Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: Everything Changes
AUTHOR: Melanie Hansen
NARRATOR: Robert Nieman
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 7hr 12min
RELEASE DATE: January 12th, 2017
What happens when friendship catches fire?
Former Marine and lower-leg amputee Carey Everett keeps a grueling schedule of counseling fellow war veterans and their families. The injury he received in Afghanistan forces him to rely on a reserve of strength he didn’t even know he had. A much deserved vacation will let him reconnect with his best friend, who saved his life and has been there for him through devastating injury and painful recovery.
Part-time EMT and aspiring singer Jase DeSantis has been in love with Carey for years, but he’s come to accept that his straight friend will never be able to offer more. Jase fills his days with band rehearsals, ambulance shifts, and willing groupies, all while trying to cope with debilitating PTSD.
A week of sun, fun, and music in San Diego changes Jase and Carey’s lives forever when their relationship takes an unexpected turn. Jase has been longing for that change, but it leaves Carey reeling with confusion. As Jase fights to hold things together, Carey deals with doubts, fears, and his own preconceived notions about labels and the true nature of love.
This is mostly going to be an audio review as I have already read and reviewed this book. You can find the original book review here.
Please bear with me as this is my first audio review and I want to do it justice and get it right.
One thing I need to stress this is without a doubt one of the best books I’ve read. That sentiment still hold true today having read the original about 2 years ago. If anything, listening to it heightened the experience greatly.
And that’s exactly what a Melanie Hansen book is…it’s an experience but putting all of that emotion on audio….WOW. Mind. Blown.
This narrator got all the nuances of Cary and Jace down so perfectly. All the emotion Cary and Jace had for each other as friends, then as the relationship progressed into them becoming lovers…I felt it with every breath the narrator took. I never imagined that the audio version of my favorite books would be as enthralling as it was.
If you didn’t read the original review which I linked at the top I’ll give you a brief overview of the story. Jace and Cary met and became fast friends in the military. After surviving an explosion Cary loses his leg and Jace is there to nurse him back to health. Jace a proud bisexual male develops strong feelings for Cary but knows they can’t go anywhere because Cary is straight.
Their bond grows and they both realize the possibility of a “them” doesn’t really seem so impossible.
I really LOVED this audio version of one of my favorite books. I’m kind of in shocked at how much feeling the audio version evoked.
This was just as amazing as reading the physical book.