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Waiting for the Flood Audiobook

Waiting for the Flood

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Publisher's Summary

People come as well as go.

Twelve years ago, Edwin Tully came to Oxford and fell in love with a boy named Marius. He was brilliant. An artist. It was going to be forever.

Two years ago, it ended.

Now Edwin lives alone in the house they used to share. He tends to damaged books and faded memories, trying to build a future from the fragments of the past.

Then the weather turns, and the river spills into Edwin's quiet world, bringing with it Adam Dacre from the Environment Agency. An unlikely knight, this stranger with roughened hands and worn wellingtons, but he offers Edwin the hope of something he thought he would never have again.

As the two men grow closer in their struggle against the rising waters, Edwin learns he can't protect himself from everything - and sometimes he doesn't need to try.

©2015 Alexis Hall (P)2016 Riptide Publishing

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    Reader 05-24-16
    Reader 05-24-16

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    "A book made for audio"

    This is an amazing, quiet, gentle story that comes alive in audio in a wholly satisfying way. I will listen to this over and over. Beautiful words presented perfectly by a lovely narrator from who I hope to hear a lot more.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-10-16

    lauralynne

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    "A lovely story about believing in one's ability to love again."

    Fantastic! Waiting for the Flood is one of my favorite novellas and I am so pleased with what the audiobook brought to the whole experience. Alexander Doddy did a lovely job bringing this wonderful story to life and I know that this will become one of those books I listen to quite a few times.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Morgan A Skye 06-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Lovely narration, slow story"

    Edwin’s lover of a decade has left him, seemingly without much notice, leaving him a very lonely and slightly bitter almost-hermit. He loves his job/hobby – restoring old books – and that’s about it.

    When Edwin’s little cottage faces the immediate danger of encroaching flood waters, he meets the engineer in charge, Adam. Adam is everything Edwin isn’t. He speaks well and frequently, he’s outgoing and sunny and - for whatever reason – he likes Edwin!

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    This is a short story and most of it is spent inside Edwin’s head. He has literal holes in his life where Marcus, the ex, was that gape open, wounded, and this occupies much of his thoughts. Edwin’s self-esteem, which has never been high due to his stutter, is at an all time low, so this is a pretty depressing place to be.

    We don’t get to see much of Adam or really understand his attraction to Edwin. Their romance happens with a few chats around a kitchen table and on the street and goes from zero to sixty almost over-night.

    Alexis Hall’s writing is poetic and graceful and full of wonderfully lyrical words and unique phrasing. To that end this is a lovely story.

    What didn’t work for me was the distinct lack of any real struggle, the fact that Edwin really didn’t feel at all ready for a new romance, and the absence of much relationship building.

    I appreciated the significance of the link between re-making the books and re-making Edwin’s life and it was pretty and poetic, but I wasn’t ever convinced of his repair nor was I that involved in his new “relationship” as it felt a minute old.

    Audio

    One thing that absolutely elevated this experience for me was the fact that I wasn’t reading this book but listening to it and the new-to-me narrator, Alexander Doddy, totally won me over! He did an amazing job with this. His stutter was fantastic and he gave both MCs very distinct voices and accents without going over the top. I loved his pacing and cadence and felt far more immersed in the story than if I’d read it as I’d have been tempted to skim, whereas he held me captive.

    Book 3 of 5

    Narration 5 of 5

    Overall 4 of 5

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    HaloLove 06-10-16
    HaloLove 06-10-16 Member Since 2015

    🌺 Lover of Amazing Stories 🌺

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    "😍 Narrated by Alexander Doddy 😍"
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    Alexander Doddy was absolute perfection as Edwin and Adam. Finally, a young British voice that I've been desperate to hear happened in this sweet charming tale of a young man taking a chance at happiness again.

    Everything was done right with this story and I so want more of a story with Edwin and Adam's happily ever after.

    Alex...Alex...Alex! Alexander Doddy's accent, the sweetness of his voice, and that deep melodic timber at moments had butterflies fluttering around in my belly. I swear I could just listen to him speak all night long. And as Edwin, that stutter was so believable!

    Lovely tale, performed excellently.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sophia Rose 05-28-16
    Sophia Rose 05-28-16 Member Since 2015

    Reviewer for Delighted Reader Blog

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    "Thoughtful, Poignant, Quietly Triumphant"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Most definitely! Though not all my friends. This is for those who are looking for less romance and more of an internal life journey. There is romance and its one I loved and cheered for, but it isn't the focus. It's also very introspective with a limited setting and few in the cast of characters. I loved it and I know others will, too.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how every element of the story was working to tell the story. I know that is an odd thing to say. What I mean, is that this is the story of an isolated man who faced the devastating life altering fact that the man he loved didn't love him back any more. So the small set, small group of characters, lone narration, introspection, and writing all start in his dark, dreary, isolated world.
    And then with the flood comes a catalyst for change. In the end, Edwin's world is colorful, open, and full of possibilities as he plunges into life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Edwin in the attic having his dark hours epiphany. And of course that innovative choice for the ending.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    One Man's Personal Journey Through the Floods of Life


    Any additional comments?

    I received this book from Riptide Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nik Santa Cruz, Ca 08-03-16
    Nik Santa Cruz, Ca 08-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Lovely"
    What did you love best about Waiting for the Flood?

    Doddy got the narrator's voice perfectly, shifting from thought to spoken rather brilliantly.
    Flood is one of my favorite of Hall's books, love how he uses space to work through loss. Beautifully structured yet still warm and generous.


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    Toni H 07-28-16
    Toni H 07-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Simply Sweet"
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    This is a great peaceful-feeling type read. I thought it was super sweet and well worth my time.

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    Lauren Prouty Virginia 06-21-16
    Lauren Prouty Virginia 06-21-16
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    "If You're in Quiet Reflective Mood its Sweet Story"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really. The narrator was appropriate but I had a hard time both hearing him and understanding the accent. But they were just too much mind dialogue going on. The characters were sweet but I had to wade thru so much mental white noise it spoiled the story for me.


    Has Waiting for the Flood turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all. I judge each book on its on merits (or lack thereof)


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, but again I had hard time catching what he was saying. Almost like he was mumbling or muttering (but to be fair that was what the character was doing).


    Was Waiting for the Flood worth the listening time?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I had hoped I'd like the story but I didn't and didn't care for the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    VHB 06-20-16
    VHB 06-20-16 Member Since 2016

    Love listening to great stories matched well to the right narrators.

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    "Sweet and sad."
    Would you try another book from Alexis Hall and/or Alexander Doddy?

    Sure


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Waiting for the Flood?

    All the rain.


    What about Alexander Doddy’s performance did you like?

    I really liked his soothing voice


    Could you see Waiting for the Flood being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No....


    Any additional comments?

    Nice audible , a bit sad but very sweet. And a little boring at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Trioseven7 06-14-16
    Trioseven7 06-14-16
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    "Excellent"

    Perfect Alexis Hall, he puts words together so beautifully it is always a pleasure to read. Narrator did a good job.

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    5/26/16
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    "Wonderful audiobook"

    This one of the best audiobooks I have listened to. Good pace and the narrative really brings it alive. It certainly left me wanting more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • BevS
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    9/13/16
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    "Simply beautiful......"

    Simply beautiful....Alexander Doddy's narration was exquisite. I adore this story of sweet but lonely, dumped and still grieving Edwin and our hero Adam, civil engineer extraordinaire, trying to save Oxford from one of the worst floods in years. 5 stars without a doubt.

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