In this companion story to Numbers Game, Chan Norwell comes from the perfect citizen family. His mother is chief of the city monitor force, his brother an all-star, and his sister a prodigy - which leaves little wiggle room for a nobody like Chan. He is determined to have his time in the spotlight at last. But he doesn't expect things to go so horribly wrong. Alone, dishonored, and humiliated, Chan can only see one way out.
When he meets Maizel, a brilliant redhead determined to follow in her mother's suicidal footsteps, he sees his life for what it really is. If Chan can find the courage to try one more time - if he can save Maizel - maybe there's a chance he can also save himself.
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The only way is down
I very much enjoyed this short story, bringing back, as it did, memories of past fears of failure which ultimately proved to be a sideways route to success. In many ways, this is an inspirational story of self acceptance and hope for the future. As such, I would recommend it to anyone who feels that they have lost their way in life's mad forward dash.
The narrator, Anthony Lee, was perfect in portraying the young Chan, surrounded by successful family members but feeling himself to be a failure. Lee's voice hinted at the lowered spirits which turned to despair and he read the text flawlessly as well as giving good dialogue distinction. A symbiosis of story and reading.
I have not previously read the Numbers Game, of which this is a short, but it didn't matter: all that the listener needed to know is presented in this delightful package. But I will now look out for the main story.
My thanks to the rights holder of Chan's Story, from whom I received a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom. The review above is an honest representation of my views.
- Norma Miles