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The first thing that NEEDS to be said is that this MUST be listened to.
What a masterpiece!
Craig Beck is easily my favorite “British” narrator and ties in the top three of all narrators. He is so good with emotions, timing, voice modulation and pacing. There are no technical errors and he even adds in a bit here and there – special effects for phone calls, etcetera. I don’t know my British accents – but I can tell he does – and he differentiates the various regions superbly.
There’s a bit in Misfits where Tom calls out Jake’s accent and so it’s magnified and it’s awesome! Funny and (I think) spot on.
Because this is SO British, listening to it only helps to put the story in perspective. It’s a London story with parts elsewhere, but having the accent in your ears makes it all the more real.
On that note, let’s talk about the story itself, because REAL is what this story signifies. It is NOT a perfect relationship. Neither Tom’s with Cass, Tom’s with Jake, Jake’s with Cass, nor Tom’s, Jake’s and Cass’ together. It’s not like any ménage I’ve read so far, but it works for them.
Garrett Leigh is a skilled writer of broken men, and Cass and Jake are broken in their own ways. Tom is the glue that helps them stay put together but he needs them just as much as they need him.
I LOVED Jake’s Turret’s syndrome and all his ticks and sayings. He absolutely made this story! “there’s a rat in here!”
I highly recommend this in audio format – it’s a FABULOUS narration of a great story that I think most anybody would like.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Wonderful, beautiful book!! Couldn't put it down. Truly a story of love and companionship. 5 STARS!
The writing is very compelling as we expect from this author, but the narrator's performance gives the additional push to make a great book, extraordinary.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
This book is great, it's one of Garrett Leigh's less angsty titles (less angsty not not angsty!) And it's nice to have an English book read by an English narrator
Who was your favorite character and why?
You have to love Jake, he is a great character and he isn't totally defined by his TS which is nice
What about Craig Beck’s performance did you like?
Sorry to Craig but I'm being a purest here! As a cockney born and bred I can tell you he doesn't quite nail Cas's accent, but it isn't so bad I couldn't listen so I forgive him, he is very good with Jake's northern accent, not being from Leeds I can't tell you how accurate it was, and reading a book with 3 characters with different accents can't have been easy. I also particularly love his interpretation of Jake's fly me to the moon tick, which was great but different to how I had read it in the book to myself.The one bit he did wrong and although very small it annoyed me as it would be an easy thing to check, was when he sang the first couple of lines of 'I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles', the West Ham football song. I get that he didn't grow up with his family singing it in his ear like Cas and I did but 30 seconds on you tube would have done it. And he clearly knows the song Fly Me to the Moon
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I did laugh at points in the book and whilst I didn't cry there were sad bits. Usually Garrett rips your heart out of your chest throws it in the gutter and stamps on it, fortunately this is one of her 'lightheated' books lol
Any additional comments?
A good story, well narrated and produced. Worth the listen :-)
4.5 stars. Loved the book and loved the audio book too. Narrated by a newbie on the block to me, Craig Beck, but he did a grand job as Jake would say, Jake being the glue that held Tom and Cass together when life simply got in the way of their established relationship, and made them forget what they meant to each other for a little while. I thought the effort that Craig put in to get Jake's Tourette's Syndrome and the resulting pops, clicks, buzzes and swearing was spot on, as was Garrett's research for the story. 4.5 stars from me.