#ContemporaryFiction #AudioBookReview -- Vacation by JC Miller -- #Giveaway Inside
Dr. William Koval, a pragmatist with little faith in humanity, prefers to dwell in the eerily comforting microscopic realm, where he is master of his domain. But his worldview is upended when he decides to go on the English walking tour his wife had been planning before her murder three years earlier.
Only when William confronts his past, including his troubled marriage, will he find a way to rejoin the living, to move forward, and perhaps love again. The real journey, he discovers, lies within.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by JC Miller and Curt Simmons. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
We meet a doctor whose wife was murdered at a convenience store. He is going through the typical emotions in an attempt to heal. Prior to his wife’s murder, they booked a vacation tour. Against his better judgement, he decided to go on the tour alone. While there, he develops a relationship with a lovely lady and begins the process of excavating history. Soon, both make unfortunate discoveries that lead to a destination neither expected.
With round characters and a well-developed plot, this tale shows the value in facing the past in order to fully understand current events. This act alone leads to the emotional excavation of root causes and the resulting fears, allowing those involved to begin the true healing process.
Oh the narrator! While I enjoyed the story, I think I enjoyed Curt’s voice the most. He brought each character to life!! With seamless vocal intonations, lovely European accents, and astoundingly clear diction, I could have listened to this story several times over!! (Did I mention how much I love this narrator??)
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JC (Jeanne) Miller is a freelance essayist, the author of five novels, including the best-seller, Vacation. An avid reader, aspiring traveler and table tennis enthusiast, JC resides in Northern California.
Curt lives in Seattle and produces and narrates audiobooks in his home studio. He began his performing career in college as a stage actor and radio personality. After college, in addition to acting, Curt also did voiceovers for commercials, which he also wrote, directed, and edited for broadcast TV. Following the birth of his daughter in 1984, he left the performing arts to pursue a more “stable” profession managing projects. Then, in 2014 he returned to the professional stage for the first time in over 30 years as Walter Flood in Becky’s New Car by Stephen Dietz. He has also appeared recently as Lyman in Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz and Ralph in The Last Romance by Joseph DiPietro. Vacation is Curt’s eighth audiobook.
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