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Fifty Shades of Grey Audiobook

Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy Audiobook

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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

What the Critics Say

  • Finalist, GoodReads Choice Awards, Best Romance

What Members Say

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    Maggie 05-22-12
    Maggie 05-22-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Bad narration, worse writing"
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I stopped reading after part 1-it is bad pornography and very poorly written. I found it boring. The downside to audio books is that the bad writing and editing is obvious.


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

    Not likely


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ebjaden Downingtown, PA, United States 05-22-12
    Ebjaden Downingtown, PA, United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2014

    My name is Mona and I am an infrequent reader. I found books on audio by accident. I am really enjoying it.

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    "I want my Fifty Shades!!!"
    Would you listen to Fifty Shades of Grey again? Why?

    I have listened to this book 3 times already. It is a good story and the sex isn't bad either, lol. I find myself looking up some information about things in the book.


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

    Watching Christian's shades unravel under the seemingly innocent Anna.


    What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

    She does really well but sometimes I wish Christian sounded more like a man.


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

    Yes it was.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read this book so much that I just can't put it down. I find something new every time.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joyce ringer United States 05-22-12
    Joyce ringer United States 05-22-12
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    "Mommy Porn"
    What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades of Grey the most enjoyable?

    I liked the readers enunciation and voice, which is also important in an audio selection. The reader was able to do a very crediable transition from male to the female parts.


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

    Probably but I am curious about the balance of the triology.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I like the narrator


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

    NO. I definetly need to take breaks


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie Houston, TX, United States 05-22-12
    Carrie Houston, TX, United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Intriguing story, terrible narration."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Written book, yes. Audiobook, no.


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

    Let's be honest, the sex scenes are what we have all been reading this book for, followed closely by the giddy feeling of pretending we are this young woman being swept off her feet.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This woman knows nothing about expression, cadence, or which words to emphasize as she reads. Completely ruined the book. What idiot selected her and thought she had any talent for a book like this? She reads like she is expressing an eight year old girl, not a woman experiencing a sexual awakening.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Prescott 05-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Performance made us cringe"
    How could the performance have been better?

    My wife and I tried to listen to this on a road trip. We couldn't make it more than 30 minutes into the book. Simply put the narration was horrible. She sounds like a teenager reading a book in front of her class for the first time. Her diction is weird. Her delivery halting. The way she over-pronounces her "t"s and hammers all the wrong words drove us batty.We are going to read the book(s) on our Kindles and forget this ever happened.As an audio product.. this is terrible.


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    Denise New Tripoli, PA, United States 05-20-12
    Denise New Tripoli, PA, United States 05-20-12 Member Since 2003
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    "IF I WAS 30 YEARS YOUNGER!!!"
    What did you love best about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    The fantasy, taking me to a place I would never have gone sexually...I liked too, that it was erotic, with out getting into real s & m...that I could not have endured.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The development of the relationship


    What about Becca Battoe???s performance did you like?

    I thought the performance was well done.


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

    It made me dream!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to get the next one~

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A Texas Bibliomaniac 05-19-12 Member Since 2013
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    "NOT WORTH THE HYPE!!!!!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Narrator to start. Better storyline altogether.


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

    Um Yes!


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

    Gabra Zackman, Cynthia Halloway, Loreli King, Marguerite Gavin or Tavia Gilbert.


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

    A couple of the S&M scenes. Way too many for audio especially with the lack of talent by the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    The critics like this?!?! I should have know it would have been horrid then!! This was the Twilight series in XXX form. The narrator was as painful to listen to as the plot. It mirrored Twilight in almost every aspect but with S&M. If you are determined to explore 50 Shades then I highly recommend you purchase a hard copy to read. At least you can skim the pages because its not worth enduring the agony of this performance. I was not impressed at all. If you are a sadist looking for torture and pain this is the book for you.

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    Steve Russell BOCA RATON, FL, United States 05-19-12
    Steve Russell BOCA RATON, FL, United States 05-19-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Different Actress???"

    I don't know if I could listen to another Becca book doing a story line such as this. I think she is great at representing a young girl/woman and their current inflections and attitudes and responses. Didn't like her at first but she got better as the book went on but I didn't think represented a good presentation of Grey.

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    RockaBetty 05-19-12
    RockaBetty 05-19-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Poorly written. Annoyingly performed."
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    The writing was average and predictable. The imagery was cliché and the characters were flat.


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

    Her voice was annoying. It went up like a valley girl and moaned at the end of each sentence like a teenager. What's worse, her pathetic attempt at a male voice made Grey laughable instead of sexy.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your credits.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Spring Hill, FL, United States 05-19-12
    Amazon Customer Spring Hill, FL, United States 05-19-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Unbearable"
    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    I am not sure anything could have made this book better. the writing was horrible and the narrator was even worse.


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

    Nothing!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This has got to be the worst narration of a book that I have ever heard. At first I thought it was just the epic fail of the masculine voice, but as I very painstakingly tried to continue listening I discovered it was just the narrator in entirety that I did not like.


    Any additional comments?

    I tried to feed into the media hype and I should have listened to my gut telling me that this was just bad. I wasted a credit on this horrible listen!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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