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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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    Evelyn Carlsbad, CA, United States 06-07-12
    Evelyn Carlsbad, CA, United States 06-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "The Hype keeps selling this book"

    I was curious, like many, about this book that was getting so much attention. The storyline sounded intriguing and erotic. I have to agree with those who mention the absolute poor writing skills of this author. If the subject had not been so titillating, we would have never heard of this novel. Imagine an eighth grade student writing about a tenth grade student's sexual fantasies. It's already been mentioned, but the repeated metaphors and declarations (oh my , holy crap , exquisite, my breath hitched, in my belly or my behind.....) and the emails were literally painful to listen to. Becca Battoe might be perfect for some roles, but not for the characters in this story. There are so many performers who do a brilliant job with male and female character voices. Becca simply lowers her voice for the men. Anastasia's Valley Girl sound made me want to slap her. I had thought I might listen to the trilogy, but I don't care what happens to these people. EL James will make a lot of money from this sensational book, but she won't win any prizes for her writing skills. Save your credits.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jacquelyn D. Wood Memphis 06-06-12
    Jacquelyn D. Wood Memphis 06-06-12 Member Since 2011

    Jaxxx

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    "Story Mildly Entertaining, Narrator Abysmal!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not at all, as I stated in the headline the story is mildly entertaining as it's kind of fun listening to the character get all worked up and being so intimidated by Grey, but as far as 'good writing', it makes me think that any child 'not left behind' can write OR EDIT a book nowadays. Too much repitititititition, and cheesy references to things. I think it could have been made way more erotic and sensual, and the character can still come off innocent, without sounding like a complete stiff-sounding twit. This "Becca Battoe" sounded like she was uncomfortably reading from cue cards. Also, if I heard the words "Holy Crap", "Double Crap", "Crap", or any other fecal-exclamation, I might have jumped out a window.The only thing that keeps me interested is my simple fixation on hoping that the 'hot but bossy' "Christian Grey" beats the "Holy Crap" out of the narrator. =)


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

    I might consider it, if they have someone tolerable, maybe even captivating to read for the audio.


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

    Drew Barrymore (I just like her), Heather Jane Hogan, I'm not sure--Someone who can do "Innocent" but still bring a little life to the role.


    Did Fifty Shades of Grey inspire you to do anything?

    Yeah, beg for my credit back, and maybe call up a FWB and make my own story ha-ha.


    Any additional comments?

    I doubt I check out the other two books in the series, and by no means am I a prude, because I can read and write some erotica for that matter, and I don't mean to be a literary snob, but this book is just not something I would recommend unless you are easily entertained, and NOT EASILY agitated by annoying narrators.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lydia v. Pickett Santa Cruz, CA, United States 06-05-12
    Lydia v. Pickett Santa Cruz, CA, United States 06-05-12 Member Since 2011

    Ghetto Fabulous Girl Geek

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    "Oh my."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. Just because everyone else is reading it doesn't mean you need to. It's definitely popular right now, but I don't think it was particularly well written.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    "Seriously?!"


    What three words best describe Becca Battoe’s performance?

    Frustrating. Annoying. Mispronounced.


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

    Yes. Because I read the book. ;)


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    Sara EDISON, NJ, United States 06-05-12
    Sara EDISON, NJ, United States 06-05-12
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    "Interesting Story. Bleh on the narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No. This is not the best book for an audio book


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

    Yeah - this book is a trilogy so I may choose to read the rest


    Did Becca Battoe do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    No. She nailed the main character Ana on the head - she is a very prudish and innocent character but her depiction of the male character Christian was awful. He deserved an ACTUAL guy with a sensual voice do this - it would have been better if two people did this book


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

    Proceed with caution.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mlf 06-03-12
    mlf 06-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "The writer seems to have a very limited vocabulary"
    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    Author should have taken a writing class


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

    Find other discriptions, adjectives, exclaimations...


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

    Anger! Story line could have been more enjoyable if author didn't use the SAME wording over and over and over and over....such as "my inner goddess", "my sub-conscience", "holy shit", "holy crap". Couldn't think of any other words to use? Got VERY OLD, VERY FAST.Also, how many times can the character say "I blush", or "I flush" She is doing the most intimate things with this man, yet every time he speaks to her, she "flushes" or "blushes".Really?The other overused dialog is "I gaze at him", "he gazes at me", "I gaze up at him", "he gazes down at me", .....can't they simply just "look" at each other?Lastly, the e-mail interchanges could have been entertaining, but repeating the e-mail date/time/closing/name/title/company, etc. every time quickly became boring. Did the author think the readers are so stupid that we couldn't figure out who was writing the e-mails? Or was she using all of this extreanous information as a time/space filler?


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Potter O. 06-01-12
    Potter O. 06-01-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Dreadful"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Having an actual plot, being written in something akin to literate English


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

    None that I could find in the 5 hours I wasted listening to it before I turned it off


    Any additional comments?

    Way too long. Poor writing and no discernible plot

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    paulette Dayton, OH, United States 05-31-12
    paulette Dayton, OH, United States 05-31-12 Member Since 2012

    I am a 37 year old mother of 2. I love supernatural, horror and historical fiction. But I read everything. Audible makes my workday fun!

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    "British Dialogue Without the Accent"
    Would you try another book from E L James and/or Becca Battoe?

    I'm a fan of series. So I'm probably going to want to know what happens between Christian and Anna. So yes I would try another book by this author. However I am not going to get an audio version. I don't like the Becca Battoe version of Anastasia Steel .


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

    "I F*@k ...hard."


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

    I didn't like her in this. She was honestly too cheerful.


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

    I don't see how they can make it a movie without taking out all the parts that make it interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I was constantly distracted by the dialogue which clearly has a British feel. If EL James wasn't going to bother to make her characters sound American than why not just make them British. This is not the way Americans talk Ms. James!

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    Cheryl Olathe, KS, United States 05-31-12
    Cheryl Olathe, KS, United States 05-31-12 Member Since 2010
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    "STARTED OFF KINDA BORING"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yea, I would recommend it because the overall story is good..


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

    I love that Mr Grey had a lot of things going on in his life that he has never experience before and actually enjoy it with Ana


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Well for Ana to be so smart she was so dumb. and when Ana was being dumb it sounded like she was whinny


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    if it didnt take so long to get to the punch line, thats why i stated that it started off boring


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the emails were a bit too much to listen too and made it boring

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    tina jorgensen GLENWOOD, WA, US 05-27-12
    tina jorgensen GLENWOOD, WA, US 05-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "down load"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    It seems with some books they never doen load all the way i only get 1 or 2 chapters it is very frustrating


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Cambridge, Ontario, Canada 05-25-12
    Amazon Customer Cambridge, Ontario, Canada 05-25-12 Member Since 2009

    wordhog

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    "Too much hype...."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book had a great premise but I think it lacked the knowledge and research to make it a real winner.
    I can see why there is an attraction to the overall story, the romance and sexual discovery of a young women along a more forbidden path was something we need more of, that and more plot to make at a page turner for me.


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

    Lately I have been finding most books lacking, seems anyone can write a novel now a days. I guess I am looking for a literary genius type, Charlotte Bronte taken up a few notches, more strong females, liberated sex, but still with the literary prowess of the classics.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narration is here nor there for me, it can distract, but if the story is great, listening goes beyond just hearing the words.


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

    Yes, it could open doors for many more novels of this type, a cross over genre, romance meets erotica meets BDSM. Women have finally reached true liberation when they cannot just fantasize about sex, but read about it, write about it, talk about it and do it!!!!!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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