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Leaning Into the Fall is my favorite book of the series (my review of the book), so I was eagerly anticipating the audiobook version.When Miss Hayes announced one of my favorite narrators, Nick J. Russo, would be the one to bring Nick Jorgensen’s story to life, my excitement level ramped up. Happily, it was everything I hoped it would be. Seeing as I read this book before listening to it, I'm going to incorporate some of my original review of the book into this review of the audiobook.
In the other books of the series, Nick comes across as slightly oblivious to social cues and generally self-involved. Oft-referred to as “the absent-minded professor” by his friends, it’s clear his attitude isn’t mean-spirited on his part. However, it didn’t necessarily endear him to me either. While I always expected there was a lot more to his character, I hadn’t anticipated just how well developed his character would be in Leaning Into the Fall. The raw emotion, confusion, and frustration Miss Hayes tapped into telling this story was incredible and the narrator gave life to each and every one. I found his delivery of Nick’s frustration over his self-perceived flaws and Geordie’s grief particularly poignant. Nick’s character come alive over the course of the book, and the listener experiences his ups and downs right alongside him. I don’t know that Nick was technically a character in need of redemption, but it felt a little like that. The amount of growth he went through in this book made it a story that will be impossible to forget. Although Nick stole the show for me, I can’t deny Wes was an equally incredible hero with an interesting story. I loved how he approached Nick’s moments of genius and uncertainty, and the steady presence he provided proved that he was the perfect partner for Nick. Beyond that I liked hearing his personality really shine as he and Nick found their way together. I enjoyed the ebb and flow of this romance so much. Though this wasn’t a love story teeming with angst, it certainly felt like every good moment was earned.
Speaking directly to the narration, Mr. Russo maintained a nice rhythmic tempo throughout the audiobook, making this a smooth, easy read. Sometimes when I listen to a book after reading it, I struggle with the voices or accents the narrator chooses because they don’t fit with how I originally envisioned. I was very happy this wasn’t the case in Leaning Into the Fall. Mr. Russo’s voices for the characters were pleasant and distinct, ensuring I could follow along with the narrative and dialogue without any difficulty and without ever feeling it didn’t measure up to my imagination. I loved reliving my favorite parts of the book and think fans of this book, series, or author won’t regret picking up the Leaning Into the Fall audiobook at all.
*Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*
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Leaning into the Fall is without a doubt my favorite book in the Leaning Into Stories series, so of course, I jumped at the chance to listen to the audiobook.
We met Nick in Leaning into Love and I didn't particularly like him there, he seemed to be a bit of a jerk. However, my opinion changed after the first chapters of this book. He was quirky and weird and special, trying to make do in a world that didn't quite understand him and I ended up loving him more than words can express. It was kind of odd that no one else realized he might have some kind of Asperger's before Wes mentioned it, but I guess his friends just saw it as Nick being Nick. I loved Wes. He was just perfect, a blend of sweet and dominant. I adored the progression in their relationship, it felt so natural. I loved how well they fit together despite the age gap between them, or perhaps because of it? Wes had the maturity and patience to realize what Nick needed, to know when to push and when to draw back. Never mind that they were hot, hot, crazy HOT together! *fans self* Lane Hayes definitely writes some intense sex scenes!
Now, while the book was amazing, there was something special about listening to Nick Russo portrayal of Nick, Geordie and the rest of the gang and truly, his voice for Wes was the stuff hot, sexy dreams are made of. *fans self* Mr. Russo has a very nice tone of voice and gave the scenes the emotion they required to make them come alive for me.
Overall, Leaning into the Fall is fabulous, no matter if you read or listen to it, it's engaging, fun, hot and emotional. Lane Hayes made me fall for Nick and Wes, I just wanted to cuddle them both and make it all better and it was fantastic having them come to life in Nick Russo's voice. Highly recommendable!
Overall: 5 Stars
Story: 5 Stars
Narration: 5 Stars
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