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A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package "Celebrate!".
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By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 12-24-15
Short Sweet and very romantic.
Where does Stardust rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Toward the top.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Georg. I loved his accent, his character, his presence, everything.
Which character – as performed by Andrew McFerrin – was your favorite?
Georg. See above.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Short Sweet and very romantic.
Any additional comments?
e-book review from 12-01-2014
Duncan volunteered to work in Munich over the Christmas Holidays so a co-worker could stay home with his expecting wife. As a single, gay man without a boyfriend or family to speak of, it seemed like a no brainer. A few weeks into the project his liaison is replaced by one tall, dark and handsome German named Georg. From the start Duncan feels very comfortable with Georg and the two share details about their lives over lunch and a sightseeing trip where Georg shares the love of his country and his home with his new American friend.
The attraction is mutual but Duncan needs a little reassuring that he won’t be just another notch in the proverbial bed post. He is leaving in a few weeks back to America, so how could a torrid affair possibly end well for either of them. The stars seem to shine down on them though, making their connection impossible to ignore. Chemistry, passion and common interests can only take you so far when you live oceans apart. Duncan wonders how he will be able to leave this man that he is falling for, but what other choice is there?
I love that Grey put time and effort into researching the area this story takes place in. The descriptions of scenery, traditions and the family dynamics of someone of Georg’s stature added a little weight to the story, making it more than just fluff and romance. Ah, but the fluff and romance were quite fun to read as well. The perfect story for the season, I think my face hurts from smiling so much. A sweat and endearing love story for all us hopeless romantics, a very light hearted read.
Update with audio review 12-22-2015
I already adored this story, but adding the narration, especially with McFerrin nailing the German for Georg so well, it just took the story to another level for me. The storyline is very simple as is the narration, just Georg and Duncan throughout, but McFerrin added so much color to the words with his voice. This isn’t one of Grey’s sexier stories, it is meant to be a lighthearted romance between these two men and that was conveyed very well with the narration. This is just the perfect little story for the season… short, sweet and very romantic, especially the little blue box.
My first audio with McFerrin, but I will look for more.
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By Morgan A Skye on 12-26-15
really sweet holiday story great narrator
Duncan recently dropped his cheating ex, and since he’s single and has no close family, he elects to take a job overseas for the holidays. He’s an engineer working for NASA and loves his job, but is terribly lonely.
Georg is a count! But is also terribly lonely. He doesn’t want someone who wants him for his mostly in-name-only status and hasn’t yet found someone to fit the bill. He works with Duncan on the NASA project and is immediately intrigued by the American’s lack of desire for titles and pretensions.
Though they both wonder at the intelligence of starting what will have to be a short-term affair, neither man can resist the lure of the other, an in the meantime they fall in love.
Luckily, by the end, it looks like they may just have found a more permanent solution.
This was one of the longer books in the advent series and it is excellent. The descriptions of Munich and Fussen are spot on and the love and caring between Georg and Duncan feel very authentic, plausible and very sweet.
I really enjoyed this novella and highly recommend it.
4.5 of 5 stars.
Andrew McFerrin does a great job with this! His lovely German accent is just strong enough for authenticity but not overwhelming. He has a nice reading pace and does a fantastic job with the emotions and the “acting” needed to bring a story to life.
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