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John Grigas

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  • 6 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 48 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2014
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  • Sweet Danger: Erotic Stories of Forbidden Desire for Couples

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Violet Blue
    • Narrated By Rose Caraway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
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    (24)
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    In Sweet Danger, bestselling erotica editor Violet Blue offers twenty tales of deliciously explicit fantasies guaranteed to set pulses racing. How do couples crank up the heat? They push the limits of sex, lust, and the imagination as far as they can to please each other. The couples whose naughtiest desires play out within this sizzling audiobooks are committed to each other, without question!

    Bill says: "Wonderfully daring"
    "Hardcore appeal and playfulness for both sexes"
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    Sweet Danger describes this collection well, as Violet Blue continues in the spirit of her earlier collection, Sweet Heat. In these erotic short stories laws are broken, taboos are thrown aside, and characters get hot and messy. This is not garden-variety erotica. This is explicit. Yet, it is explicit with an underlying sweetness – the characters within are all willing participants. While the stories tip their toes over the edge of traditionally acceptable behavior, everyone is safe and consenting.

    I’m lucky to have this book in audio format, read by Rose Caraway. Rose has a genuine and upbeat voice that is easy to listen to. She is particularly energetic in the graphic descriptions of sexual action. This is a performer who does not shy away from the most descriptive and extreme fantasies. Rose takes you there, and her voice has the right spark to match the temperature of the story.

    Although they are short stories, they are not “quickies.” I recommend them one at a time, when you have a chance to kick back and lose yourself in the story. Some of the stories take a while to build up, but they are rooted in raw sexuality and most of the chapter will contain full on tension and action.

    The book is promoted as being “for couples.” That is true, and the stories can certainly spark ideas if you read or listen with someone special. But they are satisfying trysts if you prefer to keep your arousal to yourself. You might find a chapter or two that you’d like to share, like a gift of candy. This book has several fun, naughty readings for those who want to spark inspiration in the mind of their partner.

    The details are graphic; the sex can be messy. There might be themes that act as a turn-off. But, there is something in this book for everyone, regardless of gender. The stories are mainly heterosexual, although some new horizons get explored occasionally.

    Each story highlights a different, dangerous scenario. Subjects run a wide range including bondage and pegging (Old Friends), happy ending massage parlors (Full Body), Skype sex for hire (Takes All Comers), S&M Clubs (House Rules), and humiliating public group sex (Dress Me Up). Give all 20 stories a listen, even if you’re not comfortable with the topic. At the least, you’ll learn a new perspective. At the best, you’ll find an enjoyable diversion in your day.

    You can trust Violet’s editorial skills to give you explicit erotica that is also well written. A solid selection of authors are chosen, and it is particularly delicious to a man like me that some of the most raw and dangerous writing is done by the female writers (like in the unsettling “Dinner Out,” by Marie Sudac.)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Diverse Desires

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Allen Dusk
    • Narrated By Rose Caraway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In this diabolical collection of short stories, Allen Dusk drags listeners down twisted paths that descend into the darkest shadows of erotica. A blue-collar thief finds herself trapped in a circus wagon with only one way out. A chief science officer is conflicted between completing her critical mission and satisfying the throbbing between her legs.

    John Grigas says: "Diverse Desires is Terrifically Twisted"
    "Diverse Desires is Terrifically Twisted"
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    Allen Dusk deserves your full attention, especially when read by Rose Caraway. If Rose is reading it, you know it will be deliciously arousing. If Allen is writing it, you know that you will be led down a safe path only to be knocked off by surprise and/or horror. When put together, it's a fun ride.

    These stories work best if you have a chance to relax and focus on the words, mainly because Allen paints detailed scenes with careful words. He makes interesting choices in his style, making use of long sentences that can't be edited down because we would miss important elements. If you are a fan of descriptive prose (think Nicholson Baker) with an injection of danger, then this collection is made for you.

    Not everyone survives. Not everyone gets off. Each story has a twist that you rarely see coming.

    And, frankly, the clown sex alone makes it worth the price!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shady Palms

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Allen Dusk
    • Narrated By Rose Caraway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (329)

    A sleazy motel, burrowed on the edge of town, is haunted by rumors of dead hookers found between mattresses and peep holes drilled through walls. When Special Agent Daniels targets the motel during an investigation, the nefarious owner, Sanjay, must scramble to conceal evidence of his own dark deeds. Just when he believes things can't get any worse, motel guests begin to vanish without a trace.

    John Grigas says: "Not for the timid - delicious graphic content!"
    "Not for the timid - delicious graphic content!"
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    Alan Dusk's skill as a writer really comes through in this performance of Shady Palms. I am not a fan of thriller or horror novels, and the storyline certainly follows the intensity of those genres. However, it was written in a way that kept me listening. It helps that Rose Caraway was the narrator, as she was clearly engaged in the story and giving life to the characters. The graphic sexual scenarios also helped keep my attention, portraying a grimy world of lust, power exchange, danger, and heat.

    Some of the scenarios start off predictably, but there are skillful twists that pay off. Some of the characters are squarely revealed in stereotypical fashion, but not so much that they are unbelievable. I'll admit that stereotypes exist because there are some people who have the qualities that spark them.

    Shady Palms is a well executed escape. If you are a fan of explicit erotica, give this a try for an edgier thrill. If you are a fan of horror and crime novels, spice up the intensity with some sensual heat.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Being Naughty

    • UNABRIDGED (56 mins)
    • By Carl East
    • Narrated By Lucy Malone
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Rebecca is the sort of person who has no hang-ups when it comes to the human body, for she's been modelling nude for sometime now and earning a good wage doing it. However, when her step son enters the scene things take a turn for the immoral and Rebecca discovers a new side to herself that she never knew existed. ***This tale is graphic in nature and is only meant for adults.*** Enjoy

    John Grigas says: "Great voice, tricky story"
    "Great voice, tricky story"
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    I think I would pay Lucy Malone to read the dictionary to me. She has a warm and sensuous voice that curls each word deliciously. Carl East's writing is very graphic and descriptive. I would have enjoyed the story more if there wasn't a "household" attachment between the characters. I understand that's a part of what some people are looking for, so I don't criticize that . . . just not my cup of tea. Lucy's voice, though . . . I'll be looking for more of her readings!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tinsel Tales: Favorite Holiday Stories from NPR

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By NPR
    • Narrated By Lynn Neary
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    Ho ho ho! Here's what to listen to while driving to the mall, wrapping gifts, entertaining friends, or relaxing in front of a crackling holiday fire. In Scott Simon's modern version of the Christmas story, Jesus is born in an abandoned factory near Cleveland and the Three Wise Persons bring Chipotle gift cards. Claudia Sanchez gives a Latin accent to "A Visit from St. Nicholas". Barbara Bradley Hagerty explores what Christmas means for the boy choristers of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. (Hint: Handel).

    John Grigas says: "A Worthwhile Holiday Tradition"
    "A Worthwhile Holiday Tradition"
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    If you could sum up Tinsel Tales in three words, what would they be?

    Warm holiday tales


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tinsel Tales?

    The story, "Doing It in the Closet," read in the rich Scottish voice of John McIlwraith. This amusing tale of parents seeking a bit of privacy. It's rich and suggestive and, of course, not as naughty as it sounds at first!


    Which character – as performed by Lynn Neary – was your favorite?

    Lynn acted as host, NPR style, introducing features by reporters and artists. Her personal description of making a Gingerbread home was useful and enjoyable.


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

    Yes, my extreme reaction is one of warmth and joy. This is as comfortable as a cup of your favorite warm beverage while curled up by the fire.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this as a nice tradition, whether listening to it while traveling to visit relatives or alone by the fire after sundown.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gotta Have It: 69 Stories of Sudden Sex

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Rachel Kramer Bussel
    • Narrated By Rose Caraway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (170)

    Rachel Kramer Bussel has collected a wide and wild variety of original erotica stories that are deliciously short - just one orgasmic bite at a time. In 1,200 words or less, these authors explore every which way you can "get it on", including threesomes, sex toys, public sex, BDSM, fetishes, and much more. Get "Anal-yzed", learn "The Advantage of Working from Home", and spy some risqué "Vacation Pictures". There are pecan rolls dripping in caramel and meals where lovers feast on nothing but each other.

    Bishop 13 says: "Great hot short stories"
    "Bite-sized, portable, and HOT"
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    Where does Gotta Have It: 69 Stories of Sudden Sex rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the best produced audiobook I have heard in the erotic category. Fun and interesting stories are presented in a way that holds your attention. The format of the book lends itself to enjoying in tiny, yet satisfying, bites of time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Being comprised of 69 short stories, there are characters and scenarios to fit everyone's interests.


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

    Rose is a solid storyteller, and her voice inflection in dialogue is effective regardless of the speaker's gender. She has a sensual voice that isn't faked or exaggerated.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Now you can have it, again and again.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good book for established fans of erotica as well as for those new to the genre. If listeners aren't sure about what variations spark their interest, this book is a good sampler. The book is very enjoyable for a solo listener, but it works well in a shared environment. Couples and friends can use chapters in a playful way to add fun or romance to their time together.

    61 of 61 people found this review helpful

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