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Tad bounces around in time and watches mankind grow and change. He loves humanity and helping when he can. However, his job isn’t conducive to helping people - he’s an Angel of Death.

Doug is a fun-loving drama queen. He’s an amazing drag queen and hairstylist with big dreams, but despite his witty exterior, he has a dark history and is prone to self-destruction.

When Tad pushes the boundaries of his duties too far, his wings are stripped away from him, and he is sent to New York City to live as a human. Lost and alone he ends up meeting Doug, and they start a friendship that shapes them both and may last a lifetime. But nothing is simple when you’re dealing with a former Angel of Death and a Drag Queen. Could these two cause the fabric of our world to collapse or will they manage to keep the future as it should?

©2019 M.D. Neu (P)2021 M.D. Neu

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Excellent

Thoroughly enjoyed this one from a new to me author! It wasn't your typical mm romance, it was more urban fantasy with a thread of romance running through it. It was different from a lot of books I've read and I really liked it! First time narrator with me and boy, he did a super nice job! Cannot wait to hear more from this duo!

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GREAT READ!

I really enjoyed it. This book was full of drama and romance! The narration was great. The author did a great job with the character builds and plot. This was my first book by this author but definitely not my last! I look forward to reading more books by this author! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Interesting take on angels

This was a very interesting take on angels. I wasn’t sure what I was getting into but the blurb made me want to listen more and I really did enjoy the story a lot. There are angels among us but they aren’t always what we assume they are and I really enjoyed that. I had a lot of fun listening to this and seeing where it would go. I really wish there had been more to the story and it was longer but it was still really great! I am excited to see if there is more there and if we will get to see even more of these stories.

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Interesting World of Platonic Love

This was an interesting story about TAD, a fallen angel, living as a homeless man on the streets of NY after lowering the death count from the 9/11 attacks. The author took an interesting moral story building from that point and led TAD to find Doug, a flawed yet endearing man who takes in TAD. Each character has some exploring to do around growing up, learning about others, and trust. They build a platonic love (as TAD is asexual) and Doug find romantic love in another partner. Their story is unique as I’ve never heard quite this epic of a tale. I do wish the story was longer as there were times I wanted more story building to be flushed out. The narration was good. I’d read a sequel to this is available.

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A post 9/11 allegory

I volunteered to listen to this and review it with a profound sense of trepidation. While it’s been 20 years since the events of 9/11, I was worried that they might not be treated with the respect that they deserved. I lost friends and co-workers in the attacks. In fact, if I’d gone into work early that day, I’d not be here now. My office was on the 94th floor of Tower One. All my co-workers that had already gotten to work were lost.

That said, this book uses that event as just an opening event in a whimsical and telling tale about angels and saving lives. It isn’t disrespectful of what happened on that day. In fact, the tale revolves around an “Angel of Death” that is stripped of his wings for lowering the body-count that day. As a result of his punishment, the angel finds himself a homeless man on the streets of NYC. Now it’s a year after the fateful events and this tale revolves around the drag queen that took him in.

Doug is slightly overweight drag queen and hairdresser who takes in this fallen angel, calling him TAD. Though Tad is beautiful, he’s asexual. He has no sexual desire and doesn’t quite understand human desire.

While this is partly an allegory it is also a tale of humanity. With the advantage of being partly from the viewpoint of an innocent, unworldly outsider, one can see and say things about the human condition that we insiders seldom realize. Who’s better to explore what it means to be human than someone who never has been?

In spots this is a poignant portrait of man’s inhumanity to man. In other’s it’s a portrait on just one man’s life. They say that “Fate works in mysterious ways”, but when Fate asks for Doug’s help in this tale, one questions where it will all lead.

This tale out of time lacked some of the cohesiveness of more standard plot-lines. At points it’s confusing, and one feels like it should be better ordered. But then, that’s true of life as well.

This audiobook is narrated by Steve Connor in an upbeat manner that reveals his history as a children’s book narrator. The prose narrative is clear and well paced and the different character voices are distinct without being over-done. Connor’s narration style wouldn’t work for every tale, but it’s perfect for this one. It adds emphasis to the “moral fable” aspects of the story. This Audio-book is outside the norm in a number of ways, and won’t be to all tastes.

I really enjoyed it, and I expect that those for a taste for things outside the norm will as well. It's one of those books that gives one a fresh perspective and perhaps a deeper understanding of life.

*** Note: I am voluntarily reviewing this after receiving a complimentary copy ***

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Angels among us.

This book is about an Angel of Death sent to live among humans. I like seeing Doug grow as a person throughout his life. I also like that TAD gets to experience life as a human. There were times when I was a little lost with the timeline in the book but still an enjoyable listen.

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Bittersweet

This is a very different book from others that I have listened to. It is overall a good story. I just had trouble getting into it. I felt like it was just too short for what the story was covering. I did like the whole friendship aspect of the main characters. I also loved the narrator Steve Connor. His voice was very easy to listen to.

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Good Premise; Not So Good Execution

I requested an ARC of this audiobook and am now leaving a voluntary opinion.

While the premise is interesting, I feel the execution is flawed. First, the story is much too short for what, in my opinion, calls for an epic fantasy story. It has need of a lot more worldbuilding. As it stands, it’s a mash-up of Greek mythology and Judeo-Christian beliefs (with a smidge of Doctor Who), in which none of the elements really get fully fleshed out.

Both MCs have wobbly characterizations. TAD and Doug vacillate between altruism and selfishness. TAD, in particular, has such an abrupt change in personality toward the end of the book, that I almost stopped listening. There is a bit of an explanation for the change, but I don’t buy it. The story requires more exposition to clarify each character’s motivation.

Narrator Steve Connor’s choice to pitch Doug’s voice so high was also a problem for me. Otherwise, it’s a well done performance.

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3.75, pretty good

I thought that this was really quite sweet. I love platonic love stories. Not that no characters find romance or not even that the characters don't have sex. But the primary love of the story isn't a romantic love and I adored that. Given this fact, I think some people might quibble with it being called a romance. But I think it fits the genre, even if on the edge. Love is certainly the point.

Set in 2002, amidst the global unrest post September 11, the book has an emotionally charged setting. And Neu uses it to it's fullest giving us characters who call New York home. I thought Doug is a lovely character, if a little emotionally messy for much of the book. Tad is more complicated, for obvious reasons, but I liked him too (though not all the time(s)). And there are a host of fun side characters, though you don't get to know them too well.

The writing is quite readable and it's well narrated. It did feel a little slow at times. But not enough to drag too badly. All in all, a strong showing, even if it probably won't top my favorites list.

Note: I received a free Audible code for this book. I chose to listen and review it.

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Excellent Uplifting Story

This is the story of one of the Angels of Death (Tad) who was punished for wrong doing by having his wings taken and left on Earth. Here on Earth he is rescued off living on the streets by a Wounderfully generous gay man (Doug)who helps him.
This is their story of the time and Adventures they have and of Doug finding his true love & husband (Roberto). A Very touching story that give a different view of the world. The Narrator did a Wonderful job with the characters voices and the storyline!!

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  • RACHEL REED
  • 12-20-21

Paranormal romance!

I loved this sweet opposites attract paranormal romance.

Great character development and ghe the plot was well executed.

I enjoyed listening to this one.


The narration was enjoyable as well.

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  • sarah mitcham
  • 12-09-21

A Love Over Many Lifetimes.

MM, Paranormal, Romance. A complex plot spread over different Lifetimes, with different outcomes the story is humourous and witty at times and has you crying at the next moment. This is not a typical love story, there is love but not a lasting romantic love between the two main characters. This is the first time I've come across the author and narrator and overall I enjoyed it very much..I was just confused at times.

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  • Anne M
  • 12-09-21

Fabulous performance. Interesting and sweet story

I went back and forth between rating this 4 or 5 stars so I'll just say 4.5 rounding up on the higher end.

Note this book isn't for everyone. It focuses highly on 9/11. So don't read it if that is a trigger. There are things said that may offend. I don't know the author but I want to believe that isn't their opinion and just coming from what the character would say in that situation out of anger and emotion. Including Political matters. This may also not be for everyone because I was a little thrown to realize it isn't really a romance but rather just best friends and life lessons.

With that being said I loved it. The characters were fantastic and despite not being a couple they were the sweetest together. The plot was interesting and very original. I devoured this in one listen. I'll definitely be following this author.

TAD is the angel of death. He is too soft for the job and wants to save people instead of just guiding them into the light. On 9/11 he tries to intervene and so his wings are clipped and he is forced to be human again. He is lost and alone and given the tragedy around them when Dough who is a drag queen finds him, he offers to take him in thinking he was hit in the trajedy and lost his memory.

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I don't know who this narrator is but boy was it a pleasure to listen to him. He is a true performer. I could hear all the emotions and was on the edge of my seat totally enthralled by his storytelling. He did wonderful different voices for each of the characters that suited them all perfectly.

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  • Susie Umphers
  • 12-09-21

Have tissues ready

I loved Tad and Doug and this story of their friendship and love. It isn't easy being the ex-Angel of Death who cared too much for those fragile humans and it isn't easy being Doug and battling all those interior demons sometimes successfully, sometimes not. This is a lovely story for the holidays. It will remind you there is goodness, love and kindness in the world, and you'll happy cry for that. Then it will remind you of some things about the fragility of humans and you cry in another way. Steve Connor did a lovely job with this story. You will totally believe in Tad's love for humanity and Doug in particular and in Doug's decency and pain.

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  • Alex
  • 12-02-21

Time traveling angels

Interesting concept and characters. The narration was solid. Sometimes the timeline got confusing/muddy and there were some spots where changes in the timeline made a huge difference in who the character of Tad ended up being (at one point he seemed like he might be ace and then in another timeline he was hypersexual). Interesting contrast of the global with the mundane.

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  • HelenMK69
  • 12-01-21

Witty, tearful and original

MD Neu is a new to me author, so I had no expectations when starting this book.

An over the top drama queen come drag queen and hairdresser, and an Angel of Death (TAD), you shouldn't be able to dream this up, no idea how the author's brain works, but I love it.

It had me laughing in parts, and then the tears came, well written and very unique. It has twists that I wasn't expecting, and overall I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Not only was the author new to me, but so was the narrator. So in total, a very enjoyable read/listen, and I will lookout for more books from both the author and narrator.

Steve Connor was a pleasure to listen to, clean and concise. I did speed up this narration which is usual for me.

TAD
By: M.D. Neu
Narrated by: Steve Connor
Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins

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I received this audiobook for free from GRR at my request. My review is my opinion and an honest review - neither the author nor GRR influenced my opinion.

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  • LGB
  • 06-15-21

An enjoyable story with an unusual premise

I enjoyed listening to this entertaining supernatural story. It made me laugh and it eventually made me cry. It is a love story, but not a romance as such because the two main characters, T.A.D. and Doug, remain friends throughout rather than becoming lovers (although not for want of trying at times on both sides). Doug does find love and happiness, but the main focus of the story is between T.A.D and Doug. They are both big-hearted characters. T.A.D. is a fallen angel and Doug is an OTT hairdresser and drag queen and much of the story is about their interaction and events that affect them. The story eventually sweeps through many decades and the ending hurtles towards us. It is a tearjerker and not what I was expecting.

The narrator was new to me and I thought his narration was very well done. He matched the different voices to the various personalities in the story and made them come to life.

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  • kim c s
  • 05-21-21

loved this story!

this was one of those books that will stay with me, marvellous characters!
loved the ending.
the narrator was excellent.
certainly makes you think!

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  • Thais Dematte
  • 05-20-21

Interesting Premise

This is a tough one to review. While I liked the story and the premise, the friendship and the way the author portrait humanity (from the eyes of the Angel of Death: TAD) is amazing and inspirational, the amount of telling this book has is enormous. We jump from places to places, time to time and never get a sense of how TAD and Dough friendship progressed. Everything is told us, rarely shown. I got frustrated half away through. The narrator did a good job, but I didn't quite like how over top his performance of Doug was.