Ever the Same by B.A. Tortuga ~ Audiobook Review by PizzyGirl

EvertheSameAUDLGTitle: Ever the Same

Author: B.A. Tortuga

Narrator: Paul Morey

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Christy Caughie

Story Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 07/06/2015

Length: 07 hours 32 minutes

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance

Summary:

Audie Barrack is in it up to his elbows with a sick calf when his son’s school calls. Seems Grainger has gotten into yet another fight. When he walks into the principal’s office, he’s shocked to find his son has been fighting with a little girl named Randi.

A little girl with one blind dad and one dad who recently passed away.

Goddammit.

Dixon has lost his sight, his career, and his husband. Thank God for his brothers, Momma and Daddy, and his little girl, or he would simply give up. The last thing he needs is for Randi to start trouble at school, especially trouble that puts him in contact with another dad who might expect him to be a functional human being.

Dixon is struggling to live as a blind man, Audie is terrified someone might see he has a closet to come out of, and everyone from the school to both men’s families is worried for the men and their children. Unless they get themselves together and commit to change, neither of them stands a chance.

Story Review:

I am not sure how I feel about this story. I don’t know if it was the story itself, the narration, or a combination of the both, but this one was just middle of the road for me. The story was slow and steady without much angst. Yes there was some in the form of bigoted and mean family members, but that was really it. This was very much just a slow and steady romance. I kept waiting for something to happen or for more information of learning to be blind or just anything at all to give this some kind of depth or action. But overall, it was just a love story and while the love story was steady, it did not capture me or compel me. It just, happened.

 

I think part of my apathy towards this story was that I never connected with the characters because I never got a handle on who they were as people. I never really understood their motivations and desires in life and their personalities seemed to fluctuate throughout the story. Sometimes they were grown ups with grown up attitudes, other times they seemed like teenagers spouting phrases like “cool” and “rock on” and “thanks, man.” I just never really understood the men and I don’t know if that was because I got bored sometimes listening to this audiobook and missed things, or if there was just something not fully realised about the men.
So overall, I am not sure how I feel about this story. I think I may need to read the ebook by itself before I make a final determination.

Narration Review:

Normally I love Paul Morey’s narrations, but I have to admit, this one fell short for me. His voice was as clear and easy to listen to as normal, but the character voices were odd and often bled into each other. His children’s voices were off and often I could hear where he had gone back and fixed a part of the narration because the sound quality changed. Sometimes the audio quality was clear and other times it sounded like there was static in the background. I also think sometimes the emotions didn’t come through. This was not one of my favorite Paul Morey narrations.

Links

Ever the Same on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
Audible

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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