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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.

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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

What the Critics Say

  • Finalist, GoodReads Choice Awards, Best Romance

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    Sunna Copenhagen, Denmark 01-14-13
    Sunna Copenhagen, Denmark 01-14-13
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    "Good reader, irritating persona"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I constantly get irritated about Ana saying "holy sh*t" to EVERYTHING! It is very old, and I don't think it is coherent to her overall persona


    Would you recommend Fifty Shades of Grey to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would maybe recommend fifty shades of grey to some of my friends, and only because it is hot reading and very sexy - not because of the story-line in such.


    Have you listened to any of Becca Battoe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    i have not


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    maybe


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cameron Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 01-09-13
    Cameron Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 01-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Terribly amateurish and boring"

    "Fifty Shades Of Grey" might be the worst book ever written. The writing is pathetic: trite, repetitive, and purely amateur. The author uses the same stock phrases over and over, as though she has never *read* a book before writing this one. A challenge for the listener: How many times does Grey "stare intently" at the protagonist? Are there other words to describe how one person stares at another? If so, why doesn't the author use them? Could it be because she isn't a good enough writer to come up with some new phrases?

    There is no plot at all, beyond the narrator either drooling over Grey or agonizing about their relationship. Nothing happens. There is no conflict.

    The characters have the depth and emotional maturity you would expect in a book written by a middle-schooler - or a piece of throw-away Twilight fanfic. "Holy crap!" and "Jeez!" and, especially, "Oh, my!" seem to be the deepest thoughts of which the protagonist is capable, and you get to hear these thoughts in her internal monologue every thirty seconds.

    The protagonist is supposed to be a college student, but there is no indication whatever that the author has ever met one, or knows what a college student in 2011 is like. Scenes where the characters use computers or interact with technology are so miscast as to be laughable.

    The narrator is a perfect match for the material, vapid and vacuous, enunciating each word with a clumsy precision that makes it sound like she's struggling to read the words. I can't blame her, though, I struggled with it myself.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Delrow Black Creek, WI USA 01-09-13
    Julie Delrow Black Creek, WI USA 01-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Frustratingly shallow story"
    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    I would hesitate


    Would you recommend Fifty Shades of Grey to your friends? Why or why not?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator had a prominent 'ssssss' that grated on me after a period of listening. The sound became like finger nails on a chalk board.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    The story is so shallow it would have to be porn. I would not go see it.


    Any additional comments?

    The author has a very childish limited writing style. The repetition of words becomes quite annoying. I began to roll my eyes every time 'hot', 'delicious', 'smoldering', 'inner goddess', 'geeze, what's his problem?' and 'down there' were repeated. These words and several more are way over used in this book.

    As for the story, I became bored with its lack of depth and nearly gave up listening. I think it would have been more interesting if the roles had been reversed. Anastasia, is depicted as such a weak pride less naive girl. She seems more like an impressionable 14 year old than a college graduate character with an impressive GPA.

    The book finally introduces some depth in the last chapter or two but then it ends. I suppose it is a good tactic to encourage the reader to buy another book to finally get to the story. Since it is a trilogy I fear the second book will be just as lack luster.

    The book is mostly porn with an attempt to tell a story at the end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel SHAWNEE, KS, United States 01-08-13
    Daniel SHAWNEE, KS, United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Just dont get it."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Women, I guess since my wife wanted me to read/listen.


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

    No, I don't think so.


    What three words best describe Becca Battoe’s performance?

    Young Valley Girl.


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

    Just not for me. Found myself dreading the next e-mail read wanting to fast forward. Felt like chewing on aluminum foil.


    Any additional comments?

    Listening to the over and over e-mail exchange was like nails on a chalkboard. I listened to the end only for my wife. She wanted me to listen. I enjoyed it better the times I fell asleep. I did go back and re-listen. Again, just for my wife.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Guy Tallahassee, FL, United States 01-08-13
    Guy Tallahassee, FL, United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Why the hype?"

    Lets all be honest with ourselves. We got this book for the sex. We wanted to see what the hype was all about. After finally getting through it, we can have better stories reading a forum. The "sex tales" weren't all that hot and the story stinks. However, the absolute worst part of this audible tale is listening to them READ EMAILS. It never seemed to end. One email after another. Why does anyone think that makes a good story? Every email is read with the date, time, subject, sender, ending. Over and over and over to the point I was screaming at them to stop reading the emails!!!

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    Larisa WEBSTER, NY, United States 01-02-13
    Larisa WEBSTER, NY, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Poorly written, uninteristing TRASH"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Complete lack of redeeming literary value. Compared with Lady Chatterly's Lover, it's flat and undeveloped.


    What could E. L. James have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Oh Gee, what a surprise an older man interested in a young virgin. Real


    Would you be willing to try another one of Becca Battoe’s performances?

    No. I hate the whiney, adolescent tone in her voice. It speaks poorly of her that she even did this book.


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I wouldn't even write the book. I consider it a total waste of time


    Any additional comments?

    If this is what America spends its time on, God help America.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kaleana Saint Robert, Missouri, United States 01-02-13
    kaleana Saint Robert, Missouri, United States 01-02-13
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    "Havent even listen to it!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    N/A


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I dont know


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

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

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    I havent even gotten to listen to the book since I purchased it. It took me forever to load it to my computer and then I couldnt get it to my itunes. After having that issue for a couple weeks my computer quit on me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    joan 01-01-13
    joan 01-01-13
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    "PLEASE USE A BETTER NARRATOR......"
    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    yes but I dislike the narrator....


    Would you be willing to try another book from E. L. James? Why or why not?

    yes but I dislike the narrator


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    most of all...I could not enjoy the voice and character voices


    Was Fifty Shades of Grey worth the listening time?

    that is still out for opinion


    Any additional comments?

    I dont understand how this popular book could be narrated so poorly...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matt north grafton, MA, United States 01-01-13
    Matt north grafton, MA, United States 01-01-13

    Fiction lover, wannabe writer. lost of flights with my new job. Audible is PERFECT to keep me up the books I want to read.

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    "The Worst Writing Ever"

    I think a really horny 6th grader wrote this. I have never ready (didn't finish) such a poorly written book. I only gave it 1 star because 0 stars was not an option. Terrible.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michele Bousquet New Orleans, LA United States 12-30-12
    Michele Bousquet New Orleans, LA United States 12-30-12 Listener Since 2009

    Animation Girl

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    "Now I can say I read it -- that's about it"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Terribly written.


    Has Fifty Shades of Grey turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


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

    I think she did the best she could with the material.


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

    Many, many laughs. I mean laugh-out-loud laughs. It got to the point where every time she said "Oh, my!" I chimed in with her and cracked up. I listened to this while I did spring cleaning, and it got me through it.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm up to date on pop culture. And I can speak from experience when I tell others it was truly awful.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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