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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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    Lisa Hillard Boise, ID United States 04-19-12
    Lisa Hillard Boise, ID United States 04-19-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Can I get my credit back?"
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I can't imagine anyone enjoying this narration.


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

    A male for Christian's narration. The voice is almost acceptable for Ana's young, naive sounding voice but using that same voice in a lower octave for Christian's voice makes it sound like she's mocking him. He is obviously supposed to be suave, sexy and powerful and she makes him sound like some dude that tried to hit on her in a bar. She might as well just say, "Durp, durp, durp" when she's narrating his voice.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I don't know if I loved this book or not. The story sounds like it will be a fun, absorbing read...just to find out what happens. Although I already know what happens in the end because some reviewers don't realize that people reading the reviews most likely have not read the book yet!


    Any additional comments?

    My most favorite Audible book yet was, "The Help". Not just because it was a good story, but because different narrators were used for the different characters. When the actual characters and their personalities matter as much as the story, they need to be voiced accurately.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jana Pasadena, TX, United States 04-19-12
    Jana Pasadena, TX, United States 04-19-12

    Say something about yourself!

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    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Probably my own fault. I didn't check this book out more throughly before purchasing. I got a recommendation from a few friends yet I had NO IDEA it was of the erotic genre. Overall the performance of the bimbo sounding narrator and the overuse of the the same words and phrases are the biggest disappointment.


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

    The writing. Its like she wrote the story adding in every adverb ending in "ly" she could find. Also, she overuses the same words/phrases... "where is this going?" "he said sardonically" "hooded eyes" maybe thats how erotic novels are thus the reason I'm not that interested.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Not sound like a bimbo/valley girl. Her perky, air headed voice is really annoying.


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

    I think I just picked the wrong type of book :S


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    bzsokrmom Dallastown, PA, United States 04-19-12
    bzsokrmom Dallastown, PA, United States 04-19-12 Member Since 2008
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    "The original narration was better"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book, definitely. NOT the recording. The voices are laughable and cringe-inducing.


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

    None that I can think of.


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

    Absolutely not. Maybe I've been spoiled by the likes of Davina Porter (Outlander series) and Jim Dale (Harry Potter), but Ms. Battoe does not sound like she knows the first thing about narrating a book. Ms. Porter and Mr. Dale create unique voice identities for each character, so that you know who is talking just from the sound of the voice, and they are all believable. Ms. Battoe simply deepens her voice to different degrees, and the characters sound ridiculous.


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

    OMG yes - I can't wait for the movie to come out.


    Any additional comments?

    Please revert back to the first version of the narration, or find someone else do it. Ms. Battoe is just not right for this project.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Diane United States 04-18-12
    Diane United States 04-18-12
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    "Terrible narration"
    Would you try another book from E L James and/or Becca Battoe?

    No


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

    Maybe...depends on the characters. Not interested in this trilogy though.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her voice is too childlike


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

    Anger, disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Too much false hype for this work

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Charlotte, NC, United States 04-11-12
    Michelle Charlotte, NC, United States 04-11-12 Listener Since 2007
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    "Narration is the bane in this story"

    I have written this review once, with the old narration, so now I write it again. Let me start by addressing narration. I had no problem with the first narration of this story; I thought Ana was read perfectly. She is a 21 year old innocent, who seems to have no life experience and is just at the beginning of learning who she is and coming into herself. For those that thought she sounded too young, I have to question the last time they listened to a 21 year old girl talk. However that is moot, the narration has been redone and badly. I dislike this new Ana very much, while she perhaps sounds older, the voice is almost tired, words seem over spoken to me, like the narrator had to hold her mouth oddly to get the voice to sound this way. The male characters are really bad, no really, and I did not think them that badly before. If you are one who can get past bad narration, then maybe you won’t be so bothered by it, however the writing of the actual story does not get much better.

    The overall idea of this novel is great, I like Christian. There is something lustful about a powerful, handsome, rich, intelligent and dangerous man that wants nothing more than to have you and protect you. Ana is young, bottom line, young and everything that comes with inexperience in life and love. So this story starts off with Christian wanting a submissive and then moves into Christian wanting Ana, however he can get her, even if that means giving up some control and opening himself up to the possibilities of love. This is an erotic book, so expect the sex to be there and a good bit of it. There are no great plot twists, there are no “holy cow” I didn’t see that coming moments. It’s obvious and you can pretty much see the ending a mile away. However it’s a simple, easy read that can help some of the more boring moments of your day slip away.

    By biggest complaint is all the repetition…words and expressions used over and over and over and … you get my drift. I don’t have the e-reader version of this, so I did a little research to give you an idea of the gross overuse of words. Here goes: eye rolls 41 times, Ana bites her lip 35 times, eyebrows raising 50 times, 80 references to Ana's subconscious, 58 references to Ana's "inner goddess," and 92 utterances of some form of "oh crap", 60+ gasps and 120+ times of blushing and or flushing and more exasperations of “Oh My” than I even care to go into. However, never fear, she does pull out her Thesaurus every couple pages and throws out a $5.00 word, you will no doubt have never heard before, thereby giving you the opportunity to Google the definition.

    The highlight of the story, outside of imagining my very own Christian, is the email exchanges. I very much enjoyed seeing the relationship between the two of them during the emails; it’s pretty much the only time they have any real conversation outside of sex. I also enjoyed seeing the softer caring side of Christian when it came out.

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    Esmeralda HEMPSTEAD, NY, United States 05-01-12
    Esmeralda HEMPSTEAD, NY, United States 05-01-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Maybe 1 1/2?"
    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    The lack of all that gratuitous sex? Then it would be a short story...


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    NOT the next book in the trilogy!


    What three words best describe Becca Battoe’s performance?

    Not her best effort, kind of......grey? hehe


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Though choice, the characters were utterly ridiculous.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste a credit on this. It is a copy of a fan fiction story.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Bennett Fairfax, VA, United States 04-17-12
    Bennett Fairfax, VA, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Pure crap."

    Sets us back 50 years. Tell it like it is. Just plain old S&M. It is amazing that the brilliant, beautiful, intelligent, millionaire always seems to find these characters much more interesting that they really are.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    sharon corona del mar, CA, United States 07-23-14
    sharon corona del mar, CA, United States 07-23-14 Member Since 2011
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    "great book"
    What did you love best about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I actually enjoyed the last book the best,


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

    NO, and she shouldn't have done this series, she ruined every eroctic scene. She sounded like she was mocking the character.


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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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