• Out of Nowhere

  • Middle of Somewhere, Book 2
  • By: Roan Parrish
  • Narrated by: Spencer Goss
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,643 ratings)

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Out of Nowhere

By: Roan Parrish
Narrated by: Spencer Goss
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The only thing in Colin Mulligan's life that makes sense is taking cars apart and putting them back together. In the auto shop where he works with his father and brothers, he tries to get through the day without having a panic attack or flying into a rage. Drinking helps. So does running and lifting weights until he can hardly stand. But none of it can change the fact that he's gay, a secret he has kept from everyone.

Rafael Guerrera has found ways to live with the past he's ashamed of. He's dedicated his life to social justice work and to helping youth who, like him, had very little growing up. He has no time for love. Hell, he barely has time for himself. Somehow, everything about miserable, self-destructive Colin cries out to him. But down that path lie the troubles Rafe has worked so hard to leave behind. And as their relationship intensifies, Rafe and Colin are forced to dredge up secrets that both men would prefer stay buried.

©2016 Roan Parrish (P)2016 Dreamspinner Press

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5+ Stars for Spectacular Narration!

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While it's true Roan Parrish created these characters, Spencer Goss gave them life.

In my original book review for this story I admitted that while it takes real chutzpah to focus the sequel on the biggest antagonist from the first story, Roan Parrish absolutely makes Colin Mulligan's story engaging, believable, and engrossing. But...it's Spencer Goss's narration that made me empathize with Colin and hope for him. There is such a strong element of hurt/comfort that is brilliantly conveyed through the narration.

Spencer Goss perfectly captures the complicated, broken person Colin is and made me feel sorry for Colin and all of his self loathing. He made my heart hurt at the self harm and terrible chances Colin takes and made me so happy when Rafael Guerrera begins to break down Colin's walls. And it's Spencer Goss's narration that made me yearn for Colin's HEA.

The narration for Out of Nowhere is SPECTACULAR. The story is angst-filled, complicated, sometimes hard to get through, and I needed a new box of tissues and a pint of ice cream by the end...but the narration is truly fantastic.

Highly Recommended!

NOTE: This is not a standalone.

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No Exaggeration:The Best Audiobook I've Ever Heard

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This is the first time I have gone out of my way to write a review of an audiobook, but this was just incredible beyond description. I'm almost torn about how to describe it, because it was like the narrator told this story to me, personally, in first person, and then other people appeared as the story went on, each character with his (or HER!) own voice.

It almost felt at times as though the narrator (Spencer Goss) actually WAS Colin, a tortured, self-loathing guy who I hated after book one. It took me a while to even get this audiobook because I knew it was about Colin. But, my Lord...it took me about half a chapter to fall in love with Spencer's voice, and maybe until chapter 3 to actually start to love HIM (Colin)!

Colin is rescued from the deepest despair by a spectacular (and also tormented) hero, Raphael, whose peaceful, patient way with Colin was so sweet it got me emotional. I have been at a hotel, and I listened to it in the lobby and as I walked the grounds...but I found I had to go back to my room because I was literally in tears. And I am NOT a crier.

This audiobook wrung me dry and I almost listened to it straight through, falling asleep with it playing last night, and as soon as I woke up this morning I rewound back to way before I had drifted off.

I looked at a few other reviews and I'm glad to see I'm not alone in adoring this audiobook. But it felt like more than an audiobook. It felt like I stepped into an entirely different world for ten hours. Yes. Ten! And when I felt the book winding down, I so wished it would never end.

Roan Parrish is a wonderful writer, and God only knows what cloud Spencer Goss fell from, because he made this an epic journey that I will listen to again and again. I've already listened to one particular section (Colin and Rafe at a Beach House) numerous times.

If there were Academy Awards for Audiobooks, this one would deserve it!

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the best performance by a narrator!

The book was fantastic! the narration was spectacular! hands down the best performance I have ever had the privilege to listen to. I felt every emotion that was being expressed by the writer through the narration. truly incredible!

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Best audio I've ever listened to

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Yes, I absolutely recommend this audio, and as a matter of fact, I have already starting telling anyone who will listen to give it a try. I was surprisingly stunned by this performance and now the bar is set so high that other narrators will have their work cut out for them. Spencer Goss ruined me, I won’t be able to listen to lackluster readings anymore.

Why? He literally stayed within character from start to finish and his depiction of Colin was spot on. Colin is an emotional mess, his distress with life is palpable and almost debilitating, and Spencer Goss’s portrayal of his internal battle was flawless. I never once mistook his Colin’s character for Rafael. This performance felt personal, as if the narrator was Colin; his skill as a narrator, especially for this audio, is above reproach.

Which character – as performed by Spencer Goss – was your favorite?

Colin

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

This book made my heart hurt, but by the end, it was put back together again.

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Out of Nowhere is, by far, the best audio performance I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to. Spencer Goss is a brand new narrator for me, but after this stellar performance, you can guarantee that I will be looking for other narrations by him.

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Beyond Expectations

OMG! I just finished this book in one sitting...I could not turn off my iPod. What a phenomenal story. Roan Parrish did an outstanding job but Spencer Goss brought this book to life. What a fantastic narrator!! Only one other narrator (Michael Lesley) has wreaked my heart, soul, and spirit in the way that Goss delivered this story. One of the things that I mentioned in my review of the prequel, In the Middle of Somewhere, was the lack of focus on Collin and how I felt let down. Boy howdy, Parrish did not disappoint with the sequel. As most, I was not a fan of Collin's but this story allows the reader (listener) to get inside of Collin's head and you understand the choices and the journey that led him and in the end, you want him to be happy...with Raphe. I so loved this book, will be listening to it again and I certainly would recommend.

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Wonderful narration of a great story.

The 2nd book in the series seems to do away with a lot of the problems found in the 1st.

The story packs a lot more punch, mainly because the completely broken main character gets a completely broken voice. Spencer Goss does a tremendous job of making the listener believe in all the anxieties pouring out of former antagonist Collen. This leads to some spectacularly awkward, but beautiful, romance scenes that draw equal amounts of tears as they do hot blushes.

Parrish does an excellent job fleshing out the characters, even Daniel gets a lot more to him. Goss gives each one of them a distinct voice filled to the brim with emotion.

An excellent listen!

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Self Discovery is Beautiful

I don’t read blurbs at all so imagine my surprise when I am listening and I finally make the connection that Colin is Daniels brother from BOOK 1. Bahaha let me tell you that was a little shocking but it made the whole book come into focus.

I really enjoyed this book and Colin’s struggle with who he was. I think because most of the books I have read its more about other having the struggle. Seeing Colin’s inner self (judge) himself it was hard at times, but also rewarding when Rafael is just there for him. He doesn’t preach about how it can be or should be he is just strong and silent and letting Colin figure it out.

Raf himself has a lot he is still dealing with and his connection with Colin well its sweet and exactly what the other needs.

Their bond forms and grows and it isn’t always easy but you can see they want it to work so they work at it.

I LOVED the narration I think it was exactly what this book needed. I could feel anguish, I could feel hurt, and even joy Spencer Goss has a way with his voice in which I want more. Oh and his tone…Lush!

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✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

I knew I would love Colin's book! While I didn't like Colin in the beginning and many times I wanted to scream at him during this book, I still got him! He was miserable (yes it was pretty much self inflicted) and he took it out on everyone else. Once He met Rafe, that slowly started to change. Rafe showed him that it was ok to be himself and show him that so many other suffer the same issues he does. I loved their relationship and I have to say I think Rafe was the most patient person in the world. Roan Parrish really knows how to write complimenting characters and characters who are laid back and calm which I love because if both of them would have been just like Colin, I would have hated this book lol. I loved the kids influence in this book too and Daniel's appearance! Can't wait for Leo's book next... I was hoping he was next so I did a little searching and knew I needed to start it right away.

The narration of this book was really good. He did a good job at giving each characters their own voice and he hit all the emotions perfectly!

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Well-Written and Complex

Very well written, but definitely a tough read if you enjoyed the first book in the series about Colin’s brother, Daniel and commiserated at all with Daniel’s feeling of isolation and hatred from Colin. While I understand Colin’s pain and anger, I have a hard time sympathizing with abusers, and for better or worse, that is what he is. He physically, verbally and emotionally beat up his 6 years younger, smaller brother as an outlet for his own self-loathing. I get his motivations, but by the end of the book after finally being shown his hurtful and destructive behavior towards all his brothers, it works out to be the equivalent to an “oops, my bad”, with him being genuinely sorry, sure, but with no real attempt at meaningful change or reconciliation. In a way, Colin had almost no growth at all because all his anxiety, self-harming behavior and low self-esteem were centered on being a closeted gay man, all of which improved once he came out. Yet, he did practically nothing in regards to being a better brother. Daniel does all the work by forgiving Colin and being supportive when he needs him, Bryan falls back in line once Daniel forgives Bryan too for hurting him like Colin, which Bryan only did to win Colin’s affection and Sam is still standoffish, which Colin just shrugs off. He seems to care more about and definitely treats better a group of kids, which shows his humanity but in a way that doesn’t require him to actually do any work on his character or the relationships with his brothers.

That being said, Colin is a complex and very flawed MC who isn't necessarily a bad person, just a person who turned his pain outward in ugly and abusive ways; more forgiving readers will enjoy his story much more than I could. The fact that I could actually read the book and enjoy it all while still disliking Colin speaks volumes about Roan Parrish’s talent.

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Spencer Goss should narrate every story

I adored this audio book. The story is terrific. The protagonist, Colin, is flawed and was not a likable character from book 1. But as you learn more about Colin, you begin to realize that his anger and lashing out is a defense mechanism. And then there is Rafe, who peels away Colin's layers. I loved the tender moments between the two.

But my absolute favorite part of this audiobook is Spencer Goss. I loved his reading of the story. You could feel Colin's struggles through every word. The pauses, the stutters, the whispers and angry words were absolutely perfect. I searched Audible for every book that he has narrated and am so disappointed that there only two. I hope to see more in the future!

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