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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.

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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

What Members Say

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    Jared 10-09-13
    Jared 10-09-13
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    "More Graphic Twilight Novel"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    There wasn't much of a story, it was just a mislabeled romance novel.


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

    Developed more of story within the first two chapters.


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

    I don't know. I don't really have an opinion on the narrator.


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

    Not really.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Orting, WA, United States 10-08-13
    Lynn Orting, WA, United States 10-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointed"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Bored housewives looking for their ideal of exciting romance.


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

    Yes. I doubt I would try anything that is considered to be like this.


    What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

    It was OK. She did a good job.


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

    I was disappointed that it turned out to be a standard romance novel with S & M thrown in to give it a twist.


    Any additional comments?

    I haven't even finished it. The main character thinks she's independent, but she's really just the standard romance heroine falling for a pretty face with money.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 10-06-13
    Mary 10-06-13
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    "Poorly Written and child-like"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    The quality of the writing in general and the poor plot line. I felt as if I was reading a 12-15 year old's ridiculous fantasy of love/sex. I am all for a good erotic novel but this was seriously lacking. The continued use of 'Oh My' and 'Crap' and 'Holy F***k' made me want to shut the book, which I did several times before picking it up again. I was expecting hot sex and some naughtiness and got immature and childlike sex scenes.


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

    Overall the plot had some intrigue but was slow and the attitude of the main female character was a poor excuse for a strong female lead.


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

    doubtful, I am understanding that women imitating men's voices is not easily done well, but again it felt awkward and forced. It would have been better if she just read it straight.


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

    My reaction to this book was one of utter astonishment! I can't believe that this has become such a phenomenon. There are tens if not tens of tens better written, erotic novels with deeper story lines and strong leads.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book out of curiosity because everyone said it was SO good. UM... NO, NOT GOOD, TERRIBLE!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 10-06-13
    Mary 10-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Poorly Written and child-like"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    The quality of the writing in general and the poor plot line. I felt as if I was reading a 12-15 year old's ridiculous fantasy of love/sex. I am all for a good erotic novel but this was seriously lacking. The continued use of 'Oh My' and 'Crap' and 'Holy F***k' made me want to shut the book, which I did several times before picking it up again. I was expecting hot sex and some naughtiness and got immature and childlike sex scenes.


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

    Overall the plot had some intrigue but was slow and the attitude of the main female character was a poor excuse for a strong female lead.


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

    doubtful, I am understanding that women imitating men's voices is not easily done well, but again it felt awkward and forced. It would have been better if she just read it straight.


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

    My reaction to this book was one of utter astonishment! I can't believe that this has become such a phenomenon. There are tens if not tens of tens better written, erotic novels with deeper story lines and strong leads.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book out of curiosity because everyone said it was SO good. UM... NO, NOT GOOD, TERRIBLE!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Iola 10-06-13
    Iola 10-06-13
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    "Stupid, Stupid, Stupid"

    I purchased this trilogy 9/12, I just got around to take a listen and did not make it through the entire audio. What was I thinking. I lost 3 credits.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Clancy 10-06-13
    Clancy 10-06-13

    ~~Seagull~~

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    "Expected more"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    In the context of an actual story line, this was very weak. Perhaps, if you're used to watching porn, where the story line is weaker yet, then these will probably seem like great books. This is your more basic of base romance novels, the only difference is the author stuffed it with sex scenes. I don't know the narrator personally, but I would not have picked her to read the male lines in this series. Her voice was fine for all of the female parts, but come on.... the male voices sounded way too forced for it to remain enjoyable.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    11/22/63: A Novel, by Stephen King


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

    I haven't listened to enough books to make a valuable recommendation.


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

    Disappointment and anger; I'm not the first to ever complain about fair treatment between the sexes, but the portrayal of each sex in this book was horrid. Not because of how the author chose to portray each, but by the mere fact of how publicized and "liked" these books are. If you're only going to read these because you want to know all about the "juicy sex scenes" then save your money. The internet offers porn for the small monthly cost of your basic internet service. The actual story itself was incredibly weak. I've read romance novels with much better stories (including the weak females and rough/tough males) with far less sex. The only thing about this book that makes you want to buy the next one is the ending. If you can't stand finishing a book on a cliff hanger DONT PICK UP THIS BOOK. Otherwise you'll be sucked into buying the next, and then the next after that. It is a horrible cycle. By the end of the three books (yes, I wasted my time listening to all of them because I hate books that end on cliff hangers) I hated Christian. Despised him in fact. Regardless of how wonderful a picture the author tries to paint, I cannot stand him. Anna is another I cannot even begin to like. Though her character was very typical of a romance novel by generally being weak willed, unpractical in her thinking and moronic in most of her actions.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Betty United States 10-04-13
    Betty United States 10-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Boring"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I got bored with the first one right away. Would like to return the set.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    christy AUSTIN, TX, United States 10-04-13
    christy AUSTIN, TX, United States 10-04-13
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    "Hate it!!!!!!!!"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I was completely uninterested with the narrator but tried to stick it out bc I heard the story was so "great".....The story was terrible! Didn't even get 1/2 way through!!


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

    The story was very child-like and cheesy


    How could the performance have been better?

    Better person to narrate probably would have helped a lot


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

    Dissatisfied and disappointed


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alyssa K Richland, WA, USA 09-25-13
    Alyssa K Richland, WA, USA 09-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "If only I could give less than 1 star"
    Any additional comments?

    I downloaded this book to find out what all the hype was about and it turns out that this is the most horribly written book I have ever read. I hated almost every second of the six chapters I somehow managed to wade through without throwing myself of a bridge, but I kept thinking, maybe if I just keep listening it will get better. But it didn't. I should preface by saying I am sex-positive, love erotic fiction, read Dan Savage all the time, and pro-BDSM. So, my hatred for this book has nothing to do with the subject matter.

    I have multiple problems with this book.

    1) The writing is horrible. Terrible phrases are overused to the point where it is extremely distracting. Every other sentence Ana is "blushing scarlet" or "flushing beet red", saying "holy crap" or "holy ___" fill in the blank. Christian is always gazing, paralyzing her with his good looks. I started keeping track of overused words but once I hit 18 uses of "blushing" I had to stop reading, it was just too painful.

    2) The plot is horrible. The fact that this is a bootleg erotica story based on the Twilight books is so painfully obvious. Ana is clumsy and terrible at sports and falls a lot? Okay.

    3) This story paints BDSM in such a stupid, negative light. In reality, you should be having discussions on what each person is into, negotiate the encounter, and there isn't just one person in control doing whatever they want to the submissive.

    Really, America? This is what hits the top of the best seller lists?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew FORT COLLINS, CO, United States 09-25-13
    Matthew FORT COLLINS, CO, United States 09-25-13 Member Since 2012

    Avid reader all of my life! Favorite author is Stephen King! Favorite book is Hyperion! (READ/LISTEN to it!)

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    "50 Shades of Stupid"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    The books is very poorly written, borderline amateurish. The constant "I flushed" and "Oh my" phrases that inundate the book make it laughable. You could create a drinking game on how many times those phrases come up and you'd be drunk within the first ten pages.The premise is absurd and ridiculous. To believe a billionaire would bother devoting that much time to this single woman is beyond belief. Truly mommy porn.


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

    Remove all the "I flushed" and "Oh my" phrases.


    What didn’t you like about Becca Battoe’s performance?

    I actually like Becca's performance, she just had extremely bad material to work with.


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

    The sex scenes and the unpredictability of some of the books overall story arc were well done.


    Any additional comments?

    Several thousand of my brain cells committed suicide after I finished this book. As my IQ decreased, my enjoyment increased.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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