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Clear Water | [Amy Lane]

Clear Water

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Randal Herrin, IL, United States 08-03-12
    Randal Herrin, IL, United States 08-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful listen"
    What did you love best about Clear Water?

    The love story was very moving. The slow blooming of Patrick's inquisitive and wonderful nature coaxed by a nurturing, patient Whiskey was emotionally fullfilling.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Riva 01-23-14
    Riva 01-23-14
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    "I Love this book and this narrator"

    I got this book a year ago and I have listened to it about 3 or 4 times at this point. I love this narrator b/c he perfectly embodies the characters. I know some don't like his voice b/c it is a little "California club kidlike." But that is perfect for Patrick and Whiskey. I think the audio version of this book is the way to go b/c of the narrator. He brings these guys to life for me and it is hella funny. "Totally" worth a credit.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph 02-11-13
    Joseph 02-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Gay Romance meets Ecological Mystery Novel"

    This book is set in the Sacramento, California area. I live there, and it added an additional "je ne sais quoi" to the experience. Robert Nieman does a good job reading with different voices for different characters. Most importantly, the story had me hooked in the first five minutes. I listened to the whole thing in one sitting. I really liked it. You will too.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Libros Lover Booklandia 07-26-12
    Libros Lover Booklandia 07-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "It's Very Clear..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Clear Water to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Robert Nieman is great at conveying the tone and emotion of the books he narrates.


    What other book might you compare Clear Water to and why?

    Special Delivery by Heidi Cullinen. Both of the young men - Sam and Patrick needed to find themselves. They both had goals to attain but did not know how to go about it. They both wanted love but chose the wrong way to go about getting it. The 'family' in their lives were cold and indifferent. It took total strangers to make them see their worth.


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

    See above.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and I did.


    Any additional comments?

    Dreamspinner, hire Robert to narrate more books, please!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Marie 08-27-13
    Marie 08-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "LOL Funny!"
    Any additional comments?

    I love this narrator! People may not have different sounding voices however he manages to pull all the sarcasm out perfectly. I have found that there are very few narrators who can make the funny parts as funny as the author intended them to be or even funnier. How can a book with an adult with ADHD, a cranky lesbian and two headed frogs not be funny? There are some awesome one liners but don’t fret that isn’t all the humor in the book.

    The story line is unique. The dialog isn’t tripe or predictable. The characters are believable. There isn’t much depth given for Fish Bait and Whiskey as there is with Patrick but their interactions make up for that. The difference between the inner and outer dialog is a bit hard to follow at times, but even though I liked it. I have listened to this book twice and it still makes me laugh.

    For those who are intelligent and a bit spastic or OCD themselves you’ll like this book.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 03-02-13
    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 03-02-13 Member Since 2011

    I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!

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    "Not as good as I expected, but a decent listen."
    Would you listen to Clear Water again? Why?

    Probably not. I did enjoy it but it is not one of the great works of literature of our times that would deserve multiple listens.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Clear Water?

    I would say toward the end, when the ex-boyfriend story collided with the current story. Really had me on the edge of my seat for a while.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Try harder to give the different characters a different voice. He was fairly good at this, but at some points in the book it was difficult to figure out which character was talking until after the fact.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Probably the beginning, right after the car crash. Everyone can identify with the hero/Florence Nightingale type.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall a fair book, worth a listen, but not the best thing I have heard this year.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict 09-28-14
    AudioAddict 09-28-14

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "Curiosity didn't kill the cat"

    STORY (gay/lesbian romance) -- I'm not gay/lesbian, but I was curious. I stumbled on Clear Water in a sale and decided to check it out. I got a little bit too much information, but this cat isn't curious anymore so all is well. I didn't find this book in the gay/lesbian section since I don't shop there, but I will try to review this book for those who do.

    Whiskey is 30-something, bisexual and a marine biologist. Patrick is 20-something, gay, has ADHD and teaches yoga. They meet when Whiskey saves Patrick from nearly drowning. Most of the story takes place on a marine research vessel near Sacramento where Whiskey lives and does research on water pollution and marine anomalies.

    The characters were likeable, and the romance is sweet. Patrick is pretty screwed up emotionally, but Whiskey is supportive and wants to take care of him. The marine biology background of the story is pretty light, and I would have liked the book much better if there had been more depth in that area. All in all, the book held my interest but, if it hadn't been for "satisfying my curiosity," I would have found it pretty boring.

    PERFORMANCE - The narrator had a nice voice and read well, but often he would get lost in a sentence and didn't seem to know what words to accent or where to pause for emphasis. Also he didn't differentiate between characters.

    OVERALL - Recommended primarily for gay male listeners. There are several sexual situations but they only last a couple minutes each. Lots of cursing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Violeta H. Berkenkamp 02-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "OMG! loved it on Audible more than on kindle!"
    What made the experience of listening to Clear Water the most enjoyable?

    The story, the characters, the narrator.


    What other book might you compare Clear Water to and why?

    I don't know...


    Have you listened to any of Robert Nieman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not yet.


    If you could rename Clear Water, what would you call it?

    I like the name it has.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    stephanie Yarravel, Australia 04-28-13
    stephanie Yarravel, Australia 04-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "I liked this. I found myself laughing out loud!"
    What did you like best about Clear Water? What did you like least?

    Fly Bait was the Bomb and the two headed frogs were awesome. I didn't like how Patrick was so whiny. I really wanted to slap him every now and then! Oh and his Uber clumsiness seemed a little unrealistic.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Clear Water?

    I enjoyed the competence that Patrick found with people who accepted him for who he was.


    What three words best describe Robert Nieman’s performance?

    competent.


    Do you think Clear Water needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no. it is complete without it.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Varghund Sweden 12-20-12
    Varghund Sweden 12-20-12 Member Since 2012

    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*

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    "Nice and steady"

    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*

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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