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
Needed a different more believable narrator,and should have had a female and male reading.Love the Fifty Shade Series. The narrator ruined the characters for me. It was like a bad dream. Could not even stand to listen. Was a joke!!
The story is AMAZING!! Have read it over and over! EL James is a gifted story teller and I highly recommend the series to anyone and everyone. The story of Christian and Ana is incredible!
Thought everything was terrible! Voice did not portray Ana the way I saw her. And her imitation of Christians voice was laughable!! Totally ruined it for me!
I DID LOVE THE BOOK!! HATED the narration!!
Please find a new narrator. The voices makes the story seem more silly than erotic. I don't have much time to read and prefer to listen to books on my daily commute. I am very much enjoying the story but will not purchase another audio version with the same narrator. I will have to purchase the actual books for the remainder of the trilogy as I do not want to ruin it with the voice of Christian sounding so...........well, annoying and silly.
I loved the book it kept me wanting to find out more what is going to happen next. I can't wait to hear the other two books.
I don't think I have heard anything by her, but I wish she would have been more into the story.
The topic is new and intriguing!
There isn't a fav character in this book for me... i really enjoyed all the characters
She has terrible intonation, valley girl style.... uhhg, i listen to about 2 sometimes 3 books a week and i have to say this is the worst narrator i have ever heard. her voices aren't different enough, her accents are really bad, and the intonation of a dumb woman dripping all over it all. it was really distracting for me. but the story is really good, so i made it through. if it were a mediocre story i wouldn't have listen to the whole book because of the intonation... i feel really mean for that :/ but it really had to be said.
Bahahaha, the book has A LOT of sex in it! It was hard not to be "moved" through the whole thing.
I feel like maybe some people out there are overreacting to this book. I understand that the type of sex is new to romance novles. but the way it is told is so mainstream that I was left wondering when the story was going to get controversial??? it never really did for me. It was a new perspective on a topic most people don't understand. didn't make my flesh fall off.
Becca Battoe did a most excellent job with the female voices.
The characters were entertaining.
I cannot believe you produced an audio book with this subject matter having just one person narrate. The story & characters most certainly required both a female and a male narrator. I made myself finish listening to the first book, but will be buying the hardcopies of the next two in the series as it made my skin crawl to hear a female read the male voices in this story. To give you an indication of how strongly I feel about this, I will say that this is the ONLY review on anything I have ever purchased. I never take time to provide feedback, but want all future listeners to beware purchasing this version.
i loved to be read to as a child and i still love to be read to 40 years later as an adult. when i looked into listening to the "shades of grey" trilogy, review after review seemed to dissuade me from listening to the books due to the poor narration...and i almost followed suit. so glad i didn't. is becca battoe the best narrator ever? no. is she in the top 10? no. do i enjoy books more when there is a different narrator for each character? yes. however, just as when i was read to as a child, my imagination can handle pretending that a female narrator’s lowered voice is a male’s. i don’t need the oration to be perfect, just enjoyable. and honestly, i enjoyed becca battoe’s narration. she used expressions where i wouldn’t have, and i liked hearing her version in my ears more than the version that would have been silently in my head. there were times that battoe’s naivete version of anastasia or the steamy version of christian saying “baby” made me smile and feel flushed at the same time. it was steamy. it was funny. it kept me listening until all 3 books were finished (and i’ll go see the movie when a movie version is made). is this book good literature? no. is it good smut? yes. good, captivating, hot, juicy, smut. thanks e.l. james, becca battoe, and random house audio.
I could not put this book down!
This book is like no other
I don't think I can pick one favorite part because there were so many.
This book consumed my life for a couple days!
I don't understand what all the critisizm was with the reader. I thought she did a fine job and I enjoyed the book.
There are some really good erotica readers out there, this narrator was so bad it detracted from the story. Random house needs to rerelease this book with a new narrator and offer those of us stuck with this version a free download of it!
Yes. I find it a compelling story that engaged me emotionally. Despite its popular reputation, this is a novel focusing on a relationship and its complexities, rather than a sex story that only incidentally seeks to understand its characters' feelings and motivations. At its heart Fifty Shades is a story of redemption. This book and its sequel form a single whole, with an ending that is satisfying. Several sections remind me of my favorite scenes in Pride and Prejudice.
Christian Grey was my favorite character. He's the classic hero -- honest, well-intentioned, courageous, caring -- with a fatal flaw. We come to know him as well as we do Ana, even though the tale is told in her voice.
I enjoyed Ms. Battoe's rendition. As some of the other reviewers noted, she sounds young, but that's in keeping with the twenty year old character she portrays. Her narration gave me more of a sense that I know Ana that I would get from simply reading the book.
It made me smile -- and I found myself going back to my favorite parts, none of which were the sex scenes.
The first two books form a single story, one that feels like a classic (rather than a modern) romance. The third book is more in the form of a "further adventures of. . ." addition, fun but not as deeply involving. Don't be put off by the sadomasochistic aspects of the story. They add a frisson of titillation, but they're only central to the story in that they provide a barrier that the two main characters must overcome in order to reach the satisyfing conclusion.
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