Subject 13 by Ethan Stone ~ Audiobook Review by Teresa

Subject-13Title: Subject 13

Author: Ethan Stone

Narrator: John Solo

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: A.J. Corza

Story Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 2.25 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 06/26/2015

Length: 06 hours 55 minutes

Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, M/M Romance, Thriller

Summary:

Luke Kincaid’s life is exploding all around him. First, his lover leaves him to marry a woman, then childhood nightmares return with a vengeance.

He finds comfort in his renewed friendship with high school buddy, Ben Skinner. Luke works on rebuilding his life, but repressed memories threaten everything. Luke and Ben investigate his past while Luke fights his attraction to Ben, who he believes is straight.

But someone doesn’t want them to discover the truth, and Luke’s life is in jeopardy. Luke can’t stop his search, not even when he finds out it is connected to a government cover up. Luke and Ben must uncover the secrets of Luke’s past as well as deal with their true feelings for each other.

Second Edition: This book has been extensively re-edited with several changes to the plot.

Story Review:

I want to preface this with the fact that Brandilyn reviewed the ebook and gave Subject 13 4.5 Stars.

Normally we review the narration and the story separate for audiobooks, however my feelings on this book is so tied up with the narration that I’m going to do it together. I wanted to like this book; the blurb really drew me in. I think I may have enjoyed it more if I had read it instead of listened to it. As it was, I was left feeling less than happy with it.

I found the letters at the beginning of each chapter, from the mysterious “D.G.”, confusing at first. They were narrated in such a creepy way that switching to Luke’s common everyday tone felt jarring and like I was missing something. Once I settled into the main narrative, I found some of the voices off putting. Ben, unfortunately, sounded like someone’s attempt to imitate Batman. This became hilarious during the sex scenes rather than sexy; not the effect I think they were going for.

Another thing that threw me out of the story was that every once in a while there would be these random thoughts narrated in an echoey voice that I think was supposed to represent Luke thinking to himself. They happened during stressful events; bullets would be flying but then he would think something like “Tacos sound good for dinner. I would really like to watch Howard the Duck tonight”. I think in text it would have been funny and neurotic, but in the narration it was just weird.

Narration aside, there is lots of intrigue. You are not sure who to trust. I liked the tension. I felt that the sex sometimes happened at the wrong times though and interfered with it. That they are in danger and the suspense is growing but they take a sex break? It just didn’t fit to me.

Ben and Luke seem to work together; I really liked the Sheriff and Kyle as characters. However, there were a few words used that I didn’t care for personally and combined with the narration made this less than enjoyable for me. I hope some time in the future I can give it another chance and read it for myself.

Narration Review:

Poor, see above.

Links

Subject 13 on Goodreads

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.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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