• The Weight of It All

  • By: N.R. Walker
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: LGBTQ+, Romance
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (856 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

After being dumped by his long-term boyfriend for being overweight, Henry Beckett decides to make some drastic changes. In a vain attempt at getting his boyfriend back, Henry does the most absurdly frightening thing he can think of.

He joins a gym.

Reed Henske is a personal trainer who isn't sure he'll ever be ready to date again. He's sick of guys who are only interested in the perfect body image, never seeing him for who he really is.

As Reed tortures Henry with things like diet and exercise, Henry enamors Reed with recipes and laughter. As the friendship lines start to blur, Henry is convinced there's no way Thor-like Reed could ever be interested in a guy like him.

Reed just has to convince Henry that life isn't about reaching your ideal bodyweight. It's about finding your perfect counterweight.

Contains mature themes.

©2016 N. R. Walker (P)2017 Tantor

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Surprised

I was really surprised by this book, I had passed by it so many times. Recently finishing a book narrated by the brilliant Joel Leslie I needed more of him. The story was great, funny, witty, sweet and I enjoyed the message the book sent. Henry found himself again, made good healthy choices - but for himself. Although he may have originally been pushed by someone else I liked the tone of the book - be who you are and comfortable within your own skin.

Lets talk about Joel Leslie ;)!!!! I am going to stalk his narrations, so talented - he puts so much emotion in his work, again I am swooning over him.

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Gales of laughter!

I loved this book when I read it, but Joel Leslie brings the characters to life. His ability to change character voices and accents will never cease to amaze me.
Henry and Reed are perfect together. I can totally relate to not having a filter.

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5 Stars for the narration!

Light-hearted story about a man getting his groove back after the end of an eight year relationship.

Joel Leslie shines in his performance. The character voices are great, his timing with the humor is spot on, and the pacing was perfect. 5 Stars for the narration!!

Henry's humorous outlook and how easily and completely he and Reed fit together make this a very sweet romance.

Low angst, humorous romance with a sigh-inducing HEA.

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Amazing author. Stupendous story.

N. R. Walker is my new favorite author. This is the fourth book I've read. Joel Leslie is a top notch narrator. scratch that. He is much better than top notch. He's two or three notches above that. Yes I know that doesn't make sense. You just take a listen and you'll see. Mark my words. I'm off to buy all the N R Walker books I can get my hands on, especially of Joel is the narrator.

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Sheer brilliance

I already absolutely adored this book, and Joel Leslie's narration totally kicked it out of the ballpark in terms of adding to it's brilliance. His Henry is hilarious, from the self-depreciation through to his adoration of Reed, he translates NR Walker's wicked sense of humour into something that is warm, sweet and laugh out loud funny. Recommended!!!

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So good

This is one of the greatest books! Wonderful love story and fantastic narration! Highly recommended.

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I sighed, I swooned, I snorted...

Some readers collect book boyfriends, while your girl collects book best friends. And the newest addition to that club is Henry Beckett from The Weight of It All by author N.R. Walker. I was suffering through a weeks-long book funk, and this story rescued me. Henry and Reed’s story consumed me, and this was some of the most fun I’ve had with a book in a while.

Walker presents real issues in an engaging way, touching on self-esteem and body issues that almost anyone, man, woman, straight, gay, and anyone in between, can really relate to. She tackles these through the lens of Henry and Reed, and I love the fact that she impresses upon us that fat or fit, no one is immune to this problem.

Henry is laugh-out-loud funny, has no filter, and I think we would make great friends. His journey of self-acceptance and love was a pure joy to read. Well, listen to. I adored his interactions with Reed, as well as his circle of friends. I can’t get enough of him. He needs his own web series or podcast or something so I can keep up with him!

N.R. Walker tells a sweet and swoony story, a slow burn romance that left me warm and fuzzy. Her storytelling is wonderful; I never felt like I was being told a story. Instead, I felt like I was experiencing everything right alongside Henry.

Joel Leslie’s narration is once again top-notch. I would listen to him narrate the copier manual at my office, I swear. (I’d probably finally learn how to work the stapling function) He’s incredibly expressive and delivers such an immersive audiobook experience; I’d be hard-pressed to find someone who tells a story better.

If you’re a fan of m/m romance, a fan of true-to-life stories that will warm your heart, I can’t recommend this book highly enough.

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Love love love this book so much ,So funny

5 stars for narrator ,five stars overall , I have a weightloss problem also so I find some good tips also

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Fun and funny

If you want a light read that makes you laugh and feels good all the way to the end, just get this one! Well worth the credit!

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Fantastic

Really the genius of N.R. Walker paired with the amazing Joel Leslie can't be beat.

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  • Jackie Thorogood
  • 10-04-17

Very entertaining p, A much audible

I pre ordered this book, as I really enjoy the ebook. It was outstanding very enjoyable listening, but then this ebook is my favorite, Joel Leslie was as always fabulous, with his take on Henry and Reed, his voice for Henry's mum was very funny.
I don't think NR Walker has written a bad book, her characters are so very well written p, With Henry no filter, and Reeds quite demeanor, utter fantastic.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough, Glad I ordered it.

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  • A. Listener
  • 01-15-20

I enjoyed this one...

Ironically, I read this just after Christmas and it got me back into my own diet and exercise program.
However, the story itself was a great read. It's basically about a man who is feeling pretty down on himself after being discarded by his boyfriend because of his body weight. He has his world turned around when he meets his new health trainer, Reed. The narrator isn't new to me, and his performance was top notch as usual.

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  • Ronald Betts
  • 06-22-19

Want a laugh

This story has loads of humour and if you are a little down this should give you the lift you need, it's another NRWalker gem 😀😀😀

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  • DanNet
  • 07-03-21

So funny

I loved listening to this book. The story was sweet and one of the funniest stories I have listened to.

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  • R.
  • 01-28-21

Great choice

The topic was interesting but the description not very appealing to me. Luckily I read some of the opinions and I decided to pick the book. It was a great decision. The book is very funny and the story so touching, Henry and Reed are both adorable. The narrator is amazing too, I found the book because of him.
Besides, I’m related with the physical activity word and I’m not at all ofended, the jokes are great and Henry’s thoughts pretty real 😂.
Oh, another good thing, they are not saying the word "fuc*" all the time, a nice change for once.
Highly recommended! I’m buying the paperback version too.

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  • heather parker
  • 11-24-20

hilarious

this is a hilarious story Brilliantly narrated well worth listening to. it will make you laugh out loud.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-19-20

Great listen

I really enjoyed this story and the narration. The storyline and the characters were great, there was a lot of humour in it and I found myself laughing out loud. Really good I will definitely put it in my favourites and enjoy listening to it again.

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  • Morgans mum
  • 05-28-20

Brilliant book and narrative loved the humour

loved it Joel did a really good job of making the humour real and the fun thoughts and feelings of Henry.

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  • M.C.
  • 07-01-19

Exceptional

I loved this book 10 seconds in. Literally. 10 SECONDS in. Henry's voice was so realistic and refreshing that I fell in love with him. His no-filter made me laugh out loud with tears dripping down my eyes. I don't think I've ever had such joy in an audiobook before. Reed (Reid?) sorry, I can't recall which, was lovely too but Henry stole the show for me. I cannot count how many times he swore he was going to die after a workout. His progression through the book was just lovely. There is no doubt in my mind that I'll be listening to this many, many more times.

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  • Kelvin
  • 04-29-19

Brilliant Joel Leslie Fantastic !

Joel Leslie brought this story to life with his emotion, in-depth character views, passion and laughter it was a rollercoaster of Joy. I loved every minute of this Audible Book I didn’t want it to end.

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  • isabella
  • 10-14-21

Uplifting

I just loved this book !
Laughed myself silly at the beginning and cried at the end - well, I laughed and cried throughout. Thank you N R Walker and Joel Leslie - your my faves .

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  • Ebony Rose
  • 08-01-21

Beautiful

I absolutely loved it, this book is funny, sweet and inspiring.
What a wonderful read!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-01-21

Wow

It is so funny and touching.
I love it with the tears as well. It is so true sometimes when we are insecure we don’t believe in ourselves and blinded by that

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  • Wide Eyes, Big Ears!
  • 10-06-20

Funny and important - a perfect book!

If N.R. Walker never wrote another book, this one would be enough - it’s for anyone who has ever struggled with their weight and associated self-esteem, and it’s a book to be very proud of. Not only is it funny and entertaining, but it tackles being overweight with insight and sensitivity. Henry’s long-term partner leaves him after pointing out Henry has gained a lot of weight and is not in shape. Struggling to master his weight and eating, he enrols for personal training under the supervision of the gorgeously fit and supportive Reed. I laughed when an exhausted Henry thought he’d completed his first workout, only to be told he’d just completed the warmup! I liked the messages about self-acceptance, about not needing to be physically perfect, and about valuing other’s personality traits over their physical attributes. Body shaming is a huge issue in the gay community and it’s great to see a book that questions the ridiculous standards. 🎧 Except for “I know, right?”, which must be an Australian-only phrase, Joel Leslie narrated in a near perfect Australian accent. As usual, his pacing, comic timing, and his range of character voices and emotion were excellent.

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  • Tine
  • 08-21-20

A really lovely book

A really touching, easy to listen to book.

Henry is struggling with loss of a relationship and the need to lose weight and Reed is there to help.
Touching, sweet, no drama, and I mean, NO drama, even when Henry runs into his ex.

Henry is a great character, BUT this is yet another book where he could easily have been a woman. This isn’t a book where two masculine characters find love, it’s a person and a masculine character falling in love.
It’s a single person view point where the single persons gender isn’t relevant.

It’s not a negative it’s just what it is.

Henry could easily have been Henrietta or genderless altogether, with very very little changes, including the very few sex scenes.

The narration was really great and wonderful with the Aussie accent and the real life landmarks close to my home made this book feel real.

Overall, good book, strong characters, good narration, lovely message, lacked the punch of other MM novels.

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