Story Rating: 5 stars
Audio Rating: 4.75 stars
Narrator: Greg Tremblay
Length: 12 hours, 11 minutes
Audiobook Buy Links: Amazon/Audible | iBooks
Book Buy Links: Amazon | iBooks
When All the World Sleeps is probably my favorite book from writing duo of Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock. There is such a wonderful mix of intensity, warmth, sexiness, and emotion that I was drawn in immediately when I first read this story, and it has kept me coming back over and over since that first time. There is just something about Daniel’s vulnerability and Bel’s steady strength that is such a fabulous combination. And when you add to that the almost horrific situation Daniel’s life has become, watching them navigate it all as a pair just makes it more rewarding. If you haven’t read this book, I can’t encourage you highly enough. And be sure to check out my review of the ebook version to catch up or learn more about the story and my thoughts if you aren’t familiar.
I listened to this in audio and the story was wonderfully narrated by Greg Tremblay. Tremblay is one of my favorite narrators and this book really showcases why. He is so spot on with his depiction of both Bel and Daniel that it completely brings the story to life. Daniel is a complex character, vulnerable and wary at some points, and brash and bolder during his sleep walking moments. It is almost like he has two different personalities, and Tremblay does an amazing job here of showing the two sides to his character through his voice. You can tell it is still Daniel, but Tremblay also makes it crystal clear whether he is awake or asleep, just by his voice. He also captures Daniel’s fear and vulnerability so well, it really just makes his character come to life and jump off the page.
Bel is also wonderfully done. Bel is the rock of the story, the steady one who becomes a source of strength for Daniel, even as he struggles with his own emotions and challenges. Bel’s voice is rolling and deep with a rural twang that just perfectly captures his character.
What I really appreciated was that I had listened to another audiobook right before this one, also narrated by Tremblay, and I worried I would have trouble making the transition from one to another. Those of you who listen to audio a lot can probably relate to this, but sometimes when you listen to multiple books by a narrator, you start to identify certain voices with certain characters, and when you hear the voice again, it can throw you a bit out of a new book. So I did worry about listening back to back, but I should not have been concerned as this story and this presentation had a totally unique feel.
I also liked Tremblay’s approach to the narration here as the story is told in dual POV, so he uses a different voice for each MC, and then a third for the narrative sections. This worked really well and helped make these characters seem distinct. He even handles the challenges of Daniel’s frequent internal thoughts really well. Although at times it was a harder to tell what he is thinking versus speaking aloud, Tremblay does a great job with this really difficult narration.
So overall I thought this story was wonderfully done in audio, and may be my favorite work of Tremblay’s so far. He really brings this fabulous story by Henry and Rock to life, and I just loved it in both written and audio form. I can highly recommend either version and definitely encourage you to give this book a try.
I’ve read and enjoyed some books by Lisa Henry, but I haven’t read any of those she’s co-written with J.A. Rock. When All the World Sleeps does sound enticing. Thanks for the review, Jay.
Most of their books together are humorous contemporary, so this is quite different. I enjoy the authors both individually and together, but this is my favorite of all.