Rating: 5 stars out of 5 ★★★★★
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.
I’m not going to tell you a lot about the book cause it can be described with one single word, AMAZING, just like everything TJ writes, his characters are the best. This book is so funny, hilarious and sweet. Paul just cracks me up.
This is not the first audiobook that I listen to, but I have to tell you I was a little scared when I started the audiobook, because it seemed to me the narrator told the story a little too fast and I was afraid I couldn’t be able to understand everything (ok my English sucks, I know!), but… BUT I need to congratulate with Michael Lesley, I didn’t miss a single word, he is a great narrator!
I think he was perfect for this book, he was the right voice for Paul, the right tone. I liked him a lot! He was funny listening to him doing different voices for Vince, Sandy/Helena, sometimes he seems a little over the top and exaggerated but I think It was what this book needed, a narrator who could fit the MC perfectly.
Two words: AMAZING to TJ’s writing and PERFECT to Michael’s narration.
Cover art by Reese Dante is amazing and perfect for the characters and story.
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10 hrs 24 min
Audible Audio, 10 pages
Published June 30th 2014 by Dreamspinner Press LLC (first published February 15th 2013)
Original TitleTell Me It’s Real
SeriesTell Me It’s Real #1
CharactersPaul James Auster, Vince Melody Taylor, Sanford “Sandy” Stewart