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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

What the Critics Say

  • Finalist, GoodReads Choice Awards, Best Romance

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    Amazon Customer Los Angeles, CA, United States 05-14-12
    Amazon Customer Los Angeles, CA, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2012

    A tall 40ish year old big kid.

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    "In the mind of a young woman & relationship"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades of Grey to be better than the print version?

    Yes, for a man reading this book it will require us to try to unlock a part of our imagination that will probly make most of us just give it up.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Main character, because of her point of view from her innocent


    Have you listened to any of Becca Battoe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No,


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

    I don't know, but I can't wait to see who get to act the of Anastasia Steele & Christian Grey.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sheryl Surprise, AZ, United States 05-14-12
    Sheryl Surprise, AZ, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Listen!"
    Where does Fifty Shades of Grey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It rates in the top 10


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

    Becca's voice shows the vulnerability, youth and lack of confidence she actually feels.


    Any additional comments?

    The voice of Anna Age Appropriate. She is an "Shy" college Girl not a confident "man eater." The many comments on her voice kept me from buying this book until I spoke to a friend who Read the book. "Of course the voice is suppose to sound like that she is a college girl! Don't let those comments scare you off!.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Josh Ossining, NY, United States 05-13-12
    Josh Ossining, NY, United States 05-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "worst book ever - get a grip people"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    worst book ever


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    worst book ever


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

    worst book ever


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

    worst book ever


    Any additional comments?

    worst book ever

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sheryl Graham, WA, United States 05-13-12
    Sheryl Graham, WA, United States 05-13-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Don't Listen to the Negative Reviews on Narration"
    Where does Fifty Shades of Grey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm a big fan of audiobooks, so I think this rates around a four star rating.


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

    I wouldn't compare this book to anything else, it's a bit dark like Black Dagger Brotherhood, but it's a wonderful love story.


    Did Becca Battoe do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Becca Battoe is not as talented as many other narrators, but neither is she a complete flop on these books. After a while you forget her as a narrator and just listen to the story. I was originally inclined to listen to the "mean reviews" of Becca Battoe, and therefore went ahead and bought the ebooks. Later, I thought I'd give the audiobook a try, and I was pretty mad that I listened to all the nay-sayers. Becca did a good job--not outstanding--but far better than the nasty reviews she's been given. I am completely happy with the narration.


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

    The love story is amazing. It's flows and makes sense, and it's just a beautiful story, well written and inspiring.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't let others turn you away from this audiobook series. It has a near 4-star rating for a reason on Audible. I have never written a review on Audible, but Becca Battoe does not deserve the vehement negative reviews she's been getting on this series. It is a lovely narration--not the best I've ever heard--but still lovely.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ana PORT JERVIS, NEW YORK, United States 05-13-12
    Ana PORT JERVIS, NEW YORK, United States 05-13-12
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    "like the story,hate the Narrated Becca Battoe"

    All I can say is the book was great,but OMG I just couldn't listen 2 her voice anymore!!! and because of this I will not listen 2 the rest of the books..

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer SARANAC, MI, United States 05-13-12
    Amazon Customer SARANAC, MI, United States 05-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "WOW!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would not have placed soooo much sex in the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I believe all the characters are great.


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

    HER VOICE.... Plus: when reading emails, there is no need to read every single thing. Including To: From: Date and Time: It really bothered me because there is about 5-10 minutes of email: TO: Name Subject: From: Name then Date: with the date and then a 2 second message and this all follows with another email and then another and then another. Not sure if this is Becca or this is the author.


    Was Fifty Shades of Grey worth the listening time?

    Yes and No. I would highly recommend that if you are listening to this book, do NOT do so at work unless you are using headphones. The amount of sex scenes in the book can cause a few issues.


    Any additional comments?

    Love the story line but could do without all the details of the sex.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Bernardston, MA, United States 05-13-12
    Kim Bernardston, MA, United States 05-13-12 Member Since 2015

    Always looking for something new to to explore in life. Over 50, artistic, quilting is a passion. A long drive and a good book are the best

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    "Defining"
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

    Hot sexy control


    What did you like best about this story?

    Even though Christian is a dark troubled soul Anna's ability to hold her own and set her boundaries as she learned who she was and what she did and did not like was very powerful. If only all women could be that strong and ask for what they wanted and not be afraid to say no to what they don't like.


    Any additional comments?

    Ann's expressive exploration made me smile. Then to hear all the catch phrases be used in pop culture let you know how many people were reading.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren 05-13-12
    Lauren 05-13-12
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    "Very entertaining, but not well written."
    What did you like best about Fifty Shades of Grey? What did you like least?

    Great story, but not well written and poorly cast


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

    Her voice got on my nerves, poorly cast


    Was Fifty Shades of Grey worth the listening time?

    Yes, great story


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Corning, NY, United States 05-13-12
    Amazon Customer Corning, NY, United States 05-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointed in audible"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I loved the books all three I read. I would recommend the book but not the audio because the narrator was bad. I didn't like the male voices at all. I could not hear any improvement after update. Will not buy the other 2 because of that.


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

    I'm not sure.


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

    NO


    Do you think Fifty Shades of Grey needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There are followup books but better to read them.


    Any additional comments?

    I was very disappointed, but that's how it is sometimes.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Claudia Hunt Dunwoody, GA United States 05-13-12
    Claudia Hunt Dunwoody, GA United States 05-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "More than the sensational"
    What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades of Grey the most enjoyable?

    Story was laying the foundation for the next two books. Loved the total. Was a little to graphic.. tended to become bored with the explicit sex. Seemed to be unnecessary.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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