Title: Home Again
Author: Cardeno C.
Narrator: Alexander Collins
Run Time: 5 hours and 26 minutes
At a Glance: If you have never heard Alexander Collins narrate before this is a great place to start.
Reviewed By: Mike
Blurb: Imposing, temperamental Noah Forman wakes up in a hospital and can’t remember how he got there. He holds it together, taking comfort in the fact that the man he has loved since childhood is on the way. But when his one and only finally arrives, Noah is horrified to discover that he doesn’t remember anything from the past three years.
Loyal, serious Clark Lehman built a life around the person who insisted from their first meeting that they were meant to be together. Now, years later, two men whose love has never faltered must relive their most treasured and most painful moments in order to recover lost memories and secure their future.
Review: Noah Forman wakes up in a hospital. He is unclear about some things, such as the last three years of his life. He wakes to his brother at his bedside and an intense hatred for what has passed between them. In short order, Noah’s lover and protector, Clark, arrives, and it becomes apparent that Noah is missing parts of his recent memory.
The story is told both in the present day and in flashbacks. We see Clark meeting Noah when their four-year age difference seems impossibly big. Clark, ever the caretaker, wants to help Noah get out of a life that leads to all kinds of things an adult would have trouble coping with. Clark does the noble thing and helps Noah arrange things so that he can get away from a crushing life and away from his parents and brother, who love him but have trouble relating to or loving him the way he needs.
After some years apart, where Noah goes to a private school and Clark goes on to college, the two meet again and sparks finally fly. Noah and Clark are both rejected by Noah’s family and Noah’s brother, who was once Clark’s best friend and college roommate.
Over the time covered in the book, we learn Noah commits an act that led to the breakup of he and Clark. How and why is an interesting play on both sibling rivalry and jealousy. The end of the book is satisfying and conforms to the world Cardeno C. has built for these character. While some of the choice made by the author have been troublesome for a few readers, I don’t find them outside of the realm of possibility.
The narrator, Alexander Collins, does an amazing job with the voice work on this book. We get not only distinct voices for each character, but there are subtle changes as they age over the course of the story. Pacing and style are some of the best, as those who have heard Collins’ narrations before have come to expect. Voices are strong and the interplay between them is a lovely thing to hear when handled by someone who obviously takes his voice work seriously. It adds a new layer to the story told by Cardeno C. We are treated to some top notch narration.
If you have never heard Alexander Collins narrate before this is a great place to start. This is the first book in the Home series but for some reason, it was the last recorded. The series has a good kick off here, so you don’t need to buy a bunch of books to enjoy this one. I can fully recommend both the book and the narration. As I pointed out earlier, there are some choices characters make that a few readers have taken issue with. I say give those choices a chance. Give this story a chance.
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