Title: The Return (The Austin Trilogy #2)
Author: Brad Boney and Charlie David (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 3rd 2013
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary
Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
Music. Topher Manning rarely thinks about anything else, but his day job as a mechanic doesn’t exactly mesh with his rock star ambitions. Unless he can find a way to unlock all the songs in his head, his band will soon be on the fast track to obscurity.
Then the South by Southwest music festival and a broken-down car drop New York critic Stanton Porter into his life. Stanton offers Topher a ticket to the Bruce Springsteen concert, where a hesitant kiss and phantom vibrations from Topher’s cell phone kick off a love story that promises to transcend ordinary possibility.
Charlie David does a great job with this story!
NOTE: Though this is a standalone novel it is so deeply tied to The Nothingness of Ben that I believe you will not get the full effect of this book if you haven’t read or listened to The Nothingness of Ben first.
I really only have one complaint about the narration: Charlie doesn’t give Peter, Maurice and Robin Texas accents as well. It’s weird to me that only Topher and Travis have the accent. But he did the same thing in The Nothingness of Ben with the brothers, so…other than that little niggle of complaint I loved listening to this just as much (if not more) than reading it.
The emotion Charlie infuses into the story with his narration brought me to tears more than once. I can’t even…so, so good…just…wow!
Personally, I think the story should have ended after the boys see they’ve made their goal on iTunes and they duplicate the photo…though truthfully, Charlie David manages to make the end (that I felt was superfluous and took away from the overall emotion of the story while reading) to be just as emotional as the rest, so it didn’t end up grating when I listened at all.
I love this story!!