Author: P.D. Singer
Narrator:: Finn Sterling
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Run Time: 6 Hours, 43 Minutes
At a Glance: The relationship between Jake and Kurt was very believable; they just seem like good guys trying to find their way.
Reviewed By: Kathie
Blurb: Champagne powder snow, gorgeously groomed slopes, and elegant hotels draw the expert and the wealthy to the exclusive Wapiti Creek Ski Resort, but for Jake Landon and Kurt Carlson, the lure is work. A novice skier, Jake’s been assigned to run the bunny lift, but Kurt’s afraid he’ll be stuck shoveling snow all winter. Instructing at a private ski school should be his dream job, but it brings giggles and sideways glances among their new friends.
All summer, Jake and Kurt were alone in the wilderness. If Jake wanted to stay in the closet, it didn’t matter. Now they have to navigate a relationship in public, where the five-year-old twins who’ve adopted Jake as their ski buddy are as big a nuisance as the ski patroller who has a crush on him. Would-be friends, vicious coworkers, and the perils of the mountain could mean the end for Kurt and Jake, but their biggest danger comes from each other.
Review: When I listen to an audiobook, I’m usually driving or housecleaning, mostly driving, and I like a narrative that keeps me interested. The narrator needs to give each character a distinct voices so I can tell the characters apart, and the author should have detail about the setting, characters, and supporting characters—the perfect formula for a great audio, I feel.
The reason I bring this up is I felt Snow on the Mountain had a bit too much detail about the mountain and the skiing. I would like to say by the end of the audio I remembered some of the names and terms, but no such luck. I am hoping the book gives you a map with all the ski runs labeled on it, as I think it would have been easier to follow the story. The lingo about skiing went right over my head, having never skied myself, but I was sure impressed by how many times they went up and down the mountain in a single day. That takes a lot of stamina—impressive!
The relationship between Jake and Kurt was very believable; they just seem like good guys trying to find their way. The only part that seemed off to me was when Kurt was getting shot at and Jake was getting threatened; they seemed to take it in stride. If that would have been anyone I know, they would have gone screaming down the mountain, telling anyone who would listen, and the cops would be there .
Because I’d get sidetracked by the names of the ski runs and ski equipment and skiing techniques, I focused on paying more attention to the characters and the sex. And that was good… Really good. P.D. Singer sure knows how to write great scenes.
I like to learn something from each book I read, but I felt this was just too much detail for an audiobook. I bet it was really good in book form, though, because you’d be able to go back and re-read what you didn’t understand. And as a non-skier, I would have been re-reading a lot.
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