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Successful, attractive, and in control, Nora seemed so different from her shy, terribly vulnerable younger sister. Grieving for Franny, Nora reads her diary and is stunned when it reveals a secret sadomasochistic affair with a mysterious professor known only as M. Nora vows to seek justice for the sister she never really knew and undertakes a daring scheme to seduce this lethal and manipulative man in the hope of uncovering information about the murder. Instead, she finds herself in thrall to his bizarre sexual magnetism, trapped in a passion so dark and perverse, and yet so compelling, that she is willing to risk her life. And she is in danger, although it may be from someone much closer to her than M., someone so close she might not see it until it is too late. With an ending as startling as it is haunting, Topping From Below is unlike any book you’ve ever listened to. Ever.

©1995 Laura Reese (P)2013 by Insatiable Press Limited. All rights reserved. Copyright exists on all recordings issued by Insatiable Press Limited. Any unauthorized broadcasting, public performance, copying or re-recordings in any manner whatsoever, will constitute an infringement of such copyright.

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  • cora
  • 04-05-2013

Wow! Totally haunted me after it was over.

This book is like a train wreck and you just can't look away. It has an ending that just sticks with you and leaves you thinking back to it. Reese has to be a heck of a writer to take such disgusting disturbing scenes and make you want to read more. I have only read one other author to have that ability and that is Megan Hart, both can make you think back to their work. This not a book for the faint of heart, it has VERY dark elements of BDSM. The narrator is kind of weak but tolerable.

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  • kathy
  • 09-04-2013

Wow!

What made the experience of listening to Topping From Below the most enjoyable?

Really worth the listen ! Great ending!!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes!

What about Nina Carlisle’s performance did you like?

Great voice

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and no

Any additional comments?

Crazy ending. Eye for an eye.

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  • Lia
  • 20-08-2013

I Want My Money Back


There are some shocking scenes in the book so read the publisher's summary in Amazon as the summary in Audible does not prepare you for what is in the book.

Not one part turned me on; the story was slow and dragged on for too long to get interesting, nothing exciting about the characters, the writer clearly does not know what erotic means.
It is very clear the book was written a long time ago as erotic writing today is much more intimate. When this book was written the so called erotica was just there for shock value. Another reason you know the book was written almost 20 years ago is the reference to child pornography which would be totally unacceptable today.
However, most of the sex scenes were so bland and lacked any detail. For example “He f##ked from behind” was about the most detail there was. There was more detail described in the surroundings then there ever was in any of the sex in the book.
The narrator matched the book boring monotone delivery of the story. I will never pick up another book from this author

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  • Leesa
  • 19-05-2013

Somewhat interesting

This one did leave you wondering until the end who killed Nors's sister Franny. It has some pretty rough sexual scenes but not the "hot steamy" type. It wasn't one of those books that enthralled me and it's not one I'd care to listen to again. Just a somewhat average listen.So my advice would be to use your credit on something else.

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  • Dara
  • 21-01-2021

Topping from Below

I splurged on this book because the reviews sounded great... I was disappointed. The narrators voice was monotone during the entire book. I found it a quite boring and it was not until the very end that the big twist came and was more entertained . I am sad I spent the money.

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  • Christina
  • 14-01-2020

The audio on this is absolutely awful.

I read this story years ago and while it’s a dark sadistic intensely sad story it’s is story that evokes real emotions throughout.

I decided to pick up this audible copy so I can keep a copy around that my daughter wouldn’t be able to get into .

The narration on this is embarrassing bad , the narrator, producer and audible should be ashamed of themselves .

Several parts repeat either words or whole phrases , corrections are done in audio and you can tell every single break that the narrator took by the drastic change in quality and voice at one point I was convinced it was a whole new narrator AND by the repeats .

It was not uncommon to be at a point have the audio break than the narrator come back with a brand new voice and reread the last few lines before the break ... this did not happen once but multiple multiple times .

Truly a appalling piece of work

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  • the wolf
  • 21-12-2019

First person dark themed detective story

This is a well written/narrated not for the faint of heart story about a reporter trying to find out who and how her sister was killed while learning things about her she was too busy or self involved to notice or see. Some themes are perhaps over the top for many but needed in an obscure way to ultimately bring the mc back to sensibility and also reveal the resolution to the quest of finding who done it. There are controversial/objectionable subjects covered in this story and this story is rated on on its overall merit.

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  • Klondike
  • 08-02-2017

Narrator Nina carlisle is a real person?? prob not

If you could sum up Topping From Below in three words, what would they be?

Amazing Book which pushes buttons hard and beyond comfort. Really wish Laura Reese would write more books.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nora, she goes down the rabbit hole and goes deep. M is a very interesting character and dark.

Would you be willing to try another one of Nina Carlisle’s performances?

Not very much, she sounds mechanical like a computer and not like a human being reading the book with any vocal intonation or realism.

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

Entire book was amazing, gripping and you can't put the story down

Any additional comments?

really would prefer getting an audiobook read by a human.

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  • LaToya
  • 23-03-2015

B4 50 Shades

This was a great listen... couldn't put it down. If you want the original 50 shades with a plot here it is... And don't forget to read Panic Snap!!!!

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  • Mrs C Lovell
  • 22-08-2020

One of my favourite reads, not my favourite audible!

I love this book, I read it years ago when it came out, several times in fact. It’s tense whodunnit, the S&M to a naive teenager was exciting and startling.
I’ve searched for a while for this on kindle or audio book so I was very excited to use my last credit on it.
The realities, however were disappointing when I heard the mechanical performance of the narrator. At times, it felt as though Alexa were reading it to me in her bored “let’s get this over with” monotone voice. (I actually think Alexa or Siri would have enjoyed reading it more)!

Saying that, I still binge listened to it since it’s a decade or more since I last read it, and the story is still thought provoking and exciting.

Well worth a read, not so much a listen!

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  • Arietta Bryant (The Crafty Witch UK)
  • 20-11-2017

Interesting premise terribly delivered

I enjoyed the basic premise of this story even if parts of it made me feel squeamish. however it sounds like it is being read by a robot and the editing is sketchy at best as there are several places where the narrator reads a line incorrectly and then again correctly

Disappointing listening as the monotonous voice makes it difficult to immerse yourself in the story

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