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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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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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    James CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA, United States 08-19-12
    James CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA, United States 08-19-12
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    "Tittilating but badly written and badly read"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Its romance plus a very sexist version of BD and SM


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Doing a bad version of the male voice


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

    The content was sexist but fine if that is what you are into but the overall writing was poor.


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    Kathleen Enid, OK, United States 08-18-12
    Kathleen Enid, OK, United States 08-18-12 Member Since 2015

    Just someone who likes a little bit of everything but mostly Sci-Fi/fantasy & Mystery Thrillers. I love Audiobooks because it makes whatever project I'm working on a little more enjoyable. I only wish I could leave reviews on books that I didn't get from Audible..I need another tb....

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    "What is all the Hullaballoo about!?"

    There is plenty of Erotica out there that is NOT full of cliches that actually has a story and the characters are likable! I tried to finish the series but just could not listen to one more sentence with "MINE, all mine" or "Oh my!" or "I love him so much" and last but not least his poor, poor "Itchy Palm"
    I'm not offended by the sex, in fact one of my all time favorite series is "Kushiels Dart" and many found it offensive. However, there was at least a point to it and in the context of the story it made sense... but this was just poorly written with unlikable characters and no story line....
    These days there is so much Erotica out there it makes no sense to me why this has gained so much attention... If it's just the erotica, then check out some of Laurell K. Hamiltons books, or Lora Leigh, Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione, Megan Hart and even Anne Rice.
    In regards to the narrator she did a fine job given what she had to work with, my one drawback to her was that she didn't sound a day over 15 and that was just a bit too, too much....

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    Chelsey 08-17-12
    Chelsey 08-17-12 Member Since 2014
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    "This should be a sex shop best seller..."
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I bought this book bc it was on the best seller list and someone told me it was really good. I was curious as to what the fuss was all about. Now, I know... haha.

    Here's a piece of advice: Just because its on best seller lists, don't go around telling your co-workers or people at your church that this is a good book!!! They will read it and think you are a freak.

    Ok, why I didn't care for the audiobook/book:

    - First, the narrator, Becca Batoe, makes Christian Grey and Anastasia Steel sound like school kids who popped right of Valley High... It was distracting and conflicted with the characters roles. They are supposed to be intelligent successful people... A "Like Totall-ay OMG" voice just doesn't reflect that image...

    - Second, sex scenes in books just don't interest me... That's all this book has in it... I felt like after I skipped over all the sex stuff, there really wasn't a lot of substance to the story... My guess is the sex is the substance! "Like OMG, My Bad!". hehe.

    Why I gave it 2 stars:

    - For the Story Idea: The "Idea" of the rich troubled CEO, Christian Grey, meeting the beautiful intelligent college grad, Anastasia Steel, in a chance encounter; is hot. The "Idea" has a lot of potential for a good romance.

    As it stands now, the story stinks.




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

    eh...probably not.


    How could the performance have been better?

    She just wasn't the right person for the part.


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

    - Not really...

    - It's obviously directed toward a certain type of people. They probably think this story is great the way it is.

    - The "Idea" of the rich troubled CEO, Christian Grey, meeting the beautiful intelligent college grad, Anastasia Steel, in a chance encounter; has potential for a good romance. In order for it to have any redeeming qualities, I think the whole story would have to be re-written from scratch.



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    Christopher A. Stewart saint paul, mn United States 08-17-12
    Christopher A. Stewart saint paul, mn United States 08-17-12 Member Since 2017

    Christopher

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    "A story that goes nowhere"
    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    This story would have been better had there been more lively, interesting characters. There is too much time hearing the voice of a vapid, inexperienced, somewhat ditzy young woman who is the toy of an empty, sullen, perverted old man.


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

    The author could have considered giving more insight into other aspects of the character's lives rather than focusing solely on their abusive relationship.


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

    Listening to this narrator is clear the worst part of the experience. It is like hearing a thin voice bar girl squeak out the dumbest boyfriend story ever. Hearing her channel the voice of male characters is particularly grating and makes those characters sound like Saturday Night Live cartoons.


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

    I spent most of the time listening with a great deal of irritation, mostly because the main character is so dumb.


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    madeleine woodbury, CT, United States 08-17-12
    madeleine woodbury, CT, United States 08-17-12
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    "Not a fan of this"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Dont think anything will work


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

    Not sure just hope its not like this


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

    The narrator was fine


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

    Anger this book was not sexie at all not a turn on


    Any additional comments?

    I will not listen to the 2nd part

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    Marion J. Wong Mililani, Hawaii 08-16-12
    Marion J. Wong Mililani, Hawaii 08-16-12

    Marion J. Wong

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    "I can hardly get past the first chapter"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Sounds like an old man molesting a young naive girl.


    What was most disappointing about E. L. James’s story?

    So far I am not being entertained at all.


    How could the performance have been better?

    So cliche.


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    Maria Courtice, ON, Canada 08-16-12
    Maria Courtice, ON, Canada 08-16-12
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    "A revved up and X-rated Harlequin Romance"

    I don't regret getting this book, it was a lovely summer read. The writing is repetitive, non-inspiring. The love making/sex scenes - yeah, they're pretty hot and descriptive. I don't usually listen to Fiction so this was a first for me. Took a bit to get used to the narrator, Becca Battoe, by the third book I think I managed it, but then by the third book I was becoming bored even with the sex scenes!

    Predictable on all levels. But if you enjoy the Harlequin Romance type books, you'll love it.

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    Natalija North Royalton, OH, United States 08-16-12
    Natalija North Royalton, OH, United States 08-16-12
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    "Extremely Redundant"
    What did you like best about Fifty Shades of Grey? What did you like least?

    Sexiness of it


    What did you like best about this story?

    Christian Gray


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

    Nothing Really


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

    Yes, to finish the story


    Any additional comments?

    Amateur writing and lacks in profound literacy. Redundant words and predictable story-line takes away from the emotional attachment.

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    Desarae 08-16-12
    Desarae 08-16-12 Member Since 2016

    Designer. Aviation Enthusiast. Fitness Instructor. Love books. Prefer long series with happy endings in mystery, comedy, fantasy, & romance.

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    "Love listening to Becca Battoe wish she did more"
    What did you love best about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    The story was good.


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

    just listen


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I listened to all three books


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

    I was stuck on it straight through


    Any additional comments?

    Love the narrator

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    chrispy Reno 08-16-12
    chrispy Reno 08-16-12 Member Since 2006

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    "If I hear "OH MY" one more time, I will scream!"

    Okay, if you haven't heard the story yet, you are going to think that I am crazy, but if you have heard this book, you will get this....
    Every time the narrator said "OH MY" I just wanted to scream! It was like hearing nails on a chalkboard!
    I purchased these books because all of my friends were reading them. Maybe I should of read them instead of listening to them. Because I didn't care for the narration of Becca Battoe.
    By the 3rd part in the Trilogy, I wanted to hear more about their story vs. the sex.
    I thought the sex 'scenes' were just plain boring. How many times can you hear/read about someone having sex? By no means am I a prude, I just thought that it was going to be me erotic.
    To each their own!

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