• Belladonna

  • By: Karen Moline
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-16-99
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio
  • 3 out of 5 stars 3.1 (63 ratings)

Regular price: $21.27

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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...
©1998 Karen Moline; (P)1998 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 06-16-06

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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3 out of 5 stars
By K. L. Mohler on 06-04-12

Okay story, amazing narration

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

It seemed like a romance novel with some BDSM content. The only thing that really stood out for me was the narration. Tim Curry did a wondrful job, particularly with the women's voices in the story. He really made the book for me.

Would you ever listen to anything by Karen Moline again?

I don't know. Doubtful, but I don't know right now.

Did Belladonna inspire you to do anything?

It's gotten me to look for more audiobooks read by Tim Curry.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kristin on 07-14-13

Sex and revenge makes a heady but scary mix...

What did you like most about Belladonna?

I liked that Belladonna is in no way ashamed of wanting revenge on those who have wronged her, and intends to get it any way she can, and she only knows one way thanks to them - lust as a weapon.

What did you like best about this story?

I was completely drawn into the need to find out who her abusers had been, and how she would track them down so they could pay.

Which character – as performed by Tim Curry – was your favourite?

I liked best the enuchs story, you didnt realise at first there was a story there, or how they had come together, but it all suddenly made sense.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

This book deal with the aftermath of long years of terrible abuse after a girl is sold into sex slavery, so there is much to move you. That said it is dealt with sensitively, despite the book being about revenge.

Any additional comments?

Definately not one if you dont like sex scenes - its not littered with them though, its not thatkind of book. You arent intended to really enjoy the scenes at all, but need them to understand the protagonists need for such revenge and all consuming outrage.

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