Murmuration

  • by TJ Klune
  • Narrated by Kirt Graves
  • 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the small mountain town of Amorea, it's stretching toward autumn of 1954. The memories of a world at war are fading in the face of a prosperous future. Doors are left unlocked at night, and neighbors are always there to give each other a helping hand.
The people here know certain things as fact:
Amorea is the best little town there is.
The only good commie is a dead commie.
The Women's Club of Amorea runs the town with an immaculately gloved fist.
And bookstore owner Mike Frazier loves that boy down at the diner, Sean Mellgard. Why they haven't gotten their acts together is anybody's guess. It may be the world's longest courtship, but no one can deny the way they look at each other.
Slow and steady wins the race, or so they say.
But something's wrong with Mike. He hears voices in his house late at night. There are shadows crawling along the walls and great clouds of birds overhead that only he can see.
Something's happening in Amorea. And Mike will do whatever he can to keep the man he loves.

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A well-realised fantasy and love story

I have exceptionally low expectations when it comes to gay literature, with past experiences showing that most are either poorly written or an excuse to air soft porn fantasies. It was with great surprise and ample relief therefore, to discover T J Klune’s most excellent fantasy love story that could encompass any persuasion.

The town of Amorea is lost in time, quite literally. For the residents, there is no memory of anything outside of the town’s borders and, for those curious enough cross that line, they are left with no memory of who they are or where they are from until they return to the city limits.

In Amorea, it is September 1954, and yet Dean Martin’s hit song, That’s Amore, has only been out for a year, alongside more modern hits. Bookstore owner Mike, is having flashbacks of mobile phones and other non-existent technology, along with memories of a life he never led.

Mike’s impossible dream may be a former life, or it may be his current life where he pines for the much younger Sean who shows equal interest in him. In a town where doors are never locked, the controlling Women's Club of Amorea is determined to aid their blossoming romance.

Murmation is both a love story and a double mystery, revolving around the town itself and Mike’s disjointed memories.

T J Klune has developed an interesting world full of detailed characters and heartfelt moments, both pleasurable and fearful. The story is told by narrator Kirt Graves, who expresses the angst, confusion and elation of the central characters. While he doesn’t create a lot of character voices, his characterisations are sometimes subtle but always distinct, allowing the listener to recognise who is speaking. His voice is pleasing and well-suited to the central protagonist.

As a romance, Murmation makes a great mystery and, as a mystery, it makes a great romance. T J Kune offers the best of both worlds. This and my other audiobook reviews can be found on my site at SaidNotRead dot wordpress dot com. If you enjoy gay or lesbian literature, you’ll find other titles also reviewed.
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Total Mind F**k

Would you listen to another book narrated by Kirt Graves?

Absolutely.


Any additional comments?

I think this is one of the greatest mind f**k stories I've ever read, and the second time around raised even more questions about what the hell was really happening and what the ending was all about.

It is a story where you don't know what's happening, or why, or where the story is taking you and it's just a ride you have to hold on for, and hope that you’ll make it out the other side intact...but it ends up being totally worth the effort.

Kirt Graves' narration is more than just serviceable to the story, especially in the voice-over parts, which is done exceedingly well. Graves excels in bringing the emotion of the story to the surface, playing it sometimes so subtly it just washes over the listener, but making the whole audio an experience.

It's in the conversation areas where I felt like Graves was a bit stilted and lacked the smoothness I'd have liked to hear. Klune writes the conversations between characters brilliantly, and I didn't feel like Graves ultimately captured how rapid-fire and fluid the dialogue is overall.

I think this might be one of those stories where you either love it or hate it. I don't think there will be much middle ground.

While it's not a book filled with passion, it is packed with a kind of romance. The kind of romance where one person is your home and you'd do anything, anything, for that person.

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Mike reaches out and touches Sean’s cheek. His heart is very full, and he’s having trouble choosing what words to say. Finally, “I would do it again.”
“What?”
“All of this. To get here. If I had to, I’d do it all over again.”
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- Belen "I'm an unabashed fiction fan: mostly M/M, Romance, Erotica, Suspense, Thrillers, Action, NA/YA genres."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-16-2017
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC