Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy by E L James

Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

byE L James

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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.




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E. L. James was a TV executive in the UK; her first novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, was published in 2011. It has become a global bestseller. James has added two other novels to the Shades of Grey Trilogy: Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. She lives in West London with her husband, screenwriter Niall Leonard, and their two teena...
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Title:Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades TrilogyFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:May 25, 2011Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh. I was hesitant on reading this book and still am torn on how I feel about it. I can see why people both love and hate it considering all the underlying issues. If your just reading for enjoyment try not to look much into the deeper issues.
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved the series This was the best book out of the entire series. Worth getting the whole trilogy. I read the book quickly as it was so good and reread it a second time and it just got better
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In awe Amazing book, definitely recommend!
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Steamy? Cringy at times and interesting at others.
Date published: 2017-09-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Really This book is a man requiring the need to control a woman hiding behind he is tormented by (fill in the blank). Quite disappointed in this writing, the movie was even worse.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Loved the book. WAY better than the actual movie!
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from DNF I really did try reading this book. I read until chapter 8, but the writing was atrocious and the characters were terrible.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I had to read it... you should too! I enjoyed reding this book. Very x rated though. Love story in the background. I actually skipped some of the x rated stuff as it was at times a bit much. But really enjoyed it. The whole series really!
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just ok. Addicting and sexy but poorly written for the most part.
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good I found this book very intriguing and hard to put down, real page turner!
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hesitant at first but enjoyed it A friend lent me this book highly recommending it to me and I was a bit hesitant because I don't like jumping on things that everyone in the world is talking about. I decided to read it as an easier read and I am really happy I did. I got through it pretty quickly and while I found it fairly repetitive I still really enjoyed it!
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of this most talked about Love Story. Read this book when it first came out as a recommendation from a co-worker. It is simple yet different from any love story you will read. I found the flow of the book very well written. If you are curious about reading it just start reading. You will not be able to put it down.
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from For 6.99, why not try it So there are a lot of mixed reviews on this book, which I get. I personally enjoyed the book a lot. I had no idea what the book was about, just that everyone was talking about it at the time. So 2 summer's ago I decided I would just check out the first couple of chapters. I ended up reading all 3 books in 5 days. It is an easy read, a page turner, and actually pretty fun. Why it has low reviews: Yes, it has some grammar issues, yes it could be written better, yes it does glamorize abusive relationships ( i.e some cases where Christian is overly jealous, or manipulates Anna). So I get why people warn against it. It definitely isn't an example of what a healthy relationship should look like. Why it has High reviews: It was one of the first novels to get this big and talk about sex in detail the way it did. So it was something new, exciting at the time. Its fun in the sense that there is wealth, power, and prestige being displayed- while an "average person" is the one being desired. Its very much like Twilight, in its character structure. The female character seems, at some times, relatable in her struggle of how she should react to her crush on Christian. ie. Her struggle of being hurt or self-conscious by how many women he's been with. It does display a dominant relationship where the man with wealth seeks the lower class girl- it fulfills the fantasy that many women would like. Christian Grey displays social characteristics that are deemed desirable for men: wealth, power, physical strength, influence, power, and she displays desirable (as defined by our society at large) traits of a female: sexually inexperienced, submissive, lower power and earning than her male-counter part, pretty, educated enough, young, and curious. If you're wondering how this book is, honestly... just read. If you are intrigued and wondering if it is any good- I would say just read it and give it a try. It is a very easy that you will be able to figure it out in the first few chapters. However, give it that... a few chapters. I totally get and understand the low reviews; however, despite that I also liked the series.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from If you're wondering, just read it So there are a lot of mixed reviews on this book, which I get. I personally enjoyed the book a lot. I had no idea what the book was about, just that everyone was talking about it at the time. So 2 summer's ago I decided I would just check out the first couple of chapters. I ended up reading all 3 books in 5 days. It is an easy read, a page turner, and actually pretty fun. Why it has low reviews: Yes, it has some grammar issues, yes it could be written better, yes it does glamorize abusive relationships ( i.e some cases where Christian is overly jealous, or manipulates Anna). So I get why people warn against it. It definitely isn't an example of what a healthy relationship should look like. Why it has High reviews: It was one of the first novels to get this big and talk about sex in detail the way it did. So it was something new, exciting at the time. Its fun in the sense that there is wealth, power, and prestige being displayed- while an "average person" is the one being desired. Its very much like Twilight, in its character structure. The female character seems, at some times, relatable in her struggle of how she should react to her crush on Christian. ie. Her struggle of being hurt or self-conscious by how many women he's been with. It does display a dominant relationship where the man with wealth seeks the lower class girl- it fulfills the fantasy that many women would like. Christian Grey displays social characteristics that are deemed desirable for men: wealth, power, physical strength, influence, power, and she displays desirable (as defined by our society at large) traits of a female: sexually inexperienced, submissive, lower power and earning than her male-counter part, pretty, educated enough, young, and curious. If you're wondering how this book is, honestly... just read. If you are intrigued and wondering if it is any good- I would say just read it and give it a try. It is a very easy that you will be able to figure it out in the first few chapters. However, give it that... a few chapters. I totally get and understand the low reviews; however, despite that I also liked the series.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I think it is a simple love story. Romantic and is a great read!
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Never again Poorly written, poor character development, and certainly despise Christian Grey whose creepy actions are only tolerated because he is portrayed as a hot and sexy man.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was ok Easy, quick read. Alright for what it is.
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 50 shades of grey I don't understand what the big hype is all about. This book is not sexy at all. I hated it. It is boring, predictable, badly written. Poor grammer. This writer does not know what sexy is. I would give it less that 1 star
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Embarrassed that I loved it I watched the movie first, which got me hooked on the series, but the book was truly great, it offered a deeper meaning and understanding that the movie was unable to provide.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from love i got to admit the book was a bit repetetive ut wants i got into i really loved it
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not my cup of tea Don't understand the hype. Didn't finish it, the writer was very repetitive.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Don't Know Why I Kept Reading Oddly captivating, but quality of the writing wasn't great.
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was fine Anticipated a lot more from this book from the rviews I received. Read quickly, there were some good passages in the bookbut I even skipped some pages at one point I wanted more of a story
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not a fan There are much better erotica books and stories out there! Check out Laura Antoniou
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Can't Believe I'm Giving It Four Stars I didn't want to like this series... but I did. Of course. If this is a genre that you read, you'll want to try these books.
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it was a very addicting book.
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it! Love this series! fun, trashy read!
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from To be honest, I don't know how I feel about this book. It was addicting, but it was wrong on so many levels. Erotic novels don't need to be emotionally abusive, and messed. Kind of have to wonder why it was so popular. Want something sexy, read the "beautiful" series.
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED THESE I am not a huge favorite of romance novels but these books had me hooked! The love story is complicated which makes things even better, so much drama! With a lead male role in the book you get a chance to view things from different points of view as well i throughly enjoyed all of these and would definately read them again!
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Steamy fantasy read for women I enjoyed this. It's a nice escape when you are craving a little bit "more". It's just a fantasy.
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Have respect for yourself This was utterly disgusting to read. I only got through a few chapters before i had to stop. Gross. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book This book was exciting and captivating.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So so Well i read the book cause a couple of friends wanted to see the movie. I have to say it kept me reading but i found myself skimming pages.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it the only book in the trilogy that i really liked. eye opening
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't Bother Unsure why I bothered to pick this book up and I am sad that I did. Initially I wanted to see what all the fuss was and what I was missing, apparently not much.
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addictive Don't be a prude. Worth the read, despite the major hype #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it I loved the love story and the development of the relationship not so much the detailed sex... #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yes! I bought this book as it was hitting main stream readers and I have to say that it satisfied my urge to read some thing hot and steamy. Although there was almost no story line to the book and I felt that Christian would have come across like a creepy stalker if he was a real life man. However, the author was able to show case the good in this character which made you accepting of his flaws (much like Ana did). I'd recommend this book to someone who wanted something light and fun instead of serious and deep.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked It I know these books get a lot of flak but I thought it was a fun, fast read. Kind of funny too.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Over Hyped The topic of a BD/SM relationship has the potential to stimulate, titillate and provoke serious thought but this was simply maddening from its poorly written format to the lack of knowledge shown about this lifestyle. Stick with the Story of O and other such works if this topic is of interest.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from interesting enough to read not amazingly written, but passionate characters and an interesting story
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Guilty pleasure, but beware: it's not well written It's the kind of book you want to read until the end because of the content, but at some points it's painful to read because it;s so poorly written.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addicting This novel had a lot of hype to it which made me want to read it and now I understand why. This book was incredible. Made me want to understand what exactly Christian went through and why he was the way he was. Definitely buying the next book!
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not my favorite reads I did read all the books but was not impressed with the overall writing. It was much of a same story as many others which is just a repeat of abusive rubbish.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Fifty Shades of Grey I'm a bit behind on the times in reading this but I decided to see what the fuss was about. I don't see it. The narrator's subconscious and inner goddess crap is so annoying. Her self deprecation is equally annoying. The plot is abysmal. I just don't see the appeal.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from what? Read the first chapter. Could not keep up with the drivel. Gives me hope that I can one day publish a book and make millions despite my lack of an ounce of talent
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Addicting This type of book isn't what I usually buy. However, I bought it due to the hype and really enjoy the quick and easy read. Very entertaining.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from okay An erotic novel that is good and interesting... but the story line is not enough good to read the sequel...
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Addicting These books are addicting!
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Great Read the book because I was curious to what everyone was talking about. Not a great book. Not well written, plot is weak and characters are somewhat boring.
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The series is great This is the first of three and this one sets up everything to come. Christian is totally messed up. I was disturbed by where some of this went but the start of the relationship is what drew me in. Ana was new to the whole "scene" and so was I. I could not believe some of the things that were just being discussed. It certainly isn't for the faint of heart, The story really gets going on the next book though.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Was surprised This series was recommended to me by someone who has a bit of different reading tastes than me. I have to admit it though that I was hooked once I started reading it. yes when you see the previews all you can think it is a book with a lot of naughtiness but you have to take the time you look past that and look for the storyline. It is amazing. Makes you feel a bit of sympathy for Christian.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad Not bad but it was a bit graphic and sadistic
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from adored This was the first one that i read in english. I loved the story. Movies was noting compare to the book. Cant wait for the next series or book she will wright
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from umm what? Very repetitive, not very good.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from ...What? Didn't even make it 1/3 of the way through the book. The writing is not good, the character development is weak, the sex scenes are laughable and borderline abusive. The only reason I'm giving it two stars is because part of me was interested in finding out what Christian's backstory was...I almost wanted to keep reading just for that. But only almost. Gave it away and never looked back.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved i thought this was an amazing story I couldn't put it down fantastic!!
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good Better than the movie, very detailed and overall a good read!
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this trilogy I am huge fan of FSOG trilogy. A love story in very disturbing way.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Meh While the writing, characters and story line weren't' very good, I basically only read the book so I'd get what all the fuss was about but I feel like I missed the excitement. Just not my type of book I guess.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Fifty Shades of Grey This is truly a horrendous book. Terrible story line, boring characters. I don't buy the abusive relationship angle some people like to push, a S & M relationship may seem like that to people who don't understand that life style, but the series is still garbage. I read it so I would know what everyone was raving about; the answer was nothing much apparently.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wow This book was interesting...a little too much for my liking and you can tell the author is new in writing
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Read this book when it initially came out.. very interesting.. struggled to put the book down..
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Blah There's nothing romantic about this book. I dont understand why people call it that. Its not. Its like she doesn't know better so she would do anything for him when he ask. I felt this was kind of abusive.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love it! My friend recommended this book to me. I was't sure if I would like it. But I totally sink into the whole trilogy! I definitely love it!
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome read! great book and really great read.. movie was not quite what I expected it to be, but still good.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unexpected Emotion I enjoyed this read; I found the author wrote in a way to allow the reader to form a deeper emotional connection to the characters. The raunchy bits were fun to read; but overall I was taken aback my the unexpected, heartfelt emotions I had for the characters.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hate it Words can not describe how stupid this book is. Poor trees had to die for this?? I'd give it no stars by the way, one it too much.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it Very easy to read, good story, great characters. Loved it so much that I read the rest of the serie without hesitation.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disapointed I read this because of all the hype and the movie was coming out. The story line was the same thing over and over. It was a hard book to finish. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! The idea and concept of the book is kinda messed up but overall, I loved it. It comes down to the same thing that most women want.....a bad boy we think we can change!!!
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from why of all the abuse she goes though why in the world would see stay
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from OMG it took me a week to read this book. i just needed to know what Christian was going to to next. i read so many reviews about this book and it was very hit or miss so i took a chance and i read it and i do not regret it at all. its every girls fantasy to have a christian type guy in there life. so take a chance and read it ladies.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good The writing fell short on this one for. I didn't feel that was a need for this on the series. It would have been as a duology.
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Love the books! Love the movies! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Questionable I read this book as a fan of the Twilight Trilogy who was curious about the fan fiction story of the Bella and Edward. I have mixed feelings about this book. Although I could not put it down, I would feel weird recommending it to someone, and had no desire to move onto the second book in the trilogy.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sizzling Oh my. With this book, people either love it or absolutely hate it. I don’t think there’s an in between. For myself; I love this book because it was mindless. I didn’t have to think too hard to follow the dialog; my emotions were in tact; and I finished it one sitting. And sometimes, I’m a sucker for a little X-rated now and again.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy read Easy read, interesting storyline... 50 shades offers a shock value you weren't expecting
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Perfect! And easy read, with an interesting story... #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not my cup of tea. I really didn't know what this book was about. All the hype about this book, so I was really curious and picked it up. I got halfway of the book and it wasn't my cup of tea. For fans of this genre, they will probably appreciate it more than me.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from clear your schedule! you wont put it down this was the first book of it's kind that i have read...and it was essentially porn on paper....only with dialogue. if you are looking for shock value and smut its a great book.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Was pretty good So I wnjoyed reading the beginning and end of this book. It took me longer than most books to finish because I felt it was a bit drawn out in parts but it definitely has the wow did that just happend definitely more than once while reading but have to say this wasnt my favorite of the triolgy #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nope just no I can't stand this series at all. Did you know that it was originally Twilight fanfiction? I didn't. Also I've been hearing about this book a lot when it became popular and I read like a page and... I have no clue what I read. I can't stand it and the writing is appalling. It promotes rape and abuse to it's readers and gives people the completely wrong idea about what BDSM is. I know that some people really enjoyed it, and I wish I could enjoy reading it but I can't.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Just Awful Reads like amateur erotic twilight fanfiction
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addicting #plumreview This book and series is do addicting even though not everyone likes them there great books #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book! So many different reviews on this book. In general the writing was not the best but the storyline made it very interesting and made you keep wanting to read it. I read all series of these books. First one was the best
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from What ever floats your boat I honestly couldnt get past the first couple chapters, but some people I know love it
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The book that started it all A definite guilty pleasure
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow the suspense! #plumrewards. The instant chemistry between the two main characters was suspenseful and compelling.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth reading I enjoyed this book series and would definitely recommend them. They might not be everyone's cup of tea but I liked the storyline and the movie. Looking forward to reading the Grey book.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fifty Shades Must read before watching the movie! Although the writing is a bit elementary, it's an easy and quick read! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's okay its not bad, at all. However its not the best written book.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I would give it a zero if I could Possably the worst book ever written only passed by the second and third of the Trilogie. Repetitive and drawn out.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The book that got me into reading believe it, or not this book is the one that actually got me into reading, now after reading about 100 books after this one I can see why people would complain about how bad the writing is and how the plot pretty much doesn't make sense and honestly it doesn't. This isn't really a book that you go into looking for deep and meaningful writing that will emotionally scar you. No, it's more like a fanfiction honestly, so don't go into this book expecting too much from it.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Whoa! On my toes the entire time
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Couldn't get past the writing I read this because every woman everywhere was talking about it, but I just could not get past the horrible writing. I made it through the first and second books, but finally gave up part way through the third. I had zero interest in the characters, and it was so repetitive I was skipping sections.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Spellbinding? I think not! I really struggled to get through this. I found Ana to be a very monotonous, boring character, and Christian the epitome of the controlling, obnoxious, egotistical male. I realize that these are probably tools that the author used on purpose, but while some people may find this contrast exciting, I found it horribly boring. The plot connected, and the writing was average, but definitely very tame in terms of graphic content. If you're a bored housewife - this is your book.
Date published: 2016-09-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Addictive I bought this week a few years ago. Did not think much of it. Just want to read something for fun. I feel like you will love it or hate! I do love it especially the first book. There are give and take of relationship in the book and some of the part is out of this world unreal but it's fun to take yourself out of reality for awhile and drive into the book.
Date published: 2015-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good, I loved it So good, I loved it. Ohhhh my goodness, I have to start reading the third book immediately!!!!!!!
Date published: 2015-07-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Finally...a love story worse than Twilight. Given that this was originally a TWILIGHT AU FANFICTION (and a badly written one at that) and certain details had to be changed for it to be published, is it any wonder why it's so bad? I've read WAY better fanfiction than this.
Date published: 2015-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it It doesn't matter how many times I read it, still feels like the first time, I totally love this book
Date published: 2015-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fifty shades of grey Makes you want you a Christian Grey, not because of his red room.But cause he's all that and then some... Read the d*** book you will see what I'm talking with about.. The series you can't put down once u start... ENJOY
Date published: 2015-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent. Couldn't stop reading I' ve become addicted to all of them. I love the story. Drama and Romance. I have read several time. Never boring. Love it. Drama and Romance. Cogratulations to the author.
Date published: 2015-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read! I thought I would hate these books but I absolutely love them and I'm now reading them for the second time
Date published: 2015-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally gripping The book tells of a beautiful magnetic relationship complicated by a dark past. The combination of pure innocence and raw experience will have you gripping the book till the end x
Date published: 2015-04-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from and not only about a sex. I think it would be a much better read if it had a plot or story line and a little fewer sex lesons.
Date published: 2015-04-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sick It starts out well & gets you into the book. Then it becomes obnoxiously, sickly pornographic. ai thought I'd want to read all 3 books, but the punitive aspects through me off. NO MORE of this smut!
Date published: 2015-04-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Sickenibg l0ve This read is not ny genre. The author gratuitously describes various sexual acts in apt detail. The character Christian Grey hovers between normal-abnormal mode & at times perverted in his sexual obsessions and beliefs, while the protagonist Anastasia Steele is either willfully stupid or mystifyingly courageous in longing for this man. Definitely not my type, nor should he be any other woman's. Read at your own risk.
Date published: 2015-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 50shades of grey Really different, let me say. If you can get past the bondage, it looks like a nice love story. P.s. nobody has that much sex, that's list not love.
Date published: 2015-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny I thought the book was great. The characters were genuine and the story was hilarious and sad. Very entertaining.
Date published: 2015-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting I wish I had bought the trilogy; had to buy book 2 so that I would not be left hanging and will have to buy book 3. It is costing me more so I would recommend that you buy the trilogy.
Date published: 2015-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ummm.. There are probably so many reviews to this book that it's almost pointless to write a review throughout. So I'll just say: "what a book..."
Date published: 2015-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This was a million times better then the movie. Starting number 2 hoping its just as good as this one
Date published: 2015-03-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Seriously??? I couldn't even finish the first book, let alone read 2 more! Where do I begin? The writing is horrific, the characters are bland-boring, the sex is not sexy one bit! This is not a love story. Ladies, there is much better erotic out there. Why are you selling yourselves so short? Save your money....don't read this garbage.
Date published: 2015-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than the movie Loved it. Pictures can never capture every detail in a book. The movie had nothing on the true background to the story.
Date published: 2015-02-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fifty shades of grey Beginning very exciting but middle showed qualities unbecoming which made the ending predictable. Doubt that I will see movie now that I am disappointed with the story line.
Date published: 2015-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read... A good book will draw you in, and it should stir emotions. This definately does. I laughed out loud, smiled and got a little annoyed. I was mentally screaming at Ana to listen to her instincts and get a grip! I wish the book to movies would copy the HP series and be exact. Good read.
Date published: 2015-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book Contrary to other reviews I've read I thought that this book was very well written and I would highly recommend it. I have no experience in that type of relationship so I don't know whether or not the author was correct in her interpretation of that relationship style but after going through several English courses I found the book was extremely well written
Date published: 2015-02-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Didn't bother to finish it I'm an avid reader with a broad range of interests, rarely do I not finish a book. This one went to the recycle bin, as it's not worthy of passing on. Grey is a disgusting control freak, Anastasia is...I don't know. Fifty Shades is disturbing, degrading, not even close to entertaining...don't bother. Having trouble with the rating field (don't want to give it one) but the program won't allow that. I grudgingly give it one star.
Date published: 2015-02-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Don't believe the hype! I purchased this book against the recommendation of the bookstore staff. I figured she was probably a book "snob". Turns out she was right. I don't read too much myself, but even I could tell that the book was poorly written, was very repetitive, and just not enjoyable at all. Besides that, the entire book is SO unrealistic that you can't even gloss over it and enjoy the book. To top it all off, Anastasia needs a backbone, and Christian is a messed up controlling jerk!
Date published: 2015-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good storyline.... to sum this review up. Story line was good, terrible writing. Most of the wording was repetitive.
Date published: 2014-08-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst book ever I've bought first one and hardy keep on reading it. Money not well spent. Wouldn't recommend.
Date published: 2014-06-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 50 Shades of Grey If you think you're going to love this think again. By far the worst book I have ever read. absolutely no story and very predictable. An absolute waste of money, I will never believe anything that has hype again. ripped off
Date published: 2014-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love! wish it was more than just a trilogy!
Date published: 2014-04-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Seriously? I don't see what all the fuss is about!
Date published: 2014-02-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible Poorly written, couldn't hold the attention of your average gnat, assuming the gnat could read. It's too bad that the publisher saw the erotica as the money maker and overlooked the fact that the author couldn't string proper sentences together. I gave it one star because the program won't let me proceed with no stars.
Date published: 2013-12-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Why Do Billionaires Spank So Much I sell books and read this for work. Characters were lifeless and story was predictable. However, it was a cleverly put together book to appeal to a mass audience.
Date published: 2013-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely a Page Turner I loved this series! Okay yes, it is erotic, and very detailed, but the first book captured me instantly, and the third and final book is full of SUPRISES!!! If you want a good read that is full of adventure, action, and excitment this is definitley a must read book!!
Date published: 2013-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! I really enjoyed these books, i have to say the first was my favorite though!
Date published: 2013-03-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not great I bought the series after hearing a lot of hype about it...but I just couldn't get into these books. The writing style is horrible, the plot is transparent, and the characters are unrealistic. D- for this one.
Date published: 2013-02-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Why all this Hype My thoughts: Media hype and curiosity got the better of me and lured me into reading this twisted story. In my opinion, it is definitely not a literary work of art. The heroine’s dialogue in a backstreet language weaves between her subconscious voice and her desires creating a never ending spin that goes on and on. As I read page after page of descriptive sex scenes from vanilla to kinky and the more explicit it became the more I wanted to laugh. The whole premise borders on dumpster sex…. maybe hamburger but definitely not haute cuisine. The author has created some sustained tension to tease her readers but sex and one’s dreams are definitely the meat of the plot. To say this novel deploys every cheap clichés in existence would be an understatement. Enough said time to move on….
Date published: 2013-01-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A waste of time It seems that even with all profanity removed from my review, this website will not allow me to upload my thoughts. I cannot figure out what word is triggering the censor, or maybe its just that my entire review was negative. Freedom of speech be gone & censorship at its finest. Either way, Good Reads allowed it so if you want the flip side to all the hype, head over there. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/487352712
Date published: 2013-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not safe for work. This book blew my mind in the best way possible. It was an easy read, captivating, envy-worthy, juicy AND had good erotica. Actually, it's the other way around. It had good erotica backed up by a pretty interesting plot. You were cheering for Anastasia, the shy, sweet new college grad who lost her virginity to the emotionally challenged but filthy rich, (emotions are overrated anyways:) cocky and environmentally friendly mogul. No other book in the trilogy compares to the first taste of ecstasy this book packed. It gets all redundant and pointless after this but I adored this book despite all the critics saying it was badly written and too pornographical. Say what you must but it was definitely entertaining. So let's give it up for the woman who's probably permanently made 80% of the female population blush just at the sound of the name Christian...
Date published: 2013-01-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible book I am embarrassed to have read only 3 chapters. I have kids and this is shameful literature. If you can call it that. I would have given it zero rating if possible.
Date published: 2012-11-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Somewhere between wasn't bad/liked it.... I agree with other reviewers that the repetative nature of this book becomes annoying after a while. I did not find the book shocking in the least, as a matter of fact I was expecting more. Grammatical and spelling errors always throw me off and this book is no exception, although they were minor. It's a book of fiction, a fantasy, I get it, but Anastasia is a bit unbelievable. It's hard to imagine a virgin being able to perform the way she does. Anastasia should have been a girl with a teeny bit of experience. It is a fast read and I did find myself wanting to turn the pages for more, to find out what happens, to see if the book lives up to the hype, which in the end I think it may have just done so marginally. But it left me still wanting more, I was hoping to be shocked and I was let down.
Date published: 2012-11-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book I enjoyed fifty shades of grey but I find their are some things missing. The characters are not developed enough to my liking. The book was addicting though, once you started getting to the interesting stuff you did not want to stop but at the same time, I feel like things were missing in the book. It was also romantic at some times which I enjoyed, because it took away from the sex a bit, it was also repetitive sometimes. I would still give the book a try it's good but not the best I've read.
Date published: 2012-11-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst Book I've read in a long time I am sorry to everyone who loved this book, but even as a mindless easy beach read this book is terrible. The plot is predictable and tired. Actually even calling it a plot line is overly generous. The characters were dull, simple and almost annoying. I stopped reading it because I couldn't stand reading her pathetic(and incredibly repetitive) train of thought. Terrible, absolutely terrible.
Date published: 2012-11-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very apt. Terribly repititious. I cannot abide a poorly written book and this one is probably one of the worst. This author must have a very limited vocabulary.
Date published: 2012-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprizingly Good I was quite surprized to find that I quite enjoyed reading this book. I had read that it was fluffy, soft porn with little literary merit. I found however, it rather the opposite. First of all, I find E L James uses sophisticated vocabulary and witticisms throughout her writing. I particularly liked the clever banter between Ana and Christian during their emails. I also enjoyed references that Ana makes to her inner Goddess at moments when Christian gets her mojo going. I had never thought like this before and it made me more aware of what a person's inner dialogue might sound like when in a heady, lusty relationship like this one. Next, the character development made me understand the dynamics of a dominant-submissive relationship. E L James does a great job of initiating the reader, along with Ana, to this world. Obviouly, the author has done her research because the decriptions are so precise that we can almost feel the sensations ourselves. Finally, I enjoyed how the character of Christian evolves and softens in this book. It makes me want to read on into the trilogy in the hopes that there actually is the potential for what Ana truly wants and craves: true love and not just a convenient arrangement with physical and material benefits. Cant't wait to read on!
Date published: 2012-11-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A bit limp I was on a long train trip from Stalingrad to Peking, so I had a lot of time to read this book. I had heard good things about it from my minister, my pastor and my spiritualist. Once the train left Lenin station, I got comfortable and settled in. I read it all in one go. Not because I enjoyed it, but because it was the only distraction from the voluminous amount of vodka my fellow bunk mate, Sergi, a Soviet soldier back from Poland, was consuming. the book starts out a bit slow. In the beginning, Falstaff, the protagonist, is very comfortable with public nudity, but after the fall of the Empire, his sword becomes, how should I put this,...er..listless. He goes on a quest to find some steel for his blade and ends up meeting Margaret Thatcher at a commune in Sweden. They fall passionately in love and engage in what can only be described as acts of pure carnality. Mrs Thatcher is a demon in the sack and shows Falstaf what it means to really be a man. Steamy erotic scenes aside, the writing was pedantic and shallow. The introduction of the wombat as a secondary character was completely superfluous and the cameo by Shawadawady, ridiculous. All in all it was a time waster not quite of the first water. 2 out of 6 for me.
Date published: 2012-11-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meah.. not what I was expecting After all the hoopla I really thought this was going to be a great book. But it's just a glorified Harlequin Romance - one of the more steamy ones, granted, but if you like good writing this really isn't the right book for you. I really find it hard to believe how incredibly popular the books are, considering how mind-bogglingly average it is. If you want a book about sex, read it. Or read some other romance novel. If you need to read it to see what everyone is talking about, save your money and just borrow it from the library!
Date published: 2012-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING This was by far beyond an amazing book. Everything was amazing, this is the first and only time that I felt like I needed to turn the page. It was just so amazing! It was just so sexy and hot. Not a childrens book to be honest, but it,s a must read. I loved it!
Date published: 2012-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely amazing! THis was by far beyond an amazing book. Everything was amazing, this is the first and only time that I felt like I needed to turn the page. It was just so amazing! It was just so sexy and hot. Not a childrens book to be honest, but it,s a must read. I loved it!
Date published: 2012-10-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Giving this a 1 is being too generous! I don't know what all the hype is about for this book. It is very poorly written, I felt like I was reading a book meant for teenagers, except for the subject matter. Some reviewers have called this "literary art". OMG people! This is garbage, not art! Ana is totally unbelievable as a character, and Christian is an abuser of women, plain and simple. BDSM in the bedroom between consenting adults is one thing, but this extends outside the bedroom, and with all the hype and Hollywood rushing to make the movie, it's troubling because the book, to me, says this kind of thing is OK, because Christian is a troubled soul who had bad things happen to him. I've heard so many people say "Oh, I'd love to meet a Christian, he's so romantic". People, wth?? He's a control freak who likes inflicting pain! He makes Ana feel horrible all the time, she cries regularly. The sex scenes are terrible and totally unbelievable, no first timer would be able to "perform" the way Ana does. I've had people say to me that the story gets better in book 2 and 3, I won't find out because I'm not wasting my time on it. I've heard the author is a fan fiction writer and her followers bought the books, and that's how the hype began. She should go back to fan fiction.
Date published: 2012-10-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Worth The Hype! It was a good series. I read it because everywhere I turned someone was reading or talking about it. The story line is good and intertwined through the 3 books. The grammar however is annoying, something I couldnt read around. Everytime I went by a mistake I was irritable. Did no one edit this book? Not to mention, since when did we start calling the female body part by random names, it is what it is, let's be adult about it. This is a book about sex after all. Even kindergarten children call the part by what it is. Calling it "my sex" or any other random nickname distracts you from the overall flow of the novel
Date published: 2012-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Amazing!! I absolutely loved this book
Date published: 2012-10-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Book!!!! okay so this book is definitely not for kids under the age of 18 cause there is way too much graphical detail in it but for those who like that kind of thing this is the book for you. For those who love a good romantic story this is also a great book for you! I only started reading this book because my cousin told me about it but the way she had explained it was way off compared to what exactly happened, however a great book in itself, i would totally recommend this to people because of there is no lack of drama!!!
Date published: 2012-09-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Waste of time Badly written and the story just wasn't good. I regret the time I wasted reading this.
Date published: 2012-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book ever I love the story in this book everyone thinks it is about the sex but is is so much more the story is such of love and passion and loving someone no matter what there flaws and standing there with them and working with eachother to make it all work I could read this book over and over I just finished all 3 and am going to start from ok 1 all over again. I just could not get it out of my head I read all 3 books in about 5 days I just could not put it down. I really hope she come out with another series similar to this. Love it, love it, love it
Date published: 2012-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Love of My Life Personally, I absolutely loved the entire series. As soon as i finished this reading this book I went out and bought the rest of the series. It does have a lot of sexual content, however there is still an amazing story line behind all that. E.L.James does an incredible job of describing the protagonist, Christian. The reader knows enough to get an image of him and his exterior motifs, however there is no such thing as knowing enough about Christian Grey. The novel is a little mysterious, very romantic and absolutely incredible! HIghly recommended!
Date published: 2012-09-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from It is what it is It isn't as great as people seem to think. Its a poorly written story by a first time writer. There really isn't a storyline and the characters transition too quickly. My opinion: read it but don't buy it Not worth the money.
Date published: 2012-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 50 Shades of Grey This is a great work of literary art and I have totally enjoyed reading this trilogy. For those who think this book is simply about sex, then you definitely aren't grasping the "whole" story. I feel sorry that your lives are so black and white and "in the box". Let yourselves enjoy the "story" but don't forget the underlying message...what happens to children often dictates who, and what, they will become in adulthood. Let yourselves go...enjoy this work of art!
Date published: 2012-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WHOW! James has definately hit the top with this one!! I am not a fan of erotic romances, however this one is something else. I could not put it down. It is without a doubt very well written to hold the reader on and on and on............ I am looking forward to the next two, which I will buy next week. Go for it!!
Date published: 2012-09-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It is what it is. I find all of the reviews of the Fifty Shades trilogy amusing. I read the first book and enjoyed some parts of it, but I certainly do not think it is worthy of any kind of "literary" rating. Let's call a spade a spade - this book should only be read for the sex. Similarly, a porn movie should only be watched for the sex...the acting is terrible, the storyline is terrible, the characters have no depth, the presentation is sub-par etc. etc. I have never heard someone compare a porn movie to a real movie. Why should we expect the characters in Fifty Shades to have depth? It is, quite simply, not that type of book. I have no idea why anyone would attempt to rate this novel based on literary standards. It is what it is. And that is ok.
Date published: 2012-09-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Overrated, at least Book 1 I finished Book 1 of this so-called-amazingly-attractive book of this exciting sexy trilogy. It was like reading some latest version of high school drama in a trendy tone and vivid graphics in mind. The story is plain in most chapters which i was expecting much more. More details, more heart aching descriptions, more unexpected excitements between Ana and Christian. I can't help being disappointed to read through all those superficial words one after another. I was screaming in my head " come on, give me something real, something powerful, something shcoking!" however it was really just an ideal dream partner on every girl's list. I wouldn't even consider what Grey had to go through in his childhood as something dramatically shaocking or eye popping as we all have read or seen tons of stories like that. Thankfully i captured the heart racing in the last chapter of Book 1 which brought me a bit more motivation to read Book 2. Let's just hope Book 2 will break the ice.
Date published: 2012-09-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Impressed This book was torturous to read not only because of the content but because of the writing style which was comparable to a 14 year old's diary. The authenticity of numerous aspects of this novel are lacking to an irritating extent.
Date published: 2012-08-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disgusting & Boring!! It took me a long time to buy this book. I hummed and hawed about it for a while. I've even read several of the reviews here about the book. I thought I would secretly enjoy the book even though I'm totally not into the "Mommy Porn" thing. I thought I would smile, guilty, thinking it was a pretty HOT book! I've heard all the hype about the book, I've heard about the baby booms that have happened as a result of this book. I've heard of thousands of "normal, every-day" women raving over this book. Which is why it surprised me so when I took that all into account when I read this book. (Granted, I'm only halfway through..but still...is my opinion going to change???) Women! I dont' care what kind of fantasies your into - what kind of roleplaying you're into. How can you, as a woman even THINK about allowing your husband or boyfriend - someone who you truly LOVE give you PAIN and think that this is pleasureable?? I just can't wrap my mind around that. How can pain be pleasureable?! It doesn't make any sense to me. My husband would never dream of hurting me. We have fun in the bedroom. We use bondage. But we certainly (Hell! No!) don't use pain in any form whatsover. If I'm not having fun, he's not having fun. We love each other deeply. We trust each other. We would never hurt each other, and you will never convince me that paddles, whips, etc are pleasureable in any way, any form. I think I'm almost disappointed with the book. I'm so bored reading the sex scenes (and yes, disgusted). This is so out of my realm. My husband and I have an awesome sex life, but it has nothing to do with pain. Good for you if you like this book, but there is something seriously wrong with you if you do. pain and pleasure will NEVER go together in the bedroom with me. it doesn't make any sense why you would want to hurt someone you love....don't get it.
Date published: 2012-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprised at how much I liked this 22-year old Anastasia is just finishing her degree when she meets Christian, a 27-year old, extremely wealthy businessman. It's obvious from the start that Christian is a control freak, but Ana is drawn to him, anyway. Though Christian initially tries to dissuade Ana from her interest in him (and tries to deny his own interest), it doesn't work. What Ana (who's never had a boyfriend) doesn't know is that Christian is into BDSM. That's all Christian wants, no “relationship” for him, just kinky sex, agreed upon with a contract, but Ana wants more. I've never read erotica before, but I was surprised how much I liked this. It had a good story, I thought, and moved quickly. Though I mostly hated control freak/stalker Christian, I felt for Ana. I will definitely be reading the second book in the trilogy.
Date published: 2012-08-27