Audio Porn

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Lockdown blues? Try listening to these siren voices…

As audiobooks and podcasts continue to rise in popularity, there are also plenty of platforms for listening to audio erotica — sexy stories read aloud or acted out. Although these websites have been around for some time, they are growing in popularity. Many have taken a different angle on their purpose by appealing to wellness trends of encouraging sexual exploration and relaxation. And a warm voice can bring a sense of company to the many of us enduring isolation as a result of lockdown restrictions.

So, here’s my rundown on five places where you can find audio erotica that will prick up your ears:

 

The stories section of Girl On The Net is unabashedly titled ‘audio porn’. Their content is kink-friendly and open to the exploration of fantasies. It offers a wide variety of stories available by Girl on The Net and her many guests, from Tight Corsets and Stable Boys to Impulse Alleyway Sex. There is excellent attention to detail. Some stories accompanied by discussion of where these fantasies might come from and what makes them so exciting. You can also listen to accounts of True Sex Stories. It’s a free site, encouraging financial support by removing ads if you support their Patreon, which publishes new audio on Thursdays and Sundays, with beautifully illustrated thumbnails to tempt you in.

Caroline Spiegel (sister of Snapchat founder, Evan Spiegel) set up Quinn website. It has a ‘for women, made by women’, approach. Spiegel told TechCrunch that her intention to create an audio erotica site that would be ‘a much less gross, more fun Pornhub for women’. The minimalist website is easy to navigate. Users upload their homemade content with tags to describe what it contains, so you can search for what you know you love — Quinn appears to have more kink content than some audio erotica platforms. It appears to foster creativity and many of the stories pay attention to making their content relatable and realistic. For example, inmyhandsaudio’s quiet spooning spends the first forty seconds waking you up, warning you ‘these walls are paper thin so we’ll have to be really quiet’. There is also a ‘Safe For Work’ section, which includes discussions of hot topics, such as liking people who are mean and ghosting on dating apps.

Established in 1998, Literotica is a completely free to use website with an audio erotica section. New content is constantly being added. Amateur (and not so amateur) authors are encouraged to submit their writing and so there is an abundance of different themes to be found here, from those which might be considered softer content to more fantasy-based extremes. It may not be as intuitive to navigate as others, but the ‘story tags’ page does help to filter through the many pieces for something to your taste. Comments can be left and ratings out of five can be given, so there’s a sense of community between authors and listeners. Some submissions have the text with them, so it is also possible to read along too.

For a website and an app with many erotic stories and wellbeing guides, try Dipsea. Each story’s intensity is rated out of five flames, making it easier to choose the right one for the moment. There is also audio specifically designed for couples. Whilst the erotic stories are engaging and well-produced (background noise of doors closing and music helps to create a good mental image of each situation), I found some of the dialogue clunky and the responses of each character too fast, which took me out of the experience. The app fosters a sense of community with questions to stir up conversation and there’s a sleep guide: if Dipsea’s erotic stories don’t get you off in one way, they might help you to get you off to the land of nod. There’s a one-week free trial upon signing up, after that it will cost you £8.49 per month.

Sexual assault survivors Billie Quinlan and Anna Hushlak created Ferly as an empowering way to reclaim sex. It is an app designed to aid self-discovery by offering guidance on ‘sexual self-care’ and even a 7-day cognitive therapy programme on ‘mindful sexuality’. There’s also ‘Play’, a tutorial which gives hints and tips on writing erotica. The stories section has a range of narratives told from a first-person perspective. Ferly is inclusive, with a queer section, the promise that their stories won’t assume pronouns (‘they’ is used instead of ‘he’ or ‘she’) and that romantic relationships can include more than two people. Each story also has a chilli rating to let you know how spicy it is.

As with Dipsea’s dialogue, I sometimes found the dialogue in Ferly’s stories jarring. For example, in Bitters, the protagonist proclaims, “My cool mouth tastes so good, I wish I could kiss myself right now, but I leave that to her.” Sometimes descriptions of touch seem to lack sensuality: they go on to say their lover’s movements cause their “pelvis to tense as our flesh makes contact.” After these I simply couldn’t relate to the rest of the story, but hey, maybe that’s just me. The free trial gives access to includes the first 7-day programme, two ‘Guided Practices’ and two ‘Sensual Stories’. If you complete the free trial and do not begin a subscription, you are still able to listen to these after the free trial ends. Otherwise, get ready to pay £12.99 per month to access premium content.