The Best American Erotica, Volume 12: Surviving Darwin

  • by Susie Bright, Jane Smiley, Mary Gaitskill, Steve Almond
  • Narrated by Susie Bright, Nelson George, Lenore Zann, Daleena Valdatti, Ax Norman
  • 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Highlights Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Featuring erotic stories by Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley, Mary Gaitskill, Steve Almond, Nelson George, and Karl Iagnemma.
Pulitzer Prize-winner Jane Smiley details a beautiful erotic interlude in an otherwise sordid real estate deal; Mary Gaitskill celebrates the unexpected ardor of one middle-aged couple; Steve Almond reminisces about the best one-man/three-girl Ecstasy party ever; Nelson George recounts the erotic escapades that befall a young man who accompanies a celebrity athlete when he picks up a gaggle of girls; and Carol Queen explores the joys of making love with summer fruit.
Included in this collection:


"Slippy for President" by Steve Almond
"View from the Fourteenth Floor" by Greta Christina
"The Ugly Cock Dance" by Mary Gaitskill
"My Puritan Reader" by Bert Hart
"Bottle" by Martha Garvey
"Experimental Writer Gets Sucked Off in a Field" by Robert Gluck
"Sour Berry Juice" by Shu-Huei Henrickson
"It's Never Too Late in New York" by Nelson George
"Brontitis" by Maria Dahvana Headley
"Robots of the World, Unite!" by Karl Iagnemma
"The Bounty of Summer" by Carol Queen
"Charles Sykes' Spirit of Ecstasy" by P.S. Haven
"Surviving Darwin" by Alicia Gifford
Previously published as Best American Erotica 2005.

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What the Critics Say

"[Susie Bright is] the avatar of American erotica." (The New York Times)
"Bright has outdone herself....This very literary, Epicurean collection is guaranteed to stimulate both hormones and funnybones." (Publishers Weekly)

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Why Susie?

I have listened to Susie Bright's "In Bed" series for over two years and have also purchased the Best of American Erotica available through Audible.com. The past selections were good, and I have listened to them many times. This year, I would have to say "mediocre" at best. I have to wonder, what Susie was listening to when she made the selections for this compilation. I am just a little disappointed and would not recommend this to someone listening to "erotica" for the first time.
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- Jesse

Not Exactly My Style

To be brief, about 40% of this book is gay erotica. It's not disgusting or anything. It was very well written but I didn't listen to all of it, because it was boring. If you have "erotica" without the "erotic" all you have left is "a."

I suggest you have 3 versions. Straight, gay and mixed. This way people will know what they are getting.
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- Alphonse

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-11-2006
  • Publisher: Susie Bright