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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio; MP3 - Unabridged CD edition (July 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452658110
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452658117
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,192,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jennifer Weiner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Next Best Thing 
"This was a filthy, disgusting piece of perversion and I loved every word." 
 
Paul Bogaards in the New York Times 
"Erotica is hard. . . . Comedy is harder. If anyone can pull this off, it's Andrew Shaffer."


"Erotica is hard. Comedy is harder. If anyone can pull this off, it's Andrew Shaffer." ---Paul Bogaards, publicist for E. L. James

About the Author

Fanny Merkin lives in a Beverly Hills mansion purchased using the embarrassingly large advance she received for Fifty Shames of Earl Grey. She is a former Walmart employee who writes under the pseudonym "Andrew Shaffer" for publications as diverse as Mental Floss and Maxim. Shaffer is the author of Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love. He reviews romance, erotica, and women's fiction for RT Book Reviews magazine.

Actress Allyson Ryan can be heard in commercials, promos, animation, and audiobooks. She received an AudioFile Earphones Award for The Divinity of Second Chances by Kaya McLaren in 2009. She also has an extensive resume on stage and TV, and has appeared as "Mom" in several TV commercials. Advertising Age nominated her for a Bobby Award in the best actress category for her work as the Duracell Mom.

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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By C. Aleo on July 10, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
While I may request a fair amount of titles from NetGalley, there are few review copies for which I keep refreshing my email, hoping for approval. Andrew Shaffer/Fanny Merkin's Fifty Shames of Earl Grey was one of those titles. I'd read the three sample chapters Shaffer had posted earlier on his blog as "Fifty-One Shames" and I was eager to see if the wit he'd demonstrated in those early chapters could be sustained over the entirely of a book.

Ostensibly, Fifty Shames of Earl Grey is a parody of the best-selling trilogy beginning with Fifty Shades of Grey. Fifty Shames stars Anna Steal and Earl Grey, a Walmart cashier and billionaire tycoon respectively who meet and inexplicably fall in love. Anna is dumb as a post and Grey -- well, Grey has his 50 shames, which he believes isolate him from the rest of the world.

Shaffer has filled the book with obvious plays on the book, but as someone who did no more than skim the story when it was in its original form as a Twilight fan fiction, I can assure you that you'll still find the book funny without it. More than a simple parody, it skewers American culture and the associated cult of idiocy that appears to have led to what most have admitted is a poorly written book sitting atop the best-seller charts for months.

I'm hard to please when it comes to comedy, but found myself laughing out loud frequently when reading Fifty Shames of Earl Grey . Shaffers's wit draws from pop culture far beyond the novels he's meant to be parodying, and the intelligence behind the gags and the research behind some of the plot points (I really don't want to spoil anything for potential readers) surprised me for a book written so quickly to take advantage of the other books' press.

Here's hoping Shaffer has a long career ahead of him in parody and satire, this generation's Jonathan Swift.

This review appeared previously on Goodreads.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Misfit TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 10, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm guessing most folks know the basics of the Fifty Shades of Grey books, originally written as fan-fiction of the Twilight series: mousy Bella and control-freak Edward got a new setting and a hot sex life. Fifty Shades was eventually picked up by publishers, publishers who supposedly edited it, and history was made, although after reading it for myself, I'm reminded of The Emperor's New Clothes. Does everyone love these books because the hype says they're supposed to, or are they afraid to go against popular opinion? Say it ain't so.

With that kind of hoopla and a big fat movie deal in the works, you knew it just a matter of time before the spin-offs and spoofs started, didn't you? A book with characters *borrowed* from another best-selling series is just begging to have the tables turned on it (I would so love to see what the folks from the old Carol Burnett show could do with this material). There's a lengthy list of spoofs already on the market, but the one I wanted to get my hands on was Fifty Shames of Earl Grey by Fanny Merkin AKA Andrew Shaffer (a big thanks to the kind folks at Net Galley and Perseus Books Group, Da Capo Press for giving me the chance to read this).

Anywho, the *lovers* this time around are (Bella) (Ana) Anna Steal and (Edward) (Christian) Earl Grey. (Bella) (Ana) Anna is still the klutzy college student and (Edward) (Christian) Earl Grey the gazillionaire business man. Instead of being fifty shades of messed up, (Edward) (Christian) Earl's got a list of fifty shames, including shopping at Wal-Mart on Saturdays and a bizarre fascination with Tom Cruise and his older movies (lol).
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Regina W on July 22, 2012
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I may be one of the few remaining people who have not read the book series that this book parodies. No matter, Fanny Merkin's (Andrew Shaffer) 50 Shames of Earl Grey stands alone. If you want a book to take with you to the beach while you lay in your beach chair wearing your cool sunglasses looking cool- this is not the one. This book will cause you to snort, guffaw, spit your cool drink in a spray all over whoevers near and choke on your ice cream cone. Seriously it's that funny.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By William Kendall on December 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
I started laughing early on reading this book, and kept right on throughout. The author Andrew Shaffer, aka Fanny Merkin, thoroughly parodies the horrible writing style of E.L. James and her barely disguised Twilight fanfic 50 Shades trilogy, bringing together two shallow, incredibly stupid people. The billionaire Earl Grey and the college student Anna Steal start out on a twisted relationship of depravity and lunacy, both of them growing more clueless by the page. The writing is deliberately bad (whereas James' writing wasn't meant to be, but turned out that way), completely throwing facts and continuity out the window for laughs, and in that, it succeeds wildly. Twilight and 50 Shades are deserving targets, but Shaffer/Merkin also goes after Tom Cruise, Titanic, and much, much more.

I have rolled my eyes frequently at any mention of 50 Shades; I have heard enough about the horrendous writing of the author to not even bother wasting my time reading it. There is plenty of good erotica out there by competent writers, so why bother with her? That said, however, 50 Shades certainly brings out the best in parody writing. This book had me falling about laughing. If you have a sense of humour in the slightest, it'll have you laughing too.
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