“Nobody owns life, but anyone who can pick up a frying pan owns death.” ― William S. Burroughs
Author: Rhys Ford
Narrator: Tristan James
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Audio Length: 8 hours 41 minutes
Rating: 5 stars
Blurb: Sequel to Sinner’s Gin
Sinners Series: Book Two
He was dead. And it was murder most foul. If erasing a man’s existence could even be called murder.
When Damien Mitchell wakes, he finds himself without a life or a name. The Montana asylum’s doctors tell him he’s delusional and his memories are all lies: he’s really Stephen Thompson, and he’d gone over the edge, obsessing about a rock star who died in a fiery crash. His chance to escape back to his own life comes when his prison burns, but a gunman is waiting for him, determined that neither Stephen Thompson nor Damien Mitchell will escape.
With the assassin on his tail, Damien flees to the City by the Bay, but keeping a low profile is the only way he’ll survive as he searches San Francisco for his best friend, Miki St. John. Falling back on what kept him fed before he made it big, Damien sings for his supper outside Finnegan’s, an Irish pub on the pier, and he soon falls in with the owner, Sionn Murphy. Damien doesn’t need a complication like Sionn, and to make matters worse, the gunman—who doesn’t mind going through Sionn or anyone else if that’s what it takes kill Damien—shows up to finish what he started.
Review: Since Whiskey and Wry has been previously reviewed by our very own talented Tina, I’m not going near her fabulous review. Instead, I’m reviewing just the audio version of Whiskey and Wry, which is voice, characterizations, and presentation. For me, this is what makes or breaks an audio version of any story.
I’ve mentioned once before that when I read a story, my imagination turns it into a movie. It flows, it moves, I can picture the characters, but with an audio version I have the added bonus of the voices that go with the characters and story. Tristan James is a ten, no doubt about it. The man has a voice that could melt butter. ~Sighs~ Nothing compares to listening to a sexy voice in action, especially in a romance! Let me tell you, I hung on every word Tristan James uttered, and found myself picking up on more of the humor and the story line than I had when I previously read Whiskey and Wry on my own.
Tristan James’ voice characterizations were rather well done, from Sionn’s lilting Irish to Damien’s British accent, especially while, during a heated scene between Damien and Sionn, Damien’s accent comes out stronger. The pillow talk with Sionn just curls my toes!
James’ is a voice that subtly changes, that draws you in and lets you know more than one conversation is going on. While listening to Tristan’s voice morphing into Parker’s sick, twisted mind…well…let’s just say I was properly creepy-crawlied out. But it was Tristan’s interpretation of the patriarch of the family, Donal, that caused a little hitch in my chest. While they were at the hospital, it was so sweet how Donal was speaking to Damien with that melodious Irish voice!
If I had a choice between reading and listening to Whiskey and Wry, the audio wins! And I hope Tristan James continues as narrator with any future Sinner’s Gin books. It’s a 5 Star recommend listen.