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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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    wilma 05-02-13
    wilma 05-02-13
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    "I wasn't so sure but OH BOY!"
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

    I wasn't to sure if I wanted to listen to this book. once I give it a chance I could not stop listening.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kari 04-30-13
    Kari 04-30-13 Member Since 2009
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    "a horrible story about broken people"
    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    No.


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

    Umm... not sure beyond just not writing it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She didn't.


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

    Not really. It's a story of a strong girl who allows herself to be controlled by a broken boy. I see that every day at a women's shelter... I don't want to read about it too.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wolfrhyme Ohio 04-29-13
    Wolfrhyme Ohio 04-29-13
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    "OH MY! Like nails on a chalk board!!!!!!"
    Any additional comments?

    Kills the mood but I have hope for the next one. Please, Please, Please, let the next one be better.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Lover 04-28-13

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    "If you are looking for hot and steamy go shower!"
    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    The characters lacked full range and development. The way they each flipped flopped on subjects were frustrating and annoying.


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I wouldn't cut anyone. I would make them better


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for something sexy and naughty with BDSM go else where. Unless you have lived/experienced only mild adventurous sex you will not be inclined to find this sexy, dark and forbidden. I listened to the entire series because I bought into the hype of it is so thrilling, a must read, OMG it is soooo HOT! I'm here to say the Emperor has no clothes. I believe there are many others that dislike this series but do not want go against the tide. I have no such inclination. It is an easy light listen if you remove all of the hype. It isn't something that I would listen to again which is a serious disappointment for me. I love to listen and read my books over and over. It is a HUGE disappointment that I wasted three credits on this series. Lesson learned, no more.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    T. D. Boatwright Houston, Texas United States 04-24-13
    T. D. Boatwright Houston, Texas United States 04-24-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Hot"
    Would you listen to Fifty Shades of Grey again? Why?

    I have listen to this book 5 times.


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

    I have listened for a 3 trilogy. The character was interesting and has that Pretty Woman feel.


    What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

    I thought her voice was wonderful and kept the listerners interest.


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

    I did listen to all 3 books while working, ride the Park N Ride. I was totally addicted.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    trisha BEAUFORT, SC, United States 04-21-13
    trisha BEAUFORT, SC, United States 04-21-13 Member Since 2015
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    "wowza"

    there not much of a story to this book at all ...i just started to hate the characters so much i really didn't like it

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    Brenda 04-18-13
    Brenda 04-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "This was the worst audio book I have ever heard!"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    The reader was terrible! She brought no emotion to the characters and the difference between her voices was minimal. This was such a popular book I thought that a decent reader would have been chosen, but I guess I was wrong. The story is weak and rather pathetic. But it is racy and could be an interesting listen if it had been performed better.


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    Mary Washington Boro, PA, United States 04-14-13
    Mary Washington Boro, PA, United States 04-14-13
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    "I hated this book"
    Would you ever listen to anything by E. L. James again?

    NO!! Absolutely not.


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

    Sure- but I hate that she agreed to do this book, so maybe not.


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

    The whole idea.


    Any additional comments?

    I hate that our society gives any attention to this horrible story line. The whole "red room of pain" is really disgusting. What does this story say about women and me. Gross

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William G. Howerton 04-13-13 Member Since 2012

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    "What a piece of garbage"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This was without a doubt the worst book I've read in years. It sounds like it was written by a high-school girl hopped on Red Bull and Harlequin romances. It was poorly written; the characters had all the depth of a rain puddle, the storyline was beyond unbelievable, and the sex at best unrealistic.

    I cannot believe this has become as popular as it has - it is complete garbage


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

    The breathy speaking style; the pathetic attempts at imitating male vaoices


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra La Verne, CA, USA 04-09-13
    Sandra La Verne, CA, USA 04-09-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Slow and Dull"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I guess really immature women who think a man who has money and looks is above reproach and irresistable for those two items alone.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something that is well written and a narrator who sounds older than a 13-year-old "Valley Girl."


    How could the performance have been better?

    The words she spoke were not her fault, but reading every "TO", "SUBJECT", "FROM" etc. from the emails was mind-numbingly boring. It would not have been a problem in the written book. I could not believe any thoughtful, sane person would think that would be worthwhile information, or that a listener would want to sit through it. At least the verbatim reading of the contract could be bypassed, but it was hard to skip the through the emails.


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    All of them


    Any additional comments?

    I could not figure out what all the talk was about and so decided I could at least listen to the book while exercising at the gym. I became so irritated with the limited vocabulary of the main character -- "Holy C***, Holy S*** and Holy F***" her constant exclamations. Also, she lost her appetite as a result of just about any discussion.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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