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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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    Jess Long Beach, CA 08-30-12
    Jess Long Beach, CA 08-30-12
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    ""Oh my", "my inner-goddess" wants her credit back"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    The story is ooooookay at best, senseless at other times. Some of the worst writing I've ever read. Not much above a VC Andrews novel and I gave those up when I was 16.


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

    NOPE.com


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

    Poor Becca... she worked with what she was given.


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Miss Steele... and her inner-goddess... and her subconscious...


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could brainwash myself.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    KENYA 08-26-12
    KENYA 08-26-12 Member Since 2009

    Educator, mother and avid reader!

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    "A wonderful trip into the world of Dark Eroticism!"
    Where does Fifty Shades of Grey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    FSG is a diffinitely memorable listen. In fact I am on my third pass!


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

    The BeautySeries by Ann Rice


    What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

    Becca Battoe has a talent for languages. She enthralls the reader with her voice, inflictions and acting ability.


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

    Yes, and I did. In one weekend.


    Any additional comments?

    I can not wait to see what E.L. James has in mind for the next novel/series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Philadelphia, PA 08-26-12
    Terry Philadelphia, PA 08-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Sexy in Seattle: "More...""
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades of Grey to be better than the print version?

    Fifty Shades is a lovely little vacation into wish fulfillment and romantic fantasy for the adult woman. It’s not a work of art, not structurally sophisticated or necessarily well written. Enigmatically, for all its B- writing and construction, it still has delicious and detailed character development, occasional gems that sparkle, and a romantic essence that lingers with the reader long after you sadly reach the end of the story. You may or may not like the two main characters, but regardless, they become like two old friends that invite you to become a fly-on-the-wall to their unusually complex and sometimes unhealthy relationship. It’s deliciously sweet, sad, real, unreal, and painful. From the second I started the first book, I was on the merry-go round and didn’t want to get off.
    By this time, everyone knows that the textually the writing is often annoyingly repetitive, the voice sometimes childish and forced, lacking many of the American idioms that would strengthen the story line and the character development. The editing is non-existent. Who cares? If a sweet, sometimes dark romance is what you want, this is where you’ll find it. I say let go and enjoy the ride.
    This little series is hardly S&M porn along the lines of the legitimately dark 9 ½ Weeks, which when I read it years ago left me distinctly uncomfortable and slightly nauseated and disturbed. Fifty Shades is a quite the opposite—more of a love story that the reader wants to happen, to work, and to succeed. Thus the fantasy. The sex scenes are graphic, sure, but sex becomes the third main character in the story, not an opportunity for reader gratification. “Sex” is simply how Christian communicates. He doesn’t know any other way. (I do have to admit that I did start to wonder how he never needed a refractory period, and she wasn’t writhing with constant vaginal infections…but I digress.)They are both virgins when it comes to “lovemaking” and once you understand Christian and Ana in this context, it can and does become more real and bittersweet.
    Sure, Christian is simply too good to be true, but he is the better developed and--- for all his whips and chains-- the more likable character. Too rich, too good looking, too lusciously sexy, too witty, too over-protective -- our perfect fantasy man. It’s his darkness and sad vulnerability that make his obsession with inflicting sexual pain so interesting. This guy has put up emotional walls made of cement, and that just makes him more interesting and real. I loved him and found myself far more interested in him that I was in Ana, the sweet innocent that becomes his emotional salvation. She just advances too quickly for me to feel any really empathy for her. In a period of five or six months, she goes from shy to sophisticated, naïve to worldly -- and that alone damaged her character development. It’s a little tough for a virgin to go from unkissed to multi-orgasmic- on- demand in a short five month period (if ever!!), and for all her own issues of self-doubt and inferiority, it makes her the less sympathetic character. She is witty, smart, and outwardly independent; inwardly she is full of self-doubt, self-dislike, and has the same fear of abandonment that her lover has. That we understand.
    As I said earlier, it’s a fantasy. Is Ana codependent? Is she an enabler? Is Christian a sick bastard that revels in orgasm denial (Red! Red!) and a selfish control –freak of pathological proportions? In real life, probably. But this isn’t real life. It’s a delicious and tantalizing escape, and one that women today desperately need. I laughed, I cried, I loved it.
    There are rumors that E.L James is considering writing the same book from Christian’s perspective. I hope she does. That would be one hell of a psychological ride.

    I haven't read the print version, but I can say I was totally engrossed in the audio version. Something tells me that had the performance been done after the hype (rather than before), the production, voices, etc would have been more carefully done and better produced.


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

    While she's not the best reader, she's not the worst either. After re-listening to the trilogy a few times, I decided that she's good enough to generate the necessary imaginative imagery, and by the 2nd book, she does the Christian voice well enough.


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

    I admit it, I did have an extreme reaction: addiction. I laughed at the witty banter (i.e. the email exchanges) and I cried at his emotional pain.


    Any additional comments?

    For all its faults (and there is a long list of them) the audio version grabs your imagination and doesn't let go. I loved it.

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    carla GILBERT, AZ, United States 08-21-12
    carla GILBERT, AZ, United States 08-21-12
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    "WOW!!!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades of Grey to be better than the print version?

    i never read the print version i listen to books for work. when i heard about this book i was a little nervous. then when i read all the nasty comments about the book i was like okay then im defintally not reading these books. i was bored at work tired of listen to music and spent my credit on the first book. an d im glad i did this is an amazing read i really like it i think people are reading to much into i think this is a book about all the thing girls and guys go through ugh minus the whole dark sex stuff. but like any guy or girl we fall for what we know wil hurt us in the end hoping that it will change sometimes it do and sometimes it doesnt. i cant wait to read the other books and hope that he understands were she coming from and her understand where he is coming from. dont listen to what people say about these books if you want to read it spend a credit on it if you dont like it you didnt pay for it anyways... latas baby :D


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    anna because she a girl not ever have experianced love before but wants with the wrong guy or is he??... and she really smart but its her first time being boy crazied and we have all been there.


    Which character – as performed by Becca Battoe – was your favorite?

    ive never heard her until know but i love anna


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

    when she finnaly stood up to him at the end and tld him what she really wanted


    Any additional comments?

    i say read these book and make your own descion about it ... latas baby ;D

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Large USA 08-21-12
    Jennifer Large USA 08-21-12 Member Since 2010

    Jennifer Large

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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone as naive and with as limited a vocabulary as the main character.


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

    The protagonist knows the behavior is problematic and doesn't even have a desire to experience it, and yet does it anyway, which is just dumb. Plus, every other word is "Holy Jesus," "Oh, my" or "Holy something else." You would think the surprise would wear off after signing the contract and researching the acts. But, no. The naive, dual-word reactions continue all the way through parts one and two, which is where I stopped listening.

    The most disappointing thing about the book is the rehearsed powerful-man-is-the-prize-a-naive-young-virgin-values-over-her-own-self-respect plot line. It's so uninventive, i's archetypal but without the mystery.


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

    I thought the reader tried hard to make the repetitive vocabulary interesting and give the blahsville protagonist some character.


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

    No. I cannot figure out why America is so interested in reading this book. I bought it to find out why everyone was buying it. I still have no idea, except to say that readers are just less savvy than I thought.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Katy, TX, United States 08-12-12
    Kelly Katy, TX, United States 08-12-12
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    "Hated it!!!"
    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    No - definitely not


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

    Hated the beginning of the book - lack of emotion!


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

    Reader too young for mature subject matter. She sounds about 15 or 16.


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

    Good lord - I pray that our society has not gotten to be such an immoral society.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your money. For the sexually-prude or frustrated woman, it may be exciting. For all the normal sexually satisified women, don't waste your money.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Veronica 08-09-12
    Veronica 08-09-12
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    "STAYED UP ALL WEEKEND JUST TO FINISH THE TRILOGY!"
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

    SENSUAL, UNINHIBITED, LIBERATING


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Definitely Mr. Grey and his mysteriousness behind his eroticism.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Ana and Cristian met, I was cracking up when she stumbled in and fell over her own two feel!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brigitte Hinton, AB, Canada 08-09-12
    Brigitte Hinton, AB, Canada 08-09-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Could not put it down,,,,loved it !"
    What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades of Grey the most enjoyable?

    easy to listen


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anastasia she had her own personality


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when she trip over her feet at the beginning of the book


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

    kept me listening


    Any additional comments?

    christian

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Duck SEADRIFT, TX, United States 08-07-12
    Duck SEADRIFT, TX, United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2011

    I love to read espionage and criminal thrillers. My lifestyle doesn't allow time to sit and read so audio books is really an enjoyment.

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    "Sex and more Sex"
    Where does Fifty Shades of Grey rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Some where in the middle.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was in hopes that she finally got smart.


    Which character ??? as performed by Becca Battoe ??? was your favorite?

    Miss Steele


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

    When she asked to sample the worst pain in the Red room


    Any additional comments?

    The book is basically telling of all the different ways to have sex. It is a little boring in spots.
    The same thing happens each time. She is surprised in what she done and he is pleased in how she done it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan ILLINOIS 08-07-12
    Dan ILLINOIS 08-07-12
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    "Love it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades of Grey to be better than the print version?

    Idk, the audio edition is great, I get all into it when I'm taking a walk.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just how Grey IS, it remindes me a bit of ME, ( just not the rich part,LOL) Just feeling that GO FOR IT ATT.
    What did I like best about this story? Umm, bring her to the house and knowing in the back of his mind that he was going to *U*K


    Which scene was your favorite?

    After the Photo shoot, I bet he could just see it in her eyes that he got her.
    & When she threw herself to him.


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

    Moved me? Just getting too excited on some parts giving me flash backs on my own life on the things I did with some girls.


    Any additional comments?

    My first audio book will always be rememberd, lol. :p

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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