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Tell Me It's Real | [TJ Klune]

Tell Me It's Real

Do you believe in love at first sight? Paul Auster doesn't. Paul doesn't believe in much at all. He's thirty, slightly overweight, and his best features are his acerbic wit and the color commentary he provides as life passes him by. His closest friends are a two-legged dog named Wheels and a quasibipolar drag queen named Helena Handbasket. He works a dead-end job in a soul-sucking cubicle, and if his grandmother's homophobic parrot insults him one more time, Paul is going to wring its stupid neck.
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Publisher's Summary

Do you believe in love at first sight?

Paul Auster doesn't. Paul doesn't believe in much at all. He's thirty, slightly overweight, and his best features are his acerbic wit and the color commentary he provides as life passes him by. His closest friends are a two-legged dog named Wheels and a quasibipolar drag queen named Helena Handbasket. He works a dead-end job in a soul-sucking cubicle, and if his grandmother's homophobic parrot insults him one more time, Paul is going to wring its stupid neck.

Enter Vince Taylor.

Vince is everything Paul isn't: Sexy, confident, and dumber than the proverbial box of rocks. And for some reason, Vince pursues Paul relentlessly. Vince must be messing with him, because there is no way Vince could want someone like Paul.

But when Paul hits Vince with his car - in a completely unintentional if-he-died-it'd-only-be-manslaughter kind of way - he's forced to see Vince in a whole new light. The only thing stopping Paul from believing in Vince is himself - and that is one obstacle Paul can't quite seem to overcome. But when tragedy strikes Vince's family, Paul must put aside any notions he has about himself and stand next to the man who thinks he's perfect the way he is.

©2013 TJ Klune (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press

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    T. Henry The Woodlands, TX 07-08-14
    T. Henry The Woodlands, TX 07-08-14 Member Since 2012

    T.Henry

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    "Don't read on a plane!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tell Me It's Real to be better than the print version?

    That is a toss up. Having read everything T.J. has written, I feel like I can hear his voice in my head, but saying that, he has wonderful narrators for his books.


    What other book might you compare Tell Me It's Real to and why?

    There is no other book to compare to the banter and diatribes that go on in this book, nothing like it....


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hard to choose, the hippo scene, the love scene, the johnny depp scene, the GPS scene, bike store.... on and on and on.


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

    The story about Sandy when they were in high school and he finds out his parents have been killed, and the scene where Paul tells of his father, and maybe the scene where Paul speaks to his mother, too many to count


    Any additional comments?

    Get this audio, book and audio, worth every penny. Just make sure you are not listening to this where it is not okay to bust out laughing at anytime, because you will, there is no stopping you!!! It will come out as a Snort, a gasp of laughing, hee hawing, it will not be pretty :0

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Pete San Diego, CA, United States 07-19-14
    Pete San Diego, CA, United States 07-19-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Best read ever!"
    Would you listen to Tell Me It's Real again? Why?

    A Truly fun emotional roller-coaster, you'll laugh and cry. this is a heartwarming story of true love, the kind we all yearn for.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tell Me It's Real?

    " Tell him it Real..."


    Which character – as performed by Michael Lesley – was your favorite?

    Paul was written from my life, it's as if Klune knew me personnally, the only difference is i've never had anyone fall in love with me. But Paul could be me with only the name changed. every thing about him i can relate to.


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

    I've never laughed so hard or cried so deeply, the whole store is one of the best.


    Any additional comments?

    T.J. Klune has a new fan, and Michael Lesley is an outstanding narrator, I'm sure his voice, and feeling for the characters made the difference in bringing the audio version to life.
    What a great read. Thank you! I was kind of sad to have it end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Riva Chicago, IL, United States 07-15-14
    Riva Chicago, IL, United States 07-15-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful RomCom and the Perfect Narrator"

    This is a VERY funny M/M romcom listen from TJ Klune. The narrator was perfect and really brought all the characters to life, especially the MCs. He was fabulous!! My only warning is you will laugh out loud at this book, so be warned if you happen to be in public at the time. Also, I truly hope there is a sequel on the way and they can get this same narrator. There is a weird production error between chapters where there is a 7 - 12 sec pause and you feel like the narration stopped; it didn't, just a long pause between chapters. Other than that, this was a great listen. Definitely worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan MURFREESBORO, TN, United States 07-15-14
    Ryan MURFREESBORO, TN, United States 07-15-14 Member Since 2013

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    "i laughed, i cried, i made sad girl ah noises"
    If you could sum up Tell Me It's Real in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, Beautiful, relateable


    What did you like best about this story?

    It had an element of everything, sad, happy, funny, romantic, silly.


    What does Michael Lesley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voices, and his ability to add frantic nature to lines that needed it.


    If you could take any character from Tell Me It's Real out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    vince, so sweet and means so well, and has eyes for only paul. I wouldn't even want to take him from paul, just met and enjoy his company.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anev Seattle, Washington USA 08-22-14
    Anev Seattle, Washington USA 08-22-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun and Even Funnier"

    The only time I have to listen to books is when driving, I can't imagine what other drivers thought as we sit in traffic and they look over to find me laughing so hard at nothing around - one person had to do a double take.

    This is a fun, very amusing and unburdened story. I loved the story, the narration is fantastic and one of those tales that you just look forward to hearing about every character. And it's one of those books where you felt satisfied when it ended, neither stuck wishing more existed nor drained like you'd finally finished.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    chris 08-18-14
    chris 08-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Take it for what it is.There is something to enjoy"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't necessarily say it was time well spent, but it wasn't a complete waste either. I did like the hopelessly romantic theme. Even thought the percentage of this playing out in real life is relatively low, it was good to step outside everyday life. There is always hope. :)


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The dynamic between Paul and Vince. It was really adorable. On one hand Paul is so pessimistic that he can't believe he got the 1 in a million chance, and on the other hand, Vince equipped with all the obvious essentials to everyones fantasy, has no idea what the big deal is. He truly doesn't. I think that was the most interesting part of the story and felt the most realistic if it were to happen.


    What aspect of Michael Lesley’s performance would you have changed?

    His portrayal of Vince and his friend was the best part. The other characters were sort of annoying. I suppose he also played Paul well.


    Was Tell Me It's Real worth the listening time?

    eh....It is what it is. Quick and to the point. It's like the movies that you really don't need to critique, just either enjoy it or don't...


    Any additional comments?

    I could totally see this as one of the HERE movie productions TLA.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Perta M. Wiltse Oregon 08-18-14
    Perta M. Wiltse Oregon 08-18-14 Member Since 2008
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    "WARNING! Do not listen to this book while driving!"
    Where does Tell Me It's Real rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Best book ever for comic relief!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Paul, he has no barrier between his brain and his mouth.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Lesley – was your favorite?

    Sandy, Michael Lesley did not break character and made Sandy & Helena a strange combination of split personality but solid at the core.


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

    Does it count if I laughed until I cried... hence the warning... don't drive while listening.


    Any additional comments?

    Want to hear more on both counts TJ Klunes stories and Michael Lesley's rendition. Killer combo.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Conrad Georgia 08-13-14
    M. Conrad Georgia 08-13-14 Member Since 2007

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    "Loved the story and performance"
    What made the experience of listening to Tell Me It's Real the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed this book. It was so funny and the characters were so vibrant. This would very easily be a book that I'd recommend to anyone interested in a funny read for its hilarious, over-the-top characters. It was a joy to listen to and very literally laugh out loud to.

    A very nice way to spend a few hours. I would not hesitate to get another book written by Mr. Klune, and I would definitely be willing to give an audiobook narrated by Michael Lesley my time.


    What does Michael Lesley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I truly liked that the narrator made actual performances out of the characters even if a few of the early character voices didn't really work as well for me as others.

    There was excitement when the main character was excited, dejection when he was down, and the ever-present full on, over-the-top exasperation that seemed so prevalent in Paul's life and mind. I liked the Helena voice but thought there was too much Helena in Sandy's voice to make him as distinct as I'd imagine them being. I liked that the narrator chuckled and sighed when mentioned as part of the story.

    But as much as I liked the narrator railing on as Paul ranted (and I definitely could hear the author intoning Paul in much the same way), Vince was the voice I thought fit so beautifully. Vince is written as a sweet, caring, unassuming, sweetheart of a gorgeous man. I thought the narrator's sultry portrayal of Vince's gentleness was lovely. I couldn't get enough of it or him.

    By way of constructive criticism, I was thrown out of the story for what were, to my ear, mispronunciations of a few words such as faux and I believe plumage and a couple of others that since I don't have a hard- or e-copy of the book to have read along with or to try to look up, I didn't/couldn't note. Those unexpected pronunciations were a bit jarring but did not overly detract from my enjoyment of the reading.


    Any additional comments?

    [Please note: A copy of the audiobook for [book:Tell Me It's Real|17194490] was provided to me by Goodreads' M/M Romance Group's Don't Buy My Love free for review program and the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    debbie United States 08-12-14
    debbie United States 08-12-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm Married 25 years with 5 sons. I love romance anything to do with love, love and more love. I am officially a audible junkie :)

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    "funny and sweet"

    I loved it and if you haven't listen to it yet, i highly recommend it. It's a feel good story and who doesn't love a best friend drag queen :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph NEW ALBANY, IN, United States 08-09-14
    Joseph NEW ALBANY, IN, United States 08-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Best Comedy Romance Ever!"
    What made the experience of listening to Tell Me It's Real the most enjoyable?

    Other drivers will wonder why you are laughing out load at red lights and maybe a few tears in some parts. My most entertaining audio purchase so far. I'm sure it will get a second listen in a few months.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Laugh-out-loud funny, frustrating, heart-warming"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If it's the right sort of friend!! This book is not for everyone - some reviewers elsewhere have been slightly offended by some of the topics, and the language is not for the faint-hearted, or people who cannot easily comprehend high-speed speech, but listen to the preview and you will have a pretty good idea of what type of book you've selected. I really enjoyed it. It is very amusing in places - dangerous when you are listening in the car! The characters are well-defined, possibly a bit over-the-top, but real enough that you can feel what they are feeling themselves and with each other - especially when you really want to slap them and tell them what they are doing wrong! There are some really touching moments, and it left me with a nice warm feeling inside.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tell Me It's Real?

    There are too many to mention really. Paul and Vince's first real meeting (rather than encounter), and the funeral are particular high-points for me, but there are very few dull moments in this story.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Lesley – was your favourite?

    Difficult to pick one. I especially liked Paul's father, who shouts "Language!" whenever somebody crosses his profanity threshold. The way in which Michael Lesley makes the two alter egos of Sandy and Helena different and yet the same is very impressive. Paul is a bit of a whiner but the incredibly fast rate at which he speaks was very well performed. I have even found myself reading things on my PC with the Paul style of delivery in my head!


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Love at first sight can happen - it is real.


    Any additional comments?

    T.J. Klune has a marvellous way with words, and with completely conveying the characters just by what they say. The narrator in this book definitely helped that become even more apparent, and both of them are to be congratulated.

    There are one or two mis-speakings in the narration, but that is more than acceptable considering the rapid rate of delivery - you might even need to use the "play slower" function for this book! One phrase is repeated - presumably a re-take that didn't get edited out of the recording - but these are minor complaints. Overall I loved this book and will miss it now it has finished.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marius
    st leonards on sea, United Kingdom
    8/13/14
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    "An absolute must of the genre"
    What did you like most about Tell Me It's Real?

    The humour. The writing is absolutely laugh out loud hilarious.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I'm just reaching chapter 5 and so far is Paul.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Definitely impossible to choose one. There are so many.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and no. I force myself to read it in small chunks just to make it last and enjoy it longer.


    Any additional comments?

    I will buy the kindle version as well, to support the author. "The Bear, Otter and the Kid" is already next in my wish list.
    An absolutely brilliant narrator as well, really brings the characters to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Joanie
    England
    7/8/14
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    "Ordinary Joes are extraordinary too"
    What did you like most about Tell Me It's Real?

    Paul's inner monologue.The characters were very natural and likeable including your embarrassing family members and trusty best friend.
    Although there are emotional scenes the book is not overly full of angst there are the humorous comments which help us to deal with life's vagaries.
    Look out for 'Wheels'


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tell Me It's Real?

    Too many but from when Paul first catches Vince horizon at the nightclub to when Vince first meets Paul's family.


    What does Michael Lesley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The characters are individually realized with excellent timing.
    He knows not to read it as a comedy but as matter of fact.


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

    I laughed, I had the sick feeling you get when you feel overly emotional.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the book but I think the audio edition is even better.
    Like putting on your favourite slippers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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