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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

Average Customer Ratings

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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I want 19 hours and 45 minutes of my life back

What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

Better dialogue, better writing, and a far less annoying main character. If it was possible to give a book less that one star in the Audible system, this one would have gotten a 1/2.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not another E.L James book

What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

Anastasia Steele is one of the most annoying characters I've read in a very long time. I wanted to slap her myself... only not with a velvet glove. The words "Oh my" have become like nails on a chalk board.

Any additional comments?

I can only assume that this book is so popular because it has stirred up so much controversy, because I REALLY don't get the hype. While I can understand how the subject matter and the graphic scenarios have stirred up those opposed to such things as well as those titillated by such things, if you take that all away, underneath, this is just not a well written book. I wanted to read it, and quite frankly may have found the scenarios hot... had I found the main characters the least bit sexy. This was worse than porn with really unattractive people. Unfortunately Anastasia Steele's constant and pathetic self-talk made her wimpy, unsympathetic, and completely unlikable as a character. Hard to get my panties in a bunch over someone so unappealing, no how many positions you tie her up in. Christian Grey was one dimensional and I really didn't care what he did, didn't do, felt, etc.

The storyline also seemed EERILY close in many ways (though not so well done) to the 2002 movie, Secretary, with Maggie Gyllenhaall and James Spader (whose character is also named Mr. Grey, btw). The story felt so familiar when I began listening that I actually looked up the movie to be sure it wasn't based on this book. Bottom line, I want my 19 hours and 45 minutes back.

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  • Marisol
  • rosamond, CA, United States
  • 08-25-12

a litle disapointed

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

yes the book is good

Who was your favorite character and why?

my favorite character in audio is Ana she has the voice to represent anna but in the print it is Christian, I was dissapointed with his voice in the audio.

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

yeah I'll give her another try

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

yes please! lol

Any additional comments?

I wish there was a man actually reading Christian.

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  • MDK
  • Ardmore, PA, United States
  • 08-25-12

terribly written; worst narrator EVER

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

Hell no.

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

It was terribly written. Though I love good books (i.e., the classics) I'm willing to dip into lesser/pop-fiction, as long as the book is entertaining. (Think: Twilight series, Tom Clancy). But this book was the pits! The writing was adolescent. The characters were flat and uninteresting. What the hell did Grey see in that insecure, wet-noodle, Steele? For that matter, what did she see in him? His character was basically a collage of male models from magazines - attractive, but also unconvincing, unlifelike. I almost never put a book down before I finish it, but I couldn't bring myself to finish this one. Not even the sex-scenes (belabored, too-long) could keep me reading this book.

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

NEVER! She has that annoying habit? Of punctuating? Every single breath? And every statement? As if it were a question? It was terribly annoying? You know?

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

BOREDOM!

Any additional comments?

I truly cannot comprehend why so many people like this book.

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steamy but not great writing

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The story was a cute love story, but not the best written book of all time.

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  • diane
  • Des Moines, IA, United States
  • 08-23-12

Narrator Voice

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes and I have, however, I also warn them about the voice of the narrator. I'm not sure why she chose to use a whiney "valley girl" voice for the character of Ana, but it was very hard to get past.

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

Not really sure there is anything currently out there with the depth and layers of these two characters comparable.

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

Probably not.

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

"Fifty Shades of Grey, Hollywood ruining another book because they don't take the time to get it right".

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  • Jenny M
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 08-23-12

Meh.

At first? Hot! At second? Hotish, and a bit... WHOA? But by the seventy millionth time you hear the same sex scene repeated... it just gets lame. This first book was just ok. Enough story to keep you going, but couldn't the author get more creative with her adjectives?! The 2nd and 3rd books have a better story, but the repetitive stuff doesn't stop.

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  • Carol
  • El Segundo, CA, United States
  • 08-23-12

narration

What did you love best about Fifty Shades of Grey?

Exciting

What did you like best about this story?

The romance

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

It was ok

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

It definitely made you feel

Any additional comments?

It would of been nice if narration was done by a woman for female parts a man for male parts! That is my only complaint!

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Whining and Painful

What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

If Ana had been more realistic. She was so naive

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

no

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

NO!!!! NO!!! Her whining was annoying

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

NO, I could barely make it through the book. I skipped chapters because it was so boring and Becca Battoe was awful or maybe it was the character

Any additional comments?

Ana was so needy and naive and then christian was sooooo needy. It was just to unrealistic to me. Anyone that has ever been in a relationship before will find this a hard read. This book is meant for women that are lonely virgins and dream of a man coming along. to will love them. More power to you ladies but I will never read another one of these books and will discourage my friends from reading it too.

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  • Thomas
  • Lincolnville, ME, United States
  • 08-22-12

You've got to be kidding me

After only so many repeated verses saying how incredibly horny this woman got being around the guy, it got old really, really quick. Is it possible that because Im a guy that I don't get it? Do women really want this kind of trash? I like well written porn as well as the next person, but this is unimaginative and poorly written. And there are three parts? Good lord! Total waste of time and my Audible credits.

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  • Tisha
  • Brunswick, MD, United States
  • 08-22-12

Not Worth All They Hype

What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

If Ana wasn't so naive and if she didn't do what she ended up doing to Christian despite everything he tried to tell her.

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

Cut out the To and From in all the emails and the signatures after each email. One full reading of an email was fine I didn't want each email read all the way out from whom it was sent from the time the date and so forth. Got very repetitive. Needs more to the storyline as well. Nothing against the sex but there just didn't seem to be much of anything else to this book plot wise really.

Did Becca Battoe do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yeah.

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

Anger at Ana, frustration with Ana, and annoyed with her. I felt sadness for Christian and a pain for all that he suffered/suffers.