Winter Oranges by Marie Sexton ~ Audiobook Review by Teresa

Title: Winter Oranges

Author: Marie Sexton

Narrator: Nick J. Russo

Publisher: Riptide

Cover Artist: L.C. Chase

Story Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 12/07/2016

Length: 08 hours 04 minutes

Genre: Gay Romance, Paranormal, Winter Holiday

Summary:

Jason Walker is a child star turned teen heartthrob turned reluctant B-movie regular who’s sick of his failing career. So he gives up Hollywood for northern Idaho, far away from the press, the drama of LA, and the best friend he’s secretly been in love with for years.

There’s only one problem with his new life: a strange young man only he can see is haunting his guesthouse. Except Benjamin Ward isn’t a ghost. He’s a man caught out of time, trapped since the Civil War in a magical prison where he can only watch the lives of those around him. He’s also sweet, funny, and cute as hell, with an affinity for cheesy ’80s TV shows. And he’s thrilled to finally have someone to talk to.

But Jason quickly discovers that spending all his time with a man nobody else can see or hear isn’t without its problems—especially when the tabloids find him again and make him front-page news. The local sheriff thinks he’s on drugs, and his best friend thinks he’s crazy. But Jason knows he hasn’t lost his mind. Too bad he can’t say the same thing about his heart.

Story Review:

There were so many beautiful things about Winter Oranges. The epilogue made me tear up with happy emotional tears.

Jason and Ben were compelling. I loved Ben’s wonder at the things Jason could show him. He had a delightful innocence for someone who had lived for 170 years. He also had a wonderful our look on his life, as confined as it was. Jason had many self-realization moments and both characters grew as people.

I could easily picture Jason’s house and acreage as well as all the characters, including the snow globe. The pacing of the book was great and I could hardly stop listening to the narrative.

I truly adored this book.

Narration Review:

While I liked Nick J Russo’s voice, and he did well with emotion and bringing the story to life, I had a few issues. One, Ben is from the south and yet he had no accent at all. Two, Nick pronounced Coeur d’alene as Couer d’lean rather than Coeur d’lane and Spokane as Spocane rather than Spocan. It is minor but it dragged me out of the story every time I heard it wrong.

In the big scheme of things, it didn’t affect the story, but it did affect my enjoyment of it.

Links

Winter Oranges on Goodreads
Riptide
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.

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