Title: I Can See for Miles
Author: Lisa Worrall
Narrator:: Chris Patton
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Run Time: 4 Hours, 58 Minutes
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Blurb: After a kayaking accident took Josh Donald’s sight, he’s faced with learning to negotiate the world as a blind man. In short order, his boyfriend leaves him behind, making it clear he’s not inclined to deal with special needs. Reeling from the blow, Josh flounders. In an attempt to help, Josh’s friends take him to a camp for the blind, where he falls for the camp organizer, Charlie Cooper. Charlie seems to feel the attraction too, but when a horse named Dottie pushes them into a hot first kiss, Charlie resists. He believes he’s damaged goods, not boyfriend material. Since the accident, Josh has faced tough obstacles, but the most challenging hurdle of all may be getting Charlie to open up and take a chance on love.
Review: I’m a big fan of both Lisa Worrall’s books and Chris Patton’s vocal performances, so seeing both of them together in I Can See for Miles, I just couldn’t resist the temptation of trying it out.
In it, Lisa weaves a pretty interesting story about how a blind camp is run. Josh, who loses his eyesight after a rather foolish stunt, impressed me with how he coped with his life afterward. I loved how, with the help of his friends, he was able to move on from having gone blind and his boyfriend dumping him at the same time. While most people would have wallowed in self pity under the circumstances, not Josh! He is a very resilient and likable young man.
Now, Charlie is a bit different in how he deals with adversity and the problems he’s having with his sight. He’s not taking his blindness as well as Josh does. His previous relationship with an abusive boyfriend has left him gun-shy about starting anything new with someone, and Josh has his work cut out for him, convincing Charlie that they should follow up on the attraction between them.
I really liked Charlie too, but I had a problem with his martyrdom. If there has to be angst, I wish it had been for different reasons. Self-sacrificing, especially for the excuse given, turned out to be a bit of a disappointment for a story that held my interest so well until that point.
As for Chris Patton’s narrating, I Can See for Miles proves to be another outstanding performance! Factoring both the story and the performance together, this one earns its 4.5 stars.
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