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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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    Katie Benton City, WA, United States 05-14-12
    Katie Benton City, WA, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2005

    I love Audible and I love books! The file formats for Audible are great, easy download, doesn't take up a lot of space on your device, the ability to download titles again are great. Narrators add another dimension to great stories.

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    "Relationship story - with some unusual ties"

    Yes, that is a little play on the story, my headline. I do feel compelled to listen to the next two in the series, which will have to wait as, I plan on getting one of the books a month. What I find interesting is all the uproar which is happening around the story, as usual people tend to focus on specific aspects of a certain something and not the whole. I think it was well written, with one exception...the author continually used "hot" to describe attractiveness of the male main character. The author used so many other fabulously diverse words, that "Hot" kind of got boring. That would be my only negative to the story.

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    Tim 05-13-12
    Tim 05-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved the story and Becca Battoe was PERFECT!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! It was the perfect mix of romance and passion in its rawest form! As a 47 year old male, this is not my normal type of book, but it hit the spot for sure.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anna was delicious! Made me wish I was 27 again for sure. Christian was warped, but right on target. I have been inspired in many ways by this book! I want my wife to read / listen to it now for sure.


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

    I loved her voice! She made me want to keep listening. I listened to all three books back-to-back! It was hard to go to sleep at night! She sounded so sweet and innocent combined with the scorching content... it was HOT! I think I could listen to her reading a phone book! I will certainly listen to them all again!


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

    Yes, but I was soooo sad when the books were completed. I did not want it to be over. Over 60 hours for the three combined, but I am ready to listen to them again!


    Any additional comments?

    The email exchanges could have been done a little better. That was a little much, but loved the changes in the subject lines and signatures... Worth it in the end.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sonny Ridgeland, MS, United States 05-12-12
    Sonny Ridgeland, MS, United States 05-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not what I was expecting."

    Not the story that I was expecting. WAY more sexually graphic than I would have imagined from a mainstream book. Made me blush frequently. More of a Harlequin Romance novel than anything.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brooke Conway, SC, United States 05-12-12
    Brooke Conway, SC, United States 05-12-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Narration terrible, not much substance to the plot"
    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    The narration was too slow. She was trying to be sexy, I suppose. I had to put it on double speed just to get through the book.


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

    Slowwwwwww and trying to be too sexy. Not enjoyable.


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

    Disappointed. Writing is terrible. Sounds like author just wanted to write a saucy novel and wrote it in one sitting (same words and phrases over and over). Will not read the other 2.


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    sue United States 05-11-12
    sue United States 05-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "murmur"
    What did you like best about Fifty Shades of Grey? What did you like least?

    best-different from the norm
    Least- poor writing style--middle school sentence structure


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    back to pattersonyoung


    How could the performance have been better?

    have a male read the male parts


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

    young pretty people


    Any additional comments?

    The work Murmur was used 7000 times.Who murmurs that much?

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.


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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.

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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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