The most important things in Simon Murray’s life are football, friends, and film - in that order. His friends despair of him ever meeting someone, but despite his loneliness, Simon is cautious about looking for more. Then his best friends drag him to a party, where he barges into a football conversation and ends up defending the honour of star forward Declan Tyler - unaware that the athlete is present. In that first awkward meeting, neither man has any idea they will change each other's lives forever.
Like his entire family, Simon revels in living in Melbourne, the home of Australian Rules football and mecca for serious fans. There, players are treated like gods - until they do something to fall out of public favour. This year, the public is taking Declan to task for suffering injuries outside his control, so Simon's support is a bright spot.
But as Simon and Declan fumble toward a relationship, keeping Declan's homosexuality a secret from well-meaning friends and an increasingly suspicious media becomes difficult. Nothing can stay hidden forever. Soon Declan will have to choose between the career he loves and the man he wants, and Simon has never been known to make things easy - for himself or for others.
©2009 Sean Kennedy (P)2013 Sean Kennedy
"i loved the story but not the narrator. Sorry."
No, I am australian. Worse than that Melbournian. This story was about my home town and the narrator mispronounced...A lot!
This is a great story and better yet the places described are places in my memory. I no longer live in melbourne so this brought up real feelings of nostalgia and made me miss my home. I could see the characters walking down the same streets i had walked down. I could imaging meeting Simon at fed square for one of the many film festivals. I know who the douchebag footy show presenter is, referenced in the book. (looking at YOU sam neuman!) I can imagine Declan living in the docklands and it brought a feeling of realism that i rarely get to enjoy. I think i even know the general area that Simon worked. But the the narrator would say Bork st instead of Bourke st (pronounced burk) or Etihard instead of Etihad (pronounced eti-had) and it would draw me away from the story and bring me out of the fantasy. Oh and Melbourne, pretty much pronounced Melbin and BrisBAIN Brisb'n...grrr
the proformance wasn't BAD but it did detract from the story simply because of the accent. this was a really REALLY Australian story and it needed an Australian narrator. I will need to get a print copy and read it with my own accent to really get lost in the story/
I liked Simon. He had the POV and so we had better insight to his motivations and i liked him. Plus a bit of snark never went astray :)
"funny and sweet"
the writing made me laugh out loud many times. the humor is sarcastic, juvenile and understated, just my type. the writing is really good, the characters are well developed and feel real, like people i know. the relationship between the main characters has a natural development, not "i love you" after two days which is both psycho and a really common plot. most of the book is not about building tension between two people but about what it's like to be in a relationship, which to me is more interesting. it's not pseudo-porn, it's actually about real (imaginary) gay people, and that was really refreshing.
sadly, the scenes about what it's like to be in a relationship with a closeted partner. been there, done that, and it's pretty accurate.
a lot of people commented on the narration, and i thought i would be in pain for hours (but the book was cheap, so i bought it anyway). i think they are being a bit dramatic. sure, an australian accent would have been cool, but this narrator did fine. it didn't detract from the book for me.
"I'll read the book"
A decent narration editor
It wasn't the authors fault this was terrible.
It isn't the narrators fault either.
The narration need serious editing. Every DreAmspinner Press book I have listened to in the last few months have been terrible. Clearing throats, repeating lines, drinking water. Why isn't this caught before going out? It had been in EVERY DSP book lately!
I won't buy anymore until I hear they are getting edited.
This is a shame because I hear good things about the authors.
"Why not an Australian Accent or actor to read"
I already downloaded and read Tigerland on my kindle. My issue with the audiobook had nothing to do with the story it was the editing and the fact that it is a book set in Australia about people from Australia and it is read by an American, who give one minor character a southern accent
I thought it was a good well written story
As above, plus the editing should have been better. Repeated lines, doesn't anyone listen to it through before it was released.
Chris Helmsworth for Declan
Not sure for Simon
"Poorly cast narrator, but wonderful story!"
Yes, but only if they can't get a hold of the book itself
Decently narrated, but it needed better editing and better casting, and the different voices the narrator used were wrong for the characters (especially the women). The setting of the book is so integral to the story, the narrator really should have been Australian.
"Good story needs to be edited"
Great story. If your looking for some action like in caught running the author cuts out all the naughty bits, so nothing like that.
I agree with the other comments that say this book needed to be edited better. The narrator repeats phrases when he gets stuck or says the wrong thing. The music at the beginning of each chapter is way too loud and frankly distracting also the pauses between each paragraph too long as well. I really enjoyed the story and the narrator himself is great but the audio really needs some serious editing.
"Love this story AND favorit narrator "
This is absolutely in my top ten - heartwarming story. Just try it. Just Sorry that its the only story (with the sequal) by this author.
"Worth it if you love the book"
This is a fun story. The narrator is entertaining and witty, and the story is engaging. It is long enough to really develop the characters.
I'm not sure. I haven't read anything that is very similar to this.
I think Paul Morey is a very competent narrator. However, he wasn't the best choice for this book. He sounds older than the lead character and his accent repertoire does not extend to any Australian accents. This may not matter in all books set in Australia, but this one is a) narrated in the first person and b) very Australian in its content. I found it really hard to get past how different the narrator sounded from the characters in my head. However, I think it is unfair to blame him, as I doubt he lied about his accent abilities. This is a casting problem, not a poor narration problem.
It made me laugh in several places. There are lots of good witty bits and good banter.
This is the kind of story that, when you hear the initial plot, makes you think it will be poorly written because it has a cheesy romance novel sort of premise...regular guy meets beautiful closeted football player. However, it is actually really well done and fun and is a very enjoyable read.
"amazing story of love and friendship"
A story of hope, about all the things that make a loving relationship work. not just a Gay romance, but about love, friendship, and what it really means to be there for the one you love.
"One of my favourites"
Love this book. Keep reading/listening to it over the years and it never gets boring. It is a simple love story, but it just does it for me.
The narrator was pretty decent, even if it should have been someone with an Aussie accent, but the editing sucked. I think the editing is one of the worst I came across in a while - many repetitions that should have been cut.
I will be listening to it again and can't wait to get the other 2 sequels :)
"Australian story, American reader, awful editing"
The story arc of the book is pretty good, although the angst can seem a bit over-stretched at times. "Just talk to each other, for goodness sake!" I was shouting at my Audible player fairly often, but was willing the characters on to do the right thing. It kept me interested to see what they would do, and I could feel myself getting quite emotionally involved on occasions. The quantity of the problems between Declan and Simon may be rather exaggerated in this story compared with real life, but I am sure a lot of the individual ones will be familiar to anyone who has been in a relationship. The value of friends is one of the most positive aspects of this book.
I enjoyed the plot, and the characters are fairly believable, acting consistently throughout the whole narrative. I know nothing about Australian football, but the reactions of those involved in most team sports to these types of revelations seemed very true to life.
So much for the story, then, but there are really two things that make it difficult to give a good rating to the audio book version.
The first is that the story is set in Australia, but read by an American narrator in an American accent. Anyone who has ever watched an Australian soap opera knows exactly how some of the lines of dialogue SHOULD have been said, and it becomes almost laughable to hear them spoken in an earnest US voice. Some of the dialogue writing isn't fantastic anyway, but it would have sound far less peculiar with an Antipodean accent and intonation. I have listened to other books narrated by Paul Morey and was surprised at how difficult I found it to distinguish some of the characters in this book, as the voices used were not always different enough, and were not always entirely consistent. Working out whether Simon was speaking or thinking something - easily determined in a print book - was quite tricky in places.
The second is that the editing is appalling. There are multiple mis-pronunciations of words or place names; quite a few mis-speakings; and far too many repeated phrases where you can hear the narrator has either made a mistake, or has decided to deliver the sentence with a different emphasis, but both versions remain in the published recording. This really is not acceptable - has anyone actually LISTENED to this before it was published? I am not a fan of musical introductions to chapters (a practice which seems to be waning now), but that irritation is nothing compared to the other problems with this audio version!
Shame, as the story was definitely worth it. As some other reviewers have suggested, I think I will buy the print or electronic versions of the rest of the series, as I can then pronounce and intone the dialogue correctly in my head. If I decide to re-read a sentence because I realise that I hadn't got the meaning right the first time, at least it will only be ME who hears it twice, and not someone who has paid money for my interpretation!
Yes, and reread my ebook, I adore Simon
Simon's first meeting with Declan has me in stitches every time
Yes, and I did
Can I have the sequel please?
"What a load of nonsense!"
Aweful writing - one dimensional characters and inexcuseable dialogue. Complete lack of suspense, drama, interest of any sort.
Given the terrible stuff he was working with, P Morey did a good job of narrating this trash.
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