The Long Way Home by Z.A.Maxfield ~ Audiobook Review by Brandilyn

The-Long-Way-HomeTitle: The Long Way Home

Author: Z.A.Maxfield

Narrator: J.F. Harding

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist:

Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 11/09/2016

Length: 08 hours 27 minutes

Genre: Gay Romance, Mystery/Thriller, Paranormal

Summary:

Ever since the accident that cost him his job on the Seattle police force, Kevin Quinn has been living with psychic abilities he refers to as the ‘gift that keeps on taking’. His attempts to use his talents to help the police have been met with limited success. Yet, when teenage boys start going missing from the beach cities of Southern California, Kevin gets on a plane.

Connor Dougal has every reason to believe all psychics are fakes and charlatans. He’s still numb from the disappearance of his first love, a boy who went missing 10 years earlier. Everything he aspires to is a direct result of that tragedy, even the acquisition of his detective shield. The irony of having to babysit Kevin Quinn is not lost on him.

These two suspicious men must develop trust and respect for one another to solve the case and, on the way, maybe fall in love.

Story Review:

My enjoyment of the story was tempered by my lack of enjoyment of the narrator himself.  Therefore, for the story review, I direct you to <a target=”_blank” href=”http://www.prismbookalliance.com/2015/08/the-long-way-home-by-z-a-maxfield-book-review-by-pizzygirl/” >PizzyGirl’s review of the ebook</a>.

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The Long Way Home was a good suspense and crime drama. I loved the way Kevin’s ability was used and how it was treated. I loved the drama of it all and that I didn’t know who did it right away, but was able to use the clues to figure it out. Though I am still unsure of the why of it all. I understand why Andrew and why Connor, but I am not sure of why there was the need for the other boys. There were a few loose ends that I felt weren’t wrapped up fully, but I still enjoyed the mystery and tension.

I liked Kevin and Connor’s relationship once it got started. I do have to admit, I wasn’t following the romance at first. It was very hot/cold and more that once I found myself having to back up because I thought I had missed something that I discovered was just not there. But once I just forgot about the fact that I did not understand the start of the romance, I enjoyed the results. These men were good together. I loved the humor and snark. I found myself chuckling often. There was great passion between them and they were so HOT yet romantic together. I loved that yoga was turned into a spectator sport and would have loved to have more visuals of their dancing.

Even though I absolutely hate the lack of communication and the “leave him for his best interest” tropes, I thought they were well done and rather realistically portrayed. Kevin’s doubts were well founded and often his concerns would have been correct. I can understand why he felt as he did, though his methods of coping annoyed me. And I am glad Connor came and showed Kevin that his fears were incorrect.

I liked Kevin’s evolution as he became more open and accepting of his gift. I liked that his struggles were mirrored in his reactions and as he listened to his therapist, he was able to be the hero and use his gifts to their fullest.

I enjoyed this story. I was on the edge of my seat and loved the tension that kept pulling me along to the end. I felt there were some questions left unanswered, but they did not diminish my journey. I did, however, think the ending was perfect.

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Narration Review:

The Long Way Home was my second eBook narrated by JF Harding (the first being Maxfield’s ePistols at Dawn).   I was hoping that the issues I had with him during ePistols were a one time thing. However, they weren’t.  

His voice is pleasant enough to listen to, however, he is hard to follow.  He lacks consistency in his performance throughout the story.  It is very hard to follow the dialogue and action when you are trying your best to figure out WHO is talking/acting/etc.  I enjoyed the story, but the narration could have been better.  

There were also a few times he used the wrong name for the characters.  I don’t know if that is an error from the eBook or the narrations error.  

Links

The Long Way Home on Goodreads

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
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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