Snow Globe

By: LE Franks
Narrated by: Dave Gillies
Length: 58 mins
Categories: LGBT, LGBT Studies
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Kris Hamilton escaped the rat race in LA to live his dream of owning an art studio and making snow globes in a Christmas-themed town in northern Minnesota. But life in a tiny town isn't as peaceful as advertised, and being treated like an outsider is making Kris’s Tourette's flare up. When he inadvertently offends Tyr Tollefson - a beautiful blond giant of a man - Kris is ready to chuck it all. But he strikes up an unlikely friendship with Tyr's cousin Bun, who shows them the magic of Christmas and gives them both a lesson in love and acceptance.

©2013 L E Franks (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
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Cute but I had issues

I'm a sucker for a man with a disability, especially a verbal sort of disability like our MC in this story.

Kris has form of Tourette's where he says adjectives out loud about whatever he is thinking. It was pretty fascinating to read about, and as the sister of a stutterer, I immediately connected to the MC. I really enjoyed the first part of the story. It was Christmas-y, touching, and just gave me the warm fuzzies inside! I was melting hard and fast for this story.

But then... it sort of lost me. I starting to have some issues with POV changes and then their relationship took off at lightening speed. I wasn't quite on board with it, and when the drama started up, I started to disconnect from the story.

Another issue that I had was with the audiobook. Now, the narrator has a great speaking voice, to be sure, but he is clearly not American. I kept rereading the blurb and re-listening to parts of the book, waiting to see if this book was secretly taking place in Scotland and the blurb and the story just didn't get the memo. At least, I think it was a Scottish accent... Anyway, it was distracting because it wasn't what I pictured for that locale and those characters. Also, I could have used a bit more vocal differentiation between the MCs. I found the dialog hard to follow at times because the two guys sounded alike to me.

A cute Christmas story that had the potential to be more.

**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

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Short Holiday themed story.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would. It's short and romantic and quite descriptive for so few pages.

What did you like best about this story?

The way Kris kind of communicated through his Tourettes. Saying things he otherwise wouldn't have said out loud.

Have you listened to any of Dave Gillies’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not, but I want more!

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

It made me smile!

Any additional comments?

Kris Hamilton turned his online snow globe making business into something full time, buying into a store in Minnesota and moving his life across country. Only to be ceremoniously ostracized by his neighbors because he is different. Kris is tall, thin and has the appearance of an Anime character come to life, he’s gay and he has Tourettes. Any one of these characteristics would be frowned upon in this straight laced Midwestern town, but Kris seems to have nailed the trifecta.

When Tyr Tollefson and his niece stumble into Kris’s store and are witness to a full on episode, Tyr gets the wrong impression. But Kris’s personality shines when he starts to get to know Try and Bun, and Tyr learns the real reason behind Kris’s outbursts. While Kris is unable to control what comes out of his mouth most of the time, his outbursts serve to bring him and Tyr closer together as an odd form of communication. But inexperience and a town full of judgemental people threatens to drive a wedge between them.

This was a super short Christmas themed story. I was surprised at just how much content was given for a book just shy of an hour in length. I loved the detailed descriptive of the town, Kris’s work and Kris and Tyr’s appearance overall. I seriously had a visual of these two men and where they lived just by the words used for them. This was my first LE Franks book as well as my first Dave Gillies audible, it will not be the last for either of the afore mentioned! What a great collaboration of written word and the translation of them.

Definitely a must read for any fans of the genre that are looking for a heartfelt, romantic read for the Holiday. Again, it is very reasonably priced in both Audio and E-book, cheap enough in fact, this would be a great option for gifting as well.

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Cute

I normally avoid short stories, at least the ones not part of a larger story or series. It’s so hard to find a balance in so few pages and more often than not the story will feel rushed or incomplete. But, it’s nearing Christmas and I’m binging on Christmas and winter stories at the moment, and the blurb of this book appealed to me.

Snow Globe had some issues. The potential was there. I loved the idea of the story and the characters were solid – or had the potential to be. However there was just too much going on for such a short story. If this would have been a full-length novel I believed it would have felt more developed and rounded, instead of the hopping around that we had now. And story hopping wasn’t the only issue this book had, the abrupt switches in POV was more often than not very confusing. It was difficult to keep track of who was speaking, there was no warning and Gillies didn’t really differentiate the changes to make it easier for the listener.

That being said, I loved Kris, his passion for Christmas and snow globe – but even more so how fiercely he fought for the ones he cared for; Bun and Eddie and Tyr. I mean he took on the whole town for their sake. I loved how this book showed that even though times are rough and it seems like you are all alone, support can comes from where you least expect it. And if you fight for it, happiness and love can be found anywhere.

I was confused in the beginning when I heard Dave Gillies starting to narrate with an accent that wasn’t American. I’m not going to try to place it, because I know I’ll be wrong suffice to say the accent didn’t fit the story or setting. So accent-wise I don’t believe Gillies was the best choice of narrator for this book. Still I really enjoyed it, it’s nice to listen to something different. And he had a great voice and the words flowed naturally. I wish he’d differentiate more between the main characters though, especially when the book changed POV. It was difficult to follow the changes and knowing who was speaking, and it often left me feeling confused. On the plus side, I love how he added emotions to his narration, it added a bit more depth to the story that made it come alive for the listener.

A copy of this book was generously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.

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Wonderful heartwarming story, beautifully written

I listened to this story on a beautiful spring day. Not a great fit for a Christmas story, but I still loved it. LE Franks managed wonderful fully developed characters in this short format. I completely connected with them emotionally and the story is beautifully moving. At the end, I was (literally) crying. Not to worry, they were happy tears.

Dave Gilles is a lovely narrator, but his British accent does not fit this book which is based in Minnesota, outside of Minneapolis. I will certainly look for more of his narration, but preferably for a book based in the UK.

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Love 👌🏻

I loved the story, and adored the narrator! What a voice!!! I could listen to him all day.

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Very sweet, excellent narrator

This was an amazingly cute, short story about a man (Kris) with Tourette’s who moves from LA to Christmas Town, Minnesota to make snow globes. Everyone in town hates that he’s “different” and he feels very isolated and alone.
A unique family comes in and his disease sparks up and embarrasses him in front of Tyr who Kris finds very hot. Luckily Kris gets a chance to redeem himself and Tyr gives him another shot.
A lot happens in this short story – we see two different situations (Tourette’s and dwarfism), bullying, a health crisis, bigotry, depression, hope and a very sweet love story with a lot of “feels”.
I absolutely adored the narrator – Dave Gillies – who has a delightful accent that just feels so appropriate for this holiday themed romance.
I highly recommend this audiobook and will look for both the author and the narrator in the future.


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Heartwarming

Would you listen to Snow Globe again? Why?

This was a beautiful story with characters that warm the heart.

What other book might you compare Snow Globe to and why?

One Small Thing by Piper Vaughn and MJ O'Shea they both have lovely characters that recognize the good in everyone.

Which scene was your favorite?

The kiss and the words that tumbled out.

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

When Kris helps Bun in his store but while trying to hold his tourette's in check

Any additional comments?

The audio was perfect! Love the lilt to Dave's voice.

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I wish it was longer...

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I really liked this one, I just wish it was a bit longer. There was so much packed into the hour, I feel like if it could have been extended another hour or so you would have been a bit more invested in the characters, setting, and conflicts. As is, the story feels like the spark notes version in that you get all the important information, but you don't get the full richness you know the story could have. Again, I loved the story and the characters were completely adorable. I just wish it had been longer because I loved the characters and story so much.

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I loved it.

Dave was amazing. I loved him.
I loved Kris and Tyr and his family.
It was magical. <3

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My Review:

Overall.... 3.5
Performance... 3.00
Story.... 4.0

Okay, I listened to this book in audio form. It was Christmas and this short story is less than an hour which made it an ideal listen while I wrapped presents.

But as a regular audiobook listener, I had issues with this one. The narrator, while I love his sexy (Scottish? I think) accent, simply read the book. There was no change with his inflections for the different characters...which made this a really tough book to listen to. When reading, you have a change in paragraph to know when the speaker changes. In audiobooks, narrators typically change their voice so you know when the speaker changes. That wasn't present in this audiobook so it was hard to keep track of the story for me. Like I said, his voice and accent was beautiful and he read the story very well, but as a regular audiobook listener, that wasn't enough for me. I need voices and different inflections for the different characters.

But at the heart of this is an incredible heartwarming story and characters during the Christmas season. I did like the book. Knowing that the audio was under an hour, the story must have been extremely short on words, but I'll be honest, it never felt that way to me. I loved the two main character, Kris and Tyr...and Bun with her story line was a great addition. This book is about acceptance and finding a place in the world. For these three...that's with each other. It's a Christmas book so it's sweet and simply made me feel better for having read/listened to it. Overall, I liked it.

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  • 12-03-15

A lovely Christmas novella

Would you consider the audio edition of Snow Globe to be better than the print version?
Yes...and no. I love audiobooks, as I can do jobs while listening. But with this audiobook there didn't seem to any breaks in the reading, so it jumped around a lot, which you would see the breaks in the chapters in a printed format.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Snow Globe?
Bun opening her Christmas present from Kris.

Which scene did you most enjoy?
Kris's go at the town's top brass.

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

Any additional comments?
I listen to the audio format of this book & loved the storyline, characters and reader. I feel that the story could have been fleshed out more and longer. I found the story seemed to jump around a lot, not giving you time to pause and reflect on what's going on, but otherwise a great listen which I have now listen to a second time and still enjoyed it. 24/08/18

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