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Wonderfully narrated by Nick J. Russo with great character voices, terrific timing, and good pacing.
The story begins with Noah who went to pick up his husband, Dante, at the airport and found him Dante kissing his partner, his female partner, and was told their relationship is over.
What’s worse? Noah had arranged for his twin sister to be impregnated with Dante’s sperm and she’s pregnant with their daughter. He never even gets to show Dante the sonogram picture. Once the shock wears off, and even though Noah is absolutely crushed, he does everything he can to contact Dante to tell him about their daughter – to no avail.
The beginning was actually my favorite part of the book – wonderfully written and brilliantly narrated by Nick, the emotions in beginning of this had me mesmerized.
The story picks up almost 6 years later when, by chance, Noah and his daughter Grace are in Vegas and Dante, along with his entire family, show up out of nowhere and push back into Noah’s life.
After the initial prologue the story actually takes place in less than 12 hours. It’s also a super short novella so while there is some backstory that gets revealed, there’s also a lot that’s not mentioned – and it does impact the story.
There’s also the matter of the guy Noah is non-exclusively dating, Keith, who I just felt like didn’t even need to be in the story. As a character and a plot point with what happens with him, it just felt unnecessary. Though I'll be honest, there is one hilarious scene involving Keith that Nick J. Russo performs so wonderfully that I'm really glad we didn't miss out on.
This is definitely not your standard miscommunication plot – this is more of a totally wild outside manipulation of characters by a trusted source that leads to the dissolution of marriage and breaking of hearts.
I really loved Noah and Grace, but I never warmed to Dante. He just kept rubbing me the wrong way. Especially when he decrees at first that Noah and his daughter pick up and move (from Southern California) to Maine without a thought to the disruption of Noah or Grace’s lives…it rankled.
Anyway, they eventually work it out and there’s a HFN/HEA, but I think the story would have been much better served if this had been a full-length novel.
In the end, while I really loved the narration I’m only sort of in like with the story.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I have been waiting forever for Again to come to audio. All that anticipation could have meant disaster if it didn't live up to my expectations. I need not worry, however. Nick J Russo was the perfect choice for Noah. I will certainly be listening to this one time and again.
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