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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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    Kelly W. New Jersey 05-05-12
    Kelly W. New Jersey 05-05-12 Member Since 2011

    Long commutes=LOTS of listening. Thanks Audbile!

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    "Thought it was great"
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

    Sensual and Exquisite


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Christian- Very sexy character


    What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

    Despite all the negative reviews as a the reader, I thought she was wonderful. She sounds young and as I would expect Ana to be.


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    katie Payson, UT, United States 05-04-12
    katie Payson, UT, United States 05-04-12 Member Since 2013
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    Holy Cow havn't we had enough books about un-healthy relationships being idolized. The fact that women feel liberated by these stories breaks my heart :( YOU DESERVE TO BE LOVED AND SHOWN LOVE WITHOUT PAIN OR CONTROL!!!!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Comstock, WI, United States 05-04-12
    Amanda Comstock, WI, United States 05-04-12
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    "Loved the narrater"
    What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades of Grey the most enjoyable?

    Great story - hard to get enough of it! I can't understand why so many people complained about the narrator - I thought she was great! I just bought the second book in this series and they changed the narrator - WEIRD! I wish they'd go back to the original.
    This story was addicting... I can't wait to start the next book!


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    John M. Sonntag 05-04-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Pretty good, not bothered by voice"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    YES! Narration of the emails ! ANNOYING and wrong based on any email I've ever seen in my life! Has the author ever seen one???


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    OK


    What three words best describe Becca Battoe’s performance?

    appropriate, young, innocent


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

    Don't really care


    Any additional comments?

    I disagree with many's opinion that narrator sounded too young. She is! and innocent, voice appropriate.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gwen Flower 05-03-12
    Gwen Flower 05-03-12

    Life-long book lover. Generally cop fiction is my favorite but I've been delving into nonfiction a bit and am really enjoying it.

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    "Terrible narration"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend reading the BOOK to a friend, but not the audio version. The narration is terrible. Wish I could get my credit back.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Different narration


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

    No.


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    Aaron Goldasich 05-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Original narration was SO much better!!!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The new narration is terrible! Why the change?!


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

    Yes


    How could the performance have been better?

    Her voice for Grey is so awful! Hard to listen to! Her Ana voice is so not as sexy as the first!


    Was Fifty Shades of Grey worth the listening time?

    Not really


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    John Solheim 05-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Laugh out loud....at the narrator!!!"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I can't say I have even got to chapter 3! I have heard great things about this book, but this narrator is killing me! I think my 11 year old could do a better job! Did she know someone to get the job? I am going to keep listening to it only because I paid for it and I do want to hear the story....just hoping I can get through her Valley Girl talk and fake guy voices.


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    AG 04-30-12
    AG 04-30-12
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    "Worst. Performance. EVER!!!"
    What did you like best about Fifty Shades of Grey? What did you like least?

    Let's not pretend that this is fine literature. It's a fun, smutty diversion, but it is that.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Different reader would have helped!


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

    Battoe made the lead character sound like a vapid Valley Girl. And when she changed her voice for different characters, she was simply ridiculous -- like the local librarian who puts on a silly voice to read the part of "Mr. Toad" to local children. She makes one of the characters, who happens to have a Latino surname, sound like Speedy Gonzales.But it is her performance of the lead character that is the most egregious. Absolutely appalling. So inappropriate for the character that she takes you out of the story completely.


    Any additional comments?

    Somebody MUST rerecord this! And, here's an idea: why not have an actual man read the men's quotes, so that it is slightly less ridiculous?

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    June 04-29-12
    June 04-29-12
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    "You need a new narrator for this book."
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She sounded like a very young, tipsy Valley Girl. Not the right choice for 50 Shades. In fact very bad choice. Detracted from the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Will not download rest of the trilogy w/ this narrator.

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    Charlotte SEATTLE, WA, United States 04-29-12
    Charlotte SEATTLE, WA, United States 04-29-12
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    "Bad LISTEN"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I have to say, I agree with the other reviews. This is a BAD LISTEN!
    I am not on to like snarky reviews. Picking out small details that really don't define the overall audio expreience. "Fifty Shades," is a big fail.
    I have listened to audio books for well over 10 years and this is one if the worst in all of that time.
    PLEASE RE-RECORD!
    It is odd to think that this is a huge pop-culture book and for those of us who are audiophiles are left wondering....
    What's all the fuss about?
    Certainly, not the audiobook!


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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