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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

What Members Say

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    Serafyn 10-31-12
    Serafyn 10-31-12
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    "Spend your credit somewhere else"
    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    No. I really don't understand why this book is so popular. I was so annoyed with the character of Anastasia, I could barely finish this book. I seriously felt like the author took Bella and Edward from Twilight, removed the vampire aspect, and added sex. I could not stand how weak and stupid Anastasia was. Why do the lead female characters in all these popular books today have to be so ridiculous? It's OK for a woman to have a backbone and some self esteem! Anastasia was unbelievably naive.

    I could not stand all the emails in this book. While I can see that playful emailing back and forth can be very fun, listening to the narrator repeating all the information in the emails - i.e. sender, date, time, etc. - was beyond annoying. This in itself really made me just want to stop listening to this story. I really only finished the book because once I start a book, I have to finish it.


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

    No.


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

    No. I did not like Becca's performance on this book. It made this already bad story worse. It really took away from the book for me. I would really have preferred reading this book instead of listening to it.


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

    Anger, disappointment, and annoyance.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bea FREMONT, NE, United States 10-30-12
    Bea FREMONT, NE, United States 10-30-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Unless you are into this kind of thing......"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Story is extremely slow with about the only plot being sex. Unless you are into listening to that I don't think this is the book for you. Very disappointed.


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

    probably not


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator was okay.


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

    no comment


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Reader's Paradise Chicago, IL USA 10-29-12
    Reader's Paradise Chicago, IL USA 10-29-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Still Unsure"
    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    A totally better development editor and grammatical editor


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

    If the author invest in a better editor maybe


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I enjoyed the chemistry between Chris and Ana the dance was intriguing, I didn't like the porn and errors. Both made it extrememly tough for me to move forward in the book especially the errors. I'm so glad I didn't buy this book.


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

    Disappointment at the delivery and anger at the errors and the many times I had to stop to try and figure out WHAT the author was saying.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy United States 10-29-12
    Tammy United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2013
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    "More smoke than fire"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have prefered a more realistic lifestyle. One that mere mortals could hope to escape to.


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

    Most likely not - the dialog was repetitive, the characters predictable. I did like the email exchanges


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Jack was shot


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    It was not believable to me. A girl who is almost 22 and a virgin is going to consider this contract????


    Any additional comments?

    I think I've said all I have to say about this one. Mildly interesting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Kotlarek II Delran, Nj United States 10-29-12
    Mike Kotlarek II Delran, Nj United States 10-29-12
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    "Utter sh*t sandwich"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Well I can't say I was disapointed, I expected it to be garbage, and it totally was.


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

    I don't think this book can be saved.


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

    No. Never. I found her dull and her accent for the hispanic character was nothing short of offensive.


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

    Anger and laughter. but mostly anger.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your credit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Springfield, MA, United States 10-28-12
    James Springfield, MA, United States 10-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Flaccid"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    There should be a credit issued for any listener who downloaded this limp biscuit. Mind numbingly slow narration didn't help. I'm shamed for wasting my precious time on this earth bothering with this sorry excuse of erotica. If anything it's anti-rotica or just rot.

    Can't believe I didn't see reviews first. Believe them all.

    For a really sexy read just pick up the dictionary and randomly look up definitions. "That's hot!" This is not.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Next read will be something from Steven King. Not exactly Brit Lit but at least he has characters with more that 250 word vocabularies and true plot lines that zip along.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Obviously she took the job for the money. I thought I heard her yawn once or twice trying to get through a sentence. Am I right?


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

    Someone made money to keep the economy running.


    Any additional comments?

    I've enjoyed not wasting any time considering anything by this author again

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eduardo Pagani Florida 10-25-12
    Eduardo Pagani Florida 10-25-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Repetitive"
    What do you think your next listen will be?

    My wife already ordered book two of the trilogy. I will pass and go back to a business book.


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

    No.


    Was Fifty Shades of Grey worth the listening time?

    It was not worth my time, but I gave it a change and listened to the end. My wife also has a copy and she is really into it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen KANEOHE, HI, United States 10-25-12
    Karen KANEOHE, HI, United States 10-25-12
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    "Ho Hum"
    What did you like best about Fifty Shades of Grey? What did you like least?

    At first the narrator annoyed me - her voice seemed too "preppy college girl-like", even for a preppy college girl, but as the story progressed her narration improved and she became more of a real person who had been gaining life experiences. I am assuming that progression was intentional, and I liked it. Least - I expected more because of what other people who had read it said. I expected more eroticism, more development of the story and more left for my own imagination. It seemed a bit dry at times... I guess it was left a bit undeveloped so that way so you read the next two books. I may or may not.


    If you’ve listened to books by E. L. James before, how does this one compare?

    Have not. This was my first.


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

    No, but I would like to hear more of her work.


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

    Yes, maybe as a movie it would be okay. I expect less from movies than I do from books.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first Audiobook and overall loved the experience and convenience!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Bozeman, MT, United States 10-24-12
    Laura Bozeman, MT, United States 10-24-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Excruciating"

    I thought that I knew what I was getting into when I decided to listen to these books: I knew that the writing wasn't going to be stellar, but I wanted to be informed on the latest cultural phenomenon. I made it through this first book and half of the second before throwing in the towel.

    First, I must say, that the writing is much worse than I expected. But leaving that aside, this series is probably the least-suited for the audio format of any book I've encountered. The countless emails that the characters exchange are awful to listen to - you have to hear the "To" line the "From" line, the subject, the time, the date and the characters' signatures for every single email - even the brief ones. (Also, anyone that believes that a 21 year old is exchanging emails instead of text messages is as out-of-touch as James herself). I also thought that the tone of the reader's voice made Anastasia's character seem even more childish, vapid and "valley girl" than she is written to be. I love audiobooks, but this performance is either the worst I've ever heard, or close to it.

    If you have a burning desire to know what all the fuss is about, download it on your Kindle. That way you can skip past much of the filler, and you can read it in public without embarrassment.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jamaisa 10-24-12
    jamaisa 10-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Should have read the reviews first!!"
    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    I will get the print version of this book if i want to finish it. Sorry Becca but your voice drives me crazy--it is too young, and too many sentence endings sound like a question--that style of speaking. Audible, maybe someone like Sharon Stone would have been a better choice for such a book--i would have preferred a more adult sounding voice. Not sure if i am intrigued enough by the story yet to read the print versions of any of the series--too many good books out there to waste time reading mediocre writing.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The new Tom Wolfe novel!!


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

    Sharon Stone, maybe Kate Walsh.


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

    The virginity taking scenes. Really, a virgin at her age? In this day and age? Someone who doesn't have religious reasons to be a virgin? Someone who dates, is beautiful and has an adventuresome personality?


    Any additional comments?

    I still love Audible books!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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