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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I'm not sure if the original description of the book was misleading or if I selected it based on the positive national reviews, but I was not prepared for the book. I didn't finish it and perhaps I should have slogged to the end before commenting, but there didn't seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel.
The narration was better with the remaster, but the original one just emphasized the true nature of the plot and characters. Does using a more mature tone change the real story? That is, a twisted young man preying on an even younger woman. As long as women the same age as Ana are lured into things like legal prostitution and are dominated by men physically and financially, this should be uncomfortable to hear, regardless of who reads it. Any woman who actually thinks this is "romance" needs counseling. And any man who reads this and convinces himself that the average healthy woman awaits their Christian Gray is mistaken.
The narration is horrible. It's like listening to a middle school girl read aloud. When she tries to "be" the male characters it's close to laughable. Really, really disappointing.
Note: I TRIED to listen to. Holy moly, how on earth did this girl get a PAID job reading this book? I felt like I had an 1980's Valley Girl whining in my ear. After an hour, I had to pull the plug. Then I saw it was remastered, and I thought GREAT now I can get what I paid for! Not! Same HORRIBLE narrator. Mind you, I could do no better. But assuredly, no worse. I feel completely ripped off. Shame Recorded Books did not have the production rights, I hear it is a great book. I read nonfiction, I listen to fiction. Guess I will die without
"audio-reading" this one.
ONLY if a new narrator is hired.
Audible: Please protect me from wasting my hard earned money. I want a credit on this defective product.
I found Fifty Shades of Grey to be compelling but moderately annoying at the same time. EL James can write a love scene like nobody's business and that takes some talent. However, that's about where her writing skills end. She uses the same words repeatedly and her sentence structure has very little variation in it. (If I heard the word "beguile" one more time, I might have been induced to throw my phone out the window.) Some of her characters were a little flimsy but this book is not about character development or vocabulary, it's about sex, pure and simple (OK maybe not pure!). If you are squeamish or uptight about that, pass on this one. It's a good piece of erotica so take it for what it is.
I am probably not going to listen to the next two. I base this on a few things:
1) I do not like the remastered voice. The original was fine with me. The new one sounds drugged and slow.
2) Having listened to the entire "Twilight" series, I can see where this is going and I'm not that compelled to listen to more of her really bad writing to hear the same plot again.
3) I think I am happy with where this ended.
Something that really irritated me was that she chose the names Jose and Christian. That just seemed so stereotypical in the first case and too ironic in the second. (Not to mention I have always disliked the name Christian. Sounds like the parents were trying too hard when they named the kid.)
Something I really liked was that Ana was showing some backbone. Unlike Bella, toward the end of the book, Ana was beginning to gain a feeling of self worth and owning her actions. She showed some real maturity and I did appreciate that major difference from this story's roots.
This was an awesome book...kept me wondering what was going to happen next. The reading was done very well too!
I guess I'm a baby...I just love to be read to.
You may blush a bit while listening on the train....but this book won't let you down. I love when something lives up to the hype and this certainly does that. The only thing I don't like is that the characters exchange emails quite frequently throughout the book and if I were reading I would skip the, what felt like hundreds of times they; "To: Annastasia Steele From: Christian Grey Subject: (use your imagination) Date: June 12th Time: 10:48am" It gets really repetitive and somewhat annoying in the audiobook. Nevertheless 5 stars across the board.
This audiobook is fantastic! The narrator's voice took some getting use to but in the end, she did a great job! I love the layers to the story; sex and psychology. Great stuff. On to book 2!
I saw the movie before listening to the book. It is the first movie very close to comparison to the book. I love the book, since the characters on screen did not have that physical connections as the characters in the book.
As Mr Grey stated, he is fifty shades F***** up and not the right person for Ms. Steel.
She went into a world she knew nothing about, thinking she could draw him to the brighter side loving, hugging, touching and making love.
I am angry with Ms Steel for requesting a step up in Christian's punishments only to get upset and the angry at the level of mess up she realizes he is.
Looking forward to book 2, waiting to see how Ms E. L. James is going to spin her web.
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