Sutphin Boulevard (A Five Boroughs Story) by Santino Hassell ~ Audiobook Review by PizzyGirl

SutphinBoulevardAUDLGTitle: Sutphin Boulevard (A Five Boroughs Story)

Author: Santino Hassell

Narrator: Rusty Topsfield

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Natasha Snow Designs Cover Photo Credit: Mel Seser; Model: Juan Forgia

Story Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 12/04/2015

Length: 08 hours 54 minutes

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance


A Five Boroughs Story

Michael Rodriguez and Nunzio Medici have been friends for two decades. From escaping their dysfunctional families in the working-class neighborhood of South Jamaica, Queens to teaching in one of the city’s most queer friendly schools in Brooklyn, the two men have shared everything. Or so they thought until a sweltering night of dancing leads to an unexpected encounter that forever changes their friendship.

Now, casual touches and lingering looks are packed with sexual tension, and Michael can’t forget the feel of his best friend’s hands on him. Once problems rear up at work and home, Michael finds himself seeking constant escape in the effortless intimacy and mind-blowing sex he has with Nunzio. But things don’t stay easy for long.

When Michael’s world begins to crumble in a sea of tragedy and complications, he knows he has to make a choice: find solace in a path of self-destruction or accept the love of the man who has been by his side for twenty years.

Story Review:

I really, really wanted to like this book. I have heard great things about it and its author so I picked up this audio to give them both a try. But as much as I wanted to enjoy Sutphin Boulevard, it was just not for me and I could not finish listening. It hit A LOT of my hot buttons. So, since these are my personal preferences and not really reflective of the book or the writing, I am going to refer you to Beverley’s review of the ebook here. The rating of this book is reflective of her thoughts on the ebook and my thoughts on the narration.

Narration Review:

I enjoyed what i did listen to of this narration. I thought the voices were great and Rusty Topsfield did a good job bringing these characters to life. There was a part of me that wanted to finish this book just for the narration.


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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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