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Story of O | [Pauline Reage]

Story of O

O is a young, beautiful fashion photographer in Paris. One day her lover, René, takes her to a château, where she is enslaved, with René's approval, and systematically sexually assaulted by various other men. Later, René turns O over to Sir Stephen, an English friend who intensifies the brutality. But the final humiliation is yet to come.
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Publisher's Summary

O is a young, beautiful fashion photographer in Paris. One day her lover, René, takes her to a château, where she is enslaved, with René's approval, and systematically sexually assaulted by various other men. Later, René turns O over to Sir Stephen, an English friend who intensifies the brutality. But the final humiliation is yet to come.

©1965 Grove Press, Inc. (P)2012 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"A rare thing, a pornographic book well written and without a trace of obscenity." (Graham Greene)

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    debbie United States 12-19-12
    debbie United States 12-19-12

    I'm Married 25 years with 5 sons. I love romance anything to do with love, love and more love. I am officially a audible junkie :)

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    "disturbing"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    no not really


    Would you be willing to try another book from Pauline Reage? Why or why not?

    no


    What three words best describe Käthe Mazur’s voice?

    I didn't care for the narrator


    Could you see Story of O being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no idea


    Any additional comments?

    This is my opinion...I read this book about 16 years ago, give or take a few years. This book is quite hard to forget. Rene- O's boyfriend takes her to Roissy ( a house of torture) she is raped, beaten, humiliated and she does it because she loves Rene. At the end of her time there Rene gives her to Sir Stephen H. I hated Rene at that time in the book. his character is just a whimpy, stupid man. Sir Stephen takes over and tortures, disfigures and rapes O constantly, By the end of the book she doesn't know her head from a hole in the ground. One of the endings had something to do with Sir Stephen leaving and she was going to kill herself and he gave her his permission, I was thinking.... she really should.... I think everyone should read this book (listen to it) I enjoy reading different opinions. Also this book is not easily forgotten.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie Fresno, CA, United States 12-16-12
    Jamie Fresno, CA, United States 12-16-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Well done but very disturbing"
    Would you listen to Story of O again? Why?

    This story was really hard to listen to, I would not not listen to it again nor would I recommend it to friends, it was difficult to listen to due to the subject matter and the nature of the torture.


    What other book might you compare Story of O to and why?

    None of the Erotic books I have listened to prior


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

    I have not listened to this author prior


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

    I found this book upsetting as it crossed the line mentally as to what I find acceptable as "willing" participants


    Any additional comments?

    I did not dislike the writing, how it was translated or the reader; they were all well done. My issues are personal and with the subject matter relating to how "O" and the other women were mentally and physically degraded and harmed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ebony cincinnati, OH, United States 01-09-13
    Ebony cincinnati, OH, United States 01-09-13
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    ""O" What a story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Story of O to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I tried to read the book and stopped by the 1st chapter


    What other book might you compare Story of O to and why?

    None.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The opening at the House


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey Los Angeles, CA, United States 10-22-12
    Jeffrey Los Angeles, CA, United States 10-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Always Love this narrator. Hate this book."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It's just outdated and strange. There are some good parts, but really, it's like a museum piece.


    What about Käthe Mazur’s performance did you like?

    I always love this narrator. But I'd rather listen to her read anything else than this awful book.


    Did Story of O inspire you to do anything?

    Hmmmmm


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    's C United States 10-07-12
    's C United States 10-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "PIECE OF CRAP"

    It was the voice of the narrator. It was the most boring, dragging put you to sleep. Finally after three tries," I SAY THE HELL WITH IT".

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
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