The Gunners

Narrated by: Michael David Axtell
Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
Categories: LGBT, Literature & Fiction
4.1 out of 5 stars (164 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Following on her wonderfully received first novel, Another Place You've Never Been, called "mesmerizing", "powerful", and "gorgeous" by critics all over the country, Rebecca Kauffman returns with Mikey Callahan, a 30-year-old who is suffering from the clouded vision of macular degeneration. He struggles to establish human connections - even his emotional life is a blur.

As the novel begins, he is reconnecting with "The Gunners", his group of childhood friends, after one of their members has committed suicide. Sally had distanced herself from all of them before ending her life, and she died harboring secrets about the group and its individuals. Mikey especially needs to confront dark secrets about his own past and his father. How much of this darkness accounts for the emotional stupor Mikey is suffering from as he reaches his maturity? And can The Gunners, prompted by Sally's death, find their way to a new day? The core of this adventure, made by Mikey, Alice, Lynn, Jimmy, and Sam, becomes a search for the core of truth, friendship, and forgiveness.

A quietly startling, beautiful book, The Gunners engages us with vividly unforgettable characters, and advances Rebecca Kauffman's place as one of the most important young writers of her generation.

©2018 Rebecca Kauffman (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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

Yes, I loved this book and it is great for someone who doesn't usually like audiobooks.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gunners?

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Which character – as performed by Michael David Axtell – was your favorite?

Mikey was my favorite but I also enjoyed Jimmy's story.

Any additional comments?

This was a great book. It was my first audiobook I could actually finish. I found myself listening any chance I got!

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excellent engaging read

loved it, not predictable, good character development. dealth with family secrets and dysfunction in a realistic manner.

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Que bochinche!

This was a great listen. I was hooked all the way through. The narrator did an amazing job and kept me engaged with the plot and the #tea. The ending was a bit underwhelming. I feel like nothing actually came out of it.

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Captivating, but ultimately pointless and just okay.

The ending was a disappointment to me. At first the secrets revealed by each of the characters read as intriguing, but as the novel progressed it just became so much gossip and noise. It all did not lead anywhere much for me personally. The dialogue is written intelligently, but the conversations eventually get to a point in the story where they fail to impress. They start to fall flat the deeper into the novel you go. General descriptions in the book are nothing to write home about. In summary, you think this book is going to go somewhere, but then it doesn’t. I still appreciate the work that went into it though.