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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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    Nana 06-16-12
    Nana 06-16-12
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    "Meant for adults."

    I know this book is meant for adults. However, I shudder to think of some young adult women thinking this may be fun or interesting to try with WRONG CHOICE OF MAN!!
    I agree with other listeners about the narrator. She is NOT suited for this book. Editor should have changed some multiple uses of the same words over and over again. I may be sick if I hear "oh my", "hot" or " my sex" EVER again!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Madeleine PULLMAN, WA, United States 06-15-12
    Madeleine PULLMAN, WA, United States 06-15-12
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    "Garbage. I don 't want to hear the end."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I actually enjoyed listening to this book.


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

    E.L. James almost won me over to the dark side with her portrayal of Christian Grey. It started with his insistence on honesty and trust. From such an unconventional guy, these were pretty normal things for a relationship, right? And honestly, I was kind of intrigued by his whole outlook on the s&m lifestyle. The fact that he kept insisting it wasn't about pain - and he fact that he was so willing to work with Ana to quell her fears, really won me over. He was sort of sweet.... In his dark, twisted way. E.L. James almost had me in the palm of her romantic hero's hand.

    Then.... The end. The end of the story came. I literally could not listen to another word after I heard our "hero" Christian telling Ana he was "sorry [he] hurt [her]" and hearing Ana shrug and say "[she] asked for it." this floored me. I want to know how. HOW could a female author write such dribble in he 21st century and get away with it? HOW could this sentence have been published, unedited? HOW could it have been nonchalantly narrated in an ungripped, unchanging tone?

    15 minutes from the conclusion of this story, I unplugged the iPod and immediately stopped listening. I don't want to know how it ends. I have never been more upset at a national best seller and the dangers of others, like myself, experiencing what passes for literature with little to no warning about the horrors within.


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

    I do not blame Becca Battoe for this crap. She did her best and she did well with the awful script she was given.


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

    It's a shame the author couldn't write as strong of a female character as her male lead. It's a shame she had to demolish every ounce of personal strength Ana Steele had gained by that final chapter. I think she meant to teach some message about true love and how they were each giving something to each other? All E.L. James ultimately accomplished was to disturb me so much I will never, ever, be able to pick up another one of her books, and not even so much as think of listening to one. Let alone hear the end.


    Any additional comments?

    What a complete waste of my time.

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    Deborah Castaic, CA, United States 06-15-12
    Deborah Castaic, CA, United States 06-15-12 Member Since 2009
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    "I'm a fan..."
    What did you love best about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    The story and charaters captured me. The only thing that irritated me was the e-mails. OMG, I didn't need all the sastics for every e-mail.


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    Tanya 06-14-12
    Tanya 06-14-12
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    "Poor narrating"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    The narrating was horrible.


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

    She could've taken out 75% of the same ol same ol sex scenes and still had a decent story. The narration made the book a difficult one and an unenjoyable one to listen to.


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

    Anyone else but Ms. Battoe.


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

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could get my credit back. Simply a wasted credit.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Emily San Francisco, California, United States 06-13-12
    Emily San Francisco, California, United States 06-13-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Repetitive Dialog, Nearly unbearable at times"
    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    It was an interesting story idea, but the execution seemed amateur and lacked an interesting dialog.


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

    Not likely.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are a lot of sex scenes which was interesting, but the lack of variety in the dialog made even those hard to bear.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Virginian 22302 06-13-12
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    "Ugh!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A teenager who would probably skip through to the erotic sections might enjoy this more.


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

    This was a genre? Ugh!


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

    Anyone but...her Valley Girl inflection was so very annoying as was her raising and lowering her voice depending upon which character role she assumed.


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

    Ugh...none. The writing was basic and elementary, the irrelevant incessant repetition of e-mail dates, times, to, from, subject, ugh!!!! The character development was totally lacking. The story line was totally implausible (26 year-old billionaire pursues a twenty-one year old naive virgin who's never been kissed, never had sex, doesn't have a cell phone, no pc, etc., etc.) Really? I mean, really?


    Any additional comments?

    I should have read the reviews before I wasted a credit on this book!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole Yakima, WA, United States 06-13-12
    Nicole Yakima, WA, United States 06-13-12 Member Since 2013

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    "WORST READER EVER!!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I thought this book was as plotless as a no budget porno, with a reader who sounds approximately as intelligent as a porn star. Wasted Credit! I kept waiting for a plot to develop... I mean, there are three of these books. I only made it through about half way. I will never get that time back.I suppose this is Rated X "Twilight".... weak stupid girl plus old creepy guy. I should have known better, I just expected more from a best seller.


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

    Maybe.


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

    The voice of the computer in War Games could have done a better job.


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

    The part where Becca Battoe speaks.


    Any additional comments?

    Add a plot.

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    Kaari Auburn, WA, United States 06-11-12
    Kaari Auburn, WA, United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Read it, don't listen to it..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would not recommend the audiobook, although I would recommend it as a book. The poor performance by Becca Battoe ruins what should be an entertaining listen. The writing isn't stellar, but honestly, the story is excellent. A guilty pleasure if there ever was one!


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

    There's a sketch on Saturday Night Live called "The Californians." Imagine that horrible drawl for hours on end. Her voice is much too experienced than innocent naive girl and too girly to capture Christian. Her voice was so irritating that I listened to the book at 1.5 speed just so I could get through it.

    I think her voice for other books could be fine, but she was a poor choice for this one.


    Any additional comments?

    50 Shades Darker/Freed- I'll be getting the paperbacks!

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    Mary J. Hammel Northern Illionois 06-11-12
    Mary J. Hammel Northern Illionois 06-11-12

    Jo Reiki

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    If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

    Erotic wrapped in adventure


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fifty Shades of Grey?

    There is no one moment ...the moment continues on and on.


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

    no


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

    Both


    Any additional comments?

    It was a very attention keeping story. I have completed the trilogy and loved the ending.

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    Rebecca New Port Richey, FL, United States 06-11-12
    Rebecca New Port Richey, FL, United States 06-11-12
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    "Best book i have ever heard."
    Would you listen to Fifty Shades of Grey again? Why?

    Yes. I just really enjoyed the whole story


    What did you like best about this story?

    the whole thing


    What does Becca Battoe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She helped the book come to life


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A modern Romance


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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