Author: Johnny Miles
Narrator: Kevin Bruce
Publisher: *Not Listed
Cover Artist: Unknown
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 07/07/2015
Length: 04 hours 43 minutes
Genre: Historical, M/M Romance
On a lush, tropical island inhabited by rogues, thieves, and villains, where men take the law into their own hands, a father and son are thrust into tumultuous events that will change their lives forever. Bernardo de Rodrigo is proud of his son. Alonso is handsome and winning, and everyone he meets is instantly drawn to the tall, warm Spaniard. But how could either of them have known that a forbidden love is about to claim Alonso’s heart?
I enjoyed Casa Rodrigo years ago when I first read but loved it even more listening to it now, though that was because of the stellar narration, which I’ll get to later.
First of all, this isn’t a particularly easy story to read or listen to. It’s a historical tale set in the 1600’s and deals with slavery. It’s not easy reading about men who keep slaves, even if they are better than others depicted in the story.
There are a couple different stories going on here, the first of which deals with Alonso de Rodrigo and a slave named Arbol. Alonso and Arbol are drawn to each other the first time they’re reunited as adults, but their stations in life, among other things, keep them apart.
The chemistry between Alonso and Arbol is smoking right from the start and the sex scenes were unbelievable.
Another plotline in here is the one between Alonso’s father Bernardo and Raul Ignacio Velasco. Raul is a disgusting, vile human, but the author manages to show us even he has a heart. Alonso and Bernardo are having an affair and it’s filled with rough sex and nasty words. Not what most people would call a love connection, but deep down Raul loves Bernardo, he just doesn’t know how to show it. Kudos to Miles for not flinching away from showing the hard truth about not just slavery but also how gay men must have felt during that time period.
I listen to a lot of audio books but the narration for Casa Rodrigo is without a doubt the most unique and interesting narration I’ve ever heard.
To begin with Kevin Bruce does more than just read the book and provide varying voices for the different characters. This is more a performance than a simple narration. There is narration overlaid other noises, such as people walking or closing doors and clothes shuffling. There is even sounds of sex added for the lovemaking scenes between Alonso and Arbol.
On top of that Bruce nailed the accents of the characters and all the voices, even the female ones.
I’d give the narration more than five stars if I could.
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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