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Open Road Audiobook by MJ O’Shea narrated by Robbie D

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/open-road-by-mj-oshea-8169-b

Blurb

Angus has been with the same guy for ten years. When his boyfriend breaks up with him the night of his thirtieth birthday party and announces his engagement to a twenty-two-year-old less than ten hours later, Angus is… a mess. To put it lightly. He spends days in bed, drinks himself into a stupor every night, and ends up losing his job and his apartment. His best and oldest friend, Reece, decides it’s time for an intervention. And a change of scenery.

Reece and Angus take off on a buddy trip across the US. They don’t have much of a plan; they just start driving. It takes Angus a couple of days to do much more than grunt when Reece talks to him, but slowly he opens up. They drive, talk, heal, shout, drink a bit too much sometimes, dance, meet new friends… and somewhere between Portland, Oregon, and Portland, Maine, they fall in love.

Which was the last thing in the world Angus expected.

Review
(Book Reviewed Here Previously)

Summer is such a good time to read “road trip” books! It reminds me of all the road trips I’ve taken and makes my feet itchy to go again!

This is one AMAZING road trip wherein our MCs hit a ton of cool places and in each place they grow closer together and heal.

The story starts with Angus and his boyfriend breaking up after what must have been months if not years of denial on Angus’ part. The coup de grace is that the boyfriend dumps Angus on his 30th birthday for a 22 year old and immediately gets engaged, when he and Angus had been together for 10 years with no such engagement.

Luckily Reece, Angus’ BFF is there to help – but not before Angus’ life spirals totally out of control.

To help clear the air and get Angus back to enjoying life, Reece suggests a road trip and off they go!

On the road Angus heals a bit and Reece finally admits some feelings he’s been holding back.

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MJ O’Shea writes really well and she picked parts of the US that should resonate with everyone. It was fun seeing how the boys changed at each new stop. I also loved that they didn’t really bicker and we didn’t get loads of “car conversations”. She explains that away by having Reece do work while Angus is driving.

I liked that Angus’ alcohol thing wasn’t a thing… and that Reece recognized this too.

The romance is a slow burn but Ooo la la when they do begin to explore it’s very hot. My fav is probably in Vegas – those boys were on fire on the dance floor!

I really enjoyed this and had a lovely warm feeling of happiness when it was over.

4.5 of 5 stars

Audio

This didn’t work for me. At all.

I was psyched to see this in audio format because I really enjoyed the book. I’d not heard of the narrator, and I was a bit worried after listening to the sample. But… there was enough there that I liked that I thought I’d give this a try.

Unfortunately, the voice the narrator, Robbie D, chose for Angus (which you can hear in the sample) doesn’t get any better than that. It’s really high pitched and almost feminine sounding and YOUNG. He’s turning 30 not 13! I couldn’t get the impression out of my head of a young girl instead of a 30 year old man and it made me a bit skeeved out.

I liked his non-Angus voice, especially the non-dialog part. Some of the other – secondary characters and sometimes Reece’s dialog was a bit cartoonish and that bothered me, but it wouldn’t have made me dislike it. Angus’ voice, made this practically unlistenable.

I can’t recommend this. But… give the sample a listen. If you like the book (which you should!) and you don’t mind Angus, I think the rest of this was satisfactory as a listening experience.

2.5 of 5 stars

Overall 3 of 5 stars

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