Vacation

  • 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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Delightful Story!

I so enjoyed listening to this book. The premise of going on a walking tour of England sounds so delightful and relaxing, along with being picturesque. (My mother has done it twice) so the imagery brought back many memories. I loved the twists that the author spun into this book as well. The main character was awkward and likable. I thought it was great how the book came full circle for the good doctor. My review is not a synopsis of the book, but rather my opinion of it. I was provided with this review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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- Jan

A comfortable love story

Any additional comments?

In many ways, William is a stereotypical research physician but those close to him know he isn't coping well with the death of his wife; rather than moving on with his life, he's withdrawn and finds comfort in solitude. He would be content, if not happy, to be left alone but, fortunately for him, there are a few people who care enough about his wellbeing to force him to take a step forward.

A walking tour through the English countryside doesn't seem too onerous at first, even though William isn't used to this sort of thing or with spending time with a group of strangers, some of whom are intent on being chummy. Their Irish tour guide is a funny sort of guy who's suspiciously inept at this and a couple of his fellow walkers are a bit irritating. Still, it's only for a few days and William has to admit he's feeling a kind of relaxation he didn't expect. When a woman named Annie begins to touch his heart, he's unprepared and, at first, resistant and when he does let himself feel again, he and Annie come up against an unbearable barrier.

Vacation is what I call a love story rather than a romance because there's more depth to the feelings between these two and it seemed quite organic, if you will. The twist in the story bothered me some, first because I thought it was way too predictable but also because it just seems so unnecessary and I think tension could have been created in a less sensational manner. Despite that, I enjoyed this story a great deal.

A lot of my enjoyment came from the wonderful narration by Curt Simmons. I don't think I've heard him before but his voice is one of the best I've come across with his smooth, even tones that tell the story with distinct vocalizations and a comfortable quality that makes me want to keep listening. Ms. Miller wrote a really good story; Mr. Simmons brought William and all the other characters to life.

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- Lelia T

Book Details

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