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The Sumage Solution Audiobook

The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage?

New York Times best-seller Gail Carriger, writing as GL Carriger, presents an offbeat gay romance in which a sexy werewolf with a white knight complex meets a bad-boy mage with an attitude problem. Sparks (and other things) fly.

Max fails everything - magic, relationships, life. So he works for DURPS (the DMV for supernatural creatures) as a sumage, cleaning up other mages' messes. The job sucks and he is in no mood to cope with redneck biker werewolves. Unfortunately, there is something oddly appealing about the huge, muscled Beta visiting his office for processing.

Bryan AKA Biff (yeah, he knows) is gay but he is not out. There is a good chance Max might be reason enough to leave the closet, if he can only get the man to go on a date. Everyone knows werewolves hate mages, but Bryan is determined to prove everyone wrong, even the mage in question.

©2017 Gail Carriger LLC (P)2017 Gail Carriger LLC

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    Kelly Des Plaines, IL, United States 08-01-17
    Kelly Des Plaines, IL, United States 08-01-17 Member Since 2015
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    "a joy to listen to"

    I read the book when it was released, then listened to it two weeks later because I loved the story that much.

    Biff is a big, wonderful sweetie-pie of a werewolf. Max is TROUBLE, a failed mage with a huge attitude problem.

    This book is great. There is a big cast of well-drawn characters, an interesting plot, snappy dialogue, hot sex, and love. Lots of love.

    Also, if the author happens to see this review, there better be sequels! I want Colin's story. And Lovejoy's, too.

    The narrator did a great job. The character voices are nicely distinct and pleasant to listen to. I hope he gets to narrate the next one (fingers crossed).

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Belen 08-05-17
    Belen 08-05-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Missing some world building..."
    Any additional comments?

    Dual POV from sumage Max and werewolf Bryan, this is a paranormal romance with a lot of humor, banter, and sex.

    Even though this is marketed as a standalone I felt the world building really lacked focus and explanation. I felt dropped inside a paranormal world with little to no explanation of how or why things worked. There are a lot of different types of shifters, magicians and humans, and a thing called quintessence that magical folk can manipulate, but I have to be honest that after ten hours listening I'm still not really sure what it actually is.

    I honestly expected to find a far more complex story, but instead got one quite a bit lighter in tone.

    I'm not going to lie...this took a few hours to get into and if I hadn't been reviewing it I might have put it down. Kirt Graves kept me going on this one.

    Graves is good at providing clear character voices for all of the characters (and there are A LOT), and I was able to easily follow along with who was speaking. The narration is steadily paced and without a lot of over the top emotional inflection or performance.

    I really liked that Graves put some extra touches into the audio like the vibration of a cell phone or text alert, which made it feel a little more interactive without being intrusive about it.

    It did take me a bit of time to get used to the different audio sound Graves uses to denote the internal dialogue of the characters. There is a lot of internal dialogue. A lot. Which on one hand was good considering Bryan is the strong and silent type so we get a lot of his character development through his internal musings, but on the other hand, was also a lot.

    Speaking of character development...the story lacks quite a bit in this area, in my opinion. I kept waiting for more, but it never came, which was really disappointing.

    If you're okay with more of a True Mates sexy times kind of story with a lot of humor rather than one that has more complex world building and character development you should definitely check this out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    SassiKassi 08-03-17
    SassiKassi 08-03-17 Member Since 2014
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    "I loved it!"

    I'm a huge audiobook listener but I'd never listened to Kirt Graves before. His narration is fantastic! Every character had a distinct voice and there are many lovable characters in this story. But not so many active ones that you'll get confused or distracted from the story.
    There's not a huge amount of character development in the main characters, but you can definitely get a feel for both of them and what their lives were like as youngsters.
    I will look forward to reading more in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    stan-the-man 10-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A good book"

    Don't write many reviews and like Biff, not much for words. But this was a good book, with well defined characters that touch my heart. I would definitely recommend to all. Can't wait till the next book comes out. The narrator did an excellent job too....Thanks

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    tzinnamon 10-02-17
    tzinnamon 10-02-17
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    "Did not finish"

    The sex was the plot in that there’s a lot more sex than plot in this story. Lost interest about 1/3 into it.

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    Alayna Bouret 10-01-17 Member Since 2016
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    "loved it"

    amazingly written and exceptionally narrated, i look forward to the next book, im going to read more if gail's books now c:

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    Sebastian Rombach 09-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "wow!"

    I absolutely loved this book. I hope that more books in this series come, but the author did a beautiful job of finishing this one in a satisfying place, so I am happy to wait for it.

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    Dee Slate 09-24-17
    Dee Slate 09-24-17
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    "Brilliant story!"

    I loved the story. The narration was good, solid - more like a story being read to you. The voice characterisations were good, I especially liked Marvin (nothing to do with me being a Brit 😇) and the timing/cadence kept me engaged all the way to the end. I'd definitely listen to Kirt Graves again.

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    Kelly Powers Smith 09-19-17
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    "More please!"

    Yes, please write more about the San Andreas shifters! Beautiful sweet story with both heat and humor!

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    Amazon Customer 09-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Hot sex, heartbreaking scenes, relatable issues"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Many of my friends are drawn to snarky characters because the snark is a defense mechanism, and the secondary character Biff, handled it wonderfully. The sex wasn't too shabby either. I also love the mention of how Magic is painful to use and diffuse.


    Which character – as performed by Kirt Graves – was your favorite?

    Definitely Biff <3


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

    The two scenes involving the house where he's walking through, haunted by old memories and then where he purges all the bad juju by literally scrubbing the place clean to give to the pack and then donating all his father's furniture to the LGBTQ center. I felt the catharsis when he burned the couch with his puke stains.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a wonderful book and I look forward to what G.L. Carriger will do if she writes another. (Please, for the love of all you hold dear, write another one girl! I neeeeed to know what happens next!!)

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  • Roobarb
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    8/23/17
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    "not my usual thing"

    I don't usually read m-m books but this is an interesting story with great characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • bookaholic
    10/9/17
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    "Beautiful and heart wrenching"

    This is my first book by this author and I was hooked by chapter 2. The plethora of characters are unique and well formed.
    Kirt Graves brings this story alive and makes it unique. I thoroughly recommend!

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  • Jessica adams
    10/6/17
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    "loved it!"

    this is the first I've come across this auther and i can't wait for more :)

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  • Amazon Customer
    8/13/17
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    "I realy like this book!"

    I can't wait till then next one! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

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  • miss f. k. lyle
    8/9/17
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    "Gail has not written anything I have not loved wholeheartedly"

    I loved this book as much as all of her other works, the only thing I don't like, is when I run out, when they end & I have to wait for the next one... every single one has been a five star from me & I'd love to live in the world she has created, she is the Supernatural Steampunk Pratchett & LGBTQ- pansexual & pan-species to boot, all are welcome in this wonderful world & it's a beautiful all encompassing escape from the horror/mundanity of ours... Thank you so much & keep up the good work xxxxx

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  • easyreader
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    8/6/17
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    "More San Andreas Shifters, please!"

    A new author for me but I am so chuffed that I found her! I shall be gobbling up more of Gail Carriger's work from now on. I went straight to audiobook so our narrator, Kirt Graves, did an excellent job of sorting out some of those confusing niggles mentioned by other reviewers (about the back and forth, and in my opinion completely natural, conversations...if I remember correctly!) A great start to a new series. Love the characters, love the writing style and love the humour. More please!

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  • B Pun
    8/2/17
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    "Sequels need to hurry up!! :))"
    Would you listen to The Sumage Solution again? Why?

    Yes. The chemistry and interactions between Max and Brian is worth a thousand listens. I loved thier banter, their inner monologues and just thier conversations.


    What other book might you compare The Sumage Solution to, and why?

    Probably The Blood & Bone Series by Lia Cooper. Both series feature a wizard & werewolf in a m/m romance. Although The Blood & Bone series has a more darker theme as it is a detective series. The Sumage Solution was more mellow and grounded in plot. But I like both series and am looking forward to the sequels in the Saint Andreas Shifters series.


    Have you listened to any of Kirt Graves’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No. This was my first introduction to him. He did a good job. As it is the first series I am looking forward to seeing how he does in the sequels. I am particularly looking forward to his version of Colin or Lovejoy.


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

    Yes if i could but alas sometimes work and sleep must be a priority.


    Any additional comments?

    Only knocked a star of for the story as the climax was a bit predictable but a good cliche with loveable characters done right = a faboulous listen! And also to those who enjoyed this story definitely check out Blood and Bone series by Lia Cooper.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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