Meet Patrick Cleary: party boy, loser, and spaz. Patrick’s been trying desperately to transform himself, and the results have been so spectacular, they’ve almost killed him.
Meet Wes “Whiskey” Keenan: he’s a field biologist wondering if it’s time to settle down.
When the worst day of Patrick’s life ends with Whiskey saving it, Patrick and Whiskey find themselves sharing company and an impossibly small berth on the world’s tackiest houseboat. Patrick needs to get his life together - and Whiskey wants to help - but Patrick is not entirely convinced it’s doable. He’s pretty sure he’s a freak of nature. But Whiskey, who works with real freaks of nature, thinks all Patrick needs is a little help to see the absolute beauty inside his spastic self, and Whiskey is all about volunteering.
Between anomalous frogs, a homicidal ex-boyfriend, and Patrick’s own hangups, Whiskey’s going to need all of his patience and Patrick’s going to need to find the best of himself before these two men ever see clear water.
©2011 Amy Lane (P)2012 Amy Lane
I've been an audio book reader since the 90's, but have turned to Audible because they carry many books my library doesn't.
I bought this e-audio book, because I had previously read and loved the story. It begins when Whiskey Keenan witnesses a car going off a bridge over the river where his houseboat cum science lab is berthed. He realizes there is someone still in the car and swims to the rescue of the hapless passenger, Patrick Cleary. The story follows the trajectory of the lonely scientist and the younger man struggling with ADD in their journey from the imperfect present to a heartwarming HEA. This is a very satisfying ugly duckling story with plenty of feel good moments and lots of love.
But the real reason I am making an effort to write this review...
I've spent literally thousands of hours listening to audio books, borrowing titles regularly from the library. But there is one area where my library falls short and that is with the m/m titles. That is what brought me to Audible. I have listened to only 20 books thus far, but I have to say that the reader for this book - Robert Nieman - stands out. And I mean stands out in the context of my overall listening. His voice is youthful, yet rich and has a charisma that charmed me from the start. While he didn't do separate character voices, per se, his acting was so natural, he brought each of the characters to life and made me feel as if I was right there. I would gladly listen to any title he records. I can't compliment him superlatively enough! <3
J.Loves2Read From Alpha Book Club
Excellent! I totally adored this book! Great story of Whiskey & Patrick and their finding each other, completing each other.
There are twists & turns in the book...but you just have to have faith that the author will get you "there" and oh does she ever?
One of my favorite quotes:
“I don’t want you to stay with me thinking I’m with you because I’m fragile, Whiskey. I want you to know I’m staying with you because I love you and I don’t want anybody else. I want you to know I’m strong—and I want you to be happy. You go on this last thing, this last trip, and when you come back, I’ll make you a home and you’ll take care of me, and we’ll be happy ever after, okay?”
This story /audiobook is easily a 5 star story -- you will fall in love with Whiskey & Patrick, right along with watching them fall in love!
Love listening to great stories matched well to the right narrators.
The story, the characters, the narrator.
I don't know...
I like the name it has.
Amy Lane - No, Robert Nieman - Maybe.
I don't know why I bother, after reading three of her books I decided that as much as I like the stories she writes, I cannot stand her dialogue. Her characters are always ranting on about stupid things, or irrelevant things that bear no point to the plot. In this story, the dialogue is too exaggerated for me. Really, why did the dialogues have to contain so much aggression, and then go into off parts with no bearing on the present. I wish she would try to anchor her dialogue in the scene, and make her characters more mature.
I don't think the narration could have saved this book for me.
None, I would just cut the dialogue.
Not really, just need to stop buying anything by Amy Lane.
Mostly using audiobooks when my concentration is so bad that I can't read text. Or sometimes when I feel the need to practise my [listening] english even more. I'm not very picky when it comes to stories, so can listen to practically anything – and have a knack to find SOMETHING in each story that I like. *smile*
I loved how this book played out. Almost the entire focus of the plot is on the relationship that evolves between the main characters but it was done in a good way. The pace feels steady through the whole book – building up nicely and it's easy to start to love the characters – both main and side. It was all well written, the characters fit so nicely together – being different but a fit – like puzzle pieces really.
The flow of the story was just great in my opinion, from start to end. No loose ends either.
The narrator took a bit of getting used to. I liked his voice and found him a good story teller but he's slightly lacking with dialogues. He doesn't really give the characters different voices – which is quite fine with me – but at times he doesn't make it clear enough when the speaker is switched either which at some points made it hard to figure out who was saying what. Other than that I don't have any complaints at all *smile*
Yes, Amy Lane writes wonderful stories
Not really, it was really fun and different.
The scenes with the frogs.
No, I like unabridged and I am willing to listen to the whole story.
I really enjoyed this story.
A special story told with the perfect voice.
The characters are so well developed I felt like I knew them. The love story is tender, sensual, and passionate. I had so much invested in these people the climax had me on pins and needles.
Usually I would enjoy a book like this over at least a week if not two. I could hardly bring myself to stop listening to this. I had to know what happened next. I finished this book in 2 days.
reading with a coffee in my hands
No. Giving up before half way. Love Amy Lane but this narrator is making my brain hurt.
Not sure yet. Going to buy ePub to finish it.
Some emotion would be nice. Everyone had the same "voice" with not a trace of inflection or emotion. I couldn't tell when characters changed.
A good narrator
I think I said it all.
I love Amy Lane books. I actually have this book and bought in again in audio, just to have it handy. Wish there were more of her books in audible format.
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