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Daniel Corona

Mathematician. Novelist. Poet.

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  • The Front Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Patricia Nell Warren
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (58)

    In 1975, coach Harlan Brown is hiding from his past at an obscure New York college, after he was fired from Penn State University on suspicion of being gay. A tough, lonely ex-Marine of 39, Harlan has never allowed himself to love another man. Then Billy Sive, a brilliant young runner, shows up on his doorstep. He and his two comrades were just thrown off a major team for admitting they are gay. Harlan agrees to coach the three boys under strict conditions that thwart Billy's growing attraction for his mature but compelling mentor.

    Donald says: "A Surprisingly Great Love Story"
    "Incredible story with perfect narration!"
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    What did you love best about The Front Runner?

    The initially turbulent relationship between Harlan and Billy flowers into one of the most beautiful loves in modern literature. Yes, I would go that far.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Billy Sive is my favourite character. He is intelligent, always honest, a romantic, silly in a fun way, and abandons himself to love. Oh, and his eyes are described as being a shade of blue that is hard for me to my imagine. Billy is also very brave, a kind of bravery we need much more of in our daily lives.


    What does Christian Rummel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His reading is simply perfect. It is capable of great emotion and the stating of cold, unyielding facts. His narration is flawless.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried and laughed several times listening to this story, even after hearing it several times.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy this audiobook. It is a magnificent story and a wonderful narration.

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  • Loving Jay

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Renae Kaye
    • Narrated By Dave Gillies
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (82)

    One thing Liam Turner knows for sure is that he's not gay - after all, his father makes it very clear he’ll allow no son of his to be gay. And Liam believes it, until a chance meeting with James "Jay" Bell turns Liam’s world upside-down. Jay is vivacious and unabashedly gay - from the tips of his bleached hair to the ends of his polished nails. With a flair for fashion, overreaction, and an inability to cork his verbal diarrhea, drama queen Jay must have a screw loose.

    T. Henry says: "Cute story"
    ""Loving Jay" is unavoidable!"
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    Story

    This is an excellent audiobook. Gillies' narration is marvelous, his characterizations enjoyable and unique.

    The plot is simple enough, but it is developed well, skillfully, and with characters and dialogue all but the hardest hearts would find endearing. Jay is my favorite character. He is so vibrant and charming that he jumps off the page (or out of the audiobook). He is simply fabulous. Liam is a charmer, too. One might think it is an odd pairing at first, but they fit together remarkably well. By the end, I couldn't imagine them apart.

    Favorite scene? When the photograph of Liam and Jay is taken at the end. Very lovely moment.

    I will follow this author now. I certainly hope I get to see more of Liam and Jay in the future.

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