• by Karen Moline
  • Narrated by Tim Curry
  • 6 hrs and 0 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Midwesterner Isabella Ariel Nickerson is just 18, visiting London with her cousin June, when she is invited to what she thinks will be the most fabulous costume party. The year is 1935, and Isabella, innocent, spirited, and trusting, is about to be taken from the world she knows and subjected to the whims of a cabal of wealthy aristocrats who answer to no laws but their own. But, looking forward to her party and utterly inexperienced in life, Isabella does not know how far men will go to satisfy desire. Or how far a woman must go to redeem her soul...Instead of dancing at a masked ball, Isabella will become the sacrificial lamb in a ritual of domination and submission known only to the noblemen who call themselves the members of the Club. Robbed of her freedom, identity, and dignity, the girl known as Isabella slowly disappears. In her place, a new woman is born. She calls herself Belladonna, and she lives for one purpose - revenge.Now, after an odyssey of escape, flight, and transformation, the bejeweled and utterly mysterious Belladonna will appear in swank 1950's Manhattan to create a spectacular nightclub. Always masked, as those who tormented her were, Belladonna will captivate both imaginations and hearts. No one outside her circle of loyal retainers guesses her true aim for becoming the toast of high society: She is waiting like a deadly spider for a member of the Club to walk into her web. And when he does, her exquisite plan for vengeance can finally begin...


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The worst audible title so far !

This title is terrible in every sense, being both badly written and badly read.

Reminds me of a badly written smug essay by a 12 year old who thinks that they are being really clever while in reality they are just irritating.

The naration is really annoying, to the extent that you listen for an extra few minutes to try and figure out whether the naration or the material is the major source of irritation, before comming to the conclusion that they are a match made in hell and are not worh wasting another minute on.

Easily the worst audible offering I have downloaded. Save ourself run away !!!!
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- Brendan

Great Reading of an OK Book

The real star of this selection is Tim Curry's reading. He turns an OK book into a great listen. Just as delivery can make or kill a joke, Mr. Curry's reading made this selection a winner. The text is pretty mild for erotica. The naughty bits are a small fraction of the story. Mr. Curry has a grand old time, stopping just short of camp, telling the story, and the approach works perfectly. If you want an entertaining listen with a hint of erotica this is a good choice.
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- Stephen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio