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Imperfect Match

Narrated by: Joel Leslie
Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)

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A man whose future is assigned. A heart that yearns to be free.

There’s a reason why Lee Kennedy is still in college - and it has nothing to do with his academic performance. He’s switched his major repeatedly and stalled on his Master’s thesis, but there’s only so much longer he can hold out. And once he graduates, it’s time to trigger the Algorithm.

Everyone in Lee’s family has allowed the Algorithm to match them with a spouse. As has everyone on his block. His neighborhood. In fact, everyone he’s ever known. Pairing with his own Algorithm match seems inevitable...until, at his sister’s wedding, he meets Roman.

The waiter lives in the Taxable District, a neighborhood that’s only a brief train ride away, but feels like another world. The seedy District is governed by different standards - different expectations - so it’s not exactly a surprise that Roman isn’t married. But it’s definitely a shock to taste his lips.

One forbidden encounter leaves Lee questioning everything. He longs for the freedom to choose not only his own partner, but his own destiny. When defying the Algorithm will cost Lee his livelihood, his family and his home, is he strong enough to take another path? 

This coming-of-age story will appeal to listeners who enjoy character-driven science fiction. It’s a complete standalone novella.

©2018 Jordan Castillo Price (P)2018 Jordan Castillo Price

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The Impefect Match is the the PERFET MATCH

Jordan Castillo Price can do no wrong in my book when it comes to creativity in her Stories, and how she tells the Story in her unique style with Wit, Heart and Humor. This Author spins a wonderful Story in this novel of a future world that is believable and where Romantic Matches are determined by a Mysterious System that matches couples for life. However, the heroes of the Story are about two Men who are able to transcend the System that would declare our Heroes as Imperfect Matches. Of course, the talented Joel Leslie does his usual magic as Narrator giving voice to the written word and Characters of Jordan Castillo Price. Ms. Price has been blessed also with the gifted Gomez Pugh, Narrator .in the Psych Cop Series!

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The boomers and the tax rats

Another excellent story from JCP. This world is similar to ours but the classes are segregated. This story focuses on the middle class and lower class. The middle class, or boomers, tend to be rude, arrogant and snobbish. The lower class, or tax rats, have less couth and have learned to get what they want primarily through bartering and scavenging. Of course, the stereotypes come through, but Roman and Lee (and Lee's family) don't quite fit the molds. Marriages are determined by an algorithm which matches couples - hetero couples - by DNA comparison. How cool is that? Well, not the hetero couple matching and I wouldn't want to live there or anything, but the imagination to create such a place just boggles my mind. There is, of course, more to it. Lee and Roman make a pretty good couple. I think Lee bends a lot more than Roman does but in a good way. As you would expect from JCP, the writing and pacing are tight and the dialogue is interesting and fitting.

John Leslie does a stellar job with the narration. HIs accents and tone work great with the characters and story.

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My life, my choice, my match

So ... I’m a proud and out geek. 😂 And it’s no wonder that I have always found the future equally fascinating and terrifying. With the rate we are advancing in 21st century, I can’t imagine how advanced we will be in 50 years. And I’m so grateful that Jordan Castillo Price has helped me along with this fascinating and entrancing sci-fi tale. A future when people will be matched with each other by an Algorithm? 😱 Sign me up for this baby! 😁


Lee is a rebel for the lack of a better word. 😁 He’s almost 30 and still in school and unmarried. And that is, well, simply unheard of for a Boomer. Lee can’t come to terms with an idea that the person Algorithm chooses for is his perfect match. And then he met Roman. Roman from taxable district who is wild, free and tempting as F. Roman is everything that Lee isn’t and he longs to taste those lips for just once. But escaping the Algorithm is easier said than done. And it’s even more difficult to follow your heart rather than listening to your brain. Lee has to be braver than ever if he wants a happily ever after with his perfectly imperfect match, Roman. 😌


I truly think Jordan Castillo Price writes one of the best sci-fi books out there mainstream or gay. The ideas are just refreshing and enthralling. I love Lee simply because he’s the blacksheep of the Boomer society. He doesn’t blindly follow rules just because he was told to since he was born. He questions, he finds out the truth for him and he doesn’t let anyone and anything dictates his life. I believe he and the Algorithm truly reflects our current society. It’s always good to have people who rebel just a bit. 😉 This is a slow burn, soul-searching romance that is a bit heavier on self-discovery and sci-fi aspect. And I loved how Lee evolved from a shy little caterpillar to a full-grown out and proud college professor who’s in love with Roman. ❤️ As always, Joel Leslie did an excellent job narrating this story and I was entranced from the very beginning. I recommend this audio to all the nerds and geeks out there who’s still looking for their perfect or imperfect matches. 😉 Loved it! 😘


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  • 04-05-19

Enjoyable but could have been even more

If this book was a bit longer and the author developed the couple’s initial scenes together to show more of an initial emotional connection between them, I think it could have easily been a 5 star review. I thought what was included in the book was great, and I loved that it was about the main character developing as an individual and I wouldn’t change that. However, it the scenes where the couple met and what happened after seemed so rushed that I didn’t get invested in them. I wanted a bit more insight into their personalities and for them to get to know each other a bit, so maybe a scene is needed where they have more of a conversation. Still good though and worth a listen. I’ve listened to a few of this author’s books and they’re all a bit short and lacking character development of anyone who isn’t the main character. I hope they develop as a writer over time as they have a great talent.

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  • 08-21-18

Different

It’s chilling the possibilities for the future and how we’ll live. This is one is realistically chilling and yet, full of possibilities Lee has a lot of realisations to make, but he comes through like a boss! Roman well he’s just awesome.
JCP is an awesome author, add in Joel Leslie and you have an incredible listen.

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  • MaryD
  • 07-07-18

So intriguing

I am in awe of Jordan Castillo Price’s skill at world building and Joel Leslie’s ability to make that world so vivid. This is so much more than a romance it is a journey of self discovery Lee has to take if he is ever to be happy. The concept of having your partner chosen by an algorithm, state arranged marriage, for the purpose of repopulating and no recourse was so intriguing it kept me hooked. I love Joel Leslie’s ability with voices. There are times when it seems there is more than just him narrating the story. I will definitely be listening to this book over and over again.