Summary

The definitive handbook on Domination and Submission (D/s) relationships and the BDSM lifestyle. A must-read for anyone considering or curious about non-traditional relationships within a fetish culture context. Funny, insightful, educational, and inspiring. Author Michael Makai goes in-depth on Dominants, submissives, switches, primals, and their relationship dynamics. Learn about BDSM activities, bondage, toys, groups, protocols, and safety. This book even dares to go where others fear to tread: The Gorean subculture, online D/s and BDSM, first meetings, religion vs. kink, and what could go wrong. You'll love Michael Makai's irreverent and humorous treatment of this subject as he gives you the benefit of his 35+ years of experience in the D/s and BDSM lifestyles.
©2013 Michael Makai (P)2014 Michael Makai
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 14-03-15

Excellent value for mondy

Informative, anecdotal, unglamorous and honest. If you really want to explore the D's, BDSM lifestyle read this first and avoid making mistakes or being seduced by unrealistic and delusional romantic notions. Above all learn the key dynamics of the lifestyle before potentially having your heart and soul shattered. God work Michael, I really enjoyed this piece of work.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Justique on 21-03-16

Guide to the D/s life for beginners and veterans

I cant find good enough words to describle this words. its the perfect guide for newcomers, its also test for someone who is already into the lifestyle for a time, and it dvells pretty deep, and takes on many topics. the only one thing i could say is that sins this is made of his own experince, and what he is been trough, there are many fetihses he doesnt go into BUT. thats ok this a guide into the lifestyle not a guide into fetihses. other then that, its a MUST read for anyone interrested in the topic.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Ben on 04-03-15

Bend over for Daddy!

Any additional comments?

If you are new to the "lifestyle", or interested in learning more about BDSM and the different types of DS relationships, this is a great starting place. There isn't a "BDSM Bible", so you will find variations in how it is defined and relationships people form. This is based on Mike's views and experiences in the lifestyle.

Mike uses some of his personal experiences/failures/lessons learned as examples. Some of these I found amusing. I was surprised he touched on different religions and how BDSM would fit in with it, if at all. I didn't necessarily agree with it, but interesting to hear his viewpoints.

Mike also touched on potential legal implications, even though it is between consenting adults. Having the police show up at your hotel room, or standing before a judge with sex offender charges, is not a circumstance any of us want to be in ... but can happen.

Definitely worth the money and time. However, I would recommend listening to it at 1.5 speed, as the reading was a little slow for my taste.

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26 of 29 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Natalie on 15-04-15

Fantastic overview, entertainingly presented.

By chapter 2, I bought this audiobook for my own Dom. Even though I'm experienced and have been active in the BDSM lifestyle, this book was a great broad-brush overview that helped me to understand the drivers for kinksters who differ from me, as well as giving some great food for thought and some great conversation topics that have helped us to grow as a D/s couple. Listening to this book is like hanging out with someone who's "been there, done that" and normalizes an alternative lifestyle in a clear, positive manner, gratifyingly without the posturing that's all too common. My Dom and I have had some truly amazing and revealing conversations as a result of this book, and I'm so very glad I've had the opportunity to listen. Oh, and great narration too. :)

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