Title: On Davis Row
Author: N.R. Walker and Joel Leslie (Narrator)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Release Date: July 31st 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Nearing the end of a suspended jail sentence should unlock a brighter future for CJ Davis, only the chip on his shoulder is as hard to shift as his bad reputation. Born into a family of career criminals who live down Davis Road, an address the cops have dubbed Davis Row, his name alone is like a rap sheet that makes optimism impossible.
Brand-new parole officer Noah Huxley is determined to see the good in men like CJ. After all, he knows firsthand that bad things can happen to good people. His colleagues mock his doe-eyed optimism, but Noah soon sees CJ’s bad attitude and bravado are weapons he uses to keep people at a distance.
Both men know one simple mistake can change a life forever. At first glance, they might seem to be polar opposites. Yet underneath, they’re not that different at all.
One of the things I love about listening to Joel Leslie narrate is the way he draws the emotions out and really makes the listener feel invested in what’s happening.
He provides clear and distinguishable character voices, and he performs the text in a way that had me completely sucked into the story and anxious for what happens next, which is a real gift because I’ve already read this book, but Joel made it seem like I was meeting Noah and CJ for the first time and the way he performed this made me fall even more in love with the characters and story.
The narration by Joel Leslie took a story I’d liked and transformed it into one I loved. Such a great job on this performance.
On Davis Row is a quiet, slower paced love story about second chances and finding your strength from within and from the people who support you. Told from both Noah and CJ’s first person points of view there’s a lovely thread of hurt/comfort throughout this story, both because of Noah’s past and CJ’s entire life.