Family Unit

  • by Z.A. Maxfield
  • Narrated by JP Handler
  • 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A retired marine, Logan is methodical and conservative. Richard is a liberal pacifist who is pathologically afraid of guns. Yet the minute Logan sets eyes on Richard, his heart turns over like an old car engine, and it isn't long before his motor is revved and Richard is in the driver's seat - even if it seems like each man is driving a different car. Richard Hunter is parenting his grandson, and the kid - Nick - has had it rough. Richard vows nothing will stop him from creating a loving and stable home. Not even a tempting, red-hot relationship with a very attractive man.
However, when Richard looks into Logan's blue eyes, it's tough to stay focused. It's never easy to become a family, what with a temperamental eight-year-old, disapproving outsiders, and outright extortion attempts. But when push comes to shove, both Logan and Richard are committed family men who want to make a loving home for a little boy who needs them. Together, they're planning to form a Family Unit, and they won't let anything stand in their way.

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I loved that the characters were real

I'm not an overly huge fan of audio book in that, if given a choice, I'd rather read a book that listen. That being said, there are times that I can't read so I'd rather listen than miss the experience altogether.

Driving is one of those times. I work in varying locations with different length commutes. But usually I'm driving 30-60 mins each way a few times a week. So this can be 6 hours of 'reading' time.

Some audio books I've loved, others I've enjoyed, a couple I've hated. Sometimes it's the story and sometimes it's the narration and sometimes it's hard to separate the two.

The narration was good. I liked the accents, inflections and the general voicing of the characters. At parts it was a little slow but I think that's more a factor of the level of description in a book that sometime just doesn't translate perfectly into a slower narration - when you speed read, it doesn't slow things down, but it can when listening to a book being narrated at a nice, even pace.

Anyway, the overall narration was good and didn't detract from the story. I liked the interpretation of the characters and could picture them in my head. They sounded just like I thought they should.

But what really stood out for me was the story itself. And the highlight? It was the older characters - Richard was a grandfather (admittedly a young one)

I loved to see an older man who'd maybe made some mistakes in his youth and eventually sacrificed so much of his own life, get his own man. His man is hot - ex-military and a wonderful guy. Together - perfect!

These guys are so realistic. They aren't necessary toned and terrific. They shows the signs of their age and the life they've lead. They make mistakes, they argue a bit - they are real.

And the age adds a lovely touch of humour. Such as the scene where Richard and Logan are struggling with the condom wrapper - it's hard for two middle age guys to read that tiny print of the expiry date and Richard's worried when he grabs his reading glasses to take a closer look that it's not too sexy!

I would highly recommend this lovely story - great characters, not the usual sexy, young things but real men plus a cute kid (and yes he was cute not annoying, some interesting secondary characters and a nice touch of drama. Oh, and the sex of course!
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- Nic

Great story, horrible narrator.

Would you consider the audio edition of Family Unit to be better than the print version?

Not at all. The narrator is terrible. I mean absolutely terrible. But I love this story so I got it anyway. Thankfully it was only a couple of dollars since I had already purchased the Kindle edition.


What other book might you compare Family Unit to and why?

Can't really answer this. It is its own story and that is that.


How could the performance have been better?

The narrator sounded like a robot, and the way he did the different voices were way off. They were either too high pitched or too low. Also his inflections were off so that you couldn't tell not only whose turn it was to speak but also if they were asking a question or not.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I loved the whole courtship between Logan and Richard.


Any additional comments?

Yes the narrator is terrible, but I am telling you, the story is great. If you can get it for a couple bucks like I did then go for it. Even though I didn't like the story telling I still am happy that I purchased this audio.

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- She who reads

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-14-2014
  • Publisher: Lauralyn Thompson