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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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    Amazon Customer 07-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Holy Hot Tamales Batman"
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

    I really loved this book and listening to it was even better. I love this Book!!!


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

    All of it


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of it


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

    .


    Any additional comments?

    .

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    natalia lavrinovich 07-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "The best story i have ever listen !"
    Where does Fifty Shades of Grey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fifty Shades of Grey was the best story i have ever listen !


    What did you like best about this story?

    unconditional love


    Which character – as performed by Becca Battoe – was your favorite?

    Christian Grey and Anastasia Still of course!


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

    i just could not stop listening, it really is a breathtaking love story!


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer LEWISTON, ID, United States 04-02-13
    Amazon Customer LEWISTON, ID, United States 04-02-13 Member Since 2007

    I've been an avid reader since I was a child. I love different types of writing styles and I am never afraid to try new authors.

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    "Intersting Listen"

    I went into this book with unease due to the reviews. However I've read books that had bad reviews and loved them so I gave this a try. Here are my thoughts:

    Positive points to the book:
    I loved the humor laced throughout the story between the two main characters. I laughed often.
    I did appreciate that Anna wasn't a total pushover and she didn't meekly follow Christian and is ridiculous contract.
    I found Becca Battoe a good narrator for this character. As the story went along I was reminded of how young Anna is and I felt Becca fit what I expected of Anna. Fortunately (or unfortunately) I felt the narrator fit Anna's character as her character was extremely immature and young and that fact followed through the entire book.
    I am not a bdsm kind of person but I felt this book was written on the lighter side of that life style so I was able to get through the scenes.


    Negative points to the book:
    Very slow paced
    A lot of repetition
    I couldn't see what attracted Christian to Anna other than his need to take an innocent and mold her into his ideal female as had been done to him. I didn't understand how he didn't see what happened between himself and Mrs. Robinson was wrong especially that he has been in therapy for so many years. Did the therapist not bring this point to light?
    The emails back and forth, while I enjoyed the banter reading every little line in the emails was tedious.

    Overall I found myself laughing, but I skipped many of the sex scenes as I found them off kilter, I wanted to smack Anna for her lack of confidence, being stuck on his looks, her indecision. As for Christian, I don't believe he could fall so hard for this naïve, immature child. I would have enjoyed this much better if Anna had some backbone and confidence.

    While I listened to the 2nd installment (due to my own curiosity) I definitely will not be listening to the 3rd book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Danielle WARNER ROBINS, GA, United States 08-26-12
    Danielle WARNER ROBINS, GA, United States 08-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Horrible, unless you're 20 or younger!"
    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    Absolutely NOT. So not for the adult mind.


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

    Grow up.


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

    No. Never. Of course, it might just have been the best she could do with such adolescent material.


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

    Can't think of any, but them I am numb from the pure base-ness of this book. I would love to see the demographics of those who apparently LOVE this book. Bet they are a bunch of "horny" teenie-bopper-types.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time OR money if you're over 25.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    sarah United States 08-09-12
    sarah United States 08-09-12 Member Since 2011

    I have alway enjoyed being read to, but when found audible it was a dream come true, love listening to books

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    "Wonder for love story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would, and I have recommend this audiobook to several of my friends and they love it.


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

    I enjoyed the parts of story of jack hyed.


    What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

    I really enjoyed Becca Battoe's performance, I think she did a great job. I really like the way she changed her voice according to each characters.


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

    When christian wouldn't take Anna back in the red room pain because that why she left him..


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Albuquerque, NM, United States 08-01-12
    Steven Albuquerque, NM, United States 08-01-12 Member Since 2012

    spmoya

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    "REALLY!!!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The reader did wonderful, the STORY SUCKED


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

    couldn't get past half of the book, so bored. Sounded to much like Twilight for adults


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

    DISAPPOINTMENT


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Mississauga, ON, Canada 07-18-12
    Michelle Mississauga, ON, Canada 07-18-12
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    "Stop The Complaining in the Reviews"
    What did you love best about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Christian


    What did you like best about this story?

    The development of both the characters personalities.


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

    No, I have not.
    The truth is the character is 21, maybe she sounds younger IDK. Every audio book read requires the listener to accept the voice and once you do. You can appreciate the story.

    She did a great job, she is supposed to sound younger people!! Let it go.


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

    Both, I laughed out loud with the inner goddess comments, her shaking pom poms is just a image to her excitement. You men need to know we have these things going on in our heads so again. Let it go.
    I laughed and cried, I truly wanted to punch Christian in the face at the end of book one..prepare yourself and pick up book two. Just do it.


    Any additional comments?

    I really don`t agree with all the neg comments. Yes, I did not enjoy the reading of the dates in the emails and pouring over the contract but truth is the reader may not understand this type of relationship and what may be involved. I was enlightened, I am 42 and required details of the expectations in this relationship.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne Blue Ridge, TX, United States 07-01-12
    Suzanne Blue Ridge, TX, United States 07-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Awesome!"

    I can say that I really thought this trilogy was awesome, I think it is a mix of Sandra Brown and Danielle Steel, and yet with a style all its own. Each book is very accurately titled.

    To those of you who gave it bad reviews, I would encourage you to not judge by the first
    book and to complete the three books. If you have half of an interest in psychology, you would be able to see the interesting reasons why Christian is Fifty Shades. If you can't get passed the first book, then you will never be able to see the greatness in this trilogy.

    I myself would like to have had a little more insight into Christians background in the first novel, however, having read the entire trilogy, that would have given away too much in the
    beginning. When you sit down to watch a movie, you begin to try and figure out the twist in it, and it is never really given away until the end. Why would you expect all of the twists and turns to be given away in the first book of a trilogy.

    I think all of the hype has been because of the BDSM, the descriptive language, and if that is all you are reading it for then you will be disappointed. The story line is about so much more than that.

    It is one of those story lines that people will either love it or hate it. I for one love it, and to those of you that hate it, that is your choice. I am not sure you have to be so harsh in your judgements, especially if you aren't even going to finish the entire trilogy. That is like watching the first 1/2 hour of a movie and then writing a review. "REALLY!!!'

    HATS OFF TO E. L. JAMES

    AWESOME JOB!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cat United States 06-18-12
    Cat United States 06-18-12
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    "Worst story ever"
    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    Real characters, real situation, anything that didn't sound like it was just the musings of a horny man who has issues with women.


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

    ughh


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Didn't like the attempt to have a "man voice" for Grey


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

    Anger that something so horrible could be written


    Any additional comments?

    Do not read.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Woodstock, GA, United States 06-18-12
    Mark Woodstock, GA, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Too close to porn"
    Would you try another book from E L James and/or Becca Battoe?

    If future books by E L James is in this same style and theme, they will not make it to my library.


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

    What little story was involved was completely overshadowed by the over the top sexual content.


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

    By the time I was finished editing this book it would be a short story.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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