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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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    Gail Kittery Point, ME, United States 04-29-12
    Gail Kittery Point, ME, United States 04-29-12 Member Since 2009
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    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I thought the narrator was way too young sounding, but I liked the book. Think it would have been a better read than listen. THEN when I started book 2 with a new narrator, I wanted the first narrator back. It is painful to listen to and am thinking I will get the book and read it.


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    Contrarian Octogenarian 04-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Reader was so bad I could not finish part one. And my reading is entirely by audio


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

    Only with a better reader


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

    Everything


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

    Unable to hear enough to tell. First part = Erotocism


    Any additional comments?

    Equally bad reader on "Swamplandia" First time in years to hear bad readers

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lucy015 POWHATAN, VA, United States 04-27-12
    Lucy015 POWHATAN, VA, United States 04-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "So excited to download this book!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I LOVE the story. It draws you in quickly and is compelling. HATE the narration. Ugh!


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

    Anyone! That "valley girl" inflection was beyond irritating!


    Any additional comments?

    I should have taken the time to sit down and read this one. The narration ruins the experience.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Fawn Sussex, WI, United States 04-26-12
    Fawn Sussex, WI, United States 04-26-12
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    "Poorly written, terrible narrator!"

    The narrator sounds terrible.. I can't even finish the first book! And the writing... how many times can they say "bemused", "murmured", or "Wholy Crap"?? Sounded like a 12 year old wrote it! Author makes the main female character out to sound like a complete moron! And the narrator, well she makes all the characters sound ridiculous. The emails were painful to listen to also..... I think the listeners know who they are from or to!!! OMG... awful listen.

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    grace visalia, CA, United States 04-26-12
    grace visalia, CA, United States 04-26-12
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    "Tiresome.. Was very ready for it to end"
    Would you try another book from E L James and/or Becca Battoe?

    More than likely not


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

    More than likely not but I may give her another shot


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

    No


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

    Not for me at all. I was looking forward to listening after reading the reviews but it was plain and smiply boring! If I have to hear the word "beguiling" one more time I think I will scream haha and a reading of "the rules" over and over really had me rolling my eyes not to mention the back and forth emails. I get what she was getting at but her book read like an english lesson. And the narrator was horrible in her laughable Chrisitan voice and valley girl Anna. Waste of my credit. "OH My" *eyeroll*


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Scot Chicago, IL, United States 04-26-12
    Scot Chicago, IL, United States 04-26-12 Member Since 2010

    I am a Fashion Stylist and always on the go! I LOVE that audible let's me get through the books I want to read and still get things done!!!

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    "Great story. Horrible narration"
    Would you listen to Fifty Shades of Grey again? Why?

    Even with the modifications to the narration (slowing and deepening her voice) she is still rather annoying. It is such a great story I will just purchase the book so that I can take in the entire story.


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

    This book sort of reminds me of a vampire story except Christian is a living breathing human. His secret life mixed with his good looks makes him the guy she wants to hate but can't resist the power he has casts over her.


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

    Not sure. Becca made it sound more like a Judy Bloom novel! I wanted to go dig out ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT'S ME MARGARET.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Scot Fontaine CHICAGO, IL, US 04-26-12
    Scot Fontaine CHICAGO, IL, US 04-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story. Horrible narration"
    Would you listen to Fifty Shades of Grey again? Why?

    Even with the modifications to the narration (slowing and deepening her voice) she is still rather annoying. It is such a great story I will just purchase the book so that I can take in the entire story.


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

    This book sort of reminds me of a vampire story except Christian is a living breathing human. His secret life mixed with his good looks makes him the guy she wants to hate but can't resist the power he has casts over her.


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

    Not sure. Becca made it sound more like a Judy Bloom novel! I wanted to go dig out ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT'S ME MARGARET.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cecilia Fabulich Marina del Rey, CA United States 04-25-12
    Cecilia Fabulich Marina del Rey, CA United States 04-25-12 Member Since 2015
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    "As read by a tenth grader"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    If it weren't for the fact that this was my book club selection, I would have stopped listening half way through.


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

    I would probably read something by this author again, but not if it is read by the same performer. The story line was intriguing but I am not nuts for reading about addiction. Substitute cocaine for sadism and you might see what I mean. This author is glorifying someone's pain...making it erotic and entertaining. For many this is a turn-off.


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    K 04-25-12
    K 04-25-12
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    "narrator annoying"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    valley girls?


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    more reasonable history for Christian Gray. Less "Surprise" from Anna. Really is anyone that naive at that age


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

    her voice is irritating over time


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

    it kept me company on a long drive


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    Darrell Tulsa, OK, United States 04-25-12
    Darrell Tulsa, OK, United States 04-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Worst download So far!!!!!"
    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    Better writing! Read by someone else!


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

    Sophmoric way the story was written.


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

    Can not listen to another "valley girl"


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    The Main character!


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry, maybe I'm not cut out to read teenie bopper stories.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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