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Fifty Shades of Grey [Paperback]

E L James
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7,374 customer reviews)
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  • The erotic romance everyone's talking about. Romantic, liberating and totally addictive, this novel will possess you, and stay with you forever. The first in the trilogy, you'll be gripped!
  • Erotic Fiction

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A GoodReads Choice Awards Finalist for Best Romance"In a class by itself." --"Entertainment Weekly"

Book Description

The multi-million copy bestseller soon to be a major movie starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson.

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (12 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099579936
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099579939
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 12.5 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7,374 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6,197 of 6,457 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh My! What a pile of discarded panties 24 Jun 2012
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Oh My, I mean really, Oh my, oh my, oh my......No readers, I have not just been whipped (pardon the pun) into a bosom heaving wreck by the size of my partner's "impressive length". I have in fact, just dragged myself through to the final page of this ludicrous nonsense and found myself almost speechless. Almost...

The main character, Christian Grey, is quite obviously deranged. This does not however, deter Ana, who for some inexplicable reason, has spent so long with her head in a book that she has never looked in a mirror and noticed that she is a "total babe". A "total babe" who also happens to be a 21 year old virgin. No, Ana, in the space of 3 weeks, falls so crazily in love with "Mr Grey" that she manages to bypass the whole deranged thing and instead concentrates all her efforts on a) going from virgin to porn star faster than Hussain Bolt off the blocks and b) deciding whether to let him hit her with stuff. As you do.

As for Mr Grey, obviously, readers can't be allowed to see him as simply a deranged, manipulative psycho so let's give him smouldering good looks, a few zillion quid to throw around and hey, and this is the clincher, the ability to love art and music (y'know, like Nazi's do in the war films). (Note - the bit where he plays the "haunting" piano piece, semi naked, with his eyes closed actually made me laugh so much that I almost wet myself - in a non-orgasmic way. Check it out....enjoy! ). As if that wasn't enough he also has a personal and financial interest in saving the world from famine. Just that old world peace and cancer to sort out and then hey, job's a good `un. I mean really, how did the world ever shamble along without him? So what made this beautiful, charismatic and talented man so brutal? Could it be a traumatic childhood perhaps?
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1,184 of 1,244 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars *rolls eyes* 6 July 2012
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"So" he asks, looking at me with his grey eyes "what did you think of the book?"
I bite my lower lip, looking at his beautiful face.
"well?" he asks. I roll my eyes and blush and have an earth shatttering orgasm as I see his trousers hanging in.... That way. My inner goddess faceplants.
"oh my" I say.
We bonk for a few minutes.
He points his long finger at me. "you haven't answered me yet."
Holy crap I mutter.
He spanks me, I have an orgasm which makes me shatter into a thousand pieces then burst into tears.
Him and his twitchy palms. Ooh and his white linen shirt.
He tweaks my nipple. I orgasm again. From virgin to sex kitten in less time then it takes most people to clean the fridge. Not bad!!!
We have earth shattering sex AGAIN.
And again

Repeat until authors pen runs out.
The end.
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83 of 87 people found the following review helpful
By LizzieM
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Truly awful! Avoid purely for the gratuitous use of the word 'panties' a word reserved for dirty old men. Erotica is the word used to describe this book - erotic it is not - its basically written in the style of porn mag literature (an oxymoron in itself). The sex in Birdsong by Sebastian Faulkes is erotic and beautiful. Fifty shades is not. The underlying idea of a young women who turns out to be a virgin - quel surprise!, meeting a charismatic, rich, beautiful man who wants to hurt and humiliate her to achieve sexual satisfaction is another example of violence against women moving insidiously into the mainstream. What's amazing to me is that the book is written by a woman, the literature is poor, it is purely the sex that's selling it. Save your money and buy something worth reading!
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2,016 of 2,127 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unintentionally hilarious! 18 May 2012
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
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There are hundreds of reviews here and people are clearly split into two camps: the 5 stars `loved it', and the 1 star `hated it'. I'm in the latter (forced to read this for a book group). But for all the leaden, wooden, repetitive, frequently juvenile-sounding prose, and the profoundly unerotic sex scenes, this book is so awful that it's brilliant... in an unintentional kind of way.

Read aloud in the pub over a bottle or two, this provided hours of fun as our `heroine' took one look at Christian Grey's gray eyes (yes, really) and his messy hair, and the way his trousers hang "in that way" (what way?) and literally falls flat on her face in front of him. Clearly smitten by her cute innocence, Christian of the grey eyes, sculptured lips, and spicy scent is soon whipping out his little "foil packets", his riding crops and hand-cuffs, and giving our previously-virginal Ana multiple and seemingly instantaneous orgasms, all of which are "shattering".

We particularly enjoyed the way Christian manages most of his sexual exploits either fully-dressed (just a quick unzipping and a coy fiddle with a "foil packet") or with his shirt (always white linen) still on, while Ana bit her lip, and breathed `oh my!' for the umpteenth time.

So, really, this IS as bad as people say - but for barely more than two quid it managed to provide hours of derisive laughter.
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1,906 of 2,012 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unadulterated tosh 20 April 2012
By jelly 1960 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I downloaded this one morning whilst listening to BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour and hearing E.L James being interviewed.

I'll confess: I did read it from end to end, and I must also confess that my Trollope took a backseat for a couple of days. But when I'd finished 50 SoG, it was a relief to go back to some proper literature, feeling saddened, cheapened, almost used, by having read it. Make no mistake: 50 Shades of Grey is utter rubbish!

The central theme is that a rather naive college student, Ana, is swept off her feet after a chance encounter with a fabulously wealthy business man, Christian Grey CEO. (He's ok though because his company sends aid to Darfur.) Not only is he immensely rich, but he has the looks to match - of which we are constantly reminded. He has "two penetrating gray eyes". Yes, that'll be both of them, and they combine to give him a "penetrating gaze"; he has "beautifully chiseled lips" and a square jaw. This together with the way his gray sweat pants hang off his hips "in that way", leave the poor girl wobbly at the knees.

His penis of course is equally magnificent. Indeed it scarcely ever appears without her being bowled over by its "impressive length". His erection (permanent, it appears) is "impressive". And of course he only has to enter her for her to have an an orgasm that causes her body to "convulse and shatter into a thousand pieces". Next time she "shatters again into tiny fragments", before "her traitorous body explodes in an intense body-shattering orgasm". She wonders will her body withstand "another earth-shattering moment". At least he is polite enough to comment in a moment of untypical post-coital congeniality, "You're shattered, aren't you?".
And so it goes on.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terribly written, got all basic fundaments off BSDM wrong ...
Terribly written, got all basic fundaments off BSDM wrong and in general it's porn for women with a poor sex life imo. I found it extremely boring
Published 1 hour ago by Ma Samantha C. Ross
1.0 out of 5 stars Trash
Never even opened it. Trash of the worst kind.
Published 1 hour ago by C. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Price very good can't beat it really,
Published 5 hours ago by trutie
1.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I thought it would be no story to it I would not...
it it just sex nothing off interest crude I can't find anything else to say I watched it because I was told it was good
Published 23 hours ago by jenny molloy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 day ago by deb
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Surprisingly good story as well as being very sexy !
Published 1 day ago by Vicky Taylor
1.0 out of 5 stars My Inner Goddess Made Sure I Wrote This As She Sighed In...
I bought the trilogy when it was all on offer at W H Smith and it has taken me literally months to get to reading it all because I hate not reading books once I've bought... Read more
Published 1 day ago by K. Munns
1.0 out of 5 stars I am pleased I didn't pay more
I got a copy for a friend for her birthday for one pound as I realised the 'sensation' around this book. I am pleased I didn't pay more. Read more
Published 1 day ago by MTF
1.0 out of 5 stars utter trash but I love it
It's like Take a Break magazine but with less recipes and competitions but it's so bad it's good. Once you pop you can't stop
Published 1 day ago by Jonnyboy
2.0 out of 5 stars fifty shades of crap
Finally gave into the hype I have never read such a load of boring twaddle in all my life.glad I waited until the price came down
Porno mills and boon !
Published 2 days ago by Bella
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