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I'm not really the "write a review" type of person. My husband says I like to let the world drive past me. However, this audiobook was fabulous. It usually takes me a week or maybe more to get through an audiobook, but after about chapter three I was hooked. It may have been the fact that it centered around a little girl, Zig, who is about two years younger than my own daughter, and I could feel for the main character, Deacon, who was trying to wrangle his young niece out of her tortured past after getting custody due to a sudden death.
This is about the third MM romance I've read, and this one is much more about sincere romance, but not in an overly sexual way, more in a thoughtful and complicated way. It felt more sophisticated somehow, more nuanced. I give the author credit for how well she laid the groundwork for who these people were and the narrator is absolutely perfect. I could listen to this guy read a phone book. He gave such life to moments that I felt as if he might have been improvising...I even tried to engage Whispersync, but it's not available on this title to see if he was doing the dialogue word-for-word as written. I give him much credit...because it sounded like much of the dialogue was off the top of his head. Truly impressive and engaging. And the voices -- they seemed like different people. I was entranced. And, remember, one of the voices was that of an eight year old girl. Just fabulous.
So, yes...the woman who doesn't quite care enough to tell others what she thinks thought she needed to...so she...or, rather, I...did. ;-)
And, while I'll give no spoilers here, the way the final few chapters unfolded was perfection. It's probably what made me think to write this review. The author, Ms. Ford deserves much praise for her way with a pen, as does Mr. Goss who has a way with his voice that is simply sublime.
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Would you listen to Fish Stick Fridays again? Why?
Absolutely! In addition to a great story line and compelling, flawed but strong characters, the real revelation is Spencer Goss and his narration. Listening to a good book performed by a good narrator adds both depth and richness to the story.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Fish Stick Fridays?
There's a pivotal scene about halfway through the story where Deacon Reid and his 8-year old niece have a phone conversation that, on the page, is emotional enough. Hearing it performed is intense.
What does Spencer Goss bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Ha! Spencer Goss brings these characters alive. His Zig is spot on, but it's really the voice of Deacon that seals the deal for me. Deacon is written as a strong, down to earth man, but Spencer breathes life into his words and Deacon comes across as 'sex on a stick.' He's a character everybody wants to know.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Rule #1: Don't be an A$$hole.
Any additional comments?
Rhys Ford is on a very short list of authors I will auto buy, whether print books, ebooks or audio books. This book was a bit out of her normal 'wheelhouse', so to speak, but she knocked it out of the park. It's really fantastic storytelling.
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I'd already read this book in pixels but I'm slowly making my way through the audio versions of Rhys' books and Fishstick Fridays is right up there with the others I've enjoyed. The slow build to Deke & Lang's relationship fits nicely within the story; the mystery as to who has it in for them and why was well played out, and Zig's character is brilliant.
Spencer gives each character a distinct voice (I love Deke's & Zig's the best) and this is another book where the narration fit with the story so well that I laughed aloud at certain points because the characters shone through so brilliantly. I'll definitely be listening to this again and I hope Spencer Goss will be narrating some more books as his range is great.
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Grrr!! Spencer Goss' interpretation makes for one sexy as hell Deacon Reid!! A deep growly voice, and combined with the image in my head based on the description of Deacon in the story?? Yum!! 4.5 stars from me.
Yes, it's a Rhys Ford whodunit, so there were shootings, a couple of fire-bombing incidents and more than one red herring to throw you off the scent so to speak, but most of all I adored the relationship between Uncle Deke and his 'baby girl' orphaned niece Zig (yep, an 8 year old whose swearing would make a sailor blush). I quickly warmed to Lang (who'd definitely had dreadful problems of his own, poor soul), and yes, he and Deacon are complete polar opposites but they made such a loving couple, and most of all they made Zig feel safe, wanted and loved. Book 2 I understand is all about West, Lang's brother.
More Spencer Goss...please!!
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