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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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    Lorenzo P. Phillips 11-19-12
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    "I read the reviews and decided to see for myself."
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    It read like a high school romance novel.


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

    Give more substance, something to bond and identify with! I'm a male and really became bored with it quickly. I tried to see it from the other side but failed.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was fine! Great to listen and imagine it unfolding.


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Jose comes to mind!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sure this type of story is appealing to some, I just didn't get it!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Regina Tullahoma, TN, United States 11-17-12
    Regina Tullahoma, TN, United States 11-17-12 Member Since 2009
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    "na"
    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    Not sure


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

    Not sure


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

    This voice from this young lady was to young sounding for me.
    My husband loved the series.


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

    Not for me. I just could see what all the talk was about.
    But my husband loved it.


    Any additional comments?

    I did a little survey and most of my friends in my age group ( ladies )
    were not impressed. I am 45.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adelina United States 11-12-12
    Adelina United States 11-12-12
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    "REPEAT HER FEELS OVER AND OVER AGAIN"
    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    This is really a short story. Girl like boy. Boy has great car. Boy wants kinky action from Girl. Girl gives it a try and fines she needs more . The end. Fifty Shades of Grey would have been better if it had a real story.


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

    I would not read any books by this author.


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

    None


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie United States 11-12-12
    Natalie United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Steamy and addicting story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades of Grey to be better than the print version?

    Not sure did not read print that's why I got audio version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Christian of course


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

    Still Christian grey


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

    The entire book


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to hear book 2

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Positively speaking 11-12-12

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    "Boring"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Was so boring I could not finish. Perhaps the Story would have been ok without the female constantly saying "Oh MY". I could not continue to read mostly because of that.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah United States 11-11-12
    Sarah United States 11-11-12
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    "wrighting style is weak"
    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    christain reminds me of the man i love that has trouble loving me


    What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

    i loved the performance great pacing as well as inflections in her voice, when appropriate i written style was poor, but overalll i LOVE this book because of the love story


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    most definitely


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah New York, NY, United States 11-11-12
    Deborah New York, NY, United States 11-11-12
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    "Immature and predictable. SAVE YOUR MONEY."

    I admit that I got sucked into all the hype about this book and that's why I bought it. Save your money - this is TOTALLY MISSABLE. The narrator was awful. She sounded like a bad actress on a daytime soap opera - only worse. Too monotone, wrong inflections, totally flat. With respect to the book itself - I kept waiting for a storyline but it never materialized. Whatever shred of a story there is it was predictable and very, very immature. The book strings together one predictable scene after another with a bunch of totally over the top sex scenes (complete with S&M and other acts that border on creepy) that are way over the top and I believe included simply for the shock value. I truly believe that the only reason the book is so popular is because of all the sex which I admit the author writes about very well and creatively. But that's not enough. IF YOU NEVER READ IT YOU ARE NOT MISSING ANYTHING.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gabriela Livermore, Ca, United States 11-11-12
    Gabriela Livermore, Ca, United States 11-11-12
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    "It is an exciting, contemporary and romantic"
    Where does Fifty Shades of Grey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    it was my first audiobook and I loved it, the voice and clarity of the narrator is excellent


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is different than any thing else I ever read, romantic, erotic and hard to put down


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she goes the fist time to his appartament on a helochopter in Seattle, shocking


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    A little too much sex description, too much information

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Leah Emery Fontana, CA United States 11-10-12
    Jennifer Leah Emery Fontana, CA United States 11-10-12
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    "This book is all Hipe!"
    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    No. I thought her writing was very juvenile and repeats constantly. I couldn't get into her characters because they weren't believable. Everyone said that I needed to read the 2nd and 3rd book to get more of the story, but that wouldn't improve the authors writing skills. I thought the narrator did the best she could with what she had in reading this book. I would not recommend this book and wouldn't try another one of her books.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something with more intellect and storyline.


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

    I would be willing to try another one of Becca Battoe's performances to see if it was, in fact, just the writing.


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

    The banter back and fourth on the emails were funny at first, but then they just got annoying. I liked the beginning when they first met. The beginning started off strong.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alice 11-10-12
    Alice 11-10-12 Member Since 2008

    Another Audible Addict

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    "fluff writing"

    What a waste!I can't believe anyone would have anything good to say about this. One of the stupid sex scenes was plenty for me. The male voice was ridculous and not sexy done by the women reader, what a total turn off. I thought I was buying a mystery not a fluff novel. It was like a broken record with the same scene being played over again and again I kept fast forwarding hoping for a change in the next chapter but all I heard was that stupid girl saying "Holly F_ _ _!" over and over. I guess I am ranting now.... I will stay away from EL James in the future. I am not a prude but it was light years away from sexy - if that was the goal here?, there sure was no Mystery.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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