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Originally, I was looking for something new to listen to and having heard another narration by Mr Frazier, I decided to give this a go. It was a fantastic idea, the internal monologue was amazing as his voice was soft and gentle as a whisper. All the diverse voices were very good, specially the little girl ghost. Definitely scary and thus perfect for the mood of the book. The steamy parts were few but perfect through Frazier's sexy voice.
Any additional comments?
The story line was a little uninspiring, although the characters were quite fun and one or two moments had a genuinely spooky feel to them. Rather less inspiring was the reading. Every female had the same rather cackle like voice and the males never quite managed to make the smooth huskiness sound believable. Still I enjoyed it well enough and wouldn't want to put anybody off the reading of it.
What did you love best about Vintage: A Ghost Story?
I loved that the author put the ghost, Josh, in our MC's path. The relationship between them was fascinating and unnerving and a new spin on ghost meets boy!
What did you like best about this story?
I liked best the friendship between the MC and Trace. They were quirky goth kids who were there for one another while navigating every day life, death, murder and ghosts! An inspiring coming of age relationship with ouija boards, funerals, intrigue and love all intertwined!
What does Jason Frazier bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Personality! He brings personality and depth of character that I never would have known without his extraordinary ability to identify the characters and lend them his voice!
Who was the most memorable character of Vintage: A Ghost Story and why?
I will have to choose our unnamed MC. He left his home, had to make new friends, he's gay, goth, and looking for love and acceptance. He is resilient and steadfast in his struggle for a happy ending...daunting, quirky and spooky as it may be!
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I haven't done this before, but I had already read this book before purchasing it here on Audible. When I read Vintage, it stole all my attention over the three days I read it - I was captivated. Vintage and I were inseparable. I was sneaking a read on breaks and bus rides, at breakfast and dinner, and finally, the last few pages before bed.
I loved it.
It's not often I feel lucky enough to find a young adult book where the protagonist is a well-written gay teen, and it's even less often that teen isn't your typical example. The goth, vintage clothes-loving voice in this book was a delight.
And I say that - now - in two senses. Narratively, I adored the voice of this story. From a performance point of view, Jason Frazier blew it out of the park. He's talented and evokes the words he's reading. So, I had a kind of a repeat experience - I listened to this audiobook whenever I had a spare moment, between chores, walking the dog, until the last few words a few hours ago.
Having run away from parents who absolutely will not accept him, the young man in VINTAGE comes to live with his aunt in a small town in New Jersey. He's a little lost, though he has a good group of equally marginalized friends, and works at a vintage clothing store and tries to find a future for himself. He has tried to commit suicide, but has moved past this to some hesitant sense of finding a life for himself.
Enter Josh, who the narrator meets on a long walk home at night. A handsome young man in fifties wear, the clothes grant the main character just enough courage to speak, and the two connect.
Except Josh isn't a lover of fifties wear who enjoys a retro look; he's dead. Our narrator has just crushed out on a ghost.
In turns fun, moving, dark, and tense, VINTAGE belongs on the shelf of great young adult fiction. Connecting with the character is effortless, and the growing tension and worry you feel on his behalf will drag you in, moment after moment. Frazier delivers a phenomenal performance that brings an already wonderful story to one of the best audiobooks I've enjoyed. Grab it. You won't be sorry.
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