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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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    Amazon Customer 05-31-12
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    "This was the worst!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A decent story would have made this better, or even a legitimate protagonist who had an ounce of self-worth and maturity. This is the most poorly written and least sympathetic character I've read in a long time - I really just wanted to punch her in the face until she got a clue about anything.

    I wanted to know what the hype regarding this book was about, so I took a chance - shouldn't have wasted my time/money! I should have known better, considering it's loosely informed by the "Twilight" series - the main character, as in "Twilight", is a whiny half-wit with zero self-esteem and no sense of self-preservation. And the story itself is entirely ludicrous (perhaps that's a symptom of the Romance genre, which I generally avoid at all costs, but again, curiosity got the better of me) - never in the real world (or even a well-crafted literary world) would a highly successful, apparently supremely attractive man fall for such a mindless drip. I've had enough of the low self-esteem, "I'm unworthy of this man", clumsy, unsophisticated female leads! Even the minor characters were worthless and added nothing to the story. The fact that this book is so popular is an incredibly unfortunate comment on American society (or at least on American women).


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything but a book written by EL James or narrated by Becca Battoe.


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

    Anyone else. This narrator had a horribly irritating voice that made the character even less sympathetic and much whinier than she was written.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not for me.


    348 of 384 people found this review helpful
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    FanB14 04-11-12
    FanB14 04-11-12

    Short, Simple, No Spoilers

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    I wanted to like this book, but the childish writing style and flimsy characters are absurd. Don't believe the hype if you like books with real plot lines and well-developed characters.

    115 of 127 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon Louisville, KY, United States 11-15-13
    Shannon Louisville, KY, United States 11-15-13
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    "This is garbage!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If everybody died in the first few pages, I murmured.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I don't know but I need something to wash the slime off my brain after reading this, I murmured.


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

    The sound of her voice and the hideous, racist accents she used, I murmured.


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

    It made me laugh and laugh and laugh, I murmured.


    Any additional comments?

    If I had an inner goddess, she’d be murmuring, “Holy shit! The amount of hate I have for this book is palpable.”

    16 of 17 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 2006
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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.

    156 of 174 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 2013
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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?

    142 of 159 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.

    61 of 68 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 2012
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    "Blechhh....."

    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.

    90 of 101 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

    60 of 68 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.

    70 of 80 people found this review helpful
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    s2ndra United States 07-14-12
    s2ndra United States 07-14-12

    DragonSwan

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    "Oh My! This book sucks!"
    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    H- No


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

    Terrible writing, cringe inspiring dialogue, boring characters, Christian Grey is annoying, Ana has no brain cells.


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

    Doesn't matter who reads it, the book is cheesy as heck.


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

    all the sex scenes, Christian needs to STFU during sex, all the dialogue, every "OH MY" and "HOLY CRAP" phrase, every mention of Ana's Inner Goddess, and Subconscious.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't know it was fan fiction, it is written by a total amateur. I want my credit back.

    43 of 49 people found this review helpful
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