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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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    Sarah Conway, MA, United States 06-26-12
    Sarah Conway, MA, United States 06-26-12
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    actually what is this book let's be serious


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    the bible for some purification


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

    i would cut up the manuscript


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    kzhaq Lake Hiawatha, NJ, United States 06-25-12
    kzhaq Lake Hiawatha, NJ, United States 06-25-12
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    "Worst book of the century"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    The horrible writing. The fact that the writer seems clueless. Or that she opted to write about people and a state she has never even been to! The constant annoying repetition of words such as "Oh my!" and "my inner goddess". How did this book ever become a best seller is beyond me!


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

    I've read some racy books but this was by far terribly written.


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

    Nothing, it's not her fault that she read a dim witted book.


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

    That's a joke!


    Any additional comments?

    I want my 10 hrs back!

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    Ginny Sun Valley, NV, United States 06-25-12
    Ginny Sun Valley, NV, United States 06-25-12
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    "Disappointing"
    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    This book would definitely benefit from more accomplished writing skills. Was it really necessary to use emails and contract verbiage as fillers?


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

    It is just another book depicting educated young women as not so bright. It wasn't even very good erotica.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Maybe a different narrator. The Valley Girl voice was irritating.


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

    Disappointment, boredom from too many emails and contracts.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an extremely disappointing book. I'm not sure that it qualifies as an "adult" book. the writing style is reminiscent of that of young adult books. It's not even very good erotica. I think this book would have truly deserved being on the New York Best Sellers' List if it was better written and if the author had taken more time to develop the storyline. The main character was supposedly educated in English lit and was going to intern for a publishing company. Her use of the English language was deplorable under those circumstances. She uses words that aren't in any dictionary I could find. I will not be reading or listening to the rest of the trilogy.

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    Michel W. Scott 06-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved loved loved!!!!!"
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

    O. M. G.


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

    Bared to You


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of them!


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

    This was my first erotic novel, so I was shocked at first! But I loved the story and couldn't stop listening! When I was finished with the 3rd book, I just wanted the story to keep going. I really hope E. L. James writes more and centers them around Christian from his point of view!


    Any additional comments?

    Great story....loved it!!!!!

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    Hev Emmett ID 06-24-12
    Hev Emmett ID 06-24-12 Member Since 2015
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    "reader made the story boring"
    What did you like best about Fifty Shades of Grey? What did you like least?

    I liked that I was able to get into it without it being a supernatural book, being as those are my favorites. However, I chose to physically read the book rather than listen to the narrator's mundane way of speaking to a five year old. This isn't a children's story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Shesee want able to captivate me by making it real. Other narrators, like therese Plummer, seem to be able to read the story as if they were telling it from personal experience, but this narrator was so terrible, she was almost laughable! And Btw, the way she can read the words of Christian Grey was so far from sexy, I think I just might turn gay.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    A better narrator


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    L 06-24-12
    L 06-24-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Oh My I Clambered"

    Tell Becca Battoe to try another career and also that the 'B' in clamber is silent!!!!!

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    John Abuta-gun, Japan 06-24-12
    John Abuta-gun, Japan 06-24-12 Member Since 2004
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    "I don't know what the fuss is about"

    Sex certainly sells but having listened to this I cannot really understand why the book has received so much attention. I think there are plenty of more worthwhile listens out there.

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    marye Petal, ms, United States 06-23-12
    marye Petal, ms, United States 06-23-12 Member Since 2017
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    "XXX"

    This book should have been named "Fifty Shades of Effed Up." It is nothing more than an adult version of Twilight, and that is not intended as a complement. This book is also as poorly written and is nothing more that an erotic, fan fiction publication that has just as much power over its followers as Twilight. I can only imagine that adult women will be standing in line around the theater when this book is made into a movie just as their daughters have for the Stephanie Meyer's series.
    Anna an older, less secure version of Bella Swan. She is an awkward virgin that lacks self confidence when she stumbles into Christian's (AKA Edward's) office. He warns her that he is a bad boy as he lures her into his web in the same way that Edward said "...I'm dangerous, Bella...". At one point she even went home in his jacket, does that sound familiar? (hint Chapter 9 of Twilight) He also left the choice up to her. Right, like there was even a choice, that pathetic girl didn't stand a chance with him.
    The similarities don't stop there. Bella, I mean Anna, has a kooky mother, loves old novels, and continually thinks that he doesn't like her [even though he's f--ked her (his words, not mine) repeatedly]. He's older, not 108, but yes, much more worldly, he's wealthy and drives a nice car, hum does that sound familiar? He even has auburn hair. I kept waiting for him to turn into a werewolf or some other mythical creature.
    Then they author drops the final punch with an unresolved climax. I assume this is the only way to get poor sex-craved women to purchase that next book.
    I can not, in good conscious, recommend this book to my worst enemy. Turn away, no, run away and find yourself a well written book where the characters have depth.

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    Amy Havelock, Ontario, Canada 06-22-12
    Amy Havelock, Ontario, Canada 06-22-12
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    "Unbelievable............and not in a good way"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    First off, the narrator in this book was HORRIBLE. She sounded like a whining little valley girl and the character voices were atrocious. Not believable at all and didn't ring true to the characters in the book.


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

    Perhaps with a different narrator


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

    Was there anything to like? She made the sex scenes even sound uninteresting. No build up, no anticipation.


    Do you think Fifty Shades of Grey needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The story has a little intrigue, but needs more depth


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    Susan WEST CHESTER, PA, United States 06-22-12
    Susan WEST CHESTER, PA, United States 06-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Pure Crap"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one should enjoy this book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something with a story behind it.


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

    Yes, both characters are disfunctional.


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

    Anger, disappointment, disturbing, and boring


    Any additional comments?

    I would not recommend this book to anyone, especially young adults. It is a pure waste of time to read. There is no story behind it. It's about a man that has serious issues with women and a girl with low self esteem that will do anything to keep a guy that she thinks is hot. I don't understand how this book got so much attention. There are so many other good reads out there, then to waste your time on this kind of junk.

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