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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

What members say

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  • Mary
  • Lakeland, FL, United States
  • 07-01-12

Mix Harlequin romanace with cheap erotica

What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

Unfortunately I did not read what this book was and just bought the first 2 based on Audible best seller-- this book is a cheap roamance novel , erotica with little or no story line-- extremely disappointed, and sorry I bought the second before reading the first, defintely not interested in the hird

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

Write an interesting story with some plot--

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

yes, the reading was fine

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

It had no redeeming qualitites

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Should be X-Rated

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

I do not understand how Amazon can publish this kind of material without some serious warnings. Careful not to allow this into the hands of young adults/teens.

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

Yes

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Get this book, don't listen to the reviews

If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

omg, this book is so good, couldnt put it down!!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

of course Grey himself, but Anna was just as good

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Sophomoric and predictable!

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

After all the hooplah I found this to be shocking boring and predictable. The narrator sounded very California girl and even whiny at times. I frankly couldn't finish the book.

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

Could not keep me interested, particularly the droning on and on with the emails being read between the characters. The responses of the female lead were extremely repetitive, such as "Geez!" and "Holy Crap" over and over.

How could the performance have been better?

Different narrator and some really interesting developments in the story.

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

Emails and repetitive female responses

Any additional comments?

Will not read this author again

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  • Qwnbri
  • Granbury, TX
  • 06-30-12

nothing special//hard to listen to

First, I really don't understand what all the hype is about. The writing was average. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't all that great either. The story was okay. Yes, there is erotic content, but is that why everyone is buying this? There is much better writing out there that is also stimulating, if that's the goal in reading this book. I was sadly disappointed that this wasn't the "page turner" I had expected.

Second, the narrator was terrible. Her voice, inflection, tone, pronunciation; all of it was off. It was almost painful to hear her read. Normally a narrator's voice fades away into the story, but in this case the story wasn't good enough to get past it.

Third, I have never returned a book before, in print or electronic, but I returned this one.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Cheryl
  • Lancaster, TX, United States
  • 06-29-12

YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING

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

What can I say... The story line would have been great if it didn't drag on and on and on and on. The performance was awful. It put you in mind of listening to teenage valley girls talk. The character Anna is a mindless idiot. Buy this book at your own risk. I've read the other reviews and thought "hey it can't be that bad". YES IT IS....Don't know what the hype is about. Maybe it's the sex scenes....Now that is the only part of the book that was worth 1 star.

How could the performance have been better?

Yes I was not impressed by the performance

Could you see Fifty Shades of Grey being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Not in this Lifetime.

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  • Maritza
  • Beaverton, OR, United States
  • 06-28-12

sex scenes or not, the story is a good one!

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

Yes, it's easy to become attached to the characters in the story

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

Brittish classical literature meets today's sex scene

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

No, couldn't tell you

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

No extreme reaction, I have both read the books and listen to them on audible and while the characters voices sounded different in my head I think the story was told well and it's a fair representation of the times we live in.

Any additional comments?

"Wuthering Heights" meets "Jane Eyre" in modern times....this is probably the kind of stories the Bronte sisters would be writting if they were alive today!

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Waste of time

What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

poorly written and boring.

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

The poor writing. Every once in awhile the authors throws in a big word, but overall immaturish and boring.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Sounded like she was 10. Immature voice...distracting.

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

anger at how ridiculous this girl was!!

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  • Kristine
  • NEW LENOX, IL, United States
  • 06-28-12

get the book

This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

this is the worst audio production i've listened to to date. and the story is pretty weak as well. if you like harlequin, this may be for you. but o'd get the print copy

What didn???t you like about Becca Battoe???s performance?

nothing

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Exciting

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

Yes I ended up downloading the last 2 books. You get drawn in the story and really want to what will happen next!

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

Anna was my favorite character

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this book!