Audio Review: HIM by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Reviewed by Susan65

29207182Title: HIM
Authors: Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
Narrators: Teddy Hamilton and Jacob Morgan
Series: Him #1
Heroes: Jamie Canning/Ryan Wesley
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 8 Hours, 4 Minutes
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: March 8, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: They don’t play for the same team. Or do they?

Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wise-cracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were eighteen? It was just a little drunken foolishness. Nobody died.

Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship. Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, he’ll finally get a chance to apologize. But all it takes is one look at his longtime crush, and the ache is stronger than ever.

Jamie has waited a long time for answers, but walks away with only more questions—can one night of sex ruin a friendship? If not, how about six more weeks of it? When Wesley turns up to coach alongside Jamie for one more hot summer at camp, Jamie has a few things to discover about his old friend…and a big one to learn about himself.

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Review: Now this is how I would like my audios to be narrated; two main characters and two narrators…finally, a performance that separates the names with the voices. As is fast becoming a habit of mine, I did not read this book before I bought the audio, and I’m finding that if the performance is spot on, then I lose nothing in skipping the actual book.

Both Jacob Morgan and Teddy Hamilton did an outstanding job in staying in character throughout the audio. They each have a distinct voice that fit the persona portrayed and both gave an excellent performance. The only thing that could possibly increase my enjoyment as a listener would be if a third person narrated, read the filler, and let the character-narrators only voice the main characters lines. But then again that’s me being picky, and I know it’s probably asking for a lot.

I’ve seen this book around for a while, and the reviews were pretty decent…and the cover is just plain pretty, so I thought I would give it a try and see what all of the hubbub was about. I was not disappointed. Jamie Canning and Ryan Wesley were both amazing characters and both were performed in a way that I had no problem distinguishing between the two. My only issue, and this is probably all me, but I wish that an author would stick with a name throughout the book and not use last names intermingled with first names, especially when said last name could realistically be a first name. Let me explain. Ryan goes by Wes or Wesley, and it took a bit for me to realize that Ryan and Wesley was the same person. I guess that is an issue with audios over actual books.

But, that is my only complaint and not really much of one. Otherwise, the story is solid, the characters likable, and the performances were spot on. This one ended so well, I am afraid to read the next book. I think I will wait for the audio and hope that the authors choose the same format and the same narrators. This one is a winner and highly recommended.

Overall Impression: I loved it

*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*

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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Audio Review, LGBT, Published in 2016, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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