Fifty Shades of Grey Audiobooks

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Review of: Fifty Shades of Grey Audiobooks
E L James

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On May 13, 2012
Last modified:November 8, 2015


Fifty Shades of Grey  Audiobooks


By: E L James

Narrated by: Becca Battoe

Published by: Random House Audio 04/2012 

Fifty shades of grey audiobook trilogy


Fifty Shades Trilogy
60 hrs and 25 mins

 When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind – until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time.

The unworldly, innocent Ana is shocked to realize she wants this man, and when he warns her to keep her distance it only makes her more desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her – but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success – his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving adoptive family – Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a passionate, physical and daring affair, Ana learns more about her own dark desires, as well as the Christian Grey hidden away from public scrutiny.

Can their relationship transcend physical passion? Will Ana find it in herself to submit to the self-indulgent Master? And if she does, will she still love what she finds?

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever


My Thoughts

I always have an open mind  about everything that goes on between consenting adults; however, I’ve always thought there’s something quite wrong if you feel the need to receive or induce pain to gain pleasure…But that’s just me… honestly, I just don’t understand it, nor do I want to understand it.

With that said, and in that mindset, I started to read the books.

And what can I say? I immediately got drawn, captivated and lost. I never stop reading until I finished the last book in the trilogy.

With just as much emotions, apprehension, curiosity, and sense of foreboding that mirror the protagonist’s feelings I began to live this world, to be quite honest, with feelings I never expected to experience it in an erotic novel.

Ana is an innocent college student; she’s book smart, witty and beautiful, yet at 21 she’s still completely naive about the romantic and sexual world.

When Ana Steel was asked to fill in for her roommate and interview the illusive, powerful and the super-rich benefactor of their school, she never imagined how her world would collide with the darker, seductive and downright scary  ways of Christian Grey.

It’s difficult to recommend this novel, as the nature of sex scenes may all too easily become the appalling focus, overshadowing the unyielding, uncompromising and fascinating dynamics of Christian and Anastasia love story.

For me, this was a psychological thriller and one the most complex romances I’ve ever read, and yes, is sensual, way sensual, you can be sure of that.

I understood the hesitation of the protagonist  to go running for the hills when confronted with the demands, the insatiable need to control and the sadistic tendencies of the beautiful, and  charming Christian Grey, who at the aged 27 has never known any other kind world, but the dark and loveless he’s lived in since a very young age- this, compounded by a compelling childhood trauma have inevitably warped his relationships and personality….. Yes, he’s broken… 50 ways broken…. In Fifty Shades Darker, we begin to see  the whys and hows….. And my heart just breaks.

Can love really conquer all? Fifty Shades Freed brings  closure to their story, and although I still enjoyed it  tremendously, it’s my least favorite in the trilogy.

This might not be the best written books out there, or  what so many say “just a copy of twilight” I really don’t care what they are or what they are not, for me, these were some of the most engrossing reads I had in a long time.

Like I mentioned before, the sex scenes are explicit and numerous, you got to keep in mind that after all these are EROTICA NOVELS; however, the story it’s so much more than that, I for one was captivated by their daily interactions and the complexity of their relationship, and yes, I came to understand and feel for the broken, sad creature that is Christian Grey.

I found their story enthralling, sensual, tender, humorous, fascinating, uncomfortable and at times exhausting, but above all deeply absorbing. Now instead of be grouching the novel’s popularity I’m glad for it, otherwise; I would have never picked them up.

4.47 · rating details ·  1,172 ratings ·  213 reviews on Goodreads


The Author


E L James


Voices behind the books


Becca Battoe


Fifty Shades of Grey Audiobooks Narration

I downloaded the Audiobook the day it came out….And HOLY CRAP!!! What a disappointment, I couldn’t believe my ears when the voice and the tone of the narrator sounded like a teenage girl, aware of the nature of the novel I was completely appalled, I couldn’t make it pass the second chapter, but when a friend reassured the Anna was 21 years-old I gave it another shot – that time I lasted until chapter 5.

At the insistence of my friend, I downloaded the printed books. I was in the middle of reading the last book when I found out they had “Remastered” the trilogy, I immediately downloaded the last book, Fifty Shades of Freed.

Even though it’s not that much better, I did find it a little more tolerable, and I did manage to enjoy it, unfortunately in their efforts to make Anna sound older, they took all the emotions from the novel, now I wish they never touched it.

The male voices aren’t the greatest- they seem forced and unnatural, and the slow pace takes away some enjoyment. Lucky for me, I already had a firm idea of what the characters should sound like, and of my likes and dislikes for their personality, however; I only listened when I wasn’t able to read.

So, I do not recommend the Audiobooks. The first novel is the most important, and I do believe it should be read instead of listen to, and then you might be able to jump to book 2 and 3 on audio.

I’m sure Ms. Bottoe is a very competent narrator, but I do think this was an incompetent casting choice.

I would have never loved the novels the way I did, if I had just listened instead of reading them.



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  1. I didn’t know the audiobooks were out. If I LOL with Paris books and I can’t imagine listening to this book.
    I really like first and second book, (in my opinion) third book was a waste of time and money.

    • Hahaha! I still laugh when I think about Paris and the enthralling narration of Mr. Bellmore…LOL.
      I read the books back to back, so I kind agree with you about the last book, but I just can’t imagined stopping with the second book, you see, I wanted more…LOL, but I will say this, it did feel repetitive and not nearly as good as the other two.

  2. It just goes to show what a huge difference a great narrator can make to an audiobook. I’m reading this series and am currently on the second book. I devoured Fifty Shades of Gray but Fifty Shades Darker is no where near as good. Well, in the sex department anyways. LOL The characters are growing at a staggering pace, but let’s be honest, I’m not reading this series for the characters. 😉 I’m sad to hear that the third book is your least favorite. Ooh well, I guess I’ll see for myself when I get to it. Thanks for the review! I think you did a great job considering the genre!

    • Yes, I was really disappointed with the audio 🙁
      I loved book 2! I think that was the book where I started to really feel for these characters, I was emotional exhausted when I was done, however; I loved as much as did the first book.
      I couldn’t stop with book 2,the story does carry throughout the 3 books, so I definitely think it’s a must read.
      I can’t wait to read your reviews, I’m sure you will put your thoughts in much more eloquent way they can. I was frustrated with my limited knowledge of the English language, I really wanted to express so much more.

  3. What a great review and I totally agree on the narrator rating, although I only tried the sample.

    Did you finally link this to your GR acct?!

    • Thanks Angela! yes, I did start to link my reviews on Goodreads 🙂
      What a shame that audiobooks didin’t work, I probably would have re-visited the trilogy if that wasn’t the case.

  4. I can’t wait to see this! I’m not too bothered if it isn’t as good as the books so long as it’s just as steamy!

  5. its such a great novel. The whole series itself is astonishing. I would love to read it again and again.

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