• by JC Miller
  • Narrated by Curt Simmons
  • 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Dr. William Koval, a pragmatist with little faith in humanity, prefers to dwell in the eerily comforting microscopic realm, where he is master of his domain. But his worldview is upended when he decides to go on the English walking tour his wife had been planning before her murder three years earlier. Only when William confronts his past, including his troubled marriage, will he find a way to rejoin the living, to move forward, and perhaps love again. The real journey, he discovers, lies within.


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Despite my hesitation, it was an enjoyable journey

I have to admit that I was hesitant to begin this book simple because I had a preconceived sense that this was going to be a "chic-listen" of sorts. That being said, I really ended up enjoying the book as it was an easy listen. Vacation is an inspirational story of one man's vacation in the English countryside, that unexpectedly turns into a journey of self-discovery that will change the way he lives his life. The characters are well developed and the story-line is solid, yet it was rather apparent (to me at least) as to what direction this was going in . . . a truly redemptive ending. Nice, but one could see it coming well before the conclusion of the story. Perhaps because the basis of the story is one that has been told often.

The narration by Curt Simmons was superb and, in fact, is part of the reason that my overall rating was 4-stars. His rich descriptions of the various locales and that of the English countryside easily transports the listener into the story. For me, that was half the enjoyment of the book.

I would recommend this book to those looking for a relaxing listen about love, loss, acceptance, forgiveness, hope, friendship, and redemption. A review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in return for this unbiased review. My hope is that this review helps in your decision to obtain this book.
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- Bill Beaulac

A Book To Listen To More Than Once

What made the experience of listening to Vacation the most enjoyable?

It's a book that was sad a lot of the time. It had its up and down moments. But what was most enjoyable was going on vacation to England with our main character.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Since we see him for most of the book, and it's told from his point of view, I would say that it would be William. He's also someone that I can commiserate with.

What does Curt Simmons bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He was perfect for this book. He brought William's character to life. You could feel all of William's emotions as the story unfolds. Mr. Simmons also did a great job with the characters that had an accent.

If you could take any character from Vacation out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Since this is William's story. I would say William but now that he's found Annie I would want her there too. I'd want to know if they go back to England and what they would recommend I visit and where to stay. It would be a great way to catch up with them and find out what happens after this book ends.

Any additional comments?

This is a book that I could, in some ways, identify with. I could feel Williams' pain. Our pain is the same but different. His was from violence and mine was from old age. It was nice that at the end of the tunnel you can find love again. It's never easy but if you put in the time and sometimes persistence you can get your happily ever after.

If I had not been part of a tour for this book I might never have read/listened to it. This is one of those that you can't judge a book by its cover. It's one you need to take a chance on. There were times that I had tears in my eyes but that's a good thing. You need to let your emotions out - keeping them bottled up isn't a good thing. This was a pleasant way to help with that.

Like William I went on vacation too. But after listening to his story I almost wish that I had gone on a walking tour. It's a great way to meet new people and make lots of new friends. But that doesn't mean it won't happen - my bucket list just got a little longer. Will make sure to have this book with me when I go. It was also a great way to be introduced to a narrator and author that I have not experienced before. But will most definitely experience again.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Audio Copy of this book.

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- ElyLibrarySec

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-14-2017
  • Publisher: JC Miller Writer