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  • When Everything Is Blue

  • By: Laura Lascarso
  • Narrated by: Michael Mola
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

When they were kids, golden boy Chris Mitcham rescued dweeby Theo Wooten from the neighborhood bullies and taught him how to “be cool.” Now, years later, Theo’s developed romantic feelings for his best friend that “arise” at the most inopportune times. Theo hates lying to Chris, but in coming out, he might lose the one person who understands him best, a risk he’s not willing to take. When a relationship with another young man goes south, Theo is forced to confront his own sexuality along with his growing attraction to Chris and the stunted, tenuous relationship Theo has with his father.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it- wonderful coming of age story

  • By Neta_BER on 09-16-18

Loved it- wonderful coming of age story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-16-18

overall:
I rather enjoyed this book both for the quality narration and the interesting Coming Of Age story. It is both poignant and funny, and written in a lyrical descriptive way I love! This book is a great YA Coming Of Age that is sexy and achingly heart waring. If you like YA with lots of sexy times this just might be the book for you! This story is full of emotion and realness, it's a beautiful tale of self-discovery and knowing one's worth.

Story:
This is a classic Friends To Lovers with Theo and Chris sharing this incredible bond that goes beyond social status and ethnicity. I say this because throughout the book that issue comes up, both as racist slurs, jokes and material value VS love and caring. The best example is Theo's parents, a white dentist and a Hispanic immigrant. Theo's father keeps measuring his value in money, and despite the fact his mother is not financially sound you can clearly tell she is much more supportive and caring than his cold, selfish, alcoholic father. These important themes are incorporated well into the story and give it more depth. Another notable element is Theo's namesake, his great uncle, who has dementia. Captain Wooten is a wonderful side character that is a mirror image for Theo, showing him what happens when you let fear and familial expectations dictate your life choices. Theo is very much struggling with his identity and how he wants to live, and his visitations to his Uncle show him a side of his family he did not know about.

I love how this book shows a true teenage struggle, the exploration of sexuality and questionable decisions fueled by hormones and confusion. Theo is sucked into a relationship with a boy he probably shouldn't, despite being in love with his best friend Chris. I know many reads shy from books where an MC has a relationship with another character, and here it is described in detail. I personally do not like these kinds of things in stories but here it was fitting, it felt very human to me, and VERY teen like. Chris, his best friend and supporter is such a mature young man, I loved how he steered Theo through the turbulence of his coming out and his relationship with his father. He is the rock that Theo leans on, and he has a very optimistic attitude. The way they get together and explore their connection was wonderful, frantic and gentle at the same time. Also, their relationship is much more HFN then HEA, and that also is fitting these characters and where they are in their life, this is just the beginning of their story.

Narration:
Michael Mola did an amazing job narrating this book, I especially liked how he used breath and added a lot of effects in his narration. He truly preformed this book, and it added a whole new dimension to it. He had a distinct voice for every character, juggling many personalities with ease. The only thing I would change is the accent he did for Theo's voice. Theo is described as coming from a home were his mother spoke Spanish to him growing up. His twin sister is said to understand but not speak it and it implies that she is trying to "pass" as white American rather than Ethnic. However I do not understand why the narrator chose a Spanish accent for Theo, especially when he did not pull it off so well. It sounded weirdly French and awkward, and in no part of the story does it say he had an accent, nor does it make sense if his twin does not. It was such a shame as everything else from his tone to his pitch was so good and I really enjoyed and admired his skill in performing this book. It's not a deal breaker for me but was a constant let down and the reason I gave this book 4 Stars and not 5.

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  • Joshua's Rainbow

  • Rainbow Key, Book 1
  • By: Victoria Sue
  • Narrated by: Darcy Stark
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Rainbow Key - an idyllic island retreat off the west coast of Florida. Think wedding destination, white sandy beaches, lurve…except at the moment Joshua is struggling to pay the electricity bill, they’ve no paying customers, and even if they did they can’t afford the repairs from the devastating hurricane that struck three years ago – and to top it off they have to take in Daniel, a grumpy businessman who has been ordered by his doctor to take some time off before he has a heart attack from too much stress.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful story, good narration

  • By Dee Slate on 09-06-18

A gentle story of found family and hope

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-14-18

The narrator was a new one for me and I thoroughly enjoyed his narration! Darcy Stark has a wonderful smooth voice and great emotional range, he brought nuances and delicate character acting into play in his performance.

The story is a pretty simple one, with a touch of drama I usually tend to avoid but I liked that it did not seem overly dramatic and there are many supporting characters who's stories I am curious about after reading. They all gathered in this island trying to keep the hotel from completely falling down despite the massive damage it sustained in the hurricane.
Daniel is so stressed he suffered a major panic attack and goes on a month long retreat at the quite nearly empty hotel run by Joshua and his close group of friends. I liked Daniels character the most, he was very interesting and stable, selflessly helping Joshua despite his own interest as the owner of a successful hotel chain, to buy Rainbow Key when it ultimately fails to survive financially. The way he and Joshua came to be a couple was nice, slow enough to be believable considering Joshua's past hurts and the delicate situation he finds himself in.
I do have to say I disliked the constant self-deprecating voice inside Joshua's head, it was to representative, and even though most of the times it make sense, considering his past, I still felt like he keeps talking about being fat when he clearly isn't. And his weight would have been more interesting had it still been considered "fat" rather then the "he is not thin but not fat" vague description. I feel like that could have made him into a more interesting character, break the mold a bit.
Some parts of the story had a bit of a dramatic flare, but it was not overpowering and the story had a nice flow to it.
I am very interested in the next books in the series and how each character will get his/her HEA.

  • Alpha Ablaze

  • Waking the Dragons, Book 2
  • By: Susi Hawke, Piper Scott
  • Narrated by: Colin Darcy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Paranoid inventor and draconian expert Sam is a conspiracy theorist who lives on the fringes, preferring to keep a low profile while he does what he knows best: study the ancient draconian culture he knows isn't a fairy tale. Aided by his intuitive ability to create gadgets and harness sound waves, Sam changes identities and addresses as often as he changes his clothes...all in a lifelong quest to evade The Man. When he accidentally wakes a "sleeping" dragon who insists they are mates, Sam's carefully structured world shifts sideways.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love the Dragons

  • By T. Walters on 08-27-18

I could not get into the story

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-26-18

After reading the first book I was hoping this one would improve the patchy plot and character development but, unfortunately, it just failed to capture me. I would say my biggest issues are world believability and characters consistency. I talked about this when I reviewed the first book, this is an Omegavers shifter MPREG Shifter story, boy that's a mouthful, and I was missing so many details to make the world logical. They say Omegas (men who are able to conceive from an Alpha) are rare, but they don;t really explain how this fits into the rest of the het-normal population. And i could not understand how some people where really fine and seemed to think Mpreg was completely regular and other were bigoted, homophobic, cruel and violent towards them. I felt like the author relied too heavily on the genre cliche's and expected readers to just "go with the flow" because it's Mpreg-Shifter.
I don't read many Mpreg books exactly because of this reason, this was very disappointing.
The second issue was Sam, his character was really confusing in the first book and here he was just a jumble of cliche's and unavailability, I cold not stand him. He is supposed to be a genius, tech wiz conspiracy theorist but it seemed like these were just facts added onto him without anything to indicate he really is one. All the technology he uses is just conveniently there, he is both doubtful and incredibly stupid at times- for a guy who is so meticulous and paranoid I would expect him to figure things sooner or not brush them off so easily when all evidence points to the contrary. All the things that happen in this story are such a twisted mess of illogical details and fact less plot lines, I was just annoyed with the story 95% of the time.
Sorry to say I did not like this at all !

**The Narration**
Colin Darcy seems to be a fairly decent narrator but he chose the most annoying, silly voice for Sam and a few other characters, and I could not stand his too long and awkward pauses for Sam's speaking voice even after I sped it up quite a bit!!!. Blaze was Ok-ish if a bit douchy and his did have some nicer voices for some of the other characters but 80% of the book IS about Sam and Blaze and it just grated on my nerves.

  • Dead Speak

  • Cold Case Psychic, Book 1
  • By: Pandora Pine
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

Demoted to the cold case squad after shooting a suspect in the line of duty, Detective Ronan O'Mara knows that his career with the Boston Police Department is hanging by a thread. His first assignment is the case of Michael Frye, a five-year-old boy who has been missing for seven years. With no new leads or witnesses to interview, Ronan has to start from scratch to solve this mystery. When he sees a handsome local psychic on television, Ronan figures he's got nothing to lose in enlisting the man's help to find Michael.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The audiobook really brings this story to life

  • By KCGirl on 06-28-18

Mediums and cops solve crimes

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-20-18

This book had a lot of potential but sadly it was not well balanced at all. Mainly I feel like the police proceedings were very unrealistic and it kept throwing me off the story. Tennyson is a psychic that is able to communicate with ghosts and read auras, and Ronan who is very skeptical and sometimes down right cruel and sarcastic about it are just the oddest pairing ever. I cound not get over how Hot and Cold Ronan was in regards to believing Tennyson. One minute he thought Tennyson is a fraud, then he wants his help solving a 7 year missing persons case. And he goes from trusting Tennyson's word to attacking his credibility in the same sentence. I also could not understand how he got it cleared with his superiors, after the book repeatedly states that Ronan is on his last chance after a shooting incident and being transferred to cold cases. Add to that the fact everything is on tape as a reality TV show was just odd.
The plot was interesting but poorly written and I felt like the book kept going in circles to draw it out more.

The narration was good all in all, Michael Pauley is a well known narrator and has a nice range of voices and accents, sadly he could not save this book from being a bit boring and more then once cringy, with word choices like " dolling d*ck" and "greased passage" as well as the unstable and strange dynamic between the MC's.

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  • Gemini Keeps Capricorn

  • Signs of Love Series, Book 3
  • By: Anyta Sunday
  • Narrated by: Rudy Sanda
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Sometimes, one little lie is all it takes...to find Wesley fake-engaged to his off-limits RA. What can he say? It seemed like a good idea at the time....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Love the book- the narrator need to improve

  • By Neta_BER on 08-09-18

Love the book- the narrator need to improve

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-18

When I first read Anyta Sunday's Scorpio Hates Virgo , Signs of Love #2, I was both instantly in love and unbelievably angry at myself for not knowing about these books sooner! I have since bought, read, and loved the first book, Leo Loves Aries and was floored, again, with the genius writing, wit, word games and slow burn hotness that is Anyta Sunday's writing. Anyta excels at relationships, each character has quirks and little unique behaviors that manifest in speech, actions and friendship/relationships, a talent that makes these books shine. When I heard about a third book I knew I would love it and I have to say this book did not disappoint.

The good parts:
Wesley, he is just a fun to read character, flighty and hilarious, I was only a few pages in when the sound of a broken toilet was described as reminiscent to the first time giving head and I knew then, I was reading the right kind of book. Wesley is all heart, and flapping tongue that gets him in trouble, and his interactions with his brother Caleb while trying to keep Caleb's school record so he gets to go to his dream collage, are a delight to read.

Lloyd, the grumpy dorm RA run ragged by Wesley's incessant badgering, flirting and rule breaking is just so charming! I love how he stands firm in front of all the temptations Wesley throws in his way. Their banter is wonderful, sexy and quirky in such a charming fashion you can't help but fall in love with them. His care-giver nature and panache for regulations are just was Wesley needs.
I love the little surprises throughout the book, making you laugh and say "this did not just happen, OMG!" I call them 'smile points' were you just get this elated feeling from the sweetness and fun in the story. This is an uplifting, fun, read that will charm you and make you fall for grumpy goats and warm coffee.

***THE NARRATION***
I like this book on audio better than the e-book, which I felt like at times dragged out a bit too much, so despite my misgivings about the narrator (keep reading to see why) I feel like he managed to make the book more enjoyable, a mighty feat considering what I have to say next.
The not so good parts to me are the narrator voice choices. Even though the narrator has a very good voice and since the first book came out on audio I loved the way he narrated Theo, Percy and Wesley BUT!!! the voice he chose for the other MC was not so good. Somehow he decided to give Jamie, Cal and Lloyd an almost snobby voice, with a strange deepness that disturbed his ability to add the emotional depth into their parts in the way he does to Theo, Percy and Wesley'es. And at times he has a few really good lines and then goes back to the strange voice he chose for them... it just bothers me and I feel like it's a big miss in the narration! Also in this book he decided that Lloyd has a western twang, despite the fact there is no part of the book that even implies he does. Not only that but he narrated Lloyd's mother WITHOUT a western twang which makes no sense!!! Just made him sound like a country hick which did not suit his character at all. I was disappointed in this choice, he also has this really annoying voice he gives a few side characters that just sound very fake and silly and it stands out so much, very disruptive. If there was one thing I could change it would be to give Jamie, Cal and Lloyd a more natural voice and not use the nasally voice for the side characters.

  • Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride

  • By: Eli Easton
  • Narrated by: Matthew Shaw
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

Being a fugitive in the Old West shouldn’t be this much fun. The year is 1860. Robby Riverton is a rising star on the New York stage. But he witnesses a murder by a famous crime boss and is forced to go on the run - all the way to Santa Fe. When he still can't seem to ditch his pursuers, he disguises himself as a mail-order bride he meets on the wagon train. Caught between gangsters who want to kill him and the crazy, uncouth family of his "intended", Robby's only ally is a lazy sheriff who sees exactly who Robby is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Belen on 08-06-18

A western with hidden depths and lots of laughs

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-18

I had read this book a few months ago and absolutely loved it! Hearing it was coming out on audio with Matthew Shaw's narration I was so excited to get it, as his narration on Easton's Howl At The Moon book series was wonderful. Shaw really gets into his performance, making animal sounds and singing. He puts a wide range of emotions into his voice and brings this story to life wonderfully. He started the book with a song which was surprising and delightful, he nailed the accents and tones of voice. In a way Robby, the actor running away from the thugs after witnessing a murder, is a very fitting character for audio narration. Not unlike the narrator himself, Robby takes on many roles and characters to hide is identity and it just fits the audio format so well.

Every character is well rounded, interesting and funny, there are many funny moments but also, hidden depths. Despite this book being a typical western the characters have a deeper sense of humanity and the men in particular a vulnerable side. Trace seemed at first a lazy selfish man, but the scars he carries from the past are much deeper and show his complexity. His family, PaPa and his brothers and sisters in law have secrets themselves but they are kind and loving people once Robby gets to know them. I liked the change he brings into their lives and they to his, and the way Easton managed to bring some of the emotional toll a gay man had to endure in that time. There are a few moments of quite talk between Trace and Robby that touched my soul with the longing these men had for a free life to be who they are.

Thrust into this dangerous situation and forced into a web of lies and deceit the passion and chemistry they share seems transient or that it will not last after Robby's pursuers are taken care of. There is also a lot of action, gunfights and the very real fear for Robby's life. This book has everything a western should have with the added depth of emotions Eli brought into the story and two very real men who just want a place in the world to call their own.
I enjoyed this book very much and the narration only enhanced it.

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  • The Magpie Lord

  • By: K. J. Charles
  • Narrated by: Cornell Collins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239

Exiled for 20 years, Lucien never planned to return to England. But with the mysterious deaths of his father and brother, it seems the new Lord Crane has inherited an earldom. He's also inherited his family's enemies. He needs magical assistance, fast. He doesn't expect it to turn up angry. Magician Stephen Day has good reason to hate Crane's family. Unfortunately, it's his job to deal with supernatural threats. Besides, the earl is unlike any aristocrat he's ever met, with the tattoos, the attitude...and the way Crane seems determined to get him into bed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story and Performance

  • By Riva on 02-03-18

Brilliantly written mystery full of magic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-18

The richness of language and twisting plot is done beautifully, this book is just the kind of historical I like to read and when it's a KJ Charles book you know it's guaranteed to be amazing! KJ weaves intricate mysteries and unique characters into works of fiction that are just mind blowing. Her Sins of the Cities is one such perfection and this book is a promising start to another series.
The setting is just the right amount of raw and gut punching with the flair and sophistication of the upper class. The magical supernatural elements were fascinating and seemed completely natural in this world. Lucien is probably the wittiest, most charming, rakish, wonderfully horrible man I have had the pleasure of reading about. I absolutely adored him, he is seductive and controlling yet vulnerable at the same time. Stephen is as much a contradiction as Lucien is, and TO Lucian as well. He is such a fiery, compassionate man and I loved his level of control and knowledge in his respective field. He is so competent and never backs down even when all hope is lost.

The way the plot unfolded and slowly revealed more of the sordid history of the Crane household and family was suspenseful and I found myself wishing for more time to keep reading when I inevitably had to put it down and once I was done reading I was anxious to get the next one and keep reading. I am so excited for the next books and how the story will continue for this couple.

***The NARRATION***
Mr Cornell Collins, my oh my, he nailed this book so thoroughly I feel like I cant get it out of my head. I enjoyed his narration of KJ's other book series, Sins of the Cities and the way he managed to infuse every character with life. This book was even better! The richness of the writing is emphasized by Cornell's wonderful voice and talent for accents. He put so much emotion into the performance, using pitch and breath with an artists touch and for me, made this book an exceptional listening experience.

  • Restless Spirits (Volume 1)

  • By: Jordan L. Hawk
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

After losing the family fortune to a fraudulent psychic, inventor Henry Strauss is determined to bring the otherworld under control through the application of science. All he needs is a genuine haunting to prove his Electro-Séance will work. A letter from wealthy industrialist Dominic Gladfield seems the answer to his prayers. Gladfield’s proposition: a contest pitting science against spiritualism, with a hefty prize for the winner. The contest takes Henry to Reyhome Castle, the site of a series of brutal murders decades earlier.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • too many cliches

  • By Ijw on 08-26-18

A thrilling supernatural mystery!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-18

If you enjoyed her Hexworld books or Widdershins, you will LOVE this one!!!

This book was my first M/M, almost two years ago, and it not only introduced me to Jordan L. Hawk that has become one of my favorite authors. Jordan has a fantastic writing style and is one of the best world builder I have read to date. All three of her 19th century book serieses are fantastically written and have an ingenues way of being both realistic and raw while still having supernatural and magical elements. I love the level of research and feel of scientific accuracy this book has, the exorcism feels logical and true, and to be able to write it in such a way is a true gift indeed. The other thing I love about Jordan's writing is her inclusive, diverse writing. There are characters from every color, ethnicity, gender and gender identity in her writing and she fits each character and story to the time period with such accuracy it's astounding. She writes real people with genuine struggles in an other worldly setting, not an easy feat.
This book is a mystery both scary and intriguing, the plot twisting and unexpected.
I love the struggle between Vincent and Henry, both striving for the same goal but from opposing sides. The "hate-turned-to-lust-turned-to-friendship" between them is wonderful, with just the right amount of snark and fluster. They each bring something to the table and if they can only work together they might survive this hunted mansion. Lizzy and Joe, the wonderful and funny partners and co-workers are each a formidable female and show a strength and wisdom much greater then their sometimes dens male counterparts. This is the start of a wonderful series that puts a twist on Ghost Busters and combines science and spirit to save the day.

***Audiobook***
I remember e-mailing to ask if this book will come out in audio after listening to her amazing book Hexbreaker on audio (my first audiobook too!) and enjoying it so much. Little did I know that once it came out the narrator will be one of my favorites, Greg Trembly. He is a true master of emotions and has in incredible gift of understanding the characters in any story. I have thoroughly enjoyed every book he narrated and here was not different. Greg narrated the book with the perfect pitch, accents, emotion and pace. His performance was just what I wanted this book on audio to be, capturing the spooky dangerous atmosphere of the hunted house an delivery a shiver worthy narration. Having read this book and loved it re-reading it on audio was a great experience I feel only added to the story and I can not wait for the next ones to come out on audio!

  • The Bureau

  • Volume 1
  • By: Kim Fielding
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

This collection contains the first three Bureau novellas: Corruption, Clay White, and Creature

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really good!

  • By Jessica on 07-18-18

A fantastic raw fantasy tales that touch your soul

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-18

Knowing Joel Leslie and Kim Fielding as talented narrator and author, respectively, this book promised to be a good one. I was poorly prepared for the whirlwind of emotions and intense rawness these three stories brought. At first I was sure that the first one is my favorite but by the end I knew that CREATURE was the one. I found a great deal of symbolism in this story, John was such an interesting relatable character. He was so gentle and sensitive, lyrical and with a beautiful view of the world around him.
Each story had it's own mystery, including the elusive time frame the story takes place at. This made the stories timeless in a way, with only small clues as to the year it takes place at. The Bureau is a fascinating, frightening agency and each story shows another view of it and the supernatural world fielding created.
In all three stories, the question of what is human is the main focus for the heroes, some human and some maybe not so much. Each story is well written, the characters well rounded ans intriguing. The connection between the stories is there but they are stand alones, each showing a new angle, creatures and range of emotions.
Joel Leslie brings a wide range of accents, tones of voice and emotion in his performance that infuse each character with life. He tackles daemons, vampires and cruel ignorant humans with the skill and finesse I have learned to associate with his performances.
There could not have been a better narrator to bring life the rich world Fielding created.

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  • A Love Song for the Sad Man in the White Coat

  • By: Roe Horvat
  • Narrated by: Vance Bastian
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Simon had always expected love to feel different than this. Whether it was his Catholic upbringing or the poetry he’d read - Simon had thought that true love would be uplifting, fulfilling, that it would give a meaning to his loitering, and add joy to his leisure. But not this kind of love. This love was a flesh-eating monster, sharp-clawed and evil-eyed, ravishing his mind with medieval cruelty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I need to recover after this one

  • By Rebecca Azizov on 08-05-18

An interesting complex story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-15-18

The writing is superb, poetic and gut punching. This book was a twisting, sometimes dark, path towards love and acceptance. At times I was confused, and the narrative of the story is not straight forward, which added to the confusion and mystery of Simon and his relationship with his ex-Matěj. It was both unique in the M/M genre and suspenseful, the plot pulling you in and capturing your interest. This book is one i would gladly listen to again, I feel like there is so much depth I have yet to discover in it.

I enjoyed the setting of this story too, it was so refreshing to read a story in Europe, and in a country that is not usually in the literary spotlight in this genre. The background felt authentic, both culturally and geographically, and you can clearly tell the author brought their own knowledge and upbringing into the story.
This was a fascinating book also because all the side characters had their own complexities and were very diverse and well rounded. I loved the relationships they had, the friendships and the familial ones, and the closeness between them. It made it a whole world to be discovered and not a two character story where some extras pop up to say hi.
The narrator did a good job, despite the lengthy pauses he had which made me speed up the narration quite a bit. He tackled languages and accents well, gave each character a distinct voice and added life and emotion into the story.