Title: As You Are
Author: Ethan Day
Narrator: Jason Frazier
Publisher: Wilde City
eBook Release Date: 12/12/2013
Audiobook Release Date: 01/29/2015
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
That’s all bartender and recent college graduate, Julian Hallowell has had on his mind for the past year. Julian may have no idea what he wants to do with his life, but he definitely knows he’s in love with the boy next door: the one in the next room to be exact, his roommate, Danny Wallace.
Danny owns a used textbook store just off campus, and while Julian has done his level best to make Danny fall for him, all his hard work appears to have been in vain. Danny doesn’t seem to view Julian as anything other than that–a roommate and friend. So when new guy in town Andy Baker asks him out on a date, Julian can’t think of a good reason to say no.
Julian has already instituted a Reverse Operation Danny plan, which he’s positive will purge all thoughts of love and lust for his roomie out of his head. He’s ready to move on and start looking for his next Mr. Right, and Andy just might fit the bill.
My View – Story:
This is my first experience with Ethan Day and I think I will have to correct that soon.
This is one of those stories that I struggle to define why I like it. I mean, if you take the pieces individually, I hate it. Julian is the epitome of everything I dislike in a character. He is lazy, judgmental, pretentious, immature, unforgiving, and just every vapid flaw that seems to exist. He leads Andy on just to make a point. The author uses Julian’s definition of perfection to make digs at political parties and religion. The author even makes joking statements that draw attention to the stereotyping of gays. Gabby, while good at pointing out Julian’s flaws, is flawed herself in the fact that she seems to belittle the man she supposedly loves, until he proposes and then he is wonderboy. Danny is an ass. He treats Julian like crap. Finally, this WHOLE story could have been finished in like two chapters if Danny and Julian would have just had a meaningful conversation about something other than sex. If you take all these things individually, you get this mess of things I normally hate and would make me DNF this story.
However, when you put everything together, you get this really funny and relatable story that tugs at your heartstrings. I needed to see Julian’s self-centered ways and hear his rather harsh political and religious beliefs to understand Danny’s reticence. Andy needed to be in the picture to move Danny towards waking up and finally showing Julian how he feels. There needed to be tension between Danny and Julian so that their ending was satisfying and meaningful. Gabby’s change in attitude towards her man needed to be there to show Julian that differences can be a good thing. Delilah was needed because she revealed things about Danny that made Julian take a look at how he views things. When you take all the little pieces that normally scream at me, you get this well rounded story that left me feeling pleasantly surprised and happy.
When an author can make me put aside my usual tastes and enjoy their story despite all the things I normally hate, I know I have found talent and someone to look out for in the future. Well done!
My View – Narration:
So I went back and forth over my opinion of this narration. There were times that I was not really feeling it. Like when Danny/Andy had the same aristocratic/lecherous drawl to their voices. Or when several characters had voices almost identical to Gabby’s. But then things just clicked into place and all that went out the window. I could really tell that Jason Frazier had done his homework. He was not simply reading this story, he was performing it. He expressed each character well and I could feel the emotions. I love that, for the most part, each character had a unique voice that was not simply different inflections or volumes of the narrator’s own voice. I love that Jason was able to create the appropriate accents when necessary, especially for Julian’s Texas grown mother. This narration enhanced my reading experience and was well done.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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