Sometimes the adventure chooses you.
Lover of fine poetry and lousy choose-your-own-adventure novels, Professor Sebastian Swift was once the bad-boy darling of the literati. The only lines he does these days are Browning, Frost, and Cummings. Even his relationship with the hot, handsome Wolfe Neck Police chief, Max Prescott, is healthy.
When one of his most talented students comes to him bruised and begging for help, Swift hands over the keys to his Orson Island cabin - only to find out that the boy's father is dead and the police are suspicious. In an instant, the stable life Swift has built for himself hangs on finding the boy and convincing him to give himself up before Max figures out Swift's involvement in the case.
Max enjoys splitting an infinitive or two with his favorite nutty professor, but he's not much for sonnets or Shakespeare. He likes being lied to even less. Yet his instincts - and his heart - tell him his lover is being played. Max can forgive lies and deception, but a dangerous enemy may not stop until Swift is heading up his own dead poet's society.
Warning: The Surgeon General has determined that Josh Lanyon's smart, sexy, sophisticated stories may prove hazardous to your heart.
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Exciting, Relevant, Literate
Any of Josh Lanyon's other novels, print or audio. They are all literate (also suspenseful, romantic and fun). Besides, Lanyon writes exciting, edge-of-your seat action scenes.
Absolutely. When listened to all at one go, as I did yesterday on a long road trip, they may be even more suspenseful and compelling than when read chapter by chapter, which is what typically happens when one must put a printed book aside in the middle of things as the demands of daily life intrude.
The book’s title is a quote from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” which is fitting for Sebastian Swift, the story’s protagonist, a literature professor who becomes a target when he tries to help one of his students who is suspected of murder. A great pleasure of the book is all the situationally relevant quotes of poets from Shakespeare to Eliot and e.e. cummings. One wonders if Josh Lanyon wishes he had been a professor of literature himself. Based on the evidence here, he’d probably be great at it. But you won’t need a poetry anthology beside you to enjoy the story, because it’s also packed with physical and romantic suspense. Download it for your next road trip, or for true listening pleasure anytime.
I read the book first and then listened to the audio.This is one of my favorite books, a very emotional read for me, i love the story, the characters, the mystery, everything. And it has humor and sweetness and a bit of sarcasm. I also love that every chapter begins with a "choose your own adventure" bit and these really add a fantastic new dimension to the story.
The plot was suspenseful - both from the mystery view point and the development of the relationship between the main characters - Swift and Max.
Swift was my favorite character, the voice was exactly right for what i imagined for Swift, and it came alive for the "choose your own adventure" bits (a personal favorite), and, even more importantly, for the emotionally intense scenes. Paul Fleschner has done a wonderful job especially with those scene which are particularly difficult for the characters.
Swift is the most memorable for me because of the painful journey he's going through, but i've come to appreciate Max on his own right as well as for being the perfect person for Swift.
It's a beautiful book. I highly recommend it!
It's a mystery/romance but so much more than that. I had to listen to it twice to get the full depth of it. Lanyon truly writes some terrific character studies. One of the few that I've read about addiction that gets it right.
The narrator occasionally emphasizes the wrong word and is a little superficial at times, but still good enough that it doesn't detract from the story... Well worth a listen.
This is another credit worthy creation from Josh. A twisting mystery with like able characters,who advance the romance in their relationship. Thanks Josh.
I have this book. Josh Lanyon's writing is beautiful particularly in this book. This audio version wa impossible to listen to and therefor hard to follow. The narrator had no sense of rhythm in his reading, no particular emotion nor any device to clearly help determine which character was speaking. Really too bad. I was really looking forward to this in audio form.
Yes, I would listen to it again. The characters are interesting.
This narrator's voice is pleasant, and he did a good job with different voices. However, he seemed to be reading instead of narrating occasionally. At first I wasn't sure I wanted to keep listening, but this was less of a problem as I continued with the book or perhaps I just got involved in the story line and overlooked it. I think with more practice he will be an excellent narrator.
Professor Swift and Chief of Police Max Prescott have been lovers for years, but covering for his favorite student might bring that to a screeching halt. Especially when Swift finds out that Tad's wanted for questioning in his fathers murder.
When it's clear that professor Swift is going to try to find Tad, and help him clear his name; the killer starts by trying to frame Swift for possession to get him out of the way, and if that doesn't work, killing him might swiftly follow.
This title was the first Josh Lanyon book I ever read, and just that quick I was hooked. I have every book he has written, and eagerly await the audio release for each.
As with all Josh Lanyon audiobooks, Josh has the final say in who narrates his characters, so what you hear is as close as we can come to hearing the characters as Josh imagined them.
4.5 to 5 star read...
I've read quite a LOT of Josh Lanyon's works and enjoyed pretty much everyone; the only reason I've put a JL book down was when the angst (which Josh writes so eloquently) gets a bit much for my depression. For some reason, and I'm in a downward depression cycle at the moment, I found this work particularly uplifting... and yes, I know addiction is a major theme in this work, along side the murder mystery, but the sheer lyrical telling of the tale, the honesty of Swift about his addiction, and Max's support meant I enjoyed this work in a way I really wasn't expecting.
No, our protagonists aren't perfect. Yes, there is a point were the whole relationship between Swift and Max could have gone pair-shaped and admit to suprise that it didn't (a bit of deus ex machina here for the fact it all didn't go BOOM). Overall, however, the tale was well told, the love of <b>words</b> addressed through allusions to poetry was a joy, and I didn't see the linch-pin that set the murderer into play until very near the end... basically as Swift worked it out.
So, a 4.5 star (dropped the 0.5 for the fact I think Swift would have acted more extremely to the BOOM situation but the rest of the tale made that one scene sink below a flood of beautiful imagery.)
The narration was sppppot on.
I would definitely recommend this book to a friend, but not the audio. This is one of my favorite Lanyon books because of the richness of the writing. Not just the prose, but the emotion of the characters; all of it is rich and enveloping.
Swift is most definitely my favorite character. His eyes are the most interesting eyes to look through with this story.
I really like Kevin R. Free's narration, but I admit I haven't heard enough narrators to make a definitive choice. Anyone who can put the real beauty and lushness of emotion of this story into the spoken words would be great. Mr. Fleschner, while his dictation is clear and his tone pleasant, lacked emotion and did not attempt any sort of real voice change for the characters. It was a very robotic read with most sentences having the exact same cadence. A true shame for this particular book.
In a heartbeat. Especially if were an indie film.
Series/Standalone: stand alone
Genre/sub-genre: M/M Romance/Mystery
Book Format: audio
Relatable characters: yes
Ratio of sex/plot: more plot
Well written/editor needed: well written
Would I re-listen?: YES
Personal thoughts: The story, the things that Swift is going through and struggling with, the narrator's very soothing voice, make this a perfect comfort read. I have listened to this numerous times, especially when I need something to help me sleep, or if I've just had a bad day. The perfect audio book. And I don't say that lightly.
"Beautiful and satisfying"
Come Unto These Yellow Sands is beautifully written, heartbreaking, intelligent, satisfying, overwhelming - a wonderful story. It went straight to my soul and amongst the top ten books I've ever read. Five stars feels too small amount, because this book has changed the way I see the world around me.
The narrator's soft, mature voice fits the story perfectly. I highly recommend.
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