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  • Audio CD: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; Unabridged edition (June 5 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385360169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385360166
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 4.1 x 15 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (373 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #288,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A GoodReads Choice Awards Finalist for Best Romance

"In a class by itself." 
Entertainment Weekly

About the Author

E L James is a former television 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 her career. She finally plucked up the courage to put pen to paper with her first novel, Fifty Shades of Grey.

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149 of 158 people found the following review helpful By David Are TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 1 2012
Format: Paperback
If I could sum up this reading experience in one sentence it would be: "It's like reading Berenstain Bears with a sadomasochistic twist."
The thing that will turn most readers off isn't her limited vocabulary, it's the repetition of words/phrases that she's confined herself to.

"Holy crap." This is mentioned about 23 in the first three chapters.

"He cocked his head." One time, this is used three times on the same page. If he cocked his head anymore, it would snap off.

"Dios mio!" Her knowledge of other languages is frightful - and overused.

All this mixed with a writing level aimed at young adults made it really hard for me to finish this book. At the start of the novel, she thanks about 5 people who contributed to the book. Did none of them tell her that it was like reading a children's book?
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232 of 249 people found the following review helpful By Paradox on May 9 2012
Format: Paperback
I obtained this book under the advice of someone who just raved about it and told me how it was such a hot seller. After having read through 88% of, I just had to stop and question the sanity of the person who advised me to get this nonsense of a book. To say that this book was disappointing is a gross understatement. I went into this anticipating a nice little steamy/erotic book (the word "porn" was actually used when the book was recommended to me)that I could let myself be absorbed in for a brief time. What I ended up getting was not only an insult to those within the BDSM community but an insult to any adult reader. Many people have commented on how it seems like this novel, nay series, was written by a couple of teenage girls that sat down and decided to write some steamy books. I agree with that sentiment, except I'm not so sure even teenagers would write this badly. All the author seems to do is repeat the same thing over and over again throughout the entire book when it comes to gestures and expressions. I didn't bother doing an actual count, but several other reviewers have actually taken the time to count up how many times the author uses the same exclamations again and again. Still, if it were only this repetitiveness I could almost forgive the author and allow my immagination to pick up where the lack of writing left off.

Unfortunately, the repetitiveness is only the tip of the iceburg here. To be blunt, the characters have absolutely zero depth, and the attempts at depth make absolutely no sense whatsoever. The plot just drags you along kicking and screaming, and not in any kind of a good way.
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84 of 90 people found the following review helpful By M0nica TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 25 2012
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This was quite possibly the worst thing that I've ever read - and I read a lot.

Besides being repetitive, unbelievable, and possessing characters which are absolutely and extremely annoying, the writing style in general is terrible and the story appears to be a cross between Twilight and something you would read about in the crime section of a newspaper. I didn't even make it past the mid-way point of the book before I was a myriad of emotions including disgusted and appalled that I spent my money on something so ludicrous.

From my limited reading of the story based on the fact that I couldn't even force myself (see what I did there?) to finish it, I would like to suggest that you have some self-respect and leave this one in the bookstore unless someone is paying you a lot of money to careen through repetitive drivel between an abusive stalker and the world's most naive woman. I wish that I could get the last hour of my life back and utilize it to place the trilogy in the garbage and set it on fire.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Stacey on Aug. 10 2012
Format: Paperback
This book makes the Twilight series looks like a masterpiece! It is so terribly written and so one dimensional. The book is basically Anastasia's "subconscious" (yeah, don't get me started on that) telling her that the relationship isn't right for her, but because he is "so hot" and he sticks himself in her whenever he gets the chance, her "inner goddess" (yeah, don't get me started on that either) won't allow her to use her brain. Now I am not a prude or bothered by the BDSM themes in the book, but I can say that these are the most boring sex scenes ever written. I actually started skimming over them because they were so repetitive and did not add anything to the story. In addition, Christian Grey is probably the most annoying character ever. He is condescending, constantly orders Anastasia to eat and stop biting her lip, he freaks out when she doesn't answer emails or calls, etc. If he was not good looking, he would never get away with any of his crap. He is not a dom. He is abusive. He is messed up and angry about his past and he takes it out on women. He likes to control women because deep down he hates them. He was also the victim of statutory rape, but he doesn't see that as a problem. The character is NOT sexy. Women should not stay with men because they constantly convince themselves that they can change them. I don't know if I can stomach reading the rest of the series. It is so bad. There are so many better erotic romance novels out there!
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