Narrator: Iggy Toma
Length: 10 hours, 5 minutes
I absolutely adored Love Lessons by Heidi Cullinan when I read the book, so I was thrilled to get the chance to listen to it now in audio book form. I adore Walter and Kelly and find them a fabulous couple. They are sweet and romantic and are everything I want in a young love story. I loved pretty much everything about it.
I went back to look at my original review of this story and found that I agree with just about everything I said back then, so rather than repeat, I will send you all there for a recap and thoughts on the story itself. I will say upon listening to the story and “reading” it a second time, I did not find the side plot with Professor Williams felt like too much this time around. Perhaps because the pacing of the story feels different when you are listening to it? Not sure exactly, but it didn’t bother me at all. I didn’t even remember that being an issue the first time around until I reread my review. I also had no problems with the epilogue this time. Again, this may be due to second reading, but I found it not to be a problem. So as much as I loved the book the first time around, this time I loved it even more!
As far as the audiobook side of things, I thought narrator Iggy Toma did a great job. Walter and Kelly’s voices were distinct and fit their personalities well. I had no problem differentiating them in conversation and the narrative feel nicely matched the alternating POV characters. The female characters were handled well. Their friend Rose may have been a bit on the nasal end, but in general the women are really well done, which is not always easy for male narrators. I particularly loved Professor Williams’ voice and the tone so perfectly matched his laid back personality. Tom also does a great job with the sex end of things, another challenging area for narration. He gets the breathy excitement and intensity between these guys just right. The pacing is good, the inflections generally seemed to fit the story, and overall the audio was very enjoyable. I would definitely listen to more books my Toma and seek him out as a narrator.
So as I said, I really love this book and I am so pleased to recommend the audio as well. I think this book works great in either format, and if you haven’t read or listened to this already, I can’t recommend Love Lessons highly enough.