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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

What the Critics Say

  • Finalist, GoodReads Choice Awards, Best Romance

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    Jessi DALLAS, TX, United States 07-17-12
    Jessi DALLAS, TX, United States 07-17-12
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    "Oh. My. God. Becky. Look at her butt!"
    Any additional comments?

    The narrator sounds like she is auditioning for the speaking part at the beginning of Sir Mix-A-Lot's "I Like Big Butts". I'm furious that I purchased all three at once and can't even make it through the first book. The story itself isn't all that compelling and now I've got to listen Ms. Battoe read the To, From, Subject, Date/Time and signature line from every email in her best "Clueless" voice. The author makes Ana out to be a fairly sensible 22-year-old woman about to graduate from college, so, like, I don't like, get why she, like, talks like this.

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    charlie 07-17-12
    charlie 07-17-12
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    "Falls short of hype"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book was all people were talking about at a recent BBQ (mostly the wives and girls). I'm open minded and love a good story and if it is well written I can listen to most anything for a while. This is or was one of the few book I could not just sit and listen to. The writing is very poor and very repetitive. I get it. I get the story and the main guy was hot but to keep saying it over and over got very distracting.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    No the second book in this series.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was not all that bad. I believe it was the writing.


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

    The non stop expressing how hot Mr gray is. Okay we get it.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is just not to my liking. I'm guessing by the number of sales other love it. I just do not believe it was well written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Vail, AZ, United States 07-17-12
    Jennifer Vail, AZ, United States 07-17-12
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    "Roll Your Eyes Terrible"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    This book was poorly written and narrated. I couldn't decide who was worse and I'm going to say the author and narrator tied for the worst performance EVER! I was laughing so hard I peed my pants. My tip, listen with a group of friends and get ready to mock. If you want to roll your eyes a lot, then this is the book for you.


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

    She is terrible. She overacts throughout and the character sounds psycho. But the psycho part is 50% the author's fault.


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

    NOPE.


    Any additional comments?

    Why is the book and series popular? Got me. I have no clue. My tip, listen with a group of friends and get ready to mock.

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    CyberCin FL 07-16-12
    CyberCin FL 07-16-12
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    "Good read - BAD Narration"
    Would you be willing to try another book from E. L. James? Why or why not?

    Yes, because I liked the story line. But for a book intended primarily for women the use of the F-BOMB was WAY OVER DONE!!!!!


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

    Not for this type of story.


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

    Intrigue


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    Pat Houston, TX, United States 07-14-12
    Pat Houston, TX, United States 07-14-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Goddess"
    What did you like best about Fifty Shades of Grey? What did you like least?

    I don't think my Goddess can listen to two more of these books. Sorry.
    I liked the ending - - enough is enough. Wish Ana felt the same.


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

    Don't think a sex one. It is original or I haven't been a reader of much porn.


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

    I think I would have enjoyed the book in paper or on a kindle/nook better. I was always afraid someone would hear me listening to it. I would turn red with embarrassment like Ana if they did.


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

    Don't see how a movie can be made of a book that is 90% S&M sex.


    Any additional comments?

    I can see why the books are popular-hot sex if you enjoy being afraid or want to be beaten. Trilogy is the way to go these days. I would have preferred a good story in 1. Maybe by the time I finish the third book I would feel like the characters got developed. They are what they are and why they are being bought. I am glad women will be talking more about sex. I feel certain that is all men talk about. Now it is our turn.

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    Elaine 07-13-12
    Elaine 07-13-12
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    "not my cup of tea but I liked it"
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

    too much sex


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

    the initial interview


    What three words best describe Becca Battoe’s performance?

    not my favorite


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

    later's baby


    Any additional comments?

    I really don't get into this genre of book but wanted to know what all the fuss was about. I decided about half way through the first book that I wouldn't be interested in reading the other two.....I read them. I just couldn't resist.

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    Jo Knoxville, TN, United States 07-13-12
    Jo Knoxville, TN, United States 07-13-12
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    "Rated highly because I was addicted to the Trilogy"

    I loved this Trilogy because I was so addicted to the characters of Anastasia and Christian. I loved the fairytale of this naive girl and powerful man who worked to save each other. Yes there were repetitive parts and a few parts that I shook my head. Is this book series going to win literary awards ...NO..... but did I love the Story...YES

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    estheralley Kent 07-13-12
    estheralley Kent 07-13-12 Member Since 2014
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    "A Romance walk in time."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades of Grey to be better than the print version?

    I have read it and I have listen to it, yes I would and do.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Christen


    Which character – as performed by Becca Battoe – was your favorite?

    No.


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

    No it didn't make me laugh or cry, it made me feel romantic


    Any additional comments?

    Very detailed writing, the author pulls you right into the story, she makes you feel like you are a part of the story or that your are living the story.

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    Serena United States 07-12-12
    Serena United States 07-12-12
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    "Don't know what the hype is about... (SPOILER!)"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. I mean, if I was looking for a trashy romance novel or trying to get aroused, maybe, but I was looking for entertainment for my ride to work! That being said, I did listen to the whole thing, so it wasn't awful, obviously.

    This book was about sex... plain and simple. I don't know what all the hype is about. Yes, the guy has issues and yes the woman is an idiot, but seriously? Why is everyone so excited about it? Is it because of the sex? Has noone read a trashy romance novel recently? I mean, they do still write them, right? And they haven't changed all that much, I am assuming, so what makes this anything other than that? Don't get me wrong, I like the romance novel for a day on the beach or home on a cold winter weekend... but for keeping me interested and entertaining my brain as well as my... well, you know... this one didn't do it for me.

    Do women love this book because Gray is the epitome of the guy every woman wants to change, or heal in some way? Is it because secretly women want to be hurt while having sex, or raped? Well, I can tell you, it's no fun being twisted up about sex... and I don't like that he thinks it is ok to subject a woman to his whiles, just because she is infatuated with him. If he is not planning on giving her the attention she wants, then he shouldn't be taking advantage of her misguided feelings for him.

    By the end of the story I was really mad at the female character for putting up with him and thought that Gray was a jerk for leading her on. SPOILER and I was totally like, "it's about time!" when she left. Not interested in reading the next one if she is going to just subject herself to more abuse for this horribly selfish man.


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    vanna Baltimore, MD, United States 07-11-12
    vanna Baltimore, MD, United States 07-11-12
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    "mouth watering good"
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

    spectacular, interesting, mouth watering


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    of course christian, he is so full of character, sexy in his own skin, he leaves you wanting to dig deeper into the character, finding out more of the image that forms christian grey.


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

    i love the way she portray the characters, her voice, her breathing, pauses, just overall great narrator.


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

    fifty shades of f--ked up.


    Any additional comments?

    this has been one of the most alluring books i have read in a very long time, i could not put it down, i keep wanting more, to the point where, when i was about to finish the book, i caught myself not wanting to read anymore because i was craving more, but i could not stand the fact that i was finish with the book.. thank you

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