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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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    funnygal76 Lacey, WA, United States 05-25-12
    funnygal76 Lacey, WA, United States 05-25-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Not that bad!"
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

    Prior to purchasing Fifty Shades of Grey (Book 1) I read the reviews and a vast majority of them were negative. Having never read the books before, I thought I would give it a try. It is really NOT as bad as everyone keeps saying. Sure Christians voice sounds a bit cheesy and the male/female characters sound similar but it’s an audio book read by one person. The only way this audio book would sound better is if there was a male and a female reading it.

    If you are debating downloading it - stop debating. Becca Battoe does a good job for all this book entails. I really felt how Anastasia was feeling and the deep dark Christian came a crossed clear. The ending leaves you screaming NOOOOO....and instantly downloading the second book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters in this story have such real and honest feelings. It was a great great book!


    Did Becca Battoe do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Given the all that the book entails, she did a good job.


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

    No, took 3 days of constant listening... had to watch out for kids and I didn't want my husband to get too many ideas. :)


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 05-24-12
    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 05-24-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Story of 50 Shades is a Hot Story--Narrator Okay"
    What did you love best about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I liked the happy ending. The story was well written and the characters complicated enough to be intriguing. The sex scenes were explicit and well described. I liked that Anastasia figured out the complexities of Christian and stayed to make him see what love is all about.


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

    The Story of O because both are about female sexuality and fantasy. Women do think about this and love reading about it.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Becca Battoe?

    Yes. She isn't the best at changing her voice for different characters but I expect she will improve.


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

    Yes. I have ordered all three volumes.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Larry C. Smith Canton, Georgia - United States 05-23-12
    Larry C. Smith Canton, Georgia - United States 05-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Boring, Boring, Boring!!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A good storyline with more depth and less emails to each other. I got soo sick of the back and forth emails when they could have texted or phoned each other.


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

    No


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

    No


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

    All the emailing back and forth to each other.


    Any additional comments?

    What a waste of my credit for this month. The only likable character was the roommate, Kate;

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 05-21-12
    Karen 05-21-12
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    "Went viral due to Nature of content, not writing"

    Okay, all women have sexual fantasies; many enjoy reading erotica with a believable storyline and, of course, hot, steamy sex scenes. Kindle, Audible.com, etc. make it possible for people to read/listen to erotica in public without others seeing the title or suggestive book cover. I believe this, along with the average person's curiosity about BDSM and D/s, is the only reason Fifty Shades went viral.

    The book reads like an author's first attempt (and it is a good attempt) at writing. She does a good job with character development and does have better-than-average writing skills. I appreciate the author's verbiage and seemingly wide-ranging knowledge of American and British literature as well as eclectic taste in music. The way she wrote about literature, music, and especially BDSM, however, felt stilted and studied...not natural. On the flip side, she was obviously more comfortable writing about the dynamics of relationships, friendships, sexual tension, buildup, and release, and her writing style was smooth and flowing. (she just needs a good editor for some of the redundancies!)

    If -- If this book were properly and professionally edited, it might be better visually read than listened to.

    In my opiion, this particular narrator completely missed the mark. This book may have been better read by a man who can credibly perform women's roles. I almost put the book down a few times due completely to the narration. Maybe I'm being too harsh; audible has me spoiled with some of their brilliant narration performances.

    Knowing what I know now, would I spend the credit again? Yes, but with much lower expectations. Looking for well-read sizzling BDSM D/s fiction? Try "A Good Student" by Elliot Mabeuse--after completing the Grey series. Student is slightly more realistic with very, very sexually explicit content.

    I am in no way bashing this book. It just does not belong on NYTimes or Audible's top 100 list, much less top 10. So, lower your expectations and have fun listening!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Long Pond, PA, United States 05-18-12
    Diana Long Pond, PA, United States 05-18-12 Member Since 2005
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    "This book left me wanting a Gray of my own!!!!!!!!"
    Where does Fifty Shades of Grey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    number one


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

    When Ana left Gray, it broke my heart.


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

    No


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

    Yes I did, it made me HOT


    Any additional comments?

    I need book 4

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    fred LAKE OSWEGO, OR, United States 05-18-12
    fred LAKE OSWEGO, OR, United States 05-18-12 Member Since 2010

    I'm Trying to see the world with my ears.

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    "I am rendered speechless"

    I am rendered speechless, my mind reeling. I have read this story before, and yet I am still overwhelmed by the depth of emotion and staggering thoughts I have about this book. Having just read the last line, I sit here trying to wrap my mind around what I want to say, and my only coherent thought is....Wow!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    freckles91 Michigan 05-18-12
    freckles91 Michigan 05-18-12

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    "whiny terrible reader and a stupid book!"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    everything. scenes lifted almost wholecloth from Pretty Woman and various other movies... so lame I couldn't even listen to the whole thing.


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

    pretty much anything... take a writing class, stop "borrowing" from other sources so heavily and obviously... hello what movie that I have seen a million times has the rich guy order the entire breakfast menu at a fancy hotel for the poor girl that stays over in his hotel room??? have an original thought.


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

    NO WAY!!!! she doesn't emote well - not a good voice actress. While I realize she was to protray a college student as the main character the voices weren't well done.


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

    well in my version I cut everything after hour 2 - couldn't stand to listen to more drivel. but really should have stopped after the first sentence...


    Any additional comments?

    I am stunned at all the people who have gone crazy for this book. It does not deserve any praise. People must be hard up for the smut I couldn't stick it out to get to. Smut just isn't enough of a draw for me to stand the crap writing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AlexandraWoloszyk Hoffman Estates, IL, United States 05-08-12
    AlexandraWoloszyk Hoffman Estates, IL, United States 05-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "If you've ever had to do "that" research..."
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

    The story of two people figuring out what they need for happiness, and what they are willing to give up for it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hmm, Steele or Grey? I love them both. Being het - I'd like to run away with Grey, but I identify with Steele.


    What three words best describe Becca Battoe’s voice?

    The first few chapters are grating. But if you can hang on - it get's better. I'm at the end of book 2 and only a few of the male voices make me wince. Shucks I even noticed the slip up of Christian speaking like Ethan.


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

    O.M.G. This was a struggle to put down. Do yourself a favor - start it when you have some time when folks won't be interrupting you...My husband has received some chilling glares.


    Any additional comments?

    Although the sex at first was a bit much for me - as this was a co-workers book club read - I think if folks can get through that they will see a very interesting story about two worlds intertwining.

    Still a bit nervous about the book club meeting with a co-worker and 10 strangers...but it'll certainly be a growth point.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roxy 05-08-12
    Roxy 05-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Narrator,sucked."
    Would you try another book from E L James and/or Becca Battoe?

    Just because of E.L.e James


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

    None


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Helecopter ride


    Do you think Fifty Shades of Grey needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes. Left you hanging. Sick guy. Need to find out how stupid this gal really is.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pauline McCahery Brampton, ON 05-07-12
    Pauline McCahery Brampton, ON 05-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fluffy Listening"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Well, it's really quite a fluffy book, boy meets girl, girl falls for boy and the rest is quite predictable


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

    No this was my first time.


    What three words best describe Becca Battoe’s performance?

    Nothing spectacular


    Do you think Fifty Shades of Grey needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Well this is a trilogy, will not be purchasing the next 2, what else other than more sex/bondage can I listen to.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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