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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

What the Critics Say

  • Finalist, GoodReads Choice Awards, Best Romance

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    Lori 05-10-12
    Lori 05-10-12 Member Since 2007
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    "HOT!"
    What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades of Grey the most enjoyable?

    It's a very provacative story that held my attention. There were times when I wanted to strangle Grey and times when I wanted jump him!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's the start of a love story and I'm a sucker for a love story


    Which character ??? as performed by Becca Battoe ??? was your favorite?

    Mr. Grey's of course. Becca's portrayal of Ana wasn't bad, but she did make her sound really whiney at times and that was a little hard to take. I don't think Becca is as bad as some of the other reviewers have made her out to be (IMO). She does not make it unbearable to listen to the story...there have been narrarators that were so bad that I just couldn't finish listening.


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

    I don't think my reaction is appropriate to list on audibles site ;)


    Any additional comments?

    Great story, so glad I found this trilogy and I will be sad when I'm finished.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    dmac62x 05-10-12
    dmac62x 05-10-12
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    "Fifty Shades of Hype (...sorry)"

    I had not heard of this book until my book club selected it as our next read. I WISH that I had bothered to listen to the sample before purchasing. I found the the narrator's sorority/valley girl voice to be extremely distracting and annoying. So annoying that I couldn't wait for it to be over. I will not bother listening to the last two books.

    The story was okay and the writing was fine but the story lacked depth. I was not drawn in and didn't care about the characters. On a positive note, the sex scenes were both spicy and tastefulI. However, in the end I could not relate to the the main character (a 21 year old virgin) and would not recommend for mature women (Try the Outlander series instead).

    In the end I didn't get what all of the hype is about. Zane blazed this trail a LONG time ago with Addicted.

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    hawpester 05-10-12
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    "I grew to like the reader and book was intense"
    What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades of Grey the most enjoyable?

    I really liked the story as far as the unexpected in Christian, and it was relatable on the girl's side


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked Christian, it was hot, such a gentleman but such a freak. Combo was alluring


    Which scene was your favorite?

    all the hot steamy scene and when he tells her he's trying and was getting all into her!


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Christian's perpective would be awesome, i'm onto book two!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michele Fort Worth, TX, United States 05-10-12
    Michele Fort Worth, TX, United States 05-10-12
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    "Didn't want to stop listening!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades of Grey the most enjoyable?

    In Anna's own words, "Oh my!" This story keeps you on the edge of what's going to happen between them next. Yes, this book has lots of Sex but there is a story there... there is growth of the characters. You find yourself really rooting for them and their growth.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The evolvement of Christian and him giving "MORE". Listen/Read the book it will make sense.


    What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

    I didn't have a problem with this Narrator. I thought her voice fit Anna well and meshed with the age of Anna and a young woman living in 2011. She did well with the other characters. But this is from Anna's point of view so I thought she did just fine.


    Any additional comments?

    If you aren't a Twighlight fan or if the fact that this started off as a Twighlight fan fiction is putting you off... don't let it. I've read Twighlight and seen the movies (a little young for me but I had to see what the fuss was about) this book is NOTHING like Twighlight, no Twighlight vibe as far as I'm concerned. Yes, it's about a girl who's infatuated with a guy and falls for him and his "weirdness" but it's not Twighlight!!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "BLUSHING!!!!!!"

    I'm not usually into super steamy books, but a friend of mine loved this book and thought I should give it a chance. I will say that after I got used to it I did enjoy the book. It had me in tears at the end, and the story was pretty good. However it was VERY VERY STEAMY, and repetitive in spots. Although I did enjoy the story I will admit I had to roll my eyes a few times at the pillow talk, and the way the narrator mutters the word baby... it made me lol a few times. Still I will admit that as soon as it was over I was ready for the second book. Have not started it yet so I cant tell you if the rest of the series is worth listening to, but I think this book is worth the credit..

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brookico United States 05-09-12
    Brookico United States 05-09-12

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    "WHY DID YOU HAVE TO REMASTER THESE AUDIOBOOKS?"
    What did you love best about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    The whole concept, everything about it EVEN the first narration of the book. Then they went and remastered it and ruined it!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Christian of course... Hope they get someone right for the movie role. I could see Henry Cavill playing him or even Ian Somerholder. Someone with that general look is how i picture him.


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

    The first time around was amazing. She sounded young and innocent and I could picture Alexis Dziena (the actress) playing her in a movie. I was so excited and was about to buy the second book when I saw they had been remastered. So, I listened to the sample. I don't think I can get into the second book as the narrarator sounds like a different person. An older person, maybe mid thirties and Ana is supposed to be 21 so this questions is hard to answer because I thought the narrarator did pretty great the first time around, but the remastered version is one of the WORST audio books ever.


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

    If I were making a movie the tagline would be "How far would you be willing to go!"
    I'd cast
    Alexis Dziena or Emma Roberts as Ana
    Henry Cavill as Christian (someone tall, dark haired, and gorgeous..Kind of a pretty boy but in a dangerous way..I picture someone that favors Matt Bomer when I read the books, but him coming out may hurt him from getting the role.)
    Katie Cassidy as Kate ( I keep picturing Kate Hudson when I read the books but I think she might be too old for the role).


    Any additional comments?

    PLEASE fix the audio books back to the sound of the original narration so I can buy them. I prefer her young sounding. Otherwise NO WAY...Just about every comment on the second book that I looked at was the same, fix them back....

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    DB 05-09-12
    DB 05-09-12
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    "Well Developed Male Character"
    Would you listen to Fifty Shades of Grey again? Why?

    Yes, I have already listened to book 1 and book 2 again. Christian Grey's character was so deep and truly sad I felt the need to hear his story again. I definitely will listen to the 3 book series again. Christian was the most vivid character in the book.


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

    For me, the most memorable moment was when Ana walked out.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    If you can suffer through the first few chapters, the narrator's voice becomes less abrasive as the book goes on. Her male voices were atrocious, but I've listened to other books read by her that were stellar. I am unsure why she started the book out screeching like a cat.

    Do not let the narrator's poor ratings deter your purchasing of this Trilogy. You will be hooked once you begin listening.


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

    I cried during many scenes in this book. Ana would imagine Christian as a neglected child, I would cry. Christian would filet himself before Ana emotionally revealing more and more of his past, I would cry. Ana left Christian, I cried. Need I say more...


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed Book 1 & 2 very much. Book 3 could have been combined with book 2, in my opinion. If you liked this book, download J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series...

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Frederick, MD, United States 05-08-12
    Shawn Frederick, MD, United States 05-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Enjoyable but not sure worth all the hype"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I think I would recommend because it was enjoyable. Not sure it's as bad as everyone is making it out to be. No worse than a romance novel really. I just think the subject matter may be a little more taboo. I have to say I did not re-download the book after the narrator change. I enjoyed the innocence of her voice. It fit the character, so not sure what everyone complained about!


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

    When he pulled the tampon out of her before having sex with her.


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    Candice OXNRD, CA, United States 05-08-12
    Candice OXNRD, CA, United States 05-08-12
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    "WOW!!!! my first NON business book read! A+++++"
    Where does Fifty Shades of Grey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    #1 I have had my account for years this is my first NON-business book read. I am hooked. Becca Battoe was the most brilliant reader I have ever heard. I wish there was 50 more books like this. Only complaint. I have no idea what to listen to next!


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

    OUTSTANDING! Becca made me love audio books!


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

    Not for kids. heheheh


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sabrina Fort Worth, TX, United States 05-06-12
    Sabrina Fort Worth, TX, United States 05-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Narration was awful but the book is amazing!"
    Would you try another book from E L James and/or Becca Battoe?

    El James yes Becca not so much... They should had Kirsten potter read this book it would have been amazing!!!!!


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

    Sex!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The sentencess were at spaced I feel like a child was reading this book and we tone hardly changes.


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

    Def super hot story lined! I learned a lot!!


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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