The King by Tiffany Reisz Audiobook Review

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Review of: The King Audiobook
Tiffany Reisz

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On December 1, 2014
Last modified:October 26, 2015


The King by Tiffany Reisz Audiobook

Narrated by: Elizabeth Hart

Published by:  Tantor Audio 11/25/20 14

The King Audibook by Tiffany Reisz


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Original Sinners # 6 (White Years)

14 hrs and 42 mins

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Bouncing from bed to bed on the Upper East Side, Kingsley Edge is brilliant, beautiful, and utterly debauched. No carnal act or chemical compound can relieve his self-destructive apathy – only Søren, the one person he loves without limit or regret. He plans to open the ultimate BDSM club: a dungeon playground for New York’s A-list that’ll change the scene forever. The club becomes Kingsley’s obsession – and he’s enlisted some tough-as-nails help. His new assistant, Sam, is smart, secretive, and totally immune to seduction (by men, at least). Still, their combined expertise in domination can’t subdue the man who would kill their dream. The enigmatic Reverend Fuller won’t rest until King’s dream is destroyed. It’s one man’s sacred mission against another’s.

Contains mature themes.

©2014 Tiffany Reisz (P)2014 Tantor


The King  by Tiffany Reisz  Audiobook Sample

The King

My review - Story 4.5 Hearts


This is an extremely hard review for me. I’ve loved this series since I read The Siren back when it first came out. I don’t remember how I heard about it, but I’m really glad I did. Tiffany Reisz writes some of the best erotica out there. The characters she has developed are amazing in that you can’t help but love all them, especially for their faults.

I own all the books in ebooks and audio. I usually read the ebook and then listen to the audio again later, because I love the stories so much. When I was given the chance to review The King audiobook, I decided to go straight to audio for this one. I really wish I hadn’t. For this entire series, as much as I love it, it has not been a good series on audio. They change the narrator for each book. Some of the narrators are better than others, but none have been stellar. This changing around all the time has really hurt this series on audio. I’m not sure the reasoning behind the change, but it does a disservice to a series that is at the top of its genre.

Okay, now the story. It took me a little bit to get into the story. I believe that part of that is because of the narration. Once I finally got used to the narration, I was able to settle down into the story. While Kingsley isn’t on the top of my favorite characters list in this series, I do like him a lot. I was worried that the lack of banter between him and Nora would bother me, but Kingsley seems to be able to banter with anyone.

There is a lot of Søren in this book, along with some characters that are new to the series. We get to see how Søren has been a part of Kingsley’s life, even when he was not there physically. The majority of the story is Kingsley obsession with creating his BDSM kingdom and his fight with an evangelical minister (ala Westboro Baptist Church) for the building that will become The Eighth Circle.

There is no doubt in my mind that Tiffany Reisz is the queen of BDSM erotica. She writes a great story that has not only the sexiness you expect from erotica, but also a suspenseful story with deep and entertaining characters.

The King by Tiffany Reisz Audibook Narration

My review - 2 Hearts

Let me start by saying that I don’t think Elizabeth Hart is a bad narrator. I just don’t think she was a good fit for this book. The story is told completely from Kingley’s point of view. Her French accent isn’t great, and the fact that the POV speaks with a French accent, meant that there was a lot of it. I did listen at an increased speed, because her pace was a little slow for me. I thought that her male voices seemed fine. I was able to distinguish between all the different characters. I would listen to this narrator again, I just don’t think she is the narrator I would’ve picked her for this particular book.

Tiffany Reisz

Author Tiffany Reisz

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.


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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.

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I like to thank Tantor Audio for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. I haven’t read any books by this author but I keep hearing great things about her. I need to try one of her books. I’m glad this one was good. Great review!

    • I’ve really enjoyed this series. She never disappoints.

  2. Making the switch to audio mid-series can either go really right or horribly wrong. It sucks that the narrator is ever changing, but at least for the most part you were able to get past Tiffany Reisz’s performance of The King, because like you said, she wasn’t bad, just not well-suited for this particular story line. Good to see that you’re still getting your smut fix on, Melanie! :p

    • This is a great series. I will always read anything that Tiffany writes. She is the queen of smut.

  3. You know I’m HUGE fan of this series too. I have to totally agree with you about the narration. She’s not a bad narrator and she does the women’s voices and emotions in the novel really well, but she missed when it came to Kingsly and Zøren…And that’s too big of a miss for me 🙁
    Maybe I’m a little harder on the French accent coz I have a French friend with a heavy French accent, and he doesn’t sound like Pepe Le Pew.

    • I wasn’t sure about the accent. It didn’t sound good to me, but I’ve never known anyone with a true French accent, so I didn’t want to say too much. Good to know that my feelings were correct. I still don’t know why they didn’t go with a male narrator, since the story is told from a male POV.

  4. Great review Melanie, but just not my cup of tea

    • Thanks. I understand. This is not only BDSM, but also M/M, which puts it out of even some erotica people’s list. I enjoy all of the above, so it works for me. That’s why it is great that we have so many great books and authors out there for all our different tastes. 🙂

  5. I haven’t read this author/series, but I do keep seeing it around making me curious. I’m glad that despite not being your favorite audio version, you ended up enjoying the story. Thanks for sharing another new read and author, Melanie 🙂

    • I love this author. If you like stuff that is very erotic, you won’t find much better than Tiffany Reisz. She pushes a lot of limits but does it so well you don’t even realize it.

  6. I have heard a lot about this author, but I am too chicken to try her. I just don’t do well with erotica.

    • I can understand that. Even less are willing to listen to it. The first book in the series is probably the most tame or try one of her stand alone stories. “Misbehaving” is a short story she wrote that is take on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. It is cute and really funny. It would be a way to try this author without diving completely into erotica.

  7. I was kinda sad reading this one. I kept hearing that that she’s the queen of erotica/bdsm and I just didn’t feel it at all. It was a decent read but nothing that blew me away despite liking Kingsley. I think it was just too much hype for me. That’s so hard to live up to most of the time :/

    • It is really hard to live up to the hype. This one also doesn’t have Nora (or at least, not really), who really steals the show. The Angel is still my favorite book so far. I just love Griffin and Michael. I hope you give some of the other books a chance.

  8. I own book one and two on my Nook, and I am glad you mentioned your audio experiences. I will read these.

    • They’re great books. Some of them were better than others. I can’t remember which ones were the better one, but none of the narrators were as good as the story.

  9. I still need to read one of her books, I think I’ll stick to the ebooks though.

    • I hope you get a chance to try her soon. I love the books. They are great.

  10. I’m not into BDSM but I’ve read a few I enjoyed. I am curious about this one but I may read it instead of listening to it. Brilly review!

    • Thanks so much. She does write stories so well that people who are not into BDSM are still enjoying them.

  11. I LOVE THIS TO BITS!!! I enjoyed the fresh characters introduced and wished Sam was still around during The Red Years. I also liked that this part in King’s life didn’t necessarily revolve around Soren even if he’s a big part of it. I loved the show of friendship vs. their time as lovers in their REd Years book. And yes, TReisz the The Queen!

    • I love Tiffany Reisz. This series is wonderful. Kingsley is not one of my favorite characters, but this was still a great story. I really enjoyed seeing how The Eighth Circle came into being.

  12. I have The Siren, but am a total friggin’ slacker. Every time I see a review for the series/one of her books, I get excited to read it. I just need to do it already!

    • Yes, you should. It is a great series. I think you would really like Nora.

  13. I thought the Kingsley accent in this was tragic too. But she did a good job with the others, so once I got used to it, I was okay.
    My review goes up later this week.

    • It probably wouldn’t have been so bad if it wasn’t from Kingsley’s POV. There was just so much of his talking with that accent. I think she would be a great narrator if she didn’t have to do a French accent. I would definitely listen to her again on a different series. I can’t wait to read your review. I’ll be looking out for it. 🙂

  14. too bad this one didn’t work out for you Melanie. I love this series. will you be reading it via eBook or paperback maybe?


    • Yes. I love the series and this story was still great. I even think the narrator was a good narrator, just not a good match for this book.

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