Title: Little Squirrels Can Climb Tall Trees
Author: Michael Murphy
Narrator: Nick J Russo
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Kyle Miller is a rare breed. Though born to conservative parents and raised in small-town Oklahoma, Kyle realized young that he had to escape rural America. Now he’s living in New York City, working as an ER doctor, and paying off his massive student loans. He’s never been on a plane and never seen a movie, but he is worldly enough to recognize attraction when it smacks him in the forehead. Not that he knows how he managed to crack heads with Joseph, who’s a good foot shorter than Kyle’s six and a half feet.
Joseph is Kyle’s polar opposite in other ways too, well-off where Kyle is poor, and self-assured while Kyle is insecure. He’s also determined to show Kyle what a great guy he is and bring the confidence Kyle shows in the ER out in his everyday life. But Kyle’s hectic work schedule and inexperience with relationships won’t make for an easy romance.
My View – Story:
When I started listening to Little Squirrels Can Climb Tall Trees by Michael Murphy, I thought it was going to be irreverent, humorous, and sweet. It was all those things, but, in the end, the delivery left something to be desired for me. As the story progressed, the over the top snark was exceeded only by the over the top naivete of Kyle and the over the top sap on the part of Joseph. There were many times I did chuckle at the antics of Joseph, and sometimes even Kyle, but I spent more time rolling my eyes than anything else.
Despite Joseph’s love of the word, this book was not “awesome. ” It is a cute story with little, if any, conflict. It is all about Kyle’s personal growth, but since it is told from Joseph’s point of view, we miss most of the internal strife associated with coming to grips with one’s self and one’s place in the world. We have to wade through Joseph’s commentary to find the meat of the story, which sometimes left me wondering if the time and effort involved was worth it. Then Joseph would come out with a line like the following
“Uh-huh. Sure, Mano. You’re so full of shit.”
“Actually I can see his point,” Kyle said.
“Hey, who rocks your boat? Him or me?”
“Then agree with me.”
“But he’s right.”
“So? I suck your dick until your eyes roll back in your head and you scream incoherent cries.”
“True. Okay. Mano, you’re on your own.”
“Isn’t it always the case? You can’t top a screaming-eyes-rolling-back-in-your-head.” He paused for a moment and said, “Hey, wait a minute. I’ve seen his dick.”
and I would chuckle and remember why I had stuck it out as long as I had. Unfortunately as the book progressed, I found few of those moments.
If you like snarky size queens with a limited vocabulary and an unlimited bank account paired with sweet, southern, hot, hung, and naive doctors, check out Little Squirrels Can Climb Tall Trees.
My View – Narration:
I will be honest, If I had been reading this story, I probably would have put it down 1/4 of the way in. The snark was a way over the top for me. However, the narrator did a fabulous job and kept me engaged in the story despite my disdain for the main character.
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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