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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

Critic Reviews

  • Finalist, GoodReads Choice Awards, Best Romance

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  • Terese
  • West Brookfield, MA, United States
  • 09-01-12

Great Trilogy!

If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

Sexy, Intriguing and Fun!

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

I can't compare it honestly because I haven't read another book quite like this one. It wasn't just a book about sexual encounters or exploration it had a good storyline to it as well.

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

More the female aspect of the book. Though I thought she might have been a little too dramatic with some of her interpretations of what she read.

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

A sexy and inspiring novel of how far true love can really take you...

Any additional comments?

When I first heard of the books they were described to me as something that would give true insight into females and how they thought. Even being a female (and maybe especially because) this intrigued me. <br/>In case anyone else has heard something along those lines let me now dispell any of those rumors. As good as the books are they are not insight into how 'all women' think. Read with appreciation of a good set of books and definately an open mind.

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Wonderful story...horrendous voice performance!

What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades of Grey the most enjoyable?

I suppose my favorite parts are those in which Christian Grey hints at his horrible child-hood, and how he knows he is what he is because he is"F....ed up."

Who was your favorite character and why?

Grey is my favorite character, certainly, because his character has the most depth. In fact, it's trying to see that depth that keeps the reader engaged.

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

Good God, anyone! First of all, someone with a more refined voice, better diction, and a little more maturity. Her cadence was horribly slow and her tone is babyish. She has the bizarre upward inflection that makes regular sentences sound like questions, and the back-of-the-throat weak tone so easily associated with ditzy women. Virtually every sentence sounds like it should end with "like, oh my God!"

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

The book made me laugh, and mostly because of Battoe's performance. Her attempts to lower her voice during male dialogue were absolutely comical. She sounded the way women do when they are making fun of men.

Any additional comments?

I know it's more expensive to produce, but his book really should have been recorded with multiple voices, like the way they used to do radio dramas. A female reader just can't read male dialogue in any kind of convincing way, especially when that dialogue is so....well...you know.

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  • James
  • merrillville, IN, United States
  • 08-31-12

Almost didn't buy it because of reviews

Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

I read the review about the narrator and almost did buy this book, but I had to know what everyone was talking about. I have listen to over 600 books in the last 6 years, and I know that a narrator can make or break a book. In this case I believe that the narrator was perfect for the person she was betraying. <br/><br/>When it comings to the writing ability, I think some people can confuse the writing with the subject matter. I do believe the author tried to refrain form making it to vulgar by using other words like "my sex" instead of the street name for it. Let's put it this way, how many author would even try to tackle this subject matter??<br/>I went and bought the next two books in the series, because my interest was peaked and found them very interesting and the transformation of the characters a very interesting study of how things that happen in our pass can form our future if we don't deal with them.<br/><br/>After having listen to 600 books and never writing a review before, I decide to review this one because I thought it was being unfairly reviewed!!!!!

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  • Acsuleco
  • West of DC Metro, USA
  • 08-31-12

50 Shades Trilogy

If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

Sexy. Engrossing. Entertaining.

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

For me, the moment was in Book 3. I don't know how to describe it without giving away too much spoiler information for those who have not read it. Suffice it to say, I was holding my breath along with Anastasia regarding Christian's response.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Becca Battoe?

No. Although I think her voice was perfect for that of an inexperienced young woman like Anastasia, I found that same tone of voice annoying which took away from the story a bit for me. Just a personal preference. As for the other characters she voiced, I think she did a decent job. I believe she would do better at narrating young adult books (teens).

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

Extreme? I wouldn't describe it that way. The book raised my eyebrows and made me laugh at parts. My mouth definitely dropped in other parts;)

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Bored after 1st few encounters

Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

No

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

No

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

Average

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

Soft porn, if you are no older than 18 years old mentally.

Any additional comments?

If I would have known I could return it on audible, I would have.

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Wonderful book

Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades of Grey to be better than the print version?

Yes. It was better hearing it read to me.

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

Ana Steele-Grey.

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

Do you trust me?

Any additional comments?

This is a great, kinky story for the most adventurous of readers/listeners.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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INtiriqued....but endless sex scenes, gets boring

Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

yes

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

sort of...

What aspect of Becca Battoe’s performance would you have changed?

The story is interesting and makes you want to find out more about Grey. But it goes on so much about the sex scenes you get bored waiting on the story.

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

No.

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Great Read, totally unexpected

What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades of Grey the most enjoyable?

The storyline had more depth than I expected it to

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

When Christian realized he loved Ana. The humor used.

What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

How she portayed Christian and Anastasia

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

Yes

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Really? What's the fuss about?

Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

Probably not.If this is "mommy porn" it's for a much, much younger mommy . . . like a twenty year old. Becca's delivery was fine. She sounded like the naive college student she was meant to play.

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

I'm all about sexual tension but it was way into Chapter 4 and the couple had yet to even kiss! All the hype about the "heat" . . . I got tired of waiting for the action to begin. Also, the main character kept asking herself questions. It became a bit tedious. And, if her roomate said, "I think he really likes you" one more time! Enough! I quit listening before Chapter 5.

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

The narrator did a good job of portraying the character.

What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

Where do I start?

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  • Shauna
  • Houston, MO, United States
  • 08-30-12

NO story line at all.......

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This book was simply porn in print, It's pure trash. I learned a lot about bdsm but I could really have done without that knowledge. I don't know a single college student (especially one majoring in language that doesn't have a pc/email address) I also couldn't imagine a virgin looking at that room and not running for her life. She was such a week character. and hello the constant emails oh it was annoying hearing the name and title and time etc. every time.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I have no desire to listen to the next two

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

the narrator was fine, unfortunately she didn't have much to work with

What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

This book simply became so popular for the porn

Any additional comments?

I don't recommend this