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Fifty Shades of Grey Audiobook

Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy Audiobook

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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

What Members Say

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    Amazon Customer Spring Hill, FL, United States 05-19-12
    Amazon Customer Spring Hill, FL, United States 05-19-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Unbearable"
    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    I am not sure anything could have made this book better. the writing was horrible and the narrator was even worse.


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

    Nothing!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This has got to be the worst narration of a book that I have ever heard. At first I thought it was just the epic fail of the masculine voice, but as I very painstakingly tried to continue listening I discovered it was just the narrator in entirety that I did not like.


    Any additional comments?

    I tried to feed into the media hype and I should have listened to my gut telling me that this was just bad. I wasted a credit on this horrible listen!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Marie 05-18-12
    Ann Marie 05-18-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Not as Smutty as Everyone Thinks.."
    Where does Fifty Shades of Grey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    pretty good...


    What did you like best about this story?

    It wasn't all smut..it's actually a good story of love...


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

    no and she was pretty good. Would have to say one of my favorites now..I will seek out her other work.


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

    made me hot...


    Any additional comments?

    I really like that there was a story behind all the sex...actually quite good.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    cynthia barnes 05-18-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Execellent"
    Where does Fifty Shades of Grey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top of the chain when it come to romance novels


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anistasisa and Christian are both good characters


    Which character – as performed by Becca Battoe – was your favorite?

    I liked how she tried to do the man's voice. I had no problem with her Christian character. it was cute. not to manly and not to girly


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

    make the film according to the book leave nothing out


    Any additional comments?

    I read some reviews that are not to friendly toward becca's rendition of Christian. I think she did a good job.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Westerly, RI, United States 05-18-12
    Janice Westerly, RI, United States 05-18-12
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    "So far so sophomoric"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    For the very young.


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

    No just this one.


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

    One with a sexier voice without the valley girl inflections .


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

    Nothing stands out to me to make this decision.


    Any additional comments?

    Not well written enough to keep my attention in spite of the subject, it's tediously staged. I'm wondering about all the women who have raved about this book. I feel they have never had a real love connection with or without the domination.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    deborah bundrum hannah dallas ga 05-18-12
    deborah bundrum hannah dallas ga 05-18-12
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    "WoW!!!!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    By all means. It could put a little spark back into your love life.


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

    When he first took Ana into the Red Room.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It is hard to say. I liked them all.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to the Audible. I was able to close my eyes and almost put myself in Ana's place in character. Oh my is all I can say.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jewels Park City, UT, United States 05-16-12
    jewels Park City, UT, United States 05-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Poorly edited and PAINFUL performance"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Recast and better editing for the Audible reading. The emails and the repetitive use of certain words and descriptions made me roll my eyes, completely took me out of the story again and again and again.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Engrossing sex scenes. Superficial and unbelievable characters. (I can't tell if I would like and believe that characters more if I had read the book myself.)


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

    While Becca has a pleasant enough voice, her intonation, pronunciation and delivery are painfully distracting from the story and characters.


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

    Irritation and arousal.


    Any additional comments?

    My friend called to tell me I MUST read this book immediately. She read it in three days and couldn't stop thinking about the characters. I had time to listen to the book but not to physically read it. Wish I had read the reviews first because now I feel the whole series is ruined for me because of the performance of the reader.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Lee Reneau Atlanta 05-15-12
    Cynthia Lee Reneau Atlanta 05-15-12 Listener Since 2004
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    "Excellent Book - Audio Ruined by Valley Girl!"
    Where does Fifty Shades of Grey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    50 Shades of Grey was a great book but not a good listen. The reader sounded so much like an 80s valley girl it was hard to concentrate on the book itself. I would not rank this one high on my favorites of audiobooks.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Christian Grey is a man that most women wish they'd met when they were single and 21.


    How could the performance have been better?

    This outstanding book was ruined by the reader. Someone with a young voice but more educated sounding would have really made the audiobook live up to it's written word. Anastasia Steele is educated so why is a Valley Girl from the 80s reading this awesome book?


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

    I was very upset by the reader and performance. I read the actual book and wanted to hear the audio book. I was extremely upset at how Anastasia Steele was portrayed.


    Any additional comments?

    Read the real book, the audio ruines it.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara WILDWOOD, NJ, United States 05-15-12
    Barbara WILDWOOD, NJ, United States 05-15-12
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    "Not impressed"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes. It was too dragged out.


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

    Probably not.


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

    Too slowly read and monotone. Had to speed up to 1 1/2 times to get through it.


    Was Fifty Shades of Grey worth the listening time?

    No. I was happy to have other books to read and listen.


    Any additional comments?

    I was told by many reliable people to go with this book as they couldn't put it down. After the first third, I was bored and disappointed to have wasted my credit. I've known people like Mr. Gray and of the life style. I don't approve or disapprove. I just don't feel the need to live vicariously through someone else's sexual preferences.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sheri Pascual Laguna Niguel, CA United States 05-14-12
    Sheri Pascual Laguna Niguel, CA United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Erotica, but a story of love & dedication."

    I started listening to this book having no idea what it was about. A very conservative friend recommended it to me. I had a 15 hour drive home and thought it would be good to get me home. I almost drove off the road by the sex. Of course my drive passed very quickly. I loved the three books. I didn't have a problem with the narration. I had a problem with the texting back and forth. It was boring, but the love story was what kept me interested. The Heathman Hotel in Washington is booked all summer, by the way. I happened to have a trip to Seattle and thought I would stay there. Not a chance.

    The fantasy of fabulous looking, attentive lover Christian, is every woman's dream. I'm sure men wouldn't mind Anna either. This is just not the real world, but a great fantasy.
    The sex became very secondary. The healing of Christian thru his love for Anna was very well done. Really enjoyed the books!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley Trabuco Canyon, Ca, United States 05-14-12
    Ashley Trabuco Canyon, Ca, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Who doesn't Love Christian Grey?!"
    What didn’t you like about Becca Battoe’s performance?

    Her voice? It took me until chapter 4 to get past it.


    Any additional comments?

    it's a great book- her voice will (mostly) stop annoying you around chapter 4, I promise.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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