4 stars 5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Audiobook Book Contemporary Dee Dreamspinner Friends to lovers Gay Gay Heat Index Hurt/Abuse Hurt/comfort m/m Mary D Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) PTSD Purchased Virgin writer

Audiobook: The Runner by Parker Williams Narrated by Patrick Zeller

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Matt Bowers’s life ended at sixteen, when a vicious betrayal by someone who he should have been able to trust left him a shell of himself, fighting OCD and PTSD, living in constant fear and always running. When he buys a remote tract of land, he thinks he’s found the perfect place to hide from the world and attempt to establish some peace. For ten years he believes he’s found a measure of comfort, until the day a stranger begins to run on Matt’s road.

He returns every day, an unwelcome intrusion into Matt’s carefully structured life. Matt appeals to the local sheriff, who cannot help him since the jogger is doing nothing wrong. Gradually, after tentatively breaking the ice, Matt begins to accept the man’s presence—

But when the runner doesn’t show up one day, it throws Matt’s world into chaos and he must make the hardest decision of his life.

Review by Mary

(Book reviewed here previously)

When I reviewed the book I loved it, and I still do love the story. I felt for Matt in his self imposed isolation, his only way of dealing with the traumatic event that triggered OCD. He is a sensitive soul who retreated into isolation when he felt the world too hard to cope with. Charlie coming into his world gives Matt the impetus to change and question what he wants. My heart goes out to Matt and his brother Clay. Hearing the anguish read by Patrick Zeller made it so much more. At first I did think that Matt sounded too old but I soon got used to Patrick Zeller’s sound.

Patrick Zeller is a new narrator to me. I liked his smooth mellow voice but I found the timbre difficult to hear at times. I listen while traveling and I found myself increasing the volume higher than I usually do when I was walking near traffic. This may very well be my headphones. The narrator’s style is to read the book to you rather than performing each character. It still worked for me and I enjoyed listening to it. But it’s not on my top ten audiobooks which is a shame as I loved the book.

3.5 of stars out of 5 for the narration
5 of stars out of 5 for the story

Overall 4 of 5 stars


Copy Purchased for Review

Review by Dee


If there is ever a story made for first person POV, it’s this one. And the narrator, Patrick Zeller, captured the essence of the protagonist perfectly.

I’d read good things about the book but I’m not the hurt/comfort type, so wasn’t too keen to read this. However, I was given the opportunity to listen and I will say that I was blown away by this lovely story – all thanks to the narration.

To me, Mr. Zeller embraced Matt – it really felt as if I were listening to Matt directly telling me the story. I enjoyed the simple, but nuanced narration; it felt almost like a really good acoustic performance. I could feel Matt’s pain, anguish, fear, tentative happiness or irritation – all his emotions shone through the narration.

I wish could adequately describe well suited the narrator is for this story; I absolutely loved it!

BTW – the story is not as heavy or angsty as I thought it would be – I wish I had read it sooner!


5 stars out of 5


Copy Generously Provided for Honest Review





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