Author: TJ Klune
Narrator: Kirt Graves
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Story Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 01/16/2017
Length: 12 hours 11 minutes
Genre: Gay Romance, Mystery/Thriller, Science Fiction
In the small mountain town of Amorea, it’s stretching toward autumn of 1954. The memories of a world at war are fading in the face of a prosperous future. Doors are left unlocked at night, and neighbors are always there to give each other a helping hand.
The people here know certain things as fact:
Amorea is the best little town there is.
The only good Commie is a dead Commie.
The Women’s Club of Amorea runs the town with an immaculately gloved fist.
And bookstore owner Mike Frazier loves that boy down at the diner, Sean Mellgard. Why they haven’t gotten their acts together is anybody’s guess. It may be the world’s longest courtship, but no one can deny the way they look at each other.
Slow and steady wins the race, or so they say.
But something’s wrong with Mike. He hears voices in his house late at night. There are shadows crawling along the walls, and great clouds of birds overhead that only he can see.
Something’s happening in Amorea. And Mike will do whatever he can to keep the man he loves.
I finished Murmuration a few days ago. I usually have to write my review before I start another book to make sure I am giving the full reaction to the content. However, Murmuration affected me so much that I needed time and distance to give it my best efforts. Even now, I don’t know how to rate it. On one hand it is a 5 star read. It made me feel and cry. The problem was at times I didn’t know what exactly I was feeling or whether I was crying happy tears or sad tears. So on the other hand it was a 2 star read because I hated what happened to the characters. I didn’t like how parts of the end made me feel.
It was a beautifully crafted tale. I found it similar to Wolfsong (to which I gave 5 Stars) in tempo and speech, although this is written in present tense. I don’t usually like present tense but it worked for Murmuration. It gave it an unsettling feeling of what will happen next, that lasted for the whole book. I had a hard time listening to it only because things weren’t revealed faster and I needed to know now!
It is hard to go into exactly why I didn’t like it without spoilers. This is a complex story with many characters and things going on. Amorea is a hinky town that makes you wonder just what was going on right from the beginning; you know this isn’t just a historical novel. In fact, I wouldn’t actually call it historical at all. It has sci-fi elements few people mention, and maybe this is because it changes your perception of the book from the start, but I feel it is only right to disclose.
I kept going “What??” “NO!” “What is happening??” I was confused for much of the book as I couldn’t parse what was going on. There were so many theories in my brain. In the end I was close but the reality of it was so much more.
Here I am at the end of the review and I still don’t know what to rate it. Sadie read the ebook and gave it 5 Stars. Here is her review.
So take what you will and either read it or don’t. Just know it is NOT an easy book.
The audio was an experience all on its own. Kirt Graves does a magnificent job of bringing all the characters to life. He has such an expressive voice and can do female tones and foriegn accents wonderfully. If you read the ebook and liked it, you need to listen to the audiobook!
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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