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The love story of Christian and Ana is uncovered in the much-anticipated new release audiobook, Grey, written by international best-selling author of the Fifty Shades series, E. L. James and narrated by Zachary Webber. Ana came into his life unexpectedly but from the moment she did, he knew it had changed forever. She drove him to the depths of a dark, intense desire. There was so much he wanted to tell her about his past, who he really was. Would she run if she knew the truth? Hear it all through the eyes of Christian Grey. Available now from Audible.

Summary

In Christian’s own words, and through his thoughts, reflections, and dreams, E L James offers a fresh perspective on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the world.

Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty - until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair.

He tries to forget her but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him - past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to Christian’s cold, wounded heart.

Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him?

©2015 Random House Audiobooks (P)2015 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Michele
  • Cranleigh, United Kingdom
  • 22-08-15

Much better than the original 50 shades

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you've read 50 shades this gives you a look into the character and formative years of Christian. The story is still weak and repetetive but it does provide provide a context for the darkness in Christian's character. A good addition to the successful trilogy.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Was this written in a weekend?

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, in the fact that having read the others I really wanted to hear more and would have always wondered.

Has Grey put you off other books in this genre?

Not at all. The genre is fine, it was the cheap repetitiveness that was almost offensive. It was literally what Anastasia had said in the other books with a mans voice. I couldn't quite believe it. Shockingly poor attempt of a book.

What about Zachary Webber’s performance did you like?

Lovely voice, just as I had imagined Grey to sound. Felt the feelings really come through.

Was Grey worth the listening time?

Unfortunately not.

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This really lets you in to the mind of Christian Grey

This book is fantastic. It really helps you to see why Christian Grey is like he is. Your heart reaches out to the small damaged child.

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great

loved it great story from the other side well worth a listen to.looking forward to the next in the series

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Exactly the same

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I was really looking forward to this book, I was very disappointed. It was the same story. I would not recommend wasting you money on this book if you have already read fifty shades. Wish I hadn't bought it :-(

Has Grey put you off other books in this genre?

Yes I will not buy another book from grey..... I love the original and will stick with that.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He was not my Mr grey

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Unfortunately not for me. I kept thinking "it'll get better" it didn't .

Any additional comments?

Would not recommend

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wow

amazing fantastic narration really brought Mr grey to life.
I hope there is 2nd book

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Grey at his most exposed

Loved the way the narrator captured the emotional Grey.

Kept me interested, finished too quick!

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Glued!!!

So much better than the female narrator of the 50 shades of Grey book. I could listen to this over and over again!! Hopefully there will be a second book through Christian Greys eyes. I much prefer his perspective over Ana Steele's, she just winges all the time. I'm more the darker side.

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  • jo
  • 20-07-15

Ok

Struggled to finish it as it is basically the first book
wasn't all that impressed to be honest.

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Rehash of 50 shades

I was really disappointed in this book. I was hoping to find out more about Christian before Anna, about his past to the time he met Anna. 3Stars and that's pushing it.

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  • Lucy
  • 19-06-15

Zachary Webber is Christian Grey:-)

Would you listen to Grey again? Why?

Maybe but only if Zachary Webber as the Narrator, he was the reason that I pre-ordered it as soon as I found he was narrating Grey.. then it was a buy for me!

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Nothing, it allows us to understand Christian the readers/listeners needed POV from Grey's side of thoughts & to know what he feels & thinks helps us to understand him better!

Have you listened to any of Zachary Webber’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Zachary Webber is my headline, I think that states it all :-) I just see Zach's name on narration for a book & the book is sold for me. As for Zach's performance of Christian Grey he speaks slow enough to hear every word & he became the part.. he is Christian!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not extreme reaction, just a better understanding of Christian & that he honestly does love Anatasia, but gives in to his dark side, and we know why..

Any additional comments?

That's all folks:-)

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  • Meghna Rastogi
  • 26-06-15

Good

Why did not the author write Fifty Shades of Grey the series, in entirety, through the point of view of Christian? That would have been way better.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-01-18

Amazing voice

What a voice....woooow it's just amazing and makes us go addictive about the story. awesomely narrated by Zachary

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  • Danielle
  • 10-04-17

Loved it!

It was great to hear this story from the other side, I went in knowing that the story line would be the same and wasn't expecting anything different. I was only disappointed that it didn't finish book 3.

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  • Sharon Hall
  • 14-03-17

Love this book...

Hearing the story from Christian's point of view is really great. I can't wait for the next book, as the tale continues..

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-02-16

Awesome book

This was an awesome book really enjoyed it. The narrator is very good at what he does he make the book more real.

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  • SaniqueMcLean
  • 25-12-15

Awesome

I loved it so much. From the beginning to the end. Some parts were boring but otherwise it was a amazing book. I wish El James would write Christian's POV for the remaining books.

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  • Ann Hawkins
  • 29-06-15

Seventy-Five Shades of Re-Cycled

I felt cheated by this purchase. It was virtually the same book as the original Fifty Shades until three quarters of the way through, when the author decided to give us slightly more insight into Christian's character. I won't be purchasing any further episodes in this series.

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  • ladyarcher
  • 09-07-15

Spectacular

Would you listen to Grey again? Why?

Yes

What did you like best about this story?

Grey's POV

Have you listened to any of Zachary Webber’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Zachary Webber's voice was like warm chocolate running over your body, he was perfect for the character voice of Christian Grey.

Any additional comments?

All I can say is OMFG Grey's POV is spectacular, having an insight into what is going on in Grey's brain is brilliant, narrated by Zachary Webber who's voice is like melted chocolate flowing over your body I cannot wait for Darker and Freed to be released. You will be amazed at how different Grey's POV is, this is even better than the original story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-06-15

Popped my audible cherry. Pleasantly surprised!

If you could sum up Grey in three words, what would they be?

Exceeded my expectations.

What other book might you compare Grey to and why?

This was my first audio book so I don't have anything to compare it to. I feel the actual book was written better than the earlier series. It didn't seem as repetitive and the story was more exciting to me. This might be because I already know Anastasia's side to the story so can see the broader picture now.

What does Zachary Webber bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I feel he portrayed Christian very well. I am interested in hearing more audio books narrated by Zachary in the future.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The flashbacks of Christians childhood. The soft innocence in Zachary's voice brought 'child Christian' to life for me and at times I was left in tears as a result.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this book (and audio narration) much more than I had expected.Initially when I read the prelude to Grey at the end of the Anastasia series, I didn't enjoy reading what Christian was thinking. I hadn't at that time imagined those kinds of thoughts going through his head, most likely because I am not a male who enjoys total control, and because I didn't fully understand him. The further I got into this book, the more I understood Christian as a character and why his thoughts were so.I've read other reviews commenting on the lack of emotion from Zachary as narrator, even comparing him to the narrator for Anastasia in the earlier books however I feel his straight forward and sometimes monotone speech fits perfectly with the stern, focused, in control and emotionally dark/troubled character that is Christian Grey. Being my first audio book, I wasn't sure if I would be able to focus on the story with someone else s voice in my head. This turned out to be a non-issue.Very occasionally I had trouble knowing the difference between when Christian was speaking, and when he had moved on to thoughts. I found reading the book along with the audio at certain points helpful with this.I am very pleased that I gave Grey a chance. I'm looking forward to the next book(s).

2 of 3 people found this review helpful