Author: Alexis Hall
Narrator: Alexander Doddy
Cover Artist: Simoné
Story Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 05/23/2016
Length: 02 hours 51 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
People come as well as go.
Twelve years ago, Edwin Tully came to Oxford and fell in love with a boy named Marius. He was brilliant. An artist. It was going to be forever.
Two years ago, it ended.
Now Edwin lives alone in the house they used to share. He tends to damaged books and faded memories, trying to build a future from the fragments of the past.
Then the weather turns, and the river spills into Edwin’s quiet world, bringing with it Adam Dacre from the Environment Agency. An unlikely knight, this stranger with roughened hands and worn wellingtons, but he offers Edwin the hope of something he thought he would never have again.
As the two men grow closer in their struggle against the rising waters, Edwin learns he can’t protect himself from everything—and sometimes he doesn’t need to try.
While I enjoyed the lyrical quality of the writing, I found the actual story a little staid, especially after just listening to For Real.
Edwin was so lost to the past I was surprised he saw Adam at all. While he had flashes of humour, he was mostly dour. Adam was a good guy but I really don’t know what he saw in Edwin that inspired such instant attraction.
Part of my trouble though, was the Audiobook. It was not the best quality with the volume changing frequently and a faint hiss static noise in the background. It was quite distracting. As well I found the voice didn’t fit my image of what I thought he should sound like. However the narrator did a great job conveying the stuttering and Edwin’s frustrations.
While it wasn’t a bad story, it wasn’t something I’d read again.
As I mentioned in the story review, I was not impressed with the audiobook. Part was technical in the production of the book. Part was the narrator’s voice. I’m not sure I would listen to this narrator again.
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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