There's never been any question in Sean Tucker's mind that he'd do whatever it took to make it to the major leagues and be one of the best pitchers of his time. The day he acknowledged to himself that he was gay was also the day he vowed to stay in the closet in order to chase his dreams. The problem is, he never counted on Mason Atley.
Sean showed rookie short stop Mason Atley the ropes, both on the field and off. The two forged a friendship, which continued as both of them moved through the ranks of the farm system and into the majors. Unfortunately, there's always been one secret Mason never felt he could share with Sean - until now.
For seven years, Sean lived with the fact that he loved a man who would never reciprocate. When Mason admits that he's always known he was bisexual but has never allowed himself to pursue a relationship with a man, will Sean be able to put aside his reservations about starting a relationship with the friend he'd always assumed was straight? And, more importantly, will they be able to find a way to stay together when their careers keep them apart more than they can be together?
©2015 Sloan Johnson (P)2015 Sloan Johnson
I wish I had listened to the bad review one reviewer gave about the narration. It was slow with individual words said instead of flowing sentences. The narrator mispronounced so many words I couldn't keep track of them. Common words. "Rescind" does not have a long "i" sound in it. A few other words: haphazard, strenuous, and the Cy Young Award is not C. Y. Young! Brutal listening.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” - Dr. Seuss
It wasn't a terribly original story, but was sweet and well told. I liked the characters enough to give it an overall favorable review and overlook the fact that I've basically read this story before.
This narrator has potential, but didn't hit it on this book. This was not the worst narration I've ever heard and I did listen to the whole book. (I've been known to quit after a chapter with a few bad narrations.) He has a nice enough voice, *bad* female voices though. His pacing/timing was off though and yes, many many mispronunciations - for me the worst was wrought as in wrought iron. I don't know what he said but it definitely wasn't wrought. I can forgive or overlook one or two stalls in pacing or strange pronunciations but this book was SO full of them I don't know that I will be able to listen to it a second time, even though I liked the story well enough. I hope if Christopher Rain is to continue as a regular narrator that he learns as he goes. I'd give him a second chance, but probably not a third unless things improve.
Wish I'd waited for it to be on sale or available through the lending library.
The narrator was not desirable. He's voice sounded as if he was choking, flat. Mason's ex-wife's voice was cringe-worthy. The other women voices were bearable.
YES. YES. YES!
The story line wasn't bad. However, the narrator did not do the story justice.
The story was decent and interesting, but mostly MEH...
Nothing really stands out.
Editors should have reviewed the pronunciation of some of the words. He pronounced "haphazardly" as "hapa-zardly" -- several mispronunciations throughout the book became very annoying. Also the "nasal" tone and "lisping" of the female characters was rather strange.
None really stood out for me.
A different narrator would have made all the difference. I'm pretty sure this narrator has never read aloud in English before despite the fact that his voice indicates his native language is, indeed, English. The story is good, not amazing, but quite good with a nice HEA, but the narration made listening to the audible version a painful experience.
I have not listened to other audible books written by Sloan Johnson. However, I have read several of her books, and I like them. This book is quite similar in theme and tone to the others I've read. I'm disappointed that the same narrator performs the next book in this series, because there's no way I'm going to waste money on it despite the fact that I really like the series.
Jason Frazier, Sean Crisden or Charlie David
The story was quite good. I liked the main characters, the setting, the tone - everything EXCEPT the narration.
Please get Christopher Rain a teacher/director/sound editor/dictionary with pronunciations. He is too slow and monotone, and he doesn't seem to read aloud with ease and fluidity. He has a good, deep voice that would be lovely to listen to with appropriate pronunciation, inflection and diction, but without some additional training, he will continue to murder innocent audio-books.
Awful narration, mispronounced words and obvious lack of proof reading ruined this book. Improvement of any of these would have done wonders to improve this listen! It is read at such a slow rate, you have to adjust up to at least 1.25. The story wasn't totally bad but could have definitely been polished into a better read.
Nothing really, its pretty vanilla and predictable
I enjoyed the heck out of the story, but found it hard at times to get past the narration. Not only did it sound like he was reading a book, there were so many common words he couldn't pronounce correctly. It was very distracting. I hope he gets better, or they find someone else for the next book.
Why does Sloan Johnson continue get this narrator despite all the bad reviews? The audio production appears to be undertaken by the author herself. Why does she continue with this narrator despite all the poor reviews? It's insulting.
It is established by now in the other reviews that he cannot pronounce common words (see other reviews), and that he tends to be trying to scrape the lowest register possible, thus being unable to create much in the the way of vocal expression. In this book though it reaches ridiculous levels. It is sooooo slow and so deep that I feel like it was actually digitally slowed. Was he paid by the minute or something? I had to listen to the whole thing on 1.5 x speed, and that was still sometimes too slow.
The story itself was OK for an early draft, but grew increasingly flawed as it went on. Sloan Johnson needs a good editor. One that is a gay man, or at least male.
This MM romance set in an almost exclusively male world has no convincingly male characters and no convincingly gay characters. The supposedly gay male characters are a strange amalgamation of the most stereotypical frat bro dude, and the most stereotypical suburban woman who dreams only of her wedding day and motherhood. This made the book unconvincing.
Much of the dialogue, of which there is far too much, is preposterous. It would seem unnatural coming from anyone, but from baseball players? Ridiculous. It is the stilted and convoluted talk of human resources and social work textbooks, bearing no resemblance to the way that anyone, let alone male athletes, actually speak.
I'm returning this one for a refund and avoiding any future Sloan Johnson / Christopher Rains publications.
"I don't know..."
The narrator is a favorite of the author's. This book has decided for me that I won't be listening to anymore of his audiobooks. He speaks like a robot, slow and monotonous. In this day, we can pick narrators that "add" the inflections. Not this one. I feel like he talks to us like we are little kids.
Not anymore. :(
Read the book on your own but be prepared for contradictions from page one. Example - "We would do anything for the bride. Mason is so in love with her." to "He is a complete mess and she is a complete b*tch"
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