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Fifty Shades of Grey Audiobook

Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

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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

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  • Finalist, GoodReads Choice Awards, Best Romance

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    David Munich, Germany 07-30-12
    David Munich, Germany 07-30-12
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    "Twilight for grown ups."
    What other book might you compare Fifty Shades of Grey to and why?

    The concept is similar to Twilight - a shy young girl drawn to a mysterious, dark, astonishingly good-looking young man. Just this time, he's not a vampire but a multimillionaire with a dark sexual desires.


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

    Her voice doesn't fit so well with the supposedly attractive, 21 year old protagonist.


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    Patricia Guthrie Alabama 07-30-12
    Patricia Guthrie Alabama 07-30-12 Member Since 2014
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    "sizzlin... but not for the conservative"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. A close friend. It's hot but not for everyone.


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

    None.


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

    My first one.


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

    Uh... you'll have to read it.


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    Kayla 07-30-12
    Kayla 07-30-12
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    "Wonderful introduction to an exciting series!"
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, Sexy, and Intense.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The growth in the relationship between the main characters.


    What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

    At first it is difficult to acclimate to Becca Battoe's version of Christian. Although overall the performance was strong.


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    Susan Kansas City, MO, United States 07-30-12
    Susan Kansas City, MO, United States 07-30-12
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    "What'd you expect? Shakespeare? Greek Mythology?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend to a friend if I knew they were looking to read this type of book.


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

    Perhaps...


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


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

    Ha! No, ehem, extreme reactions... : )


    Any additional comments?

    I read several reviews about this book and was aware of all the hype surrounding this series. I didn't expect this to be a literary "Classic". It is what it is and it satisfies if you are looking for this type of book. Satisfies on a salacious level.

    By the end of the second book in the series I wanted to write a realistic book about sexual escapades compiled from as many people as I can get to provide details. Whereas it is filled with the sexcapades of Anastasia and Mr. Grey it can be on the unrealistic side as it relates to real human interaction (ex. dating commercial where they're bumping heads and falling on the floor).

    Read if you are looking for a good "thrill" and perhaps a few scenes that you want to try out... Don't read if you are looking for a solid piece of literature to enhance your intellect...

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    Leslie Petaluma, CA, United States 07-27-12
    Leslie Petaluma, CA, United States 07-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Like, rully?"

    The story definitely kept my interest. But the reader's voice was so classically Valley Girl, it was distracting at times. And there were a few words in this book that really bothered me. The use of "envisaged" and "disorientated" come to mind. It was as if the author looked up words in the thesaurus to sound more intelligent, except she picked words that no one uses and they just sound WRONG.

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    jahnine arvada, CO, United States 07-26-12
    jahnine arvada, CO, United States 07-26-12
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    "Terrible narration ruins any story line"

    I listened for about an hour and cannot take another minute. The narrator over pronounces words and takes pauses where there are none. Female lead is supposed to be early 20's but reads this book like a 14 year old girl. It is simply un-listenable.

    Perhaps the book itself would make a no- brainer beach read, but keep your money and don't download this title.

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    Tyler United States 07-25-12
    Tyler United States 07-25-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Holy F* and MY Inner goddess."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The editor needs to be shot. when listening to this book I thought a teenager wrote it.


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

    no


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes


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    Marquitha Phoenixville, PA, United States 07-25-12
    Marquitha Phoenixville, PA, United States 07-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Intrigued!"
    Where does Fifty Shades of Grey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The suspense that led to purchasing this book could have been what ruined it. It did. It. This is a truly great read. Easy to follow and leaves you wanting more at each page...


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

    For me, this book is like a CE Sandra Brown books I have read, like ENVY... Romance, what seems forbidden and things you want to question so you want to talk to the characters.


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

    I have not listened to other Becca Battoe read books. I like this one.


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

    My only extreme action was to try new things with my mate.... Key word - WITH...


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    Julie 07-25-12
    Julie 07-25-12
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    "A well written erotic love story"
    Would you listen to Fifty Shades of Grey again? Why?

    I enjoyed the storyline, with the well written erotic aspects. I normally don't read romance novels but I purchased this book due to all the publicity it received. Good bad or indifferent, Publicity is publicity. I enjoyed it and learned a few things. I will listen to the yummy aspects again. The sex sounded delicious!


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

    When Anastasia finally figures it out. Christian loves her and is willing to "try" to give her "more". To some extent I wished Anastasia would be appreciative for the kindness Christian expresses towards her.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Anastasia's first visit to the "red room". Christian introducing himself as her boyfriend to her stepfather Ray.


    Any additional comments?

    It starts out kind of bland. The full description of the e mails got annoying. I felt the sex and erotic parts (which makes up most of the first book) were well written. I think the trashy talk was necessary given he was a dominating character. I am glad she refers to the woman's parts as her "sex". As I noted before, I learned a few erotic things, and things I never would even consider. Interesting he has his women sign a contract to consent to sexual relations.

    My recommendation ; read it and make your own decision. The second book has more of the plot and a little less erotica. The first book has so much sex in it that it makes many men feel inferior. In saying that, there are men who can keep up with this type of sexual addiction.

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    MARY Conway, SC, United States 07-24-12
    MARY Conway, SC, United States 07-24-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Who wants to hear date/time to/from on emails????"
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

    Very very unexpected!


    What did you like best about this story?

    That there was a story behind all of the sex.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Aspen


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

    Except for the constant reading of all of the email data!


    Any additional comments?

    Note to any narrator. If you cannot figure out a way to read emailing back and forth in another way, don't agree to do the book because it makes you sound ridiculous! It was just boring hearing that part and a waste of mental time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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