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Hard to judge the text itself because of the narration. The majority of the book is voiced by a man who sounds at least 40 years older than the other. Throw in sexual aggression and the result is stomach churning.
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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
I loved the story line, but the narrator ruined it for me. The narrator reading for "Dave" sounded like an old man and the character is in his early 30's. I just could not get past his gruff old sounding voice. It was not sexy at all and the story was a very sexy one. This is one book that I can honestly say that I would have rather read than listened to and that is a real shame since I love my Audible books.
What other book might you compare Soul Storm to and why?
Maris Black is one of my new favorite authors. I have purchased and listened to all of her books on Audible and have enjoyed them so much. The "SSU Boys" and "Kage Trilogy" are fantastic. I also like to throw in "Owning Cory" to the "SSU Boys" because of the same characters, even though it is not "technically" part of the series.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Verbena and Bruce Cullen ?
All of the Maris Black books I have listened to have been narrated by J. F. Harding (excluding Soul Storm) and he is absolutely the best. Peter Verbena is a great narrator, however he was not suitable for this particular book. Bruce Cullen's voice sounded more age appropriate although at the start of the book he was a little monotone. By the end of the book he became a bit more engaging, but by that point it was little to late.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
This book provoked sadness in me. Mourning the loss of a loved one is always heart-wrenching and this book was no different. However, it being a love story always out-weighs the sadness.
Any additional comments?
I am so glad I found Maris Black. She is an incredible author and I really enjoy reading/listening to her books. I hope there are many to come.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful
this was the first time I listened to Bruce, but I like some m/m stories and Maris Black is a great writer. So picking this up was exciting to hear these words in audio.
I enjoyed both performances, though think there was a pretty good difference in the duo narration, but it worked very well when brought together and gave extra insight to both guys and what they were thinking and feeling. I did think the balance ratio of Dave to Luca might have been more even, but I guess there's only so much you can repeat before it gets a tab over the top. Yea, so really just wanted it to be a longer story. But still enjoyed it a lot too.
Nice story for them both, and it was tied in well together towards the ending. :) Would listen to these two duo together again, it made a very nice change to just one narrator. Thanks for the opportunity, and am watching for some more from Maris in audio,