MtSnow reviews ‘Blue Days’ (Mangrove Stories, Book #1) by Mary Calmes; Narration: Greg Tremblay; published by Dreamspinner press, LLC. Audiobook released January 13, 2015, Length: 2 hrs 49 minutes
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Author: Mary Calmes
Narrator: Greg Tremblay
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press, LLC
Pages/Length: 2 Hours 49 Minutes
Falling for a coworker is rarely a good idea, especially for a man getting a last chance at salvaging his career. But from the moment Dwyer Knolls sees the beautiful but socially awkward Takeo Hiroyuki, he seems destined to make bad decisions.
Takeo’s life is a string of failed attempts to please his traditional Japanese father. Unfortunately, succeeding in business turns out to be just as difficult for Takeo as changing from gay to straight. In fact, the only thing Takeo seems to truly excel at is taking notice of Dwyer Knolls.
When Dwyer and Takeo head to Mangrove, Florida on a real estate buying trip, their tentative friendship combusts and becomes much more. Is their sudden connection real enough to bank their futures on, or should they chalk the whole thing up to the daze inspired by the blue ocean breeze?
Why I listened to this story.
Narrator: Greg Tremblay. Check.
Author: Mary Calmes. Check.
Premise: Asian Proper Stand-offish Executive, American Cosmopolitan Marketing Executive, and blue ocean venues and breezes. Check. Check. Check. All winners for me.
In Asian cultures, the color blue represents purity, calmness, stability..
Narrator Greg Tremblay has become one of my favorites through the Cole McGinnis series by Rhys Ford. He speaks Japanese and Korean in an authentically believable accent, and I think, because I myself have been to both those countries, that I have come to love listening to his melodious timbre, and he jumps so smoothly between his characters that you actually get the feeling that they ARE different people. Listening to him brings back happy memories. Greg has fantastic timing, his voice can be fluid and sexy, or believably matter of fact or humorous, and I just get a warm, fuzzy feeling hearing his round, honeyed vowels as they roll off his tongue.
As for the story itself, there were definite influences of Calmes ‘Jory-esking’ one of her MCs, but it was different enough to not seem as formulaic as others in the past. Her characters always make her books a happy, feel good comfort read for me. I was able to believe in the relationship between Takeo and Dwyer. She pulled me into the story where I feel the buildup through a span of three years, and it does include a hot sexy scene, finally (lol), made hotter by Greg’s voice. There is physical attraction, friendship and comfort, and somehow she is able to make this story span the time fluidly. It is created in a somewhat short story format, but it was just enough to put a smile on my face, and a very pleasant way to listen to a book in just one sitting. And, as always, love her supporting characters as well!
Fantastic combination of both narrator and writer, and I highly recommend both of these artists as an extreme pleasure to listen to and/or read. Bravo!!! The story was an 8, but the narration was a 10 – so it averaged out to a 9 for me.
About the Author: Mary Calmes lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and two children and loves all the seasons except summer. She graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. Due to the fact that it is English lit and not English grammar, do not ask her to point out a clause for you, as it will so not happen. She loves writing, becoming immersed in the process, and falling into the work. She can even tell you what her characters smell like. She loves buying books and going to conventions to meet her fans.
About the Narrator: The ability to capture a feeling and emotion in your voice, without cheapening that feeling to a masquerade, is one that not many performers can capture. Tiny nuances of sound, subtle shifts in expression, bring out emotion and reaction in a listener. Greg Tremblay has that ability.
Trained in vocal and stage performance, Greg’s credits include audiobook narration for Audible.com, radio broadcast production, educational narration, and small film projects. Make your next project the success it deserves to be. From training films to a catchy jingle, and everything in between… Greg Tremblay Voiceovers is dedicated to telling YOUR story. Contact him at: http://www.gtremblayvoice.com/