A Surplus of Light

A Gay Coming-of-Age Tale
Narrated by: Brian Lore Evans
Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
Categories: Romance, LGBT
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"He's a psycho." That's what Mike is told when he asks who the kid is with the dark swoop of hair and eyes that look like icebergs floating in milk. From that moment, it becomes Mike's mission to find out everything about this kid. The kid who can fight better than anyone, but doesn't want to. The kid who is the greatest artist Mike's ever met. The kid who only wants to be his friend during the lightest days of summer. The kid who tells him that being his friend at school will only ruin Mike's reputation. Regardless of what the kid tells Mike, he doesn't realize that summer is the best time - it has the most light - and it makes it easier for Mike to see who he truly is. And there's no way Mike will back off once he sees this kid for who he truly is.

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Beautiful Story

I loved this book the first time I read it.This is the 3rd time I have experienced this book but it’s the first time with a narrator reading. I planned a quite evening with no distractions and pushed the play icon. The book flowed over me, it was a very different experience. Between Chase Connors written words and his chosen narrator this book has been elevated. Beautiful experience

Here is my original review back in March

Great story that has such a warm feeling to it. Makes you consider more deeply the things that touch you. I love walking away from a book and feeling incredibly satisfied. Thanks Chase you scored big on this one. I look forward to reading more of your work. ❤️

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Perfectly performed

I absolutely LOVED this book, so I was dying to hear this in audio!

This coming of age story had so much emotion and want, it was very gripping. I loved how the two main characters knew they had a future, but respected each other enough to wait until they were both ready. I loved that the person who was regarded as a loser, a fighter, and nothing to the small town was actually the most kind, loving and selfless person.

There were so many lessons taught by Ian to Mike that were heartwarming and sad, but inevitably beautiful. Chase Connor writes emotion that hits the depth of your soul.

Brian Lore Evans is a new-to-me narrator, but I can't imagine this book performed by anyone else. He captured the tone and feeling of the words so perfectly, his voice breaking with Ian and Mike's sentiment without fail. It added a depth to the story that I didn't even think was possible, and just brought Ian and Mike further to life. He's definitely a narrator that I will look for in the future.

Very worth the read AND listen. Perfectly performed. Absolutely recommended.

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The “light” will warm your heart!

Beautifully written story! I love both main characters, especially Mike! Mike has a heart of gold! The world would be a better place with more Mike’s in it!!

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Loved this beautifully written and narrated story

A Surplus of Light is an engaging and at times moving story of two boys and their deepening friendship and love over four summers. Characters are skilfully drawn and typical high school tropes don’t feature. This has a reach well beyond teens. I found it completely gripping and just wanted to keep listening.

The narration was excellent, with good but low-key characterisation and the perfect mood for the story. At first I would have liked the reader to take it a fraction slower, but after the first chapter I no longer noticed this, so either he slowed or more likely I tuned in.

Highly recommended for both teens and adults.

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I'm a puddle...

I don't even know how I found this book, but talk about a hidden gem 😍 I'm quite literally crying at my desk at work. This story is beautifully written, even in it's brutality. This is a narrator that I've never listened to, who told me a story, made me feel like I was in a fairytale of moonlight, youth, love, pain, life....

I'm just so moved and I loved this book entirely *sniffle sniffle*

Please read it and enjoy what I did ❤

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Coming to age love story

First I have say how great a job the narrator did bring the characters alive and show them with so much emotions, hope, caring. but at the same time shows bulling, hopelessness and depression. The storyline was so well written you laugh, cried, and many other emotions.
The basic story is to kids Ali and Mike meeting when they are 15 years old up to they are 23 years old. From high school to college and law school and growing up together as friends and at the end as lovers. But at the same time you see the bad side of being 15, not being the popular kid, family abuse and death in a character family.
The journey you take here is their lives and how they learned and help each other through the issues of being a teenager in a small town in Texas , learning their boundaries and setting boundries.
I highly recommend this audible and as the old saying make sure you have Kleenex.

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Wowsers

I love Chase and his books. To have it narrated makes it that much more awesome. This is a great coming of age tale. It is not cliche as some of them I have read. Chase makes the characters come to life and you feel you are part of the book. I always love to read Chase's books, but I hope he will have more available as audiobooks because having them read makes it that much more real.

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Powerful Story and Narration

This is a beautifully written story and Brian Lore Evans does an amazing job narrating. With each chapter, I could feel Ian and Mike getting closer, and that was in large part because of the narration. I'd highly recommend everyone takes a listen, whether you have read the book before or not. I can't wait to hear what comes next of both Chase Connor and Brian Lore Evans!

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  • Camilla Wilhelmsson
  • 12-16-19

A Surplus of Light.

Just a lovely story between two young men Mike and Ian, when they learn to know themselves and eachother.

The narrator Brian Lore Evans’s voice fits the story perfekt, thanks for lend it out.
The author Chase Connor is new to me and I’m looking forward to his other books.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-29-19

Beautiful story

I was introduced to Chase Connor’s work through the excellent ‘Jacob Michaels Is’ paranormal gay romance series, and I’ve been keen to read his other books ever since.

A Surplus of Light (excellent title) is a beautiful coming of age story about Mike and Ian, two teens slowly falling in love over summers set by a creek in a small town, and it certainly did not disappoint.

Like Chase’s other books, the writing in A Surplus of Light, if it’s the interior monologues of the characters or the vivid descriptions of the setting, is competent and harmonious with a touch of the poetic. Characters are well realised, often adorable, and dialogue is authentic. The sweet, sometimes unrequited and painfully uncertain push and pull of youthful homosexual love and sexual attraction is depicted with skill and an understanding of the nuances of love and life.

I have read the ebook and listened to the audio version of this book, and both experiences are well worth your time. The narrator of the audio book does an excellent job with his softly spoken, almost monotone narration that really suits the tone of this story, which is told from the teenage characters’ perspectives.

I particularly love a scene at the creek with bat pups, which is a perfect example of the fruits of Chase’s beautiful imagination. This boy can write! Highly recommend this title, both in word format and audio.

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  • Betsy
  • 12-15-19

“I’ve Always Been Able To See You”.

I am a reader and, as a reader, I enjoy the intimacy of being alone with the story and the characters. The voices of Mike and Ian were so distinctively clear in my mind, that I was loathe to hand over the reins to a different interpretation of those voices. So, when I heard that one of my very favourite books was being prepared in audio, I was very sceptical about whether I would enjoy it in its audio version. However, after listening to the astonishing narration of Brian Lore Evans, with his mellifluous rendering of Chase Connor’s beautiful prose, I was hooked. This wonderful coming-of-age story of the growing relationship of two boys falling in love, over five summers, held me in its grip even after four re-reads. It’s an unusual story, in that the boys’ relationship is pursued only in the summer months. Ian does not want to compromise Mike’s popular status at school with his own bad boy image, if they are seen as friends, so they meet only during the summer months. This frustrates Mike, but Ian is steadfast in refusing to compromise on his decision.
The narrator captures perfectly the essence of those dreamy days and nights, and the sweet agonising longing of first love, and Mike’s frustration. He wants so much more from Ian than just promises. Ian is unable or unwilling to give him more than that. Listening to the audio was almost like reading the book for the first time - the narrator managed to re-capture the magic that I felt when first reading it. Mike and Ian’s voices were distinctly discernible, and the narrator did a wonderful job with the secondary characters’ voices, too. If I could give this more than five stars, then I definitely would. This is an amazing story and has now become an amazing audio book. Get it, listen to it. You won’t regret it.