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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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  • vanna
  • Baltimore, MD, United States
  • 07-11-12

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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Disappointed. Needs to be read by man & woman.

What did you like best about Fifty Shades of Grey? What did you like least?

Christian Grey and Ana's love story!!! The narrator I like least. I'm sure she's a lovely person but I didn't like the way it was read.

What did you like best about this story?

I like how you see them have a give and take in their relationship. With love and care on each part

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She was boring and the book was in my opinion read in one note (tone)

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

They have to have the right character for Christian Grey. VERY IMPORTANT!!! Or else the movie will not be good. Plus it really has to be a strong R rating to be good. Any less it will take away from the whole story. Can't be "politically correct", needs to be like real life. I will go see it probably because I fell in love with all the books but am afraid to be disappointed by who will play Christian and even Ana. If the characters chosen to play do not fit right I might not see it.

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  • James
  • McDonough, GA, United States
  • 07-11-12

Trying to keep up with my wife

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

My wife started reading this series, so I thought I would listen while travelling, so we would have something to talk about. I must say that the story has it's erotic moments, but frankly the surrounding story is actually pretty good, as long as you forgive it's rudimentary writing.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Watch out for catch phrases and redundant conversations.

What three words best describe Becca Battoe’s voice?

young, awkward, mundane

Did Fifty Shades of Grey inspire you to do anything?

It helped me understand what my wife was reading, and thus benefitted through experimentation.

Any additional comments?

I was somewhat disappointed by the first book, the writing seemed elementary, and the touted erotic scenes were over the top. However, it leads into the second book, which is a much better story. Definitely not for kids, and it is uncomfortable early on.

A lot of people complain about the narrator. I put my Ipod on x2 playback, and it kept things moving along nicely. There was a re-release of the audio that changed the pace, which seems to have helped.

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  • sandy
  • United States
  • 07-11-12

:0

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would leave out the s and m sex scenes.

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

NO!

Any additional comments?

I think the story is good. The sex scenes are a little too much for me.

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  • April
  • Fort Worth, TX, United States
  • 07-10-12

Captivating and mind opening from the beginning!!!

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

Absolutely! FSOG has opened my mind to a whole new way of thinking about sex and I swear it has improved my relationship with my husband. We talk so much more openly now to eachother about what I want and will try. He is in love with my new adventurous side thanks to this book. He has even listened to many parts with me.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Christian Grey because he embodies many characteristics I would love for my husband to have. He is too controlling but I LOVE his dominance in the bedroom.

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

I feel she really brings out the personality in the characters bringing them to life. The book is so much more realistic with the way she reads it. She doesn't over act anything and leaves enough to the reader's/listener's imagination but adds enough to bring it to life.

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

I would LOVE to have listened to it all in one sitting if time permitted but it was just way too long.

Any additional comments?

I didn't want the book or series to end. I cannot wait until E.L. James next book is released.

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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....

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

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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.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful