Kathryn Shay spent five years riding fire trucks with a large city fire department, eating in their firehouses and interviewing hundreds of America's Bravest. Listen to the novels that resulted from her intense relationship with firefighters!
Three firefighters from the Malvaso family are trapped in a burning building and almost lose their lives. After they are rescued, they decide to change the way they've been living. Mitch, the eldest, wants to make some decisions about his dysfunctional marriage and spend more time with his kids. Jenn decides to have a baby - with her best friend, Grady. And Zach, the bad boy of the group, vows to make up for his past sins and become a better man.
©2010 Kathryn Shay (P)2013 Kathryn Shay
I could not stop listening to this audiobook - I had to find out what happened to each and every one of the characters. It was touching and funny and - in the context of the genre - a really enjoyable light listen with some surprisingly touching moments, brought to life by Jeffrey Kafer's narration. He's got a great voice and it suited the story perfectly. I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for my review and am delighted I had the chance to listen in!
In this story about firefighters and paramedics and detectives, the personal lives of those who serve us are revealed. We get a glimpse of how the devotion of these heroes to their jobs impacts their private lives, and how they learn to cope with tragedy, betrayal, and interpersonal relationships. The characters were credible, the situations realistic, and the conclusion at the end was not rushed or forced. Jeffrey Kafer's narration moves the story along at a good pace, and kept my interest. His female voices were not contrived, and were believable. I found myself rooting for the main character, Mitch, and hoping somehow he could get free of his crazy wife. I completely forgot this story was being read to me, I felt like a fly on the wall. I am looking forward to listening to Mr. Kafer again, and would not hesitate to read a book by this author. It was a good match.
I received a free download of this book, but that did not influence my candid review of it.
the book is fairly spread out between characters limiting in depth look at many of them
I enjoyed the interaction between the Mitch and his children especially.
Fun read for listening to in the car, reader does a good job with different voices so you can tell the difference between characters.
This is a great book with an even better story line. Can't wait for the next one.
The first reaction I have to this book is that it is written by a teenager with dreams of sexy firemen, love, etc., fundamentally immature thinking about serious life issues and recovery from trauma. The ideas are there, but the execution is a bit eye-rolling. I plan on sticking with this series simply to see how, or if, the author matures. The series contains a bunch of books, they can’t be all this valley girl.
The book is the first in the Hidden Cove series, and begins with a massive fire resulting in firefighter deaths. Three firefighter survivors are siblings, who After the Fire, vow to change their lives.
Adequately read by Jeffrey Kafer, After the Fire is eleven hours of listening. Kafer does okay with female voices, but basically he does the best he can with a mediocre book. I don’t often have trouble getting through an audiobook, but this one is an effort. I’m hitting fast-forward a bit.
Totally loved the story and the narration. Will immediately listen to all the other books of the series.
Loved the story, and the narrator
Mitch for sure. It is sad when good people come to the end of a marriage.
Found his voice soothing and felt this story was better off for having a male reader.
"All things TOEFL"
This reads like a teen's perception of life and love. Real people do learn to build a better life after tragedy. This is an immature look at how things work out (or fail to) . Any survivor could have written their story better than this. Terrible -- missed opportunity. Lack of any research on life after loss. Maybe this is only "a wanna-be- fire fighter's book."
Will not finish the book nor will I buy anything else by this author. The characters are cliche and the dialogue predictable. I will not even finish this book.
This is a straight-out romance novel. 80% of the dialogue is about relationships and romance with the occasional non-romance bit of material thrown in (I stuck with it more than 3 hours in, hoping it would evolve but no). I wish that the story was clearly labelled "ROMANCE NOVEL" so those listerners who want such a story can enjoy it and those of us who want mostly story (and are fine with occasional romantic interludes) could avoid it.
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