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Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted the AUDIO version of this book.
Garrett thought his luck had ran out, when his car runs out of petrol right outside Connor's Farm. But when Connor started SIGNING to Garrett, he thought that maybe, just maybe, his luck might have changed. Finding and job and a place to live, within a signing family, was Garrett's idea of heaven. That was until he met Wilson, housekeeper to Connor and Dan. But Wilson's past comes back to haunt him, and the new ties that Garrett has built with Wilson, and Connor and Dan, are pushed to breaking point.
Andrew Grey is growing on me!
This is a lovely tale, it really is. I love reading about characters that are out of the norm, that have extraordinary lives.
Being deaf, Garrett lives in a world of silence. But I loved how Grey filled that silence, how he described what Garrett "heard" in so many different ways: his sight and his touch. And when Garrett was telling Wilson what it's like to be with a deaf man?? LOVED that scene, really beautifully written.
Max Lehnen narrates. He does a really good job. It took me some time to get used to Garrett's speaking voice. It also made me think. While not totally deaf, like Garrett, I am hard of hearing and it made me wonder did I sound like that.
BUT! I have one issue with the narration. Wilson, while having been in the States for some time, still has a British accent and it becomes stronger at points, especially when he gets emotional. Lehnen nailed Wilson's soft blend of British/ American accent, nailed it. He did not, however, nail Wilson's brother's accent. As a British listener, it came over all kinds of wrong, even for a Cockney accent. Didn't like it, at all.
Just as Grey is growing on me, Lehnen may well too. Especially if he narrates the other books in this series. This is book 5, I would LOVE to go back and read/listen to the other 4, but preferably listen. I don't like to flip from listening to reading in a series, try to keep them the same.
4 stars for the book
4 for the narration (but ONLY because of the British accent thing for Wilson's brother)
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