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Oscar Lozada is repulsive, and he likes it that way. His apartment is always a wreck, he works at a sewage plant, and he’s an abrasive jerk to just about everyone. When he's not out drinking and hooking up with strangers, he trolls people on the internet for lulz.

His life changes when he finds out a victim of his trolling lives right next door. Noah is super-hot and disarmingly nice. In spite of himself, Oscar starts to fall for him. All he has to do is make sure Noah never discovers the truth behind his trollish ways.

©2015 Sera Trevor (P)2020 Sera Trevor

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The Troll Finds His Whisperer

'The Troll Whisperer' by Sera Trevor is the love story of computer troll and all-around not-nice guy Oscar. One night Oscar trolls ASMR-enthusiast Noah, a former Jehovah's Witness, and later finds out they're neighbors. Oscar convinces himself that he and Noah are only 'friends with benefits', but the reader knows it's a relationship. After a good amount of angst and emotional turmoil, Oscar finally figures it out too (with help from his family and Noah).

The characters are written so well. The reader really feels what Oscar is going through and, despite his flaws, root for him to figure out this love thing so he can have his HEA. Noah is about the most adorable character I've read. He is optimistic and upbeat even though he was brought up in a cultish environment. Their falling in love is believable and real. I shed a few tears along the way to happiness.

Michal T Bradley does a terrific job with narration. He made me feel the emotion of the story.

Highly recommeded.

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The (Mostly Inoffensive) Troll Whisperer

From the blurb and the reviews I read, I was preparing to despise Oscar at the beginning of this book. I really only bought it because the sequel looked good and I wanted to read the books in order. I was somewhat afraid that a story about an internet troll was going to get political, which I can't stand in romance novels. However, those fears were unfounded; Oscar's trolling is aimed at both sides of the political spectrum and he honestly doesn't even seem to believe in anything he writes. That said, his trolling is relatively mild, to be honest. I was expecting much worse. More than that, it's directed at people who probably mostly deserve it--mommy bloggers, fundamentalist Christian message boards, militant atheist boards, etc. The only person who really DOESN'T deserve it is Noah, the second character in our pairing, and--#realtalk--ASMR videos on youtube are, er, a pretty niche thing. The videos Noah makes are relatively tame, but I've seen ASMR videos where a girl dressed up as Hitler whispers soothingly at the viewer in a faux German accent while she pretends to paint their portrait, so perhaps Oscar's trolling isn't unwarranted here, just a bit misdirected.

More egregious is the state of his apartment, his attitude toward love, and, most subtly, his mistreatment of his best friend Jeremy. Oscar's personal hygiene habits are mentioned precisely once, in the opening paragraphs of the novel, and then promptly forgotten, so I guess we're meant to assume that he shapes up when he meets Noah. In fact aside from those opening paragraphs, I didn't even really dislike Oscar very much. We know almost from the beginning that he's redeemable, and I'm listing that in the "positive" column of the book because if he were too much of a jerk, I wouldn't care whether or not he ends up redeemed.

His friend Jeremy eventually gets a girlfriend who is meant to seem wise and self-sacrificing but comes across as overbearing and (an even worse sin) a bit cliché. Her name is Crystal and she spews platitudes like Mr. Miyagi and gives off knowing, sad smiles like it's her job. She's described as being extremely beautiful and kind and wise, with a tragic past, and if the main romantic pairing of this novel were her and Jeremy, I'd call her a Mary Sue. We're supposed to think she's wonderful, but something about her uncanny ability to always say exactly the right thing just rings absolutely false to me, and she's the sole reason I'm giving this audiobook four stars instead of five.

Luckily, she's not THAT big a character, and every other character, including Jeremy, Oscar's family, and, most importantly, Oscar and Noah, seem more real. The writing is top notch, the story interesting, the romance is well developed, and I'm excited to read the sequel. The narration from Michael T. Bradley is excellent; I'm not familiar with him but I'd gladly listen to him again.

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Wonderful story awesome narrator!!!

Michael Bradley did a wonderful job narrating this story. He brought these two characters to life. I enjoyed listening to him.

Oscar is not a nice person in the beginning a pretty nasty hateful person. Noah is going to college and has run away from his strict family on the East Coast.

This has some funny and sad and the journey these two had to get their HFN. I definitely recommend to listen to this audible book!

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This one caught me by surprise... 4.5 stars!

The first line in The Troll Whisperer's blurb is "Oscar Lozada is repulsive, and he likes it that way." Yes, indeed, there is truth in advertising because Oscar was very much repulsive, and he made no apologies for his very bad behavior. You'd think that would have turned me off from listening after the first five minutes or so, but nope. Sera Trevor, who was a new-to-me author going into this, and Michael T. Bradley, who was a new-to-me narrator, held me captive. Oscar's evolution and story of healing and redemption as well as finding love with his neighbor, Noah, had me fascinated from start to finish. Four stars for the story, five for the narration, for an overall rating of 4.5 stars. 🖤

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Great listen!

Really enjoyed this one from Sera Trevor! It was a lot more complex than I imagined from the blurb and was very well written! Loved the main characters and Oscar has always been my favorite character of all of those muppet type peeps...he was always misunderstood and so is this Oscar! Loved it!

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4.5 Stars - A Story of Forgiveness (and stench)

Oscar the Grouch has a nothing on Oscar Lozada. He’s the epitome of gross, in all aspects of the word. It’s hard to sympathize with the character, knowing there really are internet trolls who do what he does. Hard, but not impossible. I find I have a giant need to allow redemption for some villains, and Oscar fits that bill. I encourage you to not give up on him and his story. Hear it out. You might be glad you did. I feel like the author did a good job with his character. They didn’t shy away or gloss over describing his behavior and the aftermath. The fact that Oscar ends up coming into contact with one of his victims is the perfect set up for him to start making changes. This book doesn’t start off being a feel good story, but it will eventually turn into one if you give it the chance to. There’s something I find intriguing about a journey of personal growth. The narrator does a good job with the various characters he portrays in the book, especially with Oscar.

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Great story and wonderful new narrator discovery

Talk about a different take on the enemies to lovers story. Noah didn't even know Oscar was his "enemy" trolling him on the internet, but he sure was my enemy as this story began. What a creep! I was not at all convinced this author (a new one to me) could make me ever want this guy to get a HEA, especially with Noah. Sera Trevor pulled it off though. No one could be immune to Noah's charm and Oscar is no exception. We often talk about characters' "growth" in a story, well in this one both the reader and the MC grow. Watching Oscar try to have Noah but not really change his life and then deal with the realization that he has to face his demons and actually change forever is amazing. What is also wonderful is the growth of the reader's compassion and understanding as we come to know and root for Oscar and Noah to get their HEA. A stunning example of character development. I went and bought the sequel before I ever finished this one. Michael T. Bradley is a wonderful new narrator discovery for me. He brought these two guys to life in all their complexity. Oscar was perfectly despicable at the beginning, Noah was irresistable and it was totally believable how he changed Oscar. You could hear every nuance of the change in the narration. Can't wait to find more books performed by Mr. Bradley.

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Unexpected

in a good way. I'm not sure what I was expecting but it wasn't what I got. This was a kind of crazy listen but good. It's nicely developed with interesting characters and oddly sweet with an unlikely hero. Any book that has you completely hating the MC but then loving him by the end is a good one. Narration is done well. Overall an entertaining listen.

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  • 05-24-20

Enjoyed!

These two complete opposites somehow find their way to each other. Be prepared....you will not like Oscar at the beginning of this book. As his character evolves and much comes to light you will have a change of heart. Oscar and Noah work hard to achieve their HEA! Michael T. Bradley does a wonderful job narrating this story. He adds such depth to the characters.

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Quite Endearing!

The Troll Whisperer
MMy Thoughts and Review:

If Oscar the Grouch and adult Elmo had a one night stand the result would be water sanitation and waste management worker by day, and internet troll by night, Oscar. Oscar is a gross vile creature who lives in filth and despises everyone. His favorite pastime is scouring social media sites looking for people to rile up and spew his vitriol on. No one is safe, neither is any subject. Oscar even makes fun of and humiliates gays with homophobic taunts, though he is gay.

Oscar has set his sights on a new target. Noah is new to the video web but has decided to make videos about a technique that helped him through hard times. The technique is called ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response). The definition varies wherever you look on the web, but basically it's a relaxing, tingling sensation you feel in your spine and scalp caused by particular sounds or sensations. Examples given were a soft-spoken voice, tearing of paper (I didn't get that one), scalp massage (that one I totally got), even blow-dryer sounds, and such. There are tons of videos you can find on the web about it. Don't you love when a romance novel teaches you stuff?😁

When Oscar locates Noah's videos, even though he finds he likes Noah's sweet and gentle voice, the troll takes over and Oscar turns into an evil and hateful monster. Once Noah interacts and realizes what's happening, he kicks Oscar out. No soft-spoken man with a pretty face is going to stop the Troll however, as Oscar just creates a new account a few days later and comes back for more.

Oscar gets the shock of his life when he discovers the soft-spoken vlogger is one of his apartment neighbors. What shocks Oscar even more after meeting Noah face to face is that he finds he is ashamed a little by his trolling. Could Oscar have some compassion hidden under all the garbage surrounding his heart? Or is he just looking for a hookup?

This little romantic comedy is full of giggles, drama, and endearments. I have owned the ebook for ages, and when an ARC of the Audiobook came my way I knew it was time to dive in. I am so glad I did.
There is so much depth to this story I could have used it in my psych classes years ago. If you enjoy multi-dimensional characters, a steady character-driven storyline, with exceptional secondary characters you will enjoy this book. It was indeed, a most pleasant surprise, My only regret is waiting so long to read it, but waiting until the audiobook came out was definitely worth it. Ebook or audio, you can't go wrong.

The audio includes a bonus short story, which is more like an extra-long epilogue. You definitely do not want to miss it!💖🌈💖

The Story: 4.50 🌟
The Narration: 4.00🌟
Sharonica Stars: 4.25✨

I received an audio copy of this book from GRR in exchange for my review.💐

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  • Cassi
  • 06-05-20

Unique story

This started out with me doing some WTF faces, show could we learn to love this character he's pretty nasty, in the personality and physical sense. But somehow through the book the author manages to humanize him and turn him around. It ended up being pretty cute and sweet and i liked the character growth a lot.

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  • choccygrl
  • 05-28-20

Please don't give up

Oscar is the most vile character at the start of this book. How on earth could the author redeem him in the eyes of the audience? Well, she managed it and without him having a complete character transplant. He ends the bonus story still gruff and somewhat acerbic but with softer edges and much less self-revulsion. Noah is sweetheart, maybe a little too perfect but it is Oscar that stole my heart and made me cry.
The main story ends quite abruptly after the major conflict but there's a lovely hour long bonus story of Noah and Oscar's wedding.

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  • Allison's Book Corner
  • 05-28-20

Great

This was such an entertaining audiobook.
I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook.
I can’t wait to listen to more from Sera.

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  • Belinda Zamora
  • 05-28-20

Complicated

I absolutely love characters like Oscar.
He's so busy being defensive in order to protect himself (because behind his outward facade he's actually a pretty great guy) that he almost misses out on getting to know sweet Noah.
Real life is messy, complicated and sometimes you can't see the forrest for the trees.
I was absolutely thrilled to find this story completely relatable and realistic.
Michael T. Bradley did an outstanding job of conveying all the characters emotions.

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  • charneen
  • 05-26-20

Stunning

I read the book shortly before the audio came out and let me tell you Mr. Bradley hit the nail on the head, his character voices brought to life what I had in my head already, it was a short enough listen that I could do it in one evening and I loved it so much.

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  • KR Phoenix @ Books, Tattoos and Tea
  • 05-24-20

Surprisingly sweet and healing

I wasn't sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised by a unique and somewhat powerful story packed into so few words. I loved Noah right away and was if course so curious about Oscar and why he was the way he was. This is sort of a Bully/troll redemption story and had a few moments that almost brought me to tears. I really like this story and look forward to hearing more from Oscar and Noah in book 2 ❤️

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  • alias11
  • 05-23-20

Give the apology he needs to hear

I really had a hard time with this book/audiobook. Oscar is such a mean, abrasive, selfish person to start that I did not like him at all. More than two-thirds of the way through, you finally learn about the events that hurt Oscar and affected who he is, but by then it's almost too late to empathize with him. I also could not imagine how anyone could stand to live in a place infested with roaches and buried in garbage. I liked Noah and his sweetness, but he was just too innocent and naive seeming. I liked the last hour and how it worked out, and the bonus story was cute. There are definitely a few intense moments. but mostly it all felt a bit superficial to me.

The narration good, the words were clearly spoken, and the tone and pace were good.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook at my request and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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  • ButtonsMom2003
  • 05-22-20

A really good story, very good narration.

I ended up really liking this audiobook. But TBH, I had a difficult time at first. It sounded like it was written in first person POV but it wasn't. I think it was because I had just read a first person POV story right before listening to this one and I didn't leave enough time between them for my mind to make the shift. 😊

After the first couple of chapters I really got into the story and enjoyed it a lot. Oscar isn't a nice guy – at all. After tormenting Noah online, he finds out that he lives in the same apartment complex. They eventually fall for each other but Oscar doesn't tell Noah what he's done in the past. When Noah finds out who Oscar really is and what he's done he is heartbroken. He eventually forgives Oscar after he comes clean publicly online.

After we find out what Oscar went through in high school it helped to understand why he became the troll that he was. But Noah tamed him, because just being around Noah changed Oscar; he became a better person.

This is the first book I've read by Sera Trevor and the first audiobook I've listened to by Michael T. Bradley. I liked her writing and I really enjoyed his style of narration. I enjoyed the various voices he did for each of the characters.

The Pink Wedding is a great epilogue and is included in this audiobook. It was originally available as an ebook separately from The Troll Whisperer but I believe they've been combined into one book now.

A complimentary copy of this audiobook was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author and/or narrator.

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  • XG
  • 05-21-20

Brilliant!

WOW! this book Is amazing! The story of Oscar and Noah and how they met and fell in love is sweet and endearing, with some angst just to shake Oscar's world but at the end everything settled just fine. I enjoyed especially how the author described the characters' situation, and how, as the book advanced you can feel the characters' despair, hope, love and many other emotions masterfully written. With a book this good if you added a professional voice acting, bringing every character to life, the result is simply wonderful. I cried a lot in many parts of the book, especially at the end and in the bonus story, so I recommend to keep a box of tissues close to you. Brilliant!

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  • Heather Rawlins
  • 05-21-20

sweet and cute with a little grundge

I really liked the story. I enjoyed listening to the narrator's voice, it was pleasant and different for each character the pace was nice and the book was easy to listen to. I would recommend this audio.