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Publisher's Summary

Flynn's girlfriend, January, is missing. The cops are asking question he can't answer, and her friends are telling stories that don't add up. All eyes are on Flynn―as January's boyfriend, he must know something.

But Flynn has a secret of his own. And as he struggles to uncover the truth about January's disappearance, he must also face the truth about himself.

©2016 Caleb Roehrig (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Narrator Josh Hurley flawlessly depicts the appealing characters in this YA novel, a combination of mystery, romance, and coming-of-age elements. When sophomore Flynn comes home from school to find the police waiting to question him about his girlfriend, January, he's shocked to learn that she's missing. Hurley's Flynn sounds just like a teen telling the listener his story. His sincerity is fully believable as he reveals that his sweetly innocent relationship with January mainly involves trying to help her with her unhappy family life. (All her mother and stepfather care about is winning a political election.) Equally moving is hearing Flynn slowly accept that he's gay. Hurley's narration is spot-on, moving from light and funny to suspenseful and chilling as Flynn learns what happened to January, whom he truly loves." (AudioFile Magazine)

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  • Donald
  • Louisville, Georgia, United States
  • 11-02-16

A New Hardy Boy...

An excellent story! The story of January and Flynn, with every twist, turn, and prevarication that is uncovered, keeps you riveted to discover what is next. This is a story of Flynn and his self-discovery and his girlfriend and the journey in which each chooses to take to find the peace each need. The little sleuth that is Flynn was an integral part of the journey and though their is murder and mayhem, there is a happily ever after, which I adore. Caleb Roehrig provides an excellent story to get lost and entangled in and Josh Hurley's narration gives life to the characters within the story. A definite must read!!!

32 of 37 people found this review helpful

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A novel for teenagers…

The overall story was OK and then narrator was good. But I'm tired of listening to books that the teenage characters have vocabularies that even adults don't use.
It would be nice to know that the main character is the one that is telling the story ahead of time.
I would not recommend this book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Best Book of 2016/Top 10 Contemporary Novels

What made the experience of listening to Last Seen Leaving the most enjoyable?

Josh Hurley is exceptional. I've never listened to anything of his before, but his voice was perfect as a teenager. Honestly, when I think of Flynn, I hear Hurley's voice. It fit perfectly. As far as the audio versus physical, I think that either way, it would've been my favorite of the year, but Hurley did make it so enjoyable.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Oh yeah. This was one of those books that stressed me out. There are those occasional books that I literally have to put away and read something light. This was definitely one of them, but, in the back of my mind, I was always thinking, "What's going on with Flynn, January, and everyone else?" Absolutely one fantastic ride.

Have you listened to any of Josh Hurley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I did say this before, but I haven't. I'm glad that I listened to it, however, because Mr. Hurley was amazing. There are narrators that I will search for by name and find out what they've worked on. Often times, I will purchase a book based on the narrator and if I like it. I can definitely see me doing this with John Hurley.

If you could rename Last Seen Leaving, what would you call it?

Wow, this is the hardest question I've ever been asked on these reviews. On the spot, I guess you could call it "Near the Barn," "The Search for Us," or you could just call it "January." I don't like those titles at all, so I would just stick with 'Last seen Leaving' for sure!

Any additional comments?

I don't think this is a spoiler, because it is pretty early on that you find out Flynn is gay. I just want to say that this book has a much more important attribute than an amazing story, great characters, and suspense that keeps you guessing. Many of the gay-themed books now I would consider to be erotica. Because Mr. Roehrig made this a Teen or YA book, he was able to give something to teenagers to read that won't introduce them to mature elements. I just think that 'Last Seen Leaving' is a book that EVERY gay teen should read (and straight teens as well for that matter). There are lessons, struggles and angst, but personal revelation, acceptance, and everything else. It's a book I would put next to some of the best contemporary literature of our day without a moments hesitation. --This book is definitely something that all will enjoy and you will have trouble putting it down.

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Great story-no loose threads!

This book flowed really well-no boring parts. I listened while shopping and working; it was hard to shut off.
The story was believable.
Narration excellent.

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Great suspense story!

I really enjoyed this book! I could not put it down! The end was so intense I had to take a breather! Wow!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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overload

it felt like the author sat down with a thesaurus, a dictionary, and a handbook of literary device examples when he wrote this. The first person narration just highlighted this verbose writing even more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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good story made somewhat unbelievable by vocabular

The story was good but I was so distracted by the vocabulary that was written in for a fifteen year old character, I couldn't wait for it to be over. A teenage boy just would not speak like that.

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  • Wendi
  • Houston, TX
  • 06-27-17

Might be Okay for Teen Reading

Last Seen Leaving is about a girl, January, who is missing. Her boyfriend is questioned heavily about her disappearance however, the fact of the matter is.. he has a secret of his own that makes him least suspicious.

The boyfriend who is fifteen decides to play detective to try and find January and the twists and turns are over-simplified and downright cheesy. I found myself rolling my eyes and bored through the repetitive language and simplicity of the wording.

I will say though, that this is a teen book and intended to market to a certain audience, and it may be effective with the audience it's intended for. I wouldn't recommend it to any adult though as it's almost tedious reading.

-Wendi

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A "must NOT read"

I tried to listen to this but it was terrible. No where did it say teen novel which it clearly is. It was difficult to even listen to the narrator. His changing between a male and female character was painful. I can't finish this.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Best I’ve read all year

Literally one of the best books I’ve read in years! I was on the edge of my seat the whole time I was listening. I loved how he was able to weave in aspects of the main character without tokenizing him. 100% read/listen to this!!

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  • Kira Van Bremen
  • 10-14-16

A read with everything

This was a compelling and moving story with all the goods.
I'd recommend it to anyone.
I chose the rating because it deserved it everything in the right place, keeps you guessing and cheering.
A fantastic thrill/romance/friendship/bravery and everything in between.

Flynn a skinny quirky guy withholding a personal Seacrest of his own sexuality, is forced to out himself as a terrible crime has taken place and his world is turned upside down. Will he be accepted, will he find the truth and survive it all?

Josh Hurley narrated beautify I enjoyed every minute.