Narrator: Robert Nieman
Length: 13 hours, 31 minutes
When I read In the Middle of Somewhere last summer, the book totally blew me away. I was so impressed, I immediately contacted author Roan Parrish to see if she would stop by the blog and let me ask some questions about the book. I just adored Daniel and Rex, loved the way these two very different men just fit so perfectly together. I appreciated how well these guys were developed as characters, and the tender way they come together. Rex is the kind of man you can’t help but adore: strong, solid, caring, and sweet. And Daniel is this prickly guy whose outer defenses cover for a man who needs love and affection. So clearly it was a no brainer for me to grab this audiobook for another chance at spending time with Rex and Daniel.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out my review for the book, you can find it here. I have all the details about the story and more specifics on why I adored it. You can also read my interview with Parrish where we talk about the book.
The audiobook is narrated by Robert Nieman and he does an excellent job with the story. Nieman’s voice is particularly well suited both to Rex’s tenderness and Daniel’s sense of awe and wonder as he finds love with Rex. At first I was a little bothered by the fact that Nieman doesn’t really change voices between the two guys, particularly since Rex is described as having a deep growly voice and that doesn’t carry through to the narration. But as the story went on, it really worked just fine for me, especially since as I said, Nieman’s voice really fits both of these men. The feel of the narration really so wonderfully fits the tone of the story. And holy cow, Nieman does a wonder with Parrish’s amazing sex scenes. The intensity of emotion between the men comes through so well.
I had two small issues here. One is that at times the section breaks didn’t have enough of a pause and I would be momentarily confused, not realizing we had moved on to another scene. The second issue is one I noticed in Nieman’s narration of Clear Water as well, and that is that he has a tendency to pause at awkward places in a sentence. There were lots of weird gaps that didn’t make sense with the meaning of the sentence or the placement of the punctuation. This story was smoother than Clear Water for sure, but definitely something I noticed.
Those were small issues however, and overall I found the narration excellent. This was one of those cases where the narration is just such a perfect match for the story. Nieman just fits so well with the tone and the characters, it really added another dimension to the experience.
So I absolutely loved this book and found the audiobook version wonderful as well. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend either (and encourage both!).
A review copy of this book was provided by Dreamspinner Press.