Title: Second Chances
Author: TA Webb
Narrator: John Solo
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Mark Jennings is at a crossroads. His finance job in the Atlanta nonprofit scene stresses him out, his mother is dying, and his relationship with Brian Jacobs has crashed and burned. He needs a distraction, some way to relax, and a massage seems like just the thing. He never expected his massage therapist, Antonio Roberto, to become his best friend.
Despite their differences—Antonio is a divorced single father—the two men forge a firm friendship that weathers Mark’s reconciliation with Brian and Antonio’s questionable taste in women. Over the years, Antonio remains constant in his support, though others in Mark’s life come and go through a revolving door.
When a young boy runs away from the group home where he works, Mark finds another door opening. Through it all he holds on to the things his loved ones taught him—about family, about friends and lovers, about life and death. Most importantly, he realizes that sometimes the greatest gift of all is a second chance.
My View – Story:
I am not entirely sure what to say about this story. Second Chances has been on my to-be-read pile for a long time (in eBook format). It is a book that everyone tells me how much they love.
My first TA Webb story was the short but powerful Let’s Hear It for the Boy (which I highly recommend). Second Chances had been built up for me as another heart wrenching tale. While there were some heartstring tugging moments, it did not have the emotional impact I was expecting. I didn’t find that I was ever invested in Matt’s relationship with Brian. I wasn’t invested in his relationship with Robby, either. The only relationship in which I was invested was the one with Antonio, and let’s face it, that is only about 1/3 of the book. Though, I will say that the relationship with Antonio was the only one that had the power to tug my heart and make my eyes sting with tears.
So let us talk about the relationship with Antonio for a minute. For me, this was the meat of the entire story. We get glimpses of their lives together and apart for about 10 years. We get to see Antonio break his heart over Matt. We get to see Matt repeatedly show just how clueless he is when it comes to Antonio.
Overall, I enjoyed this story. I think, however, for the ture angst whores out there, I would recommend the eBook rather than the audio version.
My View – Narration:
Sometimes a good narrator can pull me into a story from which I might otherwise disengage. The opposite is true as well. In this case, I think some of the enjoyment and impact of the story was lost due to the audio format. I am not positive that the blame falls squarely on the shoulder of the narrator, but I know it did not help. I had a really hard time following this story in audio format. There is a lot of detail in the telling, and while I would normally say that is a good thing, in this case it caused me to have to repeat sections to understand everything that was going on. Again, I am not placing the blame on the narrator as much as the format and my attention to said format.
As for the narrator himself, he did an admirable job. His voice was smooth and easy to listen to. He used subtle inflection and changes in timbre to reflect the difference in character and emotions.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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