Story of O

  • by Pauline Reage
  • Narrated by Käthe Mazur
  • 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

O is a young, beautiful fashion photographer in Paris. One day her lover, René, takes her to a château, where she is enslaved, with René's approval, and systematically sexually assaulted by various other men. Later, René turns O over to Sir Stephen, an English friend who intensifies the brutality. But the final humiliation is yet to come.


What the Critics Say

"A rare thing, a pornographic book well written and without a trace of obscenity." (Graham Greene)


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Customer Reviews

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This is not 50 Shades

I enjoyed this book when I read it in college, I enjoyed it even more a few years ago. This is classic literature, it is dark, and naughty and hot....but it is literature..not beach trash. There is nothing light or whisical about it.

The story is prefaced with a number of forwards, and literary studies on the work which I found fascinating.

The story was originally published in 1954 as Histoire d'O. It was penned entirely in french and some may find the "translation" difficult. The writer, Anne Desclos a french author and journalist, wrote the book because her editor said no woman could write erotica. She did not reveal herself as the author until 40 years later.

I enjoyed the audible edition, and truly appreciated the forwards, but it will not be for everyone.

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- Justagirl "kimber0711"

Changed my view on a lot of things

Would you listen to Story of O again? Why?

Yes, I will wait at least a year because I became outraged listening to the level of inhumanity one woman would endure in the name of "love". To think these dehumanizingactivities may go on in the world is truly disturbing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Story of O?

When O has a chance to get away from the abusive behavior she chose to stay.

What does Käthe Mazur bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Ms. Mazur reads with a slow steady pace. It allows the listener to really absorb what is happening and the mind blowing way in which this woman accepts her fate and how in the end she is discarded like a piece of garbage.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did. I was shocked then angry and at the end very, very sad. I wanted to shake O awake until I realized she had become numb from her mistreatment and would have enjoyed my actions and nothing would change.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this book to any reader that enjoyed the Shades of Gray trilogy. While I did not read the series I would hope that listeners of this story would understand that we demoralize our selves by making these abusive behaviors entertainment. the Story of O was an education.
I downloaded the book because J.K. Rowling refused to read the Shades of Gray series
after reading this one.

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- Lucinda

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-24-2012
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio