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Summary

The Ultimate Guide to Kink is the first major guide to BDSM in a generation - a bold and sexy collection of essays that run the gamut from expert how-to tutorials to provocative essays that delve into complex questions about desire, power, and pleasure. The book brings together diverse voices from the kink community in an unprecedented way: each chapter is written by a different sexuality/BDSM educator. Divided into two sections, the first section features thorough, thoughtful pieces - on everything from flogging to bondage. The second section is dedicated to role-playing fantasies and personal manifestos. From age play to masochism, these chapters cover some of the edgiest, most taboo and controversial elements of kink in depth. The Ultimate Guide to Kink features the expertise of renowned educators writing passionately on their favorite subjects, including Patrick Califia, Midori, Laura Antoniou, Barbara Carrellas, Lee Harrington, Jack Rinella, Lolita Wolf, Madison Young, Hardy Haberman, Felice Shays, Ignacio Rivera, Sarah Sloane, Mollena Williams, FifthAngel, and Edge. It will educate, inspire, and challenge both newcomers to the world of kink and experienced BDSM players.

©2012 Tristan Taormino (P)2017 Cleis Press

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A great book

If you are a new or experienced player this is a great book for you to listen to and read. There are plenty of ideas presented here, including an exploration of the basics. This is a book written with sincerity.

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  • Paul R Kennedy
  • 23-06-17

Spoken Like A True Master!

Where does The Ultimate Guide to Kink rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 20%! Definitely one of the best books on Kink in years!

Would you recommend The Ultimate Guide to Kink to your friends? Why or why not?

Absolutely. The information is solid and well conveyed. The narrator is really enjoyable and brings the book to life. Admittedly the narrator was not what I was used to or expecting, initially her style may surprise you. I found her melodious voice, clear emotion and energy stimulating. She is not as staid as one might expect a narrator to be for a collection of instructional essays, however then again, Julia Child wasn't who she was for her dead pan delivery.

Have you listened to any of Anneliese Rennie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. This is one of her best performances so far!

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

F**K! The Mind F**k chapter! The chapter on Tantric Kink is also quite interesting.

Any additional comments?

I am what some might call a voracious reader. I “read” (i.e., actually read or listen to) over 100 books a year. I don’t own a television, rarely go to the movies, however my La-Z-Boy is surrounded by a seemingly endless stacks of books. My car used to be chock-full of boxes of CD and cassette “books-on-tape”… that is, until Audible came along! Now my Audible queue seems as deep as the piles around my reading chair!Audio books, unlike print books have a voice. Not my voice, but the voice of the narrator. Accordingly, a skilled narrator can either make or break a particular audio title. A lousy narrator can make even the best writing unreadable (unlistenable). A great narrator can make an otherwise mundane title come to life. Such is the case with the Ultimate Guide to Kink.Don’t get me wrong, the topic is an exciting one – it’s sex after all! The book contains a dazzling variety of excellent informative essays from a range of authors on myriad ways to express one’s sexuality. The content of the book is first-rate. That said, I agree with other reviewers that because it’s a compilation by various writers; and the content covers such a broad range of kinks and kinky – from newbie to hardcore; the book sometimes lacks a clear audience or singular message. The voice that holds it all together is the narrator. She is the constant.The narrator’s voice is pleasant, melodic and full of life. Not the usual stiff, droll, rhotic (i.e., Midwestern American English) epitomized by American newscasters. Her voice is melodious and full of expression. It brings lightness and life to the material, making the audio edition of this book fun and enjoyable listening. Admittedly, the first few chapters, which are full of lists and instructionally written information, can be initially off putting, however the narrator keeps it alive and definitely doesn’t let this important but admittedly uninspiring informational material put you to sleep. By the time you get to the chapter on Mind F**king… she has so much energy and zeal, and straight up sex appeal, that she makes you forget this is an information/instruction guide and not a porn novel.I know that some reviewers have panned this narrator for her lovely expressive voice and her infusion of emotion and character to what is after all a compendium of instructions. But then for some, doggy-style is considered “kinky”! I found this narration truly entertaining and strongly recommend it to anyone interested in increasing their sexual intelligence. A definitely must listen for novices and master kinksters alike!

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  • cyndi
  • 18-03-17

Great in depth guide!

From the beginning this book was very welcoming with how to become apart of this community. This is a great listen for anyone needing a push on how to get into the BDSM lifestyle. Detailed tips and experiences, perfect for anyone needing a guide.I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • KindleX
  • 28-12-17

Absolutely fantastic

Love the way the writer is so experienced and authentic but writes with twists of humor and irony.

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  • Tenley
  • 05-06-18

Expanding sexual ideas

Fun and exciting way to introduce new sexual experiences. The narration is well done, equivalent of a quick and exhilarating read.

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  • Kitty ranma
  • 08-03-18

A guide

This is more than 11 hours of listening time. It tends to repeat abit. It seems to have something on just about everything.
I personally had to skip chapters for they squicked me out.
The narrator keeps things interesting.
This Audiobook was given to me at my request from the publisher, author or narrator and I provided this unbiased voluntary review.
Reasons I enjoyed this book:
Informative

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  • STEVEN
  • 26-04-17

A little different from what I expected, but good

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

It depends on which friend. The content is very graphic and would be selective with whom I shared this title.

Have you listened to any of Anneliese Rennie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not

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

XXX

Any additional comments?

I received this title in exchange for a review. I enjoyed this title, but it would not land anywhere near my top ten. But that is largely based on the genre

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-07-18

Extensive, Interesting, Exciting

Coveted a lot of topics I didn't know even were part of this "undiscovered" universe of study.

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  • DK McCord
  • 29-03-17

Interesting Info, Horrible Narrator!

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I don't like to write negative reviews. But the narrator was THE MOST annoying narrator I have heard in over 5 years of listening to audio books! She used a sing-song voice, ending every other sentence with an up - swing in her singing narrative. I don't know how else to describe it. But this is not a subject that lends itself to sing-song.

Now I have played around the fringes of the kink community. I think a book like this is a great way to enlighten the curious. There are so many misconceptions about kink. It is NOT a bunch of cruel, sadistic bullies taking advantage of weak - minded people. For the most part, the kink community is very responsible and dilegently strives to ensure that participants are educated in all forms of safety while indulging in their kinky preference.

I really wish I had a copy of the book to review. Apparently, there are personal examples and comments in the margins, but with the narration, there is no way to know when one of these "extras" is being read apart from the main body of the book. It becomes quite confusing.

There is a lot of good information in this book. But I thought it was almost impossible to separate the info from the completely annoying narration!Do yourself a favor and buy the book, not this audio version. I couldn't make myself finish this audio version. I hate to admit that.

I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book to review fairly.

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  • Michael
  • 23-04-18

Good info, boring presentation

The title really says it all. The info is good but it is presented in an encyclopedia like fashion which makes for boring listening material. Also it needs some audio editing.

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  • Christopher G. Green
  • 18-04-18

Good general information, oddly narrated

The book does a good job of offering basic knowledge on a wide range of kinks. However, the narrator seems to be trying to hard to be sultry/erotic at times, and some odd pronunciations combined with a couple poor audio edits distract from the information being presented.

If you are new to kinks in general and can get past the narration, this book is a good one stop shop source of the more common kinks.

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