The most important things in Simon Murray’s life are football, friends, and film - in that order. His friends despair of him ever meeting someone, but despite his loneliness, Simon is cautious about looking for more. Then his best friends drag him to a party, where he barges into a football conversation and ends up defending the honour of star forward Declan Tyler - unaware that the athlete is present. In that first awkward meeting, neither man has any idea they will change each other's lives forever.
Like his entire family, Simon revels in living in Melbourne, the home of Australian Rules football and mecca for serious fans. There, players are treated like gods—until they do something to fall out of public favour. This year, the public is taking Declan to task for suffering injuries outside his control, so Simon's support is a bright spot.
But as Simon and Declan fumble toward a relationship, keeping Declan's homosexuality a secret from well-meaning friends and an increasingly suspicious media becomes difficult. Nothing can stay hidden forever. Soon Declan will have to choose between the career he loves and the man he wants, and Simon has never been known to make things easy - for himself or for others.
©2009 Sean Kennedy (P)2013 Sean Kennedy
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3 out of 5 stars
By Andy on 08-10-16

Australian story, American reader, awful editing

The story arc of the book is pretty good, although the angst can seem a bit over-stretched at times. "Just talk to each other, for goodness sake!" I was shouting at my Audible player fairly often, but was willing the characters on to do the right thing. It kept me interested to see what they would do, and I could feel myself getting quite emotionally involved on occasions. The quantity of the problems between Declan and Simon may be rather exaggerated in this story compared with real life, but I am sure a lot of the individual ones will be familiar to anyone who has been in a relationship. The value of friends is one of the most positive aspects of this book.

I enjoyed the plot, and the characters are fairly believable, acting consistently throughout the whole narrative. I know nothing about Australian football, but the reactions of those involved in most team sports to these types of revelations seemed very true to life.

So much for the story, then, but there are really two things that make it difficult to give a good rating to the audio book version.

The first is that the story is set in Australia, but read by an American narrator in an American accent. Anyone who has ever watched an Australian soap opera knows exactly how some of the lines of dialogue SHOULD have been said, and it becomes almost laughable to hear them spoken in an earnest US voice. Some of the dialogue writing isn't fantastic anyway, but it would have sound far less peculiar with an Antipodean accent and intonation. I have listened to other books narrated by Paul Morey and was surprised at how difficult I found it to distinguish some of the characters in this book, as the voices used were not always different enough, and were not always entirely consistent. Working out whether Simon was speaking or thinking something - easily determined in a print book - was quite tricky in places.

The second is that the editing is appalling. There are multiple mis-pronunciations of words or place names; quite a few mis-speakings; and far too many repeated phrases where you can hear the narrator has either made a mistake, or has decided to deliver the sentence with a different emphasis, but both versions remain in the published recording. This really is not acceptable - has anyone actually LISTENED to this before it was published? I am not a fan of musical introductions to chapters (a practice which seems to be waning now), but that irritation is nothing compared to the other problems with this audio version!

Shame, as the story was definitely worth it. As some other reviewers have suggested, I think I will buy the print or electronic versions of the rest of the series, as I can then pronounce and intone the dialogue correctly in my head. If I decide to re-read a sentence because I realise that I hadn't got the meaning right the first time, at least it will only be ME who hears it twice, and not someone who has paid money for my interpretation!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jensen on 10-07-14


Would you listen to Tigers and Devils again? Why?

Yes, and reread my ebook, I adore Simon

What was one of the most memorable moments of Tigers and Devils?

Simon's first meeting with Declan has me in stitches every time

What aspect of Paul Morey’s performance might you have changed?


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and I did

Any additional comments?

Can I have the sequel please?

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4 out of 5 stars
By stephanie on 13-06-13

i loved the story but not the narrator. Sorry.

Would you consider the audio edition of Tigers and Devils to be better than the print version?

No, I am australian. Worse than that Melbournian. This story was about my home town and the narrator mispronounced...A lot!

What did you like best about this story?

This is a great story and better yet the places described are places in my memory. I no longer live in melbourne so this brought up real feelings of nostalgia and made me miss my home. I could see the characters walking down the same streets i had walked down. I could imaging meeting Simon at fed square for one of the many film festivals. I know who the douchebag footy show presenter is, referenced in the book. (looking at YOU sam neuman!) I can imagine Declan living in the docklands and it brought a feeling of realism that i rarely get to enjoy. I think i even know the general area that Simon worked. But the the narrator would say Bork st instead of Bourke st (pronounced burk) or Etihard instead of Etihad (pronounced eti-had) and it would draw me away from the story and bring me out of the fantasy. Oh and Melbourne, pretty much pronounced Melbin and BrisBAIN Brisb'n...grrr

How could the performance have been better?

the proformance wasn't BAD but it did detract from the story simply because of the accent. this was a really REALLY Australian story and it needed an Australian narrator. I will need to get a print copy and read it with my own accent to really get lost in the story/

Who was the most memorable character of Tigers and Devils and why?

I liked Simon. He had the POV and so we had better insight to his motivations and i liked him. Plus a bit of snark never went astray :)

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3 out of 5 stars
By A. J. Mayo on 20-04-13

Why not an Australian Accent or actor to read

Would you try another book from Sean Kennedy and/or Paul Morey?

I already downloaded and read Tigerland on my kindle. My issue with the audiobook had nothing to do with the story it was the editing and the fact that it is a book set in Australia about people from Australia and it is read by an American, who give one minor character a southern accent

What did you like best about this story?

I thought it was a good well written story

How could the performance have been better?

As above, plus the editing should have been better. Repeated lines, doesn't anyone listen to it through before it was released.

Could you see Tigers and Devils being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Chris Helmsworth for Declan
Not sure for Simon

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