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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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    Bernard Rocky Hill, CT, United States 08-01-12
    Bernard Rocky Hill, CT, United States 08-01-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Kept me alert while driving home late at night."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, another boy meets girl love story from a different perspective.


    What three words best describe Becca Battoe’s performance?

    Good performance


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Really hated the constant reading of the headings in their e-mail exchanges.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dayana Hialeah, FL 07-30-12
    Dayana Hialeah, FL 07-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Story / Terrible Narrator"
    Any additional comments?

    I have been listening to Audio books for years, however the narrator in these books is horrible. I put the book down 3 times before I could finally get into the story. I loved the story. The books are great and them finally the closing was even better when Christian told his side of the story. However they should consider getting someone else to redo the reading.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron 07-26-12
    Aaron 07-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Made Me Sweat"
    Where does Fifty Shades of Grey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm more of a spy thriller fan but this would rank in my top 15


    What did you like best about this story?

    The intensity of the book was great.


    What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

    Gave all the characters personality.


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

    yes


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa LaVergne, TN, United States 07-25-12
    Lisa LaVergne, TN, United States 07-25-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Should have read the 1st 1, before buying the rest"

    Clearly a man trying to write from a womans point of veiw, some men do this well, NOT this time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. WARD Midlothian, Virginia United States 07-25-12
    D. WARD Midlothian, Virginia United States 07-25-12 Member Since 2009

    Diana bookworm

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    "The number "Fifty" is changed forever."

    I enjoyed this book. It was fun, entertaining, stimulating and sexy to the nth degree.
    That's all!! and that's enough because it isn't trying to be great literature. I didn't want it to have a hidden social message, a 'moral of the story' element. Just good bawdy lets try some at home, sex. We are grown ups and we can enjoy this if we please.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    COLLEEN WAUKESHA, WI, United States 07-24-12
    COLLEEN WAUKESHA, WI, United States 07-24-12 Member Since 2012

    I love a good book but thanks to dislexea i suck at reeding speling and ya. so bring on audio fiction!

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    "Loved the book like i love fan fiction."
    What did you love best about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    It is well writen, and who dosent like a littel smut once and a wile. It is a Twilight fan fic though you can tell.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like fifty (Mr. Grey) he is so complacated and fun to fallow and figure out.


    What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

    She has a nice voice to lisson to dose femail voices well.


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

    ... Did they really put that on film...


    Any additional comments?

    Voice is a littel descracting when doing mail voices, and words are repeted... ALOT!!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christine FREDERICK, CO, United States 07-19-12
    Christine FREDERICK, CO, United States 07-19-12 Member Since 2007
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    "This is porn"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Any one interested in hard core sex scenes.


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

    The story is badly written to begin with. But on top of that it turns to porn in chapter 8. I'm not a prude but it's better to leave some things up to the imagination.


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

    Sure. It wasn't the performer's fault that this was poorly written.


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    I won't read more from this author.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    KrsTea Pasadena, MD, United States 07-17-12
    KrsTea Pasadena, MD, United States 07-17-12

    Literary Sojourner

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    "Limited vocab, awful story and weak characters"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who enjoy Twilight or don't care if characters have personalities, depth or a background. People who do not mine horribly childish descriptions repeated throughout a book. People who do not mine their authors with no sense of story telling. I think young girls will like this book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something cerebral, my brain needs to recover.


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

    The narrator was fine. I think she fit the style of the weak "heroine" of the story.


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

    Not one that I could think of. Thank goodness it was short.


    Any additional comments?

    The repetitive terms really angered me. It told me this author has a very limited vocabulary and the characters were as flat as cardboard so that tells me the author has no imagination. I really wish I would have paid attention to the reviews. I tried this in book form first and thought it was me. After trying it in audio form, I know it's not!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine Fairview, TN, United States 07-17-12
    Elaine Fairview, TN, United States 07-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Sucked me in to the series!"
    Would you listen to Fifty Shades of Grey again? Why?

    Yes. Storyline is awesome.


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

    No book I've read compares to the "Shades" series


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

    Love story on crack!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maria M. Tutor 07-15-12

    Maria

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    "S & M version of Mills and Boon"
    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    Would have been a better book without the exhaustingly long gratuitous sex scenes, although I assume that most people are attracted to the book for that very reason.


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

    I wouldn't bother reading any of the other books in the series.. Let me guess what happens next? They get together, she tries to 'change' him, they have lots more SnM sex, they separate... get back together blah blah.. I might be completely wrong of course.


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

    Good narration. Quite enjoyed Becca's voice and narration style.


    Any additional comments?

    Having said all that... if I got the royalties that the author has... I'd be laughing all the way to the bank.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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