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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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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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    Ms. G SOUTHFIELD, MI, United States 06-02-12
    Ms. G SOUTHFIELD, MI, United States 06-02-12
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    "Two Consenting Adults!"
    What did you love best about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Love scenes & all of S & M isn't bad


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Christian, he is so suave, charming, bad, good, controlled, and helpless when it comes to Anna.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he showed up at the bar to rescue Anna.


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

    Yes, could hardly perform daily chores, wanted/needed to read.


    Any additional comments?

    Waiting for next series or continuation of 50 Shades.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    sandra MATTOON, IL, United States 06-02-12
    sandra MATTOON, IL, United States 06-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "alful"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one should enjoy this book It is about dominance of women!! disgusting


    Has Fifty Shades of Grey turned you off from other books in this genre?

    absolultley!!


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

    no one


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    all of them


    Any additional comments?

    do not read

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rosalinda ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 06-02-12
    Rosalinda ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 06-02-12 Member Since 2011

    In LOVE w/audiobooks. I find myself counting down the days untill my credits arrive. Married w/kids. Dental Hygienist

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    "I liked the narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades of Grey the most enjoyable?

    I know everyone is complaining about the narrator but I enjoyed her. Especially funny when she would shout the Argh sound. lol. Good series, sometimes a bit much sex but a good story behind it.


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    Amazon Customer 06-01-12

    Kat

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    "Snoozer"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the narrator actually participated in the book, such as change of voice when doing male vs female, and scene changes. Every time I listen to this book I found myself falling asleep. I thought it was just me, but after 3 different people tried we all agree that it was the narrator.


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

    Narrator


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Monotone voice


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    NONE


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Roy, WA, United States 05-31-12
    Lori Roy, WA, United States 05-31-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Worst Narrator Ever!"

    I have listened to hundreds of audio books and this was, by far, the worst narrator I have ever heard. It was a struggle to get through the book, not because of the story but because of the truly awful, mind numbing, overall idiotic performance. The story was ok but the author could have used a bit more imagination in her descriptions. The word "belly" was probably used more than 100 times in the book and started to become pretty annoying. Anytime the main character became aroused, anxious or scared, I knew the word would be used. Not one of my favorite books and I probably would not recommend this to a friend, at least not in audio format.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amy S Starks 05-31-12 Listener Since 2006
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    "Good read, TERRIBLE choice of Narrator Casting!"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    While the "Fifty" series is a great get away from it read, I'm baffled by the choice of narrator. Without offense meant to Ms. Battoe, who is a talented audible performer, I was SO DISAPPOINTED in this narrator for the Fifty series. Anastasia IS a college grad aged gal, an maybe that's why the "younger" sounding choice for Becca Battoe, but it simply didn't work for me. I skipped the "audible" version of the final book, opting to read it myself. Sorry Audible, you missed the mark on this one, in my humble opinion.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Double Clear 05-31-12 Member Since 2008
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    "AWFUL narration. Good heavens, it's bad. OK story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Since I listen in the car, it's time OK spent.


    What other book might you compare Fifty Shades of Grey to and why?

    None...it's in a league of it's own


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

    Absolutely not! The reading is AWFUL. Dreadful. Slow.. bad....just bad...


    Any additional comments?

    I have to admit, I do want to go on to learn more about Christian and Anastasia. Unbelievably, I am interested in the next book. I did buy the Kindle version, though...no way could I stand another audio version!
    This series is getting a lot of hype, so I decided to check it out. It's not all that and a bag of chips. I can't imagine this 'spicing up my marriage' - but my marriage is already great. I can't understand that viewpoint, though. The book is OK. The writing is bad. Very obviously a first book by someone who THINKS they're an author. It's not good. Obvious that she's thrown words in just because she thinks they'll sound good. Doesn't flow. It's bad. But, I have to admit, she did something right, because I want to know what happens in the next book. The writing is very elementary (aside from the subject matter of course), but the story is overall OK. Maybe it's like a train wreck, I have to look....

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jen Bensalem, PA, United States 05-31-12
    Jen Bensalem, PA, United States 05-31-12 Member Since 2011

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    "To quote Ms. Steele "Holy Crap!""

    I knew its first incarnation was Twilight Fanfic. I expected to be disappointed, so I guess in a weird way, I wasn't.

    Before downloading (the remastered version) I had read the first few pages online, so I knew that it was poorly written and had vowed not to purchase.

    But... curiosity got the better of me.

    The characters are one-dimensional and immature (particularly Ana) and the fact that there's little development there except for Ana's level of sexual experience makes the book tedious. I was somewhat surprised at the way Christian and Ana's D/s relationship and the BDSM was treated; enough credible detail to at least suggest the author had done some balanced research. It was (just) enough to keep me listening to the end of the book.

    I thought Becca Battoe's narration suited Ana's immaturity well, but that the characterizations of others were somewhat awkward. Given the material she had to work with I think it's unfair to blame the faults on the narration as some other reviews have alluded to.

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    Emjay Wilmington, Nc, United States 05-30-12
    Emjay Wilmington, Nc, United States 05-30-12 Member Since 2014

    Maureen

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    "Poor narration"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book as a good summer read, but would suggest buying the book instead listening to the audio book. Becca Battoe has a very strange reading style and misreads several words repeatedly. For example; she reads the word "chaise lounge" as chaise long.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have used a better narrator.


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

    No.


    Was Fifty Shades of Grey worth the listening time?

    I wish I bought the book and read it myself. I've been traveling and always looking for good audio books in order to avoid packing the books for my trips. I found Becca Battoe very difficult to listen to for extended periods of time. In fact, I stopped the book frequently to take a break from her narration. This series is supposed to be erotic but, listening Becca Battoe leaves me flat and certainly not looking for more.


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    jenifer francis 05-29-12 Member Since 2007
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    "It Is What It Is"
    What did you like best about Fifty Shades of Grey? What did you like least?

    I suspected what it was going into the financial and time investment - an x-rated Twilight. Like many, the media hype pushed me into dilusions that it could be possibly more. I was expecting a more mature novel to go along with the upgrade in sexual content. But alas, It's an average harlequin romance novel with bondage and a few sex toys.

    If you are considering purchasing this book - go into it with your eyes open. The narration was debateable for many so you will want to listen to the sample. I personally had a greater problem in the usage of a overused words and phrases. They sat on my last nerve.

    If I would have been reading the hard copy, by the second chapter I would have been highlighting the times that the answer was just "yes". This couple doesn't have discussions they have questions and answer sessions. Countless times Anna replies just yes regardless how complex or simple the question. As long as you are counting - keep track of the time mercurial is used. Mrs. James must have lost her thesarus for she overkills good words - mercurial being the most flagrant abuse. I personally have never had my breast "hitched" but, this virgin heroine has hers "hitched" countless times along with her leg and other body parts. Start counting ....for halfway through your palm will be "twitching" wishing you would have bought a hard copy so you could highlight and edit the redundant words and over used phrases.


    Would you recommend Fifty Shades of Grey to your friends? Why or why not?

    If I had a friend that wanted a mindless romance novel with a lot of panting....maybe. But I would caution that when the relationship goes vanilla so does THAT.


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

    I read quite a few reviews concerning her performance because I wondered why there was so much hate. I think a great many of those complaining also were first time book listeners. It's not for everyone. Becca Battoe has a better female reertoire than a male one. Her Christian voice being especially bad. People that complain need to try it. Having a different sex and variety of different human voices is an art. I agree that Becca Battoe could use some work on her male voices, but she is not THAT bad.


    Did Fifty Shades of Grey inspire you to do anything?

    Trust my instincts. It is what I thought it would be. I should add here - I did purchase the second novel as well. The end of the first novel forces you to purchase the second. Thankfully the ending of the second does not leave you wondering about the characters nearly the same way. I am not purchasing the third. I got all the information I needed to know by listening to the sample and reading the reviews of the second novel. I am happy to let them go.....and see how Universal Artists will ruin this when it comes to a thearter in the future.


    4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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