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Short stories are often the hardest things to write, as well as to review. The author only has a short time to accomplish what they want to accomplish. Usually either the plot or the character gets sacrificed for the other. With All or Nothing I’m not really sure what the main point was.
Sam is a lonely man with a crush on his neighbor, Steve, and says nothing about it for a very, very long time. The only thing that really happens in the story is Sam pining after his neighbor, as well as jack off thinking about Steve.
Then, after so much time of hiding his feelings, Sam visits Steve in Canada, both men admit their feelings and they get their HEA. It was a tad Insta-love-ish for me and I would’ve like to have seen more of them together before they confess their love.
Regardless of what I thought about the plot and Sam’s wishy washy attitude, I did like the character. He was realistic and a genuinely nice person. Since it was written in Sam’s POV, Steve is seen very little and is somewhat of an enigma. I never really got why Sam liked him, other than from a physical stand point.
The writing is strong here and I will have to check out other stuff by the author.
Stewart Campbell nailed Steve’s voice here. However, there were so few other characters it was hard to see what kind of talent the narrator possessed. I echo my statement about the author and will look for more books narrated by Campbell.
What made the experience of listening to All or Nothing the most enjoyable?
The performance was amazing. A simple story which really got to me through the way the narrator did the voices. I could listen to him for hours.
What other book might you compare All or Nothing to, and why?
Anything by this author. He's so unique in how he portrays gay characters.
What about Stewart Campbell’s performance did you like?
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
When risking everything is the only choice left.
Any additional comments?
Can't wait to listen to more.