Author: T.J. Klune and Kirt Graves (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 16th 2017
Genre(s): Historical Americas / Science Fiction
Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
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.
I think this is one of the greatest mind fuck 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.
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.”
“All of this. To get here. If I had to, I’d do it all over again.”