The most important things in Simon Murray’s life are football, friends, and film - in that order. His friends despair of him ever meeting someone, but despite his loneliness, Simon is cautious about looking for more. Then his best friends drag him to a party, where he barges into a football conversation and ends up defending the honour of star forward Declan Tyler - unaware that the athlete is present. In that first awkward meeting, neither man has any idea they will change each other's lives forever.
Like his entire family, Simon revels in living in Melbourne, the home of Australian Rules football and mecca for serious fans. There, players are treated like gods - until they do something to fall out of public favour. This year, the public is taking Declan to task for suffering injuries outside his control, so Simon's support is a bright spot.
But as Simon and Declan fumble toward a relationship, keeping Declan's homosexuality a secret from well-meaning friends and an increasingly suspicious media becomes difficult. Nothing can stay hidden forever. Soon Declan will have to choose between the career he loves and the man he wants, and Simon has never been known to make things easy - for himself or for others.
©2009 Sean Kennedy (P)2013 Sean Kennedy
No, I am australian. Worse than that Melbournian. This story was about my home town and the narrator mispronounced...A lot!
This is a great story and better yet the places described are places in my memory. I no longer live in melbourne so this brought up real feelings of nostalgia and made me miss my home. I could see the characters walking down the same streets i had walked down. I could imaging meeting Simon at fed square for one of the many film festivals. I know who the douchebag footy show presenter is, referenced in the book. (looking at YOU sam neuman!) I can imagine Declan living in the docklands and it brought a feeling of realism that i rarely get to enjoy. I think i even know the general area that Simon worked. But the the narrator would say Bork st instead of Bourke st (pronounced burk) or Etihard instead of Etihad (pronounced eti-had) and it would draw me away from the story and bring me out of the fantasy. Oh and Melbourne, pretty much pronounced Melbin and BrisBAIN Brisb'n...grrr
the proformance wasn't BAD but it did detract from the story simply because of the accent. this was a really REALLY Australian story and it needed an Australian narrator. I will need to get a print copy and read it with my own accent to really get lost in the story/
I liked Simon. He had the POV and so we had better insight to his motivations and i liked him. Plus a bit of snark never went astray :)
the writing made me laugh out loud many times. the humor is sarcastic, juvenile and understated, just my type. the writing is really good, the characters are well developed and feel real, like people i know. the relationship between the main characters has a natural development, not "i love you" after two days which is both psycho and a really common plot. most of the book is not about building tension between two people but about what it's like to be in a relationship, which to me is more interesting. it's not pseudo-porn, it's actually about real (imaginary) gay people, and that was really refreshing.
sadly, the scenes about what it's like to be in a relationship with a closeted partner. been there, done that, and it's pretty accurate.
a lot of people commented on the narration, and i thought i would be in pain for hours (but the book was cheap, so i bought it anyway). i think they are being a bit dramatic. sure, an australian accent would have been cool, but this narrator did fine. it didn't detract from the book for me.
I enjoy audiobooks, with being on the road for work, it helps to pass the time
I already downloaded and read Tigerland on my kindle. My issue with the audiobook had nothing to do with the story it was the editing and the fact that it is a book set in Australia about people from Australia and it is read by an American, who give one minor character a southern accent
I thought it was a good well written story
As above, plus the editing should have been better. Repeated lines, doesn't anyone listen to it through before it was released.
Chris Helmsworth for Declan
Not sure for Simon
Yes, but only if they can't get a hold of the book itself
Decently narrated, but it needed better editing and better casting, and the different voices the narrator used were wrong for the characters (especially the women). The setting of the book is so integral to the story, the narrator really should have been Australian.
reading with a coffee in my hands
A decent narration editor
It wasn't the authors fault this was terrible.
It isn't the narrators fault either.
The narration need serious editing. Every DreAmspinner Press book I have listened to in the last few months have been terrible. Clearing throats, repeating lines, drinking water. Why isn't this caught before going out? It had been in EVERY DSP book lately!
I won't buy anymore until I hear they are getting edited.
This is a shame because I hear good things about the authors.
......like reading or listening more than watching t.v.
With Dreamspinner press you have no choice.......
Googled the subject matter .
The story was cool but could have been told in 7 hours not 14.
The lead character being so annoying. He's a worry wart Debbie downer all through the story that I actually hoped that his jock of a footballer boyfriend leave him.
The narrator sounded as bored as I am especially during the dragging segments.
In book form, this title was a fan favourite within the m/m romance genre. So I had high hopes when it came out in audio form. In the end, this was decent but just did not move me much. On the plus side, I appreciated the setting (Australian football) and the author is gifted enough, so no complaint about the workmanship. On the negative, I just did not get the main characters. The lead is pretty whiney, the love interest not quite fully-fleshed out. And I also grow irritated when a lot of the romantic angst stems from a lack or refusal to communicate, and the characters never learn from that mistake. We could have saved a hundred pages of needless angst with a simple phone call...that just is unrealistic (or if realistic, too fricking annoying!).
The audio is fine but it is unfortunate that the narration is not done by an Australian. Australia is a key element of the atmosphere in the book.
So overall, I would still recommend the book, as it is a quality entry in the genre - though others may like it more than I did.
Yes, and reread my ebook, I adore Simon
Simon's first meeting with Declan has me in stitches every time
Yes, and I did
Can I have the sequel please?
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