Spirit by John Inman ~ Audiobook Review by PizzyGirl

SpiritAUDLGTitle: Spirit

Author: John Inman

Narrator: John Anthony Davis

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Reese Dante

Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 01/12/2016

Length: 06 hours 47 minutes

Genre: Contemporary, Gay, M/M Romance, Mystery, Paranormal

Summary:

Jason Day, brilliant designer of video games, is not only a confirmed bachelor, but he’s as gay as a maypole. One wouldn’t think being saddled with his precocious four-year-old nephew for four weeks would be enough to throw him off-kilter.

Wrong. Timmy, Jason’s nephew, is a true handful.

But just when Timmy and Uncle Jason begin to bond, and Jason feels he’s getting a grip on this babysitting business once and for all, he’s thrown for a loop by a couple of visitors—one from Tucson, the other from beyond the grave.

I’m sorry. Say what?

Toss a murder, a hot young stud, an unexpected love affair, and a spooky-ass ghost with a weird sense of humor into Jason’s summer plans, and you’ve got the makings for one hell of a ride.

Story Review:

This story was great. I loved almost everything about it. The mystery, the suspense, the tension were all so well done. I listened to this book in one sitting. I was on pins and needles needing to know the outcome. I was sucked in and held captive by John Inman’s storytelling. His use of Timmy to relay messages was suitably creepy and yet not all at the same time. I am not usually a fan of this genre of novel but John Inman managed to weave a captivating story that made me forget my usual reservations.

I also enjoyed the way the author melded suspense and humor. His characters were great and brought light to what could have easily been a dark and serious story. The romance between Sam and Jason was a bit rushed for my taste, but it was still warm and inviting. I loved their love in the end.

I think my favorite character though was the dog. She was so loyal and was a great way for the author to show the tension the characters were feeling. Her love and protectiveness towards Timmy was clear as day and I loved her for it!

Narration Review:

I had a hard time deciding on a rating for the narration of this story. I liked John Anthony Davis’s voice. Except for his rendition of Timmy, he was easy on the ears and the story really came through well. On the other hand, his narration was odd with many instances of awkward pauses and the overall cadance reminded me of someone reading something for the first time. I don’t think this was the best he has to offer but I also would give him another shot to see if it was simply inexperience leading to the weird vibe I got while listening.

Links

Spirit 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.

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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