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What made the experience of listening to Broken Laces the most enjoyable?
I really liked the baseball overlay to the plot of the story. This wasn't just a story about a dad and son, or of the ups and downs of building a relationship. The baseball element gave the book depth that it wouldn't have had otherwise.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
Well, the whole set-up is fairly predictable so I'm not sure how to change it. It was pretty enjoyable just as it was…thanks mostly to the narrator.
What about Jeff Hoyt’s performance did you like?
I love this narrator. I really felt the child-like innocence of Kellin in his voice. Mr. Hoyt is able to evoke such emotion in all the major characters.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I started this book on a 5 hour drive and I honestly didn't know how long it was. I was literally disappointed when I reached my destination and had to end the day of listening. And, I was quite happy to get in my car less than 24 hours later to drive home because I knew this book was waiting for me. While I thought the story was predictable, I really thought Mr. Hoyt brought the characters to life.
I loved “Broken Laces.” You don’t have to be a baseball fan to fall in love with this story. For me, though, it brought back memories of sitting in the bleachers watching my own son play Little League. The book hits all your emotions as the author brings Jack and Kellen through the natural stages of grief. At times I found myself sad, and then laughing out loud at the innocence of a child and at the brutal honesty, and sometimes unrealistic anger, of Jack and the predicaments he finds himself in as he is trying to find a new normal for his life. The narrator, Jeff Hoyt, did an outstanding job with the character voices. By the end of the book I knew who was talking without explanation. This is the first book I have read by Rodney Walther, and the first narration by Jeff Hoyt, and I will definitely search for more by both.