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Is there anything you would change about this book?
I thought that the story was decent and that it had some really cool characters. I would've liked to see some female characters. Literally, zero in-depth female characters are in this book. They mention Karl's mother a little bit and there's the women at the party, but I would've liked to see some strong female characters. This book seemed to want to put a gay couple in the middle of a time when there was a strong fear, distain, and disgust toward all people who showed interest in that community. It would've been cool if there was this kick-a** female character that maybe was a spy with Reese? I don't know. ---ALSO, yes, tell the love story, I'm totally fine with that, but if there was more political/nobleman intrigue, I think the book would've been better, more depth than just erotic novels, and longer. It's like these authors are pumping out short gay erotic novels just to get to a certain number. I'm not trying to take away from the good qualities of this book, but I think it needed more on the story and intrigue side versus the love story side. ---This bugged me so much, but the authors decided to use a variation of these words so many times in this book that I started to roll my eyes. I can't actually write what one of the words is, because I want this review to not have any swears or anything that could get it taken down. In some way, these words were used together: his (word for male genitalia that starts with the third letter of the alphabet) twitched/ his c*** twitched/ my c*** twitched/ everyone's c*** twitched. Okay, that last one was trying to be funny. But, I'm serious, it was used way too much. And, it really isn't sexy to think of it moving with that word. I get what they're trying to say, but it just is not a sexy word to use when thinking of a man's genitalia and what it does and can do. (By the way, I know what you might be thinking. The C word for men was used to describe that anatomy as far back as the 17th century or so. I did look it up. I also had to look up another couple of things that would be right at home if there was a contemporary setting in a novel, but seems out of place in this one).
Would you recommend The Nobleman and the Spy to your friends? Why or why not?
Gay friends: absolutely. Female friends: depends on which friends. Straight male friends: HEAVENS NO!! -- This kind of thing tends to make the straight male uncomfortable.
Have you listened to any of Todd Scott’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
This is my first. I have no idea what he looks like, but I kind of fell in love with is voice (when he was reading from Reese's POV. It was always in third person, but the book did like to zoom in on Karl and Reese at separate moments. So it's more of a third person limited, but with two characters instead of just one). So, Mr. Scott as Reese was sexy and really charming. Karl too obviously.
Did The Nobleman and the Spy inspire you to do anything?
I was going to wait until the additional comments section, but I guess this fits here. One: yes, it did inspire me to start writing more frequently. I want there to be gay novels written by a gay man out there (Not that I mind these ones. I liked this one and I LOVED 'Zero at the Bone' by Jane Seville. I just would like to be one of the new gay male authors that comes out and can help these books get out there more.) --What I said before though, I had trouble getting through this book. I wanted this review to be entirely about the books and not my personal feelings/hand-ups, but this book made me sad every time I went back to it. I knew that I wanted to finish it, because I really wanted to know what was going to happen with the two men; however, I could only take it in short doses. Again, that is my personal hangup, but it did prevent me from devouring the book like I normally would have.
Any additional comments?
This has to be said. I know that there were homosexuals in early 20th century and before, obviously. My problem is that they seem to almost be a couple in this book, which never could've happened. I mean, maybe it could have. I'm not an historian or anything, but it just seems like they were asking to get caught and then get in serious trouble. The authors did mention the fears of them doing things together and being together, but that's it. There was no actual danger. Maybe we can put this book under fantasy, or, like I said in the title of this review WISHFUL THINKING. I'm also glad the book ended where it did, because I think there's a very dark future for them.
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Where does The Nobleman and the Spy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Somewhere in the middle. I like mystery in my books, hate it when it when every other chapter has a sex scene.
this one had mystery, maybe not a big one, but there. Enough characters and sense of location and time.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Nobleman and the Spy?
The "broom closet" scene.
What does Todd Scott bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
there is a passion in his narration. I don't know how accurate his accent was, but it was good enough for me. A book I could listen without the need of a book
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Any additional comments?
Would have loved a second book. Thats why I prefer series.