I would change the narrator. He has a nice voice, but his inflections at the end of sentences was a bit irritating. You know that thing where some people talk like each sentence is a question? That's how it sounded to me. Sentences that do not end with a question mark sounded like it did. Also, there was very little variation between character voices which made it difficult to tell which character was speaking in scenes where there are several characters talking and there weren't narrative clues like 'x said' then 'y said'.
Other annoyances were how the narrator spoke too fast, where he stumbled a few times and repeated some words or seemed like he was about to say something else.
Less of the whole 'Everybody Loves Jory' thing. It was getting really tiresome with how everyone just loooooooves Jory, wanted to sleep with him, or look like him, how everyone just kept telling him how beautiful, perfect, etc. he is. It would have been nice if Sam Kage had more scenes rather than all those random characters.
Not unless he can change the way he narrates. Don't talk as fast, don't end sentences like they're questions when they aren't. Or having weird pauses within a sentence. He actually did Sam's voice pretty well, which is what stopped this from getting 1 star for performance.
Nope. Not really that kind of book.
I wouldn't mind buying this again if they got the same narrator that did the first 2 books (Morey) to re-do this one.
I adored this the first time I read it as an ebook a few months ago. The opening scene was one of the cutest I'd read in an MM romance because I've always had a weakness for childhood friends becoming lovers.
The audiobook version... Sort of a mixed bag. The narrator does a fairly decent job with the narrative and Ben's voice, but I just found his voice for Rory completely unpleasant and it grated on my nerves because he made Rory sound like a cartoon villain or a serial killer. It was too rough and deep and really not the kind of voice I want to listen to.
If you want a cute friends to lovers, bad breakup, reunited as adults type of romance with some angst, and don't mind one of the MCs sounding like he gargled a bucket of rocks and chased it down with 100% proof whiskey, then you might enjoy this. Not much in the way of plot, but it does have very likable characters.
This is one of my favorite gay-for-you stories that I've read recently. Or actually, Matt is more bisexual, but he's only had one previous gay experience and we don't really have much interaction between him and his ex-girlfriend, so...
Anyway, I thought this was well written. I really liked both Aaron and Matt's personalities, though I can't help wishing I could've gotten Aaron's POV as well. Matt is your standard all American, former jock, pre-law student and Aaron is the older, femme-y, out-and-proud, makeup-wearing gay guy.
I liked that there wasn't any big drama with Matt's ex. No evil girlfriends here.
Sexual tension was good, and the Matt's big declaration scene was over-the-top sweet and romantic, but if you're expecting edge of your seat action, this won't be for you.
Tyler Stevens did a great job narrating the story. He used the right pace so it was easy to follow the story, there was a good variety between character voices so I could tell who was speaking without any difficulty.
All in all this was an enjoyable listening experience.
I've always liked the idea of a childhood bully falling in love with the object of aggression but couldn't find any that drew my interest until I came across the ebook version of Coming Home. I was excited when I found that it had an audiobook version as well, but wasn't immediately drawn by the narrator's style.
Tom Vilot sounds disconcertingly like a text-to-speech program when he's reading the narrative. Which is puzzling because he actually does pretty well with the dialogue. So, stiff and monotone when reading narrative, but normal and expressive when reading dialogue. It was odd, but didn't put me off like Jeff Gelder because at least he wasn't monotone the entire time and spoke at a decent pace. There were a couple of instances that I noticed he said the wrong word (toilet paper instead of toilet water when he got to the part where Lex remembered the time Tally dunked his head in the toilet). Nothing too obvious, but I've read the ebook more than once so I noticed when the narrative deviated a bit.
Having said that, I still enjoyed this version since it provides me with a way to re-read the story without having to actually read it again. While not my ideal narrator, Tom Vilot wasn't unlistenable like Andrew Schwarz.
With regard to the story, there was good sexual tension in the beginning before the guys got together, the romance was slowly built, there were likable secondary characters and some good banter. This has rather explicit sex scenes in case that's not your thing.
I read the eBook last year and it's one of my favorite friends-to-lovers romances to date, so I was happy to see it come out in audiobook format – and with Finn Sterling, who I thought did a great job narrating But For You by Mary Calmes.
This doesn't have your conventional too-perfect-to-be-real protagonists found in most romance novels. Rue and Erik are unconventional in both appearance and personality. Rue, the pierced, manicured, delicately featured guy who loves to top but is also maternal, and sweet Erik, with his reclusive nature, stutter, obsessive compulsive tendencies, social anxiety disorder, panic attacks, and gentle heart. I loved how their personalities complemented each other and I found their romance believable and incredibly sweet without being overly saccharine. I loved Rue's best friend, Dusty, as well.
Finn Sterling did a good job narrating this story, though he does use weird voices for some of the characters. Dusty in particular sounded a bit too goofy for the image I have of him in my head (he's supposed to be small, pixie-ish but Finn made him sound more like what I imagine Moose from the Archie comics would sound like...) and the women were... Weird. But none of these things decreased my enjoyment of the story because he did do a great job with differentiating the characters which made it easy to follow the dialogue or tell if it was Erik or Rue's POV I was listening to.
I loved both of the main characters. Shy, socially-challenged Connor was sweet but not a pushover. Jared, the outgoing jock, was very likable.
However, the best part about this audiobook was the narrator. He did a fantastic job bringing the characters to life and read the narrative with a clear voice, pleasant tone, and excellent pacing. I feel like if I'd only read the eBook I would have gotten bored because the story dragged in some parts, but due to the excellent narration, I couldn't stop listening to this till the end.
This was more than worth the price and will definitely be checking out more stuff from both the author and narrator.
If you're in the mood for a coming-out story with two college guys, try this. It's somewhat serious, but the beginning of Connor and Jared's relationship was really sweet.
I think Iggy Toma did a better job narrating this than Love Lessons.... Or maybe I've just gotten used to him.
This has heaps of angst, the kind you'd expect from a CW teen drama. Almost everyone has some drama going on with them. And there are parent issues up the wazoo with Aaron and Elijah winning the crappiest parents award.
If you like your MM romance with a lot of teen angst, a big cast of side characters, musical jargon, and if you wanted more of Walter and Kelly from the first book, then you'll love this. Narration was really good. It was easy to distinguish which character was speaking because they're given distinct voices and the paint was good. Not too fast or slow.
I originally bought this in ebook format and read it last year. I loved Kelly Davidson and his unabashed love for Disney movies because that was something I'd never encountered before in a male character. It made the character cute, and endearing for me.Walter Lucas, however, reminded me a lot of myself. Even his favorite movie (The Fight Club) was also one of my favorites. He's cynical, and yet a complete romantic. I love how he tries (unsuccessfully) to hide his vulnerability, and how he takes care of the people he loves.
I liked that it was about two people falling in love, in a normal setting, with no over-the-top drama and purple prose. And I liked how Heidi Cullinan was able to convey both Kelly and Walter's feelings through the narrative. The first time Kelly realized he wanted Walter, I could actually feel his yearning. When they were dancing and Walter was working up to kissing Kelly, you could feel their anticipation and nervousness, I could even hear the music in my head.
Yes, it was easy to tell who was speaking since he gave them different voices. Wasn't too crazy about his voice for Walter, though, because it sounded rough to my ears at times. And initially I thought (when he was reading the narrative) he sounded too stiff and formal, even had a slightly angry/curt tone.
Kelly Davidson. He is just completely adorable. Genuinely nice, polite, a ray of sunshine. As Walter described him -- a happy-seeking-missile.
I couldn't help but wish that this had been narrated by Jason Frazier because he would have been perfect for this book. He'd be perfect for Fever Pitch (Love Lessons book 2), too.
I love the narrator. Jason Frazier can narrate a phone book and I'd listen to it. He reads with such passion, and gives each character a unique voice when there are multiple characters in a scene so you always know who's speaking. He honestly made this story far more engaging than it otherwise would have been. This is not the kind of book I would probably finish if I'd bought the ebook or paperback edition. It's just unrelenting angst and so much suffering. The 'villains' in this story are almost caricatures. But then, watch or read the news, and people like them actually exist in real life. I think that's part of the reason this story is hard for me. I find real life terrible enough as it is, which is why I prefer stories that offer an escape from the horribleness of reality. You won't get that here.
If you're also the type who needs closure, at the end of this audiobook, there is definitely a big, honking TO BE CONTINUED that goes unspoken so be prepared in case you think Jack and Andrew finally get their happily ever after.
I hope Jason Frazier narrates the next one if there is another one (which will hopefully be the last). I also hope Jason narrates more audiobooks because he's in my auto-buy list at this point. One of the best narrators I've ever listened to since joining Audible.
I liked how the narrator read the story for the most part. He did an excellent job specifically with the tweets and Candy Scoop exclusives. I did kind of wish there was more of a difference between the voices he chose for Danny and Elliott because there were times where I couldn't tell who was speaking.
The story/plot will be familiar for those who read boyband fanfic, I suppose. But since I'm not part of any boyband or RPF fandoms, I actually found Catch My Breath enjoyable. Though be warned that this is a love story between two teenaged boys, so if teen angst isn't your thing, I'd suggest finding something else.
If what you want is a sweet romance between two characters in the limelight with a likable cast of characters, and you don't mind a smidgen of teen angst, then you'll probably enjoy this.
Some parts of this story were painful to listen to. Andrew and Jack's parents were so over-the-top homophobic and hiding their disgusting viewpoints under the banner of religion that I wished I could reach into this story and smack them all. Jason Frazier's narration added emotion to what would otherwise have just been a typical abused gay teenagers story, transforming what would otherwise have been a boring read into something I'll probably listen to again.
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