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I absolutely loved this book in print so I was super excited for the audio book. I was a little nervous of the sheer number of characters and dogs in this book and how Sean Lenhart would manage to pull it off. I shouldn’t have worried though Sean was as usual a wonderful narrator and he was joined for this audiobook by narrator Jill Smith! Which was awesome and definitely adds another layer of authenticity to this story. They seamlessly narrate together and it’s beautiful and fluid and engaging.
This is book 2.5 in the Moore Romance series. I’ve absolutely loved this series and this one is just as good. It’s absolutely fantastic! Sweet, laugh out loud funny and full of love. This book is basically a catch up with 6 of the characters from the other books and 6 of their pets. As with the print version I just adored the pets POV chapters, so original and absolutely laugh out loud hilarious! As an animal lover I reallllyyyy enjoyed their chapters.
The main focus of this book is Jackson and Dean finding their brother and moving in with him and also about Julian and Xander planning their wedding. I won't spoil what happens with Jackson and Dean but reading about Xander and Julian's wedding was brilliant, they are continuing to bicker over the wedding arrangements and all their family and friends naturally wade in and get involved. There is at one point a group chat scene which is completely confusingly hilarious and was really well done in audio.
Loved this audiobook and I absolutely cannot wait for book 3!
This story was totally unexpected and I have to admit it caught me off guard. I hadn't read the book before listening to it so when I realized the pets in the story had a voice actually laughed out loud. After seeing them feature in the previous books I felt that their personality really came through in the story. The Narrators did an outstanding job with all the voices. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book and hope there's more to come. Well done Alex, V, Jill, and Sean.
I will give you this warning – there are MULTIPLE points-of-view (including the pets). This makes listening a challenge. Each chapter provides the name of the person/dog/cat whose POV is being presented. Written on paper, it is easy to scroll back. On audio? A bit more attention has to be paid.
But totally worth it.
Sean Lenhart has narrated all the books in the series and he is great. His over-the-top portrayal of Julian is still present and completely spot-on. To some listeners, however, it might be a bit much. Once you get used to it, though, it blends in, so hang in there.
I’ll be honest and say I was surprised to see a narrator Jill Smith. Ms. Smith is female and that is almost non-existent in the world of m/m books in audio. Since Sean has done a good job with the other books, I was confused. Within moments that confusion was cleared up.
Jill performs the young teenage boys (Marcus, Jackson, and Dean) as well as the women, and interestingly, the female dogs. She does not narrate at any point, simply speaks their dialogue. Another interesting technique I haven’t heard often, but it works. And her performance of Luna deserves special appreciation. It was perfect and hilarious.
If you are not a pet-lover, or if you have never been curious about an animal mind, those chapters might not be of interest, but, again, give them a chance. I loved them. Humans have limited knowledge of what pets think and how they process the world, but these are humorous interpretations and I am sure there is some truth in all of them. In the end, I enjoyed these chapters.
All four teenagers from Safe Harbor, the LGBT shelter the men volunteer at, have their own chapters. I was pleased that there were definite differences between the twins, named Axel and Diesel by their homophobic father. (Easy to see why they have chosen to go by the names Dean and Jackson.)
The end of Book 2 provided plenty of promise that the teenagers would all have happy endings and this book fulfills that promise, even if things take an unexpected but perfect turn. The ever-expanding Moore family has 4 new teenagers (and one more 4-legged character the listener will have no choice but to fall in love with).
As for the plot, it does cover the end of Book 2 – Julian and Xander’s wedding. And if you know these two men, you’ll know the preparations are going to be a stressful circus. But with their family and friends rallying around them and Christmas celebrations in the meantime, it is fun all around.
This book, like Book 2, often takes a step back in time when the chapter changes. The change of POV often presents the same scene again. It always took me a moment to orient myself, but I’ve come to expect that with these books.
In case you’re wondering, there’s plenty of hot sex. Logan also makes an admission that had me laughing out loud.
Since it’s the Moores, there are family bets, brotherly love, and wonderful parents. There are so many incidents and scenes I want to mention, but I will resist as most would be spoilers. You’ll just have to listen for yourself.
I will say, however, that there are more baby Koalas, manipulative felines, silly canines and, above all, love.
I give the overall a 4.5 but will round up to five because of the 7 pets on the front of the cover.
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This book was insane, and in soo many ways. Mostly good ones though. If you don't like a lot of head-hopping this might not be the book for you, because there is a lot of it in this book. It's also one that won't make much sense if you haven't read the first two books in the series, so I recommend you do that first and come back to this one after that.
I had a lot of fun listening to this book. I will admit that I had a few reservations when I realised one of the narrators was a woman. I was pleasantly surprised when she really worked for this book. Jill Smith and Sean Lenhart performed this book amazingly and I do think that a book with this many characters needs more than one narrator.
Because not only do we get the perspectives of the many, human characters (6 of them to be exact), but we also get their pets, and they are as many in number. And let me tell you that was a ride and a half! Jill and Sean's narrations of the pets are probably my favourite parts; they were so much fun to listen to, and I’m not sure if I’ll ever look at a dog or cat the same way again ;)
The Moore the Merrier is a low-angst and very light hearted book. It does deal with some tough moments, but they are never heavy or brings the mood or feel of the book down. Moore Romance is at times overly sweet and not only because one of them bakes cakes for a living, but at times books like these are just what you need.
All in all this was a quirky and insane interlude to catch up with the Moore family. There is not a serious bone near it, but fun to listen to all the same. I’m waiting to see what these authors can come up with next, because going by this it will be a good one.
A copy of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes