Sutphin Boulevard : Five Boroughs

  • by Santino Hassell
  • Narrated by Rusty Topsfield
  • Series: Five Boroughs
  • 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Michael Rodriguez and Nunzio Medici have been friends for two decades. From escaping their dysfunctional families in the working-class neighborhood of South Jamaica, Queens, to teaching in one of the city's most queer-friendly schools in Brooklyn, the two men have shared everything. Or so they thought until a sweltering night of dancing leads to an unexpected encounter that forever changes their friendship.
Now, casual touches and lingering looks are packed with sexual tension, and Michael can't forget the feel of his best friend's hands on him. Once problems rear up at work and home, Michael finds himself seeking constant escape in the effortless intimacy and mind-blowing sex he has with Nunzio. But things don't stay easy for long.
When Michael's world begins to crumble in a sea of tragedy and complications, he knows he has to make a choice: find solace in a path of self-destruction or accept the love of the man who has been by his side for 20 years.

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I wish that the people in charge of choosing the narrators of audiobooks consider everything about the stories. Age of the main characters, ethnicity, regional and international dialects, etc. I've listened to many audio books narrated by Mr. Topsfield and consider him to be an okay choice for many books. But there have been some, this one in particular that leave much to be desired. The characters in Suthpin Boulevard are from Spanish, heavily ethnic NY neighborhoods. The accents are definitely not Hispanic nor Brooklynese. It took me out of the story and lessened my enjoyment. Choosing a narrator that has a command of dialects would increase the marketability and authenticity of the audio productions and could also make a mediocre book extraordinary. I did read this story and was really excited to hear it, only to be disappointed. Please consider this for future projects.
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- Libros Lover

Realistic protrayal of addiction and recovery

I will have to give this one 3.5 stars. The writing was a four star but I had a hard time with the addiction and depression part.

Michael "Mikey" Rodriguez drove me to drink several glasses of wine because his head was a dark and painful place to be. He was a broken character because life had dealt him a crummy hand not including his little brother Raymond and his best friend Nunzio Medici.

I felt so bad for Nunzio and kept waiting for Mikey to pick himself up and go. I honestly had a hard time appreciating the sex scenes because I felt Mikey was just hiding and would have a melt down shortly after sex. The author did a remarkable job humanizing Michael and Nunzio. Both were flawed characters, but they both felt much and tried hard to work with the hand they were dealt.

As for the rating, this is really a case of It's me, not you because it was a well writing story featuring family, addiction, love and growth. I do think I will give Raymond's book a go.
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- Ezinwanyi

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-04-2015
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC