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Julian has had a crush on his roommate, Danny, forever, and just when he’s given up on having him – ie moving on – Danny makes a play for him.
There is a lot of humor in this story. Julian is a hysterical gay man with a lot of fun quirks – clumsiness, sugar addiction, a flair for fashion. His mother is hysterical as well, and has a big heart. Gabby, the female best friend also provides comic relief.
Danny – well, I just never liked Danny. As the story progresses we see and finally “understand” more about Danny and his motivations, but it was really hard for me to forgive him… and that, ultimately influenced my opinion of the book.
I think that this is one of those books that will either hit it’s mark and make you a fan, or it will count as a miss. For me it was a miss (not enough to deter me from trying another Ethan Day book). The romantic in me was just so unsatisfied by the ending. I really needed Danny to do more to win Julian back and the lack of “making up” left a sour taste in my mouth. (It is a HEA, though.)
World Building/Characterizations 5
Humor 5 – it is really funny!
3.5 of 5 stars
Jason Frazier, hands down is one of THE BEST narrators of this genre. He is a PERFORMER. He gets inside the heads of all the characters and makes them all unique and outstanding.
I had read the book before and was not impressed by the story overly much (as you can tell by review) but when I saw that Jason Frazier narrated the book I had to have it anyway.
I’ve said it before and it still holds true, Jason’s narrations remind me of the old days of radio soap operas in that he can create this entire “movie” without pictures for us just by how much personality he puts into each one of his characters.
There are a few truly gifted performers in this genre who bring a story to life more than just tell a tale and Jason is one of them.
I adore his narrations and give this one a 6 out of 5 stars.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
What does Jason Frazier bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
My biggest problem with Jason Frazier is...
As soon as I finish anything Jason narrates, the first thing I want to do is listen to the audiobook again. Which, as you can imagine, is completely counterproductive to clearing the pending items in my Audible library. I've actually lost count of how many times I've re-listened to Blame It On The Mistletoe which became my default comfort listen after I got it a few months ago. Jason's been one of my Top Three narrators since then, and I got "As You Are" primarily because he's the narrator (I didn't even read the blurb!)
The thing I love most about when Jason Frazier narrates is that it always feels like he transforms into the characters in the story rather than just narrating events happening to them. It's almost like you're in the same room as these characters. And to date, I've yet to listen to another male narrator in the MM genre who does such a convincing female voice as Jason. Seriously, just an amazing job overall.
The story was actually more of a 3.5 but I rounded it up to 4 stars because there were a lot of places that genuinely had me laughing out loud. Julian's almost like what I imagine you'd get if you mashed Carrie Bradshaw and Charlotte York together, then turned them into a hyper gay man. His thoughts were all over the place and sometimes you'd be yanked from the present to one of his rants or into a flashback. Yes, he likes to go on tangents, which I'm finding to be somewhat of a theme with this author's work (Boone from Sno Ho had a similar affliction). If that kind of thing annoys you, then proceed with caution. I've only read two other books by Ethan Day prior to this which left me with a sort of lukewarm feeling, and admittedly I only bought this audiobook because Jason Frazier is on my auto-buy list, but I'm glad I did anyway. I liked both Julian and Danny and wish there'd been more of an epilogue of sorts because the story ended somewhat abruptly right after they declared their feelings for each other. Still, the resolution was nice and sweet so wasn't too disappointed that there wasn't more. People who like the friends-to-lovers and everyone-knows-they're-in-love-but-them tropes will likely enjoy this. I know I did.
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What made the experience of listening to As You Are the most enjoyable?
Although I loved this book when I read it and was excited to hear there was an audible version available, I was also a little concerned having been disappointed by narrators in the past. Thankfully, Ethan Day has chosen well. Jason Fraziers narration was spot on and I particularly liked his voice for Julian. This is a lovely romantic story, with Ethan Day's usual injection of quirky humour, perfectly encapsulated by Jason's narration.
What other book might you compare As You Are to, and why?
I can't think a book to compare this to.
What about Jason Frazier’s performance did you like?
I liked the way Jason captured both the humour and the emotion in this book.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No - I like to savour listening to a good book and since I had already read it didn't need to rush to the end to find our what happened.
Any additional comments?
I would recommend this as a really good story with excellent narration.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This is a great book made even better by Jason's narration. .I would highly recommend