Mabeuse gives his readers a rare and precious gift: an engraved invitation into the mind and soul of a dominant man languishing in his world of restraint. In A Good Student, he enthralls the reader by creating complex, entirely human characters and then permitting us to eavesdrop on their private hopes, fears, doubts and desires. No, not eavesdrop; that implies an uninvited observer. Listening to Peter Klein’s nuanced performance, I felt like a priest summoned to the confessional of Mabeuse’s darkest imagination. I felt my heart leap into my throat each time the Professor felt an impulse to take just a little bit more from Emma and then dared to push her just a little bit farther.
Mabeuse certainly pushed me over the edge, and the fall was glorious. He’s quite cunning in his use of fluid rhythms and elegant diction, lulling me with the beauty of his writing, only to cause my breathing to hitch with the stark, graphic language men and women employ at their most primal moments. Be warned: Mabeuse surreptitiously inserts a mainline into his readers instincts, only to inject his literary stimulants straight into that most powerful erotic organ: the mind.
Unlike other authors who seek to affect their readers while leaving themselves impenetrable, Mabeuse opens a two-way door to erotic struggle and surrender. Having obtained consent, he takes over the reader’s imagination and remains in control through the entire book. But he also humbly shares his secrets with us, entrusting his vulnerabilities to our care: “I wanted her to know who I was inside. I wrote porn and I pretended to look down on it. But when I wrote, I poured my heart and soul into the page, and I knew it showed.” It certainly does, Professor Mabeuse. It certainly does.
It was a well made production and it captured my interest in the first half. The disappointment came when I realized the second half is just the same as the first half, without it going any deeper. I liked the voices, the narration, the style. But in the end it was only about sex, or some dominant submissive psychology. I like that too but it has to develop beyond mere genital grinding and power games. It took a long while for the protagonist to admit he was in love and he never really did admit that directly.
I would like to see something where the man is strong and dominant and powerful and in control combined with his loyalty and devotion to her and being able to admit he loves her. I see this man in the book as a dominant as far as sex is concerned, but (without spoiling it), in relationships he is very much a submissive, passive, weak, and that's why they never lasted for him. Again I wonder why we have to split in our culture? Why do we have to go to one source for books on love, virtue, monogamy and faithfulness or just human decency, and another source to get passion, masculine and feminine expression of roles and sexuality?
I have no problems with how it began and took off. The problem is that it stayed the same. I loved the psychology behind it but in the end I got psychologically 'sore' from all that pounding and banging, just as a woman does generally when experiencing circumcised sex with a man.
We're all sexual beings, and God, if he exists, is certainly also sexual for making us this way. And yet my criticism is that this book was too carnally minded, because it didn't go anywhere with the sex. It was only about the sex sex sex, which of course is going to be the center but not the only thing. I guess maybe there's a difference between erotica and porn and this felt more like porn (with a touch of psychology but that's it) and that's why I didn't like it. Does that make sense? Interestingly, it was at the beginning where he talked more about non-sexual things as well, like his work and so on, and shared his feelings. But it just got too narrow, too carnal. Sexual, yes please! Carnal, no thanks, but it was still worth it for me because it helps my psycho-sexual development and understanding in important ways
The absolute ending was fine. I don't mind being left hanging and wondering or abrupt endings. What I do mind is the whole second half didn't go anywhere that the first half didn't already take us. It was more of the same. In fact it just got narrower in focus
Oh the narrators were very good and if I just read the book I wouldn't have gotten 25 percent of what I got from listening to it, to these very very good narrators, both of them
No, tv is stupid
I am new to this genre but found Mr. Mabeuse's story and presentation fascinating. I have spent a significant amount of time trying to find something similar on audible but have not found one yet. I suppose I will have to wait for this next story. What a pleasant surprise!
Not sure I’d recommend this story. The story line was nice, but the male narrator didn’t fit the character and when it came to the sexual scenes his voice did not convey much conviction or sensuality. The female narrator was better, but there were too many places where she had large amounts of lines to read and I felt like she was trying to race through the words.
Yes! Definitively a big YES!!
The second encounter of the Proffessor with the student...
Yes. That scene in particular.
The narrative was perfect.
Peter Klien's voice is very rich and erotic. As a female listener, I want to hear the male voice deep and rich. I'd rather listen to than read erotica as it allows for other activities.
I listened to the other erotic books, but none compares to A Good Student.
This is the first book with Peter Klien and I'd love to hear more by this performer, but I'd like a deeper perhaps more mature female voice. Again as a female I prefer Peter to tell the story.
Erotic Stories which is right
This book is a very interesting and passionate book, it drove my imagination wild and always keeps me on my feet to know whats going to happen next, i strongly recommend this book just take a listen and enjoy but if you are not in to these type of contents this aint the book for you.
Coming of age because it drive my imagination wild as well which is right
Love a good laugh
I would try other titles from Elliot Mabeuse, I am not one to loth an author because of one disappointing title. The book was well written just too predictable for my taste. The narrators on the other hand were great (Peter Klein and Alicia Roberts). They portrayed the the characters with great precision. Peter Klein performed Mr Devlin as the older dominant and sexually driven professor that one would expect. Alicia Roberts portrayed the innocent and seemingly naive college student that Emma was.
The book did not spark my interest as it was too predictable. It was just a typical story of a student falling for her college professor. There was no peek or climax just a detailed summary of a love affair. It was not one of my favorite stories but the narrators appealed to my interest more than the actual plot.
Mr Devlin performed by Peter Klein was my favorite character.
With all the good publicity that the book was getting I expected more. I would not say that I wasted my time just not my favorite listen.
no, there are really only 2 characters.
The guys accent really ruined it for me. Also ended very abruptly.
Fabulous Single Chick
I think a better question is what would I have left in
I know this is supposed to be about a "relationship" between an older man and a young girl, but the narrators for this book gave me the creeps. He sounded old and disgusting and frankly she sounded like a mindless twit. If this is what really appeals to people as erotica I am truly disappointed.