It's an American classic. If you consider yourself well-read this really should be on your list.
I don't know if all the theories presented in this book are true but the ride getting to them was sure interesting! Packed full of information about things that have perplexed me for years. And I liked that the authors paid as much attention to information concerning "normal" pornography as well as "abnormal" tastes. Well rounded. If the explosion of internet porn has ever perplexed you or you have asked yourself, "Why would anyone want to look at that?" this is the book for you.
This book reminded me of a black and white movie from the 50's or the early 60's. The writing wasn't bad and the narration wasn't bad. The "romantic sex" scenes were a bit too pedestrian for my tastes (a lot of "gazing into each other's eyes" and heaving bosom kind of stuff). It is a novel to be sure and not a work of non-fiction. It didn't elicit a big reaction out of me but I also listened to it until the end and didn't think it was horrible.
I liked this book. It was a succinct explanation of Zen Buddhism that drew on the author's experiences in real life. Zen is a hard concept to think about sometimes and I liked how Brian Haycock was able to make it very down-to-earth and understandable. He also has a wry sense of humor which I enjoyed while I was stuck in traffic listening to his book.
I stumbled on this as I had just listened to another book narrated by Barbara Rosenblat (and loved her voice) and I am also interested in Anne Boleyn as a historical figure. I was surprised to realize that this really is about the "creation" of Anne Boleyn, specifically as she is portrayed in literature, plays and movies. I have never watched the Showtime series "The Tudors" which was referenced a lot and so I didn't have a good vantage point at times to truly understand what the author was speaking about. It was illuminating to hear the evolution of Anne which has been taking place since the early 1800's and to see that there is still a roaring debate even up to this day about who Anne was "really". Anyone who has watched movies or read historical fiction about Anne will no doubt enjoy this book.
I just got done with this book and all I can say is WOW! Betty Dodson is truly a feminist, hedonist, sex-positive, artist, bisexual tour-de-force! This is truly one of those books that is making me reexamine how I am going to live the rest of my life. I would make this required reading for every woman in America! And the narrator was FANTASTIC! Her lusty narration and ability to say out loud many of the sexual scenarios without flinching was truly professional and refreshing. Bravo to both women!!!
After watching, "Adaptation" I wanted to read the book that was so hard to turn into a screenplay. I now know why. This was a really well researched, historically interesting book which I found well put together and funny at times. Maybe what was ultimately lacking, and that which the author freely admits to, is that she chose to write a book about being passionate about something having never really felt that way herself. And it is apparent in her writing. All the ingredients were there for an awesome book, but it just sort of fell flat. Even with all of the interesting people she met and wrote about. I'm not sad I listened to it (and I thought the narrator was spot on) but overall it was mediocre.
This book was a little out of my usual meanderings but I enjoyed immensely. My boyfriend is a conspiracy theory nut so it was a nice way to learn about some of the "biggies" in that arena without having to sit in front of a computer for hours mining for information. The author is very funny, as well. A great read when you want something on a serious subject but not too seriously presented.
I recently have found myself writing to someone incarcerated and thought I would listen to this collection of poems and stories written by the incarcerated. I knew there would be some interesting and compelling stories but I was absolutely floored by some of the writing. Really excellent. And the way it was strung together and narrated only added to the experience. I was so sad when it came to an end!
I really wanted to like this book, but as the hours droned on I kept finding myself waiting for something, anything, to happen besides a boring discourse between fictional characters I couldn't have cared less about. I made it through 15 hours and then abandoned it. If you like boring conversations between upper class snobs this book is for you! Otherwise pass on it.
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