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Publisher's Summary

Tobias Jackson grew up in Coburn, a town where the gay population equaled exactly one: him. Add that to the fact that his dream guy was his best friend's jerky older brother, Levi Baxter, and it made hooking up virtually impossible.

Now home from college for winter break, Toby is a different person. He left Coburn for San Francisco, where he wasn't the lone gay guy and the only black kid in town. And yeah, he took advantage of what the city had to offer.

Apparently Toby isn't the only one who's changed. Levi's not acting like the self-centered guy with all the answers that Toby remembers from growing up. Oh, and Levi's realized that he's bisexual, which makes things a lot more interesting.

Heading back to college, Toby doesn't expect to meet up with Levi again, despite him being in med school not far away. A surprise visit from Levi blows that assumption out of the water. As they spend more time together, Toby sees Levi as more than just the fantasy; he's complicated, unsure, and real. But if Toby can't get out of the past and find the words he keeps locked inside himself, he'll lose his chance at Levi for good.

©2015 Nyrae Dawn (P)2016 Tantor

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Liked the story very much and LOVED narrator

The story is very good. Not surprising but still moving. It kind of reminds me of Bear otter and the kid (in the general story-Line not the writting) and since that story is one of my all time favorits in gay romance, i liked this one too. There is no humor in this one though, but you get to know the characters Well and feel for Them when they are in pain and cheers for Them when they are happy. I really love the narrators voice - so pleasent to listen to and he is good at making the stories Seem Real to the listener. He makes the story better. So worth a listen if you dont Want many surprising twists in the story but just Want to listen to a sweet story told by a great voice.

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Loved it!!!

Why did the story have to end? Why is there not a full series of books on their love. OMG I can't wait to read again.

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Brilliant, the story was touching and felt real

Would you listen to A Hundred Thousand Words again? Why?

Yes!
I was really touched by the story and how the characters were trying to figure out their lives. But at the same time I was constantly a bit worried about possible sudden overdramatic Hollywood moments occuring.
Now that I know what happens I want to go back and really enjoy the way the story unfolds without the worry of what may come.

What did you like best about this story?

How it felt real and focused on the feelings. I love that the main story happened inside and between the main characters. It’s not that they were not affected by external forces, but it never felt forced or like the rest of the world was just there to push them along.
I'm so tired of how I feel many romance stories does not trust the relationship and personal development to be the center of the story. I hate half assed crime plots, or family and friends giving ultimatums or other overly simple scenarios.

Any additional comments?

This was the perfect book for me at the perfect time.
I was really moved and fell in love with all the characters. I was in the mood for a good cry and this absolutely delivered (for me a good cry is not really about a sad story but more about an emotional story)
I loved the performance by Sean Crisden, he really made all the characters come to live for me in this one.

To me one of the strong points in this coming of age story was how the characters feels like young people trying to figure out who they are and how to live their lives. I loved that they both knew that they didn’t have it all figured out yet. I love how they had a much easier time figuring out what the other person might need - it’s often much easier looking at other people's lives and feelings.

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loved it ❤

emotional and sweet, not too heavy but some angst
wonderful narrated
couldn't stop listening :)

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  • 05-02-18

a sweet listen

a little angsty, but full of Sweetness, love and some hotness in bed. well worth a listen.

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Had me hooked from the beginning!

I loved it! Finished it in almost one sitting. The love and attraction between the characters is so captivating and palpable. Just so cute and sexy and the way she writes just brings all the characters to life.

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  • TNI
  • Charlotte, Nc
  • 08-21-17

great great narration to a so-so story

This story seemed like it was two chapters too long. I enjoyed all the characters in how they developed over time in each one of their underlying stories I just feel like we got more information and then probably needed. I would recommend to a friend

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  • L.C.S.
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • 07-26-16

Great read, solid writing

Loved this book! I hadn't read anything by this author before and was very happy I took a chance. There are no major or shocking plot twists, but the characters are well developed, the love story is sweet and the writing is a delight to read. I was pulled in immediately and couldn't stop. I can't say how many times I laughed out loud at the situations, characters' thoughts or words. The very realistic nature of the conversations really stood out--it was just so easy for the characters to come to life. The story was sweet with good angst and romance. The MCs (one in particular) could be frustrating, but it was well based in their history and life experiences. I couldn't help but sympathize even as I was frustrated. Each man had to deal with internal conflicts that weren't just of the usual coming out variety--refreshing! I hope Ms. Dawn writes more M/M! Great performance as well. The character voices were believable and enhanced rather than disrupted immersion into the story.

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  • BevS
  • 11-23-17

Not my fave Sean Crisden read....

This just didn't work for me. I adore Sean's narration of the BOATK series, and cannot wait for the final book The Long and Winding Road which should be out any day now, but this one....the story has quite a few sex scenes [of course it does, it's a Riley Hart production], but I believe Sean is straight and married, so maybe not the best choice for a gay book with lots of sex I would've thought, but hey, that's just me. I know he's a brilliant narrator, and perhaps this one didn't work for him either.....

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  • Becky L
  • 11-01-16

Think I'll try the print version

I've got other audiobooks by this author and others narrated by this narrator and I have enjoyed both, but unfortunately the combo just didn't work for me here. I like Sean Crisden, and he kept the pace going, but I think I'll try the print version of this one instead.

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  • Donna Hirsch
  • 03-26-18

Wonderful story

This is a lovely story of 2 young men battling on their own until a chance run in at a Club. Even though they have known each other for over a decade. Sean was brilliant in his narration