• Making a Comeback

  • By: Julie Blair
  • Narrated by: Fray Maxwell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (102 ratings)

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Making a Comeback

By: Julie Blair
Narrated by: Fray Maxwell
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Publisher's Summary

Jazz pianist Liz Randall is reeling from her wife's death and struggling to keep their band together. An invitation to play at the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival is an opportunity she can't turn down, and a challenge she might not be up to until she enlists the help of a mysterious neighbor who's surprisingly knowledgeable about jazz.

When Jac Winters reluctantly agrees to help, a past she wants to forget threatens to destroy the carefully ordered life she's built with her guide dog, Max, in the quiet town of Carmel-by-the-Sea.

With music and love swirling around them like ocean currents, will Liz and Jac play it safe or risk everything on making a comeback?

©2015 Julie Blair (P)2016 Bold Strokes Books Inc
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: LGBTQ+

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Great Story!

The story was great!
I loved the ability of the characters to use music as metaphors. Jazz is an amazing source of story and emotion.
Character voice consistency is so very important to audio adaptation of a stories words. Jac, dad, Hannah, etc. were all consistent. Liz went from high or alto to basso when she was away from Jac, almost like listening to Jac speaking Liz's parts. For that matter, opposite female voices sounded like Jac or one of the males. It was distracting. Otherwise, I say again, it is a great story.

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Fantastic story, meh narrator

I loved this story. Good writing, good pacing. The narration was distracting, though. Jac sounded so robotic, I thought it was one of those computer generated voices. Still, I got used to it after a while. Toward the end of the book, however, the narrator missed the voice switch a few times and read another character's part in Jac's voice. The producer should have caught that and re-recorded that segment.

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Indecision May, or May Not Be My Problem

I was attempting a witty headline but it really is hard to rate or review this book. I almost gave up on this selection a couple of hours into the story; partially due to the deary nature of the text, but mainly because of Fray Maxwell; aka, the monotone narrator. Except when she did Jac; a supposedly hot woman with a voice deeper than 90% of the dudes I know. Thankfully I stuck with the story and there were moments of writing brilliance and the narrator had some moments when she was actually competent. I suppose the answer to that question depends on how much you like lez fiction and how much you already have.

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OK book horrible narration

OK the book was a little overwraught but fair. The narration? Amateurish. She has 2 voices cartoon gruff being one of them. She uses this voices for all men and for the character of Jac. Her acting is also terrible. Read the book if you want but don't listen. Where do they get some of the narrators for lesbian novels? I listen to a lot of audio books. 95% of the narrators for mainstream novels are really good. Spot on. But 90% of narrators for the lesbian romances I listen to are just really bad. Fray Maxwell is the worst.

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  • 04-06-16

A memorable book

There are some books that you read and they just stick with you. This is one of those books for me. I am a fan of many types of music, but I really haven't listened to jazz music. The way that the author made the music it's own character of the book is what made this book stand out from others that I have read recently. As all books both of the main characters have a past to recover from, but this author has a great way of teasing you along the way to want to stay and hear/read the story. I would definitely read this again and recommend this for a great read/listen.

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Beautiful Story

This audiobook was so lovely. Two musicians finding their way back from loss and grief and to each other.

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Keep 'em Coming!!

New Author to me, but moving Her to the "Please, Create a Series list." Off to my next Adventure.

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Great story

I loved the story, the characters were well developed and interesting. But the narrator gave a robotic voice to Jack, and I didn’t like that, I understand that she wanted to portray someone who is reclusive but it was too much... I would have preferred she read in one voice without changing for the different characters.

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The Pity Party that never wants to end!

I didn't give this one star bc I was at least able to finish it, but not without using fast forward several times.

First, the narration is terrible. Besides using the worst stereotyped voice of "husky brooding lesbian" for one main character, her transition between characters was clunky. The narrator whines her way thru the majority of the book's seemingly unending wallow of both main characters. Only to read the sex scenes like she just hiked a mountain with emphysema.

The story was predictable and slow. If you removed all of the repetitive, self-deprecating lamenting over "should I or shouldn't I?" you'd be left with a very short story. If any two actual people spent the amount of time and childishness that these send women spend dodging around each other in denial, they would need therapy and not a relationship. After the 20th time of hearing about your "guilt trip", I'm over it.

I recommend this book only as a last resort for a good wallow in self-pity.

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Loved it!!

I really loved this book it was slow in some spots but made up for that in others. Highly recommend this book to anyone who read it. I have read a lot of lesbian romance Books over the past year and this has been 1 0f my favorites. The narrator makes all the difference in the world.

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  • 04-13-16

Good but overlong

Pentially quite a moving story. Not a good narrator has a dislikeable strange tone. Have only read this one, not sure if I'd try again. Essentially about 10 chapters too long, very repetitive and at times frustrating because it's hashing and rambling on the same subject. Not a book I'd ever revisit.

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