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Kestrel's Chance

Narrated by: Joe Arden
Length: 3 hrs and 24 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
4 out of 5 stars (112 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Kestrel and Rory are the very best partnership in Wester Fleet's elite Mountain Rescue Team. They've trusted one another with their lives for five years. They're closer than brothers - but Rory's feelings for his handsome, daredevil partner are far from fraternal. He knows better than to tell Kes the truth. Climbing partnerships are a delicate balance of love and practicality, and the Fleet MRT has a strict nonfraternization code. Rory could lose everything by making a confession. And Kes is an enigma - sometimes distant, sometimes seeming to crave the very devotion Rory longs to give him.

Kes is all set to become the MRT's next leader. He's a shoo-in for the job - except for his impatience with amateur climbers and his inability to hold his tongue. When he and Rory are given the job of guiding two important visitors across the Fleet range, it's a test of his tact, to say the least. But nothing about this mission is as it seems, and soon Kes is facing the most terrifying challenge of his life.

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Okay Story, Lousy “Romance”


Interesting premise, and if it wasn’t in the Romance category I might’ve liked it. Kes was horribly cruel to Rory, and Rory was crushed and rightfully angry, but then just got over it without even a decent apology, much less the groveling and explanation he deserved? Nope. Bummer though, because I think with just a little more time and effort it could’ve really been a wonderful short story.

I usually enjoy Joe Arden’s narration, but this story was not the right fit for him. At all.

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Great short story

Loved both the story and the narrator, wish it was longer! After listening to the audiobook I bought plane tickets and plan to see a bit of Scotland:)

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Letting go...

Letting go is never an easy thing to do, particularly when you are in denial. Not to mention, the journey is subjective. Kestrel and Rory are an enigmatic pairing who have to come to terms with the now and incorporate the past, which can be challenging. This is a realistic tale of that journey. Enjoyable short story.

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A fine novella

The mountains of Scotland were a third character in this novella. I love how descriptive of the landscape Harper Fox is.

This is the odd story of two longtime friends and climbing partners who become more to each other.

The journey is strange due to Kestrel’s grief and his treatment of Rory. I don’t think Kestrel is the nicest man, but he’s got a good reason to be so closed off.

The narrator, while he had a nice voice, didn’t use a Scottish accent save for when Kestrel got drunk. It was also difficult to differentiate between the two MC’s.

While not my favorite story of Harper Fox, I did enjoy listening to it and picturing Scottish peaks in my head.

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Need different Narrator....

The story was ok but I thought the narrator should of been British, not American. Either that or He should have made more of an effort to speak with a British accent...I would of enjoyed it along more!

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Wrong narrator ruined it

The narrator was not poor just completely inappropriate. It was so distracting that I can recall more about the narration than the story.

A very British story set in Scotland narrated in a north American accent, mostly. Common British phrases were mispronounced of course but others, such as 'arse' sounded so strange in an American accent that I would concentrate on that for a minute and lose track of the story.

The text says that they tone down their accents when speaking in front of tourists but revert to stronger accents when speaking to each other. This must be why the narrator chose to do most of the dialogue in a North American accent and then occasionally use a strange attempt at Scots.

The audiobook should either have used a British narrator capable of the accents or transposed the setting and dialect to North America.

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