Holden Worthington's globetrotting days are over. Once the host of a popular adventure show, he hasn't ventured past his own front door in more than a year. Then the arrival of a sexy new gardener sparks something Holden hasn't felt in a very long time - an interest in the world outside his window.
Holden tries to resist the attraction. But painfully shy yet definitely interested Adam Morgan has Holden longing to conquer his debilitating anxiety and live again. After a grisly discovery on the grounds of the estate, the town of Smithfield turns a suspicious eye on the reclusive Holden - and the two men must trust in each other to bring the truth out in the open.
©2012 L. B. Gregg; 2012 Audible, Inc
I really enjoyed this book, particularly in audio format. I have actually enjoyed all of the Men of Smithfield stories. L. B Gregg provides a little mystery and a love conquers all mojo that appeals to my extremely unrealistic romantic side. With this story the two principle characters are Holden--a 40-year-old former adventurer, now agoraphobic and Adam--a 24-year-old young man who has to endure and overcome some earlier trauma. Within the midst of the romance is a mystery that left me guessing towards the end of the story. All in all, a good journey. Now as far as the narrator, Shannon Gunn has done all four books and I admire his vocal ability for differentiating our protagonists, but the voice for Holden really just tickled me to the point of no return. I am sure that some will not get my reference, but as I listened to Holden's story I kept envisioning Paul Lynn. Some of the inflictions provided by Gunn were spot on to the late and great Lynn. Then of course, when Holden spouted off on several occasions of being 'the man', my mental image and the vocal inflictions had me rolling. I am not sure if that was the intent of Gregg, but it certainly added so much more to the character of Holden and actually served as a measure that endeared me to Holden. I actually had to have my bff listen to the book to see if I was crazy and she came up with the same conclusion that I did regarding the character of Holden. But I digress, I thoroughly enjoyed this story and would recommend and if you want to determine my Lynn reference, just remember Uncle Author from Bewitched or from reruns of Hollywood Squares and the center square.
The interpretation of Holden as Paul Lynde. I can understand why the narrator went this way, because the book really has great snarky dialogue. But as much as I like Paul Lynde, it is NOT sexy to hear the romance part of the book with his voice. It is really annoying after a while.
It wasn't really that interesting. The story and romance is really pretty lame. The best thing about the book is the comedy, it is really funny. I would suggest listening to it as a funny read with a little romance.
Diversified. He did a great job with the different charaters, but I just didn't like Holden's.
No, just let them be happy.
Touching, Funny, Infuriating
Don't know that I can think of another book that is similar off the top of my head.
His interpretation of Holden is a bit 'Paul Lyndeish' and sometimes annoying. I was wondering if the character was supposed to be voiced that way.
Most of the moments involving Adam's insight. I love how sensitive and open he is. When he declared his love for Holden, I melted.
I hope there are more in this series and I would love to have Shannon narrate again. No more voices like Holden's though.
I like L.B. Gregg. I think her stories are funny and clever and sweet, but also have some good steamy scenes. The worst part about this BY FAR was the narrator. I've hard him narrate Gregg's other stories, so it's not that he can't narrate, but the choice that he made for Holden had me cringing the entire time! As others have said, it was very Paul Lynde-esque. Which is horribly unsexy. And Holden is fit and strong and hot!!!! It absolutely took away from an otherwise entertaining story.
As I said above, his choice of voice for Holden was the absolute worst choice I've ever heard from a narrator. If I didn't like Gregg so much, I wouldn't have made it through the book. Absolutely awful. It needs to be redone.
The story was sweet and the characters were delightfully broken. I got the feeling that Adam was maybe slightly autistic but still a strong and functioning person.
two little girls and a fat dog walking down the street.
All i could imagine in the place of Holden was a short grey alien with a giant head. I believe that seth macfarlane modeled him on paul lynde which is another name being thrown around the reviews! it was distracting made the story seem slightly ridiculous!
i imagined roger the alien from American Dad having gay sex. that was pretty funny :)
This is the first book I have listened with Shannon Gunn as a narrator. I will listen to any book he narrates because he is that awesome. He gives the needed pauses, inflection and makes the humor in this book sing. I could go on forever about how great of a job he did with this story and the characters. The story and writing were wonderful because of the narration. I laughed a lot with this book. Laugh out loud funny.
The narrator did an excellent job of telling the story.
I would say it was the discovery of the body, and it was how the town of Smithville reacting with all their gossip on who dun it.
Holden, of course, since it's his POV I was listening too.
I absolutely Loved, Loved Holden.. His sarcastic wit and brutal honesty about the people around him had me in stitches and reminded be of Paul Lynde's Uncle Arthur character on Bewitched.
The first time I heard Book one of the Men of Smithfield series, I was hooked. I really like how L.B. Gregg storylines and characters seem to capture people and places that we know to a tee.
Great narrator. his performance sold the story and made it a joy to listen to. I laughed several times, especially at the end.
Go out and read something!
I love love looooove this Smithfield story. I can't get enough of Holden. fantastic listen!
This is one of my favourite series and it has beem made even more memorable by an outstanding narrator.
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