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If you haven't read this, then do yourself two favors:
1. No spoilers. Because you have to go into this blind, okay? Seriously, please don't read any spoilers because you'll miss out on the total emotion of this story.
Yes, it's heartbreaking. Sure there's a happy-ish kind of ending, but the reality of the story (of how this happens every day) left me...bereft and just kind of...shattered.
And Derrick McClain? Well, he just shattered me all over again. His narration has the kind of emotion you hear from people who have lost everything. Who have hit the bottom of tolerance for the world and all its cruelty.
The story is so well crafted, and seen solely through David's POV, it renders your heart in two while still giving glimpses of hope and redemption and love and perseverance.
Because the not knowing was the worst thing of all.
When you didn’t know, you were stuck in this limbo.
You didn’t know who to focus your anger on.
So it went wherever it could, that focus.
And sometimes, it went toward the wrong person.
I just want to find David and Phillip and give them long hugs.
This is not a fast paced narration. There is a deliberateness to McClain's voice work that, to some, might seem slow.
The writing, for me, was brilliant. The writing needed narration that would really be just as brilliant. It needed a narrator who would pull the nuance of emotion and brokenhearted pain and weave it throughout the spoken words without crushing the listener.
Most of all the narrator needed to pull off the ending. To render hope where it seemed hopeless.
Derrick McClain delivers on all counts.
2. If you love a good Hurt/Comfort story and can stand some heartbreak and maybe even some wookiee cry face...buy this.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
First, let me start by giving the best advice I can muster after having listened to every second of this 5 hour and 11 minute masterpiece: Grab a bottle of vodka, a box of tissues and buckle up because it's gonna be a looooong night! It's officially 'the day after' and I'm still recovering.....
This story touched my heart on more levels than I could have imagined and without giving away spoilers, all I can do is recommend that you listen to this tragically beautiful story about life, love, loss and everything in-between. TJ Klune proves yet once again he is an amazing writer and that he's made another perfect decision to have Derrick McClain bring his characters to life. Bravo, Gentlemen!!!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
5 heartbreakingly emotional stars. I genuinely don't even know where to start or how to write this review. Firstly i'll start by saying I'm not even going to discuss the story line. The blurb for this book is vague and as will be this review in terms of plot content.
I listened to this book in audio first and then went straight to 1 click and read it all over again. It's that good. Derrick McClain is a fabulous narrator that I've not come across before. His voice is beautiful and really leant itself to the tone of this story. Is this a romance? I'm not really sure everyone would class it as one as there's no sex scenes, no chasing or dating, angst or ridiculous-ness going on. But it is real and honest and heartbreaking and all about LOVE and devastating loss.
As i started listening to this book i was initially a little frustrated, as i said the blurb is very vague and the story starts off very confusing. But if this happens to you please stick with it because its so worth it.
This book is exceptionally well written and covers a reality many families face daily in relative silence. It's deep and emotive and so very sad at times. Those that read my reviews will no how much i love TJ's books and this was another awesome book to add to that list.
Would you listen to Olive Juice again? Why?
Yes, I would absolutely listen again. Olive Juice is possible one of the best stories I have ever read! What TJ Klune wrote, it's just something I believe to be so special and important, everyone needs to experience David and Philip's tale. And Derrick McClain's performance definitely gave this story justice. Listening to him is like having him lightly hold your hand on the cliff of intense feelings and hoping he won't let go or just push you off. But he keeps the balance and I would listen to his telling of 'Olive Juice' again.
Who was your favorite character and why?
No favourite; the heroes David and Philip deserve so much love. And the sprinkling of secondary and tertiary characters just added another dimension to the story, and were represented incredibly well.
Have you listened to any of Derrick McClain’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Yes I have. I've enjoyed all his performances to date.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I wish I could listen to it in one sitting but 'Real Life' cuts into my listening time.
I was disappointed with this book. I read all the great reviews and thought it would be amazing. It didn't really go anywhere. I assume there will be another book after this book. It tried to keep you in suspense. I guessed in the beginning what was going on so found it boring listened to the whole book hoping to find out what all the suspense was about. And it ended.