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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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  • Cynthia
  • West Fargo, ND, United States
  • 07-10-12

The Best I Have Read in a LONG Time

Would you listen to Fifty Shades of Grey again? Why?

I plan on re-listen to the all three books in the fall because had such a great story line.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of the main one Christina and Mr. Gray.

Which scene was your favorite?

I think that the 3rd book is the best on of them all, but you have to read all 3 of the books to really understand and get the story line. If you are one of the people that only read first book and did not like it you really did not get just of what the really story was about. Also the person (Becca) the reading does a wonderful job.

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

Sometime and sometime not

Any additional comments?

You just need to READ the books!

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  • A User
  • Dodge City, KS, United States
  • 07-10-12

50 Shades of Torture!!

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

Someone who's never read other romance books.

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

I'm a firm beliver that everyone deserves a second chance. So yes but not any of the sequels.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Becca Battoe?

Anybody else!! Although book is written to portray the point of view of a very unexperienced virgin (that's what I got) and the author did a good job of sounding vague and naive.

What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

I get what characters author was trying to create but I was more interested in the secondary characters (roomate and the brother)!!

Any additional comments?

Even though I read the reviews warning you not to waste a credit on this book yet several co-workers recommended the books so I downloaded the preview on my kindle. And those first three chapters were okay but dear lord I can't finish it!! It's a 3 part download and I'm didn't make it throught the first one. I have read my share of bad books from beginning writters, which granted did take me serveral tries and months to fininsh. This is the first book I have emailed Audible hoping I can get a refund!! I love reading and dabble in all genres. I can only describe this book as if someone was watching a bad pron and writting what they see and making up words to go with the expresion of the characters. All I can say is that I tried, really tried hard to stick with it but couldn't. Happy readings ....

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  • marla
  • Kailua Kona, HI, United States
  • 07-10-12

bewildered!!

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

I wouldn't read another book... bad writing(so infantile) and the voice was so annoying I couldn't get through the first book(made mistake of downloading all before listening to first)..I wish I would have read other reviews first...... the "oh, MYs) and "holy cows" were just too much....also the "inner goddess" remarks...

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

written like an adult and had more adult vocabulary

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Becca Battoe?

anyone......the "Christian voice" was worse........

Any additional comments?

There must be a lot of frustrated women out there who have never read erotica to find this enjoyable....

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  • Toni
  • FORT MILL, SC, United States
  • 07-09-12

Fluffy & predictable

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

no

What do you think your next listen will be?

anything else

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

i thought i would lose my mind hearing every single word including the time, date, to & from of the boring emails. And if i never hear "oh my" again, it will be too soon.

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

annoyance that i wasted a credit buying it.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Sue
  • United States
  • 07-08-12

Need to READ (not listen to) this one!

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

The story moves rather slow but what ruins this one is the narrater who sounds like a 13 year old who was allowed to read to her class at school. Couldn't even finish the first book as listening to the narrator was just too annoying.

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

Just came off too immature and the tone of her voice was not professional sounding. Her sentencs would trail off and then her voice would get gravely. It really got on my nerves. First time a reader has affected me this way and I have listened to well over 50 narrators. Was disappointed I could not get through the whole book.

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  • Emily
  • McKinney, TX, United States
  • 07-08-12

Listening to a Thesaurus

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

The reader was annoying, the superlative descriptions were overdone, the plot lame--I pictured the writer thumbing through a Thesaurus to use every descriptive word imaginable, even a few French words, and then saying "Jeez". Please...............

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

Combining all three books into one. (I cannot bear to read the last book.....too bored with it all. I really don't care what happens in the end.)

How could the performance have been better?

Too much drama in reader's delivery.

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

I seriously doubt editing would help.

Any additional comments?

Waste of time.............the sex was good but even that became mundane.

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Loving the Gray!!

Would you listen to Fifty Shades of Grey again? Why?

No, but I would continue the entire series.

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

The loss of Anna's virginity.

Which scene was your favorite?

Christians heartbreak at the end of the first book.

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

When Anna summoned the courage to leave.

Any additional comments?

I love Christians growing adoration for Anna and his new found ability to express it.

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  • L. M.
  • NY,United States
  • 07-08-12

Excellent

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

Yes, the story was greatly depicted.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Anna and Christian of course.

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

Yes, Battoe did a great job.

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

The last part of the book, when Anna realized she can't be everything Christian needed and wanted as a Sub.

Any additional comments?

N/A

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Pure Trash

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

Yes of course I would.

What did you like best about this story?

The novel theme and Anastasia character.

How could the performance have been better?

Not have a Valley girl reader.

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

Yes, it is a very interesting subject.

Any additional comments?

It is too bad that this poorly written novel is so popular.

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Oh my... better than expected

I will admit I only purchased this because of all the hype. I've never read this type of book and didn't think I would actually enjoy it... surprise, surprise... I thought it was really good. I found myself caught up in the story and the characters and want to know more about them and their past. The book does have some explicit sex scenes which I admit I fell asleep during some of them (lol, guess I'm just old). All the sex in the world would not have made this a good book if it didn't have characters that you actually start caring about.

Regarding reviews it seems like this is a no or go book... I've seen a lot of 1 star reviews on Amazon, GoodReads, etc. and I've also seen just as many 5 star reviews. I guess you either love it or hate.

I have already purchased the 2nd book and look forward to reading it.