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Editorial Reviews

The Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy series written by E. L. James spent a record 50 weeks on the international best-sellers lists and is now a major Universal Pictures film starring Dakota Johnson. This unabridged audiobook flits between erotica and romance and has been enticingly narrated by American actress Becca Battoe. These books were a phenomenon that swept over the world in a colossal tidal wave, leaving millions of fanatical women breathless, flushed and addicted beyond measure. It is a heart-pounding, compulsively good listen not to be missed. Available now from Audible.
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Publisher's Summary

Please note: This audiobook contains graphic adult content.
The book everyone is talking about. When Ana Steele meets Christian Grey.... Romantic, liberating and totally addictive, Fifty Shades of Grey is a novel that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.
When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind – until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out.
Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more. But Grey is tormented by inner demons, and consumed by the need to control. As they embark on a passionate love affair, Ana discovers more about her own desires, as well as the dark secrets Grey keeps hidden away from public view.
©2012 E L James (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"In a class by itself." ( Entertainment Weekly)
"The book that made women want sex again" ( Mail on Sunday)
"It’s the book everyone’s talking about, becoming a word of mouth hit, topping the bestseller lists, and the film rights have just been bought to bring it to the big screen… a good steamy read. 4 Stars." ( Heat)
"E L James's erotic novel, one of a trilogy, has become a phenomenon." ( Telegraph Online)
"E. L. James is the talk of the book world thanks to her Fifty Shades... trilogy." ( Daily Mail)
"It has become the topic of choice for water cooler chats, school run tête-a-têtes and whispered conversations over the garden fence... Erotic novel Fifty Shades Of Grey is conquering best-seller lists around the world." ( Herald Scotland Online)
"Fifty Shades of Grey…is now a mainstream publishing sensation." ( Guardian)
"It's the definition of a page-turner… Ultimately, James’s exploration of the dynamics of sexual power is both troubling and intriguing, and women will undoubtedly be discussing it for years to come." ( Telegraph.co.uk)
"Fifty Shades of Grey isn't your average bonkbuster. It could change our sex lives forever." ( Fabulous, Sun on Sunday)
"..it was a proper love story… If my review has at all persuaded you that Fifty Shades of Grey might be more than just a kinky book full of sex, then I urge you to pick up a copy and try it - I'm sure you won't be disappointed! 5 stars." ( ChickLitChloe.blogspot.co.uk)
"This is erotic fiction that firmly falls into the by women for women category. I’ll be buying copies for all my girlfriends this year... an intriguing read 5 stars." ( Bookbag)
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Customer Reviews

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By Masha on 06-29-12

Frustratingly bad read

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

It is incredibly difficult not to roll your eyes and exclaim "as if" when you listen to this book. The story line itself as an idea could be worked with. However characters are simply ridiculous. In a year 2011 it is simply impossible to be Ana. The language used in the book is also odd. So many repeats and the attempts at creating the funny lovable character - huge fail. All the internal personalities and their names.... Seriously who calls their internal ego “inner goddess"? I am amazed at a line up of very excited people who loved this book. I have pushed myself to finish it.

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

This book definitely needs more research done on the topic. Its needs deeper characters and more realistic set up. After all this is not a science fiction!

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

As a narator there was nothing wrong with Becca. Although her reading of male characters did make me laugh at times.

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13 of 14 people found this review helpful


By Leigh on 06-02-12

Mills and Boon with sex.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Just a string of cliches, shallow characters, no plot worth mentioning. One reads on to catch the raunchy although implausible sex scenes.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Envy by Sandra Brown

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

No, nice voice but her reading gives the wrong emphasis on words. She acts out too much and her portrayal of male voices is embarrassing.

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

Not for TV. Sex is the only interesting part and that couldn't be done on TV.

Any additional comments?

Disappointing as the name held so much promise.

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11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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By AdaT on 06-29-12

Over hyped and dreadfully narrated

I actually thought that this could be a "sexy" read..wrong! The narrator is "lolly pink schoolgirl" and totally annoying. Oh shucks did I say that (american drawl). The plot is so full of holes in the end I just wanted one to swallow me up. Sure, I persevered. I wanted to ge to the sex part like everyone else...including the characters. What an anticlimax!! Honestly, the media hype surrounding this book deserves a gold star for sensationalist crap.

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By John on 08-08-12

Tripe

well i got drawn into the hype like so many others. it turned out to be one of the worst books i have bought. The characters lack credability, the storyline is weak and in places farcical. The dialogue reptative and listless. The sex scenes are written like a victorian dirty book and are also completley lacking in credability. This stupid woman does not appear to own any clothes, after four years ar university expresses amazement that she has her own email address and her strongest expression is 'oh my'. The man is not believable and creates neither pity or loathing, merely irritation. i won't put any more money into EL James's pocket nor more imprtantly waste hours of my life that i won't get back listening it.
And as for the narration, flat whiney voice, i only survived it by listening to the last half on double speed.
Its RUBBISH!

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40 of 41 people found this review helpful

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By Amazon Customer on 12-03-14

Glad it was a free book

Poor storyline, badly written, over done. I will not buy no 2 or no 3

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11 of 11 people found this review helpful


By Allison on 02-11-15

good book not the right voice

love the book but the narrator was not the right person. and get for a refresher

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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