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Fifty Shades of Grey Audiobook
Fifty Shades of Grey
Written by: 
E. L. James
Narrated by: 
Becca Battoe
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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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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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    MsK1P2 Alton, IL, United States 05-27-12
    MsK1P2 Alton, IL, United States 05-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Um...yes it's enjoyable...but"

    Well now (fans blushing face), that was an interesting listen. The story definately had threads of Twilight-likeness to it. Ultimately I was able to separate out the two stories pretty well. Interesting and erotic to say the least. One thing that kept me from adding a few more stars to the review is Ana's inner monologue. It's partially the author's fault and partially the narrator's fault for the annoyance I think. "Oh my" "Oh my" I'm a bit of a geek and every time she said "Oh My" I thought of George Takei... awkward!! But the frequency with which she says it and the way the narrator speaks it was grating. Of course that isn't enough to stop me from downloading books two and three...

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tommie ATLANTA, GEORGIA, United States 05-26-12
    Tommie ATLANTA, GEORGIA, United States 05-26-12 Member Since 2015

    I have loved books every since I could read. During my elementary & high school days I spent my time in libraries getting books to read.

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    "Sensual! Romantic!"

    Romance, adventure, intrigue, and mystery laced with erotic episodes makes this novel sublime. It was worth listening to and should be heard again.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 05-20-12
    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 05-20-12 Member Since 2012

    Always moving. Always listening. Always learning. "After all this time?" "Always."

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    "Distracted Driving Danger!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this to my straight friends. Especially men. (No, we're not all looking for Christian Grey. Or interested in BDSM. But interested in imagination, yes!)

    Don't think my gay friends would get anything out of this except a good laugh at the too liberal use of the clichés and startling metaphors.So, don't drive while listening to this.

    You'll laugh out loud at some of the descriptions (did she actually wipe her lips off her face??? if so, where are they - on the floor???).

    You'll be annoyed - 'disorientated' is not a word, ladies, and I don't have the print version to know if it was the author or narrator. Someone's editor was asleep, either way!

    You'll also squirm at some pretty okay porn. Oh, I'm sorry, erotica. I don't want to ruin the suspense by describing it, but this predictable plot is worth it for the erotica. Even if the erotica always reaches its predictable end.

    E.L. James is no Anais Nin, but Nin's use of flowery language and eupehmisms were a necessity when she wrote. Nin's voice was self-censored for her time. E.L. James has the freedom Nin never had, and she puts it to good use.

    E.L. James writes erotica for the 21st Century woman, and lack of an editor aside (and much too liberal use of cut and paste), she's important for opening a popular, public door on a genre long hidden in bookstores with plywood windows, next door to liquor stores open all night, and late night computer sessions, with all of the lights out.


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

    Yes, went for the 20% discount on three credits that's good till the end of the month and purchased the last two.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    On the erotic part - sometimes I could hear the blush and stumble in the narrator's voice, even when the character was doing neither. When people say the erotic things that Christian and Anastasia were saying to each other, their inflection changes - their voice drops and gets husky, and their pace is more measured and careful. The erotica is narrated in a tone you could overhear in a grocery store produce section from someone asking about the benefits of organice versus natural apples. It's a seduction, not a grocery list!

    Since I went from Sinclair's "Main Street", narrated by Brian Emerson to "50 Shades of Grey", the intrusiveness of the narrator was especially jarring. I got used to the narrator after about an hour, and stopped wondering how old she was and how she got into the audio book busness, and I was able to just listen to the story.


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

    How many stars are fighting over the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steel?


    Any additional comments?

    Laters, baby!

    8 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Kiesha M. Vernick 05-17-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Great Book, Horrible Narrator"
    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    Nothing!


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

    The e-mail's (better while reading the books not listening), SHOUTY CAPS ;), when Ana goes off on Mrs. Robinson...


    What didn???t you like about Becca Battoe???s performance?

    Everything!!! I read the books first, then got the audio version. Big mistake. I generally love reading books over again if I really like them and I did these. Listening to the audio version almost put me to sleep. They are a lot more enjoyable/entertaining to read than they are to listen to.


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

    Anger, sadness, happiness, joy, laughter...

    I experienced just about every emotion while reading these books!


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 05-03-12
    Sarah 05-03-12
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    Would you try another book from E L James and/or Becca Battoe?

    Probably not


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I find narator's voice distracting.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A different narator, perhaps a more mature voice. Her inflections and timing is off.


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    lisa frisco, TX, United States 05-03-12
    lisa frisco, TX, United States 05-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Book. I think people are being a to harsh"

    I think being are being overly negative about the reader. I didn't have a problem with her. She wasn't the best but I have heard worse. I thought she did a fine job!

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    Tammy F. 05-02-12
    Tammy F. 05-02-12
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    "Unsettling, yet Exhilerating!!! Read alone......."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes...but, would be much better with a man speaking Christians part.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    So far, Christians character. I cant wait to see how it developes and of course the submission/domination sex. Christian makes it feel okay. Kate, is the least interesting.


    What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

    Umm, she sounded like a good representation of a naive 21 y/o virgin.


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

    Yeah...the last 2 chapters of part 1. (wink,wink) ;-^) lol...


    Any additional comments?

    cant wait to dwnld parts.2 and 3.

    Warning: Do Not Start reading /listening to this at bedtime.....you won't want to stop, then you may not make it into work the next day...Jus' sayin' yawn!!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    H. Havener Bowling Green, KY United States 04-29-12
    H. Havener Bowling Green, KY United States 04-29-12
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    "Beautiful and erotic love story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - It is well written and well delivered by the narrator. It is adult themed and very erotic so be aware of what you will be hearing. I totally disagree with the other reviewers who have made negative comments about the performance. I think Becca does a great job of portraying all of the characters. Her Ana has just the right degree of sexual innocence combined with honesty and a good sense of self.


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

    Yes - but impossible to do...


    Any additional comments?

    Please make the rest of the trilogy available quickly!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    snarkyparanormal 04-29-12 Member Since 2016

    love listening to great books while I work, clean, and drive...a great way to experience great books!!!

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    "Good book, but all the "OH MAY" s !!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades of Grey the most enjoyable?

    the anticipation of what the characters would do


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

    When Christian gps Ana at the bar and comes to her rescue.


    How could the performance have been better?

    the voice work was ok but the emails: listening to the heading of each email prior to the actual message was madding!!! "From Christian Grey CEO...." OK WE GET IT!!!!!


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

    when Ana enters the elevator for the last time and Christian is a live wire of pain...it is a haeart breaking moment when one knows they have lost love.


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ginger Greenfield, WI, United States 04-28-12
    Ginger Greenfield, WI, United States 04-28-12
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    "VERY DISAPPOINTING..."
    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    A BETTER ENDING...


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A familiar author...I know then I will like the ending for sure.


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

    She does pull you into the story with her reading.


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

    The ending


    Any additional comments?

    Bring out another book with a continuation and a better ending!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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