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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

Average Customer Ratings

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AWESOME!!!!!

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

Can't put down!

What did you like best about this story?

That there is a story, and a good one

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

This was my first of hers. I loved it however and are reviewing other books narrated by her.

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

Too many to count!!!

Any additional comments?

Love the whole series.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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All Hype And No Skills To Pull It Off

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

No.

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

No, but will make sure to choose a better author next time.

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

I found the entire experience was painful.

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

I disliked the entire book.
Crazy thing is, the only part that really made me cringe wasn't even sexual.

I shouted "No, no, no!" When Anastasia used Christians toothbrush. That freaked me out for some reason.

Any additional comments?

This book wasn't my cup of tea.

I really did want to like it, but the whole time I kept wanting to slap the main character.

I would have liked to have the author explain why Ana would let a man belittle her. Why was she so taken by him? What was in HER past that would make HER enter a relationship like that?

Christians money, power and good looks weren't enough for me.
I NEEDED there to be more. The book lacked depth.

The character wasn't relatable.

I'm two years older than Ana, from Seattle and could not identify with her. I didn't feel anything for her.

I can't count how many times I rolled my eyes at the dialogue.

We might be young, but we're not stupid. Twenty-somethings don't say "Oh my". Twenty-somethings don't generally like being told what to do. (Daddy Issues?)

I didn't like the whole Dominant-Submissive thing. I would never let a man dictate what I could and could not do.

To me, that shows a lack of spirit and love for oneself.

E.L. should have addressed more issues. If she would have made me feel something (anything) towards Ana then maybe I would have enjoyed it.

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Needs a new Narrator

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

Yes to E.L. James
Hell No to Becca Battoe, unless she was reading a book on valley girls, then it would be a great fit.
She was way too Valley girlish and made Christian and Anna sound ridiculous. I was actually nice in giving her 1 star.

Would you recommend Fifty Shades of Grey to your friends? Why or why not?

Not the audio version of it.

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

Nothing I'm afraid. She made the book unbearable to finish.

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

The book would have been great if you had a better narrator.

Any additional comments?

Redo it with a better narrator and let me try again.

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Holy S**** not another To:-From: email read....

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

I liked the story line, it was the narration that was upsetting. Nothing against the Ms. Battoe, I have listened to other books she narrated, however this one she needed to sound more maturely innocent rather than teenie-bopper, valley girl.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I will listen to books two and three because I have to complete the series, but hopefully they will at least add a real male voice.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She was too, teenie-bopper, valley-girl. Need a more mature, yet innocent voice and needed a real male voice doing the male parts.

What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

I liked the story line and all of the characters.

Any additional comments?

This was the first time I downloaded a book without listening or reading the reviews first, lesson learned!

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So sorry to have waisted my credit ...

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

16 year olds ....

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

Not even worth a conversation ...

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The WHINNIE monotone

Any additional comments?

How did this ever make the best seller list?

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A True Love Story

Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades of Grey to be better than the print version?

Yes

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

Pride and Prejudice; A great love story with a rich man who had to deal with his feelings for a woman that did not come from wealth with a great ending.

Pretty Woman the movie, not the book.

What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

I loved it!!!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The many facets of finding and being in love.

Any additional comments?

I love this series. It is about romance. As I read this book, I reminisced on my own relationship with my husband. I believe that we all have that special someone that was put here for us and this series was a great reflection for me of the 16 great years of romance from my man. Ladies, if your man hasn't made you feel like you was his reason for living, I recommend that you keep on looking.

The s.x scenes were descriptive but needed so that the reader would have a true understanding of both characters and how their relationship developed. You can always fast forward or skip this part if it is too much for you. I like that the book had so many underlying discussion on topics such as safe s.x, a man being worthy of having to the woman, a man opening the car door, a woman following her dreams. etc.,,

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  • Ora
  • bakersfield, CA, United States
  • 08-04-12

Narrator voice ruins book!

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

The context of the book was good, but the voice of the narrater ruined the experience for me. It was like listening to a whiney little girl for hours and hours. Very disappointed

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

Yes...but only with a different narrater

How could the performance have been better?

A different voice. Stronger, not so breathy and whiney. Made me want to punish her...

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  • shorty
  • Levering, MI
  • 08-03-12

Worst Narrator Ever.

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

I hope the author didn't pay the narrator for her work. It was truly painful to listen to her. I did not take the time to listen to a sample, as I was on my way out the door to work. I had been reading the novel on my Kindle Fire and thought I could listen on my commute, as the story was simply a good little story, simple, yet, fun. Well, I seriously had to TURN IT OFF it was SO AWFUL. Do not waste you money on this narrator. The narrating is terrible.

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Fifty Shades of "Red" more like it! :D *blushes*

What three words best describe Becca Battoe’s performance?

A great effort

Any additional comments?

I admit, I was nervous to use a credit on a book that has such strong reviews both for the postive and for the negative. This story is very much a stereotype of woman's porn; lots of sex but with a storyline filled with a complicated love story. If graphic sex scenes turn you off and offend you, this book is NOT for you. Although, if you secretly or heck, openly, enjoy erotica, this book is a great find and worth the hype.

Now, on the Narrator: I didn't hear the original, so I can only comment on this narration. I'm an avid believer that with audiobooks, the narrator can make or break the 'experience' and therefore, the book for the listener. I agree with some other comments that the narration is a bit slow, but I only found this to be the case in the first chapter or so which yes, was a bit distracting. Thankfully, she tends to find her groove as she goes on. To be fair to the narrator who I'm sure is just doing the best she can and hoping you'll enjoy her performance (and I'm sure is hoping her parents don't come across this book! Ha), I imagine that Anna's "voice" is a difficult one to satisify with fans. It's one of those characters that you develop a voice for in your head and would be next to impossible for a publisher/director to recreate. I imagine it was extremely difficult to cast as the character is supposed to be only 22years old, shy and inexperienced. But if the voice is too young sounding, it could have a "valley girl" vibe and make her come across as stupid and ditsy, something the character certainly isn't. If the voice is cast with an older actress with the intent to give the voice some sophistication, it wouldn't be an authentic representation of the character either. All in all, I think that this Narrator has done a pretty good job with the monumental task of trying to make this book work as an audiobook.

I don't regret my purchase. Though, I'm tempted to buy my first paperback in years just to give Anna the voice that I have in my head. :) In summary, if you have an extra credit, or you haven't read the book yet with your eyes, click "purchase" !! If you have very strong feelings about 'who' Anna is because you have read this book before and you only have one credit in your account, you most likely will not be thrilled with your purchase.

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  • hannah
  • BLACKSBURG, VA, United States
  • 08-01-12

mehhhhhhhh

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

This book was terribly written, verbose, dialogue was repetitive, and the story line a little predictable. It seemed that the author wrote the book then went back and used a thesaurus to add in impossibly sophisticated words that were terribly out of place. I guarantee most readers (educated or not) of this type of book did not know what 25% of her descriptive terms meant. They just seemed unnecessary and did not fit the book or the plot at all. I cannot say listening to this book was time well spent, however, it was entertaining. It was a good love story and intriguing enough to want to listen to the next book. Obviously the sensual sex scenes made it at least decently worth while.

Would you be willing to try another book from E. L. James? Why or why not?

While I shook my head and laughed out loud (at non humorous parts), I am afraid I will buy and listen to the next book. (I hear the next 2 books are better than the first). I want to know what happens and I will treat it as a trashy romance novel (guilty pleasure), which is what it should be categorized under. I can't believe all the hype about it. Honestly, have women never read romance novels before this one?

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

No, she was a terrible narrator especially for this book. She sounded like a 10 year old and her man's voice was not good. Her voice was annoying, her inflections seemed off and I basically got annoyed at her voice.

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

I would see this as a movie, albeit a light porno. The story line is intriguing enough and I would most interested to see who would play Christian Grey.