An explorer at heart, former university professor Phillip Singleton's adventures have only taken place in his imagination - until recently. Exploring the Cornish coast to research a travel book, he encounters a living example of a pirate archetype. Dark-haired, black-bearded Carne Treleaven might have been hewn from the very rock his name describes, and Phillip is eager to discover more.
Carne has little patience for the awkward, dreamy professor, an outsider who must be steered away from local secrets. He agrees to serve as a guide to seaside caves where smugglers once operated only to keep Phillip away from more recent activity. As personalities clash, secrets unfold, and riches are revealed, the two polar opposites find the point where their similarities lay. Carne's old beliefs are shattered by his attraction to a man, and he must decide if he's willing to take a huge step outside his familiar life and into a brand new world.
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By Ellen on 04-09-17
Great story, perfect narrator.
I loved this story and the narrator was perfectly chosen for it. Funny and endearing.
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By Listener on 13-04-18
3.5 The Professor and the Smuggler Stars
I am not a huge fan of this genre but I went in with an open mind and didn’t hate it. Haha
I liked Carne and Phillip and their connection grew so there wasn’t any insta-love thank goodness for that.
Carne held a lot of secrets and Phillip just wanted to explore. Phillip making no apologies for who he was, well that was the best part for me. Carne not judging was a close second.
I think the only thing I didn’t really enjoy was the smuggler’s aspect that we don’t really get a lot of detail about it until near the end, I kept wondering why Carne wasn’t just showing Phillip what he wanted to see. Maybe some inner dialog would have helped clear up any confusion.
Overall I enjoyed the book and really enjoyed the narration I think that is what kept me interested for as long as it did.
*You don't have to like my review but its 100% my opinion, and I am allowed to have it.*
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