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I absolutely loved this book when I first read it. Amelia Faulkner doesn't shy away from dealing with hard topics such as addiction and alcoholism and it really adds a lot of death and realism to the characters and story.
Adding Joel Leslie's narrating talent to the mix is just a recipe for success. He adds so much life to an already great book and I am already dieing to get my hands on the next book!
If you don't have this in your library you are soooooo missing out.
Buy it. Buy it now! 😁
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
What a wonderful treat to listen to. Joel Leslie is a multiple personality storyteller.
In the beginning "Bambi" (Yes. It really is his name) being a recovering addict, tries daily to make it to the next. Helping his mom in a flower shop. Smoking a joint to keep calm.
Dealing with an old bullying boyfriend who is insistent on "just one more time*.
A slow building paranormal tale, wondering who is going to be the bad ass. Who knows what will happen when you accidentally summon a god? The "paranormal" action is injected slowly, you don't even know it's there. From then on the paranormal dial is cranked up till everyone but poor Dan has got some. But don't worry even Dan will not be left hanging.(again).
Quentin and Laurence struggle to work together. Quentin is always referring to himself as"one". Laurence brings some great sarcasm to the table. Declaring being unique
"like everyone who listened to Daft Punk felt unique."
Then there is Jack. Who is rather scary. Also who happens to be green. Every time Jack is around chaos happens to our poor Bambi. I was feeling pretty bad for him. Everyone is picking on Laurence. You start to wonder how the guy even gets out of bed in the morning. Laurence gets enough motivation knowing he will be protecting Quentin. Maybe steal a kiss or two.
One of the fun parts of the tale is poor Laurence trying to explain how to use a new cell phone to Quentin. Seeing as Quentin has never had a cell phone. The old fashioned earl is not tech savy to say the least. Does not know what Uber is. Only uses a taxi.
I had to listen to this audiobook twice. Waited a day, and listened again. The narrating that Joel does is that superb. He plays a surfer ex-boyfriend. A stiff upper lip "Lord". Both are fantastic. Joel even does an older lady well. Sorry, That was the only one I did not care for.
Overall this audiobook felt like Joel telling us a ghost story. Sitting around the campfire with marshmallows, hanging on every word. Waiting till the very end to see how the good boys defeat the bad guy. Smores all around. A sweet romance. This should be at the top of your audiobook list. Fantastic Job Joel Leslie.
Given a copy for a review.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Would you try another book written by Amelia Faulkner or narrated by Joel Leslie?
I love Joel Leslie. I wanted to give up on this book several times but he kept me listening.
As for Amelia Faulkner, I'm on the fence. I loved the characters! I'm dying to know what happens with them. I know there's a long history with Banbury that we didn't seem to touch in this book and that was furiously frustrating. But the book just dragged and dragged and nothing seemed to happen which leaves me undecided about following up with the series. Perhaps I will read a summary of the next books instead.
Would you ever listen to anything by Amelia Faulkner again?
I don't think so.
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What did you like most about Jack of Thorns?
All of it
Who was your favorite character and why?
Quentin. What a character.
Have you listened to any of Joel Leslie’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, And previously I had read the book all in one sitting too. A holiday treat.
Any additional comments?
Highly recommend the series. I love the characters, the writing and the humour.