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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

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    Midory San Diego, Ca, United States 06-19-12
    Midory San Diego, Ca, United States 06-19-12
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    "What the....."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    i can see girls enjoying this, but its not for someone who is intellectual unfortunately.


    Has Fifty Shades of Grey turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No...


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Unfortunately it was a combination of both the story and the narration. Unfortunately the narrator sounds like a highschool girl which makes the whole audio-book almost uncomfortable and very awkward to listen to.


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    the writer?


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Phyllis Grover NAPLES, FLORIDA, United States 06-18-12
    Phyllis Grover NAPLES, FLORIDA, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Compelling characters"
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

    compelling, sensual, oversexed


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

    The ending left me wanting to hurry to Book 2


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

    The reader manages to make the main characters at once innocent and strong


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

    I nearly did.


    Any additional comments?

    The density of sex was, I suppose, a necessary evil, given the storyline. I believe, however, refrain from repetition of praise for each others' physical appearance would have made the dialogue less sophomoric. That said, I was drawn into the characters as people struggling with their own frailties and values.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Coby Leganes, Spain 06-18-12
    Coby Leganes, Spain 06-18-12 Member Since 2012

    A reader forced to drive alot. If I am listening to a book I don't speed. Well not too much anyway.

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    "Virgin meets multi-millionaire an dhas kinky sex"
    Would you try another book from E L James and/or Becca Battoe?

    No. He uses the word "squeak", and "oh my" and other simplistic language page after page. There are silly longwinded descriptions of food and wine. I wonder how much the brand names like Mac and Audi paid to be mentioned time and time again. They send ridiculous emails to each other that are supposed to be cute and only makes you want to strangle them. The emails include the date, time and to and from, so it takes forever to get through a one sentence message. She sounds like a Valley Girl and then uses a breathy ridiculous voice to do the other characters.


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

    No - And I wonder, who this book is directed at? I didn't think men got into romantic novels, but here the sex and story is definitely from the point of view of a man. Over a 3 week period of time, a 20 something virgin that wants sex 25 times a day and comes at the drop of a hat meets a millionaire who buys her lots of stuff. He wants to own her. She wants to take care of him and solve his problems stemming from a cruel childhood. And also very irritating, she is constantly eating things like pancakes and bacon, never works out and gets thinner and thinner. This is not a story from the point of view of a woman!


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

    Where to start? High pitch tone of voice, lack of depth and feeling, an irritating voice in general, no real differenciation between the characters...


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

    Where she talks about her Inner Goddess. And then the endless round and round about their relationship and his problems, whether he loves her or not! We read entertaining books to get AWAY from this stuff!


    Any additional comments?

    I got this book because it was compared in the New York Times to important literature that happened to include sensual or sex scenes. This is junk, pure and simple.

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    Molly NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA, United States 06-18-12
    Molly NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2017

    Opinionated redhead who uses audiobooks to make L.A. traffic bearable.

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    "Waste of a Credit"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better reader probably would have helped dramatically... as it is, the story felt weak and I couldn't stand the reader and the combination of those two factors made it impossible for me to continue listening past chapter 9.


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

    Absolutely not. Ever. She sounds like a shallow teenager.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Barrett MEMPHIS, TN, United States 06-18-12
    Bonnie Barrett MEMPHIS, TN, United States 06-18-12 Listener Since 2009

    Artvenus

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    "Disappointed with narrator and dialogue"
    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    A better narrator and not so much analyzing in her mind - very juvenile. I could not get past the voice of Becca Battoe - hated it. Story was sooooooo slow and not that surprising.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    not the rest of these books


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    voice with lame written dialogue and thoughts


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

    no problem with scenes - a quicker transition to provocative stuff - more passion in descriptions


    Any additional comments?

    overall I think I wasted my money on this - sorry but much ado about not much.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shamika PENLLYN, PA, United States 06-18-12
    Shamika PENLLYN, PA, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Overly suprised!!"
    What did you love best about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I started the book because all of my friends were reading it. I found that I couldn't put it down. This was worth the experience.


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    Racycarr Kentucky, United States 06-17-12
    Racycarr Kentucky, United States 06-17-12 Member Since 2017
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    "an amazing book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes would recommend it to a friend. I think everyone could use a little of Mr Grey in their life..


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fifty Shades of Grey?

    The contract..


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

    I felt angry toward what happen to Mr Grey at 15 and Cried during the last chapter of the book. Sorry won't give to much away. Want to know more listen to the book..


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Darlene 06-17-12
    Darlene 06-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The story teller is so annoying."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades of Grey to be better than the print version?

    No


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fifty Shades of Grey?

    LOL Really? Do you have to ask?


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I should have read it, this is the only time I am writing a review. The woman who read the book was almost condesending. She changed her voice to match the person talking but it seemed stupid. It totally ruined the book for me.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe redo this with someone else reading it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    cherish lakewood, ca, United States 06-16-12
    cherish lakewood, ca, United States 06-16-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A breathe taking grown up Cinderella Story"
    What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades of Grey the most enjoyable?

    I very much enjoyed the innner struggle that Ana experiences throughout the story and how she takes you on this emotional journey with her.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The devotion to detail without being vulgar. The descriptions and experiences of Ana and Christian are very well played out. Tastefully written.


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

    I loved Anastacia Steel. It was a hard choice for the narrator really did a great job in brining life to each of the characters.


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

    Anticipation and arrousal would have to be the extreme feelings in this series.


    Any additional comments?

    I will return and listen to this series over and over. I have recommended it to all my co-readers and will put the shades of gray series on my top ten list..... a must read for grown women readers...

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nana 06-16-12
    Nana 06-16-12
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    "Meant for adults."

    I know this book is meant for adults. However, I shudder to think of some young adult women thinking this may be fun or interesting to try with WRONG CHOICE OF MAN!!
    I agree with other listeners about the narrator. She is NOT suited for this book. Editor should have changed some multiple uses of the same words over and over again. I may be sick if I hear "oh my", "hot" or " my sex" EVER again!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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