The Saint Audiobook
By: Tiffany Reisz
Narrated by: Elizabeth Hart
Published by: Tantor Audio 06/24/14
Original Sinners Series, Book # 5
14 hrs and 41 mins
Whispersync for Voice-ready
The Saint: Original Sinners Audiobook
What I loved
I love that Tiffany (lets) makes me get to know and experience these characters and their world in the safety of my sexuality and my world. Her writing is clever, intelligent, lyrical, and I’m afraid undervalued, since the majority of non erotica readers will never get to experience the utter brilliance of this woman’s writing. How can’t I not have loved The Saint? A book that made me feel an expanse of emotions and showed me hell, but delivered me heaven.
I love that Tiffany makes me
like and almost love..Love a sadist! A sadist priest!….Zøren is sadist that clearly and cleverly manipulated a minor, and even though nothing physical happened between them until Nora was older I couldn’t help finding the journey disturbing…. Yet beautiful. The Saint is another brilliant example of her talent.
What I love
I loved the overall story. I loved seeing Nora as a teenager with her wit, intelligence and defiance.
I love Reisz’s stories because, although they are heavy BDSM, they also have tons of romance and passion. That’s not to say that others don’t, her stories just seem to be romance with an erotica chaser.
I really enjoyed the scene where Nora walks into Kingley’s house uninvited and is quite shocked by the scenes that she sees. To think of Nora Sutherlin being shocked by anything, even as a teenager, it amazing to me. I mean at this time, she had already read the Sleeping Beauty trilogy, which can be pretty depraved to some people, but an orgy seemed to really get to her. It goes to show that reading about something and experiencing it first hand are two completely different things, even in fiction.
I think my favorite line of the story would be: “If God looked like Søren there would be no atheists.”
What I didn't like
OK, what bothered me was the whole thing with a new character in the story. Nora is supposed to be a strong woman, and her sexuality a match to that of a man, but excuse me, men f*#k! They don’t start having heavy feelings for someone right away, it really bothers me the Nora talks about all these feelings! Really? Having sex and falling for a lot of guys is not a sign of being strong or self assurance in my book, to me, it’s a sign of weakness, and in this case one that is in direct contrast with Nora’s Femme fatale image I’m supposed to have, or think I’m being persuaded to have.
What I didn't like
I didn’t like the story within the story, which isn’t good, because I have a feeling that all four of the “White Years” books are going to be done this way. I don’t mind so much if we start off in the present and then go back, but the back and forth broke up the story more than I would like.
Part of me only wants to give it 4 stars because of the issues with Nora falling in love in the blink of an eye and it doesn’t seem real to me. Part of it because I didn’t feel the first sex scene between Soren and Nora was realistic either, for a first time.
I think taking that much pain is a learned thing that has to be built on. I just don’t think you could take that much out of the box. Even with the fact that Nora was a pain slut as a child, there is a huge difference between pouring wax on yourself and even burning yourself with a curling iron and taking a cane as much as she did on night one. I’ve never experienced any of this personally, but I’ve read a decent amount of BDSM and there is a headspace that people get into. I’m pretty sure that is something that is learned, maybe instinctual on some level, but not to the point that you could bear the brunt of that on day one. Maybe, if you were tough and extremely devoted, in a month or more. Maybe I’m trying too hard to put too much on it.
Melanie & Lupdilup
We both highly enjoyed and loved this entry, if you’re a fan of this series, this is a “NOT TO BE MISSED” novel that will have you once again questioning your limits (I’m starting to believe that line has been drawn too far for me) while the whole time you find the story impossible to put down because, The Saint shows us that romance is not exclusively vanilla, and there are beautiful colors in everyone’s universe.
We must recommend to read this series in order. I know it’s being sold as a new series, but the story is so much more powerful when you have knowledge and a deeper understanding of the characters.
While The Angel for Melanie, and The Prince for me, are still our favorites in the series, we both thought this was one hell of story that added so much to the series.
We can’t wait for THE KING!
Tiffany Reisz is the author of the internationally bestselling and award-winning Original Sinners series for Mira Books (Harlequin/Mills & Boon). Tiffany’s books inhabit a sexy shadowy world where romance, erotica and literature meet and do immoral and possibly illegal things to each other. She describes her genre as “literary friction,” a term she stole from her main character, who gets in trouble almost as often as the author herself.
She lives in Portland, Oregon. If she couldn’t write, she would die.
Elizabeth Hart has been a multifaceted performer her entire life. Her interest in audible arts began with her grandfather, a member of the Choctaw tribe who liked to tell her passed-down stories from his heritage. She began performing on television and stage when she was a child and has carried her passion for entertaining into adulthood. Elizabeth lives on the west coast with her family.
The Saint Audiobook Narration
Narration by Elizabeth Hart
Reviewed by Lupdilup
This is a little hard for me to review. There are so many elements I loved about Elizabeth Hart’s narration, and one that I didn’t. So I’ll get to what I love first.
Her interpretation of Nora. I loved how she expertly fleshed out her rebellious nature and the sexual inquisitiveness of the fifteen-year-old, while at the same time conveying the underlying innocence of her character.
Her transitions from young Eleanor to the older Eleanor were expertly executed.
The sentiment of the novel; she sure put me there. From the sweetness of the romantic moments to the savageness of some the sex scenes…I felt it all!
The French accent for Kingsley worked for me, mind that I’m not an expert on French accents, but I know when I find an accent distracting, and that never happened here.
Now about Søren…I wanted more! I can’t even tell you what I wanted, all I know is that her interpretation wasn’t enough for me, and is not that he didn’t sound masculine, he did. But honestly, how is a saint with a devil’s substance is supposed to sound like? I don’t even have an answer to that myself. Keep in mind that I’m a reader of this series first, and then a listener.
All in all, this was a very good interpretation, but to the reader I say, read it! And to listener of this series I say, you’re going to love the Saint!