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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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    Susan OLNEY, IL, United States 06-19-12
    Susan OLNEY, IL, United States 06-19-12 Member Since 2010

    bargain hunter

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    "Holy S--T this is bad!"
    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    A totally different story line!


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

    If only she had gone to school to learn to write.


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

    Becca's juvenile voice went right along with the juvenile words written for the juvenile character of Ana.


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

    Too numerous to mention


    Any additional comments?

    I read all the reviews (good and bad) and listened to friends who have read this series (and loved it), so I just had to find out for myself. I truly wanted to like this series, but I could not even finish the first book. I have never not wanted to finish a book because it was so poorly written as this one!
    Unfortunately the author will read all these bad reviews and laugh all the way to the bank!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mansi new york, NY, United States 06-19-12
    Mansi new york, NY, United States 06-19-12
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    "Terrible book - Dont waste your time"
    What could E L James have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This was SUCH terrible writing. The author repeatedly used the same lines throughout the book - "my inner goddess was this ... my inner goddess was that" -zero variation in her descriptions of the same things. The whole book could have been over and done with in 2-3 chapters. It felt like the author had a semblance of a plot and then copy pasted the pages over and over again until it looked about the size of a book. ugh .. excrutiating to finish and even then, there was barely an ending. This books claim to fame was a controversial plot - but even that was underwhelming. The only part that was a tad shocking and interesting was the contract, but everything else was random and poorly penned. terrible author - very disappointed given the hype.


    How could the performance have been better?

    She was so breathy - every single sentence was breathy. Would have done well to add in some intonation - but I dont blame her as much as I do the writing. She wasn't as bad as some of the other reviewers claim.


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    um... eliot, katie, the limo driver, all these characters were kind of introduced but not explained enough to hold the readers/ listeners attention. If they had elaborated on mrs robinson, at least it would have been an interesting side plot.


    Any additional comments?

    Dont buy. save yourselves

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Claire Safety Harbor, FL, United States 06-19-12
    Claire Safety Harbor, FL, United States 06-19-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Thoroughly Disappointed"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    This is nothing more than a really bad Harlequin Romance. I am about a third of the way through and doubt I will finish it as I consider it a waste of time. Wish I had actually read some of these reviews before listening to one friend's assessment that it was a good story. Not only is it a boring story so far but it is poorly written and narrated. Just one more example of the media's contribution to the "dumbing down of America." Sorry I wasted a credit.


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

    No.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She has no ability to distinguish one character from another with her voice. Only positive thing is her vioce does fit the character of Anna.


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

    If you like cheap Harlequin romance novels then you will probably like this book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Birmingham, AL, United States 06-19-12
    Amazon Customer Birmingham, AL, United States 06-19-12
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    "Loved the story"

    I absolutely loved the story. There were moments where I could see myself in Ana's situation, and other times when I could not. Loved the book, but the narration was rather monotonous. With a different narrator, this book would have gotten 5/5 in my eyes.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    a. victoria, mn, United States 06-19-12
    a. victoria, mn, United States 06-19-12

    world traveler, on the move, creating, really enjoying hand free books!

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    "Finally finished the story"

    I don't feel like it was worth my time.
    from the inner dialog, to the scenes, to the bad psychological analysis of BDSM.
    Just cause your into BDSM doesn't mean something is wrong with you or that something happened to you.
    the main protagonist really bothers me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Morgan erie, CO, United States 06-18-12
    Morgan erie, CO, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Abandoning this unfinished"

    After two chapters, I deleted this book from device. I am somewhat easily entertained but this is a pale story with a weak and annoying main character. There was nothing compelling nor entertaining.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Harlan Fullerton, California, US 06-18-12
    Kathy Harlan Fullerton, California, US 06-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A sappy romance novel"

    I expected a more adult book with some substance and depth. Although the story was intriguing, it was written in an embarrassingly teen-dreamy style. My husband and I were listening to it together on a driving trip an gave up and quit about 1 1/2 hours into it. Not a great introduction to audible listening.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Owen Fredericksburg, Texas 06-18-12
    Terry Owen Fredericksburg, Texas 06-18-12
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probbably not


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

    It was too smutty


    What aspect of Becca Battoe’s performance would you have changed?

    Who iis Becca Battoe


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I am not a prude but this book was a little too racy for the general public.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Louisville, KY, United States 06-18-12
    Amy Louisville, KY, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2007
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    "BORING!!!!"
    Would you try another book from E L James and/or Becca Battoe?

    I agree with the recent reviews. I bought this book because of all the hype and it was very "painful" listening to it. I almost didn't finish it. VERY boring and predictable.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    N/A


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

    N/A


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

    none


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vail Dallas, TX, United States 06-16-12
    Vail Dallas, TX, United States 06-16-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Wish I could give it a minus credit!"
    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    If I had never bothered to listen to it.


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

    Never have written it.


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

    Harpo Marx


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

    The repeat of every little thing in the emails - date, title, signature, . . . ad nauseam


    Any additional comments?

    Is there a way to return this download? Can I have my credit back?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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