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Would you listen to After Ben again? Why?
No, I couldn't journey with Theo in his memories of Ben again. Too painful.
What was one of the most memorable moments of After Ben?
The online banter between Theo and Morgan after they started communicating away from the forum. Some of it was hysterical.
What about JP Handler’s performance did you like?
The genuine emotion he brought to the story. He got choked up more than once, which of course brought me to tears repeatedly.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No. I listen to audio books while in my car, at work, and while riding my bike.
Any additional comments?
My review: Theo recalls in heart-wrenching detail his life with partner Ben over 15 years. It's been a year since Ben's death and he still struggles with everyday life...until he meets Peter and Morgan. Peter works out at the same gym, and Morgan is a constant online presence on the debate forums in which Theo participates. Both urge Theo on, to live in the present, to see a future full of hope and love without his Ben. But only one eventually captures Theo's heart.
It was an emotional rollercoaster. Even the narrator was choked up at times. I found both the characters and the storyline believable and completely engaging. I loved Con Riley's lovely prose, the sheer depth of her characters, and her ability to make readers feel almost like voyeurs. It's my first book by this author and certainly will not be my last.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
Unusually satisfying, well-written and superbly narrated piece. The narrators Italian accent and interpretations are wonderful. The characters seem alive, like they all live next door to you. The story does start out slow, so give it some time, but when the interns arrive, lookout, the thing just launches into the sky and never comes down!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful