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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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  • Kathryn
  • Auburn Hills, MI, United States
  • 08-13-12

disapointing

Is there anything you would change about this book?

to much hype.....the girl should be in her late 20's...if you remove the sex acts...not much story

Would you be willing to try another book from E. L. James? Why or why not?

no ...see notes above

Which scene was your favorite?

???????

Did Fifty Shades of Grey inspire you to do anything?

read a different author

Any additional comments?

people are reading it because they can read about rough sex and not be imbarrased

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Loved all the books!

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

A absolute must read! Thank goodness for audible for I don't have a lot of time to sit and read! It was great I could cook, clean, drive and listen to these great books!

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

It was erotic

What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

She was great!

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

All of it!

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  • Melissa
  • Garland, TX, United States
  • 08-13-12

Enjoyable

Where does Fifty Shades of Grey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was my first audiobook from audibles. I have heard other audiobooks but they were of a different genre so I can't do a fair comparison.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoy how the author tells the story within a woman's head as well. She speaks of an inner goddess and sub conscience. Both of which we constantly have to hear from but never really speak of.

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

While listening to this book I couldn't stop showing facial reactions like smiling at certain parts or rolling my eyes when a character was out of line. You really started to feel for the characters as if you were there watching it all play out.

Any additional comments?

The book was well read. I believe if you are going to do an "erotic" novel you need to not be edited on anything. There were certain words that were edited but shouldn't be. I don't know if it was the reader who wasn't comfortable or Audible but a book should be read word for word. Because of this I bought the second book in hard copy. I felt as though I was missing out on something. Also when reading the email portion of the book it gets annoying.

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Could not handle graffic storyLine.

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

probably not

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

too graffic

What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

I like her voice and how she tells the story, I just don't like the story.

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

no

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Boring Narration

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I didn't like the voices used for the characters. The narrator did not do a good job.

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A very dissappointing performance !

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

My thoughts on the subject are that people in the lifestyle will be one of the first to buy these books, as this subject is often kept out of polite society. These people will be greatly disappointed as the author, E. L. James has not done enough research on this lifestyle and hasn't portrayed the D/s characters realistically. D/s and BDSM are totally different variations of the lifestyle.

For those readers outside the lifestyle looking to understand will be mislead. I do however need to remind myself this is only a fiction novel, and enjoy it for entertainment purposes only.

What did you like best about this story?

I am excited that the author E.L.James is brave enough to attempt to bring this subject to light. Many people are interested in it, want to know more about it, but dont know where to go to find out more. I applaud him for trying to enlighten people. Such is the secret to the outstanding success of this trilogy. I only have to smile, my knowing smile when I listen to people discussing the book.

How could the performance have been better?

Miss Battoe, the narrator also was a horrible mistake as the reader. She doesn't understand this lifestyle and totally misrepresents Christian in speech. She has him coming off as wimpy and bland. A DOM is confident and strong in character and speech. It totally takes a lot away from the story. No submissive in their right mind would surrender their total personal power to such a wimp. In such a portrayal she misrepresents E.L.James' content.

Any additional comments?

Go ahead and pick up the book for a general understanding of the D/s lifestyle and read it for an afternoon of sensual enjoyment. But remember it is fiction, every D/s relationship is different and reading the book yourself is preferrable to listening to it digitally.

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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!