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Murder. Mayhem. Millennials. What was supposed to be a night of hope and change unwittingly launches an adventure into chaos as five friends uncover a dark past, a secret society, and a sinister plan.

Leo, Joy, Shane, Clementine, and Nick have known each other since high school, but life has taken each of them in vastly different directions. Our story begins as they all gather together to celebrate the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

In Nathan Monk's latest novel, he weaves together a story that spans decades set against the backdrop of friendships built around a neighborhood bar. Using his powerful storytelling and immersive characters, he transports us through the troubles of the millennial dilemma. The All Saints Hotel and Cocktail Lounge is a stunning story of collective trauma. The audiobook travels through time looking at major events from 9/11 and the Columbine Massacre to the technology boom through the lens of an unsuspecting cast of characters who are simply attempting to survive a world that doesn’t seem built for them.

This Southern Gothic tale confronts some of the darkest parts of our modern history and takes the listener on a journey through the perils of the Great Recession, the Occupation of Wall Street, and right up the edge of a global pandemic that will transform the world as we know it. Who will survive the unprecedented events that unfold? Not even student debt is as perilous as the adventure you are about to embark on. No amount of cutting back on avocado toast and caramel lattes can save you from the dangers ahead.

In his unique style, Nathan creates characters that are at times hard to like but impossible not to love. This tale is full of betrayal, romance, and kitchen grease as this ragtag group of friends attempt to make the world a better place and are confronted with the question, “Do we even have the power to make any meaningful change at all and if not, is there even hope?”

Pull up a barstool, light ’em if you got ’em, and pour yourself a tall glass of suspense and romance masquerading as casual sex as you journey into the seedy halls of the All Saints Hotel and Cocktail Lounge.

©2021 Nathan Monk (P)2021 Nathan Monk

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Narrated by the author, and gosh it’s good!

I purchased All Saints Hotel and Cocktail Lounge with the mistaken idea that it was a post-apocalyptic zombie novel. I genuinely have no idea where that idea came from, but I was pleasantly surprised by the actual content (heads up - zombies are not featured).

The relationships build and intertwine, the layers reveal more and more complexity as the story progresses. The struggles and stark reality cut deep at times, but there is joy there, too (heehee, I’m leaving it)…

I absolutely love hearing Nathan narrate the story. He does it so well, and the odd stutter or stumble add to the experience - it feels like he’s here, reading to me in person. I appreciated the foreword where he explains his journey with dyslexia, why it was important for him to read the story, and why he fought so hard to keep the editing to a minimum. But, if I hadn’t known the background, I would have loved his narration anyway. It sounds the way I read to my kids. Buy the audio book. It is a pleasure to engage with.

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Brilliant from start to finish

Opens up a part of the brain that never dared to think respond but makes so much sense when spoken out loud .... absolutely recommended

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Get it in your ear holes

What a book.
Monk takes what could be a bleak story and tells it with such love and grace and breathtakingly beautiful writing it occasionally stopped me in my tracks.
His insights into generational politics - and big P politics are so finely hewn as to be worth the price of admission in their own right.
Best thing I’ve listen to in a long time.

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Left wanting more... but in a good way!

Great story, beautifully told and well narrated. I prefer books read by their authors and don't often by fiction on audible but this was well worth it. I'd love a sequel about Nick - there's more to tell there.

As for the editing of the narration, I've been in a sound booth listening to how ads are voiced and it's so intense. When it comes to audiobooks I admire the authors because it's not their day job but they know their own voice adds to the book. This felt more authentic, and honestly, the stuff I noticed was so minor and so infrequent it's only worth mentioning because someone got snotty.

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  • AJ
  • 16-01-2022

Super enjoyable listen

I decided to buy this book after reading some sternly worded one star reviews and Facebook comments by people who are mad at life. Yes, this novel is political and pearl clutchers will be kept busy. I read some comments that suggested that the author should not have read his own writing, that it should have been outsourced to a professional reader. Firstly, no one is more qualified to read their own writing than the Person. Who. Wrote. It. Secondly, I've listened to loads of audiobooks and Nathan's narration is as good as any "professional" I've listened to. Yes, occasionally you can hear a page turn. I found it a charming and comforting sound but some reviewers really got their knickers in a knot over hearing a page turn. I mean, the horror. Right? A book. Having a page. The humanity. Yes, there is the occasional um or small spoken glitch, but honestly, who cares? Nothing about it takes away from the story or the reading of it. There are professional, perfectly edited audiobooks that I have found completely unlistenable. This is an engrossing tale by a born story teller who is also a great narrator.

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  • Beth
  • 08-01-2022

Real, refreshing narration

The story is good, very relatable for me as an elder millennial. I’m writing this review though to talk about the narration. Father Nathan writes beautifully and does the narration for this book and it’s unedited, so you hear page turns and creaky chairs. This plus the fact that he has worked to overcome dyslexia to become a published author made listening to this audiobook a really exciting experience for me. It’s obviously important to Nathan to have people hear the real him doing this narration and I think it’s a refreshing change of pace in the audiobook space

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  • Sara Bodenstein
  • 10-01-2022

Getting to know you

I have seen criticism of this book because Father Nathan chose to read it himself. I rather like that. His reading is clear and expressive. He does stumble sometimes and you can hear him turn the pages. It feels like he’s sitting in the room with you reading the book. It feels personal and welcoming.
Knowing, as I do, that he is dyslexic, it is one more reminder for others that dyslexia does not have to change your dreams.
The story, though fiction, clearly gives Father Nathan’s perspective on the world. More than once I wanted to stop the reading and write down the quote for a social media post. He challenges me in the book just as he has done with his social media presence.
It’s not a perfect book but it is significant in it’s time. I heartily recommend it.

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  • Jason Mastrofrancesco
  • 01-01-2022

Thank you Father Nathan Monk!

Truly tapped in to the Xennial experience. The characters were compelling and the story telling was superb. I didn’t even mind the hiccups in narration and the sound of pages rustling. It was a telling from the heart, a labor of love. And I truly appreciate that a dyslexic author took the time to read and record this book in a medium for his fans that need/prefer this style of storybook consumption. Thank you so much! It was so refreshing to have characters that reflect so closely the experiences of Gulf Coast dwellers of my generation! -CMASTROF77

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  • BrieWhale
  • 05-01-2022

Spoke Directly to Me

This isn’t my normal genre, but I follow Nathan Monk on social media and was intrigued by the premise. While I would be considered part of the proverbial “choir,” I still found this book to be insightful. It took on a lot of political themes while still being entertaining. As a millennial, it felt like it spoke right to me.

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  • Daniel Cohen
  • 13-01-2022

Don’t waste a credit on this!

Overall: This book has nothing to recommend it. The writing is terrible, the story is a bore, the characters are flaccid, and the narration is worse than amateur-tier quality.

Performance: At the beginning of the book, (but not in the free sample) the author states that he did the audiobook recording himself to capture the authentic experience of having a dyslexic person reading a book they wrote themselves. He emphasizes that he didn’t want it “overly edited,” and that he would occasionally make mistakes, and were intentionally left in.

Unfortunately, he doesn’t occasionally slip. He flubs constantly, usually there’s an error, hesitation, mispronunciation, stumble, or something else about every two to three minutes. And the audiobook isn’t “overly edited,” it’s not edited at all. Anyone who has a lot of experience with audiobooks can detect this.

And it’s not just verbal errors. You can hear nearly every page turn, dogs barking in the background, sounds of swallowing and breathing. This is all extremely distracting. No amount of authenticity can make up for the poor quality of this recording.

Story: The content of the book itself is just as bad. The author states that this is his second novel. This level of inexperience is also on full display in his prose, characters, structure, theme, and more. The story isn’t so much a story as is it a series of vignettes loosely connected together by hours of boring asides that don’t move the plot forward. The characters are barely one-dimensional, and either self-inserts of the author, or based on the authors personal relationships. The structure of the narrative is non-chronological, but not in a good way. It’s obvious that this choice is meant to mask the fact that there’s little holding this story together. Maybe he’ll let go of these beginner writer’s security blankets in his next work.

It seems that the writer (and several of the reviewers on Audible) expect that these failures should be overlooked because he is dyslexic. Unfortunately, that’s not enough to make up for an inferior product. Many people who aren’t dyslexic make bad books too, they don’t get special treatment either. Don’t judge this book based on the disability of the author.

People pay the same amount for this book as they do for products by Stephen King and Steven Pinker. They should expect at least the same level of commitment to quality. And the books simply fails on that aspect.

Not worth a credit.

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  • Barbie
  • 10-01-2022

Heading this story in Father Nathan Monk’s voice is a treasure!

Father Nathan Monk has dyslexia which makes reading aloud difficult. Every word he has spoken is not despite his dyslexia- it is because of it. I am so proud to be a part of his fan club, cheering him on as he speaks truths about our generational trauma so eloquently, and the experience of hearing Nathan Monk tell this story with his own mouth… It’s a delight.

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  • John David Bull
  • 07-01-2022

So I was born in 86

this is the breath of fresh air I've been waiting on. I swear he picked my brain and journal. So so relatable. Must read for anyone growing up in the 90s and early 2000s.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-01-2022

narrator is not ready

I have listened to about 400 audio books. aAnd I am all for first timers. But this narrator does not have a good flow, stumbles over words routinely, I can hear him holding the book and turning pages, I can hear dogs barking, he says "nucular" instead of nuclear at least 3 times. If this was in the free section I would have been more ok with letting him stumble through his first audio book reading but having to pay for this and having it recommended to me as if it's a popular book is disappointing. It's the first book I have stopped listening to part way through because I just can't handle the poor quality of the narration. I'm sorry.

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  • Just Another Reader
  • 10-01-2022

Beware: Recording/Narration is VERY VERY BAD!

This book/audiobook is substandard on a number of levels and I feel compelled to warn people away from it. As a person who consumes over 100 audiobooks a year through Audible's service, I feel qualified to say that this is probably the second worst audiobook I've ever heard. I can only think of one purchase on Audible that has been worse. In the preface, the author states that he wanted to be the one to read the audiobook himself because it would be a more authentic experience. He also states he did not wish to do any "extensive editing." However, this disclaimer IS NOT in the presale audio sample, it happens AFTER the point of sale. To hear this, you must purchase the audiobook, and only THEN you're told what you're in for. You're essentially sold on what you think is going to be a professional product, only to discover once you've given up your money or Audible credit that it is an amateur production.

The recording itself is just awful. The fidelity and sound quality is trash tier. It sounds like it was literally recorded on a cell phone in somebody's spare room as opposed to a real professional recording. To say that the narration is substandard is being too kind. The author stammers, hesitates, and trips over his words constantly and it's a huge distraction. You can also hear very gross, distracting mouth noises and you can hear the pages turning. The turning pages are not quiet, either. It is very loud, almost as if the pages were as close to the microphone (if there was one) as they could get. After the fortieth or fiftieth um, uh, or flubbed line you start to lose patience with the “authentic experience.” As a narrator, he is below average at best, but he could have at least made it somewhat presentable. The choice not to do any "extensive editing" shows and not in a good way. Bottom line, this is not a professional product that you should pay money for. It's definitely one of the worst experiences I've had with an audiobook.

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  • toster
  • 10-01-2022

A solid read - with a couple of qualifications

I enjoyed this book - the story, the writing, and the narration.

A couple of quick qualifications at the start, though:
1) If you insist on a Hollywood-slick performance and production, you won't find that here. This is a heartfelt read from a neuro-divergent author who opted to present us with a work of which he's justifiably proud in a more intimate style that most of the works available on Audible. I see it as something similar to a virtual bookstore reading of selections from a book, but we're treated to the complete work.
2) This is a political novel, and as such may contain more (and more extended) socio-political commentary than some may find comfortable. That said, if you are a listener open to expanding your worldview, you'll likely find this more thought-provoking than irritating.

I chose to wait a few days before reviewing it because I needed to let the experience percolate. There's a long-standing recommendation for giving presentations: "Tell 'em what you're going to tell 'em. Tell 'em. Then tell 'em what you told 'em." At times this audiobook may feel more like "Tell 'em what you're going to tell 'em. Tell 'em. Tell 'em. Tell 'em again. Tell 'em one more time. Then tell 'em what you told 'em." After taking the time to reflect on this work, I find that I'm far less irritated or intimidated by the repetition of the socio-political commentary than than I am inspired by it. The repetition in this case very much suits both the tale being told and the illustrates the frustration of the narrating character.

To those who are possibly concerned the the negative reviews (especially the reviews specifically citing an "unprofessional" performance, I suggest giving this a shot if the premise is otherwise intriguing. For the most part, I found the performance quite appropriate to the characterizations, the story, and - most importantly - to the mood of the text.

This is likely to lead to a repeat listen or two and I'm sure that will be a rewarding experience as well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-01-2022

it would make a great manifesto

I like Nathan Monk and I admire his activism and I follow him on social media with delight. I was over the moon when he published his book, especially as an audiobook, and I admire that he read it himself. I appreciated the moments of intimacy with the author, and as a neurodivergent person myself, I admire the bravado of not editions minor stutters and slips of the tongue.
As for the story, I have very mixed feelings. It touches on many issues which are dear to me too and I would really love it had it been a manifesto or personal memoir. Unfortunately, it doesn't work for me as a novel. There is way too little plot for all the (great and appreciated) inner dialogues and ruminations of the narrator, the characters are cool, but the action is scarce and I don't feel happy about the non-closure of the criminal/political part and focus mostly on the romantic at the ending parts of the book.
I'd love to appreciate the great thoughts about the generation gap, the sagacious insights into America's heart and mind, but I don't feel I enjoyed the novel part, which I regret. I hope for more books from Nathan where he might balance the activism and literature differently.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-01-2022

Not exactly my cup of tea, but interesting

Firstly, I'll address the elephant in the room: it's true that the narration isn't as polished as we may have come to expect from other audiobooks. This is explained in the introduction and I was more than happy to applaud the author's determination and reasoning. I admit that the first couple of slight stumbles I found a little jarring, but the more I got into the book, the more the delivery somehow seemed to add realism to the story. At times I had to remind myself that this wasn't an autobiography. So, for me, that wasn't a negative at all, quite the opposite.

The story itself I didn't find massively engaging, I have to be honest, and I didn't care about the lives of the characters. However, the parts that focused on being a narrative on the gap between baby boomers and millennials, I found insightful, interesting and, at times, quite horrifying.

I find myself left with mixed feelings. Getting lost in the narration style and having that lull me into half-believing it to be an autobiography made it a more compelling experience for me than it otherwise would have been. Worth a listen if you have credits burning a hole in your pocket and you're not going to throw a tantrum over a few stutters and page shuffles.

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  • Morgan
  • 13-01-2022

Wonderfully personal narration

This is an absolutely immersive and personal narration. It’s lovely to have the author read his work to you, you’ll hear the odd page turn and I think this is just magic!! I’ve read the book which I enjoyed so much it prompted me to get the audible as well and I’m so glad I did, because it’s the ‘next level’. You’re in for a real treat! 💗

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