AudioBook Review: Fifty Shames of Earl Grey – A Parody by Fanny Merkin


Title: Fifty Shames of Earl Grey – A Parody

Author:  Fanny Merkin
Format:  Paperback § eBook § AudioBook § mp3 cd § audio cd
Narrator:  Allyson Ryan
Publisher (written): Da Capo Press
Publisher (audio):  Tantor Media
Pages: 226 Pages
Length:  4 hours, 22 minutes
ISBN:  978-0306821998
Source:  Tantor Media via Edelweiss
Genre:  Parody, Humor
Purchase Now:  Amazon §  Tantor Media §  Audible § iTunes §  Barnes & Noble
Stars:  Overall: 5   Story: 5  Narration: 5 

About the Book:

Young, arrogant tycoon Earl Grey seduces the naïve coed Anna Steal with his overpowering good looks and staggering amounts of money, but will she be able to get past his fifty shames, including shopping at Walmart on Saturdays, bondage with handcuffs, and his love of BDSM (Bards, Dragons, Sorcery, and Magick)? Or will his dark secrets and constant smirking drive her over the edge?

Book Review:

This parody of the more famous title that it references, as well as a parody of the fan fic site that was its genesis,  is a convincingly well-crafted combination of the worst fanfiction possible, overused alliterations, bad puns, and creatively twisted reformulations of oft-used erotic situations: and I loved every moment of it.  Narration provided by Allyson Ryan, whose voice perfectly suits the main female character of Anna, the weeks from graduating virginal co-ed, and the ‘affectation’ adopted to portray Grey’s voice and manner are equal parts funny and appropriate.

A never ending treasure trove of laughs, with pointed send-ups to many different themes culled from fashion, erotica, literature, home decoration and even the culture of “drive everywhere” the author has managed to skewer everyone and everything, and still make it entertaining and fun to listen to. Feeling much like a Monty Python skit, with moments of Naked Gun and other over the top parody done in film form this audio book version is not ‘commuting safe’ for you will be laughing too hard to see straight.

If you need an afternoon away from television, and don’t mind people wondering why you are laughing for four hours – go pick up this book.  You will not regret for one moment taking a chance on this parody.

I received an MP3 download of the book from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 

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