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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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Brilliant Starter Guide

As a relative newcomer with a small amount of real-life kink experience, this book has given my understanding hugely valuable depth and insight. With this fresh understanding, I feel more courageous to explore aspects of kink I probably wouldn't have before, now that I have some idea of what to do and how to do things.

I really enjoyed the variety of sources and their individual perceptions and expertise.

Listening to half a chapter every morning while walking through the park with a coffee has been a lovely way to enjoy this "study." I'm ready now to read the next book on the topic, now I have a reasonable foundation.

Narration was good, however a few re-takes were not edited out which was jilting to my concentration since the content is highly engaging. I did enjoy the warm tones and slight husk of the narrator's voice, though I suspect it won't be everyone's cup of tea.

My thanks to all the chapter contributors, you bunch of absolute legends.

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taken with a grain of salt

a great listen. however it could be quite intense. i wouldn't suggest it for total novices, but definitely something everyone should have a listen too at some point. even if its just to better clariffy what your own dislikes are.
or perhaps you'll find you clarify some mew likes ;)

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loved It!

Great for when you first start dabbling into the world of bdsm and then to revisit and gain the beginnings of ideas for your own unchartwred scenes or new ideas on loved ones. A+++

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  • Paul R Kennedy
  • 23-06-2017

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
  • 18-03-2017

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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  • Joe
  • 29-04-2019

Excellent Eye Opening Guide to Kink

The Ultimate Guide to Kink: BDSM, Role Play and the Erotic Edge by Tristan Taormino. The Ultimate Guide to Kink is a major guide to BDSM. This is a collection of instructional essays from well know educators 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. These essays cover all area’s of the world of Kink. There is something for everyone. This is an eye-opening educational audiobook for those who think 50 Shades of Gray is wild. The audiobook will hold the listener’s attention through the entire production with the exception of a few early chapters that have long lists that can get somewhat dull but do have useful material.

The narration is provided by Anneliese Rennie. Ms. Rennie brought a strong skilled vocal quality to this audio production. Ms. Rennie is really a perfect fit for this audiobook. She has a vivacious voice that fits the subject matter. The production quality of this audiobook is also the highest quality. I heard no problems during the entire performance. There were not any detectable flaws that I was able to hear during the entire performance such as loops, breaks, or buzzing. The production was crisp and clear. Start Midnight LLC delivered an excellent audiobook production. I highly recommend this audiobook. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Kindle-IX
  • 28-12-2017

Absolutely fantastic

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

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  • Em
  • 17-11-2019

Bland Narration, Odd Topics, Just an Overview

I'm used to narrators being monotone but this was on another level when I play it from my phone it's as though the author talk some such a quiet voice but so close to the mic you just get weird noises and can barely hear the actual story. as far as the story goes it's basically a collection of memoirs and a little bit of introduction to different topics the about section definitely did not go over well what was going to be in the book and I ended up being very disappointed in the topics that were given and most of them didn't go in-depth into the topic at all or really go over the safety and was just a very brief overview it also had oddly specific Kingston would go over that aren't even too common so I feel they could have picked better in trees to put in. not bad and would be better if you actually read it apparently the book has actual photos I would not recommend this as an audiobook

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  • David and Cherri
  • 23-02-2019

Good for newbies

If you are already exploring bdsm then this book is a little light. There are some good ideas though. My wife and I have been exploring bdsm for a year so I found myself skipping most of it.

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  • Amethyst
  • 05-06-2018

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
  • 08-03-2018

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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  • Gabrielle
  • 08-07-2019

The Ultimate Guide to Kink

This was an interesting book that gives listeners lots of information on many different subjects in the world of kink. It does a good job of explaining things and always reminding people of things being done with consent and safety. It covers a lot of subjects and gives good details making things easy to understand and sometimes even helping to understand why some people do the things that they do to get off. There is no judgement and you are always advised to be yourself without blame and to be safe. Even those that are in the lifestyle can enjoy all the information included in this book. The narrator speaks clearly and with enough volume that listeners are able to understand and enjoy what she is saying although the pace is a bit slow and there were some long pauses at times.

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  • B.McGrath
  • 09-04-2019

Keep an open mind

This book covers a wide range of kink from basics and just starting out to advanced kink, role play, and fetishes. It explores the mental and physical aspects of kink. Even if you're not into this type of interaction, it's a great reference for any reader and especially kink readers for a better understanding and description of the process. The narrator holds your attention and keeps you engaged and entertained the whole time . loved it.

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  • Mr. S. A. Kirk
  • 20-05-2018

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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  • Elizabeth Millard
  • 20-03-2021

Enlightened. Stunning voice

well worth a listen if you're looking to know more about kink.
this book covers a huge range of topics with articles and essays from many writers but the same buttery voice all the way through.
an excellent listen for sure.

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