In the small mountain town of Amorea, it's stretching toward autumn of 1954. The memories of a world at war are fading in the face of a prosperous future. Doors are left unlocked at night, and neighbors are always there to give each other a helping hand.
The people here know certain things as fact:
Amorea is the best little town there is.
The only good commie is a dead commie.
The Women's Club of Amorea runs the town with an immaculately gloved fist.
And bookstore owner Mike Frazier loves that boy down at the diner, Sean Mellgard. Why they haven't gotten their acts together is anybody's guess. It may be the world's longest courtship, but no one can deny the way they look at each other.
Slow and steady wins the race, or so they say.
But something's wrong with Mike. He hears voices in his house late at night. There are shadows crawling along the walls and great clouds of birds overhead that only he can see.
Something's happening in Amorea. And Mike will do whatever he can to keep the man he loves.
©2016 TJ Klune (P)2017 Dreamspinner Press
Good book - took a while to work out what was going on as the start was very odd - someone appears next to a town with no memory nor idea how he got there... but good. A good listen! Contains scientists spouting nonsense but I liked the overall idea.
I'm in a bit of a quandary. Kirt did a great job with the narration [loved all the different voices] but for me, the story didn't flow smoothly....one minute you were in Mike's head, and then boom...you were in Greg's. This was a classic mind-f**k [scuse my language] of a story, with an unconventional romance, and I liked the analogy of the starlings and this story being controlled chaos. Hands up, I was completely lost until I finally understood what was going on...rather like Homer Simpson [but without the drool of course]...
This is a complex, highly imaginative and intense story...full concentration needed, although entirely believable IMHO. Who knows whether it has already happened in RL?? I can only say that unlike Wolfsong which I LOVED, I only liked this one. I certainly wasn't expecting that shocker at the end though....it went against everything we 'thought' we knew about Mike Frazier, which I suppose was TJ's point. You can never know a person entirely, no matter how much you think you do. 4 stars.
Say something about yourself!
... Listened over two nights in work. Very nice love story. If your familiar with TJ Klune then this book is more like "Into This River I Drown" than some of the more comedy books. Has a bit of a Patrick Ness' "More Than This" feel to it
Would highly recommend.
"A well-realised fantasy and love story"
I have exceptionally low expectations when it comes to gay literature, with past experiences showing that most are either poorly written or an excuse to air soft porn fantasies. It was with great surprise and ample relief therefore, to discover T J Klune’s most excellent fantasy love story that could encompass any persuasion.
The town of Amorea is lost in time, quite literally. For the residents, there is no memory of anything outside of the town’s borders and, for those curious enough cross that line, they are left with no memory of who they are or where they are from until they return to the city limits.
In Amorea, it is September 1954, and yet Dean Martin’s hit song, That’s Amore, has only been out for a year, alongside more modern hits. Bookstore owner Mike, is having flashbacks of mobile phones and other non-existent technology, along with memories of a life he never led.
Mike’s impossible dream may be a former life, or it may be his current life where he pines for the much younger Sean who shows equal interest in him. In a town where doors are never locked, the controlling Women's Club of Amorea is determined to aid their blossoming romance.
Murmation is both a love story and a double mystery, revolving around the town itself and Mike’s disjointed memories.
T J Klune has developed an interesting world full of detailed characters and heartfelt moments, both pleasurable and fearful. The story is told by narrator Kirt Graves, who expresses the angst, confusion and elation of the central characters. While he doesn’t create a lot of character voices, his characterisations are sometimes subtle but always distinct, allowing the listener to recognise who is speaking. His voice is pleasing and well-suited to the central protagonist.
As a romance, Murmation makes a great mystery and, as a mystery, it makes a great romance. T J Kune offers the best of both worlds. This and my other audiobook reviews can be found on my site at SaidNotRead dot wordpress dot com. If you enjoy gay or lesbian literature, you’ll find other titles also reviewed.
Holy. S h ! t.
TJ Klune is brilliant.
I listened to this book on audio and I have to give props to Kirt Graves - he really did a stellar job bringing this story to life.
I have no idea how to review this book other than to say I freaking loved it.
It started out...confusing. I had no idea what the EFF was going on. It felt like I might be losing my mind.
But the hints of the romantic side of the story kept me interested. I didn't want to give up because I didn't want to miss the romance.
I don't want to give any spoilers, but here's what I love about this story:
~ It's a slow burn.
~ It's very trippy.
~ It's magically crafted.
~ It's SO romantic. Like, so so romantic.
I'm working my way through all of TJ Klune's stories. He's amazing and I'm so glad I get to read his books.
Bottom line: don't let the "paranormal" or trippy parts of this book get in the way of picking it up. Keep reading (or listening) because once I got into it, I was HOOKED. I talked about this book to my husband, my 13 year old son, my coworkers, EVERYONE. It would make an awesome movie!
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"I love this book!"
Let me say that I loved this book and the main characters and found it to be a fascinating read. It's hard to say much about this without spoilers. It starts out with a man walking along the road who has apparently lost his memory and is trying to figure out who he is and where he comes from. He then comes to a small town called Amorea and after he enters the town he begins to remember who he is and everything else about his life. It turns out that his name is Mike and he owns a bookstore in the town where everyone knows everyone else and he's in love with a man who is 13 years younger than him named Sean. Mike is also a big man where as Sean is more moderate sized if anything on the small skinny side. Although they seem to be an unlikely pair the chemistry between them is endearing. They are both so in love with each other and protective of each other that the rest of the town knows about them, approving of their relationship. Mike however, seems to see and hear things that aren't there creating a mystery to be solved. Along with this Mike also realizes that the town is unusual because it lacks certain things like cars and children. To say much more would be to give away the mystery wrapped up in the book. Most of the book consists of Mike trying to figure out this mystery of the town and what is real and not real. The book touches on psychological themes such as schizophrenia and delusions. At the heart of it however the book is a love story between the two main characters and how they will overcome the obstacles that threaten to come between them. I read the audio version of this book with Kirt Graves as the narrator and he does an excellent job with all the voices. I've listened to other books that he has narrated and at first he comes off as a little dry but once you get used to his style he is great. This book gets five stars from me for both the story and the narration. It has a very unique premise and I would recommend it to anyone who is into MM romance.
"Total Mind F**k"
I think this is one of the greatest mind f**k stories I've ever read, and the second time around raised even more questions about what the hell was really happening and what the ending was all about.
It is a story where you don't know what's happening, or why, or where the story is taking you and it's just a ride you have to hold on for, and hope that you’ll make it out the other side intact...but it ends up being totally worth the effort.
Kirt Graves' narration is more than just serviceable to the story, especially in the voice-over parts, which is done exceedingly well. Graves excels in bringing the emotion of the story to the surface, playing it sometimes so subtly it just washes over the listener, but making the whole audio an experience.
It's in the conversation areas where I felt like Graves was a bit stilted and lacked the smoothness I'd have liked to hear. Klune writes the conversations between characters brilliantly, and I didn't feel like Graves ultimately captured how rapid-fire and fluid the dialogue is overall.
I think this might be one of those stories where you either love it or hate it. I don't think there will be much middle ground.
While it's not a book filled with passion, it is packed with a kind of romance. The kind of romance where one person is your home and you'd do anything, anything, for that person.
Mike reaches out and touches Sean’s cheek. His heart is very full, and he’s having trouble choosing what words to say. Finally, “I would do it again.”
“All of this. To get here. If I had to, I’d do it all over again.”
This book changes the perspective of how you look at others and is there really a way to get a second chance at love and how far would you go to. The parallels keep you guessing, it bring out romance in a way and perspective that I thought was genuine and honest. As the story unfolds and you learn more about Murmuration it makes sense and it opens up doors in a great way. All I have to say is that I was satisfied with how it ended.
"Excellent narration, mediocre story."
I love, love, love TJ Klune's books. I absolutely love the narration of the books as well. This book, however, felt forced. The story just seems jumpy. I had trouble keeping concentration. I've listened to almost a every book available by TJ Klune, TWICE. But I can already tell you that I have no interest in listening to this book a second time.
I'm not a writer, but as someone who loves to read (and listen) to serial books, and authors with similarly themed books (such as Klune), this book feels like writer's fatigue. It felt like there was always a struggle to keep the story arc moving in an entertaining direction. And honestly, it fell flat.
TJ Klune usually does an excellent job of creating a story about how it could be or should be or taking fantasy and making it believable in terms that can related to by the modern reader. This book lost that believability for me.
Kirt Graves did an excellent job narrating. If Wolfsong was a 10 for his narrating, this was a 9. You have no doubt who's narrating as his voices are distinctly his.
I'm glad to have listened to the book, as it's an interesting story idea, but I was honestly left sorely wanting. I'm surprised that this low level of a book would come from TJ Klune this far into their career. I would recommend any other book to a friend, except this one.
"Peace at last."
I have read the book twice and this is the first time I have listened to the masterpiece of an audio. Absolutely brilliant story and Kirt Graves is spectacular as the narrator.
Kirt Graves gives a stellar performance in this audiobook. His tone and his characterizations truly added to this already wonderful book by TJ Klune. This book gave me chills--the good and the bad kind.
One of the best books I've had the pleasure of listening to on Audible.
I have to admit it took a while before I was drawn in. I actually thought of pulling the plug on this book a couple of chapters in. I'm so very glad I didn't! If I say why I found this book so gripping I'd spoil it for you. All I can say is it's a masterful mystery. Stick with it and you will be greatly rewarded.
More like this please!
"Wow. So... unexpected"
I'm a long time fan of TJ's work. In fact I own everything he's ever published. He is wonderful at snark & humor. Murmuration was a new facet to his work. The whole time I thought I knew what was going on. I assumed, I even thought it was a little heavy handed.
I didn't have a clue.
Holy crap what a wonderful journey that was. How I ached for Mike & Shawn. This was not a typical TJ story and I can honestly say it was a wonderful surprise.
The narrator was the perfect edition to this piece. Well worth the purchase or credit.
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