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Fifty Shades of Grey Audiobook

Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy Audiobook

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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

What Members Say

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    June 04-29-12
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    "You need a new narrator for this book."
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She sounded like a very young, tipsy Valley Girl. Not the right choice for 50 Shades. In fact very bad choice. Detracted from the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Will not download rest of the trilogy w/ this narrator.

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    Charlotte SEATTLE, WA, United States 04-29-12
    Charlotte SEATTLE, WA, United States 04-29-12
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    "Bad LISTEN"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I have to say, I agree with the other reviews. This is a BAD LISTEN!
    I am not on to like snarky reviews. Picking out small details that really don't define the overall audio expreience. "Fifty Shades," is a big fail.
    I have listened to audio books for well over 10 years and this is one if the worst in all of that time.
    PLEASE RE-RECORD!
    It is odd to think that this is a huge pop-culture book and for those of us who are audiophiles are left wondering....
    What's all the fuss about?
    Certainly, not the audiobook!


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    Jane United States 04-29-12
    Jane United States 04-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Car Wreck"

    This book is like a car wreck, you don't want to slow down and look, but you can't help it. You want to stop listening, but you want to know how it ends. The reason this book is sooo long is because it keeps going over the same stuff over and over and over again. Enough. If you want to write an erotic book, just do so, but don't beat us over the head with the same stuff or have the narrator read emails including the to, the from, the date, the time, the signature. I wanted to stick a pencil in my ears.

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    Zatzpa Mpls, MN, United States 04-29-12
    Zatzpa Mpls, MN, United States 04-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Horrible narrator"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    The author isn't a great writer. I'm sure if I read the book on my Kindle, I'd still think the whole thing was dumb. But I most certainly am struggling to get through the Audible version because the narrator is soooooooo bad. Sounds like a mindless valley girl. Every time she says "my inner goddess" I roll my eyes. And the author has her saying it every other sentence. Arrrrggggg.


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

    Only if I was reading about sorority girls or a high school prom.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    In every way. The narrator is totally distracting to me.


    Any additional comments?

    When I heard the recording had been remastered, I'd hoped they got a better narrator. But to no avail.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    D. bennett, Colombia 04-23-12
    D. bennett, Colombia 04-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "To Many E-mails"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades of Grey to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the book so I cannot comment on the honestly. I would guess I would speed read the E-mail portions- because I could - a little hard to do when having it read to you.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is an interesting look from Anastasia's point not having any clue about the lifestyle of Christen-


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

    She does a good jobe of switching characters. Believable in the varied emothions.


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    Lauren Englewood, CO, United States 04-23-12
    Lauren Englewood, CO, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Outrageous LCD build-up for a so-so book..."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This would be appropriate for anyone 'new' to the erotic fiction genre, or someone who thinks the "Twilight" series is great literature.


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

    The stilted, affected prose created a huge issue with the flow of the book. EL James tries to present her characters as evolved and realistic, but the dialog betrays her lack of experience. Its obvious that the author is British, using very formal language descriptively, but trying to channel a 20-something American girl through phrases like "awesomely hot" leaves the reader confused and annoyed. No one talks like this!


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

    Becca Battoe has a weird cadence to her voice that is absolutely grating. It amplifies the poor dialog between characters in such a way that I had to take small doses of the book. Another reviewer called it a 'Judy Bloom" voice, and I couldn't agree more! I felt like a voyeur watching some pervy old guy and a 14 year old vs. two apparently consenting adults. I'd consider Aasne Vigesaa, who has a youthful, but clear voice and seems to understand emotion to convey mood in a story (hear her read for Women of the Otherworld series). She has sensuality; but can be demure without the offensive, breathy undertones of a juvenile.


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

    This book had no editorial changes. How else can we explain that the main character lives in Vancouver, but must travel through Portland to get to Seattle?


    Any additional comments?

    I think its unfortunate that this book has had the success it has on the coattails of the 'Twilight' books. I didn't like that work either, seeing that truly amazing literature is being pushed aside for horrible writing that speaks to no more than a 5th grade comprehension level. Expansion of genres like erotic fiction is a welcome side effect, but this book shouldn't be considered there either. "Fifty Shades" is truly a Cinderella story, but it doesn't live up to its hype, good for the author, bad for the reader.

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    Melissa SOUTH LYON, MI, United States 04-23-12
    Melissa SOUTH LYON, MI, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2016
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    "If you like bondage and men beating women up"
    Would you try another book from E L James and/or Becca Battoe?

    no


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

    What story? It felt more like and introduction to bondage. Half of the book was Ana reading the contract between dominate and submissive.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I think that men beating women in any form is wrong. I don't know why this book is so highly rated.


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    Kathleen Leland, NC, United States 04-23-12
    Kathleen Leland, NC, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Don't Waste Your Credit"
    Any additional comments?

    I downloaded this book because I was curious about all the hype. What a waste! Frankly, I am disturbed that so many women find this book erotic.

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    joyski 04-23-12
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    "Very Graphic but Tastefully Written!"
    What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades of Grey the most enjoyable?

    opening your eyes to a more vivid "romance" novel. Extremely moving and can picture and relate to some of the comments in the storyline.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anastasia - She started off as a introverted virgin. She was given the opportunity of a lifetime to be with the ares most eligible bachelor. They both teach each other. Lots of 1st's for each of them.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Christian was willing to review and modify the contract. He was willing to try to give her the "more"she wanted and needed.


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

    YES. Took about 4 days but well worth it. I am starting Book 2 after it finishes downloading. Cant wait!


    Any additional comments?

    I am hoping that the additional books in the series will have Christian revel more of his past or maybe a couples session with the shrink together :) Who knows that may already be written in the next book that I am starting now.

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    Janit L Johnson WESTVILLE, OK, US 04-22-12
    Janit L Johnson WESTVILLE, OK, US 04-22-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Story, disappointing Narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No, I would suggest they purchase all three books to read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed it all


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Very poor choice of narrators. Her voice is too immature, poor male voice. In one word, BORING. It would have been soooo fantastic if Natalie Ross and Phil Gigante would narrate this book. They could bring the sizzle that is lacking!


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

    ?


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