Meet Patrick Cleary: party boy, loser, and spaz. Patrick’s been trying desperately to transform himself, and the results have been so spectacular, they’ve almost killed him.
Meet Wes “Whiskey” Keenan: he’s a field biologist wondering if it’s time to settle down.
When the worst day of Patrick’s life ends with Whiskey saving it, Patrick and Whiskey find themselves sharing company and an impossibly small berth on the world’s tackiest houseboat. Patrick needs to get his life together - and Whiskey wants to help - but Patrick is not entirely convinced it’s doable. He’s pretty sure he’s a freak of nature. But Whiskey, who works with real freaks of nature, thinks all Patrick needs is a little help to see the absolute beauty inside his spastic self, and Whiskey is all about volunteering.
Between anomalous frogs, a homicidal ex-boyfriend, and Patrick’s own hangups, Whiskey’s going to need all of his patience and Patrick’s going to need to find the best of himself before these two men ever see clear water.
©2011 Amy Lane (P)2012 Amy Lane
The love story was very moving. The slow blooming of Patrick's inquisitive and wonderful nature coaxed by a nurturing, patient Whiskey was emotionally fullfilling.
Yes. Robert Nieman is great at conveying the tone and emotion of the books he narrates.
Special Delivery by Heidi Cullinen. Both of the young men - Sam and Patrick needed to find themselves. They both had goals to attain but did not know how to go about it. They both wanted love but chose the wrong way to go about getting it. The 'family' in their lives were cold and indifferent. It took total strangers to make them see their worth.
Yes, and I did.
Dreamspinner, hire Robert to narrate more books, please!
Probably not. I did enjoy it but it is not one of the great works of literature of our times that would deserve multiple listens.
I would say toward the end, when the ex-boyfriend story collided with the current story. Really had me on the edge of my seat for a while.
Try harder to give the different characters a different voice. He was fairly good at this, but at some points in the book it was difficult to figure out which character was talking until after the fact.
Probably the beginning, right after the car crash. Everyone can identify with the hero/Florence Nightingale type.
Overall a fair book, worth a listen, but not the best thing I have heard this year.
This book is set in the Sacramento, California area. I live there, and it added an additional "je ne sais quoi" to the experience. Robert Nieman does a good job reading with different voices for different characters. Most importantly, the story had me hooked in the first five minutes. I listened to the whole thing in one sitting. I really liked it. You will too.
Mostly using audiobooks when my concentration is so bad that I can't read text. Or sometimes when I feel the need to practise my [listening] english even more. I'm not very picky when it comes to stories, so can listen to practically anything – and have a knack to find SOMETHING in each story that I like. *smile*
I loved how this book played out. Almost the entire focus of the plot is on the relationship that evolves between the main characters but it was done in a good way. The pace feels steady through the whole book – building up nicely and it's easy to start to love the characters – both main and side. It was all well written, the characters fit so nicely together – being different but a fit – like puzzle pieces really.
The flow of the story was just great in my opinion, from start to end. No loose ends either.
The narrator took a bit of getting used to. I liked his voice and found him a good story teller but he's slightly lacking with dialogues. He doesn't really give the characters different voices – which is quite fine with me – but at times he doesn't make it clear enough when the speaker is switched either which at some points made it hard to figure out who was saying what. Other than that I don't have any complaints at all *smile*
Yes, Amy Lane writes wonderful stories
Not really, it was really fun and different.
The scenes with the frogs.
No, I like unabridged and I am willing to listen to the whole story.
I really enjoyed this story.
A special story told with the perfect voice.
The characters are so well developed I felt like I knew them. The love story is tender, sensual, and passionate. I had so much invested in these people the climax had me on pins and needles.
Usually I would enjoy a book like this over at least a week if not two. I could hardly bring myself to stop listening to this. I had to know what happened next. I finished this book in 2 days.
reading with a coffee in my hands
No. Giving up before half way. Love Amy Lane but this narrator is making my brain hurt.
Not sure yet. Going to buy ePub to finish it.
Some emotion would be nice. Everyone had the same "voice" with not a trace of inflection or emotion. I couldn't tell when characters changed.
A good narrator
I think I said it all.
I love Amy Lane books. I actually have this book and bought in again in audio, just to have it handy. Wish there were more of her books in audible format.
I'm more or less certain that I will be listening to Clear Water again. I think that the story is sweet, I like the characters, and I thought that the reader was a good fit for this particular book.
I particularly liked the way that Whiskey was so understanding and patient with Patrick's mental health struggles.
Robert Nieman's reading was on point in my opinion. I find that there are some readers who are a little cheesy in their readings and that the try to pull off different voices for characters and it doesn't really work out that well. Robert Nieman didn't try to do voices and he didn't do over the top sex scene moans. I liked the tone of his voice throughout his reading and I felt like he spoke the way that someone in real life would. His reading was still vibrant though and he treated the characters with respect and gentleness.
I thought that the reader was able to express the characters feelings for one another well and I found that to be moving.
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