Audiobooks are extremely subjective. When you read a book yourself, you have your own idea of how the character sounds, but whe..Show More »n you have an audiobook, the will of the narrator is forced upon you. This can be hit or miss, and I have really visceral reactions to some narrators. A few narrators have made books that might have been mediocre into absolutely fabulous reads. I have also had the opposite experience. This is one of those.
I kept trying to place the age of the narrator of this book as he was reading. I even attempted to look him up online mid-book to see what I could find out about him. I finally guessed his age to be around 65, though I never got confirmation. The narrator has that ever so slightly wobble to his voice and kind of a formal accent that gives his voice an elderly feel. That is not a good nuance for this book. The narrator read this book more like a children's book than an adult M/M romance and I actually cringed at the sex scenes. It felt like watching my grandparents have sex. It really took away from the story for me.
Now, the story itself was cute, if a bit melodramatic. I thought that the romance was sweet and I love a character with a disability. I had some issues with the pacing of the story (it felt very slow, but that might be an issue with the narrator again) and the lack of a story arc. I also had some slight issues with the character of the child, but I am pickier than most on that because I have a daughter about the same age and I know exactly how a kid that age acts. In addition, the way Mark was kind of forgotten about towards the end of the book bothered me (what happened with him??).
Though this book is a big hit with all of my friends, I just wasn't feeling it. I think it had potential, but whether it was the narrator or the content, it just missed the mark.
**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
I am a huge fan of Andrew Grey and I especially love the senses series. This book did not disappoint. In this book neither of the men had a disability..Show More » but they both had heartbreaking childhoods that led to their journeys. One of isolation and another to creating his own family. This family consisting of disabled children. Then coming together to complete the journey and family. 5 stars from me.
The voice talent of Greg Tremblay breathes life into each character, giving them such unique qualities dialog tags are rarely necessary. His delivery ..Show More »is never static and it's geared to listeners who can absorb the spoken word at normal listening speeds.