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Publisher's Summary

The Academy: Tales of the Marketplace continues the brilliant saga of resolute slaves and exacting owners begun in previous volumes (The Marketplace; The Slave; and The Trainer). A dynamic culture of honor and duty embracing absolute servitude is the basis for the clandestine society known as The Marketplace. Sensuality, intelligence, and passion meld into exquisite eroticism and scenes of blazing sexuality. In The Academy, we follow Chris Parker and his trainee, Michael LaGuardia, to Japan, where a conclave of trainers is taking place. While the trainers swap cautionary tales and debate protocol, though, moves are being made that may change the Marketplace, and Chris's place in it, forever.

This complete, full-length novel is a rich tapestry of sexuality and emotion, augmented by the inclusion of short stories by guest authors Karen Taylor, Cecilia Tan, Michael Hernandez, David Stein, and Christian Muncy.

©2012 Laura Antoniou and contributors (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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The best story yet.

The books in The Market Place series continue to improve. The characters are well developed. The narrative is compelling and satisfying. The stage is beautifully drawn.

I look forward to acquiring the next book in the series.

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  • Judy
  • Holland, MI, United States
  • 07-21-17

Book 4 of a series of 6

There are 6 books in this series, can't say which I loved most. Oh how I wished they would make more

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Hot, compelling page turner!!

My fourth of four, The Academy seemed slightly boring at first-- then it took off and I couldn't stop listening, thinking, reflecting. It is a must read. Now for part five and hopes for a part six or whole new series.

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Just as expected.

Antoniou fleshes out existing storylines, closes the door on a couple, and introduces some new ones. Perfectly acted by Ms. Jasicki as usual. If you aren't already into The Marketplace series do yourself a favor and start at the beginning.

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Wonderful

Loved the "ending" for Chris Parker, the stories twist at the end- even though a little disappointing, and the addition of the new characters. The setting was fantastic as set in Japan- a favorite culture. I enjoyed The Academy being longer and narrated again by the Jasicki, making the chapters and imagery come alive with a good amount of laughter...

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Like the Marketplace series? Listen to this book

What did you love best about The Academy: Book Four of the Marketplace Series?

I always liked this book of the Marketplace series. The author does such a terrific job immersing us into the imagined world of Owners, Trainers, Spotters, and Slaves. Part of the reason I enjoy this book so much is that there are short stories from guest authors.

Which character – as performed by Elizabeth Jasicki – was your favorite?

Elizabeth Jasicki did an outstanding job with this audiobook. I cannot pick one character, well.....okay, I lied. I loved her interpretation of Chris Parker.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

There is no way you can listen to this in one sitting. But I tried.

Any additional comments?

Loved it, loved it, loved it!

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The performance of the player was dreadful

Is there anything you would change about this book?

No this was really good

What did you like best about this story?

It was really engaging

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She didnt detract it was fine just the player kept freezing up.

Could you see The Academy: Book Four of the Marketplace Series being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I could but there would be too many to list there are many that would have to be cast the ending scene would be like Caligula LOL

Any additional comments?

The player keeps freezing up.

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Too bad, Boring Boring

What would have made The Academy: Book Four of the Marketplace Series better?

Cut out many many of the excessive filler stories. All of which contribute nothing to the main story line!

What do you think your next listen will be?

Any different series! I've given this series two failed books a try. The first is great..they just stumble along faltering after that. The crux of the story is interesting however the author is unable to flesh out each book separately.

What aspect of Elizabeth Jasicki’s performance would you have changed?

Nothing.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Basic storyline is descent but lost in all the fluff of separate stories. No exciting scenes..out of 24 hours only one or two 15 minutes of interesting passionate scenes.

Any additional comments?

No.

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amazing

If you could sum up The Academy: Book Four of the Marketplace Series in three words, what would they be?

I have listened to the last 4 books at least 2 times each. I really enjoy the stories behind the slaves and trainers. This series is by far way better than fifty shades of grey.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like claudia because her character seems shy and innocent but wants to be better for her master

What does Elizabeth Jasicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She acts out the characters where as if i were to read it i couldnt make it as interesting as she does. She plays the characters well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and there were times if i missed something i would rewind it

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great

sexy, high energy, and drama filled story that had me trying guess the author next move, which was hard to do.