Laura Antoniou's modern classic of BDSM-themed fiction returns to print. In The Marketplace, the first book of the series, follow the trials and tribulations of four aspiring slaves as they undergo training hoping to be accepted into the secret underground society of masters and slaves known as the Marketplace. Under the firm hand of Grendel, the sharp eye of Alexandra, and the painful leather strap in the hands of Chris, these men and women will find some of their hardest challenges come from within themselves. They embark on a sensual and erotic journey, and yet nothing is quite as they expect in their quest to serve.
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The Marketplace books have been a series that I have long looked forward to owning on audio. When Laura announced to her friends and fans that she had made an agreement with audible to release The Marketplace I did a dance of joy and eagerly anticipated the release.
Although anticipating the release, I have been praying that the reader/actor would do justice to this book. I have occasionally been disappointed when I have purchased the audio version of a favorite book after finding what I considered a well written book had been ruined by the audio presentation. The result was the urge to turn it off within the first couple of chapters.
Upon downloading and beginning to listen to this favorite, I was happy to hear a beautiful british accent and someone that appears to understand the nuances and this material. I look forward to hearing the other books in the series as they become available.
This book was spectacular.. Well written, well read, and hotter than hot. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Audible, do the entire series!
I could not get the whispersync to work on this and that makes me sad, because frankly, I am on my third listen and would have loved to have read it as well.
Chris Parker....I think I love you,Sir.
Wow. This was my first read regarding the BDSM lifestyle, except for the Fifty Shades trilogy, which is incredibly tame compared to this. All I can say is, be prepared for NC-17 graphic stuff here. I believe this book was well written, and having listened to it instead of reading it, I didn't get thrown by the glaring grammatical errors that many readers complained about in the print version. The narrator did a spectacular job at consistently nailing the myriad of different characters' voices, which could not have been easy. The one piece I wasn't crazy about was that this setting was somewhere in the United States (I believe), but everyone in the house had British accents. I was willing to overlook this though because, otherwise, the narration was spot on. The only thing that bothered me about this story was simply my lack of understanding as to why any human soul would crave this type of lifestyle. I cannot fathom a desire for abuse, degradation, submission, and the voluntary relinquishing of one's will. I just don't get it. And I don't mean an occasional role playing game; I mean a desire to live a completely submissive life of slavery. The incessant physical pain, shame, and humiliation that these people willingly submit to is completely mind-blowing to me. I'm not sure I would ever be able to understand why any human spirit would be drawn to this. All that being said, whether this happens in real life or not, this author had me believing it was true for these individuals. I tip my hat to her.
I've always enjoyed this series, and I am delighted to hear it with this delicious English accent! It's the perfect sound for this incredibly intriguing story. If you've never really read or listened to anything with a BDSM theme, you should know that this is more than just a kinky story. The characters are compelling, and it's incredibly funny. If all you've ever read is Fifty Shades of Gray, then hey, I have no judgment, but you should really dip your toes in these well-written waters. It's hot, AND smart! And if you are fan of BDSM themed stories, then you don't need to read this review-- you have already read all these books, because these are the best in the genre. But still, you've got to give this a listen-- the narrator's voice adds a truly tasty dimension to this favorite series of mine.
I would listen to The Marketplace many times over. I found it captivating and just what I have been looking for.
There are so many. The whole book is memorable. Sharrons auction was so well deserved and had me laughing out loud.
I'm new to audiobooks but I feel like the narrator did a great job. Not a boring monotone like some of the other books I've listened to. I quite enjoyed the sound of her voice and the different accents and tones she used for the various characters.
An amazing book. I can't wait for audible to have the next books in the series done. The series is deffiinatly one I want in both paper and audio.
Say something about yourself!
This is one of the best BDSM novels available. Laura Antoniou captures the lifestyle very accurately and taps into your dreams. It's easy to get lost in this story and really feel what the characters feel.
I really enjoyed her performance as Chris.
When will the rest of the series be coming to audible?
Several years ago I read the entire Marketplace series. I fell in love with them. After having lost my eyesight a couple of years ago I have been hoping this book would make it to audible. A few months ago I heard it was coming! Words cannot express how excited I am to be able to experience this story once again and will be anxiously awaiting the rest of the series! Thank you!
I was always expecting one thing and got hit with something enjoyably different.
Chris, I can't put a finger on it. I loved his character.
When the meek girl was reunited with her mistriss. She was so happy. Sorry cant remember her name.
None to mention. I did feel it was quite cruel.
Lost in a good book
I have not read the print version but I loved the audio and the readers accent was beautiful!
The author's descriptions and charater development. I felt like I could "see" everything and her descriptions felt so "real". I dislike predicitable stories and this was far from that!! I really enjoyed that I was often wrong in my assumption of what was going to happen or how a certain charater would react.
The way of the English. She just sounded so proper and demure. Her voice sounded like butter and I really enjoyed it! She did such a fantastic job that I added other books she has narrated to my wish list. Good job Elizabeth!!
This book is not for the faint of heart. This is not a "romantic" story in fact it has much more to offer in the ways of spankings, beatings, and slave training than actual sexual encounters or mind blowing orgasims. It is worth the money and was a good listen if you are open minded to this genre. I wish her other books were available and read by Elizabeth Jasicki.
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