The Life and Amours of the Beautiful, Gay and Dashing Kate Percival (Dramatic R…

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(4 stars; 98 reviews)

This surprisingly explicit sample of Victorian erotica follows the sexual awakening and subsequent adventures of its author, Kate Percival, the "belle of the Delaware." Content warning: this one is definitely NC-17 rated. (Summary by wildemoose)

Kate Percival: Arielle Lipshaw
Harry Percival: Anthony
Laura: Roseanne Schmidt
Clarence: Peter Yearsley
Amy: Esther
Cordelia: Kara Shallenberg
Margaret: Kalynda
Helen: Susanna
George: David Lawrence
Harriet: Availle
Emmeline: Elizabeth Klett
Florence: Miriam Esther Goldman
Horace: Mark F. Smith
Olivia: LilianaVale
Rose: Linda Andrus
Eudoxie: Nadine Eckert-Boulet
Ralph: Barry Eads
Harry Duval: Denny Sayers

Audio edited by: Arielle Lipshaw (4 hr 1 min)


Childhood 22:11 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Mysteries of a Convent 23:49 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
A New Scene 25:40 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
An Orgy 16:11 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Herbert Clarence's History 36:41 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Herbert Clarence's History Continued 33:44 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Amy Denmead's History 24:00 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
A Change of Fortune 33:01 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
My Father's Lawyer 25:50 Read by Arielle Lipshaw


Silly Adult Fun

(4 stars)

It helps if you are familiar with examples of 19th century erotica and their usually contrived stories and stilted language. Readers give an entertaining, tongue-in-cheek rendering of the story which is as graphic in its descriptions as it is silly.

Not sure how to review this

(3 stars)

Okay so I figured this would be a little rated X, but I had also hoped for some history as well. I think the title is what threw me off. I thought it would be a story that told of a woman who became a call girl or something of that nature and why she did. It was basically more of a sex diary with many of the same words and phrases used ad nauseum. It was somewhat entertaining but it got a bit repetitive after a while. The other thing is how on earth these people had all that sex without anyone getting knocked up makes it very hard to believe that any of it w as true. If you are looking for a real change from the ordinary give it a listen. Narration was quite good despite the rather empty storyline.

Boring and repetitive

(1.5 stars)

Once the novelty of the first sex-capade finishes, what you have is chapter after chapter of the 'same old same old'. The words may be explicit but it's not really erotic. The same words, same scenarios. It doesn't help matters that the readers are not good actors (although they read well). When they read the orgasm scenes, I actually laugh because, well, it's not erotic. This may have been titillating in its time but I've read similar books with less sex that were erotic. This wasn't.

puerile distracted and unlistenable.

(1 stars)

Main narration is gossipy and puerile. The choice to have separate voice actors lines edited into the narrative is choppy, distracting and technically crappy - uneven voice levels, discontinuity of meter destroys the flow. Pretty fewkin unlistenable. Didn't want listeners to get too into it apparently. Drag.

The Life and Amours of the Beautiful, Gay Kate Percival. by Kate

(5 stars)

Great read, even if a little raunchy at times.

True to its subject.

(5 stars)

Almost makes you want to learn French at times for all the naughty words.

very explicit

(5 stars)

if u are ready for very explicit sexual reading, this is for you.


(0 stars)

This one is... like... "Ho Babieee!!" Ahemmm... Huh?? I didn't say that!