Author: Shira Anthony
Narrator: Peter B. Brooke
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Run Time: 7 Hours and 47 Minutes
At a Glance: I simply adore Shira Anthony’s writing, and Peter B. Brooke is one of the best narrators in the business.
Reviewed By: Amy
Blurb: Blame it on jet lag. Jason Greene thought he had everything: a dream job as a partner in a large Philadelphia law firm, a beautiful fiancée, and more money than he could ever hope to spend. Then he finds his future wife in bed with another man, and he’s forced to rethink his life and his choices. On a moment’s notice, he runs away to Paris, hoping to make peace with his life.
But Jason’s leave of absence becomes a true journey of the heart when he meets Jules, a struggling jazz violinist with his own cross to bear. In the City of Love, it doesn’t take them long to fall into bed, but as they’re both about to learn, they can’t run from the past. Sooner or later, they’ll have to face the music.
Review: I picked this audiobook because I simply adore Shira Anthony’s writing, and I enjoyed Blue Notes the first time, in written word. Jason (Jazz) is such a likable character, a character that you feel deserves a happy ending and pull for from the beginning. Jules is a damaged young man with an incredible heart. All I wanted to do was protect him. I felt truth and passion throughout all of this book. Anthony really wrote an incredible story, but her ability to write the supporting cast was what really made this book stand out for me. The world she builds is one I could and have visited over and over.
Narration: I was also a little apprehensive as most of this book takes place in Paris, and I couldn’t imagine the challenge this would have been as a narrator. I will, however, say that I’ve listened to Peter B. Brooke narrate books in the past, and was extremely impressed with his abilities. I was not disappointed. Brooke is one of the best narrators in the business. When reviewing an audiobook, what you hope for most is the ability for the narrator to define each character. Peter B. Brooke has that ability in spades. He also popped in and out of his French accent so smoothly, and made that accent sound genuine, not forced or fake. Combining his ability with Jules, who, by the way is one of my favorite characters, was unforgettable. I cannot wait to hear the rest of this series.
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