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Fifty Shades of Grey Audiobook

Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy Audiobook

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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    jewels Park City, UT, United States 05-16-12
    jewels Park City, UT, United States 05-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Poorly edited and PAINFUL performance"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Recast and better editing for the Audible reading. The emails and the repetitive use of certain words and descriptions made me roll my eyes, completely took me out of the story again and again and again.


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

    Engrossing sex scenes. Superficial and unbelievable characters. (I can't tell if I would like and believe that characters more if I had read the book myself.)


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

    While Becca has a pleasant enough voice, her intonation, pronunciation and delivery are painfully distracting from the story and characters.


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

    Irritation and arousal.


    Any additional comments?

    My friend called to tell me I MUST read this book immediately. She read it in three days and couldn't stop thinking about the characters. I had time to listen to the book but not to physically read it. Wish I had read the reviews first because now I feel the whole series is ruined for me because of the performance of the reader.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara WILDWOOD, NJ, United States 05-15-12
    Barbara WILDWOOD, NJ, United States 05-15-12
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    "Not impressed"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes. It was too dragged out.


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

    Probably not.


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

    Too slowly read and monotone. Had to speed up to 1 1/2 times to get through it.


    Was Fifty Shades of Grey worth the listening time?

    No. I was happy to have other books to read and listen.


    Any additional comments?

    I was told by many reliable people to go with this book as they couldn't put it down. After the first third, I was bored and disappointed to have wasted my credit. I've known people like Mr. Gray and of the life style. I don't approve or disapprove. I just don't feel the need to live vicariously through someone else's sexual preferences.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sheri Pascual Laguna Niguel, CA United States 05-14-12
    Sheri Pascual Laguna Niguel, CA United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Erotica, but a story of love & dedication."

    I started listening to this book having no idea what it was about. A very conservative friend recommended it to me. I had a 15 hour drive home and thought it would be good to get me home. I almost drove off the road by the sex. Of course my drive passed very quickly. I loved the three books. I didn't have a problem with the narration. I had a problem with the texting back and forth. It was boring, but the love story was what kept me interested. The Heathman Hotel in Washington is booked all summer, by the way. I happened to have a trip to Seattle and thought I would stay there. Not a chance.

    The fantasy of fabulous looking, attentive lover Christian, is every woman's dream. I'm sure men wouldn't mind Anna either. This is just not the real world, but a great fantasy.
    The sex became very secondary. The healing of Christian thru his love for Anna was very well done. Really enjoyed the books!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley Trabuco Canyon, Ca, United States 05-14-12
    Ashley Trabuco Canyon, Ca, United States 05-14-12
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    "Who doesn't Love Christian Grey?!"
    What didn’t you like about Becca Battoe’s performance?

    Her voice? It took me until chapter 4 to get past it.


    Any additional comments?

    it's a great book- her voice will (mostly) stop annoying you around chapter 4, I promise.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Elgin, IL, United States 05-14-12
    Lisa Elgin, IL, United States 05-14-12

    High School teacher and audiophile...I listen to no fewer than four books a week. It is my escape. I listen for information, entertainment and sometimes just brain candy, so my audio library is eclectic. I offer no profound literary analysis, but I can tell you if a book is fun to listen to!

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    "Performance was Excellent"

    Though I agree with many others that the narrator's voice took some getting used to, I thought she did an amazing job with the material. By the time I finished this book, I could not imagine anyone else as Ana.
    The story, however, has many issues that become painfully apparent in audio format. Overused phrases, limited descriptive vocabulary, lack of depth in some areas. That being said, the email exchanges between Ana and Christian had me laughing, literally, out loud. Very witty and amusing. I wish Ms. James had demonstrated the same level of sagacity in the text for the sex scenes.

    Overall, it is an enjoyable listen if you can overlook (overhear???) the too often used lines...(Oh my, down there, unexpected). I listened and looked forward to every email exchange!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jonna 05-14-12
    Jonna 05-14-12 Member Since 2005
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    "I have read/listened to many books"
    What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades of Grey the most enjoyable?

    I hate this new format. I have spent $5000 on audible in the last year. This is the 2nd book (well triology). I woke up at 4:00 to listen, never happens.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Katie Benton City, WA, United States 05-14-12
    Katie Benton City, WA, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2005

    I love Audible and I love books! The file formats for Audible are great, easy download, doesn't take up a lot of space on your device, the ability to download titles again are great. Narrators add another dimension to great stories.

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    "Relationship story - with some unusual ties"

    Yes, that is a little play on the story, my headline. I do feel compelled to listen to the next two in the series, which will have to wait as, I plan on getting one of the books a month. What I find interesting is all the uproar which is happening around the story, as usual people tend to focus on specific aspects of a certain something and not the whole. I think it was well written, with one exception...the author continually used "hot" to describe attractiveness of the male main character. The author used so many other fabulously diverse words, that "Hot" kind of got boring. That would be my only negative to the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tim 05-13-12
    Tim 05-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved the story and Becca Battoe was PERFECT!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! It was the perfect mix of romance and passion in its rawest form! As a 47 year old male, this is not my normal type of book, but it hit the spot for sure.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anna was delicious! Made me wish I was 27 again for sure. Christian was warped, but right on target. I have been inspired in many ways by this book! I want my wife to read / listen to it now for sure.


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

    I loved her voice! She made me want to keep listening. I listened to all three books back-to-back! It was hard to go to sleep at night! She sounded so sweet and innocent combined with the scorching content... it was HOT! I think I could listen to her reading a phone book! I will certainly listen to them all again!


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

    Yes, but I was soooo sad when the books were completed. I did not want it to be over. Over 60 hours for the three combined, but I am ready to listen to them again!


    Any additional comments?

    The email exchanges could have been done a little better. That was a little much, but loved the changes in the subject lines and signatures... Worth it in the end.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sonny Ridgeland, MS, United States 05-12-12
    Sonny Ridgeland, MS, United States 05-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not what I was expecting."

    Not the story that I was expecting. WAY more sexually graphic than I would have imagined from a mainstream book. Made me blush frequently. More of a Harlequin Romance novel than anything.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brooke Conway, SC, United States 05-12-12
    Brooke Conway, SC, United States 05-12-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Narration terrible, not much substance to the plot"
    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    The narration was too slow. She was trying to be sexy, I suppose. I had to put it on double speed just to get through the book.


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

    Slowwwwwww and trying to be too sexy. Not enjoyable.


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

    Disappointed. Writing is terrible. Sounds like author just wanted to write a saucy novel and wrote it in one sitting (same words and phrases over and over). Will not read the other 2.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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