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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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    ANTHONY ELK GROVE, CA, United States 06-15-12
    ANTHONY ELK GROVE, CA, United States 06-15-12
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    "This Tripe is Insulting to Women"

    Have we really not come far enough to not find this dribble insulting, demeaning, patronizing and just flat out boring?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth archdale, NC, United States 06-14-12
    Elizabeth archdale, NC, United States 06-14-12 Member Since 2004

    mother, wife, artist

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    "Grey is right, only a so so book.."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator is not great, not as bad as others have said, but not great..and the writing of the book is not very impressive either, could easily have been writen by a high school kid..


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

    yes, and i bet the writing would be better..


    Any additional comments?

    i bought this book to see what all the fuss was about, and yes it is seriously dirty, and yes it can be absorbing, but more often than not i found myself just trying to finish what i spent my money no for that reason and no other..

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jacob SAINT GEORGE, UT, United States 06-14-12
    Jacob SAINT GEORGE, UT, United States 06-14-12
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    "Kill me now"
    Would you try another book from E L James and/or Becca Battoe?

    No


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

    Yes


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

    none


    Any additional comments?

    I thought I would give this book a try and that was a big mistake. Dear God it's maddening being in such a naive mind. The thinking between characters never changed. All I could think about every second was how badly people must make fun of this book and how stupid it is. I'm appalled it has been such a success.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry Kolber 06-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "DO NOT BUY THIS AUDIOBOOK!!!!"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    This book is awful. It's unbearable. It made me want to rip my headphones out and scream. The writing is poor, the characters are insufferable, the reader is the worst I've ever heard. She is an "uptalker" who sounds vapid and dumb. She uses this stupid voice when she reads for Christian. I am not sure how many times the phrase "my inner goddess" is used - at least 50. When Christian says things like, "You're going to make me angry, and you won't like me when I'm angry," it's comic. It's all laughable, really. I forced myself to listen to about 60% of it, but I'm done wasting my time. Christian and Ana are WORSE than Edward and Bella. If you're an educated, smart woman, I am sure you will hate it too. I don't mean to sound condescending, but most of the women I know who actually enjoyed this book are not avid readers or college graduates.


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

    NEVER


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    SEE COMMENTS ABOVE


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

    DISGUST


    Any additional comments?

    I quite honestly don't understand the appeal. The usual trashy romance is better than this.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Megan Northbrook, IL, United States 06-13-12
    Megan Northbrook, IL, United States 06-13-12 Member Since 2003
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    "This is torture and not the erotic kind."
    Would you try another book from E L James and/or Becca Battoe?

    Nope. Couldn't finish this one....and I was using it as a sleep aid.


    What could E L James have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Maybe take a writing class?


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different reader....different material.


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Hmmmm....maybe the main characters "subconscious" and "inner goddess."


    Any additional comments?

    Have you ever wondered what goes on inside the head of an idiot? Then you may find this book interesting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie Cambridge, Ontario, Canada 06-13-12
    Natalie Cambridge, Ontario, Canada 06-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Sadly Lacking"
    Would you try another book from E L James and/or Becca Battoe?

    No.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Kushiel's Dart or Fingerprints of the Gods


    How could the performance have been better?

    I suppose that the voice matched the character it portrays; childish, vapid, inane. I found the endless stream of email data particulars painful to listen to, and the entire pace slow, dragging me kicking and screaming through a paid credit's worth.


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    None of the characters were noteworthy. Christian's "dark" side was a joke. Becca's virginal mind laughably unlikely and the various other characters as lacking in depth and dimension as the two protagonists.


    Any additional comments?

    After all the hype and titillation of reviews and my friends, I seriously expected something WORTH the talk. This book hasn't got an ounce of human depth and dimension and the "kink" is a joke. In present times when storytellers like Jaqueline Carey can weave a tale so compelling and stunningly written one is bereft reaching the end - of each chapter, each book, but tripe like Fifty Shades of Grey gets the talk simply boggles the mind. If every woman thought she could write a romance novel, this book proves any woman can write about a tame "red room of pain" and get incredible publicity from it. It is an insult to educated readers; there is very little plot, zero character development and the writing is redundant and vacuous.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Austin, TX, United States 06-13-12
    Lisa Austin, TX, United States 06-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Blushing in Fifty Shades!"
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

    Mind Blowing Naughtiness


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

    I don't think I've ever read a book like this. I am reminded of Sidney Sheldon's writing and the book Lace I read when I was a teenager but they had nothing on this book!


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

    Her voice is so irritating! It was like listening to my pre-teen daughter read me a sex book! It did get better as the story went on or maybe I just got used to it.


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

    Are you rolling your eyes at me?


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book and so did my husband! I really hate to waste my time reading trashy novels but even though my i.q. went down as each page was read, my sex.q. went up!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Schaumburg, IL, United States 06-12-12
    Michelle Schaumburg, IL, United States 06-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Mediocre at best"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    There are a few words/phrases that are used to death in this book. "Oh my!" and "Holy Crap" are used every few minutes.


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

    Thank GOD you can adjust the narrator speeds. She is so slow that I need you keep the speed at 2X.


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    More than I'd keep.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want a love story, go get a love story. If you want porn, go get porn. This book is lacking in both.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    lynn louisville, Cayman Islands 06-12-12
    lynn louisville, Cayman Islands 06-12-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Really?"

    Even with a most ardent suspension of disbelief, this series is amazing, yet I???m still not sure which of the following reasons impressed me most:

    1.That (except for the huge difference in quality) the series should be more fantastically categorized with "Lincoln the Vampire hunter" and more appropriately re-titled " Trixie Beldon and the Marquis de Sade."

    2. If a key word search removed "body wash, "oh my" and any references to wardrobes or meals you'd have maybe 25 pages (12 pages if you excluded interior and architecture descriptions).

    3. That immature, whiny, annoying and constantly questioning would be attractive to anyone, especially a devastatingly handsome bejillionaire.

    4. That anything slightly prurient outweighs a need for (any) literary integrity.

    5. That this ever made it beyond the bodice-ripper section.

    My biggest fear is that the popular success of this drek will spawn more of the same.

    Oh...the narration is the worst by far of hundreds of audio! The worst.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Binkey 06-12-12
    M. Binkey 06-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "mixed feelings"
    What did you like best about Fifty Shades of Grey? What did you like least?

    The story and the characters were very well put together.


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

    No. For example when e-mails were going back and forth between characters it was a bit much to hear the to, from, subject, date and time for EVERY e-mail. I believe there was to much repetition in some parts of the book that was unnecessary.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The voice was very whiny in parts and since there was just a female reader the male parts especially when things got hot and heavy didn't match well.


    Any additional comments?

    I will read the other two books because I enjoyed the story line but I will not listen to them on tape and I will for sure be skipping over some of the unnecessary/ repetitive writing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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