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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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    Anna SC 04-22-12
    Anna SC 04-22-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Worst Audio Book I ever TRIED to Listen To"
    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    Note: I TRIED to listen to. Holy moly, how on earth did this girl get a PAID job reading this book? I felt like I had an 1980's Valley Girl whining in my ear. After an hour, I had to pull the plug. Then I saw it was remastered, and I thought GREAT now I can get what I paid for! Not! Same HORRIBLE narrator. Mind you, I could do no better. But assuredly, no worse. I feel completely ripped off. Shame Recorded Books did not have the production rights, I hear it is a great book. I read nonfiction, I listen to fiction. Guess I will die without
    "audio-reading" this one.


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

    ONLY if a new narrator is hired.


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

    Johanna Parker


    Any additional comments?

    Audible: Please protect me from wasting my hard earned money. I want a credit on this defective product.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Cary, NC, United States 04-19-12
    Kenneth Cary, NC, United States 04-19-12 Member Since 2007
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    "One Is Enough"

    I found Fifty Shades of Grey to be compelling but moderately annoying at the same time. EL James can write a love scene like nobody's business and that takes some talent. However, that's about where her writing skills end. She uses the same words repeatedly and her sentence structure has very little variation in it. (If I heard the word "beguile" one more time, I might have been induced to throw my phone out the window.) Some of her characters were a little flimsy but this book is not about character development or vocabulary, it's about sex, pure and simple (OK maybe not pure!). If you are squeamish or uptight about that, pass on this one. It's a good piece of erotica so take it for what it is.

    I am probably not going to listen to the next two. I base this on a few things:
    1) I do not like the remastered voice. The original was fine with me. The new one sounds drugged and slow.
    2) Having listened to the entire "Twilight" series, I can see where this is going and I'm not that compelled to listen to more of her really bad writing to hear the same plot again.
    3) I think I am happy with where this ended.

    Something that really irritated me was that she chose the names Jose and Christian. That just seemed so stereotypical in the first case and too ironic in the second. (Not to mention I have always disliked the name Christian. Sounds like the parents were trying too hard when they named the kid.)

    Something I really liked was that Ana was showing some backbone. Unlike Bella, toward the end of the book, Ana was beginning to gain a feeling of self worth and owning her actions. She showed some real maturity and I did appreciate that major difference from this story's roots.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Becky Hartmann United States 05-08-12
    Becky Hartmann United States 05-08-12
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    "Couldn't Stop Listening....I was addicted!!!"
    Would you listen to Fifty Shades of Grey again? Why?

    This was an awesome book...kept me wondering what was going to happen next. The reading was done very well too!


    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren Chicago, IL, United States 04-19-12
    Lauren Chicago, IL, United States 04-19-12 Member Since 2011

    I guess I'm a baby...I just love to be read to.

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    "OH WOW"

    You may blush a bit while listening on the train....but this book won't let you down. I love when something lives up to the hype and this certainly does that. The only thing I don't like is that the characters exchange emails quite frequently throughout the book and if I were reading I would skip the, what felt like hundreds of times they; "To: Annastasia Steele From: Christian Grey Subject: (use your imagination) Date: June 12th Time: 10:48am" It gets really repetitive and somewhat annoying in the audiobook. Nevertheless 5 stars across the board.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Erin Greenville, SC, United States 05-13-15
    Erin Greenville, SC, United States 05-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Everything!"

    This audiobook is fantastic! The narrator's voice took some getting use to but in the end, she did a great job! I love the layers to the story; sex and psychology. Great stuff. On to book 2!

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    Angela Montague 05-11-15
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    "didn't live up to the hype. "

    there are other books , better writing, better story lines and sexier. 50 shades of okay.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Milly L Loganville, GA 05-11-15
    Milly L Loganville, GA 05-11-15 Member Since 2015

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    "A soft bondage"

    I saw the movie before listening to the book. It is the first movie very close to comparison to the book. I love the book, since the characters on screen did not have that physical connections as the characters in the book.
    As Mr Grey stated, he is fifty shades F***** up and not the right person for Ms. Steel.
    She went into a world she knew nothing about, thinking she could draw him to the brighter side loving, hugging, touching and making love.
    I am angry with Ms Steel for requesting a step up in Christian's punishments only to get upset and the angry at the level of mess up she realizes he is.
    Looking forward to book 2, waiting to see how Ms E. L. James is going to spin her web.









    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Selhan95 05-10-15
    Selhan95 05-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Yes!!"

    It took awhile to get into the reader of the story. Once she got into character it was fine.
    Good.

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    jessica vicente 05-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    " awesome awesome awesome
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    it was very good . very intense and mind blowing. i love it 😘😜😭😥💋❤😒😏

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    Carolina 05-05-15
    Carolina 05-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "amazing."

    amazing audio,amazing story, just absolutely amazing. it is so different hearing than reading the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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