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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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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 09-10-12
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 09-10-12 Member Since 2015

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "Awesome!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades of Grey to be better than the print version?

    Yes! Having someone put voices to the characters made it soooo much better


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything. I thought this book had an excellent story line. Even though it was full of sex, it didn't take away from the actual story. To create the character of Christian Grey! WOW! He is sooo amazing there is no way he can be real. I really wish he was real though.... I would totally drink his bath water!!! Seriously, this was an awesome read/listen!!!


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

    This is my first Becca Battoe, but I liked her so much I have been hunting for her other reads....


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

    Yes, when Christian and Ana broke up! OMG!!! soo sad, but good at the same time!!! Why didn't Ana safe word!!! Poor Fifty!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Already read the others one too... Read the all at the same time... So much better!!!

    6 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Maurer San Antonio, Texas United States 06-19-12
    Lisa Maurer San Antonio, Texas United States 06-19-12 Member Since 2016

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    "LOVE this series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades of Grey to be better than the print version?

    Yes and no - but mainly because I love reading - but listening to it was just as good, plus I could listen to it at work


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

    "F*ck the paper work" - it's a moment in the elevator....you can feel the emotion, it's awesome.


    What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

    I felt like I was in Ana's head....it was easy to imagine Becca's voice was Ana's voice


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

    All of it....but I love this book after I read chapter 1


    Any additional comments?

    Becca does her best - I could not stop laughing after she did Christian's voice the first time and it took a couple chapters for me to REALLY get used to it - but if you love the books, and I do - you can look past all that and listen to what she is saying rather than vocusing on her voice.

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    Donna 06-03-12
    Donna 06-03-12

    Not sure what to say really. I love listening to audio books. :)

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    "Amazinginly enthralling!"
    What did you love best about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I was absolutely captivated. Teased. Excited. Could NOT put it down. I may need to have a talk with my husband! LOL


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was dark and romantic.


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

    She has a very soothing voice. To hear that voice describe such dark matter was captivating.


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

    Absolutely! It turned me on and opened my eyes to a side of myself I had NEVER even imagined existed. I cannot put into words it's full effect on me.


    Any additional comments?

    MUST READ/Listen

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    Tiffani kearns, UT, United States 05-30-12
    Tiffani kearns, UT, United States 05-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A bit of a shocker"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? lol. I totally did.
    I did warn her that it is a bit intense, kinda twisted, and very hot.
    This book is only for the open-minded, but I actually like it more than the sequels because I think they get a bit tame. . .in comparison. :)
    P.S. I actually liked the narrator. It worked for me.
    P.S.S. Check out the E L James web-site. The soundtrack is AWESOME!


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

    Oh god, the ending for sure. I admit, I couldn't wait 10 more days for my new credits and actually bought more.


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

    no


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    Donna HOUMA, LA, United States 05-29-12
    Donna HOUMA, LA, United States 05-29-12
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    "loved it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    never knew what to expect


    What did you like best about this story?

    lots of twists and turns. She was able to bring him out of his horrible past


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

    I think she did a fine job


    Any additional comments?

    On my second listen

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    KaShell JONESBORO, GA, United States 05-27-12
    KaShell JONESBORO, GA, United States 05-27-12
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    "LOVE!!"
    Would you listen to Fifty Shades of Grey again? Why?

    I would listen to this book again. I got all 3 and loved the story line. I love this Trilogy so much I also got the books for my shelf.


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

    There so many memorable moments that I just can't name one.


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

    I love the way Becca Battoe reads and and her ability to differentiate characters.


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    MsK1P2 Alton, IL, United States 05-27-12
    MsK1P2 Alton, IL, United States 05-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Um...yes it's enjoyable...but"

    Well now (fans blushing face), that was an interesting listen. The story definately had threads of Twilight-likeness to it. Ultimately I was able to separate out the two stories pretty well. Interesting and erotic to say the least. One thing that kept me from adding a few more stars to the review is Ana's inner monologue. It's partially the author's fault and partially the narrator's fault for the annoyance I think. "Oh my" "Oh my" I'm a bit of a geek and every time she said "Oh My" I thought of George Takei... awkward!! But the frequency with which she says it and the way the narrator speaks it was grating. Of course that isn't enough to stop me from downloading books two and three...

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    Tommie ATLANTA, GEORGIA, United States 05-26-12
    Tommie ATLANTA, GEORGIA, United States 05-26-12 Member Since 2015

    I have loved books every since I could read. During my elementary & high school days I spent my time in libraries getting books to read.

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    "Sensual! Romantic!"

    Romance, adventure, intrigue, and mystery laced with erotic episodes makes this novel sublime. It was worth listening to and should be heard again.

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    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 05-20-12
    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 05-20-12 Member Since 2012

    Always moving. Always listening. Always learning. "After all this time?" "Always."

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    "Distracted Driving Danger!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this to my straight friends. Especially men. (No, we're not all looking for Christian Grey. Or interested in BDSM. But interested in imagination, yes!)

    Don't think my gay friends would get anything out of this except a good laugh at the too liberal use of the clichés and startling metaphors.So, don't drive while listening to this.

    You'll laugh out loud at some of the descriptions (did she actually wipe her lips off her face??? if so, where are they - on the floor???).

    You'll be annoyed - 'disorientated' is not a word, ladies, and I don't have the print version to know if it was the author or narrator. Someone's editor was asleep, either way!

    You'll also squirm at some pretty okay porn. Oh, I'm sorry, erotica. I don't want to ruin the suspense by describing it, but this predictable plot is worth it for the erotica. Even if the erotica always reaches its predictable end.

    E.L. James is no Anais Nin, but Nin's use of flowery language and eupehmisms were a necessity when she wrote. Nin's voice was self-censored for her time. E.L. James has the freedom Nin never had, and she puts it to good use.

    E.L. James writes erotica for the 21st Century woman, and lack of an editor aside (and much too liberal use of cut and paste), she's important for opening a popular, public door on a genre long hidden in bookstores with plywood windows, next door to liquor stores open all night, and late night computer sessions, with all of the lights out.


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

    Yes, went for the 20% discount on three credits that's good till the end of the month and purchased the last two.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    On the erotic part - sometimes I could hear the blush and stumble in the narrator's voice, even when the character was doing neither. When people say the erotic things that Christian and Anastasia were saying to each other, their inflection changes - their voice drops and gets husky, and their pace is more measured and careful. The erotica is narrated in a tone you could overhear in a grocery store produce section from someone asking about the benefits of organice versus natural apples. It's a seduction, not a grocery list!

    Since I went from Sinclair's "Main Street", narrated by Brian Emerson to "50 Shades of Grey", the intrusiveness of the narrator was especially jarring. I got used to the narrator after about an hour, and stopped wondering how old she was and how she got into the audio book busness, and I was able to just listen to the story.


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

    How many stars are fighting over the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steel?


    Any additional comments?

    Laters, baby!

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    Kiesha M. Vernick 05-17-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Great Book, Horrible Narrator"
    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    Nothing!


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

    The e-mail's (better while reading the books not listening), SHOUTY CAPS ;), when Ana goes off on Mrs. Robinson...


    What didn???t you like about Becca Battoe???s performance?

    Everything!!! I read the books first, then got the audio version. Big mistake. I generally love reading books over again if I really like them and I did these. Listening to the audio version almost put me to sleep. They are a lot more enjoyable/entertaining to read than they are to listen to.


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

    Anger, sadness, happiness, joy, laughter...

    I experienced just about every emotion while reading these books!


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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