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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.

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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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    joan 01-01-13
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    "PLEASE USE A BETTER NARRATOR......"
    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    yes but I dislike the narrator....


    Would you be willing to try another book from E. L. James? Why or why not?

    yes but I dislike the narrator


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    most of all...I could not enjoy the voice and character voices


    Was Fifty Shades of Grey worth the listening time?

    that is still out for opinion


    Any additional comments?

    I dont understand how this popular book could be narrated so poorly...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matt north grafton, MA, United States 01-01-13
    Matt north grafton, MA, United States 01-01-13

    Fiction lover, wannabe writer. lost of flights with my new job. Audible is PERFECT to keep me up the books I want to read.

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    "The Worst Writing Ever"

    I think a really horny 6th grader wrote this. I have never ready (didn't finish) such a poorly written book. I only gave it 1 star because 0 stars was not an option. Terrible.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michele Bousquet New Orleans, LA United States 12-30-12
    Michele Bousquet New Orleans, LA United States 12-30-12 Listener Since 2009

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    "Now I can say I read it -- that's about it"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Terribly written.


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

    Yes


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

    I think she did the best she could with the material.


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

    Many, many laughs. I mean laugh-out-loud laughs. It got to the point where every time she said "Oh, my!" I chimed in with her and cracked up. I listened to this while I did spring cleaning, and it got me through it.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm up to date on pop culture. And I can speak from experience when I tell others it was truly awful.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    bruce TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 12-24-12
    bruce TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 12-24-12
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    "So tame, no shame..."
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

    Lame, limp, wimp.

    No reason to hide this book from your co-workers. So tame it's lame. Our heroine is unbelievable, how rare is a 'babe' old enough to have finished college, still virginal who is not hung up by religious conviction. She must have a near zero libido to have reached into her twenties and never before been attracted to a male. The great build-up to the 'red room of pain' leaves so much to be desired that I almost didn't bother finishing the book. Hoping she had second thoughts about the relationship to make books two and three interesting, but not sure if I'm willing to invest anything to find out. Too bad ms. James didn't model a real female in the starring role.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting, the big lead in. Least interesting, the delivery.


    Any additional comments?

    If you had prurient motives in considering this book, forget it.

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    Cynthia Pelt 12-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not sure what the big deal is????"
    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    While this is a decent love story, I'm not sure what the big deal is. Not as steamy as I expected, I guess the Dom/Sub subtopic of the story is why so many women thought it was so wicked :-) Will finish the trilogy - don't know if I would try another EL James book. The reader, Becca Battoe was annoying in this first novel, but she has grown on me, I think her voice is better suited for young adult novels.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    More kinky sex!


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    Amazon Customer Martinez, GA, United States 12-12-12
    Amazon Customer Martinez, GA, United States 12-12-12
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    "Don't Believe the Hype!"

    I struggled to get through this book, hoping it would improve. Sadly, it did not. I searched for something positive to say. I found nothing. The writing was awful, and the narration was worse. This book reminded me how much I dislike when people write or talk about mores/lifestyles of which they obviously know little. Then again, it is fiction; however, fiction should be plausible. I would not recommend this book to anyone. It was a complete waste of time and money.

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    Beth 12-11-12
    Beth 12-11-12
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    "I hated this with every ounce of my being!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I found the story poorly written and very juvenile in writing and character portrayal. I felt like I was reading the musings of either (a) a highschool girl with extremely low self esteem, attracted to jerks or (b) a guy who has a really low opinion of women and what they think women want. That being said, perhaps it was written for the "20 somethings" who are still exploring self-esteem issues and the archetypical "bad boy." If that was the intended audience, then it was just not for me. Classier writing style, thoughtful adult situations and relationship parameters that exclude the glorification of "the jerk" would have helped.


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

    I found the whole concept of young women pursuing jerks very disappointing.


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

    No. Her voice was so irritating - but perhaps that was more a function of the irritating characters she was portraying.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I would have just thrown the book in the fireplace and started over.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought the books (yes, unfortunately I bought the sequel too) because of the media hype - "women everywhere are going crazy about this book"! I think those women should be in therapy. There are so many other great books with romance and eroticism that did not have the marketing machine that "50 Shades" did. I would like to get my credits back - what a waste!

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    Amazon Customer United States 12-10-12
    Amazon Customer United States 12-10-12
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    "Why did I waste my Credit!"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I know I'm was warned about the read, but I find this story to be rather BORING!..Gray..a control freak, no matter how or what his past was..and Steele, just one more follower of virgin stupidity.


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

    What's so disappointing to me is I buy books to be entertained, not bored to tears. I find this to be so predictable, if this were real life, I'd drop kick the chick to the side of the road. I simply cannot finish this book and won't even attempt to start on the other two. If this is a type of book you'd like to read and can let your mind drift into fluffy clouds of p-fooey, or you think you may learn something, enjoy yourself. Me, I'm going to delete it and the other two. After all, mama bear sayz fur lined handcuffs are for amateurs.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The only scene I can think of that could have been enjoyable was Steels helicopter ride, her first...I can relate to that! I do give kudo's to Becca Battoe, she tried so hard to give the characters life.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sure many many people have loved these books (after all, check out the sales!), I'm just not one of them and I'm sure E. L. James is considered a fine writter. So take a chance if you must, but try reading them first at your local library before you spend your money or credits.

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    Kristi HENRICO, VA, United States 12-07-12
    Kristi HENRICO, VA, United States 12-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Worst book....EVER - EPICALLY BAD"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have never written a review. I can't help it on this one. I want to spare the unwitting consumer who was lured in by all the hoopla that surrounds this series. I can't imagine anyone enjoying this. I must have seen a thousand references to this novel on Pinterest and out of curiosity, I bought it. Big mistake. The narrator of this audiobook has, without a doubt, the most annoying voice ever to be recorded. But, I cannot in good conscience lay blame to the fail of this novel SOLELY on this womans voice. The writing is God awful. If I heard her say double crap one more time I was going to stab myself in my ear. Not an exaggeration. At first I thought maybe the people who were raving mad over this book were lonely women who perhaps have never had a night filled with passion in their entire lives. Perhaps women who haven't ever been touched or even perhaps the readers who loved this book considered this to be erotica. This is not erotica. Ladies, please just buy some random erotica, I promise, you will rejoice in how wonderful a short erotica story is. Because, like Penthouse, Playboy and similar publications, the story is pointless but oddly enough it is also TO THE POINT. Thankfully, they are not hundreds of pages long with side stories that are so ridiculous as to be highly unbelievable and greatly disappointing. Need I say more? Ugh.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am purchasing the Hobbit right now, read it as a child but seeing as I am about to watch the movie, I wanted to remember the book well as I have forgotten most of it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her voice!! Her valley girl crap! double crap! statements. The fact that we are to believe she is in her twenties and drop dead GORGEOUS and has never been touched by a man but every eligible, filthy rich, genius, hot, creative man in her vicinty is crazy about her. She is made to be so innocent, "oh, what's this? a butt plug?? what's that? is that a whip"....I mean, come on!!!!!! Oh, and she becomes so angry any time anything is purchased for her. Oh, I don't want this closet full of designer clothing, how could you possibly buy me a brand new car! I'm fine driving my vintage VW bug!! I don't want your money!! Stop randomly putting money in my bank account!! You can't buy me!! Give me a break. Show me that woman and I will gladly hand over everything I own to charity. Its asanine. And the story - if a book is going to be this long, why is there not a better story? If its strictly about the sex and dominatrix S&M stuff, why can't it just be about that stuff? Are people really that easily influenced?


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    Kritty West Warwick, RI, United States 12-07-12
    Kritty West Warwick, RI, United States 12-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I'm murmuring my review"

    This was horrible and I feel sad for everyone who thought this was good. Letters to Penthouse have more depth to them than this. It was horribly written, same words (gaze, murmur, mutter) used over and over. When she actually did discover a thesaurus she used the word Ad nauseam. The only people who should read/listen to this are aspiring writers as a "What Not To Do" guide. Really sad I wasted my time on this.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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