4.5 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Reviewed by Kathie, Rick R. Reed

Audio Review: Chaser by Rick R. Reed – Narrated by John Solo

Title: Chaser

Author: Rick R. Reed

Narrator:: John Solo

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 7 Hours, 8 Minutes

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Caden DeSarro is what they call a chubby chaser. He likes his guys with a few extra pounds on them. So when he meets Kevin Dodge in a bar bathroom, he can’t help but stare, even if he does make an ass of himself. As far as Caden is concerned, Kevin is physically perfect: a stocky bearded blond with a dick that’s just right. (They met in the bathroom – of course he looked!) But Caden gets tongue-tied and misses his chance.

When Caden runs into Kevin one night on the El train, he figures it’s fate offering him a second shot. Caden manages to get invited back to Kevin’s place for a one-night stand that turns into the kind of relationship he’s dreamed about.

But the course of true love never did run smooth, and Kevin and Caden’s romance is no exception. When Caden returns from a few weeks away on business, Kevin surprises him with a new and “improved” body – one that fits Caden’s shallow friend Bobby’s ideal, not Caden’s. Caden doesn’t know what to do, and his hesitation is just the opportunity Bobby was looking for. This isn’t the same Kevin he fell in love with – is it?

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Review: If, while you’re listening to an audio book, you scream out of frustration, is that the sign of a good audio book?

When I finished listening to Rick R. Reed’s Chaser, I was determined to come into the house and write a scathing review. I would give it one star, no, ½ a star, and when or if I ever met Mr. Reed , I would just have to tell him how frustrated I got listening to this book. Then, I decided to sleep on it…

Rick R. Reed writes in layers. When I first finished Chaser, I thought it was drawn out, superficial, and I really wanted to slap Bobby, shake Caden, and yell at Kevin, “Are you kidding? Don’t answer that cell!”. But, therein lie the layers. Why did Kevin keep talking to Bobby? Why did Caden like men with meat on their bones, and why was Bobby, a poor excuse of man, allowed to walk the streets? Sorry, got a little carried away there. The question is, why am I even still thinking about that jerk, and wondering if he ever pulled his head out of his … and curious if he realizes he’s the one who needs a therapist?

But I am supposed to be writing a review about the audio version of Chaser, so I’ll conlude with this: John Solo did a great job with the voices of Kevin and Caden; they fit their characters. Kevin’s voice was slow, deep, and always sounded a little dumb stuck. Caden’s voice was questioning and always sounded a little lost and lonely. And Bobby’s voice, well, don’t get me started. He sounded like a wanna be cowboy, a drugstore cowboy is what we use to call them. His voice was perfect for the slime ball he was.

Did the audio version of Chaser work? You bet it did! As you can tell it brought out a lot of emotions in me, the listener. Is it worth buying the audio version ? Yes. I don’t think it would have had as much of an impact without the voices to go along with the story.




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