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Fifty Shades of Grey Audiobook

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

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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

What Members Say

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    marla Kailua Kona, HI, United States 07-10-12
    marla Kailua Kona, HI, United States 07-10-12
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    "bewildered!!"
    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    I wouldn't read another book... bad writing(so infantile) and the voice was so annoying I couldn't get through the first book(made mistake of downloading all before listening to first)..I wish I would have read other reviews first...... the "oh, MYs) and "holy cows" were just too much....also the "inner goddess" remarks...


    What could E. L. James have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    written like an adult and had more adult vocabulary


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

    anyone......the "Christian voice" was worse........


    Any additional comments?

    There must be a lot of frustrated women out there who have never read erotica to find this enjoyable....

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Toni FORT MILL, SC, United States 07-09-12
    Toni FORT MILL, SC, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Fluffy & predictable"
    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    no


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    anything else


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

    i thought i would lose my mind hearing every single word including the time, date, to & from of the boring emails. And if i never hear "oh my" again, it will be too soon.


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

    annoyance that i wasted a credit buying it.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sue United States 07-08-12
    Sue United States 07-08-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Need to READ (not listen to) this one!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story moves rather slow but what ruins this one is the narrater who sounds like a 13 year old who was allowed to read to her class at school. Couldn't even finish the first book as listening to the narrator was just too annoying.


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

    Just came off too immature and the tone of her voice was not professional sounding. Her sentencs would trail off and then her voice would get gravely. It really got on my nerves. First time a reader has affected me this way and I have listened to well over 50 narrators. Was disappointed I could not get through the whole book.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Emily McKinney, TX, United States 07-08-12
    Emily McKinney, TX, United States 07-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Listening to a Thesaurus"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The reader was annoying, the superlative descriptions were overdone, the plot lame--I pictured the writer thumbing through a Thesaurus to use every descriptive word imaginable, even a few French words, and then saying "Jeez". Please...............


    What could E. L. James have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Combining all three books into one. (I cannot bear to read the last book.....too bored with it all. I really don't care what happens in the end.)


    How could the performance have been better?

    Too much drama in reader's delivery.


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

    I seriously doubt editing would help.


    Any additional comments?

    Waste of time.............the sex was good but even that became mundane.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gwendolyn West babylon, NY, United States 07-08-12
    Gwendolyn West babylon, NY, United States 07-08-12
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    "Loving the Gray!!"
    Would you listen to Fifty Shades of Grey again? Why?

    No, but I would continue the entire series.


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

    The loss of Anna's virginity.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Christians heartbreak at the end of the first book.


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

    When Anna summoned the courage to leave.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Christians growing adoration for Anna and his new found ability to express it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. M. NY,United States 07-08-12
    L. M. NY,United States 07-08-12
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    "Excellent"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the story was greatly depicted.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anna and Christian of course.


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

    Yes, Battoe did a great job.


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

    The last part of the book, when Anna realized she can't be everything Christian needed and wanted as a Sub.


    Any additional comments?

    N/A

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peter S. Hesse Nipomo, Ca 07-08-12
    Peter S. Hesse Nipomo, Ca 07-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Pure Trash"
    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    Yes of course I would.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The novel theme and Anastasia character.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Not have a Valley girl reader.


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

    Yes, it is a very interesting subject.


    Any additional comments?

    It is too bad that this poorly written novel is so popular.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Bay Area, California 07-08-12
    Amazon Customer Bay Area, California 07-08-12 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Oh my... better than expected"

    I will admit I only purchased this because of all the hype. I've never read this type of book and didn't think I would actually enjoy it... surprise, surprise... I thought it was really good. I found myself caught up in the story and the characters and want to know more about them and their past. The book does have some explicit sex scenes which I admit I fell asleep during some of them (lol, guess I'm just old). All the sex in the world would not have made this a good book if it didn't have characters that you actually start caring about.

    Regarding reviews it seems like this is a no or go book... I've seen a lot of 1 star reviews on Amazon, GoodReads, etc. and I've also seen just as many 5 star reviews. I guess you either love it or hate.

    I have already purchased the 2nd book and look forward to reading it.

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    DENNIS Adelphi, MD, United States 07-08-12
    DENNIS Adelphi, MD, United States 07-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "You brought a new kind of love to me"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    fun erotica in romance genre


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

    no


    What three words best describe Becca Battoe’s voice?

    realistic modern adolescent


    Do you think Fifty Shades of Grey needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    already too many books


    Any additional comments?

    Frank Sinatra and Peggy Lee sang the title (of this review) in 1946

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    Jillian Richmond, VA, United States 07-06-12
    Jillian Richmond, VA, United States 07-06-12
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    "totally dissapointed"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I would have enjoyed it more if it was narrated by someone else, but it was mostly the story I found lacking.


    What could E. L. James have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Maybe nothing, I think most of my dissapointment came from all the attention this series is receiving. I never would have listened to this book if it wasn't the #1 best seller. I found it boring, simple, and cheesy.


    Have you listened to any of Becca Battoe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


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

    if you can get past the cheesy parts, the love scenes were pretty erotic


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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