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Insatiable: Porn — A Love Story [Kindle Edition]

Asa Akira
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"Akira is the Galileo of women's sexuality, shifting our culture from the 'Dark Ages' of slut-shaming into an enlightened celebration of female desire. Hot, hilarious, and engrossing, this book is a path toward greater freedom for us all: read it and evolve."--Alissa Nutting, author of "Tampa" "Relentlessly risque. . . a lascivious, personalized journey through the pornography industry. . . . and the frequently hilarious, surprisingly humbling anecdotes of a life spent having sex for the camera. . . . Alive with an unconventional affinity for raw human sexuality, this exuberant memoir is effortlessly honest, without coming across as cavalier or catty. [Akira's] passion lies in the rush and the "high" of the perfectly filmed sex scene. Open-minded readers will find themselves bombarded by a carnal locomotive of industry insider secrets and amusing observations. . . . Puritans take note: Nothing is left to the imagination in this hypersexual memoir of life as a porn star."--"Kirkus Reviews" "In this no-holds-barred memoir--which at times take on the form of letters, haiku, and diary entries--Akira shares her personal experiences working as a celebrated porn actress. [Akira] gives intriguing insight into the industry, particularly the bits about porn stars' private and public lives and her own attempt to maintain a meaningful romantic relationship."--"Publishers Weekly" "The multitalented porn star Asa Akira's twitter has been shared a ton and now I'm fully obsessed with her. . . . she's so freaking hilarious that I'd be as into her if she were a comedian and not a porn star, but she wouldn't be making as much money in comedy because of society. . . . funny, but important . . . witty and clever."--Blisstree.com "Asa Akira is on a mission: To improve the sex lives of men & women around the world . . . and if anyone can do it, it's probably her."--MaxManGuide.com "In the past couple years Akira has made her stamp on the business as onep

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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 #1 bestselling 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 relationship 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 something important, controversial, and astonishingly interesting to say about sex and its central role in our lives and culture.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1015 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0802122590
  • Publisher: Grove Press (6 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IHGVHCE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,591 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars There or thereabouts 8 July 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It's a good read but I was left a little underwhelmed. If you follow Asa on twitter there's a fair bit of regurgitation and it lacks a bit of depth but otherwise a fun read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 18 Jun 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Great read! Read it in one go. A pleasant suprise. Definitely did not expext it to be this good upon buying
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Anals of Asa 18 May 2014
By Zarg 4041 - Published on Amazon.com
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First off, let me start by saying that I have always been a fan of Asa Akira's work. She brings a genuine enthusiasm to each of her performances that helps lift whatever she is doing to levels way about what her colleagues in the industry produce. With this book I was hoping to discover who the "real" Asa is, not the porn industry pin-up we have all come to know. In that regard I'm not so sure this book succeeds. Instead, it reads more like a long-form faux porn star interview like the ones that used to take up space between photo spreads in the porn mags of my youth. You know, how the porn star in question can't get get enough of sex, on or off screen, loves being controlled by dominant men, loves all kinds of sex (anal, oral, one-on-one, group, same sex, different sex, dominatrix, submissive), has no issues, no demons in her background, is in no way being exploited, nothing that would derail our fantasies of a sexy vixen.

Yes, I think her on screen enthusiasm is something not easily faked and I'm sure she is enjoying her chosen career path (good for her, no apologies - I like that), but I can't believe that life in the porn industry doesn't come with some kind of baggage, emotional or otherwise. But don't expect to find any of that here (again, why derail the fantasy?) Asa seems to scratch only the surface of her life and career with this autobiography. She talks about how she is not like other women in the industry (50% by her count) who are addicted to drugs or controlled by boyfriends cum pimps (pun intended). Still, she admits that she spent the majority of her life hooked on various pharmaceuticals (she is clean now, she insists). She recounts how she was one of the most promiscuous girls in her school and frequently engaged in shoplifting when not hanging out with friends getting high, but no underlying issues there, thanks. She says she is not controlled by any man, but one of the last chapters describes a session of rather rough sex she had with her husband hours before the Adult AVN awards in Las Vegas (but, she insists, she liked it and deserved it because she was acting crazy). So, you know, your average girl-gets-everything-she-wants story.

I'm sure there is a real good tale (tail?) here somewhere, but it is either too painful or too bothersome for Asa to address honestly. Her traditional Japanese parents are clearly distraught with her career choice, but Asa never delves into how she feels about this beyond saying "we don't talk about it". There is one scene in the book where her mother finds Asa's high school diary which recounts her sexual escapades, already numerous by that age. Crying, Asa's mother confronts her and asks where she went wrong as a parent. Asa basically changes the subject. She had two abortions (one of them very painful), but gives each of them short schrift; her battle with cystic acne got more ink and seemingly had a bigger impact on her. She literally says at one point in the book that her biggest regret in life is not convincing her parents to produce a sibling for her. That's her biggest regret?!?!?! Really?!?!

Again, despite what may seem like a negative review, I really enjoyed the book, but was starving for more. I read right through it in a few sittings and had a big smile on my face the whole time. But, I couldn't help thinking there is a whole other side to Asa that she is unwilling, or at this point in her life (she is still young at 28) unable to comes to terms with, let alone talk about. Maybe in 10 years or so we will see another book from her that is a bit more honest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank God For Us 17 April 2014
By john ziegner - Published on Amazon.com
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An absolute fun and interesting read. I laughed plenty of times, and so many anecdotal pieces on pornography that really fulfilled my curiosity of porn and the sex industry as a whole. Any fans of DVDASA or Asa's will love her compilation of crazy ass stories and haikus. Well worth the $25 and must have on your bookshelf for your whole entire family to see!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars easy, quick read but not too deep 20 May 2014
By Jeanie - Published on Amazon.com
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Shallow overview of her life for shock value but not much more. Good, fun read for quick entertainment but not much more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing! 8 May 2014
By hale - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I absolutely couldnt put it down From the moment I cooked it up, it was absolutely fantastic, asa akira paints a beautiful picture detailing her life in porn. Its funny its sad but most of all it will put things int perspective
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dvdasa all day, true star has some competition 11 April 2014
By Bruce B. Smith Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
great book, sweet cover art, full of funny, amusing and interesting stories about a world you only get a glimpse of from the outside.
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