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Carry the Ocean Audiobook

Carry the Ocean: The Roosevelt, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Normal is just a setting on the dryer.

High school graduate Jeremey Samson is looking forward to burying his head under the covers and sleeping until it's time to leave for college. Then a tornado named Emmet Washington enters his life. The young man with a double major in math and computer science is handsome, forward, wicked smart, interested in dating Jeremey - and he has autism.

But Jeremey doesn't judge him for that. He's too busy judging himself, as are his parents, who don't believe in things like clinical depression. When Jeremey's untreated illness reaches a critical breaking point, Emmet is the white knight who rescues him and brings him along as a roommate to The Roosevelt, a quirky new assisted living facility.

As Jeremey and Emmet find their feet at The Roosevelt, they begin to believe they can be loved for the men they are beyond their disabilities. But before they can trust enough to fall head over heels, they must trust their own convictions that friendship is a healing force and love can overcome any obstacle.

©2017 Heidi Cullinan (P)2017 Heidi Cullinan

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    HB Troy, NY United States 05-31-17
    HB Troy, NY United States 05-31-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Heidi Cullinan + Iggy Toma = Excellence !!!"

    I knew from Amazon reviews this would differ from what I think of as a Heidi Cullinan story and still be Amazing!

    Loving & Living w/ your quirks & complications and finding the people to help you flourish is pure Heidi. What's different is how little sex/sexuality is the focus of that process here. There is a dark edge in Special Delivery / Love Lessons series that has been replaced w/ a sweetness reminding me of TJ Klune's Bear, Otter & Kid.

    In other words, this is a REALLY good book!

    As Heidi started exploring w/ "Baz" in Love Lessons, these characters have different mental/physical complications making them hypersensitive and unable to react the way people w/ average sensitivity do. Heidi manages to get across that people under umbrella terms like Autism Spectrum, Depression/Anxiety & Quadriplegia vary not only from person to person, but within each individual's experience over time. She has written very realistic portrayals of these experiences and the benefits/detriments of the visibility/invisibility of the problems involved. She gets across the depths of their difficulties, joys of love without angst & wallowing.

    Carry the Ocean is brilliant and memorable, a surprisingly enjoyable book, definitely worth reading! The abundance of characters and media are handled Beautifully by Iggy Toma.

    Like Heidi's Love Lessons series, this is a New Adult book.
    Also, while her books often head past R into NC17, this just barely escapes PG13.
    It gracefully achieves 5 stars anyway.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Miareadsbooks Melbourne, Australia 06-03-17
    Miareadsbooks Melbourne, Australia 06-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant"

    Iggy Toma has done a remarkable job narrating this amazing story by Heidi Cullinan. He has captured Emmett in a way I didn't think would be possible however his intonations and mannerisms are SO Emnett I could not imagine another narrator doing half as well.

    This story is already one that is special not only for its' characters but also for its' heart. I dare you to listen to this and not feel, to not get that hitch in your breath or that wonderous smile on your face.

    Just brilliant.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Belen 06-11-17
    Belen 06-11-17 Member Since 2015

    I'm an unabashed fiction fan: mostly M/M, Romance, Erotica, Suspense, Thrillers, Action, NA/YA genres.

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    "RECOMMENDED!"
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    I was really impressed with Iggy Toma's performance. I thought he did a good job portraying Emmet's ("almost robotic") and Jeremey's (sometimes anxious) particular tones of voice. <br/><br/>I loved the audio. Sure, it's definitely an extension of the love I feel for this story (which topped my faves of 2015 and remains one of my favorites of all time), but I think even if you hadn't read the story and only listened this still completely works. <br/><br/>I was a little worried because there is a lot of texting in the story, but Toma handles it all organically and brilliantly.<br/><br/>This is a terrific love story about finding acceptance in (sometimes) the most unlikely places. I love this story even more with the narration.<br/><br/>If you were in the fence about it? Don't be! Absolutely recommended!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    SassiKassi 06-01-17
    SassiKassi 06-01-17 Member Since 2014
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    "This book just guts me."

    Every single time I've read it, I've cried and smiled, sometimes simultaneously. I adore Emmet and Jeremy. Their story is a beacon of hope.
    Iggy Toma did a great job on the narration. I have heard him narrate other books by Heidi Cullinan and was confident I would love the narration of this book, but he far surpassed my expectations.
    I hope he'll soon be narrating Shelter the Sea.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    jessica 05-31-17
    jessica 05-31-17
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    "Perfection!"
    Would you listen to Carry the Ocean again? Why?

    I would, I would make sure to have tissues handy the second time around though...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I'm not sure I could pick a favorite character between Emmet and Jeremey. They are both very good characters & excellently written. The emotions are so well described you can almost feel what they are going through.


    What about Iggy Toma’s performance did you like?

    I really enjoyed the different narration he did for the 2 main characters. He did a very good job changing the timing for Emmet's narrative to illustrate the different cadence an autistic brain travels at.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes it really was, I flew through this in 2 days.


    Any additional comments?

    The feels..... so many feels<br/><br/>This was a very good book & touched on so many emotional issues. I think there are many mental illness issues discussed in this book that many can relate to. Some of it was very enlightening.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lulu Miami 06-13-17
    Lulu Miami 06-13-17 Member Since 2014

    I think I read/listen too much for my own good. Love mystery books. Don't like MCs who are 'kids'. Love comedy. Not a fan of erotica

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    "that was different"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the book was engaging, its different from the regular falling in love stories. Even though its a serious book, there were some humor in it to lighten the mood.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Carry the Ocean?

    When the mother called 911.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The firs time MCs talked to each other. The inner thoughts.


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

    Their understanding of each others disabilities.


    Any additional comments?

    Narration was perfect. I didn't need the kindle version to follow the story. Iggy is amazing as usual.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Larry 06-09-17
    Larry 06-09-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Brilliant"

    Thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this book; when I was done listening, it left me longing for more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia 06-06-17
    Patricia 06-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A gem of a story! Just WOW"

    I haven't even finished listening, but I am writing this rave review!! Heidi, you have really outdone yourself! This is a tender love story as well as an enlightening learning experience about autism, anxiety & panic disorders without being preachy. Character development is great & the story has held my attention throughout. Iggy has done an incredible job with the narration also. I can't wait for Audible to get the next in the series.

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    Dianne L. Siragusa 07-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "The Blues Brothers"

    What a great, great book. It's definitely a must read. Sometimes sad but mostly uplifting.

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    Marte Norway 06-30-17
    Marte Norway 06-30-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing"

    This is one of my favorite books I have ever read. Iggy Toma manages to top that, or rather fortify that. This truly is an amazing tale worthy of your time and money spent.

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    "OUTSTANDING AUDIO FOR MY #1 BOOK OF 2015!!"

    Has gone straight onto my Awesome Audio Narration bookshelf, I think it's the best thing Iggy's done [that I've listened to]....other than Nowhere Ranch and the Love Lessons series. His interpretation of Emmet was spot on....slightly stilted, quirky and with underlying humour. Jeremey was also wonderful, softly spoken, tremulous at times when he got really nervous. David was exactly right....well, let's cut to the chase shall we?? JUST EVERYTHING ABOUT IT WAS MAGNIFICENT!! An outstanding audio book for my #1 book of 2015!! Congrats to all concerned.

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