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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

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  • Finalist, GoodReads Choice Awards, Best Romance

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  • Mark
  • Raglan, New Zealand
  • 10-13-14

Utter toilet

I listened to this book because I was curious. I listened right to the end because I was determined to give it a chance and maybe discover why it has become a number one bestseller. After finishing it I read the Audible reviews. I was pleased to see that it got completely slammed by most reviewers, who have recognised it as the rubbish that it is. So I suppose the book must have appealed to lots of people to become popular in the first place, and then, afterwards, lots of people have bought it because it is a best-seller. Its interesting that it continues to sell more and more copies to people who find it to be complete trash (me included). The author must be laughing her tits off (all the way to the bank) reading the damning reviews by idiots like me who've given her their cash. I suppose I should have checked the reviews beforehand, but I don't usually do this because a) I don't want to spoil the surprise and b) I don't want to be prejudiced by other people's opinions. At least my curiosity has been satisfied.

33 of 37 people found this review helpful

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  • Amber
  • Des Moines, IA, United States
  • 05-01-12

Very boring and redundant plot line/writing style

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

I would shy away from readin EL James again. It seems to me that she is a new writer who hasn't quite developed a good foundation of creative and unique words. I was frustrated hearing the same expressions and cliche descriptions over and over. I can handle a writer of average talent. And I have never labelled an author as subpar. however, James is deserving of that review.

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

No, for reasons mentioned above.

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

She had a nice voice but you can't sugar coat crap. She was reading a poorly written novel. I wouldn't hesitate to listen to another novel read by Becca. There were sometimes when I felt more emotion could have been injected into certain parts of the book. But she did a good job considering the recording was done last minute due to poor choice of the first narrator.

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

All I can say is nice try, but I am not even sure why this book was published.

Any additional comments?

Save your money. I'm sure there will be a movie...

33 of 37 people found this review helpful

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What is the hype about?

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

Someone in high school or a very shallow person.

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

Doubt it

How could the performance have been better?

Find a narrator who doesn't sound like an annoying teenager.

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

not so much

Any additional comments?

The content and conversation is so shallow and uninspired, which contrasts with the smattering of erudite adjectives. Some of the flippant phrases seem repetitive. Perhaps a better narrator would have made a big difference. I am not impressed.

80 of 91 people found this review helpful

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  • W
  • Garner, NC, United States
  • 07-25-12

Blechhh.....

WORST Audible book EVER, he murmured . OK, I'm a guy, he murmured, I'm not the intended audience. I get it. But by the end of the book the main character comes across more as an imbecile than a curious woman exploring her sexuality, he murmured.

To the author's credit, I heard her say that she does not consider herself to be a writer. I agree 100 percent, he murmured.

Read this book and you will never hear the word "murmur" again without cringing.

104 of 119 people found this review helpful

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In spite of the fact it sucks, I can't finish

What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

An author who knows their limits. Kinky is good, poor narrative, cliche, and unorigional charictor types are not good. There were so many repeated poor visuals such as "looking up through my eye lashes." Nor does the author seem to understand that if your "subconscious" is having a conversation with you, it is by that virtue we define it as our conscience with which we are conversing...in effect, she is talking to herself, not her subconcious nor her "Medulla Oblongata."

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

No

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

Yes. The voices did come off very shallow and cliche but I don't discredit the narrator, that's how they were written.

What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

Grey. Why does he have to be so lame to be kinky?

Any additional comments?

If you really need sexy...go on a date and write your own kinky story.

50 of 57 people found this review helpful

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  • Cor
  • UK
  • 07-17-12

One of the best Worst Books I've listened to!

The other reviews should have clued you in already: This book is trash. As in, I'm-out-camping-and-I-have-no-toilet-paper trash. I won't reiterate the many, many problems, but I will let you know how I managed to enjoy it. Even enjoy it enough to not regret the time or credit, if you can believe that.

Me and my friends were on a road trip, and we wanted to listen to an audiobook. Trying to find one that appealed to everybody was an impossible task, so instead, I went with this book, hoping that it could provide laughs that everyone could appreciate. And provide it did! It ended up being vaguely reminiscent of MST3K, with us riffing off and tearing apart this book. We laughed (at the prose) together, we cried (at the prose, again) together, we moaned together. It ended up being a really great experience, and HOLY MOSES is it a joy to quote to each other. There are so many horrific lines in this book (most of them repeated at least 10 or more times, because why write 500 pages when you can write 50 and copy-paste?), that we didn't stop quoting it the entire vacation.

In the end, I can't imagine someone suffering through this dreck alone. I feel so much pain for you, you being unable to share your misery. But if you're looking for a fun group read, look no further!

37 of 42 people found this review helpful

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The narrator never had a chance!

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

Exceptionally undiscerning romance novel fans. Apparently, fans of the much better, though still awful, Twilight books, and their evil fanfic spawn.

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

No. Once was quite enough, thank you.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Becca Battoe?

Yes. As I said in the title of this review, I don't think any narrator could have saved this awful book. The writing was terrible. The dialogue was insipid and extremely unrealistic. By halfway through the book, I wanted to kill the protagonist's "inner goddess," but that isn't the narrator's fault.

What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

I suppose it would be cheating to say "all of them," but there were no major characters I didn't find unrealistic and annoying. Anastasia is remarkably naive, but suddenly knows words she shouldn't know, and understands concepts that should be well beyond her junior high level understanding of the world. She often tells us about her high GPA, but is actually amazingly stupid. Of course, no review can leave out Christian Grey, the 29 year old billionaire, who is gorgeous (Ana tells us this on almost every page), a sexual dynamo, flies his own helicopter, altruistically feeds the poor ... it goes on and on. I had no problem with the dungeon in his apartment; that was the most realistic part of his character! I did wonder who cleaned that room, since the housekeeper didn't seem to know about it. And then there's Ana's filthy rich roommate, who was Valedictorian of her college class, editor of the student newspaper (and apparently still running said publication post-graduation). The closest thing to a realistic character was Grey's driver, who had only a minor role.

Any additional comments?

This is a truly awful book. I have to assume it was put on the bestseller list by people who don't typically read books, but are more likely consumers of movies and reality TV. Unfortunately, people like me who ignored the reviews to "see what all the hype is about" contributed to these numbers, thereby feeding the problem of semi-literate people writing and publishing books. Next time, I'll listen to my "inner god," and not waste my money.

43 of 49 people found this review helpful

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  • Elisabeth
  • WILTON, CA, United States
  • 08-07-12

Just awful

What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

I have no idea. It was such a completely irritating storyline that I don't think it could have been made any better.

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

This story is terrible. I was hoping I would like it because all of my friends are totally into the 50 Shades of Grey books. I started listening with high hopes, but the story turns out to be like so many other erotic stories I have read with a lead female character who is a virgin, and completely sexually inexperienced, and who finds the man of her dreams in a very wealthy, highly controlling and emotionally unavailable man. It's like I've read this storyline before.

Christian Grey is not only controlling, he's a total freak in the bedroom. He also has to have written consent to control his submissives; basically gaining written consent to hurt them. I was totally turned off by the description of Christian Grey. His playroom is completely ridiculous. I was also turned off by the fact that he is supposedly in his 20s and has amassed a massive wealth and is also able to fly a helicopter. He pretty much has everything he wants in the world. It's like he's superman, and I'm supposed to be turned on by that fact. It's such a ludicrous storyline. I found myself wanting to strangle Christian Grey. I also found myself wanting to smack some sense in to Anastasia Steele. The story is just too silly to be even remotely interesting.

How could the performance have been better?

The person who read the book sounded like a teenager. She was hard to listen to.

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

This book made me disapointed, and then that reaction turned into disgust.

Any additional comments?

I'm no prude. I read a lot of erotic fiction. This book was just terrible.

35 of 40 people found this review helpful

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  • Stephanie
  • Murray, UT, United States
  • 08-07-12

I want a refund or just my credit back.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This book is terrible. I have tried to listen to it 3 times and can't get past the first part. I am glad to read that I am not the only one who hates the narrator. Annoying and winey!! If you enjoy that then this is your book

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

no

How could the performance have been better?

Get a different narrator.

What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

The Submissive

Any additional comments?

Get a better book....I want my credit back!!!!

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Kelvin
  • SAN JOSE, CA, United States
  • 05-23-12

Everything about it is retarded

Before I purchased this, I saw the overwhelming low rating on performance. I thought I could tolerate bad performance if the story line was interesting enough, and in my experience, I get used to irritating voice or bad performance fairly quickly and could ignore them well.

But in this book, I don't know if it's the bad writing, bad performance, or bad story line, although I'm pretty sure it's all of the above, I simply cannot stand it. It was fairly interesting in the beginning, but after 1/3 in the two antagonists just sound and act like they're both intellectually challenged. I can accept Anastasia being stupid, but how do you justify a self starter multi billionaire being a complete moron?

Anastasia says "HOLY COW" "HOLY CRAP" "HOLY F*" every few minutes throughout the book. Maybe if I read the written copy, it'd be more tolerable. But when listening to the audible version, there's no escaping from her (and the author's) stupidity.

And the majority of the conversation between Mr. Grey and Anastasia Steel is, "Did you just do that, Mr. Grey?" or "Did you just do that, Miss Steel?" YES! They just did that. Stop asking! They say that in every single conversation to each other, and I'm not exaggerating a bit! Oh my god. This book is beyond stupid and I don't understand how the story line got such a high rating.

I thought the Twilight trilogy was poorly written and stupid. But compared with this, Twilight can be a English classics.

If you are still curious about the book, do yourself a favor and get the written version. At least you can skip through the moronic parts and all of the HOLY ____ and "did you just do that?"

To give the narrator some credit, I think she did a stellar job given the poorly written material.

65 of 75 people found this review helpful