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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.

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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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    Teresa Indianapolis, IN, United States 05-10-12
    Teresa Indianapolis, IN, United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2014

    As a person with dyslexia, audio books give me the opportunity to "read" wonderful books that I would otherwise miss. Thank you for this fabulous service.

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    "Please buy this author a thesaurus (for starters)!"

    Spoiler Alert! I don't usually read "romances" but I was suckered in by all the hype. I hope they are generally better written.

    First point: the vocabulary.

    If I had known, I would have kept track of how many times Ana said, "Ooooh, myyyyy!" That seemed to be the only reaction the author could think of.

    I told my daughter (who is a book editor) that if they make a movie of this, the audience will miss half the dialog since there was so much of it that was "murmured." There were entire conversations that were murmured.

    In my entire life, I had never heard the word "clambered" used that much.

    Second point: the attraction.

    Ana is attracted to this man, but the only thing she keeps repeating is how stunningly beautiful he is. She's not a gold-digger, but she is so taken by his looks. I can understand a naive young woman (are there really women this naive and innocent?) being flattered by the attentions of a 27-year-old self-made billionaire (is there one of these besides Mark Zuckerberg?), but there doesn't seem to be a lot beyond infatuation.

    Third point: the precedent.

    I'm not a prude and I'm not a stranger to erotic fiction. I've written some myself. When I finished this book, I thought back over it. This naive young girl was lured into a world that she knew nothing about by a dashingly handsome man. He flattered her and cajoled her. The book romanticizes a jealous possessive stalker who abused her physically and mentally, and who convinced her that she wanted it. He never told her he loved her because he didn't.

    I thought about all the young women who would read this book, and fall in love with Christian Grey. Domestic violence is on the rise in this country. I have known a few victims of it, and I know how difficult it is for them to leave the abuser because "he loves me." I worry that naive young women who find themselves in abusive relationships will be more tolerant because they will think it's okay after reading this book.

    Fourth point: the narrator.

    She was equal to the quality of the writing.

    I will not be downloading the sequels.

    546 of 600 people found this review helpful
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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.


    355 of 392 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.

    26 of 28 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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    "Trite"

    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.

    125 of 138 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.

    164 of 182 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.

    65 of 72 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?

    147 of 165 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.

    97 of 109 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!



    28 of 31 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.

    76 of 86 people found this review helpful

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