The Carpenter's Secret

Family Secrets, Volume 1
Narrated by: Nic Lazar
Series: Family Secrets (Harris), Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
Categories: LGBT, LGBT Studies
4.1 out of 5 stars (61 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Dean Mathews leads a normal, if boring life. His career, his home, his social life, none of it is really what he wanted for himself, but it's the life he has nonetheless. A small coincidence brings him the opportunity to take ownership of his grandfather's old farm, to bring the place under his wing and careful hand. This choice will lead him from his old life to face a host of new challenges, most of which he expected. The unforeseen comes in the form of Mikael Reed, a simple carpenter - with a few secrets. The friendship that forms between them becomes more, and eventually Mikael's secrets, and the echoes of family legends come to bear, altering Dean's once stale life, forever.

In this paranormal gay romance novel, you will be intrigued by the mysteries behind families, the secrets they keep, and what happens behind closed doors. Sometimes it's hot and sometimes it's sinister - what more can you ask for? Dean gets to do a little digging and shed some light on the things that kept his family up and go bump in the night.

©2017 Noah Harris (P)2017 Books Unite People

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Pretty good

First i would like to say the overall story.. I liked it. It was a nice story. A slow burn. But the narration.....So the narratation seemed extremely artificial and robotic. I got used to it towards the end but it was distracting at first. There were also typos in this story where Mikel's name was switched the Michael quite often. That was slightly annoying. But i did enjoy the story and Im willing to give book 2 a chance. It will just take some getting used to

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Slow moving, but interesting

The narration here really ruins what could have been a much better listen. The story isn't terribly original, but the characters are pleasant and the set up....a man going back to revive the family farm...are a nice hook into the tale.

But the narration is so utterly flat, with almost no inflection or sense of character, it destroys the book. There are far too many mispronounced words (tactile is TACK-tile, not tass-ILE, for example), and is it Michael or Mikale? The story makes it clear that the carpenter's name is pronounced Mikale, but the narrator keeps switching back and forth.

This is an audio book, narration is crucial to making or breaking the story. When are authors and producers going to start actually listening to these things? It seems like part of the job to me, but maybe I'm in the minority here. A middle of the road book like this can be elevated dramatically by good narration, imo. It's time for the powers that be to start finding and grooming stronger talent.

The story is enjoyable, but not terribly dramatic or emotional. However, if you like MM paranormal romance, it's not a bad entry into the genre.

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This narrator...

I'll definitely pick up the book and read it, but I only made it to the end of chapter 2 and can't go on any further. I'm sure this narrator is fine on other books (maybe) but I could NOT pay attention. It's boring. And monotonous. I still have no idea what was going on.
So, just to be clear, this isn't a rating on the book, just the audio.
Audible wouln't let me rate just the performance.

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A Must read

After reading and rereading this book, I can't get enough of the story of Dean and Mikael . The whole series is a must read. This book and the author stated my journey in the world of Shifters and M/M books. From the first Time Mikael showed up at his Farm Dean knew there was something different about Mikael. as their everyday tat-a-tat continued Dean knew he felt something more than just friendship toward Mikael. This series is full of interesting twists and turns, A must Read.

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Enjoyable story.

This is an enjoyable read. I like Dean and Mikael's story. I like see how their relationship grows. Now Nic Lazer did an okay job with this one. I would like to hear more of a difference in the voices but I still like listening to it.

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Great

This was a great start to a amazing adventure. Dean was so sweet you had to love him and Mikael was all tall dark and handsome. Loved the way they blind together. I am so excited to listen to part two. The narrator was very good.

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He Carpenter's Secret

This was a great start to a new supernatural/paranormal series I really enjoyed this book I liked the couple and world building is great . I I'm looking forward to the next book in this series Can't wait too see how Mikhail 's family handle him and Dean being together .

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Listen to this

I really enjoyed the story. I thought that it was a different take than a lot of other shifter books. While there were some things that you saw coming there were still some surprises. My only complaint is the narrator. I really liked his voice but he fell flat. He didn’t use different voices to distinguish who was speaking so sometimes it was hard to figure out who was talking. Overall I recommend this book. Mild amounts of angst.

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Great start to the series

This is a sweet love story-friends to lovers that captivated me. After Dean inherited his grandfather's house, he comes upon a few secrets that change his life forever. I enjoyed watching the relationship grow between Dean and Mikael as they worked on the house. I liked how Mikael comes to Dean's rescue! Sweet ending. I look forward to the next book in this series and more adventures. The narrator was enjoyable. I voluntarily listened and reviewed this book and am giving an honest review.

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A wonderful start to a new series.

Dean had his future as a farmer all picked until life got in the way when he first lost his parents then his grandfather. For years he worked at a job he really didn't like until the day he finally opened the letter form his grandfather. He was supposed to wait until the time he needed change, but he never expected that his grandfather left him a chance to return to his roots by leaving the farm to him. That moment was a turning point leading him back home where the town accepted him with open arms, but what he didn't expect came in the form of Mikael Reed, a carpenter. The attraction was mutual, but for some unknown reason Mikael seemed hesitant to become more than casual friends. Add to that an almost human acting wolf who seemed to come to visit Dean when he was alone and the neighbor's mistrust of anyone from The Grove, an area nearby that kept to themselves, things were never dull. The narrator brought the characters alive as the story unfolded.

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  • Jordan
  • 09-07-20

Amazing book with good parts and love making

I would love more of the books to come out so amazing to read and you need to try it

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  • Claudia CG Lezár
  • 01-21-20

as good as the ebook

The story is always 4 or 5 stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook. The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. It took me a little bit, to come into the narrator, but at the end, it worked. I only have to take a few breaks between. I'm just not yet finish with the book, but I listen enough to give a review. PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!! To my ratings: 5* - very very good it's like an A+ 4* - very good and will be often re-listening it's like an A 3* - it's more then a one-time-listening. it's like a B

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  • Alison Swinbank
  • 05-10-20

Loved this tale of unfolding love

The main characters in this beautifully told tale are adorkable. They are macho without been drongos, soft without being too soppy and loving in an enviable way. Thank you for sharing this dream of a story enunciated wonderfully by our narrator .

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  • Anwar
  • 08-14-19

Excellent

This is the beginning of the story of Dean and Mikael it is one of love and loss in Dean's life that sends him to his grandfathers farm to take it over and there he meets a carpenter by the name Mikael and sparks fly. They very quickly fall for each other and the results are explosive to say the least and this brings long held secrets to light and there are some difficult decisions to be made. This is a true love story and is told exactly how I pictured it in my mind when I read the book which pleased me. I highly recommend this audio book.