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Life after Joe

Narrated by: Sean Crisden
Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
4 out of 5 stars (188 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

It's not the breaking up that kills you, it's the aftermath.

Ever since his longtime lover decided he'd seen the "heterosexual light", Matt's life has been in a nosedive. Six months of too many missed shifts at the hospital, too much booze, too many men. Matt knows he's on the verge of losing everything, but he's finding it hard to care.

Then Matt meets Aaron. He's gorgeous, intelligent, and apparently not interested in being picked up. Still, even after seeing Matt at his worst, he doesn't turn away. Aaron's kindness and respect have Matt almost believing he's worth it - and that there could be life after Joe. But his newfound happiness is threatened when Matt begins to suspect Aaron is hiding something - or someone....

©2010 Harper Fox (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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love the story, not the narration

I own both the text and audio versions of this story. Although it's a short story, it's still one of my favorite of all romances. Harper Fox is a very talented writer -- and you can see that here in her depiction of Matthew's despair and desolation, as well as in the vivid descriptions of Newcastle, the helicopter, and the oil rig in addition to the romance itself.

Unfortunately, the narrator doesn't do any justice to this great story. He is working hard to present a "Geordie" (Newcastle) accent, but it's pretty obvious that he isn't a native (I've been listening to a lot of genuine Geordie accents, and this one just doesn't cut it). And in his attempts to replicate that accent, the narrator has completely forgotten about the character of the story. Matthew, the main character and narrator, is in the final stages of complete disintegration -- he's coming apart at the seams. As another character tells him, he's "in bits". Yet the narrator here makes Matthew sound nearly cocky and bouncy. It's all wrong. And it's quite disturbing to hear a fine story being distorted in this way.

My advice is to stick with the text version on this one. If you appreciate good writing, you should check it out. Don't give up on Harper Fox just based on the bad narration here.

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  • Robert
  • Humble, TX, United States
  • 01-14-12

Good Story, Terrible Narration

Would you try another book from Harper Fox and/or Sean Crisden?

I love Sean Crisden, but I'm just not sure this is the same Sean Crisden I love. This was terribly difficult to understand.

What didn’t you like about Sean Crisden’s performance?

Very hard to understand

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  • Randal
  • Tampa, FL United States
  • 12-27-10

Another wonderful story

I really enjoyed this book. The narration was a bit difficult to understand the first four or five times I listened to it, but after you get used to the accent it is a wonderful ride. It is now on my favorites list of books I listen to every few weeks.

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Just lovely

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

At first the narration was a bit difficult to follow, but it was certainly worth it. Enjoy!

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Horrible narration

Could not even follow the story do to narration. I will have to go read the book.

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That horrible accent

I like this narrator but hated the accent. It was so bad. Like so bad I couldn't follow the story.

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great gem

If you could sum up Life after Joe in three words, what would they be?

Like opening a gift box to find a diamond, rather than a tie. great characters , altho I have to confess the first audio scene bothered me and I almost gqave up , not into exhibitionism etc. but wow once it progressed and I learned the reasons behind the occurrence; I'm glad I pressed on. It was a gem

What other book might you compare Life after Joe to and why?

trick of time. It had the same surprise under the wrapper. believable characters and strength in the story

What does Sean Crisden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

wow who knew how many accents he has. Great job , he brought the characters alive, didn't just read it, felt as tho he lived it as he read. fantastic treat

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

the flight to the sea platform. the realization one JUST must be there, that AH-ha movement and the reunion of the two. just felt believable , he hope the relief and the joy , when one Is willing to risk everything to reach their loved one.

Any additional comments?

over all it grabbed me emotionally. Brought alive the feelings of loss, betrayal, and the beauty of true love, for the first time.

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Accent nearly impossible to understand

There's nothing wrong with someone speaking Geordie, but this narrator is nearly impossible to understand, and I speak Scots.

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Exceptional read

the telling of the aftermath of a horrible breakup. binge drinking, indiscriminate sex, finally finding real love.

The narrator was awesome and the accent really brought the story to life.

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Gritty love after loss.

In a nutshell, Joe has left how can his lover go forward?  Although the narrator‘s accent and cadence initially slowed me down, his performance evoked Newcastle’s tough atmosphere. I really cared about the protagonist.   When he lost his treasured man, I felt it the pain too.  

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  • Serin6
  • 01-02-17

Inappropriate narrator/narration

What disappointed you about Life after Joe?

Poor Sean Crisden trying to do a north-east England accent - jarring and ultimately impossible to listen to.

What did you like best about this story?

Excellent story as always from Harper Fox. I gave it 4 stars as it is a more conventional love story than many of hers, and therefore less distinctive in its plot and characterisation, but still very enjoyable and I liked the characters a lot.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Just could not do the accent - not surprisingly as many native British English speakers would find it hard to convey an authentic voice for the main character - but Sean Crisden has done many excellent narrations for audiobooks with American English-speaking characters. Could you really not find a British actor? Could you consider re-recording this one?

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Could not listen beyond the first half hour. Redeeming qualities were in the book, which I have read, and which is very good - if you like Harper Fox's style of m/m romantic contemporary fiction.