Title: The Bones Beneath My Skin
Author: TJ Klune
Narrator: Greg Tremblay
Run Time: 12 hours and 55 minutes
At a Glance: This is not your typical romance, but the names Klune and Tremblay are not to be missed in any capacity.
Reviewed By: Mike
Blurb: In the spring of 1995, Nate Cartwright has lost everything: His parents are dead, his older brother wants nothing to do with him, and he’s been fired from his job as a journalist in Washington, DC. With nothing left to lose, he returns to his family’s summer cabin outside the small mountain town of Roseland, Oregon, to try to find some sense of direction.
The cabin should be empty.
Inside is a man named Alex. And with him is an extraordinary little girl who calls herself Artemis Darth Vader.
Artemis, who isn’t exactly as she appears.
Soon it becomes clear that Nate must make a choice: let himself drown in the memories of his past, or fight for a future he never thought possible.
Because the girl is special. And forces are descending upon them who want nothing more than to control her.
Review: Nate, with his career unraveling, retreats to the mountain cabin his parents left him. It will be quiet, it will be a place to gather his mind and in light of the scandal that has nearly ended his career, he will be all alone.
Except Alex and Art, short for Artemis, are there, and they have taken possession of Nate’s cabin. So, what do you do when the darkest part of the government is hunting a ten-year-old girl? Nate has a choice to make. Either way, it will change his life forever.
This book has a bit of everything: intrigue, comedy, the supernatural, and romance. But, not just the typical romance; it’s the romance of a childless gay man finding the joy of being a surrogate father and, suddenly, a desired partner. Any one of those things can be found in a TJ Klune book, but here, they are mixed together in some strange chemistry that, combined with Tremblay’s voice, becomes magical. Even the action descriptions come to life in Tremblay’s dulcet voice. Every bit of this narration from chapter one, to the end, rings like a well-tuned bell. Every note in Tremblay’s voice hits your ear like a caress. This is not your typical romance, but the names Klune and Tremblay are not to be missed in any capacity.
Greg Tremblay is a vocal god. He doesn’t just read parts in books, he inhabits their essences and distills voices and vocal quirks that some authors might not even be aware their characters have. This book is filled with amazing content that less competent vocal actors would have been swamped by. You get thirteen hours to live and love this story. The change in the relationship between the three main characters goes from semi-hostage to full family. They suffer rude shocks, deal with a menagerie of oddballs, a conspiracy theorist radio jockey, and a few dozen dark men who have no other purpose than to stop Art and Alex. Through every second, Greg Tremblay makes the story come to life. He breathes for the characters, he makes them all so real that your brain can touch their realness.
Buy this book, buy this audio. Please, buy it. You will not be sorry. You will be thrilled that you did. Then you will be searching for these two names, as you should, so that you can buy all they have to offer.
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