Masters of Sex

  • by Thomas Maier
  • Narrated by Dorie Barton
  • 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Masters of Sex, critically acclaimed biographer Thomas Maier offers an unprecedented look at Masters and Johnson, their pioneering studies of intimacy, and their lasting impact on the love lives of today's men and women. Masters and Johnson began their secret studies in a small Midwest laboratory working with prostitutes and volunteers who performed more than 10,000 sexual acts in the name of science. They soon became the top experts on sex for more than 40 years, explaining the untold mysteries of orgasm, emotional fulfillment, and sexual dysfunction to millions of Americans. Thousands of patients relied on their highly successful sex therapy, from politicians and Hollywood stars with marital problems to gay men and women seeking "conversion" to heterosexuality. Masters and Johnson were America's ideal couple, but they divorced after 20 years amid a clash of ambitions, betrayal, and jealousies. Theirs is a classic tale of love, work, and fame against the backdrop of an American sexual revolution which they inspired. Weaving interviews with the notoriously private William Masters and the ambitious Virginia Johnson, who championed the power of female sexuality during her own quest for true love, Maier offers a titillating portrait of the legendary team. Entertaining, revealing, and beautifully told, the groundbreaking Masters of Sex sheds light on the eternal mysteries of desire, intimacy, and the American psyche.

More

See More Like This

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Incredibly Bad Narration

The substance of the book is interesting and moderately well written. The narration, on the other hand, is maddening. The narrator has a very "little-girlish" voice -- think Goldie Hawn. In and of itself, that would not be a problem. The issue is that the narrator doesn't seem to have read the book, or any of its individual sentences, before starting the recording session. Each sentence is an adventure in emphasis. Sometimes the emphasis on particular words in a sentence is correct. As often as not, however, she puts the stress on the wrong word and it sounds terribly awkward. It seems like she is simply saying the words as they come along with no idea of where the sentence is going or what it means. (Doesn't anyone listen to these before they are sent out?) I've listened to over 50 audiobooks and this is by far the worst narration I've ever heard. The narrator also swallows her words and has a hard time with pronunciation. (To give one example, the town of Spokane, Washington is pronounced "spo-can" not "spo-cane.") This audiobook should be pulled off line and re-recorded with a narrator who knows how to read out loud.
Read full review

- Steve

A passable book on a fascinating subject

Like Kinsey before them, Masters and Johnson were truly groundbreaking, and took enormous professional (and personal) risks to move their work forward. But the book, while extolling the virtues of opening up the country's thinking about sex, succumbs to good ol' tabloid-esque sex expose writing in the latter third as it strives to show off Masters' personal-life failings. It's still worth a read, if you're interested in their revolutionary work.

The narration is solidly second-rate. While the narrator's overall style and voice characteristics are fine, she tragically mispronounces a number of words, which is as much the fault of the director as her. There are segments where she also seems fatigued, and doesn't put as much care into her reading as the earlier bits. That Ms Barton has no other reading credits on Audible is telling.
Read full review

- Scott

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-16-2009
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books