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The Best American Erotica: The 10th Anniversary Edition | [Susie Bright, Jill Soloway, Dorothy Allison]

The Best American Erotica: The 10th Anniversary Edition

The 10th anniversary edition of The Best American Erotica includes the most esteemed and lascivious writers at work today. Dorothy Allison explores the wonderful, mysterious abilities of the human hand, and Zane's corporate tigress plays mind games that make other office shenanigans look like mere games of Candyland.
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Publisher's Summary

Featuring erotic stories by Dorothy Allison, Zane, Chuck Palahniuk, and Jill Soloway.

PLUS: Candid interviews with America's top erotic writers, like you've never heard them before.

The 10th anniversary edition of The Best American Erotica includes the most esteemed and lascivious writers at work today.

Dorothy Allison explores the wonderful, mysterious abilities of the human hand, and Zane's corporate tigress plays mind games that make other office shenanigans look like mere games of Candyland.

In candid Q&As, the authors reveal that they are great-grandfathers, prostitutes with Ivy League diplomas, and former lunatic asylum attendants.

Included in this collection:

  • "The Baby Sitter" by Martha Miller
  • Excerpt from Choke by Chuck Palahniuk
  • "The Man in the Grey Flannel Tights" by Susan St. Aubin
  • "Nasty" by Mel Smith
  • "A Live One" by Greta Christina
  • "In the Giraffe House..." by Robert Irwin
  • "Ponyboy" by James Williams
  • "How We Did It" by Susan Volchok
  • "Hombrecito" by Myriam Gurba
  • "The Everlasting Secret First Family of F--k" by Vaginal Davis
  • "The Erotic Adventures of Jim and Louella Parsons" by Bertice Berry
  • "What She Did With Her Hands" by Dorothy Allison
  • "Three Bears in a Tub" by Jack Fritscher
  • "How to Make a Cake" by Lisa Wolfe
  • "Courteney Cox's Asshole" by Jill Soloway
  • Excerpt from Snow by Dagoberto Gilb
  • "Mergers&Acquisitions" by Zane
  • "Semen in a Bullet" by Scott
  • "Johnny" by Alison L. Smith
  • "The Word Nebraska" by Tennessee Jones

Previously published as Best American Erotica 2003.

Turn on! Listen to more in the Best American Erotica series.

Introduction and compilation ©2003 Susie Bright; (P) 2003 Audible, Inc.

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    Paula Beck Chester, MA 10-23-03
    Paula Beck Chester, MA 10-23-03 Member Since 2010

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    "Disappointed"

    Sorry,

    I'm a huge fan of Susie Bright, but I didn't enjoy this. Production-wise, I didn't like the fact that each new story started abruptly, actually before you realized that the last one was over. If there had been a longer silence, or preferably some music, it would have flowed better.

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Jesse Ashtabula, OH, USA 08-25-05
    Jesse Ashtabula, OH, USA 08-25-05
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    "What happened to BAE 2002?"

    Seeing the title 'erotica' lends my imagination that Susie Bright will once again provide the listener/reader with enjoyable product. This was a good listen. I only hope that the "Best of ..." series will continue to bring us past as well as future editions.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Daniel Island, SC, USA 08-15-03
    Michael Daniel Island, SC, USA 08-15-03
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    "Don't bother!"

    If I could have rated this one zero stars I would have. This is the worst "erotica" I have heard on Audible. This doesn't even come close to "Penthouse - Between the Sheets".

    The stories are lame and the readers are lame. There is much better fare available so I strongly suggest you avoid this one completely. However, I have to admit that I haven't listened to the entire book. Once I got to the story about the homosexual soldiers I had enough. Even the stories leading up to and surrounding the "erotica" in the book are BORING! Trust me - skip this one completely. The 5 star ratings must have been posted by the authors.

    67 of 104 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie Holt, MI, USA 03-16-05
    Jamie Holt, MI, USA 03-16-05
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    "The Best???"

    Thinking of myself as a very open-minded and imaginative person, this title caught my eye. I found this book taking me to places even *I* didn't want to go! If you're into bizarre, extreme fetishes and expanding your fantasies further than any one person's imagination can take them, then this is for you. I don't remember how many selections were included, but I doubt there were enough to count on one hand that weren't a complete turn-off. I wish Audible allowed a 0-star rating for this one.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    John 05-07-06
    John 05-07-06
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    "Awful - I erased it"

    This is no summary of "erotica" If you want erotica download "Between the Sheets" or "A Lick and a Promise". This is bizarre and poorly read. Two of the stories are also found in "Between the Sheets", where the female parts are read by women with sensual voices, not bored men. I do not classify lesbian anal fisting or gay men preying on bellhops as "erotica" It is not what it is advertised as, it is more like "Bizarre and almost banned" or "very wierd and poorly read". Don't bother, if you want erotica get "Between the sheets" (which is also 8 hours long). They only way this could have been voted "the best erotica", is if the vote was held in San Quenten.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Lafayette, CA, United States 04-23-05
    Kathleen Lafayette, CA, United States 04-23-05 Member Since 2014
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    "Do Not Waste Your Time"

    This is a ridiculous book, not erotica but more of a laborious accouting of how good certain authors are and how the book came together, mostly gay and mostly boring. Do not waste your time.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Corey voorhees, FL, USA 02-04-09
    Corey voorhees, FL, USA 02-04-09
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    "some ok some not"

    I enjoyed the stories that I found were my cup of tea, and skipped the others, but isn't that always the way in these type of compilations. I feel you will get your moneys worth but don't expect to like all of the stories.

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    David kirkland, WA, USA 02-03-05
    David kirkland, WA, USA 02-03-05
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    "Fun Stories to Pick and Choose From"

    This is a good collection of erotic stories. Not every story is to my taste so I just skip forward as desired. Some are hard core and others fairly tame. I agree that the stories begin and end abrubtly and would prefer a more recognizable gap between them. If you enjoy written erotica, this is worth a try.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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