- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 4 hours and 47 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: LB Productions
- Audible.com Release Date: October 1, 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00O3H9C32
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Warm and Willing Audible – Unabridged
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Top Customer Reviews
WARM AND WILLING was LB's first so called lesbian novel, and I didn't find much to like about it. On his website, LB describes this as a "sensitive novel of the lesbian experience." But I kept asking myself, "Who is the intended audience for this book?" The title and the original cover art seem to target men looking for whatever passed as softcore porn in the 1960's, but the story itself could have been written for a lesbian audience. One of the novel's primary motifs is how gay women in 1960's Greenwich Village formed a closed-in community in order to hide their lifestyle. But the novel ultimately perpetuates a number of negative stereotypes: lesbians are shallow, bitchy, and jealous; lesbian relationships are unstable; lesbians are deeply unhappy and genetically unable to form attachments to men; etc.
In the end, though, it wasn't the subject matter or the message that turned me off. The characters just came off as flat and melodramatic, the story meandered slowly to get to nowhere, and the resolution of the central conflicts proved unsatisfying.
Ms Emerson's writing style is simple and direct. There is nothing hugely deep in the book that will set you back. The story is quite short, and is readable in just on ninety minutes. Don't make the mistake of rushing it, though. Short books can achieve great things. Just look at the history of the Nobel Prize.
Virtually no time is spent caring for the book's first victim - Rhoda's first husband. Men may well feel some sympathy for him, but i guess he is a minor character, at best, so it doesn't matter what we feel for him. And men are not really the book's target audience. And yet I am reading it, enjoying it, and sitting here at my ipad, working like the devil trying to analyse it. Go figure.
The book opens with an interesting dream sequence that is not explained, or even mentioned again until the reader approaches the thirty percentile mark. If this could be explained or extended in a revised edition, it would make for an enhanced reading experience.
At this stage, i award this release four stars. It may well change at book's end, but given the real identity of the author, I would be shocked if it drops. I will let you know when i get there.
This book is now finished. It is not perfect - one minor flaw is the lack of explanation of a dream the main character suffers from three times throughout the story. It would be good to get an interpretation (IMHO, of course!). Once or twice the topic of living with homosexuality is brought to the reader's attention in a touching and sensitive way. Moreover, the book barely qualifies as erotica. Compared to the extraordinary reading experience that was THIRTY, this book is mild. More of a love story with explicit love scenes. But not overly explicit. But that is no bad thing. The book remains highly readable, and hugely significant for long term fans of Mr Block, so my initial rating of four stars remains. Now for the sequel!