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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

Critic Reviews

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

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different<br />

I finished the book just to see what became of o only to be left with a vague ending. this is definitely not an erotica novel in my opinion. it did provoke feelings and emotions. it was a strange and curious story to say the least

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Crazy, misguided, dangerous love

Still a better love story than "Twilight" or "50 Shades." Everyone who thinks those two "love stories" are good literature ought to elevate their game and read "Story of O." And remember: all the crazy stuff that happens in the book is fully consensual because it's all done out of love.

"Story of O" is a crazy love story. As in, no one would be so crazy as to love someone so much as to subject themselves to such torture. And yet, such is the case with O, the titular character, who allows herself to be subjugated the point where she has no name and is referred to only by that letter. While it's a well-written piece of literature, the characters are flat at best and unbelievable at worst. And then the story falls flat at the end, wrapping up in a matter that feels unsatisfying.

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Could not finish

I could not finish after a few chapters. I found it too disturbing to listen to. I cant really give this a fair rating since I only heard a few chapters.

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As a novel, it ain't much.

Excellent reader, disappointing book. The book has no climax, no denouement, no resolution.

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Disturbing

What did you love best about Story of O?

I enjoyed the story. I was surprised at the content with it being written in the 1950s.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the character of O. Like the view she gave of this world she went into and showing her adaption to that world.

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

No I have not.

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

Not moved as much as disturbed me. To allow yourself to be treated that way.

Any additional comments?

Good read. Anyone who reads 50 Shades and has the view of the Dom/Sub from that should read this to see what a true relationship like that is more about.

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  • Dominique
  • san bernardino, CA, United States
  • 03-23-16

wow...

just wow I can't say I liked the ending but the story was amazing! definitely a must listen

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not erotic at all

once I got through the first hour of the narrator's droning on and on, I was excited to finally start the book. I've read mixed reviews so I wasn't sure what to expect. It never really got much better. there's no explanation of O, her love, no reason for such devotion to Rene. Through out the book of found myself saying WHY??? What did he do to earn this? There was no answer, and he turns out to be a jerk.
the ending was horrible, no reason or explanation. The love O believes she shares is an illusion, because you don't just dump on someone you love. For a minute I was fooled in to believing Sir Stephen loved her, but the ending proved me wrong. I think I might have better enjoyed this book if I had read it myself, instead of as an audio book.

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  • JET
  • Helper, UT, United States
  • 09-30-15

Classic French Erotica

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

It was - if you are interested in the genre.

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

There are better French erotica writers.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I thought the narrator had a very nice voice for the part.

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

Oh my - in my fantasy life it would star Juliette Binoche. I'm not holding my breath.

Any additional comments?

Again, it's a classic if you are into the genre. If not, skip it.

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Sadistic and creepy but riveting!

I had heard about this book all my life but never knew exactly how much it would make my ski. Crawl until I heard it! I couldn't stop listening to it though. How much torture and violation can person take?

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Not what I expected

Any additional comments?

After all the hype I've heard about it over the years, I expected more. It was controvertial in its time, but now it is old hat