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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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    Cheryl Olathe, KS, United States 05-31-12
    Cheryl Olathe, KS, United States 05-31-12 Member Since 2010
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    "STARTED OFF KINDA BORING"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yea, I would recommend it because the overall story is good..


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

    I love that Mr Grey had a lot of things going on in his life that he has never experience before and actually enjoy it with Ana


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Well for Ana to be so smart she was so dumb. and when Ana was being dumb it sounded like she was whinny


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    if it didnt take so long to get to the punch line, thats why i stated that it started off boring


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the emails were a bit too much to listen too and made it boring

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    tina jorgensen GLENWOOD, WA, US 05-27-12
    tina jorgensen GLENWOOD, WA, US 05-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "down load"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    It seems with some books they never doen load all the way i only get 1 or 2 chapters it is very frustrating


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Cambridge, Ontario, Canada 05-25-12
    Amazon Customer Cambridge, Ontario, Canada 05-25-12 Member Since 2009

    wordhog

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    "Too much hype...."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book had a great premise but I think it lacked the knowledge and research to make it a real winner.
    I can see why there is an attraction to the overall story, the romance and sexual discovery of a young women along a more forbidden path was something we need more of, that and more plot to make at a page turner for me.


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

    Lately I have been finding most books lacking, seems anyone can write a novel now a days. I guess I am looking for a literary genius type, Charlotte Bronte taken up a few notches, more strong females, liberated sex, but still with the literary prowess of the classics.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narration is here nor there for me, it can distract, but if the story is great, listening goes beyond just hearing the words.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, it could open doors for many more novels of this type, a cross over genre, romance meets erotica meets BDSM. Women have finally reached true liberation when they cannot just fantasize about sex, but read about it, write about it, talk about it and do it!!!!!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jenassecret MN 05-25-12
    Jenassecret MN 05-25-12 Member Since 2009

    Babbzz

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    "For those with no real sex life..."

    My husband heard about the 50 shades of hype, and asked if I had heard about the series. I'm always up for some good, sloppy, adult sex, and I had a credit to burn. Three hours into it, and I was bored with all of the sighing and dreamy eyed crushing when it was finally revealed to me that she was a 21 year old virgin! No wonder! Well, maybe it would hook me with a good story. Nope! Unanswered question after unanswered question and by the end of the book, I could care less what happened to the characters during next two books. I have since talked to a few friends who say the biggest question, what happened in the main characters life to make him view sex and relationships the way that he does, isn't explained until the last few chapters in LAST BOOK!! As for the sex? I have no problem with exploring alternative lifestyles, but it was awfully disappointing. It is obviously written to shock, not to arouse your own real life sex, there was no passion behind the act, sociopath or not. Hey, at least now I can hold up my end of the conversation at the water cooler....

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    funnygal76 Lacey, WA, United States 05-25-12
    funnygal76 Lacey, WA, United States 05-25-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Not that bad!"
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

    Prior to purchasing Fifty Shades of Grey (Book 1) I read the reviews and a vast majority of them were negative. Having never read the books before, I thought I would give it a try. It is really NOT as bad as everyone keeps saying. Sure Christians voice sounds a bit cheesy and the male/female characters sound similar but it’s an audio book read by one person. The only way this audio book would sound better is if there was a male and a female reading it.

    If you are debating downloading it - stop debating. Becca Battoe does a good job for all this book entails. I really felt how Anastasia was feeling and the deep dark Christian came a crossed clear. The ending leaves you screaming NOOOOO....and instantly downloading the second book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters in this story have such real and honest feelings. It was a great great book!


    Did Becca Battoe do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Given the all that the book entails, she did a good job.


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

    No, took 3 days of constant listening... had to watch out for kids and I didn't want my husband to get too many ideas. :)


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 05-24-12
    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 05-24-12 Member Since 2011

    Amazon Fan

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    "Story of 50 Shades is a Hot Story--Narrator Okay"
    What did you love best about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I liked the happy ending. The story was well written and the characters complicated enough to be intriguing. The sex scenes were explicit and well described. I liked that Anastasia figured out the complexities of Christian and stayed to make him see what love is all about.


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

    The Story of O because both are about female sexuality and fantasy. Women do think about this and love reading about it.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Becca Battoe?

    Yes. She isn't the best at changing her voice for different characters but I expect she will improve.


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

    Yes. I have ordered all three volumes.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Larry C. Smith Canton, Georgia - United States 05-23-12
    Larry C. Smith Canton, Georgia - United States 05-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Boring, Boring, Boring!!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A good storyline with more depth and less emails to each other. I got soo sick of the back and forth emails when they could have texted or phoned each other.


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

    No


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

    No


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

    All the emailing back and forth to each other.


    Any additional comments?

    What a waste of my credit for this month. The only likable character was the roommate, Kate;

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Conway, SC, United States 05-21-12
    Karen Conway, SC, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Went viral due to Nature of content, not writing"

    Okay, all women have sexual fantasies; many enjoy reading erotica with a believable storyline and, of course, hot, steamy sex scenes. Kindle, Audible.com, etc. make it possible for people to read/listen to erotica in public without others seeing the title or suggestive book cover. I believe this, along with the average person's curiosity about BDSM and D/s, is the only reason Fifty Shades went viral.

    The book reads like an author's first attempt (and it is a good attempt) at writing. She does a good job with character development and does have better-than-average writing skills. I appreciate the author's verbiage and seemingly wide-ranging knowledge of American and British literature as well as eclectic taste in music. The way she wrote about literature, music, and especially BDSM, however, felt stilted and studied...not natural. On the flip side, she was obviously more comfortable writing about the dynamics of relationships, friendships, sexual tension, buildup, and release, and her writing style was smooth and flowing. (she just needs a good editor for some of the redundancies!)

    If -- If this book were properly and professionally edited, it might be better visually read than listened to.

    In my opiion, this particular narrator completely missed the mark. This book may have been better read by a man who can credibly perform women's roles. I almost put the book down a few times due completely to the narration. Maybe I'm being too harsh; audible has me spoiled with some of their brilliant narration performances.

    Knowing what I know now, would I spend the credit again? Yes, but with much lower expectations. Looking for well-read sizzling BDSM D/s fiction? Try "A Good Student" by Elliot Mabeuse--after completing the Grey series. Student is slightly more realistic with very, very sexually explicit content.

    I am in no way bashing this book. It just does not belong on NYTimes or Audible's top 100 list, much less top 10. So, lower your expectations and have fun listening!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Long Pond, PA, United States 05-18-12
    Diana Long Pond, PA, United States 05-18-12 Member Since 2005
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    "This book left me wanting a Gray of my own!!!!!!!!"
    Where does Fifty Shades of Grey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    number one


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

    When Ana left Gray, it broke my heart.


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

    No


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

    Yes I did, it made me HOT


    Any additional comments?

    I need book 4

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    fred LAKE OSWEGO, OR, United States 05-18-12
    fred LAKE OSWEGO, OR, United States 05-18-12 Member Since 2010

    I'm Trying to see the world with my ears.

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    "I am rendered speechless"

    I am rendered speechless, my mind reeling. I have read this story before, and yet I am still overwhelmed by the depth of emotion and staggering thoughts I have about this book. Having just read the last line, I sit here trying to wrap my mind around what I want to say, and my only coherent thought is....Wow!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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