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Fifty Shades of Grey Audiobook

Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy Audiobook

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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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    ducksandruns Houston, TX, United States 04-12-12
    ducksandruns Houston, TX, United States 04-12-12 Member Since 2012

    MomDuckie

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    "I tried...I really did..."
    Any additional comments?

    I had written a review before they supposedly "remastered" the narration; which, Audible deleted when they offered the remastered version for download. I don't think slowing down the audio did anything other than making it even more annoying. The simple fact of the matter is that they tried to find someone who sounded like the narrator of the Twilight series and, in doing so, made the whole thing sound like some kind of child porn.

    As for the story, I read it when it was Master of the Universe within the Twilight fanfiction world and for fanfiction, it was really good. The female lead said "oh my" so often that I wanted to never hear it again, but the storyline was good. I preferred "People Like Us" by justginger/people like us as a BDSM fanfiction storyline (TWCS) because the spin was positive as opposed to the negative approach within the Fifty Shades story. I am not a part of the BDSM community, but it bothers me that millions of people who are reading this story might only see the negative side of why a person might find themselves drawn to that lifestyle (as in prior abuse). Not that I think that is what the author is trying to portray but what I think the average person might come up with.

    Regardless, the editors didn't help the author change enough of the "Twilight" references within the character personalities and the narrator sucks for this series. Sorry to be negative but don't waste a credit.





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    Julie Fremont, CA, United States 04-09-12
    Julie Fremont, CA, United States 04-09-12

    Grwat books, Great reading, great reviews and I can re-read them at anytime.

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    "The Best....I have read this 3 times in a row"

    This was so good!!! It made me wanting more and more.

    i would recommend this to anyone!!!

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    Winifred DALLAS, TX, United States 04-04-12
    Winifred DALLAS, TX, United States 04-04-12 Member Since 2016
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    "LOVE the new REMASTERED Narration??? way better!"
    What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades of Grey the most enjoyable?

    I love the storyline??? its engrossing


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Emails between Christian and Ana


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks for Changing the first Narration??? This is better.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen United States 04-28-12
    Kathleen United States 04-28-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Oh My!! This book makes me squirm...in a good way."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades of Grey to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version of Fifty Shades of Grey however, I am reading book 2 in the Shades trilogy, and I do miss the narration....I may have to purchase the audio version of the second book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where Ana first experiences pain as pleasure in the Red Room Of.....


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did have an extreme reaction to this book and it made me hot.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read a lot of comments where listeners did not like the narrator....I have to say...Give her a chance. I did not immediately like her either, but as the story cranks up....she really grew on my and became Anastasia Steele.


    I am just a little surprised to see that this racy book is such a best seller....who is buying it??? What is the demographic?

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Florence, KY, United States 05-29-12
    Heather Florence, KY, United States 05-29-12
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    "Got lost in a Grey haze"

    I simply could not stop listening to the audiobook. I went through the whole trilogy in about three weeks. What a fun, exciting, and entertaining series. Here's an idea...maximize on what sure is to be a sensation... you heard it here first... I would love to have a soundtrack to complement the book, as well as a wine list recommended by Mr. Grey. They could offer "date night" recommendations as far as wine, meal, and "dessert" pairings. Regardless, you won't be disappointed with the storyline. A modern day Beauty and the Beast with dark, yet irrestible twists.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Carlinville, IL, United States 05-29-12
    Angela Carlinville, IL, United States 05-29-12 Member Since 2010

    I LOVE to listen to audiobooks - the Audible ap is by far the best thing that's ever happend to my iPhone.

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    "Perhaps better in print???"

    I imagine the actual print version of this book would have been much better for several reasons. The story does have a lot of steamy bits - and for the most part, they make the story - but the believability of this girl Anna was just not there for me. I couldn't identify with her, conceptulize her - she was just so unreal, I couldn't grab on and relate.

    The narration is just plain bad - I get the young girl/young voice Anna bit - but her voice drones on and on with little inflection and over enunciation of words. It was tedious hearing the email detail read aloud - to the point of distracting from the actual text.

    Like many - "oh my" "holy _____ (you fill in the blank)" was so overused - I found myself mocking the narrator by the end of the book.

    I couldn't wait for it to end. Really - I will not be downloading the other two books in the trio - perhaps I will read them so I'm not tortured by Ms. Battoe's voice.

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    Donald SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 04-30-12
    Donald SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Don't see what the big deal is."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Have a more interesting story. The female lead character just seemed weak to me. Not someone to root for.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The sex (most of the book) is very hot. The characters a little unbelievable. I think there is definitely an audience for this. The plot was a little light for me.


    Could you see Fifty Shades of Grey being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not sure. It's pretty graphic. Will be interesting to see who and how they play out the scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    Just ok. I actually didn't quite finish it. Very hot and graphic bondage scenes. The new narrator (I originally downloaded with the first recording) is so much better and sounds more age appropriate to the character.

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    Naomi 04-17-12
    Naomi 04-17-12
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    "ANYONE HAVE THE OLD VERSION??"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    heard the sample of the audiobook and the new version of the audiobook is HORRIBLE! there are weird accents, her voice does not fit with the character and CHRISTIAN sounds weird!! if I had to choose, I'd rather have the OLD audiobook version than this one. Anyone know of a way to get the old one instead?


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    her voice did not match that of Ana's or of any girl that I've ever heard of in an audiobook..


    Any additional comments?

    Please re-release the OLD version of the audiobook!! This new narration kills the story completely!

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    Laura SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 04-17-12
    Laura SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 04-17-12
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    "Satisfied my 'Twilight' withdraws."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would change some of the dialogue. It drove me insane to read Ana say "Holy F***" so many times, along with her constant refrence to her "sunconscious" and "inner goddess".


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

    Twilight definately. Not just the story line, but some parts are almost an exact reanactment of scenes from the Twilight series.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Becca Battoe?

    Someone who could add more emotion and feeling. She sounded like a kid in high school reading in front of the class..very amature. Also, her doing the voice of Christian was very weird to listen to.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Though the story is interesting, it was hard to really understand the "romance" between these characters. I could never really understand why Ana loves Christian. It all feels more like a shallow obsession between the two and less of a genuine love for one another. It all makes for a very sexy, erotic read, but not a romantic one.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the overall story, I espeacially loved the ending and how the writer was able to bring a deep understading of how messed up Christian Grey is and how conflicted this make Ana.

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    Danelle Port Matilda, PA, United States 04-17-12
    Danelle Port Matilda, PA, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    All I have to say is be careful where you are reading this, hopefully there is a pool or cold shower close by - you may need to cool yourself off!

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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