Narrator: Joel Leslie
Length: 7 hours, 50 minutes
I am a big fan of the writing team of Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock and enjoyed both books in the Prescott College series. When combined with narrator Joel Leslie, I couldn’t resist checking out this second book in the series in audio (especially since I liked Leslie’s narration of Marc Cooper Versus America so much).
This second book in the series picks up Brandon Mills’ story. Brandon is a prominent side character in book one and we learn a little about his backstory there that plays into things here. You could probably manage this as a standalone, but it helps to be familiar with the story and the series characters (plus the first book is oh so good). I appreciate how this story is so well connected to the first book, but at the same time, such a departure tone wise. While book one is a crazy kink fest with lots of humor, this story takes a more serious tone as both Brandon and Alex are virgins and much more intense and uncertain. In Brandon’s case, he has a past history of abuse that also comes into play. Yet no worries, there is still lots of comic relief, mostly in the form of Mark Cooper and their friend Blake.
So I’ll tell you, I reread my review of the e-book and I was nodding along because everything I said there is pretty much exactly how I still feel about the book, right down to my comments about Mark stealing the show and my enjoyment of Alex and Brandon’s fuzzy bunny, totally awkward, first time sex. So rather than recap it all here again, check out my review of the e-book for all my thoughts on the story.
So, on to the audio. Once again, Joel Leslie does a fabulous job with this series. The continuity of voices between books is perfectly done. Leslie continues to give some diversity to the voices of the assorted side characters. I particularly like how he voices Blake, who comes across both sort of dim, but also sweet and confident, just like in the story. The tone and pacing are great, capturing both the humor and the more serious moments really well. And I have to give a standing ovation to Leslie for being able to smoothly say “Sinosauropteryx” about 19 times over the course of the book thanks to the guys’ dinosaur obsession.
Overall, this was a great audio listen. I enjoy this series and even though the book pales a little to me compared to the first, I still found it really entertaining. If you are interested in this series, the audio is definitely a great way to go, as Leslie brings these characters to life so well.