In genre it reminds me a lot of the late Barbara Cartland books, though that should not be set as a guideline for the story.
Gibson, I loved his accent. In general Paul Morey was excellent at performing voices, as they only changed slightly in tone, instead dialect and accent were used to describe the individual characters.
The story had a great diversity among the characters, Charlotte and Tristan were probably those with the best descriptions. The initial description of Tristan's life, not only as a child but also leading up to his marriage quickly stirred my sympathy. The changes that transpire for him through his life are well described and I love the initially slow moving romance.
Charlotte was a delight to listen to, though I often disagreed with her decisions she has a calm way of looking at things. During the first quarter of the book I often found myself smiling at her odd inputs. I might have continued to do that through the rest of the book, but when you do it all the time you stop noticing.
All the main characters had pretty well-developed backgrounds as you moved on through the story.
The stigma of sodomy at the time is handled very well in the book, both how society views it and how the protagonist deals with it.
The language is also generally kept in the right language, very few times is new slang used instead of the more proper form of speaking. It does not make the book hard to understand in any way, but it creates the atmosphere of that time. Only slips I noticed was during the sex scenes, which there weren't too many of. There was more focus on the romance and what it meant to their lives than the sexual part, which I found very refreshing from a lot of gay romance audiobooks.
More cute moments, there were a few in their past and I liked their past interactions. It is the melodramatic climax I have issues with. I realize it would have been a 'flat' endning if they had just sat down and talked, but that would probably have made my rating go up.
It hasn't turned me off from the teenage/coming of age genre, but it has made me a bit more cautios in what I pick.
While Kaplan has a nice voice it is often difficult to distinguish whether it is talk, speech or thoughts he is reading. The book isn’t chronological, the changes are marked as ‘then’ and ‘now’, but this isn’t expressed thoroughly enough in either tone or pause. If you are aware of it and make sure to pay close attention it doesn’t matter, but otherwise it might be somewhat confusing in the beginning. I had to sit afterwards and piece the two different timelines together.
I would cut the present characters and just keep the story of the past ones.
It is a cute story, but overly dramatic in the end. The narration experience doesn't add much to the experience but can cause some confusion.
In this book I was especially looking forward to the handicap issues that would hopefully arise. I had already listened to three of his the other farm books where one has made my top three, another is a nice listen, and a third was returned because I seriously disliked the story So I had the whole spectrum to go from. While Love Means No Boundaries doesn't go on my frequent listening list it is difinetly worth checking out as it keeps the sweet romance from the Farm series while it still deals with issues sorouding blindness. I do not suffer from a handicap but sometimes it annoys me that magical solutions just show up for such things. That isn't the case in this book which pleases me.
The most heart-warming part about the book was probably to experience the world and self-discovery through Robbie's eyes and the issues he had to deal with in his old settings in connection with that.
Sean Crisden is a favourite narrator of mine and I have probably grown so used to his voice that I can no longer find any fault with what he reads. Even if the summary doesn't sound all that interesting I'd give it a try just to have something different by him. I hadn't known that you could have favourite narrators like you can authors. I have yet to hear something I'd consider a weak performance.
The only reason this book is not on my frequent listening list is due to the fact that the summer does come to an end and I just thought the story it got a bit awkward there. It is realistic and as others have mentioned Andrew writes about real people, which is probably the reason why I find it awkward. It should in no way discourage anyone from listening to the book, it is still very good. It is after all a very small part of the book.
I love that most of the story is fluff and romance spiced with comfort when needed. The characters aren't perfect, and I liked the pace in which they developed. The antagonist is a bit too much at times, but as he is hardly there it doesn't matter. I didn’t much like the last hour of the story, which is the reason why the story only gets 4 stars instead of 5. The first many hours are filled with meaning full moments that shows the slow healing, hope to move on, and the occasional draw back. While there’s also some (probably just as many) in the last part I just didn’t like the new characters introduced and their effect on the protagonist.
This is one of my preferred scenarios traumatized guy getting help to get healed and currently one of my favourite books. If you’ve heard Chasing Seth and found it ‘not quite heart-warming’ then don’t judge this book from that. Chasing Seth was a fine book well worth at least one listen, but this one is so much better.
I inadvertently made the mistake of reading book #2 in this series before #1 so I didn't know Cliff was going to die (naturally I spent the better part of the first hour sobbing in #1 because of his death). I usually have One True Pairing in every story so when Len was to change partner I had to listen to this book, to see who was to take Cliffs place. On one hand I was disappointed; after the great romance of #2 this really can't compare. On the other hand since my True Pairing was Cliff and Len it was a relief that the marine didn't sweep Len away in a new epic romance.
I usually love Sean Crisden but after listening to everyone in Sawyer Allerde's voice Sean Crisden is just too different. The transition was better with R. Kirsten -> Sawyer, but I usually prefer that the same narrator is kept throughout a series.
I'm happy to know what happened regarding what book #1 alluded to for Len, but it really would have been better had it not had this new romance.
It was nice to read about shifters in another form than werewolves, if for nothing else than diversity.
I liked the way the main character was special, powerful and yet vulnerable and with flaws that he realized along the way.
Only reason the performance is 'only' four stars is because the girls (as with a great many male narrators) sound silly, and the best friend sound (as another reviewer has commented) like a muppet. It might be a little disturbing in the beginning but after a while it becomes fades to the back ground. Sean Crisden is a lovely narrator in all other aspects; I loved his voice and the reading pace. It is one of my favourite night time books.
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