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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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    fred LAKE OSWEGO, OR, United States 05-18-12
    fred LAKE OSWEGO, OR, United States 05-18-12 Member Since 2010

    I'm Trying to see the world with my ears.

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    "I am rendered speechless"

    I am rendered speechless, my mind reeling. I have read this story before, and yet I am still overwhelmed by the depth of emotion and staggering thoughts I have about this book. Having just read the last line, I sit here trying to wrap my mind around what I want to say, and my only coherent thought is....Wow!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    freckles91 Michigan 05-18-12
    freckles91 Michigan 05-18-12 Listener Since 2008

    freckles91

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    "whiny terrible reader and a stupid book!"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    everything. scenes lifted almost wholecloth from Pretty Woman and various other movies... so lame I couldn't even listen to the whole thing.


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

    pretty much anything... take a writing class, stop "borrowing" from other sources so heavily and obviously... hello what movie that I have seen a million times has the rich guy order the entire breakfast menu at a fancy hotel for the poor girl that stays over in his hotel room??? have an original thought.


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

    NO WAY!!!! she doesn't emote well - not a good voice actress. While I realize she was to protray a college student as the main character the voices weren't well done.


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

    well in my version I cut everything after hour 2 - couldn't stand to listen to more drivel. but really should have stopped after the first sentence...


    Any additional comments?

    I am stunned at all the people who have gone crazy for this book. It does not deserve any praise. People must be hard up for the smut I couldn't stick it out to get to. Smut just isn't enough of a draw for me to stand the crap writing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AlexandraWoloszyk Hoffman Estates, IL, United States 05-08-12
    AlexandraWoloszyk Hoffman Estates, IL, United States 05-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "If you've ever had to do "that" research..."
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

    The story of two people figuring out what they need for happiness, and what they are willing to give up for it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hmm, Steele or Grey? I love them both. Being het - I'd like to run away with Grey, but I identify with Steele.


    What three words best describe Becca Battoe’s voice?

    The first few chapters are grating. But if you can hang on - it get's better. I'm at the end of book 2 and only a few of the male voices make me wince. Shucks I even noticed the slip up of Christian speaking like Ethan.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    O.M.G. This was a struggle to put down. Do yourself a favor - start it when you have some time when folks won't be interrupting you...My husband has received some chilling glares.


    Any additional comments?

    Although the sex at first was a bit much for me - as this was a co-workers book club read - I think if folks can get through that they will see a very interesting story about two worlds intertwining.

    Still a bit nervous about the book club meeting with a co-worker and 10 strangers...but it'll certainly be a growth point.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roxy 05-08-12
    Roxy 05-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Narrator,sucked."
    Would you try another book from E L James and/or Becca Battoe?

    Just because of E.L.e James


    What other book might you compare Fifty Shades of Grey to and why?

    None


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Helecopter ride


    Do you think Fifty Shades of Grey needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes. Left you hanging. Sick guy. Need to find out how stupid this gal really is.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pauline McCahery Brampton, ON 05-07-12
    Pauline McCahery Brampton, ON 05-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fluffy Listening"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Well, it's really quite a fluffy book, boy meets girl, girl falls for boy and the rest is quite predictable


    If you’ve listened to books by E L James before, how does this one compare?

    No this was my first time.


    What three words best describe Becca Battoe’s performance?

    Nothing spectacular


    Do you think Fifty Shades of Grey needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Well this is a trilogy, will not be purchasing the next 2, what else other than more sex/bondage can I listen to.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole Goffstown, NH, United States 05-03-12
    Nicole Goffstown, NH, United States 05-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "WOW!!! This is one great book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades of Grey the most enjoyable?

    First let me say that I love erotic novels and this one did not disappoint. The writing is wonderful and Becca Battoe brought it all to life for me. I have already recommended the audio version to all my friends!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were well written and Christian is sooooooo sexy!


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

    No, but I thought she was wonderful!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!....and then read the other 2 right after that!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a trilogy so you have to be prepared to read/listen to all three books, but I just loved this series!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Wyss Orange County, CA 04-26-12
    Brenda Wyss Orange County, CA 04-26-12

    "The nature of this flower is to bloom." - A.W.

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    "C R A P O L A"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Juvenile. Boring. Unbelievable. Poorly written.


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

    No, thank you.


    How could the performance have been better?

    With a different performer. The quality of the reader's performance was on par with the quality of the author's writing, ghastly.


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

    It has a nice cover design?


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    FL Gator Girl West Melbourne, FL 04-26-12
    FL Gator Girl West Melbourne, FL 04-26-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Narrator "Oh My" and not in a good way"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better narrator.....


    What didn???t you like about Becca Battoe???s performance?

    She wasn't the right fit for the narrator... an over educated "valley girl".


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    joy LAKE ELSINORE, CA, United States 04-20-12
    joy LAKE ELSINORE, CA, United States 04-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very inmature"
    Would you try another book from E L James and/or Becca Battoe?

    I'm not sure. That would depend on if the writing improved.


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

    No


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

    I didn't care for the performance all that much. There's always hope for improvement though.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Was a little disappointed especially since there was so much hype about what a great book it is.


    Any additional comments?

    Not really.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Spencer Kate Dallas, Texas 04-19-12
    Spencer Kate Dallas, Texas 04-19-12 Member Since 2007
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    "This was TERRIBLE!"
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one with any expectations for a well crafted story. Which should be the demand of any reader. The story line was weak, poorly developed characters and trite writing. If I could have given it 0 stars I would.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I don't know. I will rellisten to A Discovery of Witches. Way better narrator and a story with characters less shallow.


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

    Absolutely not. She is not a great reader of text. I felt her interpretation of the read was weak and amateur.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    Have higher standards for those who read for you.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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