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 ...
About the Author
E L James is a former TV executive, wife and mother of two based in West London. Since early childhood she dreamed of writing stories that readers would fall in love with, but put those dreams on hold to focus on her family and career. She finally plucked up the courage to put pen to paper with her first novel Fifty Shades of Grey.
MORE THAN 100 MILLION COPIES SOLD WORLD WIDE. Soon to be a major movie starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson.
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In James's controversial and wildly popular first-person erotic romance, co-ed Anastasia Steele is drawn into a dark relationship with a wealthy man named Christian Grey, who is seeking a submissive for his sexually dominant desires. But what Ana and Christian find instead is unexpected companionship and mutual respect. Becca Battoe, whose reading captures the spirit of easygoing, innocent, and educated Anastasia, narrates this endearing audio edition. Battoe's reading is crisp, clean, and well paced. Her version of the inexperienced Ana is full of wonder, horror, and amazement, and she nimbly handles the book's more steamy moments. For the other characters, Battoe offers up understated renderings-capturing the characters as Ana sees them. Fans of the series-or erotic fiction in general-will be delighted. A Vintage paperback. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
I purchased this book due to all the hype, so I figured I had nothing to loose. It's pretty predictable but was ok for the $14.00 I paid for it. I've paid a lot more from other shops for worse books. Buying books is a bit like gambling really. I won't be recommending it though and won't bother spending money to buy the other two. It's not a best seller by any means. I was more engrossed reading Barbara Erskins Lady of Hay, or Kingdom of Shadows. Mind you, I'm a person who found Dan Browns "Divinci Code" extremely boring!
I am a voracious reader, however, I have to say that this book was not worth the hype. The many sex scenes were repetitive and after a while, it was boring and tedious. Perhaps, it will translate better on screen as a movie. The hero has so many disturbing issues, yet nothing in the first book, explained, why Christian, who was raised by a loving family, became so abnormal and sadistic. He is incapable of having a relationship with a woman. Ana, was supposedly, an innocent, naïve girl. I would describe her as foolish and not very smart. If you are considering buying this book, get a used copy from the second hand booksellers. I did not read the following sequels.
I don't usually read romance, but I had to keep on reading to see what happened next. Educated me about the world of S & M, and DOM / Sub, I guess, as that is way beyond my experience ! All the rapid fire, repetitive, crashing orgasms seemed unrealistic too. I was barracking for Ana to tell Christian where to stick his torture equipment, but in real life people can get into all sorts of trouble when they think they are experiencing true love.
Hi. I thought this was a fascinating, if slightly repetitive, book which I would describe as essentially "pornography for ladies". Nothing wrong with that as long as one doesn't delude oneself it's great literature. No doubt equal rights women will denounce it as a modern story of male sexual control and helpless female submission but I suspect many will read it regardless and enjoy it in secret. Perhaps it reflects a deep subconscious fantasy on the part of women generally who really like tiger play in the bedroom despite their protestations to the contrary. Just one question, though, how on earth have these two people got any energy left to work - and on Christian Grey's part, to run a highly successful business empire?
I got this book because my bestfriend purchased it for his mother for mothersday, then decided that he felt quite uncomfortable giving it to her. So glad he did! This book is great... i've already ordered the other two on here, and waiting for their arrival! :)
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