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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

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  • Finalist, GoodReads Choice Awards, Best Romance

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    carla GILBERT, AZ, United States 08-21-12
    carla GILBERT, AZ, United States 08-21-12
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    "WOW!!!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades of Grey to be better than the print version?

    i never read the print version i listen to books for work. when i heard about this book i was a little nervous. then when i read all the nasty comments about the book i was like okay then im defintally not reading these books. i was bored at work tired of listen to music and spent my credit on the first book. an d im glad i did this is an amazing read i really like it i think people are reading to much into i think this is a book about all the thing girls and guys go through ugh minus the whole dark sex stuff. but like any guy or girl we fall for what we know wil hurt us in the end hoping that it will change sometimes it do and sometimes it doesnt. i cant wait to read the other books and hope that he understands were she coming from and her understand where he is coming from. dont listen to what people say about these books if you want to read it spend a credit on it if you dont like it you didnt pay for it anyways... latas baby :D


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    anna because she a girl not ever have experianced love before but wants with the wrong guy or is he??... and she really smart but its her first time being boy crazied and we have all been there.


    Which character – as performed by Becca Battoe – was your favorite?

    ive never heard her until know but i love anna


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

    when she finnaly stood up to him at the end and tld him what she really wanted


    Any additional comments?

    i say read these book and make your own descion about it ... latas baby ;D

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Large USA 08-21-12
    Jennifer Large USA 08-21-12 Member Since 2010

    Jennifer Large

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    "Oh, my!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone as naive and with as limited a vocabulary as the main character.


    What was most disappointing about E. L. James’s story?

    The protagonist knows the behavior is problematic and doesn't even have a desire to experience it, and yet does it anyway, which is just dumb. Plus, every other word is "Holy Jesus," "Oh, my" or "Holy something else." You would think the surprise would wear off after signing the contract and researching the acts. But, no. The naive, dual-word reactions continue all the way through parts one and two, which is where I stopped listening.

    The most disappointing thing about the book is the rehearsed powerful-man-is-the-prize-a-naive-young-virgin-values-over-her-own-self-respect plot line. It's so uninventive, i's archetypal but without the mystery.


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

    I thought the reader tried hard to make the repetitive vocabulary interesting and give the blahsville protagonist some character.


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

    No. I cannot figure out why America is so interested in reading this book. I bought it to find out why everyone was buying it. I still have no idea, except to say that readers are just less savvy than I thought.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Katy, TX, United States 08-12-12
    Kelly Katy, TX, United States 08-12-12
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    "Hated it!!!"
    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    No - definitely not


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

    Hated the beginning of the book - lack of emotion!


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

    Reader too young for mature subject matter. She sounds about 15 or 16.


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

    Good lord - I pray that our society has not gotten to be such an immoral society.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your money. For the sexually-prude or frustrated woman, it may be exciting. For all the normal sexually satisified women, don't waste your money.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Veronica 08-09-12
    Veronica 08-09-12
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    "STAYED UP ALL WEEKEND JUST TO FINISH THE TRILOGY!"
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

    SENSUAL, UNINHIBITED, LIBERATING


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Definitely Mr. Grey and his mysteriousness behind his eroticism.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Ana and Cristian met, I was cracking up when she stumbled in and fell over her own two feel!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brigitte Hinton, AB, Canada 08-09-12
    Brigitte Hinton, AB, Canada 08-09-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Could not put it down,,,,loved it !"
    What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades of Grey the most enjoyable?

    easy to listen


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anastasia she had her own personality


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when she trip over her feet at the beginning of the book


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

    kept me listening


    Any additional comments?

    christian

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Duck SEADRIFT, TX, United States 08-07-12
    Duck SEADRIFT, TX, United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2011

    I love to read espionage and criminal thrillers. My lifestyle doesn't allow time to sit and read so audio books is really an enjoyment.

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    "Sex and more Sex"
    Where does Fifty Shades of Grey rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Some where in the middle.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was in hopes that she finally got smart.


    Which character ??? as performed by Becca Battoe ??? was your favorite?

    Miss Steele


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

    When she asked to sample the worst pain in the Red room


    Any additional comments?

    The book is basically telling of all the different ways to have sex. It is a little boring in spots.
    The same thing happens each time. She is surprised in what she done and he is pleased in how she done it.

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    Dan ILLINOIS 08-07-12
    Dan ILLINOIS 08-07-12
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    "Love it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades of Grey to be better than the print version?

    Idk, the audio edition is great, I get all into it when I'm taking a walk.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just how Grey IS, it remindes me a bit of ME, ( just not the rich part,LOL) Just feeling that GO FOR IT ATT.
    What did I like best about this story? Umm, bring her to the house and knowing in the back of his mind that he was going to *U*K


    Which scene was your favorite?

    After the Photo shoot, I bet he could just see it in her eyes that he got her.
    & When she threw herself to him.


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

    Moved me? Just getting too excited on some parts giving me flash backs on my own life on the things I did with some girls.


    Any additional comments?

    My first audio book will always be rememberd, lol. :p

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jak philly pa 08-07-12
    jak philly pa 08-07-12 Member Since 2011

    jernmegmom

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    "Guilty pleasure"
    Where does Fifty Shades of Grey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a fun story. I expected a trashy novel I got a trashy novel.


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

    She wouldn't have been my choice but she was fine. She has. A cute voice


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

    Sure. I enjoy escapism


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Farrah ESSEX, MD, United States 08-02-12
    Farrah ESSEX, MD, United States 08-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A must read!"
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, engaging, good read


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

    this book made me laugh out loud and then cry.


    Any additional comments?

    Love the trilology!!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bernard Rocky Hill, CT, United States 08-01-12
    Bernard Rocky Hill, CT, United States 08-01-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Kept me alert while driving home late at night."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, another boy meets girl love story from a different perspective.


    What three words best describe Becca Battoe’s performance?

    Good performance


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Really hated the constant reading of the headings in their e-mail exchanges.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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