The Letter Z by Marie Sexton ~ Audiobook Review by Zane

Title: The Letter Z
Series: Coda Books #3

Author: Marie Sexton

Narrator: Mack L. Jones

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Anne Cain

Story Rating: 2.00 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3.00 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 2.50 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 12/20/2011

Length: 02 hours 52 minutes

Genre: Contemporary, Gay, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, Romance

Summary:

A sequel to A to Z.

Zach and Angelo have settled into their new lives in Coda, Colorado, finding their place in the community with the help of their good friends Matt and Jared. Zach and Angelo are also working out the particulars of their relationship, but when they make a decision Jared disagrees with, Angelo finds himself at odds with his partner’s best friend, and his best friend’s partner.

When the four decide on a quick trip to Vegas, Angelo thinks he and Jared may be back on the right track. But a chance encounter with Zach’s ex-boyfriend will make Angelo question everything about himself and his relationship with Zach. Matt and Jared have always been there when Zach and Angelo needed help. But when it comes to sorting out their relationship, their friends may do more harm than good. (Listen to Matt and Jared’s story in Promises.)

Story Review:

I wasn’t a fan of Zach and Angelo in A to Z. I’m even less of a fan of them in The Letter Z. They both come across as so immature. It’s a wonder they’re able to maintain a relationship and run a business with the lack of maturity between the two of them.

The alternating POV didn’t work in the audiobook at all. It was hard to keep everyone straight when they all sound the same. Maybe if this was in a single POV or in third person it would’ve been easier to follow. But when there are entire scenes with “I” and “he” and no proper nouns, it’s hard to keep track of who’s who, especially with how dull the story is.

Narration Review:

The narrator still hasn’t improved. He does a decent job at the exposition, but the dialog is horrible. Every character sounds exactly the same. It’s hard to even tell dialog from exposition, since the narrator is essentially just reading the book into a microphone. It made the alternating first person POV extremely hard to follow-up

When it comes to characters like Angelo and Cole? He’s even worse. They’re both supposed to have distinctive accents and speech patterns. Instead, they sound just like Matt, Jared, and Zach.

And, oh my god, the little jingle between chapter is annoying. It jars me out of the story every time and doesn’t fit at all.

Links

The Letter Z on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
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.

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