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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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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.
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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.
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.
Edwin in the attic having his dark hours epiphany. And of course that innovative choice for the ending.
One Man's Personal Journey Through the Floods of Life
I received this book from Riptide Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
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.
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.
Not at all. I judge each book on its on merits (or lack thereof)
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).
I had hoped I'd like the story but I didn't and didn't care for the narration.
Love listening to great stories matched well to the right narrators.
All the rain.
I really liked his soothing voice
Nice audible , a bit sad but very sweet. And a little boring at times.
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.
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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