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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 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.


    357 of 395 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.

    132 of 146 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

    I love to read. Now I love to listen and read.

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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.

    67 of 74 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.

    166 of 185 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.”

    38 of 42 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

    I love listening to books when cycling, paddleboarding, etc but I press pause when I need to concentrate. Its safer & I don't lose the plot!

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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.

    30 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Jimmy Powell, OH, United States 06-26-12
    Jimmy Powell, OH, United States 06-26-12 Member Since 2014

    I am a young-executive with a voracious appetite for great stories. I read and listen constantly, and am very proud of my book collection.

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    "Awful, Awful, Terrible, Awful!!!"

    I found this book painful! I hated everything about it. I for the life of me cannot figure out all the hype. This book basically is a gigantic Penthouse Letters, with very little interesting plot! I wasted my money, and cannot believe that people actually like this nonsense.

    I have never been so disappointed in a book, as it started out ok. Oh, and the narrator stinks too. I am less intelligent as a result of this book!



    30 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Simon Highland Park, NJ, United States 07-17-12
    Simon Highland Park, NJ, United States 07-17-12 Member Since 2014
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    "One of the best Worst Books I've listened to!"

    The other reviews should have clued you in already: This book is trash. As in, I'm-out-camping-and-I-have-no-toilet-paper trash. I won't reiterate the many, many problems, but I will let you know how I managed to enjoy it. Even enjoy it enough to not regret the time or credit, if you can believe that.

    Me and my friends were on a road trip, and we wanted to listen to an audiobook. Trying to find one that appealed to everybody was an impossible task, so instead, I went with this book, hoping that it could provide laughs that everyone could appreciate. And provide it did! It ended up being vaguely reminiscent of MST3K, with us riffing off and tearing apart this book. We laughed (at the prose) together, we cried (at the prose, again) together, we moaned together. It ended up being a really great experience, and HOLY MOSES is it a joy to quote to each other. There are so many horrific lines in this book (most of them repeated at least 10 or more times, because why write 500 pages when you can write 50 and copy-paste?), that we didn't stop quoting it the entire vacation.

    In the end, I can't imagine someone suffering through this dreck alone. I feel so much pain for you, you being unable to share your misery. But if you're looking for a fun group read, look no further!

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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.

    78 of 88 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.

    99 of 112 people found this review helpful

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