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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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    Susan 05-21-12
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    "Get a new narrator!"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    There are some really good erotica readers out there, this narrator was so bad it detracted from the story. Random house needs to rerelease this book with a new narrator and offer those of us stuck with this version a free download of it!


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Arthur 05-21-12
    Arthur 05-21-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Better narrator than other reviews suggest"
    Would you listen to Fifty Shades of Grey again? Why?

    Yes. I find it a compelling story that engaged me emotionally. Despite its popular reputation, this is a novel focusing on a relationship and its complexities, rather than a sex story that only incidentally seeks to understand its characters' feelings and motivations. At its heart Fifty Shades is a story of redemption. This book and its sequel form a single whole, with an ending that is satisfying. Several sections remind me of my favorite scenes in Pride and Prejudice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Christian Grey was my favorite character. He's the classic hero -- honest, well-intentioned, courageous, caring -- with a fatal flaw. We come to know him as well as we do Ana, even though the tale is told in her voice.


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

    I enjoyed Ms. Battoe's rendition. As some of the other reviewers noted, she sounds young, but that's in keeping with the twenty year old character she portrays. Her narration gave me more of a sense that I know Ana that I would get from simply reading the book.


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

    It made me smile -- and I found myself going back to my favorite parts, none of which were the sex scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    The first two books form a single story, one that feels like a classic (rather than a modern) romance. The third book is more in the form of a "further adventures of. . ." addition, fun but not as deeply involving. Don't be put off by the sadomasochistic aspects of the story. They add a frisson of titillation, but they're only central to the story in that they provide a barrier that the two main characters must overcome in order to reach the satisyfing conclusion.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    B. Birmingham Tallahassee, FL, United States 05-21-12
    B. Birmingham Tallahassee, FL, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2008

    I'm a librarian. I listen to a book of some kind almost every night. I'm not devoted to any category but SciFi/Fantasy is my favorite.

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    What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades of Grey the most enjoyable?

    I listened to it while traveling to Canada and back and it was great for my long plane rides and long bus rides. The story was engaging. I barely noticed the other people around me because I was so engrossed in what was happening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story isn't some earth-shattering classic but it's fun. Christian and Anastasia have a relationship that made me want to learn what happens next. It's a beach read.


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

    So at first, I hated the narration. Hated. It. But then it grew on me, I think that as the story went along she became more mature sounding. She certainly became more mature acting, ahem.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    No, just no. No movie.


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    Trevor Nanaimo, BC, Canada 05-21-12
    Trevor Nanaimo, BC, Canada 05-21-12
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    "Fifty Shades of Grey - Book One"

    I loved this book...it took me a few chapters to get into it, but I will definately get the next one. The only negative to listening to it on audio is that the voices are all done by the same person and then there is 'erotic' dialogue and it sounds silly. But that's it. Other than that, I would recommend.

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    Sheila 05-20-12
    Sheila 05-20-12

    Very diverse person who enjoys good books.

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    "Story good. The woman who tells it...Not good."

    I really like the story, but I don't care much for the woman who is reading it. I think it could be better if they had found a different person. But I would say, go ahead and listen to at least book #1 and see if her voice does not bother you. I am funny about the sounds of people's voices, so I may be pickier than most.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sulenna O'Connor Sevierville, TN 05-20-12
    Sulenna O'Connor Sevierville, TN 05-20-12

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    "Worst narration I have ever heard."
    Would you try another book from E L James and/or Becca Battoe?

    From E L James, yes. From Becca Battle, never.


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

    I think she is the same girl who did the opening lines for "Baby Got Back".


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

    Every time I hear "Oh My" in that Valley Girl accent I have the reaction of nausea.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is great, but I can't focus on it or take it seriously due to the terrible narrating. Her Valley Girl accent is so annoying, it would be perfect for comedy but is ridiculous for this story. My husband and I are listening to it in the car and are choking through it for the sake of the story. Do not buy this audio book, just buy the book.

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    Ksenija Des Plaines, IL, United States 05-20-12
    Ksenija Des Plaines, IL, United States 05-20-12
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    "Outstanding!"
    Would you listen to Fifty Shades of Grey again? Why?

    I would listen to this book again, again and again. I do not understand all the bad reviews about narration. I loved it and thought it was great. I could stop listening. Just finished second book and have to talk myself into going to bed and start the third one tomorrow morning.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oh my.... My favorite character... CHRISTIAN GREY of course :) But Anna is great as well.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many scenes. But most favorite phrase no doubt is "Laters baby!"


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

    I cried, I laughed, I went into deep thoughts, I imagined, I was so into this book that sometimes had to pinch myself to realize that I was listening to a book and it's not my life :( :))


    Any additional comments?

    Five thumbs up!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dee New Tripoli, PA, United States 05-20-12
    Dee New Tripoli, PA, United States 05-20-12 Member Since 2003
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    "IF I WAS 30 YEARS YOUNGER!!!"
    What did you love best about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    The fantasy, taking me to a place I would never have gone sexually...I liked too, that it was erotic, with out getting into real s & m...that I could not have endured.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The development of the relationship


    What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

    I thought the performance was well done.


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

    It made me dream!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to get the next one~

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine D. Williams Mount Holly, NJ 05-17-12
    Katherine D. Williams Mount Holly, NJ 05-17-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Could't stop listening"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite charactors were Anna's Subconcious and Goddess. They come up throughout the story and make me laugh.


    What three words best describe Becca Battoe’s performance?

    I appreciate that the narrator sounds the charactors's age. I also find that her voice tone of Gray that goes from the domineering and strong to a more vulnerable as the relationship changes.


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

    Yes, actually I found myself wanting to listen to the series in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    If you get past the erotic nature of the story, the storyline has merit. It is the conversion of Gray and how Anna gets through all of the crap to raise Gray from the dark. I think that the developement of some of the sub charactors chould have been better developed.

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    Candice 05-17-12
    Candice 05-17-12 Member Since 2014

    I drive truck for a living. My audible books keep my wheels turning.

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    "Why is this book on the New York bestsellers list?"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book is very disturbing, and the narration is a very poor quality. As someone who was mentally abused as a young person this book left me feeling very upset. I am glad to know that the libraries are banning these books from our children.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator needed to distinguish the characters.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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