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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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    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 06-10-12
    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 06-10-12 Member Since 2005
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    I don't know why I bought it. I guess I was compelled by the hype and the promise of over the top tales of .... whatever. I hated it. The characters were STUPID and unconvincing. It was awful. Like awful on top of awful, handcuffed to more awful. I'm not sure who the target audience for this book. I'm going to go sanitize my ear buds. In the future I plan to deny I ever listened to it.

    131 of 144 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-05-12 Member Since 2008
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    "I regret downloading this book!!!"
    Any additional comments?

    This has to be one of the worst books I've ever listened to. I couldn't even listen to the whole thing. A lot of the reviewers complained about the narrator, but I couldn't stomach the story itself. I didn't realize it was basically a porno and not even well written porn at that. The author needs to come up with some other lines instead of repeatedly using the same ones such as "I peeked at him through my lashes". Is that even possible?! I wish I hadn't wasted my time or money!

    177 of 195 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Sylvania, OH, United States 07-02-12
    Jane Sylvania, OH, United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Even one star is too generous"

    Like so many others, I fell for the hype. Female co-workers told me to 'stick with it'. Well I can't. The story is SO juvenile. The narrator grates on my nerves, but she's just reading what the author has written. I, too, feel I wasted a credit and will remove the 2 remaining books in the trilogy from my wish list. Everything about this book is AWFUL! That there are women who actually think this is good literature absolutely baffles me.

    145 of 160 people found this review helpful
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    tina cokato, MN, United States 05-15-12
    tina cokato, MN, United States 05-15-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Why is this a bestseller?"

    I purchased this book because it was a bestseller. I figured that if it was, it would be good. Boy, was I wrong. Repeatitive and boring. Maybe I just cannot relate to a stupid 21 year old girl. The story had potential but once again the heroine is a simpering idiot. The reviewers who gush about this story, have no idea what a good story is. I cannot believe this is a best seller. Is it to much to ask for something well written and sexy?

    132 of 146 people found this review helpful
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    W Garner, NC, United States 07-25-12
    W Garner, NC, United States 07-25-12 Member Since 2008
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    WORST Audible book EVER, he murmured . OK, I'm a guy, he murmured, I'm not the intended audience. I get it. But by the end of the book the main character comes across more as an imbecile than a curious woman exploring her sexuality, he murmured.

    To the author's credit, I heard her say that she does not consider herself to be a writer. I agree 100 percent, he murmured.

    Read this book and you will never hear the word "murmur" again without cringing.

    77 of 86 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Raglan, New Zealand 10-13-14
    Mark Raglan, New Zealand 10-13-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Utter toilet"

    I listened to this book because I was curious. I listened right to the end because I was determined to give it a chance and maybe discover why it has become a number one bestseller. After finishing it I read the Audible reviews. I was pleased to see that it got completely slammed by most reviewers, who have recognised it as the rubbish that it is. So I suppose the book must have appealed to lots of people to become popular in the first place, and then, afterwards, lots of people have bought it because it is a best-seller. Its interesting that it continues to sell more and more copies to people who find it to be complete trash (me included). The author must be laughing her tits off (all the way to the bank) reading the damning reviews by idiots like me who've given her their cash. I suppose I should have checked the reviews beforehand, but I don't usually do this because a) I don't want to spoil the surprise and b) I don't want to be prejudiced by other people's opinions. At least my curiosity has been satisfied.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    pauline Cambridge, ON, Canada 07-10-12
    pauline Cambridge, ON, Canada 07-10-12
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    "AWFUL....."

    What a great disapointment.....after all the hype I was so excited to get going on this book but what a complete waste of my time. The narrator sounded like a breathy schoolgirl trying to immitate a mature sexy woman...not so. And the writing is maybe high school level but maybe not even graduation level? Won't bother with the other 2 books thank you very much.

    Only gave it 1star rating as I couldn't go 0

    55 of 62 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Long Beach, MS, United States 05-29-12
    Sarah Long Beach, MS, United States 05-29-12 Member Since 2010

    LOVE TO READ. But since becoming a Mommy it is impossible to sit to read a book. So I get to listen in my car, and cleaning/cooking! BLISS

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    "HORRIBLE"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I wanted to stab myself in the ears it is soooo bad. The writing is terrible it is literally if Cher from Clueless was getting it on with some smug jackass. AND I LIKED clueless in fact I think Cher would have been too smart to be this annoying.


    Any additional comments?

    I am literally going to see if I can get my credit back for this horrible, obnoxious, poorly written mess of a book.

    54 of 61 people found this review helpful
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    Karen R.Ph. Mars, PA, United States 05-06-12
    Karen R.Ph. Mars, PA, United States 05-06-12 Member Since 2007
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    "What is the hype about?"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone in high school or a very shallow person.


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

    Doubt it


    How could the performance have been better?

    Find a narrator who doesn't sound like an annoying teenager.


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

    not so much


    Any additional comments?

    The content and conversation is so shallow and uninspired, which contrasts with the smattering of erudite adjectives. Some of the flippant phrases seem repetitive. Perhaps a better narrator would have made a big difference. I am not impressed.

    63 of 72 people found this review helpful
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    Kelvin SAN JOSE, CA, United States 05-23-12
    Kelvin SAN JOSE, CA, United States 05-23-12 Listener Since 2005
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    "Everything about it is retarded"

    Before I purchased this, I saw the overwhelming low rating on performance. I thought I could tolerate bad performance if the story line was interesting enough, and in my experience, I get used to irritating voice or bad performance fairly quickly and could ignore them well.

    But in this book, I don't know if it's the bad writing, bad performance, or bad story line, although I'm pretty sure it's all of the above, I simply cannot stand it. It was fairly interesting in the beginning, but after 1/3 in the two antagonists just sound and act like they're both intellectually challenged. I can accept Anastasia being stupid, but how do you justify a self starter multi billionaire being a complete moron?

    Anastasia says "HOLY COW" "HOLY CRAP" "HOLY F*" every few minutes throughout the book. Maybe if I read the written copy, it'd be more tolerable. But when listening to the audible version, there's no escaping from her (and the author's) stupidity.

    And the majority of the conversation between Mr. Grey and Anastasia Steel is, "Did you just do that, Mr. Grey?" or "Did you just do that, Miss Steel?" YES! They just did that. Stop asking! They say that in every single conversation to each other, and I'm not exaggerating a bit! Oh my god. This book is beyond stupid and I don't understand how the story line got such a high rating.

    I thought the Twilight trilogy was poorly written and stupid. But compared with this, Twilight can be a English classics.

    If you are still curious about the book, do yourself a favor and get the written version. At least you can skip through the moronic parts and all of the HOLY ____ and "did you just do that?"

    To give the narrator some credit, I think she did a stellar job given the poorly written material.

    53 of 61 people found this review helpful
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