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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

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  • Finalist, GoodReads Choice Awards, Best Romance

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    Candice 05-17-12
    Candice 05-17-12 Member Since 2014

    I drive truck for a living. My audible books keep my wheels turning.

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    "Why is this book on the New York bestsellers list?"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book is very disturbing, and the narration is a very poor quality. As someone who was mentally abused as a young person this book left me feeling very upset. I am glad to know that the libraries are banning these books from our children.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator needed to distinguish the characters.


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    Dawn M Meyer Brooklyn Park 05-16-12
    Dawn M Meyer Brooklyn Park 05-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "new voice for the books"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story in general I love. The first book I got had the old reader that sounded like she was a little kid. She was supposed to be young and naive and after a few chapters I was ok with it. When the notice came that the voice had been re-mastered or whatever you call it, I downloaded it again. I still have the old version so not sure where the new version went, but I was used to young voice so I just finished the book that way.. The new voice to me sounds like she's way older and it makes all the other voices she does be way too low. It makes me tune out so it's harder to focus on this second book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that it goes into details regarding the bdsm lifestyle with consentuality and communication, leading her slowly and hearing her confusion as she tries to wrap it around her brain in the context of how she was raised and what she knows. It shows the hard side but gives an insight that doesn't make this type of lifestyle all horrible and taboo.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    so far, it's hard to choose


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    for me...the type of lifestyle makes it irresistible


    Any additional comments?

    Other than the new voice, I look forward to getting in the car to listen on my long waits in traffic

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    lynn 05-16-12
    lynn 05-16-12
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    "50 Shaes Of Grey"
    What did you love best about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I loved everything about this book, some repeditive words but you get used to it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Christian of course


    What does Becca Battoe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She read the book with such ease, much better than reading myself, she did a amazing job


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

    I could'nt stop reading it.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks to E L James :)

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lilith Darville 05-16-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Bad Writing Can Be Titillating"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have Ana behave her age instead of like a young infatuated teenager.


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

    Juvenile and unrealistic dialogue.


    What three words best describe Becca Battoe’s voice?

    Childlike, melodic, clear.


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

    Not without a rewrite of the plot.


    Any additional comments?

    The concept is good; and I'm hopeful that as Erika gains writing experience, the dialogue and plot will improve.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    laura 05-16-12
    laura 05-16-12
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    "the worst narration EVER !!!!"
    Would you try another book from E L James and/or Becca Battoe?

    NO NOT NARRATED BY BECCA BATTOE


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

    NARRATOR


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    SOUNDED LIKE A BAD ACTRESS , WAS COMPLETELY DISTRACTING. I WAS NOT EVEN ABLE TO GET THREW THE FIRST CHAPTER. COMPLETE WASTE OF MY CREDIT.


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

    FRUSTRATION


    Any additional comments?

    PLEASE REDO IT WITH A WOMAN AND MAN NOT JUST A VALLEY GIRL.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Zahnow 05-15-12

    I listen to audio books on my M-F 40 minute commute into Raleigh NC. I am the founder of The Shore Grief Center, a nonprofit.

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    "Hot Hot Hot!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is my first foray into this type of fiction. I recommend it to my girlfriends as it's a great escape and makes me daydream about what life could be like. I find myself anxious to pick up where I left off which means "is it time to drive somewhere again?" as I listen to books in my car!


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

    When the character finally felt belittled and said "that's enough!" so now I must get the second book!


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to the first part with the original narrator and was surprised to hear a different one when I downloaded the remainder of the book. Becca's deep voice is much more believable than the original one. But how many times must the character say "Oh my!"?

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    Christy Whitehouse, TX, United States 05-15-12
    Christy Whitehouse, TX, United States 05-15-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Absolutely love it! I can't stop listening!"
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing and mesmerizing! Exciting and filled with lots of questions that I want answered


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the exchange of the emails (entertaining)


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

    Laughed alot!!


    Any additional comments?

    Must read!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paul West Blocton, AL, United States 05-15-12
    Paul West Blocton, AL, United States 05-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Thank You Audio for New Recording!"

    I would just like to say that I, for one, really appreciate audible.com listening to its customers and quickly making an effort to re-record this very popular book. I think it is without doubt better than the original. I read all the reviews protesting LOUDLY and decided to order it anyway. I thought, Good Grief! It can't be that bad. I started listening, determined to not be critical of the narration. After about two chapters. I cut it off and I just thought I wasted a credit. I couldn't take it and it kind of creeped me out and annoyed me at the same time. It REALLY did sound like an eight year old valley girl reading an adult novel. The new version is MUCH better. I think it is very comendable that you would act quickly and respond to your listeners. Thank You! I am now able to finish this book and see what all the fuss is about!

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    Amazon Customer Los Angeles, CA, United States 05-14-12
    Amazon Customer Los Angeles, CA, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2012

    A tall 40ish year old big kid.

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    "In the mind of a young woman & relationship"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades of Grey to be better than the print version?

    Yes, for a man reading this book it will require us to try to unlock a part of our imagination that will probly make most of us just give it up.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Main character, because of her point of view from her innocent


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

    No,


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

    I don't know, but I can't wait to see who get to act the of Anastasia Steele & Christian Grey.


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    Sheryl Surprise, AZ, United States 05-14-12
    Sheryl Surprise, AZ, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Listen!"
    Where does Fifty Shades of Grey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It rates in the top 10


    What does Becca Battoe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Becca's voice shows the vulnerability, youth and lack of confidence she actually feels.


    Any additional comments?

    The voice of Anna Age Appropriate. She is an "Shy" college Girl not a confident "man eater." The many comments on her voice kept me from buying this book until I spoke to a friend who Read the book. "Of course the voice is suppose to sound like that she is a college girl! Don't let those comments scare you off!.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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