Author: JP Barnaby
Narrator: Tyler Stevens
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars Overall
Story Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
A Survivor Story
I can’t describe what it’s like to want to scream every minute of every day.
Two years after a terrifying night of pain destroyed his normal teenage existence, Aaron Downing still clings to the hope that one day, he will be a fully functional human being. But his life remains a constant string of nightmares, flashbacks, and fear. When, in his very first semester of college, he’s assigned Spencer Thomas as a partner for his programming project, Aaron decides that maybe “normal” is overrated. If he could just learn to control his fear, that could be enough for him to find his footing again.
With his parents’ talk of institutionalizing him—of sacrificing him for the sake of his brothers’ stability—Aaron becomes desperate to find a way to cope with his psychological damage or even fake normalcy. Can his new shrink control his own demons long enough to treat Aaron, or will he only deepen the damage?
Desperate to understand his attraction for Spencer, Aaron holds on to his sanity with both hands as it threatens to spin out of control.
When I first read Aaron, back in September 2012, I was left speechless. Once I got over that, I swore I would never read the book again. I then proceeded to tell everyone who asked that is was the must read of the M/M genre. I recently convinced our very own Ulysses to give the book a shot. You will find his review here.
I have also read and Spencer the other 2 books in the Survivor series, Painting Fire on the Air and Spencer. Both of which received Recommended Read status from us in March. For that reason, I am going to forgo reviewing the book yet again, and simply say this… Read it.
Aaron is a hard book to read. There is no way around it. To try to read it aloud and bring it to life, I can’t even imagine how hard that was. After many voice actors tried, Tyler Stevens was able to succeed. He brought Aaron and Spencer to life in a way that is both beautiful and gut wrenching. When an narrator gets it right, he can breath new life into an already incredible story moving it from remarkable to breathtaking. Stevens gets it right.
I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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