Once upon a time, in an alleyway in the slums of the City of Lockes, a young and somewhat lonely boy named Sam Haversford turns a group of teenage douchebags into stone....
When my ex walks into the resort bar with his new husband on his arm, I want nothing more than to prove to him that I've moved on. Thankfully, the sexy stranger sitting next to me....
10 years after leaving his small Minnesota hometown in his rear view mirror for what Nolan Grainger was sure would be the last time, life has decided to throw the talented musician a curveball and send him back to the town he lived in but was never really home....
Hagen Wylie has it all figured out. He's going to live in his hometown, be everybody's friend, explore new relationships, and rebuild his life after the horrors of war....
Gabriel Wyatt is a big city Detective living in a small Ohio town. He expects a peaceful existence once he moves from Miami, Florida, but that’s the last thing he finds. Instead, Gabe discovers murder, mayhem, and one smart-mouthed stylist he can’t get out of his head....
He promised to never leave me. But when I needed him the most, that was exactly what he did. Wilderness guide Xander Reed has spent fifteen years trying to forget the night....
Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job - any job - to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin's personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money....
Someone's out to get Los Angeles bookseller Adrien English....
Mark Hansen thought working as artist’s assistant would be glamorous, especially if that artist was a vampire. Black tie events, witty repartee, gracing the pages of the local style section....
Former cat burglar Rook Stevens stole many a priceless thing in the past, but he's never been accused of taking a life - until now....
The night I rescued presumably straight Ethan Harris, I figured that would be the last time I saw him. However, he keeps finding his way back into my life - and into my bed....
NYPD Detective Alec MacAidan has always been good with weird. After all, his life has been a string of the unexplainable....
When homicide detective Dexter J. Daley’s testimony helps send his partner away for murder, the consequences - and the media frenzy - aren’t far behind....
After giving up on his career as a country singer in Nashville, Christopher Ryder is happy enough performing at the Smoky Mountain Dreams theme park in Tennessee....
Do you believe in love at first sight? Paul Auster doesn't. Paul doesn't believe in much at all....
I left my family and tiny Texas hometown 15 years ago to escape small-town gossips and to give my mom and sister the chance at a better life. But when a phone call....
Luca McGrath may be returning to Napa Valley, California, as a promising chef with dreams of starting his own restaurant and winery, but his heart still lives with the bad-boy son of a billionaire....
It begins with a message that David cannot ignore:
I want to see you.
He agrees, and on a cold winter's night, David and Phillip will come together to sift through the wreckage of the memory of a life no longer lived.
David is burdened, carrying with him the heavy guilt of the past six years upon his shoulders.
Phillip offers redemption.
First, let me start by giving the best advice I can muster after having listened to every second of this 5 hour and 11 minute masterpiece: Grab a bottle of vodka, a box of tissues and buckle up because it's gonna be a looooong night! It's officially 'the day after' and I'm still recovering.....
This story touched my heart on more levels than I could have imagined and without giving away spoilers, all I can do is recommend that you listen to this tragically beautiful story about life, love, loss and everything in-between. TJ Klune proves yet once again he is an amazing writer and that he's made another perfect decision to have Derrick McClain bring his characters to life. Bravo, Gentlemen!!!
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If you haven't read this, then do yourself two favors:
1. No spoilers. Because you have to go into this blind, okay? Seriously, please don't read any spoilers because you'll miss out on the total emotion of this story.
Yes, it's heartbreaking. Sure there's a happy-ish kind of ending, but the reality of the story (of how this happens every day) left me...bereft and just kind of...shattered.
And Derrick McClain? Well, he just shattered me all over again. His narration has the kind of emotion you hear from people who have lost everything. Who have hit the bottom of tolerance for the world and all its cruelty.
The story is so well crafted, and seen solely through David's POV, it renders your heart in two while still giving glimpses of hope and redemption and love and perseverance.
Because the not knowing was the worst thing of all.
When you didn’t know, you were stuck in this limbo.
You didn’t know who to focus your anger on.
So it went wherever it could, that focus.
And sometimes, it went toward the wrong person.
I just want to find David and Phillip and give them long hugs.
This is not a fast paced narration. There is a deliberateness to McClain's voice work that, to some, might seem slow.
The writing, for me, was brilliant. The writing needed narration that would really be just as brilliant. It needed a narrator who would pull the nuance of emotion and brokenhearted pain and weave it throughout the spoken words without crushing the listener.
Most of all the narrator needed to pull off the ending. To render hope where it seemed hopeless.
Derrick McClain delivers on all counts.
2. If you love a good Hurt/Comfort story and can stand some heartbreak and maybe even some wookiee cry face...buy this.
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Incredibly heart-wrenching is how I would review this book. It left me as an emotional trainwreck by the end. Do not read spoilers before going into this book. It's much better to go in blind and experience the emotions that TJ Klune makes you experience throughout the course of this book as they happen.
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When I originally read Olive Juice, I kept trying to think about how this would work on stage, in a theatre, in front of an audience who has no idea what's coming and the tears it will bring, especially when you get to "that point" of the story, it's pivotal reveal. I couldn't quite capture in my mind what it would sound like, David with his inner dialogue, his fears, his depression, his sorrow and his hope. I was therefore really excited to hear that Derrick had been selected to narrate this story because I knew he'd do it justice - and by God, has he delivered a stunning result!
What Derrick has done with this story has brought it to life in a way that cuts like a hot knife through butter - perfectly and in a way that both satisfy and destroy you. With his narration, with that distinctive voice of his, Derrick has personified all that is David and has given a performance that will blow you away.
This is not an easy story, it's not like any romance you would have read or listened to before. This is the ultimate love story. Do yourself a favour, grab a box of tissues, some chocolate, the cat/dog, a comforting blanket and put yourself in your favourite reading place and hit play... Olive Juice is worth your time. A definite 5 stars from me.
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What did you love best about Olive Juice?
TJ Klune's beautiful, haunting story of love, loss, and healing is brought to life in this poignant narration.<br/><br/>Derrick's soothing delivery takes you by the hand and walks you to the edge of the cliff and ever so gently pushes you off. It hurts so good.
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It is so difficult to say anything about this book without giving everything away. David and Phillip's story is full of love, sorrow, pain, loss and forgiveness. Not just of each other, but of themselves. Derrick McClain voiced these characters and their emotions so well. Have a box of tissues and a fluffy blanket ready. You're going to need the comfort.
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To feel the pain of David is heartbreaking. Philip asks him to meet for dinner that may save or end their worlds.
The beginning lines of this story was absolutely beautiful and captivating. Olive Juice is a story of loss, dealing with loss, love. It is poignant and an ugly cry. I cried with David. I felt his hurt. The story wasn't what I thought it would be but it was a beautiful story nonetheless.
I will say that I think the narration by Derrick McClain really brought out that emotion.
Derrick McClain did an outstanding job in this one. He really embodied David’s inner turmoil and Philip’s cajoling voice.
I am thankful that the author tackled this very important subject. The narrator and the actual event at the heart of the couple’s hurt was the only saving grace in this melancholy read for me. I kept hoping the story would get on to actually dealing with the pain but it was slow trot to the end.
In the beginning of the book, I thought the main character David was having a breakdown, a blurring of what was real and imaginary. Being privy to David’s thoughts and feelings for most of the book was depressing and miserable. I felt like I came into the middle of the book and the author would slowly drop crumbles leading me slowly through the stages of grief journey. David and Phillip had a traumatic event that created a rift between them. For most of the book I was trying to get a handle of what happened, what was said, and at the end when everything was out in the open, I was left still feeling unsatisfied. I felt sad for the couple but I didn’t really connect with their character. I did feel sad and I was hopeful that they would find comfort but I think I came in expecting romance and happiness. The constant flashbacks didn’t evoke feelings of love so I didn’t really feel the couple’s connection.
It is hard to say more without giving away the meat of the story. I will just say that I didn’t enjoy this book and felt unfulfilled after reading it.
Question for those who have read it: What was the point of the character Mateo (the bartender)?
*I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review.
Sad but a beautiful story -- how you can misinterpret
things and your life becomes lonely--
To lose a child no matter what age would be like losing yourself !
Narration was absolutely perfect ---
5 heartbreakingly emotional stars. I genuinely don't even know where to start or how to write this review. Firstly i'll start by saying I'm not even going to discuss the story line. The blurb for this book is vague and as will be this review in terms of plot content.
I listened to this book in audio first and then went straight to 1 click and read it all over again. It's that good. Derrick McClain is a fabulous narrator that I've not come across before. His voice is beautiful and really leant itself to the tone of this story. Is this a romance? I'm not really sure everyone would class it as one as there's no sex scenes, no chasing or dating, angst or ridiculous-ness going on. But it is real and honest and heartbreaking and all about LOVE and devastating loss.
As i started listening to this book i was initially a little frustrated, as i said the blurb is very vague and the story starts off very confusing. But if this happens to you please stick with it because its so worth it.
This book is exceptionally well written and covers a reality many families face daily in relative silence. It's deep and emotive and so very sad at times. Those that read my reviews will no how much i love TJ's books and this was another awesome book to add to that list.
Would you listen to Olive Juice again? Why?
Yes, I would absolutely listen again. Olive Juice is possible one of the best stories I have ever read! What TJ Klune wrote, it's just something I believe to be so special and important, everyone needs to experience David and Philip's tale. And Derrick McClain's performance definitely gave this story justice. Listening to him is like having him lightly hold your hand on the cliff of intense feelings and hoping he won't let go or just push you off. But he keeps the balance and I would listen to his telling of 'Olive Juice' again.
Who was your favorite character and why?
No favourite; the heroes David and Philip deserve so much love. And the sprinkling of secondary and tertiary characters just added another dimension to the story, and were represented incredibly well.
Have you listened to any of Derrick McClain’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Yes I have. I've enjoyed all his performances to date.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I wish I could listen to it in one sitting but 'Real Life' cuts into my listening time.
I was disappointed with this book. I read all the great reviews and thought it would be amazing. It didn't really go anywhere. I assume there will be another book after this book. It tried to keep you in suspense. I guessed in the beginning what was going on so found it boring listened to the whole book hoping to find out what all the suspense was about. And it ended.