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This is a romance about two young men who have been raised in a religious cult striking out on their own after one is thrown out (Josh) and one runs away (Caleb).
I've owned this book since it was published as "In Front of God and Everyone", when I bought it after actually reading "It's Never Over" first. But I put it off because....the whole cult thing made me skittish.
The story is actually far less angsty than I thought it would be. It's low angst, sweet, sexy as hell, and, with the exception of one boneheaded moment from Caleb towards the end, a pretty smooth sail to a lovely HEA.
As for the narration...for half of it I wasn't a fan. Allow me to explain. I was hoping because there are two narrators that this would be a "duet" narration. Where each narrator takes certain characters and only voices those characters throughout.
Alas, no. Though this was less muddled than some of the dual narrations I've listened to where the narrators trade off by chapter POV, this was different because there are four Parts or "Gospels" according to Josh or Caleb and each narrator voices the entire Part, with all its chapters, of the book.
(So, I could be wrong but I think) Teddy Hamilton voices the parts of the book from Josh's perspective, and Dake Bliss voices the parts from Caleb's perspective.
I LOVED Teddy's narration. It was smooth, he does great character voices, has great pacing, and is a genuine pleasure to listen to.
I was not so much a fan of Dake's performance. He was stilted, his pacing was off, and his character voices sounded stiff, and sometimes even robotic.
I'm not going to lie, it was jarring for me to go through 38% of the story with Teddy's smooth tones in my ear, to suddenly be listening to different actor playing *the same* parts, and not nearly as well.
Frankly, it lessened my enjoyment of the audiobook.
I just wish if an author, or publisher, cannot afford true "duet" narration that they would just stick to a single narrator.
If Teddy Hamilton had been the single narrator for this - I would be giving 4, possibly 4.5 stars...but having to consider in Dake's performance and this goes down to 2.5 to 3 stars.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
This story was so sweet and so refreshing. It's fairly low on the angst scale but at the same time, so emotional that I cried through most of it. Polygamist colonies are something I know a lot about and that could be the reason for such emotion. I literally could not push pause and ended up cancelling some plans today because I just had to listen to the whole thing.
Teddy Hamilton is a staple in the narration world and I mostly enjoyed his performance, but there was audible swallows that should have been edited out. Dake Bliss is where the wheels fell off for me. Not only was his age and voice sound not appropriate but I didn't enjoy his performance either. There were constant long pauses that didn't make sense to me and it felt like he was telling a story, not narrating. It was completely opposite of Teddy's narration style and I didn't enjoy it at all. If you only listen to audiobooks, then don't skip it because of this... this story is worth hearing! But if you read as well, might be a good one to read.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Caleb and Josh both belong together but they have multiple hurdles to overcome. I adore these two and the book is so well written that I had to listen to the audio book. Teddy and Sake have really done this story proud. Love it.
I've loved every audio I've listened to by Teddy Hamilton. I loved him as Andrew Eiden (I think, hehe) reading Social Skills, and especially with Jacob Morgan reading HIM and Us, and with Christian Fox reading The Understatement of the Year. Both of those pairings were inspired, the voices complemented each other and you felt that they were invested in the story they were narrating. Unfortunately, in this particular instance, the involvement of Dake Bliss ruined what was otherwise bound to be yet another winner for me. Mr Bliss has a totally boring voice, which reminded me somewhat of Guy Locke **shudders**....no intonation, no variation, no anything. I can only concede defeat and advise that I will not be buying book 2 of this series, which is a real shame as I assume Teddy (Andrew) will be taking part (he seems to be a favourite of Sarina's)....unfortunately I will NOT be taking part, enough is enough.