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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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    Karen Davidson, NC, United States 04-18-12
    Karen Davidson, NC, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Teenage diary gone bad?!"
    Would you try another book from E L James and/or Becca Battoe?

    Its hard to decide if I will use any more credits on this series at this time.


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

    No, My friends depend on my opinions, and I would not want them to doubt my book choices after reading this.


    What three words best describe Becca Battoe’s performance?

    Young, Annoying, Immature


    Could you see Fifty Shades of Grey being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, it would be rated XXX if it was...


    Any additional comments?

    I felt like I was reading a whinny 16 year old diary, Not at all what I expected.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Killeen, Texas, United States 04-18-12
    Amazon Customer Killeen, Texas, United States 04-18-12
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    "New Narration"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The old version was definitely time well spent, can't get back interested with new narration.


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

    She just seemed to old and boring, with the old narrations you can actually feel like what she was going through.


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

    I would like to see what will happen with the two, so yes. Christan has a lot of back story readers need to know about.


    Any additional comments?

    Get a new narration, remaster to a younger and keep Christian with a sexy voice.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle cookeville, TN, United States 04-18-12
    Michelle cookeville, TN, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2014
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    "BRING BACK ORIGINAL NARRATION! The 1st was great!"
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

    BRING BACK THE ORIGINAL NARRATION!
    Or give the customers that bought the first book a choice between the narrations. The first one was perfect. Ana is an innocent 21 year old college student. She is suppose to sound young. The second one is not good. I want to buy the next two books but, I want the original narration. So I will wait to see if it becomes available soon.


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

    Becca did a great job in the first book. Christian's voice was prefect in the first version. The male voices are not good in the second version. I hate them. I hope you give us a choice to buy the other books with Becca's first narration.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think one of the problems was, most of the customers who were happy with the first narration did not write reviews, because we were happy with our purchase and the people that were unhappy did write reviews. I have learned my lesson, when I like something I will shout it out, so it does not get changed on the second book.


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

    Audible please request from Random House to offer the original version to those who knew Ana and Christian in the first Fifty Shades of Grey.


    Any additional comments?

    Please if there are two separate productions already created then you should offer listeners a choice of which version they want to download. Or at least the customers who bought the first audiobook.

    I will buy the next two books with the first narration.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tenesha Ocala, FL, United States 04-13-12
    Tenesha Ocala, FL, United States 04-13-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Over Rated"

    Totally Over rated. It was okay, but I have heard better. The plot was very good, it just seemed that the author could have done more.

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    ducksandruns Houston, TX, United States 04-12-12
    ducksandruns Houston, TX, United States 04-12-12 Member Since 2012

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    "I tried...I really did..."
    Any additional comments?

    I had written a review before they supposedly "remastered" the narration; which, Audible deleted when they offered the remastered version for download. I don't think slowing down the audio did anything other than making it even more annoying. The simple fact of the matter is that they tried to find someone who sounded like the narrator of the Twilight series and, in doing so, made the whole thing sound like some kind of child porn.

    As for the story, I read it when it was Master of the Universe within the Twilight fanfiction world and for fanfiction, it was really good. The female lead said "oh my" so often that I wanted to never hear it again, but the storyline was good. I preferred "People Like Us" by justginger/people like us as a BDSM fanfiction storyline (TWCS) because the spin was positive as opposed to the negative approach within the Fifty Shades story. I am not a part of the BDSM community, but it bothers me that millions of people who are reading this story might only see the negative side of why a person might find themselves drawn to that lifestyle (as in prior abuse). Not that I think that is what the author is trying to portray but what I think the average person might come up with.

    Regardless, the editors didn't help the author change enough of the "Twilight" references within the character personalities and the narrator sucks for this series. Sorry to be negative but don't waste a credit.





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    Julie Fremont, CA, United States 04-09-12
    Julie Fremont, CA, United States 04-09-12
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    "The Best....I have read this 3 times in a row"

    This was so good!!! It made me wanting more and more.

    i would recommend this to anyone!!!

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    Winifred DALLAS, TX, United States 04-04-12
    Winifred DALLAS, TX, United States 04-04-12 Member Since 2016
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    "LOVE the new REMASTERED Narration??? way better!"
    What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades of Grey the most enjoyable?

    I love the storyline??? its engrossing


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Emails between Christian and Ana


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks for Changing the first Narration??? This is better.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen United States 04-28-12
    Kathleen United States 04-28-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Oh My!! This book makes me squirm...in a good way."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades of Grey to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version of Fifty Shades of Grey however, I am reading book 2 in the Shades trilogy, and I do miss the narration....I may have to purchase the audio version of the second book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where Ana first experiences pain as pleasure in the Red Room Of.....


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

    I did have an extreme reaction to this book and it made me hot.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read a lot of comments where listeners did not like the narrator....I have to say...Give her a chance. I did not immediately like her either, but as the story cranks up....she really grew on my and became Anastasia Steele.


    I am just a little surprised to see that this racy book is such a best seller....who is buying it??? What is the demographic?

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    Heather Florence, KY, United States 05-29-12
    Heather Florence, KY, United States 05-29-12
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    "Got lost in a Grey haze"

    I simply could not stop listening to the audiobook. I went through the whole trilogy in about three weeks. What a fun, exciting, and entertaining series. Here's an idea...maximize on what sure is to be a sensation... you heard it here first... I would love to have a soundtrack to complement the book, as well as a wine list recommended by Mr. Grey. They could offer "date night" recommendations as far as wine, meal, and "dessert" pairings. Regardless, you won't be disappointed with the storyline. A modern day Beauty and the Beast with dark, yet irrestible twists.

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    Angela Carlinville, IL, United States 05-29-12
    Angela Carlinville, IL, United States 05-29-12 Member Since 2010

    I LOVE to listen to audiobooks - the Audible ap is by far the best thing that's ever happend to my iPhone.

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    "Perhaps better in print???"

    I imagine the actual print version of this book would have been much better for several reasons. The story does have a lot of steamy bits - and for the most part, they make the story - but the believability of this girl Anna was just not there for me. I couldn't identify with her, conceptulize her - she was just so unreal, I couldn't grab on and relate.

    The narration is just plain bad - I get the young girl/young voice Anna bit - but her voice drones on and on with little inflection and over enunciation of words. It was tedious hearing the email detail read aloud - to the point of distracting from the actual text.

    Like many - "oh my" "holy _____ (you fill in the blank)" was so overused - I found myself mocking the narrator by the end of the book.

    I couldn't wait for it to end. Really - I will not be downloading the other two books in the trio - perhaps I will read them so I'm not tortured by Ms. Battoe's voice.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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