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I’m an extremely finicky audiobook listener, so take this info for what it’s worth…what doesn’t work for me is usually fine for the masses. This narrator wasn’t bad, he just isn’t my favorite. There wasn’t too much of a distinction between characters. And the voices I hear in my head don’t match with his voice…Ash’s voice for example should have been deeper and rougher. He did express the emotions of the book well so if you’re not as picky as me you will love this performance.
Whew...I’m not gonna lie, I was hot pissed at Felice for what happened to Keith in book 1. And I had reservations about reading this book because I really wasn't ready for Jordan to move on. And apparently he wasn't ready to move on either. His pain in this book was palpable and I felt it to my soul. It was Luke’s kick in the a$$ that started to wake him up and make him human again.
Jordan becomes more likable in this book than in the first. Those that are ash fans probably didn't care for the way he treated ash in the first book and some of that continues here. You really start to see him for the amazing man he is though as you watch him struggle to recover and fall in love again.
Luke was hiding behind a mountain of hurt. He had no idea what ash went through and resented him for it...for a long time. He became a shell of a man - not unlike ash. He really just wanted someone to share his life and love him and be there for him through his life. He had major abandonment issues (not unfounded).
While this story will bring you to your knees a couple of times there are so many great things about it. We still have the great characters - Wanda, Esther, Rachel, Mike and lots of drew and ash. The anticipation of Ash and Luke coming face to face was tangible. I was sitting on pins and needles waiting. Wow! We got hope for a new young character. Of course, there was a dog :). There was a lot of love and healing in this book. And the writing was as good as the rest of Ms. Stevens books! Can't wait for Brandon’s book!!
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Well worth your time and well worth a credit. Felice Stevens is a master story teller.
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After the Fire by Felice Stevens is part of the Through Hell & Back series. It can be read/listen to as a standalone but i would recommend reading in order if you are looking for a series read to enjoy fully.
This book and series is a heartbreaking read of loss and struggle in life. The angst and emotions i went through with this book really pull on the heart strings. The characters really pull you in and don't let go and as i'm reviewing the Audio version of this book. The narration of this book is spot on keeping my attention. The reason for this is sometimes with Audio books no thought has been put into who will be narrating the story. Which for me spoils the enjoyment so when an author takes the time to make the voices fit the character/characters i really appreciate it more.
"Life isn't ever definite. When you think you have it all figured out, it bites you in the ass, letting you know not to take anything for granted."
If you're looking for emotion packed read then look no further!!