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Garrett Leigh is a gifted writer who knows how to reach into your chest and drag your heart out. Even her “light” stuff has some width and breadth to it.
One impression I am left with, outside the romance, is the strong feelings about war and the military and the perspective from another standpoint. Beyond just being about Connor, Pogo or Nat’s experiences overseas, it’s also a bit of a commentary on the whole “Middle East” as a political issue. Not to say it’s preachy, it’s more subtle than that, but it doesn’t shy away from making it clear just how brutal and often senseless “war” can be.
The other impression that sticks with me is how very “British” this is. Especially since I was listening to this (with an amazing narrator!) I really felt immersed through the language and the slang. (I have to admit that sometimes I wasn’t exactly sure what the slang was referring to, but I got the general gist.)
I didn’t love the connection between Nat and Connor – I think I’d have needed to see them more as a couple in a non-life-or-death situation for me to really feel that they have what it takes. I also thought, despite the super dramatic ending, their reunion was a bit blasé for me. I really wanted them to feel it when back in each other’s arms and instead it was a bit flat.
I think that fans of war romances, and the author, and for fans who love their angst – this is a great story for you!
4 of 5 stars
I had avoided the book originally because I’m not a fan of war romances. I just don’t have a heart for the pain and suffering and so I tend to veer more toward the light and fluffy. But… I LOVE this narrator. He’s absolutely amazing! He is so good at making the listener feel like part of the story. His accents are just so authentic and varied and do a lot to make the language (slang etcetera) ring true. This is SUCH a British story and having Craig Beck narrate it really gave each of the MCs and the secondary characters a solid presence. As a way to enjoy this story I think the audiobook is a MUST. Highly Recommended.
5 of 5 stars
Overall 4.5 of 5 stars
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I enjoyed Craig Beck's narration of Garrett Leigh's 'Between Ghosts' - the characters' personalities came through well (although the Welsh accent was a bit dodgy but not enough to fully pull me out of the story) and he paced it well.
The story was engaging, following Connor as he tried to come to terms with his brother's death in the army years before by following military personnel as they fought in the Middle East and recording what they did and endured in an effort to make sense of it all. The growth of his relationship with Nat was well drawn and the tension it caused in relation to the missions was well narrated by Beck. The whole thing came to a very satisfying conclusion and I'll be trying other books written by Leigh, as well as checking out what other books Beck has narrated.
I will be listening to this again.
I really enjoyed this book. I am not quite sure how the two guys would have found it possible to find somewhere to have sex in the camp but I know his mates would have acted this way when they found out the guys secret. Well written good story and well read. I will now check out another book by this author.