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The Remaking of Corbin Wale

Narrated by: Chris Chambers
Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
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Last month, Alex Barrow's whole life imploded - partner, home, job, all gone in 48 hours. But sometimes when everything falls apart, better things appear almost like magic. Now, he's back in his Michigan hometown, finally opening the bakery he's always dreamed of. But the pleasure of opening day is nothing compared to the lonely and beautiful man who bewitches Alex before he even orders. 

Corbin Wale is a weirdo. At least, that's what he's heard his whole life. He knows he's often in a fantasy world, but the things he feels are very real. And so is the reason why he can never, ever be with Alex Barrow. Even if Alex is everything he's always fantasized about. Even if maybe, just maybe, Corbin is Alex's fantasy too.

When Corbin begins working at the bakery, he and Alex can't deny their connection any longer. As the holiday season works its magic, Alex yearns for the man who seems out of reach. But to be with Alex, Corbin will have to challenge every truth he's ever known. If his holiday risk pays off, two men from different worlds will get the love they've always longed for.

Contains mature themes.

©2017 Roan Parrish (P)2018 Tantor

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So wonderful!

I loved this. From the utter acceptance Alex has of Corbin, to the way the story flows...I love that we get both Alex and Corbin's POV, and even though I still don't understand a lot of what was happening with Corbin and his Aunts, and I wish I knew what happened with Gareth, this story just moved me and Chris Chambers does such a great job with character voices and the emotion of the story. Recommended!

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Simply sublime

This book and this story will find a way into your heart and sit there for some time. Brilliant narration to match!

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One of Roan Parrish’s best

I’ve been eagerly awaiting Roan Parrish’s next book after being absolutely obsessed with the Middle of Somewhere series. The Remaking of Corbin Ware is a new favorite! Her characters get under your skin, and I love watching their love stories unfold, so human and riddled with imperfections and damage. There was an added element of magic to this story, which I personally loved. Great narration, too. I hope Parrish writes a sequel (I smelled a set-up for Noah and Oren, perhaps?).

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Love Roan Parrish books... this is no exception!

So. coming from the Somewhere Trilogy, this story has a different style and tone. At the end, I really loved it. I had a little trouble in the first 2 hours mostly because of the narration. In the beginning the narrator used a very formal and almost pretentious approach to reading. After about 2 hours, he relaxed a good bit and all was well. I do have to say that the narrators formal tone did fit the story in the end... it was just a little much in the beginning. Also, I think I was hoping for the same feel as the “Somewhere” audio books and this is a completely different style. Maybe it was me, maybe it was him... perhaps a bit of both. Having said that, what you get from this story is what I’ve come to know as typical “Roan Parrish”. This means you’ll really explore the characters in a way that I’ll bet you’ve rarely experienced. You’ll find that the story and characters are both light and dark.... endearingly flawed and broken.... but always innately good, though that fact comes as a surprise to most of them. Next, you’ll explore a deep connection between characters that is truly Yin Yang... where 2 completely different characters essentially compliment each other so perfectly that they can no longer survive without each other. Roan Parrish understands chemistry and doesn’t over do it. There are certainly erotic scenes.... sometimes very intense... certainly hot... but deep and made better by the strong connection and chemistry you feel between the characters.... not just the typical “word porn” I get from most other books in this genre. Ultimately, “The Remaking of Corbin Wale” is sweet and thought provoking. I keep thinking about many aspects of the story and characters... and I have a lot of questions... in the best way. I feel the same way I’ve felt after finishing all 4 of Roan’s audiobooks...I WANT MORE!

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I Adore Roan. So This Is Hard.

Personally, I am the kind of person who tips a terrible server because I don't want to make anyone uncomfortable. They went to work, tried, may have had a bad day, but I don't want to demean them by calling attention to their poor service.

After listening to Roan Parrish's first three books, I can honestly say I enjoyed each one more than its predecessor. So it breaks my heart to write this review.

While I read this book months ago, in print, and quite enjoyed it, this narration is abysmal. The narrator has absolutely zero emotional connection to the material. He has a speech pattern that leads him to present each sentence as though it is as crucially important as both the PREVIOUS sentence and the NEXT sentence. It was nearly insufferable--and I'm being generous including the modifier "nearly." Even ten seconds into the audio sample the narrator says, "...Alex'd had almost ignored a call from his mother." As if it was supposed to be "Alex'd almost ignored" and then was changed to "Alex HAD almost ignored", but BOTH the 'd and the "had" were left in the recording. Sloppy without question.

Never in my wildest dreams did I believe an audiobook could be this poor in comparison to its print version. The author would be wise to avoid answering questions about its quality, since she appears to be someone who is all about authenticity. This audiobook was, I hope, the worst I'll ever listen to. I hold high hopes for Roan Parrish's future works, and always enjoy her words in print, but I wish she would respect the audiobook format enough to spend time carefully tending to quality-control. I'm not quite sure how she could have guided this particular narrator to deliver a performance more--real and authentic--but that's what her first audiobooks delivered. A sincere "better luck next time" to the extremely talented wordsmith, Roan Parrish.

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Ummm

Wow Roan really rushed through that ending which did a great disservice to the book.

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  • MaryD
  • 09-06-18

Magical and marvellous

This is one of the best slow burn romances I have ever read and listened to. The prose is beautiful with the mystical elements that kept me transfixed. The depth Roan Parrish gives to this story.
The narration is excellent. Both Alex and Corbin were given such life and vitality. The emotions Chris brings out in each character makes it a marvellous book to get lost in.
The secondary characters all bring such richness to the story, Gareth in particular. I’d love to hear his story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-22-18

Enchanting!

I love slow-burn romances, and this was just so sweet. And passionate at the same time! The writing felt very fluid and there was a quality to the prose that sometimes made it feel like almost like a poem. It gave the story this feeling of magic and enchantment, although there was also this darkness there, and I liked the deeper theme about being different and being rejected by society because of it, and finding the courage to accept that you are such, and even then you can be loved and happy.
It did leave me with questions about the state of mind of the MC and if maybe, it was somehow downplayed and some medical assistance would be required in reality, but I suppose it works because it's not stated explicitly.

Narrator suited the story and the characters I think, but sometimes felt a bit lacking, especially in the more emotional scenes.

Overall I liked the story. It's worth a credit, if you like slow-burning romance with a bit of angst, and a bit broken characters not healed, but accepted with love.

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  • BevS
  • 12-27-18

Character voices OK but otherwise fairly dull...

I adored Corbin & Alex, but was otherwise quite disappointed by the narrator's flat delivery of the story...other than for the actual characters themselves. Chris Chambers' general pitch and tone was low and monotonous [which unfortunately reminded me of Paul Morey and Robert Nieman...not good at all 😔]. 2.5 stars rounded up. I understand Gareth and Orin will eventually get their own story.

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  • Book addict
  • 09-18-18

It was ok but was missing something

It has been a while since I’ve listened to a book by Roan Parrish, but I remembered liking them, so when I saw there was a new release I got it straight away. I know what this book was going for but it just seemed to miss something. It reminded me a lot of The Law of Moses series by Amy Harmon, and some of her other work, but where that series grabbed me by the heart, this one simply didn’t. I love atypical love interests so I’m a bit disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, it was an ok listen - just not what it could have been.