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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Depends on the friend... The book is the very explicit story of a major porn star.
Would you be willing to try another book from Asa Akira? Why or why not?
I doubt it. Kind of seems like she'd be a one trick pony book wise.
What does Asa Akira bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
She reads well and expressively. She'd probably be a pretty ok actress. I believe she likes what she does. I think some of it was just sort of trying to pander to her fans and not really genuine. I found it kind of um... patronizing? but overall ok.
Was Insatiable worth the listening time?
eh It was OK. It had some funny parts.
Any additional comments?
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
As you can see from this blog I am a little fascinated by porn. I still watch (though not as much, I'm 40 as I write this and I find usually it just doesn't do much for me, no substitute for the real thing :) I think the fact that I had never seen any of Asa's movies proves that I'm not much into porn the past few years, still I was interested enough to get this from Audible (with the monthly credit system I just go by ratings, interest and length).
The book starts out with a description of a hard core sex scene from a porn movie (I tried to figure out which one I'll admit, but the answer was nowhere to be found, I might e-mail her and ask). Asa has a nice speaking voice and she can describe a sex scene well but that's not the makings of a good biography. I found that the chapters which focus on her childhood, teenage and pre-porn years were the worst in the book.
Obviously it's very hard to relate to a porn star (unless you're in the industry of course, or lead a really wild life) and you get the impression that her childhood and early teenage years were a mess, filled with crime (shoplifting for years she says), drugs, sex (she gave her first blowjob at 13, which I think is too young) and even a creepy tale of her babysitter molesting her at a young age. Thankfully the molestation story doesn't give details and, in fact, it happened when she was so young she is never completely sure anything truly sexual happened, which doesn't make it any less wrong, it's just another strange part of her life. She lived with a married couple (and had sex with both of them), worked as a stripper, a prostitute and of course does incredibly hard core porn. She just paints a picture as a very unlikable/hypocritical person. For example she condemns people in Florida and yet she lived there, for two years! Personally I've been to FL over 30 times (and once stayed for 6 weeks) and I found on the whole people are nice. I think that generally the southern states are different from the more northern and central ones, that doesn't make them necessarily worse. Her criticizing strippers also makes no sense, not only does she have sex for a living, she was also a stripper herself!
Also spread throughout the book are haiku's. I enjoy poetry (took courses in it at university) but most of these haiku's are just terrible. While I don't mind graphic details there are moments when she just goes too far. One particular encounter she has with her boss at a sex dungeon is certainly TMI, along with her describing enemas, rough sex with her husband and her first STD. It's also obvious it's her first book (and it really needed some more editing), this is especially apparent in the first chapter.
Once the book moves away from her pre-teen/teenage years it does get better. I enjoyed the behind the scenes porn stuff, learning a little about her family, her husband and her diary entries. Someone reading their diary for the whole world to know does give a voyeuristic (and in this case non-guilty) thrill. You also do feel good hearing about her success in a field she loves and I certainly felt sorry for her when she describes a molestation incident she had as an adult.
The book is not too long (really it's quite short) and does display her raw talent as a writer. I think she could write some hot erotica but I'm not sure if I'd read anything else non-fiction by her. She provides insight into why she loves porn (and displays her insecurities about her body and her performances in movies) but never gets into how porn has changed her (I think would have to) or the affect it has on any of the people she has known. So I do give this a cautious recommendation. As I said be prepared for GRAPHIC language and hard core sex scenes, obviously ages 19+.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Great that she narrated her own book,
loved it. Outstanding insight to the industry.
thoroughly enjoyed and was genuinely intrigued to get back to listening to it everytime I took a break from it.
would recommend it you are a fan of porn or Asa herself.
Some interesting insights into the world of porn but too much rambling about drugs, food and sitting at home doing nothing.
Not very coherent and all of the place. Some of the stories were cool but overall I think it lacked a bit of depth.
This tart is so selfish, eg thinking it's funny to drive while always texting for example, drug addict brain dead whore that gives the industry it's bad name, I couldn't wait for it to end by 3/4 way threw.The only reasons it was finished is it was on audio book.So self absorbed but she gets two stars because it appears that she's being honest and knows that if she wasn't getting gang-banged for a living she would probably have ended up a crack whore.