The Latecomers Fan Club

  • by Diane V. Mulligan
  • Narrated by Becket Royce
  • 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What is it about guys with guitars in their hands that makes them so irresistible, even when they are obviously self-centered jerks? If Abby and Maggie could answer that question, maybe they could finally get over Nathaniel. There's just something about him when he picks up his guitar and gets behind the microphone, something that makes sensible women act like teenyboppers instead of rational, self-respecting adults.
Abby was first sucked in by Nathaniel's rock 'n' roll swagger four years ago when a drunken fling turned into a series of drunken hook-ups that became something like a relationship. Now, as New Year's Eve promises a fresh start, she wants to believe he's finally going to grow up and take their relationship seriously.
What does Nathaniel hope the New Year will bring? An escape from the disappointing realities of his life. He's 34 years old and he's barely making ends meet as an adjunct philosophy professor, which was always only a backup plan anyway. Nathaniel's real goal was always to make his living as a musician, but his band, The Latecomers, broke up a couple of years ago, and he hasn't picked up his guitar in months.
When he decides to spend the holiday with some high school friends instead of hanging out at the bar where Abby works, he gets the happy surprise of reuniting with his long-lost friend Maggie. Newly divorced, Maggie has just moved back to her mother's house to regroup. Nathaniel and Maggie were supposed to be the ones who left Worcester forever to conquer the world. He was going to be a rock star. She was going to take the world of art by storm. He's never gotten farther than Boston, and her best efforts only left her broke and heartbroken. As they ring in the New Year together, Nathaniel decides it's time to take control of his life and to start making his dreams come true. He thinks the first step will be easy. All he needs to do is break up with Abby and finally admit his feelings for Maggie.

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This was weird

Maggie and Abby in love with the same rock star. Nat was just weird. He was way past being a teenager yet he was still acting like one. Then both women were old enough to know what they needed in life. I was given this book via audiobook boom. I am not sure of what to think about any of these three people.
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Not What I Expected

For whatever reason, I guess I expected this to be a YA story, maybe because of the description. Rock band hunk, misunderstood and long suffering and the women who pine away for him blah, blah, blah ( I am a sucker for those ). It wasn't like that at all.
The characters in this story are in their 30's and all three are coming to the grim realization that the life they dreamed of and were sure they would have has not happened. The sand in the hourglass has more than begun its' second half descent.

Abby and Maggie both love Nathaniel (in this case the rockstar hunk who is not so hunky anymore), Maggie since high school and Abby since she met him four years ago when his band was playing at the bar where she works. What unfolds over the course of the book is what happens when we are forced to open our eyes and really take inventory of where are lives are now, decide where we are headed and make the hard choices about what we want, what we wish we had, and what is actually attainable.

I did love the story. Becket Royce did a fantastic job as the narrator. She came across as down to earth and told the story. What I mean by that is, she really made me feel what the author had intended without being over the top. I think her style of narration was perfect for this book.

This audiobook was gifted to me through Audibook Blast for an honest review.

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- LJM VO

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-24-2014
  • Publisher: Diane Mulligan