• The Claiming of Persephone

  • Taboo Tales of Paranormal Kink, Book 1
  • By: Bella Swann
  • Narrated by: Joe Formichella
  • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
  • 3.0 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This is a very dark, erotic, adult interpretation of the ancient Greek myth of the claiming of the goddess, Persephone, by the god, Hades.

It begins when Persephone is frolicking in the meadow with her nymphs. She is then abducted by Hades and taken to the Underworld where she must undergo a series of erotic, dark, BDSM initiations in order to become the Queen of the Underworld. The final ceremony will require Persephone to learn what complete sexual surrender to her god and the denizens of hell will really mean.

Warning: This is a work of fiction that contains sexually explicit materials meant for those over the age of 18, and contains elements of dubious consent, dominant male, and submissive female.

©2015 Bella Swann (P)2017 Bella Swann

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The worst erotic story I have ever heard

The author apparently adheres to the absolute basest instincts, trashes mythology, and clearly is barely aware of what constitutes human dignity.
I could not finish this book and will delete it from my library.

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Massively disappointing

I was going to simply return this purchase to get back the credit, but I think it's important that people have some kind of guide or opinion when considering spending money to obtain works by this author, because it might save them some time and disappointment.

The major problem with work by this author is that it cannot present a singular "view" or "approach" to the material which is clearly intended to be arousing for the reader, The author mixes outright vulgarities with a kind of romance-novel implication of some action on top of some rather cringe-worthy attempts at poetic language. The result is a confusing mess that never establishes a specific point of view or linguistic atmosphere to allow the reader (or listener) to surrender to it, which is a basic requirement to experiencing the point of erotica (i.e., arousal of some kind.) In other words, if you want "down and dirty" smut, you can't toss in subtle innuendos. If you want to let the reader's mind generate its own imagery you imply events and let them paint it as pleases them. You can't mix the two.

As an author of erotica myself (I have one here on audible), I write from experience. Then again, I suppose I should have been alerted to a potential problem when the author chooses to use a pen name that is a direct lifting of the main character from an "erotic romance horror" series (the Twilight "young adult" novels). That speaks of a limited imagination and lowers the value of the work to that of what is called "fanfic".

And to top it all off, the male narrator is clearly uncomfortable with the story and language, which makes the listening experience akin to watching porn with your mom. Not a fun time.

I would listen to the free preview before considering a purchase from this author. If it trips your trigger, go for it. But it might not be exactly what you think.

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Weird Narrator Choice

The words of the story are great, very sexy, but the narrator's voice is creepy.