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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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    Candice 09-09-14
    Candice 09-09-14
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades of Grey to be better than the print version?

    its a little more intense listening to it instead of just reading it


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My emotions were all over the place with this book, loved it soo much


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Onie Wheeler 09-09-14

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    "Performer's Voice Annoying!"
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

    Erotic, Pornographic, Sexy


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Christian Grey because he had accomplished so much at such a young age but was a tortured soul!


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

    Julia Whelan


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Becca Battoe made this audiobook unbearable to listen to. All those whiny vocal drops did nothing except make the character Ana sound like a spoiled valley girl! Please never use her again!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Yvette N Maxwell Dayton, OH United States 09-06-14
    Yvette N Maxwell Dayton, OH United States 09-06-14
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    "Loved It!!!!"
    Where does Fifty Shades of Grey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ranked number one


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

    Say You Love Me because of the sensual plot


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Anastasia's first glimpse of the playroom. Christian's reaction was dumbfounded and comical


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and cried both.


    Any additional comments?

    I will more than likely get the last two books in the trilogy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie 09-05-14
    Melanie 09-05-14
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    "HORRENDOUS Narration- buy the paperback. or don't"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Please see narrator comments below. If you're going to torture yourself with the painstaking verbiage of this book, buy the paper copy and have your significant other read it to you. At least you might actually "get" value out of that. The cheaper, quicker option would be to watch a little late-night HBO instead; the dialogue is comparable and that ~action~ you’re looking for will happen in a tenth of the time.


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

    If all books of this genre are written, as this was, for a juvenile reading comprehension level, then I will direct my brainpower back toward more valuable, thought-provoking works like Tarō Gomi's "Everyone Poops."


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The abysmal narration only highlighted the poor quality of the author’s writing. The narration is a complete botch-job. This woman seriously makes a living by reading aloud? If she’s paid equitably, she wears Old Navy and eats Ramen at home on a reclaimed sofa every night. The narrator's meter is painful, and the "voices" are hilariously excruciating. Jose Rodriguez must be the only Hispanic member of the Russian mob, because the narrator's "Central-American" delivery of his lines sounded more like a communist party public address circa 1950.


    Was Fifty Shades of Grey worth the listening time?

    Any critic who passed this book with flying colors probably didn’t pass 7th grade English. I wish I'd kept a tally of the (so very many) over-used words and phrases the author used. There was a wider variety of verbs and adjectives in my middle-school classmates’ creative writing samples.


    Any additional comments?

    This might be a rare instance where the movie will be better than the book, but the movie should be released straight to DVD.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer MADISONVILLE, TX, United States 09-04-14
    Amazon Customer MADISONVILLE, TX, United States 09-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Story is alright narrator was horrible"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I just couldn't get past the irritating narrator. I usually switch between audio and book as I drive quite a bit. Not this time, I just waited for down time to read the story on my iPad. The Valley Girl tone made it impossible to get into the story lines - especially the "erotica". It was like listening to a Jr. High school girl.


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

    Anyone - and if you really want to make this sexy, have a guy reading the male roles.


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

    Not since they recast. I was so looking forward to Charlie Hunnam playing this role.


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    Charlotte Harris 09-04-14
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    "Horrible Narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Listening to this book was a total waste of time. The narrator sounded like a little girl, and had zero ability to "sell" the story. I listened for about 30 minutes, then couldn't take it anymore. I bought the hard copy of the book and read it to myself.


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    Lyndsey SPOTSYLVANIA, VA, US 08-29-14
    Lyndsey SPOTSYLVANIA, VA, US 08-29-14
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would ! It is just perfect


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

    Grey and Ana kissing long and hot in the elevator


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There is so many but would have to say when he fucks her in the bathroom


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and would do it again


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christina California, USA 08-20-14
    Christina California, USA 08-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Book is ok, Audio version is AWFUL"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The book wasnt too bad to read, I didnt hate it. The audio version made me want to claw my eyes out tho. The way the actor said "Baby" was like nails on a chalk board.


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

    Its just bad. No real feeling, and the way some of the things were said made me feel slimey.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan D. West Seattle, Wa United States 08-11-14
    Susan D. West Seattle, Wa United States 08-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    What did you like best about Fifty Shades of Grey? What did you like least?

    Really nothing


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Im already listening to "The Face" by Dean Koontz


    What does Becca Battoe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I also bought the ebook. I enjoyed both equally.


    Could you see Fifty Shades of Grey being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Just how would they do that and I have no idea.


    Any additional comments?

    This book reads like a romance novel and I do not like romance novels so was not impressed. The sex was really too much of a good thing. I got bored with it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna A 08-01-14
    Donna A 08-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Love the Email Exchanges!"
    Would you listen to Fifty Shades of Grey again? Why?

    I'd definitely listen to Fifty Shades of Grey again. Actually, I'm doing it right now. I love the witty exchanges between Christian and Anastasia.


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

    To me, the email exchanges between the main characters are the most memorable moments. They're full of wit and funny.


    What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

    Her enunciation is very clear and audible.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to it over the weekend, my only break was sleep. So, yes.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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