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The Hired Man | [Jan Irving]

The Hired Man

Reverend Ian Kenyon knows the harsh sting of life and how a man can suffer a loss of faith. The death of his wife and son shook him to his foundations, and he's been drifting ever since. Bryn Morgan has returned home from prison to the only family he has—an abusive father. Reluctantly moved by Bryn's plight, Ian hires the young man to work on his farm. Soon Ian fears his growing feelings of grace and compassion might be something else, something more... heated.
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Publisher's Summary

Reverend Ian Kenyon knows the harsh sting of life and how a man can suffer a loss of faith. The death of his wife and newborn son shook him to his foundations, and he's been drifting ever since. Bryn Morgan has returned home from prison to the only family he has—an abusive father who abandoned him to the law when Bryn was unjustly accused of rape. Still poor, lost, and shunned, Bryn searches for work, any work that will allow him to survive.

Reluctantly moved by Bryn's plight, Ian hires the young man to work on his farm, despite Bryn's prickly, defensive nature. Soon Ian fears his growing feelings of grace and compassion might be something else, something more... heated. Whatever the cause, he knows they are impossible to pursue, because Heaven only knows what would happen if a man of God began to have forbidden feelings for his hired man.

©2009 Jan Irving (P)2009 Jan Irving

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    L. Hew Toronto, Canada 04-13-11
    L. Hew Toronto, Canada 04-13-11 Listener Since 2008
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    "Surprisingly amazing"

    Gorgeously written. The emotions within are raw and beautiful. I couldn't stop reading. And the reader is perfect. At first, even listening to the sample, I laughed because I couldn't believe he intended to read the entire book this way. But, that slow, deliberate way he reads made the scenes come alive and listening to certain scenes drove me insane with the way he put emotion into every heart-wrenching, gorgeous word.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Mark San Antonio, TX, United States 03-05-12
    Mark San Antonio, TX, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Captivating from the start!"
    If you could sum up The Hired Man in three words, what would they be?

    Believable, compelling, stimulating


    What other book might you compare The Hired Man to and why?

    Unlike any other book, this has rich threads of suspense, deep emotion and some twists and turns which keep the listener riveted to the story. Set in the historical context of the early United States, the descriptive elements of the story provide a feeling that listener is actually watching the story unfold. The characters feel real and the lives they live are three dimensional making this one of very best books in it's genre. There really is no other book to compare this to.


    What does Erik Braa bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Braa's rich, masculine and true voice bring the characters to life. His narration creates a complete experience bringing the listener center stage. He demonstrates the remarkable ability to make each character real. It's like being there, on the inside of the tale.


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

    It's so easy to identify with different aspects of each character; their struggles, pain, joy, and conflict are immediately felt by the listener. It is truly a remarkable book.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this one!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 07-08-13
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 07-08-13 Member Since 2012

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "So So So close to a 5!"

    This book was so good, I almost cried at the end. Man O Man. I read the review and just didn't believe them, but they were correct. This was so good. The only reason this isn't a 5 is because there were some narration errors and the beginning was a bit boring. After chapter 1, the story gets better and better. By the time Rev Ian and Bryn actually do a little something... the story is so good, you literally cannot put this down.

    When you find out about Bryn's little secret... Man! tearjerker... then the plague or poss that spread through the camp... I was just running for the tissue. During these chapters, Bryn earns his nickname "Tiger" and man... this was the best scene in the whole book!

    Loved it. One of the best m/m romances on audible.

    Narration had a few errors in the beginning, it would skip words in a sentence or two. Didn't really take away from the story, but still... I can't give a 5 for that...

    Worth the credit or buy...

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Riva Chicago, IL, United States 06-14-13
    Riva Chicago, IL, United States 06-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting story"

    This was a good listen and an interesting story. There are some weird/confusing POV switches and the ending seems a little incomplete. The story also takes some weird twists and turns which doesn't make it "flow" as effectively as it could. There were some scenes that came out of nowhere and didn't go anywhere which also confused me. However overall I enjoyed the book and the narrator did a great job. Not worth a credit, but worth it if it is discounted.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Fiona 07-02-12
    Fiona 07-02-12

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    "Fantastic!"
    If you could sum up The Hired Man in three words, what would they be?

    Touching, steamy, fast-paced love story that tugs at the heart-strings and leaves you saying 'awww' over and over again.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the characters first got close.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great book. I hunger for more from this author. The narration was also good, although I must say, I did not need to hear them 'cough' or 'clear' their throat then get told that they coughed or cleared their throats. The sounds during the love scenes were great though. A very talented voice actor although, sometimes I could hear when the narrator had paused then come back.

    The book was well done though. I don't need a sequel of course, but I look forward to more from this author and this narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan ANTIOCH, CA, United States 04-18-13
    Bryan ANTIOCH, CA, United States 04-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Better than I expected, but wait for a sale."
    What made the experience of listening to The Hired Man the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed the narration. The story was slow during some parts but the performance was really splendid. It can be comical to hear a male reading in the voice of a female, but after a few minutes, it became tolerable.


    What other book might you compare The Hired Man to and why?

    I'd first compare it to Brokeback Mountain. The 2 men working on a farm in a historical setting gave a twist to what could have been a cookie cutter gay romance story. Then there was a touch of Grapes of Wrath mixed in to show a contrast between middle and lower class.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Most of the story worked really well. The book has its moments of really great writing, and others seemed to be cut down. The ending was very anticlimactic. Too much happens within the last 30 minutes of the book that should have been dedicated to a more well rounded closing.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Hired Man and why?

    Brynn was the memorable one. Although I related more to Ian, I found myself analyzing the character of Brynn more. The secret he keeps throughout the first part of the book makes what he does really intriguing.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the sex scenes were too much for the story. They stand out in contrast to what is really going on deeper in the characters. And there are a few graphic words in this one, which also seemed out of place.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Windmills CA, United States 03-22-13
    Windmills CA, United States 03-22-13 Member Since 2010
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    "disappointing"

    This story had potential. I was enjoying it then.....it ended abruptly. I have to assume that there will be a continuation. It was very odd.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Albert Karawara, Australia 10-01-12
    Albert Karawara, Australia 10-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Pointless garbage"
    Would you try another book from Jan Irving and/or Erik Braa?

    Nope. Total nonsense.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jan Irving again?

    Nope. Waste of time.


    How could the performance have been better?

    By not doing it?


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger, sadness, and disappointment that I actually spent money and time on it.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not buy this audiobook!

    1 of 10 people found this review helpful
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