Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian by E. L. James
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Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told Audiobook by Christian by E. L. James is a follow-up novel to the Fifty Shades Trilogy. The author retells the story of Fifty Shades of Grey and the earlier parts of Fifty Shades Darker from the perspective of the protagonist Christian Grey.
The novel provides insights into the early years of Christian Grey- his crack whore of a mother, him being abused by a pimp and how his relationship with the loving family that adopted him. The novel also goes on to explain the reason behind the cold and controlling behavior of Christian which predictably resulted from his nightmarish formative years.
The story goes along the lines of the Fifty Shades of Grey where Anastasia Steele meets the business tycoon Christian Grey for an interview. They develop an attraction for each other and start their sexually deviant relationships. Anna could not come to terms with the deviant behavior, controlling habits and sexuality of Christian and ends up leaving him. She later comes back and reunites with Christian after understanding him and his behaviors better.
Read all Fifty Shades TrilogyFifty Shades of Grey: Book One AudiobookFifty Shades Darker: Book Two AudiobookFifty Shades Freed: Book Three Audiobook
Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told Audiobook by Christian by E. L. James was published on 18th June 2015. The author E.L. James told that she had written the book due to the unrelenting demand from fans for it. The release date of the novel coincides with the birthday of Christian Grey- the protagonist of the novel. The novel mostly received negative reviews from critics as they felt it is repetitive and far too similar to the earlier novels of the trilogy.
The book has no new story or plot and contains almost the entire content of the earlier books. The author does not provide any fresh narrative or glimpses to the readers. The conversations and email exchanges between Anna and Christian have been rewritten again in the book from the earlier novel and do not provide any novelty to the readers.
The original trilogy which was more from the perspective of Anna was more witty and entertaining. It was light-hearted and humorous also. Grey is much darker and intense and may not be suitable for all readers. It will be only fair to say that the novel will be liked by the hardcore fans of the Fifty Shades trilogy while others may not find it too interesting and gripping.