Grey by E.L James – Book Review (Audiobook)

I have been wanting to re-read the Fifty Shades of Grey series for the longest time now even more so after reading The Mister so I could add it to my reviews but I’ve barely found the time due to reading new books I haven’t read and trying to run a blog which openly accepts books for review. I feel as though I have cheated by listening to this as an audiobook on Audible as I would defiantly not have been able to read this if I hadn’t of listened to it as an audiobook because I quite frankly don’t have the time at the moment.

Nevertheless, I have finished and I am pleased to give you all my review of Grey by E.L James.

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Christian Grey, CEO of Grey Enterprise thinks he has it all, until Anastasia Steele, stumbles into his office and into his life. Christian’s past stops him from having a normal romance like the one’s Ana would read in her classic novels. His need for control and discipline are challenged by Ana, will she be his undoing or will his dark sexual desires make her run for the hills?

This re-telling of Fifty Shades helps answer a lot of questions about Christian that were not answered in the Fifty shades series. When reading Grey, you get a better insight on the extent of Christian’s problems, and they are easier to understand when told from his P.O.V. Within the first few chapters we find out about Grey’s history which isn’t revealed until much later in the FSOG.

I honestly love the concept of re-reading the fifty shades from the other perspective and after reading I find it hard to decide who’s perspective I prefer. Christian or Ana? How could I ever choose? I honestly feel like Grey and Darker are easier to read but I feel like it’s easier to relate to a woman’s perspective of things. I also really admire women who write from a male perspective, so well done to E.L James for nailing it.

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Although the plot and characters stay the same, I feel like this re-telling really adds to the blanks and also helps make Christian’s character seem less overbearing and controlling than he does in the original writing. I feel like Fifty Shades wouldn’t have got such a bad reputation if the Grey and Darker has been released first instead of the original Fifty Shades. Grey is beautifully written, fast-paced and an easy read, I look forward to re-reading Darker and then moving back onto the original trilogy.

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11 thoughts on “Grey by E.L James – Book Review (Audiobook)

  1. I have never read the series either but i keep hearing about how good they are and addictive to read they are. So I think I might give them a go once I’ve finished reading the book I’m reading 😊 Thankyou for your review x


  2. Not really the kind of stuff I’d read, but you clearly know what you’re talking about, and that’s certainly something you want from a reviewer

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  3. Oh love that series! Although, I have only watch the film, I want to read the book series too!

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  4. What a great review! How did you find reading the audiobook of this? Did you prefer it to your experience reading it as an ebook/print?

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    1. Thank you so much! I actually really enjoyed the audiobook version, the reader Zachary Webber’s voice was brilliant and really easy to understand, (I have a slight hearing problem). I’m actually working on a post about audiobooks, just working on listening to a few more and I’m going to compare my experiences!

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      1. Is Zachary the son of Tammara Webber? The author who wrote Easy? I adored that book ❤ I would love to read your post on that! I've actually never listened to an audiobook but have been eager to try it for a while now. I'd love to read about your experiences with it so far!

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      2. Yes he is! Hopefully it will be up soon ish, I’m currently listening to Fallen by Lauren Kate and Orlagh Collins ‘All the Invisible Things’ then I will probably be finishing up the post! You should totally try one out, I’d love to hear how you found it!

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      3. I remember reading Fallen when I was younger. I hope you enjoy it! I’ll keep an eye out for your post and try an audiobook in the mean time 😀

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