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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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    Sonya Peterborough, Ontario, Canada 01-15-14
    Sonya Peterborough, Ontario, Canada 01-15-14
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    "love it !"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades of Grey to be better than the print version?

    love to have the book too...


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

    there everything is as good as the end….


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

    no


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    just love this web site and thank you .

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ms. Ty S. San Antonio TX 12-30-13
    Ms. Ty S. San Antonio TX 12-30-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades of Grey to be better than the print version?

    50 Shades of Grey was a very interesting book. It was hard to turn the audio off because I was anxious to see what was happening next. Great book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Bay Area 12-22-13
    Amazon Customer Bay Area 12-22-13 Member Since 2013

    Rachel

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    "Made me squirm"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes if they don't mind reading about bondage.


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

    Actually I'll mention 2 because of the contrast. First spanking scene and last one.


    What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

    The narrator did a awesome job given the material.


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

    The final scene. I felt her pain as if it was my own. Guess because I've been there before.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was much harder to read (hear) than other books that I've read because of the material. S&M / bondage aren't my thing but I will admit that at some level it peaked my interest. Not that I'd ask my husband to do anything like this. On another note it was a little long winded though I enjoyed the email banter but I didn't like the way it left me hanging. Though as a marketing ploy I guess that's the point since it made me buy the next one right away.

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    Misty Eyez Fort Lauderdale, FL, US 12-21-13
    Misty Eyez Fort Lauderdale, FL, US 12-21-13 Member Since 2014

    Loving you is Easy, Misty Eyez

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    "YES - YES and GREEN LIGHT!!!"
    What did you love best about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I loved that this story took the average "everyday reader" and took them on a journey to the darker side of sex. That being the world of Leather/S&M, and I feel that this book painted that world in a VERY ACCURATE light. The Reality is those that live and breath this lifestyle are all about respect - boundaries and most importantly trust. I however am a bit sad that the more Anastacia became comfortable Christian pulled away, but I am sure E.L. James did that for the Mainstream market.
    "give them enough to taste it - and to desire it - without shoving it down their throats"


    What other book might you compare Fifty Shades of Grey to and why?

    I would say a more adult twilight - in that its a Forbidden Love story but the audience easily relates and encourages it to happen. Or even more basic - Beauty and the Beast.


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

    I feel she brought it to life. She was wonderful.


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

    I think the first two books were the BEST - I do appreciate the drama and mystery part three brought with the attacks on the family, however the actual story between Christian and Anastacia got a bit sappy and predictable.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are only getting this book because you heard all the hype - DONT - But if your ready to read a love story about a troubled man (a beast) and an innocent girl (a Beauty) then go ahead and get it. All the while Enjoying the Forbidden Storyline as it takes you into a surprising world of pain and pleasure

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michele Toronto, ON, Canada 12-18-13
    Michele Toronto, ON, Canada 12-18-13
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    "Think of the story line and not the actual writing"

    I've been a long time reader of erotic romance and a long time listener of Audible and have bought lots of different types of audio and printed editions of assorted books.
    I did have a hard time reading and listening to the story, being in the immediate present. Not something one is used to in romatic literature. But I did give this book a chance and kept at it. I have now read the full series - twice and listened to the full series three times. I love the books, yet I am willing to admit the writing is not as good as I have seen before. Forget about the writing, the present tense and just enjoy the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Fernanda Rimmer Temple, Texas United States 12-17-13
    Fernanda Rimmer Temple, Texas United States 12-17-13 Member Since 2013

    avida por la lectura ...

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    "Becca Battoe does a terrific job!"
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

    try it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Love the relationship, how the author take them to the place they both need to get together.


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

    no, this is the first time and I love her.


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

    that would be like a porn movie so, I pass.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tammie Ellenwood, GA, United States 12-12-13
    Tammie Ellenwood, GA, United States 12-12-13
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    "Erotic!!!! Sexy!!!"

    It was a wonderful read or to listen to! I listen to it in the car, work and home while cooking. Can not wait to see what they would do for the movie.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gentree Princeton, MN, United States 11-23-13
    Gentree Princeton, MN, United States 11-23-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Could not finish"
    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    I think if her vocabulary would have been better? I didn't like how she said "oh my" all the time.


    Any additional comments?

    wasn't for me

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kurtis 11-20-13
    kurtis 11-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Painful... not in a good way"
    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    I gave this one a try just to see what all the fuss was about. I had difficulty taking the book seriously because if it wasn't the terrible dialogue that made me want to bang my head against the desk, it was the horrible voices that made me bust out laughing. The male characters sounded silly, and the female characters sounded like dimwitted sorority girls.


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    Irish Colleen 11-18-13
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    "Juvenile"
    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    no


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

    no


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

    I'm trying to think about that. As long as she doesn't have to mimic a man's voice, perhaps.


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

    Eye exercise - i.e. I rolled my eyes, A LOT!
    I sighed - but not from the "lusty" scenes. I sighed in exasperation from the silliness of this story.


    Any additional comments?

    Holy Crap - there's going to be a movie and additional book(s) in this series. My Inner Goddess --- laughs at this ridiculousness.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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