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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

What Members Say

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    Karen Huntington, AR, USA 05-11-12
    Karen Huntington, AR, USA 05-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    ""Oh My" Surprisingly Different"

    First; this series would definitely be considered x-rated/erotic, if you don't mind or can get past that, then this series is worth every credit. This first book will set up the characters that will truly draw you in and keep you listening. I could not stop and finished all three books in 5 days with a box of tissues! I kinda wished the very last chapter would have carried through the entire series, it was intriguing to get into Christian’s head! This is one series I would re-listen to in the future.

    Not having heard any other version, in my opinion the narrator did a good job with all the voices.

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    Jason Eagle Mountain, UT, United States 05-11-12
    Jason Eagle Mountain, UT, United States 05-11-12
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    "Avoid! Explicit, Vulgar and Disgusting."
    Would you try another book from E L James and/or Becca Battoe?

    I would not read any other books by this author.


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

    This book would have been enjoyable if it had not been a sick, twisted, vulgar and disgusting story.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The voice was too valley-girlish for me, but that doesn't bother me 1/10th as much as the disgusting content.


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

    It seemed like an interesting story at first. I wish it had not taken a sudden swerve, becoming sexually explicit with vulgar language.


    Any additional comments?

    I was unable to finish this book due to its vulgar language and explicit content.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Wallingford, CT, United States 05-10-12
    Susan Wallingford, CT, United States 05-10-12

    I spend a lot of time seeking out the perfect story worthy of my credit. I enjoy suspense thrillers w/ a kick of satire. I'm a picky listener.

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    "Love story depicts softer side of erotic tastes."
    Where does Fifty Shades of Grey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This novel is difficult to place in a ranking amongst previous audiobooks as it's in a class of its own. In the erotic category it is actually much, much softer than anticipated. The growth potential of the characters is what intrigues and motivates me to listen to more.


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

    As I do not see myself listening to only erotica and I am uncertain of other E L James' works, I can not determine if I would listen to other books at this juncture. It's an interesting cross-road in which I find myself.


    What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

    Her character's voice depicted a young unaffected simplicity that worked very well in this novel.


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

    The blossoming love story that is the heart of the novel lightens the pretense of what could be a dark world of dominance and submission. However, there were no extreme high or lows in this novel. I was not as moved or shocked as I would have liked. The only climax toward the end was the realization that E L James hooked me into needing to read book 2 in order to quench my desire to learn more about Mr. Grey.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Castroville, TX, United States 05-10-12
    Shawn Castroville, TX, United States 05-10-12
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    "WOW What an erotic story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes and I already have recommended it to 4 people who have started reading it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How captivating it was. I'm normally not a reader of books or novels, but this one blew me away!


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

    No.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Oh yes, each and every one of the moments that the author, in detail, described the love making. It made me feel the same inside.


    Any additional comments?

    I was a little disappointed that I couldn't read along while she (the audio) read and the fact that I couldn't speed up the reading. I feel that being able to read along with the audio gives a person a better perspective on the subjects and overall picture/story of the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-10-12 Member Since 2011

    Stephanie

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    "Frustrating"

    I think there was a lot of potential with this story. I'm not quite sure if it is the actual story line that I am not happy with, or the authors writing. I know I dont like the choice of narrators (before or after the rerelease). I realize that Anna is supposed to be young, but she is 21 for crying out loud not 15, and the auther makes her sound like she is 15! It did capture my attention and I will finish the series, but I think the author has some growing to do with her style.

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    Stormygsd 05-10-12
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    "WOW!!!!!"
    Where does Fifty Shades of Grey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very good.. I listne in my car... It's tough for me to get out of it these days..


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is well read.. although i do wish the author could use another word once in a while besides "sardonically" over and over..


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

    no I haven't..


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

    I love this book.. it brings out all kinds of emotions. being a Dominant woman, i can certainly relate.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon 05-08-12
    Sharon 05-08-12
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    "More than meets the eye"

    Although the enticement of this trilogy is the sometimes eye opening or eye closing sex scenes it has much more to offer. If you focus on the story you???ll find it disturbing, sad, emotional, loving, etc. This is the kind of book that wakes all of your emotions and brings you on a fabulous ride into the unknown and forbidden. It is worth reading all three ??? 50 Shades is an apt name and it doesn???t disappoint.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    casey United States 05-08-12
    casey United States 05-08-12 Member Since 2016
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    "I have been bewitched"
    What did you love best about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kate because she doesn't take crap from anyone.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't understand all the negativity in regard to the narrator, I thought she did a splendid job and I look forward to hearing her voice again in the rest of the trilogy.

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    Anrica Dallas, TX, United States 05-07-12
    Anrica Dallas, TX, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Not My Cup of Tea"
    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...


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something by Victor McGlothin


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reader made it easy to follow along with her and her voice was easy to listen to... I HATED the emails; I cringed everytime they started with the back and forth.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes. I was moved by Anastasia's poetic love for Christian in spite of his issues... She was opened to loving him and was forgiving of herself for doing so.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not a romance novel kind of girl. This book did have a little drama and a smidge of suspense to keep me intersted so it was not as sappy as most novels of its kind. I'm almost curious enough to read the other two installations but not quite... It was not a bad story, just not for me. Those who are romantics will fall in love with this book and undoubtly the series.

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    val Indiana, USA 05-07-12
    val Indiana, USA 05-07-12 Member Since 2013
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    "READ ME!"
    What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades of Grey the most enjoyable?

    Awesome book. I couldn't stop listening! It could have used a few more juicy sceens but it was a great book.


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

    None


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I always listen to books from audible on 2X because I think they read too slow and I like to get through books fast --- So as long as I have that option to speed them up they are fine. I wouldn't be able to listen at regular speed though no.


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

    Extream reaction yes. laugh or cry no.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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