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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

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  • Finalist, GoodReads Choice Awards, Best Romance

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    07-14-12
    07-14-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Tied up and twisted"
    What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades of Grey the most enjoyable?

    I dont typically write reviews but I wanted to give kudos to Becca Battoe for an impeccable reading. She has such emotional expression. One of the best readers I've come across.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    P. White WHEELOCK, VT, United States 07-10-12
    P. White WHEELOCK, VT, United States 07-10-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Too baudy for my taste!"

    I did not pursue listening after the first couple of chapters. This was too graphically pornographic for my taste. If I could, I would demand my credits be returned on this one!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Seonaid Guelph, ON, Canada 07-04-12
    Seonaid Guelph, ON, Canada 07-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Pathetic"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The content is so cheesy it made me cringe, then laugh out loud, the exclaim "oh come on, seriously". I feel sorry that Becca had to suffer through the narration. I actually wish I could get a refund on this one and would not recommend to anyone older than 16!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer San Francisco, CA USA 07-02-12
    Amazon Customer San Francisco, CA USA 07-02-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Review from a guy"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Pretty much everything disappoints. Bad plotting (I do not know ANY women who would put up with a guy who, before even dating, scolds them for getting drunk), tired characters, and too much coincidence.


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

    Doubtful.


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

    It was ok.


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Umm, all of them?


    Any additional comments?

    I read this primarily to see how a successful book of the genre dealt with the women's perspective of falling for the 'bad boy'. As uncomfortable as it was, I did get a view, albeit extremely formulaic (I was hoping for a fresh and new take).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DRD Atlanta OTP, GA 07-02-12
    DRD Atlanta OTP, GA 07-02-12
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    "Overrated"

    After all the hype, "50 Shades of Grey" is a huge disappointment. The only halfway redeeming thing about this book was that the sex scenes were so vivid and interesting. Everything else was beyond bland.

    The main character was boring, repetitive, naive... and the narrator's voice was, unfortunately, perfect for her. I suppose the narrator did a wonderful job of reading Anastasia - if I'd liked Anastasia more, I might have liked the narrator more. I wish I had bought the book in print (or, better yet, not spent any money on it and borrowed it instead) so that I could have skipped all the "story" and the repetitious musings of the main character.

    In my opinion, this series is getting so much buzz not because the books (the first one at least, which is the only one I have read and the only one I will read) are so well-written, but purely because of the sex scenes. It's essentially interludes of porn interwoven with a lame story. (Oh wait, that's basically all porn...)

    Furthermore, there were many, many similarities between Anastasia-Christian relationship and Bella-Edward in "Twilight;" it almost felt like the same story but with more sex. Seriously, if you read "Twilight," make a list of similarities between Christian and Edward, between Anastasia and Bella, and between the two couples. I came up with at least 8.

    "50 Shades of Grey" might be trendy, but is far from enduring. I imagine a lot of the same women who swooned over Edward Cullen and jumped on the "vampires are hot" bandwagon are now Googling for handcuffs, floggers and other BDSM paraphernalia. If you want to know more on the topic of dominant/submissive relationships, I'm sure there is plenty of free content on the web. I would suggest going there and skipping "50 Shades of Grey" altogether.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen F. Moran Vt 06-30-12
    Karen F. Moran Vt 06-30-12 Member Since 2013
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    "I will never listen to a becca battoe book again"
    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    No.


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

    Her character development was awful


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

    Anyone!!!!!


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

    Not really. I wish I had read it....people who read it really seemed to enjoy it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Aurora, CO, United States 06-28-12
    Linda Aurora, CO, United States 06-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    ""woah! This is pretty hot!""

    It's very explict, but in a sensual and artistic way. They way a sweet, more innocent woman would describe sex. It's a great drama...I would say it's most like the movies "Closer" and "Match Point". I really can't wait to listen to the second book! Honestly, I had a dream that I was dating Christian Gray after listening to this! haha!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    nancy 06-28-12
    nancy 06-28-12
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    "Sorry, but this is absolutely the worst narration"
    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    Not by Becca Battoe as a narrator and not EL James as an author.
    Harlequin romances are better written!


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

    NO NO NO!!!


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

    Honestly, does every email have to include to: , date: time: from:
    That alone added at least an hour!


    Any additional comments?

    I am sorry I used a credit for this book. I could not finish it due to the narration. The attempts at different characters voices and nuances really annoyed me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bridget PARKVILLE, MARYLAND, United States 06-28-12
    Bridget PARKVILLE, MARYLAND, United States 06-28-12
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    "The Narrator is unbearable"

    I LOVE AUDIBLE BUT, the Narrator is unbearable.... I will buy the actual book and read it myself hopefully without her voice :)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Ovid, NY, United States 06-27-12
    Todd Ovid, NY, United States 06-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Fifty Shades of Sh*%#"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    The two characters were weak at best and not believable in their roles.


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

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    Less crappy dialogue and more sex talk. It was the only thing that kept my interest.


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

    Anger


    Any additional comments?

    Wow there must be a lot of pent up sexual fantasy in the world for this book to get this much hype. We are to believe that a 21 year old college virgin (if that still exists) suddenly has her sexual switch turned on by an S&M loving sadist? If nothing else the sex scenes provide great sexual stimulation. This is a clever way to discreetly package porn for the housewives of ________________.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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