narration was pitiful--a whiney airheaded voice. Not that she had much material to work with.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    iTeach 06-02-12
    iTeach 06-02-12
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    "Horrible Writing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think this book might be enjoyed by anyone who can overlook the horrible writing. I read the reviews before downloading this, and thought, "The haters are just literary snobs, or prudes." Nope. It's just that bad.


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

    The bad writing. I wasn't expecting a literary masterpiece, but come on! Every other phrase is, "Oh, my!" or "Holy (insert random expletive)!" And, did she really use medulla oblongata...more than once? I swear if something jolted her from her "reverie" one more time I was going to scream. The protagonist is irritating and moronic. There's innocent and then there's idiotic. I've never read fanfiction before and thanks to this, I never will again. Please save your credit. You have been warned.


    Did Becca Battoe do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    No. Christian sounded like Ana imitating a man. Aside from that, I can't fault her. She's horrible, but I blame the source material. There's nothing she could have done differently, aside from turning down this job.


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

    Not. A. One.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lorrie Lewisville, Texas, United States 05-31-12
    Lorrie Lewisville, Texas, United States 05-31-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Very Hard to Listen and Repetitive Themes"
    What did you like best about Fifty Shades of Grey? What did you like least?

    I nearly gave up on this book. Narrator's voice makes you want to slap Ana even more than you would normally. I found myself rolling my eyes quite often. Narrator and writing totally separate things of course. How many times could someone hear/read "Holy ___," "Oh my," or "my inner goddess?" Make it stop, please!

    I find myself wanting to attempt the second book just to see how their relationship changes but that will likely be a few books from now and maybe not in audio. I need a break from the voice and holy craps.


    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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    Jodi 05-30-12
    Jodi 05-30-12

    Since having kids - the luxury of sitting down and reading a book is out of the question. Now I can put on good book for just me, or one for the kids while driving and everyone is at PEACE and no one is YELLING. Life is good.

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    "The written version is better."

    The story starts off a little slow and repeats several phrases over and over. But overall it's erotic.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    T. Jefferson Port St Lucie, Fl USA 05-30-12
    T. Jefferson Port St Lucie, Fl USA 05-30-12 Member Since 2010

    bookee

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    "holy cow, holy crap, holy s--t (all she says)"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I paid for this. Reader was awful, but since there was no story it didn't matter.


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

    Everything


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

    Never.


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    All.


    Any additional comments?

    It should be banned!!!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Griffin, GA, United States 05-30-12
    Michelle Griffin, GA, United States 05-30-12 Member Since 2010

    I love to read! With kids, that hobby is impossible...enter Audible...problem solved. Chores that I dread are now quiet time for this Mommy!!!

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    "GREAT STORY!!! Narrator...just okay."

    I devoured this series! It has been a very long time since I actually could not put down an audiobook, and I lost sleep listening to this one. Suggestion: If you are planning on listening to the first novel, make REALLY sure that you have the second one ready to download!

    I finally got used to the narrator about halfway through the first book. While I am not crazy about her male voices, I can deal because she is a female. What I can't quite get past is the abnoxious valley girl accent she gives Anastasia. Her character is shy but compasionate and Ms. Batoe makes her sound snotty and rude most of the time. I did not read the books prior to listening to them so I had no preconcieved notions of how the charaters should sound, but I agree with most that the narrator could be better. She is definitely not the worst that I have heard and did not take away my interest in continuing to listen.

    If you are not a fan of explicit scenes in a book...don't even pick this up. There is a LOT of XXX in here but I found myself focusing on what would happen in the storyline more.

    I would highly reccommend this to anyone who wants a good jaw-dropping story :)

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Memphis TN 38117 05-30-12
    Mary Memphis TN 38117 05-30-12 Member Since 2013
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    "A Disappointment"

    I purchased this book because of all of the hype and was badly disappointed. Honestly, the premise seemed to me to be a lot like the Twilight stories. Other than the 'porn parts' the story seemed directed to the 12 to 14 yr old girl set. I found the heroine to be completely and totally unrealistic. I mean seriously, a normal, healthy, attractive female of 22+ years - recent college graduate and she had absolutely zero sexual experience.
    The narration sounded more mature than the first narrator but only slightly. I would have guessed that the main character was 13 to 16 years old from the dialog and her general demeanor. I will not be purchasing the other two books in the series.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy HAWKINSVILLE, GA, United States 05-30-12
    Wendy HAWKINSVILLE, GA, United States 05-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "OMG! Very Hot!"
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

    Yes! Yes! Yes!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fifty Shades - Christian


    What about Becca Battoe???s performance did you like?

    I think she did a great job. You have to remember that Anna is only 21 and very young and inexperienced. I think Becca gave a great performance. I know alot of people did not like it and thought it was bad. I thought is was great. I have over 300 audiobooks in my library and I have run across some bad performances and this was not one.


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

    Yes!


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Carol AUBURN, WA, United States 05-30-12
    Carol AUBURN, WA, United States 05-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Not worth the hype"

    Since it was the #1 bestseller, and in all the talk at work... I thought I would see what this book was about. I'm only half way through the first book, and it's not worth the Audible credit.

    Not only is the author a horrible writer... they use the same juvenile terms and phrases over and over (get a VOCABULARY) but to make it worse, the narration is distracting and really bad. She changes her voice to be "Christian Grey", and I don't need that augmentation to the story. I listen to it at double speed on my iPod just to get through it... but I have to stop, it's just not good.

    There must be better 'erotic' literature out there, this one is a waste of time.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Alexandia, VA, United States 05-29-12
    Marie Alexandia, VA, United States 05-29-12 Member Since 2011

    I don't mind getting stuck in traffic...as long as I have an audio book playing.

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    ""Holy crap!..so childish""
    Would you try another book from E L James and/or Becca Battoe?

    Nope


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

    The POV was so immature. It reminds me of a Mills and Boon novel from the 80s...but with a little S&M involved.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader's voice was really, really, really, annoying and childish.


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

    "oh my..."


    Any additional comments?

    I will definitely not buy another book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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