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Dave Ballard is a tool. A high-level music exec with only one thing on his mind: getting ahead by leveraging the talents of others. When a coworker talks him into going to the middle of nowhere to scout a troubled singer, Dave thinks it will be an exercise in futility. But once he sees the mysterious silver-tongued Luca Wayne on stage, he changes his tune.

With his soulful voice, bad boy vibe, and sad green eyes that can pull you under, Luca is the kind of talent that comes along once in a lifetime. Even before the first song is over, Dave knows he has to sign him. Trouble is, Luca doesn't want to be discovered.

Luca Wayne is perfectly content playing to a crowd of 20 in his father's dive bar on Tybee Island. Never mind that he looks like a homeless street performer and eats just enough to survive. Luca doesn't want more. He doesn't want to be a star. Hell, he barely wants to live. And after what happened to him, who can blame him?

The heartbreaking discovery Dave makes about Luca's past awakens something inside him, softening his heart and filling him with a need to wrap Luca in his strong arms and make everything okay. But can Dave reconcile the business shark in him with these new tender feelings? And even if he can, Luca's problems may be more than even he can handle.

When Dave finds himself lost in the eye of the hurricane, he'll find out once and for all if he has the strength to save Luca from his Soul Storm.

©2016 Maris Black (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Creepy as Kevin Spacey

Hard to judge the text itself because of the narration. The majority of the book is voiced by a man who sounds at least 40 years older than the other. Throw in sexual aggression and the result is stomach churning.

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  • MF
  • 01-28-17

The narration was so disappointing.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I loved the story line, but the narrator ruined it for me. The narrator reading for "Dave" sounded like an old man and the character is in his early 30's. I just could not get past his gruff old sounding voice. It was not sexy at all and the story was a very sexy one. This is one book that I can honestly say that I would have rather read than listened to and that is a real shame since I love my Audible books.

What other book might you compare Soul Storm to and why?

Maris Black is one of my new favorite authors. I have purchased and listened to all of her books on Audible and have enjoyed them so much. The "SSU Boys" and "Kage Trilogy" are fantastic. I also like to throw in "Owning Cory" to the "SSU Boys" because of the same characters, even though it is not "technically" part of the series.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Verbena and Bruce Cullen ?

All of the Maris Black books I have listened to have been narrated by J. F. Harding (excluding Soul Storm) and he is absolutely the best. Peter Verbena is a great narrator, however he was not suitable for this particular book. Bruce Cullen's voice sounded more age appropriate although at the start of the book he was a little monotone. By the end of the book he became a bit more engaging, but by that point it was little to late.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

This book provoked sadness in me. Mourning the loss of a loved one is always heart-wrenching and this book was no different. However, it being a love story always out-weighs the sadness.

Any additional comments?

I am so glad I found Maris Black. She is an incredible author and I really enjoy reading/listening to her books. I hope there are many to come.

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Pick another performer

pick another performer.. the voice is to old for the charachters... which the singer is supposed to be 27.. i couldnt finish it as the performer's voice was old-ish.

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Too bad

It’s too bad this was narrated by someone who sounded like a senior citizen. The story was good but I couldn’t get past the horrible narration. If J.K. Harding had narrated this one like most of Maris’s other books, I would have given it 5 stars. My recommendation would be to read instead of listen to this one.

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  • 02-04-17

Good story...BOTH Narrators are great!

This was a really nice listen. It kept my interest beginning to end. I thought both the narrators did a good job! In other reviews I read negative remarks.. I do not agree. Listen outside of the box people..the world is full of different voices.. Have an open mind.

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what a struggle - poor performance

Did not love it, the narration on this was a struggle to get through. Dave's voice specifically. 1/2 way through I just gave up.

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Great story with casting issues

I really loved the story but one of the narrators (Bruce Cullen) sounded too old for the character of the 30 something music exec. He did a great job but when an actor sounds the wrong age for the part it throws me out of the story.
That said, the other actor (Peter Verbina) did an amazing job too. I had no problem picturing he as a twenty something tortured artist. I would like to hear more of his work.

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Interesting Story

Something a little different from Maris Black so I liked it for that... but who the heck were these guys? What is going on and why? The way these two were set up from the beginning none of it really rang true. I'm kinda confused.

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Great story, terrible narrators.

I love the story line, but the narrators were terrible, especially Dave. I would have preferred to read it & almost gave up listening to it but I stuck it out because of the characters and the story itself.

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Lovely

Everything about this book was great. Well written and emotional. Peter Verbena and Bruce Cullen did a great job narrating Soul Storm. This book really spoke to me.

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  • 02-15-17

Wished it was longer :)

this was the first time I listened to Bruce, but I like some m/m stories and Maris Black is a great writer. So picking this up was exciting to hear these words in audio.

I enjoyed both performances, though think there was a pretty good difference in the duo narration, but it worked very well when brought together and gave extra insight to both guys and what they were thinking and feeling. I did think the balance ratio of Dave to Luca might have been more even, but I guess there's only so much you can repeat before it gets a tab over the top. Yea, so really just wanted it to be a longer story. But still enjoyed it a lot too.

Nice story for them both, and it was tied in well together towards the ending. :) Would listen to these two duo together again, it made a very nice change to just one narrator. Thanks for the opportunity, and am watching for some more from Maris in audio,