Asa Akira (28) has already had an extremely unusual life. Educated at the United Nations International School in Manhattan, she soon was earning a good living by stripping and working as a dominatrix at a sex dungeon. Akira has now built up a reputation for being of the most popular, hardworking, and extreme actors in the business, winning dozens of awards for her 330+ movies, including her number-one best-selling adult film series Asa Akira Is Insatiable.
In Insatiable, Akira recounts her extraordinary life in chapters that are hilarious, shocking, and touching. In a wry, conversational tone, she talks about her experiences shoplifting and doing drugs while in school, her relationships with other porn stars (she is married to one) and with the industry at large, and her beliefs about women and sexuality. Insatiable is filled with Akira's unusual and often highly amusing anecdotes, including her visit to a New Hampshire sex shop run by a mother and son.
In a world where porn is increasingly becoming part of the mainstream, Akira is one of very few articulate voices writing from the inside. She has something important, controversial, and astonishingly interesting to say about sex and its central role in our lives and culture.
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I would recommend it, although I don't think it's to everyone's liking. The subject in itself, and her frankness is sure to scare the more... prudish segments on society off.
That it's not a story - don't go into this thinking it's gonna be nicely structured and follow some sort of narrative. I don't know why, but it comes out as conversation (whether she intended this or not). Imagine sitting down for a coffee with Asa, and she's telling you about her life without a script or plan, just talking.
Asa is not very good, she's not clear at times, going on mumbling, and especially the haikus were absolutely impossible to hear. I was listening to this in a car most of the time, but even without the possible engine noises, she's not trained (obviously) in narration.
But, on the other hand, I was happy that she was reading it herself.
No, there would be no point. Her experiences as a human are in no way extraordinary.
Her passion for her work might give you a new view on porn.
A surprisingly good book, and intriguing look into a world most people really know very little about.
Having this book read by the author makes all the difference in the world.
The recording quality was very good.
Have not read print
The double anal :) my gf liked the end bit where she was dominated by hubby
Err Assa Akira
The double anal scene
Listened to the story in the car with my partner. She usually goes to sleep when listening to my quality stories. The was first class junk, like a really good Burger King we love it.
"Entertaining. Exactly what you'd expect."
Depends on the friend... The book is the very explicit story of a major porn star.
I doubt it. Kind of seems like she'd be a one trick pony book wise.
She reads well and expressively. She'd probably be a pretty ok actress. I believe she likes what she does. I think some of it was just sort of trying to pander to her fans and not really genuine. I found it kind of um... patronizing? but overall ok.
eh It was OK. It had some funny parts.
"Very graphic biography, needed more editing but ok"
As you can see from this blog I am a little fascinated by porn. I still watch (though not as much, I'm 40 as I write this and I find usually it just doesn't do much for me, no substitute for the real thing :) I think the fact that I had never seen any of Asa's movies proves that I'm not much into porn the past few years, still I was interested enough to get this from Audible (with the monthly credit system I just go by ratings, interest and length).
The book starts out with a description of a hard core sex scene from a porn movie (I tried to figure out which one I'll admit, but the answer was nowhere to be found, I might e-mail her and ask). Asa has a nice speaking voice and she can describe a sex scene well but that's not the makings of a good biography. I found that the chapters which focus on her childhood, teenage and pre-porn years were the worst in the book.
Obviously it's very hard to relate to a porn star (unless you're in the industry of course, or lead a really wild life) and you get the impression that her childhood and early teenage years were a mess, filled with crime (shoplifting for years she says), drugs, sex (she gave her first blowjob at 13, which I think is too young) and even a creepy tale of her babysitter molesting her at a young age. Thankfully the molestation story doesn't give details and, in fact, it happened when she was so young she is never completely sure anything truly sexual happened, which doesn't make it any less wrong, it's just another strange part of her life. She lived with a married couple (and had sex with both of them), worked as a stripper, a prostitute and of course does incredibly hard core porn. She just paints a picture as a very unlikable/hypocritical person. For example she condemns people in Florida and yet she lived there, for two years! Personally I've been to FL over 30 times (and once stayed for 6 weeks) and I found on the whole people are nice. I think that generally the southern states are different from the more northern and central ones, that doesn't make them necessarily worse. Her criticizing strippers also makes no sense, not only does she have sex for a living, she was also a stripper herself!
Also spread throughout the book are haiku's. I enjoy poetry (took courses in it at university) but most of these haiku's are just terrible. While I don't mind graphic details there are moments when she just goes too far. One particular encounter she has with her boss at a sex dungeon is certainly TMI, along with her describing enemas, rough sex with her husband and her first STD. It's also obvious it's her first book (and it really needed some more editing), this is especially apparent in the first chapter.
Once the book moves away from her pre-teen/teenage years it does get better. I enjoyed the behind the scenes porn stuff, learning a little about her family, her husband and her diary entries. Someone reading their diary for the whole world to know does give a voyeuristic (and in this case non-guilty) thrill. You also do feel good hearing about her success in a field she loves and I certainly felt sorry for her when she describes a molestation incident she had as an adult.
The book is not too long (really it's quite short) and does display her raw talent as a writer. I think she could write some hot erotica but I'm not sure if I'd read anything else non-fiction by her. She provides insight into why she loves porn (and displays her insecurities about her body and her performances in movies) but never gets into how porn has changed her (I think would have to) or the affect it has on any of the people she has known. So I do give this a cautious recommendation. As I said be prepared for GRAPHIC language and hard core sex scenes, obviously ages 19+.
"A Balls To The Wall, Take No Prisoners Life"
Wow. I was totally surprised by this book. Profane, vulgar, sexually explicit. Yet at the same time hilariously funny and touching. I'm not sure I believe everything she describes in her memoir. However it's told in such a entertaining and mesmerizing style it's hard not to be drawn in by her story
Some reviewers were put off by her non linear narrative. The way she kept circling back to describe certain circumstances. I found it worked well. The only thing I found unpleasant was a detailed description of some rather rough play between Asa and her husband. I personally don't think any woman should be treated like that. That's my hang up I guess.
Despite that Ms Akira writes well and is a good narrator of her own work. If her second recently published book eventually goes on sale like this one, I might read it.
"What A Life"
Starts out as a fun and interesting story of one girl's life but ultimately ends up making this reader sad. After listening to the next to last chapter, I hope she never has children.
"Starts strong but lacks coherence."
Asa is pretty hilarious on twitter and is obviously a pretty great performer in her genre and I enjoyed a lot of this book as a result of her wit and her insight. I've always liked her voice and her narration is very good too. The only problem is that about halfway through the book it feels like she has simply run out of things to say. The book keeps going though so we are treated to her narrating her old diary entries and random letters she has written to different people. That said, I laughed a lot at her story of the glory hole drill and her description of falling in love with her husband during a gang bang. It's priceless to get a perspective on the world from a person whose life is so different to mine. No regrets in listening to it but you probably only want to download this if you're already a fan.
"Telling her story"
Its a story about Asa finding herself through her work in porn. She reads her story well. It is interesting to hear her words and inflections about it. Especially the ending letter. It is worth a fun read. Think her reading the book actually adds to the reality of her life.
"Terrible,don't waste your time or money"
This book is Terrible. It's full of Random thoughts and topics that jump around and around with no congruence. It's disorganized and very badly written.
"Feel free to give it a chance, you'll enjoy!"
This book is certainly interesting, to say the least. Promise to keep an open mind, and you'll be fine.
Asa Akira skillfully and helpfully mixes personal stories of her lengthy career in porn (it is still ongoing), with explanations of how the industry works. She considerately explains slang terms and widely accepted practices within the business that one would have no other way of knowing.
I have nothing but respect for her writing skills, and her verbal reading skills. Her voice is clear and crisp. The producer needs to find a new job though. The volume regularly drops and rises at random intervals for no discernible reason. I often thought the battery on my speaker was dying and would jump to rescue it.
Asa is totally forthcoming, she sugarcoats nothing - even stories that are not favorable to her reputation. But her honesty is endearing, and she makes no apologies. Only offers to learn from her mistakes, hopefully, the next time.
Enjoy learning something new about something new. Just, don't listen out loud where young or innocent ears can overhear. Asa holds nothing back in terms of colorful language and vivid descriptions.
Really enjoyed listening to it and the fact that Asa narrated it made it even more special
"it is good to listen to if you are doing busy work"
i did not find it as interesting as other celebrity autobiographies - maybe i was expecting more emotional insight. a lot of it seemed tongue in cheek but Asa is charming and sarcastic.
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