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Out of Nowhere Audiobook

Out of Nowhere: Middle of Somewhere, Book 2

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The only thing in Colin Mulligan's life that makes sense is taking cars apart and putting them back together. In the auto shop where he works with his father and brothers, he tries to get through the day without having a panic attack or flying into a rage. Drinking helps. So does running and lifting weights until he can hardly stand. But none of it can change the fact that he's gay, a secret he has kept from everyone.

Rafael Guerrera has found ways to live with the past he's ashamed of. He's dedicated his life to social justice work and to helping youth who, like him, had very little growing up. He has no time for love. Hell, he barely has time for himself. Somehow, everything about miserable, self-destructive Colin cries out to him. But down that path lie the troubles Rafe has worked so hard to leave behind. And as their relationship intensifies, Rafe and Colin are forced to dredge up secrets that both men would prefer stay buried.

©2016 Roan Parrish (P)2016 Dreamspinner Press

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    Belen 07-10-16
    Belen 07-10-16 Member Since 2015

    I'm an unabashed fiction fan: mostly M/M, Romance, Erotica, Suspense, Thrillers, Action, NA/YA genres.

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    "5+ Stars for Spectacular Narration!"
    Any additional comments?

    While it's true Roan Parrish created these characters, Spencer Goss gave them life.

    In my original book review for this story I admitted that while it takes real chutzpah to focus the sequel on the biggest antagonist from the first story, Roan Parrish absolutely makes Colin Mulligan's story engaging, believable, and engrossing. But...it's Spencer Goss's narration that made me empathize with Colin and hope for him. There is such a strong element of hurt/comfort that is brilliantly conveyed through the narration.

    Spencer Goss perfectly captures the complicated, broken person Colin is and made me feel sorry for Colin and all of his self loathing. He made my heart hurt at the self harm and terrible chances Colin takes and made me so happy when Rafael Guerrera begins to break down Colin's walls. And it's Spencer Goss's narration that made me yearn for Colin's HEA.

    The narration for Out of Nowhere is SPECTACULAR. The story is angst-filled, complicated, sometimes hard to get through, and I needed a new box of tissues and a pint of ice cream by the end...but the narration is truly fantastic.

    Highly Recommended!

    NOTE: This is not a standalone.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    WMG MARIETTA, GA, US 07-13-16
    WMG MARIETTA, GA, US 07-13-16 Member Since 2011
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    "the best performance by a narrator!"

    The book was fantastic! the narration was spectacular! hands down the best performance I have ever had the privilege to listen to. I felt every emotion that was being expressed by the writer through the narration. truly incredible!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Skylar Widmore 08-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Spencer Goss should narrate every story"

    I adored this audio book. The story is terrific. The protagonist, Colin, is flawed and was not a likable character from book 1. But as you learn more about Colin, you begin to realize that his anger and lashing out is a defense mechanism. And then there is Rafe, who peels away Colin's layers. I loved the tender moments between the two.

    But my absolute favorite part of this audiobook is Spencer Goss. I loved his reading of the story. You could feel Colin's struggles through every word. The pauses, the stutters, the whispers and angry words were absolutely perfect. I searched Audible for every book that he has narrated and am so disappointed that there only two. I hope to see more in the future!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Susan65 Annapolis, Maryland 07-24-16
    Susan65 Annapolis, Maryland 07-24-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Best audio I've ever listened to"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I absolutely recommend this audio, and as a matter of fact, I have already starting telling anyone who will listen to give it a try. I was surprisingly stunned by this performance and now the bar is set so high that other narrators will have their work cut out for them. Spencer Goss ruined me, I won’t be able to listen to lackluster readings anymore.

    Why? He literally stayed within character from start to finish and his depiction of Colin was spot on. Colin is an emotional mess, his distress with life is palpable and almost debilitating, and Spencer Goss’s portrayal of his internal battle was flawless. I never once mistook his Colin’s character for Rafael. This performance felt personal, as if the narrator was Colin; his skill as a narrator, especially for this audio, is above reproach.


    Which character – as performed by Spencer Goss – was your favorite?

    Colin


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made my heart hurt, but by the end, it was put back together again.


    Any additional comments?

    Out of Nowhere is, by far, the best audio performance I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to. Spencer Goss is a brand new narrator for me, but after this stellar performance, you can guarantee that I will be looking for other narrations by him.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Donald Louisville, Georgia, United States 09-10-16
    Donald Louisville, Georgia, United States 09-10-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Beyond Expectations"

    OMG! I just finished this book in one sitting...I could not turn off my iPod. What a phenomenal story. Roan Parrish did an outstanding job but Spencer Goss brought this book to life. What a fantastic narrator!! Only one other narrator (Michael Lesley) has wreaked my heart, soul, and spirit in the way that Goss delivered this story. One of the things that I mentioned in my review of the prequel, In the Middle of Somewhere, was the lack of focus on Collin and how I felt let down. Boy howdy, Parrish did not disappoint with the sequel. As most, I was not a fan of Collin's but this story allows the reader (listener) to get inside of Collin's head and you understand the choices and the journey that led him and in the end, you want him to be happy...with Raphe. I so loved this book, will be listening to it again and I certainly would recommend.

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    Morgan A Skye 07-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Gripping sequel amazing narration"

    Wow! This book is completely gutwrenching on so many levels. Colin. Oh my poor Colin.

    I will start by saying that you absolutely must read the first book in this series "In the Middle of Somewhere". In that book we first meet Colin and he truly did not leave a good impression on me. Colin was rude, foul mouthed and was so cruel to his brother Daniel. He would tease Daniel and say all kinds of homophobic things to him. "Out of Nowhere" really lets you in and shows you exactly why Colin is so hateful.

    In fact, he’s such an unlikeable person that at times it was hard to read. Colin made me so frustrated - I wanted to punch him- probably because he’s so full of self-hate and in complete denial of his sexuality.

    Colin lives his life to please his father and is completely jealous of his brother Daniel (who was brave enough to come out to their family). As a result, he punishes himself continuously with alcohol and exercise. He uses running as a way to escape the thoughts in his head.

    Throughout the story Colin gave me the impression of "living in his head". This leads to him misinterpreting what family members and other people say - especially his brother Daniel. (Later on in the story we learn of other ways Colin punishes himself and it's truly heart-breaking.) But… what girl doesn't love a damaged man? And the hope that someday he will fall in love and everything will work out in the end? That’s what keeps ya readin’… knowing his redemption is going to be oh so delicious the more horrible he is at the beginning.

    I love how the Roan Parrish was able to make my feelings for Colin go from "intensely dislike" to "love". A true sign of a great author.

    Colin has to face some very hard truths about himself and his life. The author showed us that Colin gained purpose through his work with the YA group and by teaching others. Mikal, Ricky and DeShawn are great secondary characters. Colin grew so much through his experiences with these youngs kids and of course.... Rafael.


    Ah Rafe. Rafe is a saint. Rafe has a past of his own and has made something positive out of his life with his work with the YA group.

    Rafe is Colin's very own knight in shining armor. He literally comes to Colin's aid one night as Colin is getting beat up. He saves the day and there begins a complicated frienship/attraction. Rafe shows Colin how to care for others - including himself. Rafe shows Colin through his work with the YA group that everyone's life has its ups and downs and everyone deserves to be happy and they deserve a second chance.

    It's not an easy road for Colin and Rafe. The author navigates their relationship so well. It's not all hearts and flowers and insta-love. These guys have to work for it -especially Colin. Rafe’s instinct to be a caretaker make him want to be there for Colin since he touches something deep inside Rafe’s heart.

    I loved how the author shows the stories overlapping. I am such a big fan of Daniel and Rex it was great to see another perspective on the boys’ childhood.

    Daniel and Colin have very different memories about growing up. Colin believes that Daniel thinks he's too good for their family and couldn't wait to move away from them. Whereas Daniel believes that no one really cares about him. Once Daniel comes out to his family it changes everything.

    When a tragic event strikes the family it becomes even more apparent how split apart this family is. Colin has to come to grips with some pretty serious issues and once his
    eyes begin to open he can start the repair process to salvage the relationship between himself and his brothers. Colin comes to slowly realize he’s living a lie and once he accepts certain truths – then he can grow and that is when the magic happens.


    This is truly a wonderful story. It's a story about life, love and the complications of family. Through the love of one man Colin is able to rise above all of his self-hate and learn to love himself. This is a very passionate book full of intense scenes. It’s easily ranking as a favorite of mine.

    If I could I’d give it ten stars! Highly Recommended.

    Audio:

    Spencer Goss is a wonderful new narrator. He really does a great job conveying the deep emotions in this story. His voice is easy to listen to and it was always easy to tell who was speaking though he doesn’t do any over the top accents. What I like most about his narration is that it feels so well timed, like he’s just telling us about a real life event. It gives it authenticity to the experience in addition to adding to feeling that you’re part of the story. This absolutely adds to the enjoyment of the story and is highly recommended. I can’t wait to see more from this narrator and the author!

    6 of 5 stars

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    KaiUno Belgium 07-16-16
    KaiUno Belgium 07-16-16 Member Since 2016

    As I live and breathe!

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    "Wonderful narration of a great story."

    The 2nd book in the series seems to do away with a lot of the problems found in the 1st.

    The story packs a lot more punch, mainly because the completely broken main character gets a completely broken voice. Spencer Goss does a tremendous job of making the listener believe in all the anxieties pouring out of former antagonist Collen. This leads to some spectacularly awkward, but beautiful, romance scenes that draw equal amounts of tears as they do hot blushes.

    Parrish does an excellent job fleshing out the characters, even Daniel gets a lot more to him. Goss gives each one of them a distinct voice filled to the brim with emotion.

    An excellent listen!

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    Kris 07-14-16
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    "Spectacular Narration"

    I have never experienced a more powerful Audiobook journey. Fabulous narrator! I can't believe this exists in nature. I will listen to this...FOREVER!

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    S. Leonard San Diego, CA USA 07-10-16
    S. Leonard San Diego, CA USA 07-10-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Completely Blown Away"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Out of Nowhere to be better than the print version?

    With no disrespect at all to the author (Roan Parrish is a rock star), Spencer Goss's narration of 'Out of Nowhere' elevates an already brilliant book to another level.


    What other book might you compare Out of Nowhere to and why?

    I would compare this book to 'Shattered Glass' by Dani Alexander, which is one of my all time favorite books.


    What about Spencer Goss’s performance did you like?

    Um... EVERY THING! Spencer breathes individual life into each character he voices, whether it be a lead of a minor character. Nothing is throw away. His narration is reminiscent of 'old time' radio shows. It's as if he is acting out the story.


    If you could take any character from Out of Nowhere out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    It's a toss up between Colin and Daniel. I fell in love with the character of Daniel while reading and listening to 'In the Middle of Somewhere' and admire his tenacity and positive spirit. Colin broke my heart. I knew there was something more to him and am so glad Roan Parrish told his story.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the second book Spencer Goss has voiced and I'm blown away by his talent and attention to every detail. I'm going to go on the record right here to say you will not find a finer performance of an audio book anywhere.

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    Gina Gibbons 07-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Brillant beyond words 😃"

    I loved this book even more than the first!! Could not put it down. AMAZING!

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  • Robert Trawford
    9/29/16
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    "great story brilliantly narrated"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Out of Nowhere to be better than the print version?

    yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Out of Nowhere?

    Colins realisation that it was possible for him to change


    What does Spencer Goss bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    he totally brings the characters to life, perfectly defining their personalities and characteristics


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    with determination and courage anything is possible


    Any additional comments?

    The best narration i have ever experienced

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  • BevS
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    7/22/16
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    "Spencer Goss, you're a star!!"

    The consummate performance. This just blew me away!! ALL the stars for this narration from Spencer Goss, absolutely magnificent and one of the best, if not THE best narration I've listened to so far...and that's saying something cos I've listened to a fair few amazing ones. EVERYTHING you could wish for in a reading of someone's story, full of emotional highs and lows, different voices for each character, and the feels, sighs...immense. I gushed about him in my review for the audio book Fish Stick Fridays by Rhys Ford, and finished my review saying 'More Spencer Goss please!!'...well, someone at Dreamspinner Press must have heard my plea, and this is the result.

    You know the phrase 'from the SUBLIME to the ridiculous' ...well, in this instance, it's most definitely the other way around. Robert Nieman's performance of the first story in the series was in all honesty a huge disappointment, I was distinctly underwhelmed. As this title wasn't my favourite in the series anyway, I had absolutely no intention of buying it UNTIL it popped up in my Audible feed and I noticed who the narrator was...I couldn't download it quickly enough then.

    Now onto the story. No, I didn't like Colin anymore than I did reading the story. I still despise him and he was still a Dick with a capital D, so deeply closeted he wasn't anywhere near that darned Narnian wardrobe, so much self-hatred, self-denial and self-loathing that sometimes you just wanted to say 'f**k it, get on with it then', and so much envy and jealousy aimed at his younger brother Daniel for living the life that he, Colin, didn't have the guts to live, that all he seemed to do was spew vile, nasty, hateful things and sometimes even be violent towards Daniel. Of course, that worsened when their racist bigot of a father died, and Daniel appeared at the funeral with Rex in tow and caught Colin being hugged by Rafe...understandably Daniel lost it having discovered that Colin had been living a lie.

    Did I feel more empathetic towards Colin after Spencer's reading?? Maybe....a teeny, tiny bit but I have to say that he's still one of my most detested characters [and I know I'm not alone in that opinion].

    So, I gave 4 stars for the story in my initial review of the book cos, you know, I may think Colin's a complete douche, but I can still appreciate a good story when I read one. The story stays at 3.5 rounded up to 4 stars, but for Spencer's narration?? There aren't enough stars available....

    MORE, MORE, MORE SPENCER GOSS!!!

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  • Isalovesbooks
    10/28/16
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    "So Emotional it reduced me to tears"
    Would you listen to Out of Nowhere again? Why?

    YES, over and over. It was a beautiful story, yet heartbreaking. But it was real and it had so many steamy moments you would never have enough!.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    That is a very difficult question, I found both male leads where as important as each other and although at times Colin can frustrate you (not in a bad way) as in the writer intended for this, you understand as you read on why he behaves the way he does and you can't help but feel for him in so many ways.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Well I loved seeing Daniel from the first book again, and loved the part when he comes to see Colin, their interaction is adorable and can I say Spencer did such an amazing job, in some parts there were 4/5 different characters in one room and he did all their voices brilliantly.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me cry most of the times. I actually cried more in this book than with the first one, there were so many powerful moments, so many things that weren't spoken and yet you felt each and every emotion.


    Any additional comments?

    The Author of these series has blown my mind. I actually thought it was going to be impossible to top of her first book, and don't get me wrong it was an incredible story, but this book, was cathartic, was very raw, honest and real and I feel I went on a journey with Colin and Rafe. Also can I say being Mexican and named Gabriela almost made me feel like I was part of the story.
    ANOTHER HEARTBREAKINGLY SPECTACULAR BOOK. Can't wait for the next one!

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  • Jordan Blake
    9/26/16
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    "Surprised"

    I had a love hate thing going with the first book so initially I was put off by this book being about Colin (who you only know as a giant douche) and the change of narrator. I was blissfully proven wrong, Colin is a severely damaged person who needs someone who won't leave when he pushes, Rafe is a his perfect match someone that really wants to care for him all the characters are genuine and complex and spencer goss, I feel managed to capture them. (Kept imagining Jensen ackles and Jason momoa (as prompted) Overall I loved it though the characters from the 1st book actually became slightly irritating though that could be from the perspective change. Highly recommended. Enjoy.

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  • Amazon Customer
    Southampton
    9/3/16
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    "Amazing"

    It was a great book and the performance brought it out spectacularly. The voice given to the Colin by the narrator expressed so much of the angst and vulnerability u find out throughout the story that it added an extra dimension to the written word.

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  • Nathan
    London
    7/31/16
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    "Really great story and fantastic narration."
    Any additional comments?

    I loved the first book and was disappointed the narrator was different but ended up preferring him to the first one (Robert Nieman) .

    Roan Parrish creates a great story line that in some places actually bought a tear to my eye and Spencer Goss executes the characters perfectly.

    5 Stars.

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  • T. Simms
    7/28/16
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    "omg loved it."

    I loved this and the first book can't wait for the 3rd! absolutely fantastic stories.

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  • ELDB
    Surrey, England
    7/20/16
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    "Fantastic"

    I loved this just as much as when I read it. After the first one I really wanted to hate Colin but I just fell in love with him. The whole story tugged at my heart and made me empathise every step of the way. The narration was fantastic and just how I imagined Colin.

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    Sandnes, Norway
    7/8/16
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    "Heartbreakingly sad but yet sooo good"
    What made the experience of listening to Out of Nowhere the most enjoyable?

    Spencer Goss' narration was so good, and I think he managed to convey Colin's anguish, pain and self-hatred perfectly, that perhaps doesn't come across quite so clearly in the written word only.

    Rafe's patience and gentleness was instrumental in Colin's "healing", and Spencer's Rafe showed that.


    What does Spencer Goss bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The gentleness of Rafe, yet he shows Rafe has a steel core which helped him overcome his own demons and is needed when Colin reached the bottom.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me cry (both when I read it and when I listened to it), yet when it was over I felt happy that Colin and Rafe were in a good place both individually and as a couple.


    It's not an easy book to either read or listen to, but it's important as it shows how damaging (internalized) homophobia is or can be. Words can and do break people every day!


    Any additional comments?

    I really like Spencer Goss' voice, both his cadence, modulation and his ability to also do "normal" female voices {i.e. no falsetto. ;)}, and I look forward to listen to him again.

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