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Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

E L James
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28,193 customer reviews)

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Book Description


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 success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his 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.

This book is intended for mature audiences.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews


"The cream of the crop." Independent "Not only reviving the book market, but also reader's marriages." Daily Mail "Revolutionised the genre of erotic fiction." Observer "One of the publishing sensations of the year." Stylist "A social-media literary phenomenon." Observer


A GoodReads Choice Awards Finalist for Best Romance

"In a class by itself." 
Entertainment Weekly

Product Details

  • File Size: 1368 KB
  • Print Length: 530 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (May 25, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007J4T2G8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24,382 of 25,326 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Did a teenager write this??? April 15, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I really don't like writing bad reviews. I admire people who have the courage to put pen to paper and expose themselves to the whole world, especially those writing erotica. Having just finished this book, however, I feel compelled to write a review.

About half way through the book, I looked up the author to see if she was a teenager. I really did because the characters are out of a 16 year old's fantasy. The main male character is a billionaire (not a millionaire but a billionaire) who speaks fluent French, is basically a concert level pianist, is a fully trained pilot, is athletic, drop dead gorgeous, tall, built perfectly with an enormous penis, and the best lover on the planet. In addition, he's not only self made but is using his money to combat world hunger. Oh yeah, and all of this at the ripe old age of 26! And on top of that, he's never working. Every second is spent having sex or texting and emailing the female character. His billions seem to have just come about by magic. It seriously feels like 2 teenage girls got together and decided to create their "dream man" and came up with Christian Grey.

Then come the sex scenes. The first one is tolerable but as she goes on, they become so unbelievable that it becomes more laughable than erotic. She orgasms at the drop of a hat. He says her name and she orgasms. He simply touches her and she orgasms. It seems that she's climaxing on every page.

Then there's the writing. If you take out the parts where the female character is blushing or chewing her lips, the book will be down to about 50 pages. Almost on every single page, there is a whole section devoted to her blushing, chewing her lips or wondering "Jeez" about something or another. Then there's the use of "shades of".
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16,476 of 17,207 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bestseller? Really??? March 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoy erotica and heard so much about this book that I had to give it a shot, but I'm five chapters in and just can't take it anymore. This has to be the most appallingly atrocious writing I've ever seen in a major release. The pseudonymous British author sets the action (such as it is) in Washington State... for no reason than that her knowledge of America apparently consists of what she read in "Twilight"... but the entire first-person narrative is filled with Britishisms. How many American college students do you know who talk about "prams," "ringing" someone on the phone, or choosing a "smart rucksack" to take "on holiday"? And the author's geography sounds like she put together a jigsaw puzzle of the Pacific Northwest while drunk and ended up with several pieces in the wrong place.

And oh, the repetition...and the repetition...and the repetition. I'm convinced the author has a computer macro that she hits to insert one of her limited repertoire of facial expressions whenever she needs one. According to my Kindle search function, characters roll their eyes 41 times, Ana bites her lip 35 times, Christian's lips "quirk up" 16 times, Christian "cocks his head to one side" 17 times, characters "purse" their lips 15 times, and characters raise their eyebrows a whopping 50 times. Add to that 80 references to Ana's anthropomorphic "subconscious" (which also rolls its eyes and purses its lips, by the way), 58 references to Ana's "inner goddess," and 92 repetitions of Ana saying some form of "oh crap" (which, depending on the severity of the circumstances, can be intensified to "holy crap," "double crap," or the ultimate "triple crap"). And this is only part one of a trilogy...

If I wrote like that, I'd use a pseudonym too.
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6,475 of 6,910 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the worst I've ever read... No, wait. It IS. March 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I downloaded the book to my Kindle because it was on the best seller list and had 4 stars overall rating on Amazon. I wish I'd taken the time to read some of the reviews. As it turns out I agree with the negative.
I found myself thinking "Twilight, plus some spanking, minus the sparkly vampires." Here, I'll save you all some time (SPOILER ALERT):

Once upon a time...
I'm Ana. I'm clumsy and naive. I like books. I dig this guy. He couldn't possibly like me. He's rich. I wonder if he's gay? His eyes are gray. Super gray. Intensely gray. Intense AND gray. Serious and gray. Super gray. Dark and gray. [insert 100+ other ways to say "gray eyes" here]
I blush. I gasp. He touches me "down there." I gasp again. He gasps. We both gasp. I blush some more. I gasp some more. I refer to my genitals as "down there" a few more times. I blush some more. Sorry, I mean I "flush" some more. I bite my lip. He gasps a lot more. More gasping. More blushing/flushing. More lip biting. Still more gasping.
The end.

The bad:
It was an interesting concept - for a romance novel. However the story is weak, the pace is slow and awkward, the characters come through as more schizophrenic than complicated, the "romance" is a juvenile and dysfunctional crush, and the "erotic" scenes alternate between Penthouse Forum and something that sounds like it was written by a painfully shy and sheltered 13 year old. I have now read through some of the rave reviews and I have to assume that these were posted by people easily shocked and/or titillated. I can't imagine what fans are comparing this to when they describe this as "good."

The good:
Nice cover art.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 51 minutes ago by Cliff
3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe great for some but only ok to me
Just not my cup of tea. Repetitive and not particularly well-written
Published 1 hour ago by Jo Ann Lee
1.0 out of 5 stars Not For Me
I couldn't even finish this book. Seeing as it has over 28k reviews, not much else can be said from the wide array of feedback it has already received, but this one is just not for... Read more
Published 1 hour ago by Tater
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly written book
This book was amazing I loved how involved my emotions got when i was reading because I can feel the same way about what Ana is going through with this man that she so... Read more
Published 2 hours ago by Shawn Duncan
2.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the story
Enjoyed the story...what little there was. By the end of this book, got tired of reading the same sex scene throughout.
Published 2 hours ago by Charlotte P. Lange
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 4 hours ago by funlife50
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!
The book was I thought well written. It held my attention the whole way through
. The author seems to have a great knowledge on the subject. I can't wait for book 2!!!
Published 11 hours ago by Terry l Clark
1.0 out of 5 stars ... reading this before all the hype after it was recommended to me
I started reading this before all the hype after it was recommended to me. I was told it was a Twilight fan fiction novel. I was in for quite the surprise. Read more
Published 13 hours ago by Alissa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Ending wasn't what i expected. On to 50 shades darker. Hopefully book two is what I think it is. Happy ending.
Published 13 hours ago by tiyanna whitehair
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring and tacky!
I had high expectations for this book due to it's popularity. I was greatly disappointed and found the attempt at erotic romanticism an epic fail. It was tacky and distasteful. Read more
Published 15 hours ago by Carrell Berg
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E L James is a TV executive, wife and mother of two, based in West London. Since early childhood, she dreamt 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.

E L James is currently working on her next novel...

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50 shades of Gray- Gets a flat "zero"
Someone posted a review that I read two nights ago, and I'd like to see it again. In it the author listed all the repeated (over and over and over again!) phrases that I too, find most irritating in this book. I keep wanting to go back and make such a list: "Oh my", "he cocked his... Read More
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If you agree this book is TERRIBLE....
I agree the book is just bad. I can't go past the first sex scene where she loses her virginity. Unreal and Anastasia is the most unbelievable character I have ever read.
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Kindle books that cannot be loaned out!!
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