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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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    Megan Northbrook, IL, United States 06-13-12
    Megan Northbrook, IL, United States 06-13-12 Member Since 2003
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    "This is torture and not the erotic kind."
    Would you try another book from E L James and/or Becca Battoe?

    Nope. Couldn't finish this one....and I was using it as a sleep aid.


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

    Maybe take a writing class?


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different reader....different material.


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Hmmmm....maybe the main characters "subconscious" and "inner goddess."


    Any additional comments?

    Have you ever wondered what goes on inside the head of an idiot? Then you may find this book interesting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie Cambridge, Ontario, Canada 06-13-12
    Natalie Cambridge, Ontario, Canada 06-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Sadly Lacking"
    Would you try another book from E L James and/or Becca Battoe?

    No.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Kushiel's Dart or Fingerprints of the Gods


    How could the performance have been better?

    I suppose that the voice matched the character it portrays; childish, vapid, inane. I found the endless stream of email data particulars painful to listen to, and the entire pace slow, dragging me kicking and screaming through a paid credit's worth.


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    None of the characters were noteworthy. Christian's "dark" side was a joke. Becca's virginal mind laughably unlikely and the various other characters as lacking in depth and dimension as the two protagonists.


    Any additional comments?

    After all the hype and titillation of reviews and my friends, I seriously expected something WORTH the talk. This book hasn't got an ounce of human depth and dimension and the "kink" is a joke. In present times when storytellers like Jaqueline Carey can weave a tale so compelling and stunningly written one is bereft reaching the end - of each chapter, each book, but tripe like Fifty Shades of Grey gets the talk simply boggles the mind. If every woman thought she could write a romance novel, this book proves any woman can write about a tame "red room of pain" and get incredible publicity from it. It is an insult to educated readers; there is very little plot, zero character development and the writing is redundant and vacuous.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Austin, TX, United States 06-13-12
    Lisa Austin, TX, United States 06-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Blushing in Fifty Shades!"
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

    Mind Blowing Naughtiness


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

    I don't think I've ever read a book like this. I am reminded of Sidney Sheldon's writing and the book Lace I read when I was a teenager but they had nothing on this book!


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

    Her voice is so irritating! It was like listening to my pre-teen daughter read me a sex book! It did get better as the story went on or maybe I just got used to it.


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

    Are you rolling your eyes at me?


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book and so did my husband! I really hate to waste my time reading trashy novels but even though my i.q. went down as each page was read, my sex.q. went up!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Schaumburg, IL, United States 06-12-12
    Michelle Schaumburg, IL, United States 06-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Mediocre at best"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    There are a few words/phrases that are used to death in this book. "Oh my!" and "Holy Crap" are used every few minutes.


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

    Thank GOD you can adjust the narrator speeds. She is so slow that I need you keep the speed at 2X.


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    More than I'd keep.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want a love story, go get a love story. If you want porn, go get porn. This book is lacking in both.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    lynn louisville, Cayman Islands 06-12-12
    lynn louisville, Cayman Islands 06-12-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Really?"

    Even with a most ardent suspension of disbelief, this series is amazing, yet I???m still not sure which of the following reasons impressed me most:

    1.That (except for the huge difference in quality) the series should be more fantastically categorized with "Lincoln the Vampire hunter" and more appropriately re-titled " Trixie Beldon and the Marquis de Sade."

    2. If a key word search removed "body wash, "oh my" and any references to wardrobes or meals you'd have maybe 25 pages (12 pages if you excluded interior and architecture descriptions).

    3. That immature, whiny, annoying and constantly questioning would be attractive to anyone, especially a devastatingly handsome bejillionaire.

    4. That anything slightly prurient outweighs a need for (any) literary integrity.

    5. That this ever made it beyond the bodice-ripper section.

    My biggest fear is that the popular success of this drek will spawn more of the same.

    Oh...the narration is the worst by far of hundreds of audio! The worst.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Binkey 06-12-12
    M. Binkey 06-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "mixed feelings"
    What did you like best about Fifty Shades of Grey? What did you like least?

    The story and the characters were very well put together.


    Would you be willing to try another book from E L James? Why or why not?

    No. For example when e-mails were going back and forth between characters it was a bit much to hear the to, from, subject, date and time for EVERY e-mail. I believe there was to much repetition in some parts of the book that was unnecessary.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The voice was very whiny in parts and since there was just a female reader the male parts especially when things got hot and heavy didn't match well.


    Any additional comments?

    I will read the other two books because I enjoyed the story line but I will not listen to them on tape and I will for sure be skipping over some of the unnecessary/ repetitive writing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kwlly Templeton, CA, United States 06-11-12
    Kwlly Templeton, CA, United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fifty Shades Shy of a Good Story"
    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    A story line, well developed, believable characters, a plot, good writing: all of these things would have made the story better.


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

    This isn't a story, but simply light porn disguised as a story. The most disappointing thing is that I wasted money.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator's speech is a fad/gimmick accent most commonly associated with teenagers.


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

    The scenes are erotic a bit scary and unbelievable.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for an erotic, far fetched fantasy and nothing more, then this is the perfect book. I heard a woman at the spa referred to this piece as a self help book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ava Albuquerque, NM, United States 06-11-12
    Ava Albuquerque, NM, United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Oh my, what false advertising"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Bad narration and an adolescent, immature plot. There were many good reviews about the book and I listened to the first five hours thinking it would have to get better. If the author was hoping to flatter the author of the "Twilight" by imitating the characters, Bella and Edward, she miserably failed. This was fifty shades of bad.


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

    No


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

    A teenage Helena Bonham Carter


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    All of them. It would have made for a better plot


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pat Feuerbacher Romayor, TX USA 06-10-12
    Pat Feuerbacher Romayor, TX USA 06-10-12 Member Since 2008

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    "porn without a plot"

    This book was a disappointment, there was no plot, no story, mostly sadism and control, the narrartor was bland not good voice to listen to for long time. How this book got on best seller list is a complete mystery to me. It had no ending which was very bad.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tcherie Wisconsin, USA 06-10-12
    Tcherie Wisconsin, USA 06-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Twilight gone bad"
    Would you try another book from E L James and/or Becca Battoe?

    No. I did not care for the writing, or the narration.


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

    Come up with her own storyline, rather than write a so-called "erotica" story that so closely mirrors Stephenie Meyers Twilight.


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

    No. I did not care at all for her narration of the male characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this book with one of my monthly credits, due to a little prodding from a friend who had just read the books. As I began listening I was a little surprised and annoyed to discover all the similarities to Stephenie Meyers Twilight. Both set in Washington, the same hair color for the male characters in each, many descriptive qualities, and others. I continued to listen, as my friend kept insisting that I would come to Love Christian. I'm still waiting.

    I'm not a prude, but the constant use of the word f--k got old REALLY quickly. It was also unbelievable to me that a virgin would allow herself to get into this kind of "relationship"

    The whole thing with the e-mails - subject, date, time, etc - got really, really annoying as well.

    Throughout the book, I found myself rolling my eyes often. Should I worry about being spanked for that?

    All in all, I was very disappointed with the book. I'm glad I didn't pay for it, but I really wish I would have spent my credit on a book I know I would have enjoyed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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