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I really enjoyed this book, particularly in audio format. I have actually enjoyed all of the Men of Smithfield stories. L. B Gregg provides a little mystery and a love conquers all mojo that appeals to my extremely unrealistic romantic side. With this story the two principle characters are Holden--a 40-year-old former adventurer, now agoraphobic and Adam--a 24-year-old young man who has to endure and overcome some earlier trauma. Within the midst of the romance is a mystery that left me guessing towards the end of the story. All in all, a good journey. Now as far as the narrator, Shannon Gunn has done all four books and I admire his vocal ability for differentiating our protagonists, but the voice for Holden really just tickled me to the point of no return. I am sure that some will not get my reference, but as I listened to Holden's story I kept envisioning Paul Lynn. Some of the inflictions provided by Gunn were spot on to the late and great Lynn. Then of course, when Holden spouted off on several occasions of being 'the man', my mental image and the vocal inflictions had me rolling. I am not sure if that was the intent of Gregg, but it certainly added so much more to the character of Holden and actually served as a measure that endeared me to Holden. I actually had to have my bff listen to the book to see if I was crazy and she came up with the same conclusion that I did regarding the character of Holden. But I digress, I thoroughly enjoyed this story and would recommend and if you want to determine my Lynn reference, just remember Uncle Author from Bewitched or from reruns of Hollywood Squares and the center square.
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Is there anything you would change about this book?
The interpretation of Holden as Paul Lynde. I can understand why the narrator went this way, because the book really has great snarky dialogue. But as much as I like Paul Lynde, it is NOT sexy to hear the romance part of the book with his voice. It is really annoying after a while.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
It wasn't really that interesting. The story and romance is really pretty lame. The best thing about the book is the comedy, it is really funny. I would suggest listening to it as a funny read with a little romance.
What three words best describe Shannon Gunn’s voice?
Diversified. He did a great job with the different charaters, but I just didn't like Holden's.
Do you think Men of Smithfield: Adam and Holden needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
No, just let them be happy.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This is one of my favourite series and it has beem made even more memorable by an outstanding narrator.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I don’t think I can do this wonderful comedy of errors murder mystery justice. So much happens in in amongst it all Holden finds himself falling from lust into love with Adam.
Shannon Gunn’s narration is wonderful. His characterisation of Holden reminds me of Uncle Arthur from the original Bewitched (that shows my age!) but from that voice I had such a great picture of Holden. Adam was pretty great as well. If in doubt listen to the sample because it’s a character you’ll either love or hate. Me I love it.