Whistling in the Dark by Tamara Allen ~ Audiobook Review by Christine

I was sad when this audiobook ended. I felt that the characters had become friends, and their story is one that will stay with me for a long while.

whistlingimage Title: Whistling in the Dark

Author: Tamara Allen

Narrator: Meral Mathews

Publisher: Lethe Press

Story Rating: 5.0 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5.0 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 5.0 of 5 Stars


New York City, 1919. His career as a concert pianist ended by a war injury, Sutton Albright returns to college, only to be expelled after a scandalous affair with a teacher. Unable to face his family, Sutton heads to Manhattan with no plans and little money in his pocket, but with a desire to call his life his own.

Jack Bailey lost his parents to influenza and now hopes to save the family novelty shop by advertising on the radio, a medium barely more than a novelty, itself. His nights are spent in a careless and debauched romp through the gayer sections of Manhattan.

When these two men cross paths, despite a world of differences separating them, their attraction cannot be denied. Sutton finds himself drawn to the piano, playing for Jack. But can his music heal them both, or will sudden prosperity jeopardize their chance at love?

My View – Story:

The first line of the publisher’s blurb reads “New York City, 1919,” and that is exactly where I was during the ten and a half hours I spent listening to Whistling in the Dark. It was realistic and captivating–with a bit of grit and glamour thrown in–and ultimately enthralling in its stunning characterizations and its portrayal of post-WWI New York. Described in vivid, nostalgic detail is an era when polarity is seen dramatically between the haves and have-nots, and a country and its people are endeavoring to recover from the ravages of WWI and a devastating influenza outbreak. Radio is a struggling medium in its infancy stage of broadcasting, and jazz is a titillating, controversial new music style that beckons and beguiles its listeners. It’s a New York of a distant past, perched upon the cusp of enormous changes, and the electricity and excitement that buzz in anticipation are palpable here.

Tamara Allen’s ability to provide this evocative setting is only surpassed by the characters she creates. Ms. Allen has graced this story with all variations of humanity: the overly privileged, the criminal, the average person trying to make ends meet, the man on the street with empty pockets and an even emptier belly. Endearing and lovable, this colorful cast springs to life, driving the story and providing authenticity through intriguing and diverse backgrounds, as well as spirited and engaging dialogue. Through these stellar personalities, the author takes the reader on a sentimental journey into the past, providing a flavorful, richly layered romance set in days gone by.

Central to this captivating tale is, of course, the sweet and touching romance between Sutton and Jack. Reflective of this more genteel era, the slow and steady build of their relationship is heartwarming and lovely to watch. Though vastly different in upbringing, background, and personality, Jack and Sutton are inevitably brought together by circumstances and their common need for success and a sense of belonging. These two men play opposite one another extremely well, each one’s distinctly different voice and nature beautifully complementing the other. While most of the sexual activity occurs off page, the passion and intimacy they share in their scenes together are both refreshing and satisfying in their honest fervency.

I am delighted to say that listening to Whistling in the Dark is like picking up a piece of memorabilia and being transported into the past. Take a ride on the subway, dance in smoky nightclubs, and have dinner at Delmonico’s or the automat. Sit down on the bench of a clunky piano, or turn on the radio and listen to a few tunes. Relax a while. I think you’ll be glad you did.

My View – Narration:

Meral Mathew’s narration for Whistling in the Dark is exceptional. Inflections, accents, and emotional intensity are ever-present, and he helps to bring even more animation to an already vivid and lively story. I will be looking for more of his work to enjoy in future audiobooks.

Buy Links

Lethe Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble
Kobo US
Audible US
Audible UK

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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