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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.

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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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    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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    Christine PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 06-09-12
    Christine PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 06-09-12 Member Since 2011

    Wife, mom, career woman who loves books!!

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    "LOVED!"
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    Loved the book, narrator was ehh... I loved that it was an easy read for everyone. The story was sweet and sassy and what can I say about my favorite character..."CHRISTIAN" Dreamy!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer DE PERE, WI, United States 06-09-12
    Jennifer DE PERE, WI, United States 06-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Good Story, horrible narration"
    What did you like best about Fifty Shades of Grey? What did you like least?

    Great storyline. Awful narration! Narrator used a seductive voice throughout the story in places where it was not needed. And the emails???? Ugh


    What did you like best about this story?

    Decent story line. Gave "outsiders" an inside look into a different lifestyle.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her seductive tone in everyday activities was unnecessary and didn't tie in with the innocent character.


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

    NO!


    Any additional comments?

    Overuse of Holy Crap, Oh My.....I realize the character is a recent college graduate, but really??????

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    April Raleigh, NC, United States 06-09-12
    April Raleigh, NC, United States 06-09-12
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    "Glutton for Punishment"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Quite a few things:
    1. The first thing I noticed when listening to this book (apart from the narrator which others have discussed at length), was that it required a certain suspension of belief. Here we have a graduating English major (or lit major) with a vocabulary that consists of not more than crap, double crap, and holy crap he's freaking hot.
    2. The emails (which were painful to hear read) were a bit excessive considering this takes place in 2011 and text messages are readily available.
    3. The sex scenes really do overtake the book leaving not much if any plot. I've read erotica before, but I can't remember not being able to go a few minutes without another sex scene.
    4. The characters of the book all seemed to have a very child-like outlook on life and even when the author attempted to make the characters complex, they largely came off as immature and one-dimensional.

    Disclaimer: I am by no means a literature buff, but I read a lot of popular fiction. I can't say that any other book I've read stood out to me as shallow before reading this one. This could largely be due to the narration.


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

    Probably not. I will not be finishing the trilogy.


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

    I feel bad for Becca Battoe because while her voice was very annoying and all of the characters sounded like variations of a valley girl, there was not much she could do with the writing she was provided.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    While the BDSM didn't bother me at all, what did bother me was the description of what appeared to be an abusive relationship. While it is one thing to voluntarily enter into a dom-sub relationship because that's how you get your kicks, it's quite another to let someone beat you and try to become the type of person they want because you got turned out. To be afraid to say how you feel or stand up for yourself because that person might whip you. There were quite a few uncomfortable moments in this book, and for me none of them were during the sex scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're looking for something along these lines with less intensity and amazing narration, try Outlander. If you're looking for something with intense BDSM sex scenes and a more intricate plot, try the Kushiel series. Both are period pieces. I personally saw very minimal similarities to Twilight by the way.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C davis 06-08-12
    C davis 06-08-12
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    "Porn written at teenage level"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    For starters,it would be really great if the author had written this at an adult level. The characters were childish and the repetitive phrases drove me crazy. Words and phrases were used over and over (and over and over) like "holy crap!" "holy hell!" "I clambered into" "he smells like Christian and body wash." Then every once in awhile she'd throw in a word that you might have to look up to know it's meaning, like maybe someone told her to vary her words and so she threw in a few good ones here and there.

    As for the speaker, she was fine with the Anastasia character but her voice used for male characters was SO annoying. Why can't they just employ a male actor to do that part?


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

    No


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

    Her voice for male characters


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

    The childish emails back and forth ... and back and forth ... and back and forth


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Denese mesa, AZ, United States 06-07-12
    Denese mesa, AZ, United States 06-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "BUYER BEWARE! DO NOT WASTE YOUR CREDIT!"
    Would you try another book from E L James and/or Becca Battoe?

    Absolutely not by the author, but the narrator could not help the trash she had to read. I was built up to this book by people that read it.. I honestly do not think reading or listening to this book would have helped my review. This book is awful and as GREY as it's title. Save your credit(s)


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

    God, where to start... The OVER-USE of words was horrible. The story was boring, the female character reminds me of a spoiled rotten twit who at 21-22 years of age, has NEVER touched herself or had sex AND has been through college? Hard to believe.. SAVE YOUR CREDIT!!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Male voices were a little... ehh.. lacking, but then again, the story line was not her fault.


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

    Umm.... the fact that it ended... Honestly, folks... that is my honest opinion. I think the cliffhanger is how they end the book, but honestly, I am not riveted enough to download the other books to find out. I could care less...


    Any additional comments?

    Again.... SAVE....YOUR....CREDIT... Perhaps read the book and create your own opinion, but honestly, it is the way this book is written. Maybe if you read it, you can skip through all the "holy crap" parts.... Download Megan Hart's Stranger... a much better "listen"... Trust me..

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    06-07-12
    06-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "As interesting as a Penthouse Forum letter"
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Adolescent males, as it had very little depth and every adjective available to describe sexual acts


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

    I was very disappointed by the gratuitous sexual discussion. Greatly detracted from the story.


    Any additional comments?

    If I would like to read about sexual acts, I'll buy a Penthouse. I like to read books to challange my intellect. I felt like I was in a high school boys locker room for most of the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth A. Deards Odessa, TX United States 06-07-12
    Elizabeth A. Deards Odessa, TX United States 06-07-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Harliquin Goes XXX"
    Would you try another book from E L James and/or Becca Battoe?

    NO! The story line is as predictable as any romance novel. Becca Battoe has anything but a professional voice. I felt as if I were listening to a 10 year old reading porn.


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

    Probably not unless James can come up with multidimensional characters. Ana and Christian were both a little flat. To title the book 50 Shades of Gray is wrong in so many ways. I agree Mr. Gray had many psychological issues, but his character was also predictable.


    What didn???t you like about Becca Battoe???s performance?

    Her voice is too childlike with the inability to change it to sound like different people.


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

    I probably wouldn't publish any of it. Take out the sex and what you have is a love story for teen girls. Also, the sex became predictable. Totally a waste of a credit and listening time.


    Any additional comments?

    Even the cliffhanger scene at the end is not enough to get me to purchase the second or third book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Evelyn Carlsbad, CA, United States 06-07-12
    Evelyn Carlsbad, CA, United States 06-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "The Hype keeps selling this book"

    I was curious, like many, about this book that was getting so much attention. The storyline sounded intriguing and erotic. I have to agree with those who mention the absolute poor writing skills of this author. If the subject had not been so titillating, we would have never heard of this novel. Imagine an eighth grade student writing about a tenth grade student's sexual fantasies. It's already been mentioned, but the repeated metaphors and declarations (oh my , holy crap , exquisite, my breath hitched, in my belly or my behind.....) and the emails were literally painful to listen to. Becca Battoe might be perfect for some roles, but not for the characters in this story. There are so many performers who do a brilliant job with male and female character voices. Becca simply lowers her voice for the men. Anastasia's Valley Girl sound made me want to slap her. I had thought I might listen to the trilogy, but I don't care what happens to these people. EL James will make a lot of money from this sensational book, but she won't win any prizes for her writing skills. Save your credits.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jacquelyn D. Wood Memphis 06-06-12
    Jacquelyn D. Wood Memphis 06-06-12 Member Since 2011

    Jaxxx

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    "Story Mildly Entertaining, Narrator Abysmal!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not at all, as I stated in the headline the story is mildly entertaining as it's kind of fun listening to the character get all worked up and being so intimidated by Grey, but as far as 'good writing', it makes me think that any child 'not left behind' can write OR EDIT a book nowadays. Too much repitititititition, and cheesy references to things. I think it could have been made way more erotic and sensual, and the character can still come off innocent, without sounding like a complete stiff-sounding twit. This "Becca Battoe" sounded like she was uncomfortably reading from cue cards. Also, if I heard the words "Holy Crap", "Double Crap", "Crap", or any other fecal-exclamation, I might have jumped out a window.The only thing that keeps me interested is my simple fixation on hoping that the 'hot but bossy' "Christian Grey" beats the "Holy Crap" out of the narrator. =)


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

    I might consider it, if they have someone tolerable, maybe even captivating to read for the audio.


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

    Drew Barrymore (I just like her), Heather Jane Hogan, I'm not sure--Someone who can do "Innocent" but still bring a little life to the role.


    Did Fifty Shades of Grey inspire you to do anything?

    Yeah, beg for my credit back, and maybe call up a FWB and make my own story ha-ha.


    Any additional comments?

    I doubt I check out the other two books in the series, and by no means am I a prude, because I can read and write some erotica for that matter, and I don't mean to be a literary snob, but this book is just not something I would recommend unless you are easily entertained, and NOT EASILY agitated by annoying narrators.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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