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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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    Martin Sollentuna, Sweden 02-04-13
    Martin Sollentuna, Sweden 02-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Filth in a expensive package?"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I thought it would be more than just a sexnovel - I was wrong


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

    Less sex, more story


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

    Yes, she didn't do anything wrong.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kaye Roanoke, VA, United States 02-03-13
    Kaye Roanoke, VA, United States 02-03-13 Member Since 2014
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    "BORING!!!"
    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    No


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

    Take writing lessons!!


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

    She read material, that in my opinion, no one could have helped!!


    Any additional comments?

    Its hard to relate, the conversations are unreal, real conversations with real people just are not so passive. However, someone liked them, I can't fathom how this book made ant best seller lists, it has to be the intrigue or probably the lust factor. I found it dull and boring.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kerri PERKINSTON, MS, United States 02-03-13
    Kerri PERKINSTON, MS, United States 02-03-13
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    "OMG! I couldn't get ENOUGH! SO HOT!!!"
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

    Oh, I wish I were Anastasia!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well, of course the sex scenes!! It opened my mind to things I would have never imagined myself to get so aroused by!! Very informative as well!! Gives your sex life that extra MMMM!


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

    I don't read, it puts me to sleep- but I love to listen to a good story and she did a great job!!!


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

    YES!!


    Any additional comments?

    I wish James would have written a longer series! So good!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    rosa Portland, maine, United States 01-29-13
    rosa Portland, maine, United States 01-29-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "terrible writing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think the terriible writing makes for unbearable narration. I couldn't listen for more than 2 minutes. Its not an appropriate book for audio.


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

    write better


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

    she wasn't the issue. It was the writing.


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

    no idea, I couldn't listen for more than 2 minutes


    Any additional comments?

    please refund me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MikeF FREMONT, CA, United States 01-28-13
    MikeF FREMONT, CA, United States 01-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Story is good but too repetative."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The Story is ok, but the character's have same conversation over and over.
    She is blown away about how rich and good looking he is.
    He is amazed how simple she is.
    They repeat this excitement over and over again.


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

    No


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Lindsborg, KS, United States 01-27-13
    Carolyn Lindsborg, KS, United States 01-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "What a dumb story!"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    The whole thing - very sophomoric! this is a Harlequin Romance novel in disguise. I don't know what all the hoorah was about this book - totally predictable and mostly forgetable. I have listened to about 2 hours of part one and am going to trash all the rest.


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

    I was never a fan of this genre.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I don't know - better material probably


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

    disappointment


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Pour Marina del Rey, CA 01-26-13
    Anthony Pour Marina del Rey, CA 01-26-13 Member Since 2014
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    "20-hour narrative about a simple inference."

    The one and only reasonable explanation for this kind of adult behavior is simple. The supposedly brilliant, superrich, mindbogglingly successful and breathtakingly beautiful male protagonist who wastes a whole lot of time and effort on sex games with a birdbrained, infantile, yet legally adult female got to be a closet pedophile.

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    AnnMarie Arlington, TX, United States 01-24-13
    AnnMarie Arlington, TX, United States 01-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Grade school level book"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would defiantly broaden the vocabulary in this book, u hear the same words often. I also would change the person who read the book.


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

    When she acts out the man's voice it is so annoying, makes him seem unattractive.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    They would have to tweet it alot and then perhaps I would go see it.


    Any additional comments?

    This book may have been better for me if I had read it myself!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    dawna VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, United States 01-24-13
    dawna VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, United States 01-24-13 Member Since 2014
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    "OMG!!!"

    Love it, love it, love it..........OMG I freakin' love this book!!! I am absolutely hooked.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Annmarie AURORA, CO, United States 01-23-13
    Annmarie AURORA, CO, United States 01-23-13
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    "great"
    What did you like best about Fifty Shades of Grey? What did you like least?

    I really liked the whole story, I thought there were some points that it started to drag.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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