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Laurence Dalziel is worn down and washed up, and for him, the BDSM scene is all played out. Six years on from his last relationship, he's pushing 40 and tired of going through the motions of submission. Then he meets Toby Finch. Nineteen years old. Fearless, fierce, and vulnerable. Everything Laurie can't remember being.

Toby doesn't know who he wants to be or what he wants to do. But he knows, with all the certainty of youth, that he wants Laurie. He wants him on his knees. He wants to make him hurt, he wants to make him beg, he wants to make him fall in love. The problem is, while Laurie will surrender his body, he won't surrender his heart. Because Toby is too young, too intense, too easy to hurt. And what they have - no matter how right it feels - can't last. It can't mean anything. It can't be real.

©2015 Alexis Hall (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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  • R_K_87
  • 14/04/2016

Just picture me screaming into the abyss forever

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Everyone. Forever.
Why? Because its a piece of art that's why.
Listen, BDSM is a hard thing. It's hard to participate in, its hard to watch, it's hard to understand and its hard to portray. Yet with For Real, it felt effortless. Laurie and Toby pulled me into their world of dominance of submission and trust and care with the ease of a fish gliding through water. Of course there were stumbles but not for one moment were you ever thrown out of the moment. It was, as the title said, For Real. Toby and Laurie were whole realized and complete people. They were strong and sure and beautiful and vulnerable and interesting all on their own and it made their coming together. I would've been fascinated by their relationship even without kink to be honest.

Plus, as someone who spent a bit of time in the London Underground Clubs scene many many moons ago, it was lovely to hear clubs I knew name-checked every now and then. But that was mostly a bonus for me. ;)

What other book might you compare For Real to and why?

Good lord. Not a book but maybe the movie Secretary if Maggie Gyllenhall and James Spader switched kinks but everything else stayed exactly the same.

Which character – as performed by John Hartley and Paul Berton – was your favorite?

Laurie and Toby were both divine but I felt far more comfortable with John Hartley's Laurie than with Paul Berton's Toby because I am closer to Laurie's age than Toby. That's not a sign on his performance, just a sing that I'm getting old *sob*

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Old enough to know better. Young enough not to care.

Any additional comments?

This book was brilliant - both in the sense that instilled joy and pleasure and in the sense that it was in fact intellectually brilliant. Toby was so smart I wanted to reach into my Audible app and shake him with his poetry and literary criticism and creativity and emotional maturity. Everyone in this book was there for a reason. There were no extemporaneous characters. Everyone, even the incidentals, had a purpose. I walked away feeling like I learned something even as I'd been entertained. It's been a long time since I've felt that way about a book. It's lovely to feel that way again.

Now who do I have to bribe to get the rest of Hall's works audiobooked?!

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  • M. Jones
  • 14/04/2016

Highly Recommend

I chose the book because I've read nearly all of the books by Alexis Hall and enjoyed all of them. This one really touched a special place for me dealing with confusion, loss, low self- esteem and just wanting to be loved no matter what your station in life.

One of the best books I've listened to in a long time.

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  • Leah Petersen
  • 21/06/2016

Why was the narrator changed?

I loved, loved, loved this book. It's still wonderful, I'll still listen, but the original narrator was so much better than this updated version. I see the desire to have two separate narrators for the two POV characters, but the original narrator did a much better job keeping two distinct voices when one chapter belonged to one person while making the other's dialogue in their section so much more seamless.

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  • Joseph Lance Tonlet
  • 26/10/2016

Effin' Perfect

The absolute best D/s book I've ever read! Hands-down! Never has an author captured the essence of being a submissive more accurately. So effin' perfect it almost hurts when the last words are uttered and the book has concluded! God, I want MORE of these two and their beautiful relationship. *goes to knees* Please, Sir, more.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24/05/2016

Superb narration for superb story

As much as I enjoy reading Alexis Hall's excellent prose, this time I enjoyed hearing it even more. These narrators brought the characters to life by dramatizing the story, not merely reading Hall's beautifully literate prose.

I highly recommend this production, and know I will listen to it many times.

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  • GEG
  • 22/05/2016

Get this right now!

I loooooooooved this book when I first read it. And now I love it even more. John and Paul's voices were absolutely stunning, true to the character I pictured, and had me swooning with love for these characters all over again.
This is one I will listen to over and over again!

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  • Sophie Smeenk
  • 11/07/2018

Stop everything. Listen to this or read this now!

But preferably listen. I don't know the original audible narrator, but Paul Berton and John Hartley do a magnificent job with this book. Laurie and Toby come to life in the best possible way.

This is the most moving, choking-up, funny, real, kink-sex love story I've ever read or listened to. And that's saying something for someone who for decades thought she wans't into kinky sex. But then it's so much more than that. It's about growth, building bridges, being true to oneself, being true to one another, I have almost listened to it in one go.

I won't put anything in here that could be a spoiler. Just take the book and read it. And listen. it's staggeringly beautiful.

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  • JD
  • 05/05/2018

loved

I really enjoyed both narrators and their portrayal of the characters. I feel like the voices are spot on.
love the story.

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  • Amy
  • 30/03/2018

Absolutely amazing

What did you love best about For Real?

The author’s ability to get inside the characters’ heads. The depth of the characters’ emotions is staggering. Absolutely loved it.

What did you like best about this story?

Toby. For all his confidence and bravado, he’s just an innocent, Uber-sweet kid.

Which character – as performed by John Hartley and Paul Berton – was your favorite?

Honestly they are both so very good that I cannot choose one over the other. Both voice actors were amazing. I loved their performances and the accents were lovely. I could listen to them forever.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh mostly, but it was extremely touching as well.

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  • Kitty Meow
  • 14/03/2018

Mesmerizing, Life Changing, Not Like Any Other

If you could sum up For Real in three words, what would they be?

Oh My God!

What other book might you compare For Real to and why?

No other book compares to For Real. This is not your typical MM Romance, or any Romance. This is life. Life as a song. Never have I imaged that a book can open up a secret place in my heart--a place I had never known existed.

To borrow a line from this book, as though it is the edge of a cliff, and I could not bear the view. But then Alexis's prose spread its wings and took me gliding, soaring, letting go...

What does John Hartley and Paul Berton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Both narrators are excellent. Very clear and full of emotions. How their velvety sexy voices tug at my heartstrings!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Many. But if I have to pick one, that would be the scene where Laurie and Toby went to the club and met Laurie's ex Robert with his new lover Noah. Without disclosing the plot, I just want to say that I listened to it on my way to work,and kept thinking about it for a whole day and ended up doing very little work. :-)

Then, I listened to it again that night, and ended up lying awake in bed, unable to sleep. :-) I kept thinking about it... obsessing about it, submerged in its heartbreaking yet hopeful yet regretful mood.

This scene, I think, is ultimately about letting go--letting go of the past and letting go of what others think. "It's ours." Yet, it is not so simple..., nothing truly human can ever be so simple. And truly human, this is.

Any additional comments?

Alexis is my literary god!

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  • Sabine K.
  • 04/03/2018

Wow

Zuerst bin ich immer etwas skeptisch und kann Sprecher und Person im Buch nicht gleich zusammenbringen. Aber hier passt alles: die beiden Sprecher lassen Bilder von Toby und Laurie im Kopf entstehen, man lebt mit Ihnen. Und die Story selbst ist einfach nur 'Wow', intensiv, gefühlvoll, sexy, mit durchdachten Dialogen und viel 'Insight' in die Gedanken von Toby und Laurie.

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  • Lotta
  • 01/12/2015

A wonderful performance of a lovely book.

Würden Sie For Real noch mal anhören? Warum?

I am sure I will listen to this book again and again. It's is a lovely audio version of a lovely book. The book has changing points of view, and in the same way the audiobook has two narrators. Toby, a young man with a wild combination of certainty and uncertainty, Laurie, older and more jaded, with his emotions locked away but so open, physically. The alternating voices felt very real in print, but even more so here.

Haben Sie vorher schon ein Hörbuch mit John Hartley and Paul Berton gehört? Wie würden Sie beide vergleichen?

This was my first time with these narrators, but I think they did a marvellous job. Laurie's narrator has a lovely RP accent (and also does a passable Aussie accent). He's slightly melodramatic, and manages to convey Laurie's jaded, slightly cynical and "given up hope of more in life" attitude very well. Toby's narrator is clearly younger, and combines wide eyed marvel, late teenage passion and slightly gleeful cruelty very nicely. It's more than just "read," but done with conviction and emotion, and it really works. Which is what I liked most--how the narrators drag me in, emotionally. It does feel real. They bring this wonderful story to life and give it flesh.