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Holden Worthington's globetrotting days are over. Once the host of a popular adventure show, he hasn't ventured past his own front door in more than a year. Then the arrival of a sexy new gardener sparks something Holden hasn't felt in a very long time - an interest in the world outside his window.

Holden tries to resist the attraction. But painfully shy yet definitely interested Adam Morgan has Holden longing to conquer his debilitating anxiety and live again. After a grisly discovery on the grounds of the estate, the town of Smithfield turns a suspicious eye on the reclusive Holden - and the two men must trust in each other to bring the truth out in the open.

©2012 L. B. Gregg; 2012 Audible, Inc

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Sweet story but narration somewhat annoying

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The interpretation of Holden as Paul Lynde. I can understand why the narrator went this way, because the book really has great snarky dialogue. But as much as I like Paul Lynde, it is NOT sexy to hear the romance part of the book with his voice. It is really annoying after a while.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

It wasn't really that interesting. The story and romance is really pretty lame. The best thing about the book is the comedy, it is really funny. I would suggest listening to it as a funny read with a little romance.

What three words best describe Shannon Gunn’s voice?

Diversified. He did a great job with the different charaters, but I just didn't like Holden's.

Do you think Men of Smithfield: Adam and Holden needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, just let them be happy.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Amylin
  • Salt Lake City, UT, United States
  • 04-09-13

Good Story, Horrible narration

What did you like best about Men of Smithfield: Adam and Holden? What did you like least?

I like L.B. Gregg. I think her stories are funny and clever and sweet, but also have some good steamy scenes. The worst part about this BY FAR was the narrator. I've hard him narrate Gregg's other stories, so it's not that he can't narrate, but the choice that he made for Holden had me cringing the entire time! As others have said, it was very Paul Lynde-esque. Which is horribly unsexy. And Holden is fit and strong and hot!!!! It absolutely took away from an otherwise entertaining story.

What didn’t you like about Shannon Gunn’s performance?

As I said above, his choice of voice for Holden was the absolute worst choice I've ever heard from a narrator. If I didn't like Gregg so much, I wouldn't have made it through the book. Absolutely awful. It needs to be redone.

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Another Entertaining Installment

If you could sum up Men of Smithfield: Adam and Holden in three words, what would they be?

Touching, Funny, Infuriating

What other book might you compare Men of Smithfield: Adam and Holden to and why?

Don't know that I can think of another book that is similar off the top of my head.

What aspect of Shannon Gunn’s performance would you have changed?

His interpretation of Holden is a bit 'Paul Lyndeish' and sometimes annoying. I was wondering if the character was supposed to be voiced that way.

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

Most of the moments involving Adam's insight. I love how sensitive and open he is. When he declared his love for Holden, I melted.

Any additional comments?

I hope there are more in this series and I would love to have Shannon narrate again. No more voices like Holden's though.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Donald
  • Louisville, Georgia, United States
  • 02-11-15

Sweet little romance mystery...

I really enjoyed this book, particularly in audio format. I have actually enjoyed all of the Men of Smithfield stories. L. B Gregg provides a little mystery and a love conquers all mojo that appeals to my extremely unrealistic romantic side. With this story the two principle characters are Holden--a 40-year-old former adventurer, now agoraphobic and Adam--a 24-year-old young man who has to endure and overcome some earlier trauma. Within the midst of the romance is a mystery that left me guessing towards the end of the story. All in all, a good journey. Now as far as the narrator, Shannon Gunn has done all four books and I admire his vocal ability for differentiating our protagonists, but the voice for Holden really just tickled me to the point of no return. I am sure that some will not get my reference, but as I listened to Holden's story I kept envisioning Paul Lynn. Some of the inflictions provided by Gunn were spot on to the late and great Lynn. Then of course, when Holden spouted off on several occasions of being 'the man', my mental image and the vocal inflictions had me rolling. I am not sure if that was the intent of Gregg, but it certainly added so much more to the character of Holden and actually served as a measure that endeared me to Holden. I actually had to have my bff listen to the book to see if I was crazy and she came up with the same conclusion that I did regarding the character of Holden. But I digress, I thoroughly enjoyed this story and would recommend and if you want to determine my Lynn reference, just remember Uncle Author from Bewitched or from reruns of Hollywood Squares and the center square.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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All i could hear was Roger from American Dad

What did you love best about Men of Smithfield: Adam and Holden?

The story was sweet and the characters were delightfully broken. I got the feeling that Adam was maybe slightly autistic but still a strong and functioning person.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Men of Smithfield: Adam and Holden?

two little girls and a fat dog walking down the street.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

All i could imagine in the place of Holden was a short grey alien with a giant head. I believe that seth macfarlane modeled him on paul lynde which is another name being thrown around the reviews! it was distracting made the story seem slightly ridiculous!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

i imagined roger the alien from American Dad having gay sex. that was pretty funny :)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Love Shannon Gunn!

Any additional comments?

This is the first book I have listened with Shannon Gunn as a narrator. I will listen to any book he narrates because he is that awesome. He gives the needed pauses, inflection and makes the humor in this book sing. I could go on forever about how great of a job he did with this story and the characters. The story and writing were wonderful because of the narration. I laughed a lot with this book. Laugh out loud funny.

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  • Kimberly
  • CINEBAR, WA, United States
  • 03-09-13

Funny!

What made the experience of listening to Men of Smithfield: Adam and Holden the most enjoyable?

The narrator did an excellent job of telling the story.

Which scene was your favorite?

I would say it was the discovery of the body, and it was how the town of Smithville reacting with all their gossip on who dun it.

Who was the most memorable character of Men of Smithfield: Adam and Holden and why?

Holden, of course, since it's his POV I was listening too.

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The writing was terrific & the narration was outstanding. Best of the series!

I discovered this series because I fell in love with Shannon Gunn’s narration of Ella Frank’s “Temptation” series (Tate & Logan 4Ever❤️) so I looked for more by him. The series overall has been very entertaining, but this is by far the best of the bunch, and Mr. Gunn gave a stellar performance. His voices were so different from anything I’ve heard from him so far. He’s amazing — and terribly underutilized, IMO. Usually I can’t stand an effeminate MC, but Holden is hysterical. I was greatly amused throughout, and actually burst out laughing a few times. Shannon Gunn I a go-to narrator for me, and now I’ll add LB Gregg to my list of go-to authors.

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Worst. Narrator. Ever.

I feel bad for L.B. Gregg. This book may not have been so bad. I just don't know. It was impossible to be objective about the writing while listening to the entire book—*THE**ENTIRE**BOOK*—read by a tacky narrator affecting a snarky, nasal, effeminate voice. A few other voices made their way into the narration, of course. There was dialogue. But since it was written in the first person from the main character's point of view, practically every word ready book Shannon Gunn for all 6+ hours of this book sounded like a cheap imitation of Paul Lynde from a 1970's Hollywood Squares episode.

In all honesty, Adam & Holden was probably an okay book. There was a mystery. Adam was sweet. Holden, despite the voice, was not unlikable. The love story was different. But I just can't imagine what possessed the narrator to ruin the book this way. And assuming bad judgment on his part, why did Carina Press or Audible or whoever was in charge choose to release this as what appeared to be a parody of an actual audiobook?

Moral of the story: Don't listen to Shannon Gunn. Having written that last sentence, I still have one unread Smithfield book remaining in my library, and guess who the narrator is. ☹︎

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Ok story but...

It seem the Perform I was channeling Paul Lynn. I was waiting for the Paul Lynn chuckle.

Would have been better with out that gay accent.

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  • choccygrl
  • 03-03-16

Excellent

This is one of my favourite series and it has beem made even more memorable by an outstanding narrator.

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  • MaryD
  • 02-20-18

wonderful comedy of errors and murder mystery

I don’t think I can do this wonderful comedy of errors murder mystery justice. So much happens in in amongst it all Holden finds himself falling from lust into love with Adam.
Shannon Gunn’s narration is wonderful. His characterisation of Holden reminds me of Uncle Arthur from the original Bewitched (that shows my age!) but from that voice I had such a great picture of Holden. Adam was pretty great as well. If in doubt listen to the sample because it’s a character you’ll either love or hate. Me I love it.