OK, I was looking for erotica. I had in mind something similar to "A Spy In The House of Love" or some of the short stories in "Delta of Venus," both by Anais Nin. Or, more explicitly erotic, "Vox" by Nicholson Baker or "Lila Says" by "Chimo" (the publisher says the book is by an anonymous author who wants to be known by the name of "Chimo;" a name that is used in the book).
I knew I was getting what my mother used to call "a bodice ripper." I knew it would be more explicit than the romance novels she grew addicted to after she retired, and I knew it would use much more graphic language, hence "erotica" rather than just "romance." I thought it might be entertaining.
Well, I guess it was, but not in the way I had hoped. The primary problem, for me, was that I didn't care about any of the characters. Nothing in the narration led me to empathize or sympathize with any of them. And if you don't care about the people about whom you're reading (or being read to), you can't really care about the novel.
So what was entertaining was just how bad (I'm sorry -- I tired to think of a kinder word) it was. I know there is an audience for this genre, and I certainly don't intend to insult them... but I just laughed my way through this. And it wasn't because the author was trying to be funny.
So -- I guess, unless the selection changes, I'll give up on erotica from Audible.
Harlan Ellison is an excellent SF writer, and he should stick to what he knows best. I love the whole Earthsea series, and am pleased to see that this is the only one he narrates. As another commenter said, his pace was frenetic -- I'd add, at times, bordering on hysterical. He almost ruined a great story. I stuck to it because I love the book, but there were many times I almost gave up.
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