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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Audiobookworm Presents: Always by London Saint James; #Audiobook #SeriesTour, #NowAvailable, #OutNow, #Review

Author: London Saint James
Narrators: Tor Thom, Charley Ongel
Length: 11 hours 3 minutes
Series: Two Hearts, One Soul Duet, Book 1
Publisher: LSJ Romance
Released: Sep. 14, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating:  5 Stars

I received these audiobooks as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by London Saint James. The gifting of these audiobooks did not affect my opinion of them.

International best-selling author London Saint James' first installment from Two Hearts, One Soul Duet is the epic tale of abiding love, heart-wrenching loss, and an astonishing bond that will find a way to endure.

Winter Perri never truly understood love until she met Austin Carlyle - the man who would rock her world to its foundations and give her something to believe in. But the night before they were to be married, the fairytale shattered.

Thirteen years later Winter is pulled out of her seclusion only to have a painful past confront her, and when it does, she's left questioning reality, because the impossible is looking back at her with the face of a destroying angel, and piercing eyes in too familiar shades of blue.

London Saint James has lived in many places, but never felt “at home” until she met the real-life man of her dreams and settled down in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. London lives with her husband and their fat cat who thinks he owns them.

As an award-winning, international bestselling author, London is living her childhood dream. She knew all the scribbling she did, that big imagination of hers, and all those clamoring characters running around in her head would pay off someday.


Narrator Bio

Tor Thom and Charley Ongel are a happily married couple who have been narrating and producing audiobooks for the past year and a half.


What made the experience of listening to Always the most enjoyable?

I would have to say that Mr. Thom and Ms. Ongel are what made this story come to life. I can honestly say that I have a major crush on this couple. One thing that was a surprise, and at first caught me off guard, was the use of sound effects.

What other book might you compare Always to and why?

I can't compare. It's not fair to those that narrate or to the authors. Plus you would have to read a book where the plot is similar in order to do that. And that might take a while in finding just the right combination in order to see the similiarities or differences between the two books. The only thing you could do is to compare this to the second book in the series. 

What does Charley Ongel and Tor Thom bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I have no trouble imagining our narrators as Winter and Austin. They help me picture what our characters may look and act like. If there had been two other voice actors my experience may not have been the same. Now that I've heard them, I can't picture anyone else in the role.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There was a moment that did move me but if I tell you than it may ruin your own experience. I had the perfect experience and I can't wait to get to part two - oh wait, as I write this I'm already listening to "Forever & Always".

Any additional comments?

This is a story that starts when our couple is in college and we get to see what life is like for them as they "age". It's a reminder that our lives are not set in stone and that things can happen to change our course. And it shows that some things may be possible. Would I go back and read the book? I don't know how I could because I loved this experience. It's an experience I hope to enjoy more than once - especially after I get finished with part two.

I did have an issue with the sound on this. I don't think it was an issue the the book itself but it could have been my iPod. That was the only distraction that I had while listening but not something that I could avoid. There's a need to think of something else, or in this case listen to something else, as you do an activity that you really get no joy from. You need to have a way to distract the mind from a mindless task and I can't think of a better book or better narrators to help do that.

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