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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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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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    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.

    137 of 149 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!

    167 of 182 people found this review helpful
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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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    "one star is too many"

    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.

    113 of 123 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
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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.

    67 of 73 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?

    125 of 137 people found this review helpful
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    s2ndra United States 07-14-12
    s2ndra United States 07-14-12 Member Since 2010

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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.

    36 of 40 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

    50 of 56 people found this review helpful
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    Len Dellwood, Minnesota 05-14-12
    Len Dellwood, Minnesota 05-14-12
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    "Totally ridiculous!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I wanted to like this book, because of all the hype, but I just couldn't. It is such a stupid, poorly written story, that I find it disturbing that so many women have embraced it. Has the dumbing down of America reached this low of a level? Evidently. I think this book appeals to people because it's provocative, but that doesn't take away the fact that it makes no sense and is, sex aside, incredibly boring. I enjoy a good sex scene, but all the crap I have to read before I get to it, is ridiculous. Anna talks about her inner goddess to the point where I want to puke, and her favorite phrase is "holy cow". Women, wake up, you're smarter than this. Spend your time reading something with at least a little literary value. I agree with fellow reviewers, that you can get equally turned on by a good Anne Rice novel, that is at least well written.


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

    no.


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

    All of those boring emails.


    50 of 56 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.

    48 of 54 people found this review helpful
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    George Davie, FL, United States 05-10-12
    George Davie, FL, United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2010
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    "In spite of the fact it sucks, I can't finish"
    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    An author who knows their limits. Kinky is good, poor narrative, cliche, and unorigional charictor types are not good. There were so many repeated poor visuals such as "looking up through my eye lashes." Nor does the author seem to understand that if your "subconscious" is having a conversation with you, it is by that virtue we define it as our conscience with which we are conversing...in effect, she is talking to herself, not her subconcious nor her "Medulla Oblongata."


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

    No


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

    Yes. The voices did come off very shallow and cliche but I don't discredit the narrator, that's how they were written.


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Grey. Why does he have to be so lame to be kinky?


    Any additional comments?

    If you really need sexy...go on a date and write your own kinky story.

    40 of 45 people found this review helpful
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