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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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Spectacular!

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

HOT

What did you like best about this story?

Details

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

no

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

When he stayed the night for the first time with her

Any additional comments?

Must Read!
A cant put the damn book down kind of read...

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  • Randa
  • Chatham, ON, Canada
  • 08-06-12

Fifty Shades of Disappointing...

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

Not likely, although I suppose people who are entertained by extremely limited writing skills might tolerate it, (I mean, who on earth would consistently use "apex of my thighs" or "belly", then also use words like "clavicle"? And the reader, YUCK. I'm not sure where Becca learned to read, or if she had to work to be that bad, but other than confirming Ana's infatuation for Christian, all of her moaning and strange cadence, this reader cannot even pronounce the poorly written words. Talk about adding insult to injury. James tries to convey opulence and richness by using French, which Battoe then slaughters because she has not one notion of how to pronounce them, or willingness to do the research to learn.

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

Develop the characters and stick to their strengths and weaknesses more closely... why on earth does she need to turn them both into super-heroes? Really, does every male lead character have to be rich, gorgeous, highly successful and with uncommon sexual prowess and um, stamina? And Ana, come on... what innocent girl would be so willing to do so many shocking things with her first sexual partner? Unbelievable in every sense of the word.

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

Voice, cadence of her reading structure, inability to portray men's voices, complete lack of ability to pronounce French words.... the only thing even remotely tolerable is that there were moments when she portrayed Ana's innocence in a believable way.

My recommendation to Ms. Battoe - find another job, maybe as a hand model. You are not a reader, although I do congratulate you for managing to land this job for all three books.

Any additional comments?

The first book was so bad, but I downloaded the other two anyway, so shame on me. I will say that the Christian character, who left me loathing him at the end of this book, became more sympathetic and likeable during the other two. Ana, on the other hand, became less and less tolerable over the course of the series, and by the end, largely due to the reader's voice, I just wanted to throw something at her.

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I should have read other reviews on the narrator

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

Lots of hype for a trilogy that could easily have been one novel. The narrator is painstakingly slow and made this difficult to listen to, even at 1.5x, especially with all the email details.

As far as the story goes, you can fly through the trilogy if you skip all the repetitive sex. I guess I am just used to more intrigue and action as far as a plot goes.

If you are interested, just read the e-book.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Too slow, I didn't like her voice, didn't like the male portions either. I have listened to other novels and didn't have any issues.

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

Possibly

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  • karen
  • farmington hills, MI, United States
  • 08-06-12

Could have been better written...

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Author could have used a good Thesarus, uses sames descriptive words over and over...but somewhat entertaining.

What three words best describe Becca Battoe’s voice?

Younger, inexperienced

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  • K.Hill
  • danville, AL, United States
  • 08-06-12

Steamy read but even Steamier to listen to.

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

of course all the romance and steamy spots.

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

No first time listening to her but really enjoyed it.

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

yes but usually just to and from work.

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  • Andrea
  • Hamilton, ON, Canada
  • 08-06-12

A great story to spice up your love life

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

The sex

Who was your favorite character and why?

Anastasia

Which scene was your favorite?

When he spanks her in his playroom for the first time

Any additional comments?

The narrator seemed too young or not as serious as I was hoping for, but in the end it was good. And I got used to her voice

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Woooow... Sooooo awful

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

Now, don't get me wrong... I love hearing about sex, reading about it, talking about, etc. But, this is one of the most poorly written books I have come across in a LONG time. The performance by the actress reading the book wasn't the best either, but, bless her heart... The material she had to read was horrible... I just don't get the hype. No, I wouldn't try another of E. L. James' books. I might listen to Ms. Battoe again before completely writing her off.

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

The writing was ridiculously lousy. Throw in some big SAT word to make it look like you can write... PRETENTIOUS

How could the performance have been better?

Well, you can't expect too much from a performer who has such bad material.

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

I would just pull the whole series

Any additional comments?

I think I've said enough.

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Different perspective

What did you love best about Fifty Shades of Grey?

This was a book that branched out from the normalcy we often find ourselves in reading stories about love.

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

I believe the entire story was pretty memorable

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

She was eligible to portray the proper age of the the heroin.

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

Absolutely

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great read

What did you love best about Fifty Shades of Grey?

the story line

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

the night they flew to Seattle in charlie tango

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

emotion

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

at the end when they were standing in the "Red room of Pain" after he spanked her

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AWESOME!!!!!

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

Can't put down!

What did you like best about this story?

That there is a story, and a good one

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

This was my first of hers. I loved it however and are reviewing other books narrated by her.

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

Too many to count!!!

Any additional comments?

Love the whole series.