Caine Neiheisel is stuck in a dead-end job at the end of a dead-end relationship when the chance of a lifetime falls in his lap. His mother inherits her uncle’s sheep station in New South Wales, Australia, and Caine sees it as the opportunity to start over, out on the range where his stutter won’t hold him back and his willingness to work will surely make up for his lack of knowledge.
Unfortunately, Macklin Armstrong, the foreman of Lang Downs who should be Caine’s biggest ally, alternates between being cool and downright dismissive, and the other hands are more amused by Caine’s American accent than they are moved by his plight…until they find out he’s gay and their amusement turns to scorn. It will take all of Caine’s determination - and an act of cruel sabotage by a hostile neighbor - to bring the men of Lang Downs together and give Caine and Macklin a chance at love.
©2012 Ariel Tachna (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
Bonzer story, but hearing an American try to narrate Aussie dialogue is both painful and hilarious. I was puzzled for ages over what a gulla might be. Galah, a very stupid bird even by bird standards, is pronounced galaaaaah. And it's DRYzabone as in dry as a bone, not drizzabone. And way too many other jarring mispronunciations.
Couldn't they at least have hired someone who's spoken to an Aussie once or twice....
I'd consider it.
A previous reviewer didn't care for the Aussie accents much. I loved 'em! They sounded authentic, added much to the story and even with occasional slip up, Dry-as-a-bone, not Dizzabone, deserve 5 stars! Looking forward to the next instalment of the series. Spend your money (or credits) on this one.
I really enjoyed this book. I think the narrator does a great job and the story is engaging. A transplanted American finds love with a seasoned foreman of a sheep station in the Australian outback. What's not to love? I listened to this in 48 hours, it was that engaging. Definitely worth a credit. On to Book 2.
The fact that Cain is unashamed of what he is, and isn't afraid to demand the same of a lover if they're going to be together.
Love, Like Water by Rowan Speedwell. They both involve hardworking, rugged, farmer-style men who take an outsider under their wing, and into their hearts.
Macklin - I think even native Australians would agree that James does him justice as far as the accent goes.
When Macklin almost loses Cain and that helps him put things in perspective and overcome his fear of being 'out.'
"No available Australian voice actors/narrators?"
It surprise me that a story primarily located in Australia with Australian casts (except 1 MC) have an American narrator and not Australian. Why is that?
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