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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

What members say

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Better than I expected

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

A good read for anyone who likes romance with a different slant on "incompatibility." It's definitely a "fantasy" -- if you can accept that a millionaire sociopath BDSM addict can fall for a 21 year college graduate who has never had sex (or an orgasm!) -- and the characters sometimes unbelievably naive, but it has charm and an air of mystery that is compelling. The narrator does a credible job of overcoming the awkward writing style, and the much vaunted steamy sex is better written than in many other books of the urban fantasy genre.

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

The Anita Blake series

What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

She conveys the heroine's "sweet young thing" personality and contrasts it with her love interest's darker voice.

Could you see Fifty Shades of Grey being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

It is being made into a movie. Not sure about the casting, but I hope they don't make it into a trilogy. This storyline has enough dramatic elements to make one or two movies...but when does that stop Hollywood?

Any additional comments?

I'm not sure what I expected. I read a enjoyed the Twilight series for what it was, and understood that this started out as fanfiction. It is NOT a teen oriented series :o]

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Less compelling than Hustler Hot Letters

I had low expectations and was still disappointed. The story is old, often told, and poorly written, really poorly written. This Cinderella sex story could, convincingly, have been written by a semi-illiterate 15-year-old. The heroine is insecure, and overwhelmingly dull. The language is preadolescent. The sex, is disappointing. It is supposed to be interesting because it is told by a female first person narrator. It is difficult to fathom that this Cinderella, who has never experienced an orgasm or masturbation, is suddenly able to climax in any position and with minimal stimulation. Skip this one and head for romances that are better constructed and more stimulating.

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Fantastic!

What did you love best about Fifty Shades of Grey?

Really a place I have never been or considered. I blush all the time......

Who was your favorite character and why?

all

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

I think she did a good job, easy to hear and understand .......

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

-

Any additional comments?

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Enjoyed

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

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Itwas just the book to take me away to a world that I know little about and could lost and hide from the world around me for just a little while.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Anastasia
She was so innocent but willing to try about anything. She, however, was not afraid to ultimately let her preferences be known.

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

I have not but she is really good in this one. I would like to know of more that she has done.

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

Not necessarily. However, I have listened to it more than once.

Any additional comments?

Thoroughly enjoyed the story and the performance by Becca Betoe!

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  • Tracy
  • Roseville, MN, United States
  • 08-10-12

I couldn't get past the reader

What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

A different reader. This reader made me feel like I was listening to a very bad high school play. I couldn't get past part one.

Would you recommend Fifty Shades of Grey to your friends? Why or why not?

no.

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

,

What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

k

Any additional comments?

no

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Sex, sex, and more sex

Is there anything you would change about this book?

More of a story

What do you think your next listen will be?

Beautiful Ruins

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes

Was Fifty Shades of Grey worth the listening time?

NO

Any additional comments?

I listened to all three. By the time I got to the 3rd one, I found myself fast forwarding just to finish it so I could hear how it ends and get on to something more interesting.

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  • Carrie
  • Naperville, IL, United States
  • 08-09-12

The worst narrator!

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

This narrator is the worst I've ever listened to. I have tried numerous times to listen beyond her horrible voice to get to the story that everyone is talking about and I've given up. I'd buy the written book, but the narrator has ruined any chance I have of imagination and the storyline! Hate her voice and what she has done to the story!

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

Horrible sounds and intonations. Sounds like a 12 year old.

Any additional comments?

It is a shame she does all of the trilogy.

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drug on

What did you like about this audiobook?

The book and story were great, however, I'm not fond of the narrator. She seemed to drag it on and was boring to listen to.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

somewhat

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

yes

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

Boring and not very enthusiastic.

Do you have any additional comments?

no

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  • Katherine
  • Citrus Heights, CA, United States
  • 08-08-12

OMG

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Love the book but some of Ana's dialogue is kind of hoaky, stupid and non sensical. Her thought process is also kind of slow for someone who is supposed to be so smart. And what's up with the "goddess"?

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

I loved how Christian would be so authorative and possessive. I have to admit I liked how he would just show up; that blew me away. I found myself actually excited that he would surprise her. Yes it is a bit stalking yet a compliment also. I loved how he chased her like the night she got drunk with Jose. I also like the day he showed up at her job in the hardware store. Good grief, I have so many favorite parts.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her voice and also her presentation. She sounded too much like reading straight from a script not enough spontienity.

What would have made this romance irresistible?

His locking her in his apartment, perhaps longer time in the Red Room.

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  • Rachel
  • LAS VEGAS, NV, United States
  • 08-07-12

AWFUL NARRATING!!!!

What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

I read and enjoyd the book very much! No, disappointment.

What did you like best about this story?

The book had many little adventures which kept it interesting.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

BIG TIME!! She was horrible! If you have not read the book and this is you first time, DO NOT GET THE AUDIBLE! At least,not with this narrator. It kills the whole feeling of the book.I've never tried audio books before,so I used one credit on a book I just read and liked to see how I would like it. Didn't realize how different the narration would be.To narrate a book, you need to be an actor. You need to make us feel like we are in the story. The reading is more monotone and it is hard to follow and get into the book.

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

I enjoyed the "hot scenes" in the book, but they could have been cut down some.

Any additional comments?

Overall, a very good book! A friend recommended it to me, otherwise I wouldn't have read it. Not into too much romance novels, but this was fun.