It's not the breaking up that kills you, it's the aftermath.
Ever since his longtime lover decided he'd seen the "heterosexual light", Matt's life has been in a nosedive. Six months of too many missed shifts at the hospital, too much booze, too many men. Matt knows he's on the verge of losing everything, but he's finding it hard to care.
Then Matt meets Aaron. He's gorgeous, intelligent, and apparently not interested in being picked up. Still, even after seeing Matt at his worst, he doesn't turn away. Aaron's kindness and respect have Matt almost believing he's worth it - and that there could be life after Joe. But his newfound happiness is threatened when Matt begins to suspect Aaron is hiding something - or someone....
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I am an avid audio book listener. I have over 340 in my library and re-listen to them until I know my favorites by heart.
I really enjoyed this book. The narration was a bit difficult to understand the first four or five times I listened to it, but after you get used to the accent it is a wonderful ride. It is now on my favorites list of books I listen to every few weeks.
I really like Harper Fox and this was one of her first stories. It's heavy on the angst but I like that. I did not have any problem with Sean Crisden's narration. He is generally a good narrator and came through on this one too. He isn't actually Scottish but sounded a lot more like it than others I've heard on audible. To an American ear it can be difficult to understand at first but you get used to it. I don't at all think that Sean Crisdens performance detracted from the book. And since the characters are Scottish I would have been perturbed if the narrator had spoken in an American or British accent.
Series/Standalone: stand alone
Genre/sub-genre: M/M Romance
Book Format: audio
Relatable characters: yes
Ratio of sex/plot: equal
Well written/editor needed: well written
Would I re-listen?: Maybe
Personal thoughts: I didn't read this story before I listened to the audio book. Maybe that would have helped. The narrator's accent is very hard to understand if you're used to American English and/or regular British English. It took me most of this short audio to get used to the accent he used so I wasn't sure about a lot of what was happening. If it hadn't been for that, I would have really enjoyed the book. The story was good and I liked the characters, just not the narrator's chosen accent.
I own both the text and audio versions of this story. Although it's a short story, it's still one of my favorite of all romances. Harper Fox is a very talented writer -- and you can see that here in her depiction of Matthew's despair and desolation, as well as in the vivid descriptions of Newcastle, the helicopter, and the oil rig in addition to the romance itself.
Unfortunately, the narrator doesn't do any justice to this great story. He is working hard to present a "Geordie" (Newcastle) accent, but it's pretty obvious that he isn't a native (I've been listening to a lot of genuine Geordie accents, and this one just doesn't cut it). And in his attempts to replicate that accent, the narrator has completely forgotten about the character of the story. Matthew, the main character and narrator, is in the final stages of complete disintegration -- he's coming apart at the seams. As another character tells him, he's "in bits". Yet the narrator here makes Matthew sound nearly cocky and bouncy. It's all wrong. And it's quite disturbing to hear a fine story being distorted in this way.
My advice is to stick with the text version on this one. If you appreciate good writing, you should check it out. Don't give up on Harper Fox just based on the bad narration here.
The name is Katie. Account says Kevin, but I'm the one actually listening and writing reviews.
I didn't finish listening to this novel because I couldn't understand the reader. His accent was very... difficult for me to process.
I have no idea if the story itself was good, because I couldn't understand it.
I love Sean Crisden, but I'm just not sure this is the same Sean Crisden I love. This was terribly difficult to understand.
Very hard to understand
If the narrator didn't try and force an accent. It was pretty painful to listen to, and I LOVE Sean crisden! But this was just not for him.
No, you can't base and entire genre off of one experience with one book.
For sure! I love him in most of his other performances. Even if he mumbles a bit and does some weird muppet voices, I think it adds to the experience.
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