A lonely gay teen bides his time with trips to strangers' funerals and Ouija board sessions, desperately searching for someone to love - and a reason to live following a suicide attempt.
Walking an empty stretch of New Jersey highway on an autumn night, he meets a strange and beautiful boy who looks like he stepped out of a dream. But the vision becomes into a nightmare when the boy turns out to be the local urban legend, the ghost of a star athlete killed in 1957 - a ghost with a deadly secret and a dangerous obsession.
Vintage: A Ghost Story is an intense thriller that looks at the dark side of gay urban fantasy, where the dead can never rest and trapped spirits never find peace.
©2008 Steve Berman (P)2014 Steve Berman
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.
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.
"Not your typical romance!"
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!
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!
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!
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!
"Haunting and sad."
For people who like ghost stories and YA with a hint of MM, this is worth listening to if only because the narrator went the extra mile to bring the characters (and even the ghosts) to life.
The story is told entirely from the POV of the main character in first-person. You actually aren't ever given his first name so in a way this was almost like one of those role-playing games where you decide what to name the hero before going on your quest. Although in this case, since Jason Frazier once again made the character his own, might as well call him 'Jason'.The side characters were also likable. And the main ghost (Josh), even though he was somewhat of a jerk, was still sympathetic and I actually felt really bad about how he died. It's always so much sadder when young people lose their lives.I also liked how some aspects of this story was reminiscent of that Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode where Buffy and Angel were possessed by the ghosts of two lovers who died in a murder suicide. In the show, they kept playing "I only have eyes for you" and in 'Vintage', it was "bye, bye, love".
I've listened to Blame It On The Mistletoe, Pray the Gay Away, Sending Jack Off to Jesus, As You Are, and The Full Ride. I actually bought 'Vintage' on a buying spree after I finished Blame It On The Mistletoe because I was so impressed by how Jason Frazier narrated that short story. And so far, I've been consistently impressed with each title he comes out with.In a way, I thought the production value of 'Vintage' was higher than every other audiobook I've listened to so far that has a single narrator and wasn't an outright radio drama production with a full cast (e.g. The Child by Sebastian Fitzek; BBC's Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, etc). The sound was crisp and clear, each character had a distinct voice, and the voices of the ghosts were given a suitably ghost-like timbre which set them apart from the human characters. If I wasn't already used to Jason's style, I would have thought there was more than one person narrating this story.
The main character. If only so I could ask "What should I call you?"
I don't think I would have ever come across this story if it hadn't been narrated by Jason Frazier, but I'm glad I did because it reminded me of my love for ghost stories and the Christopher Pike books I used to devour in my teens. Will definitely be checking more stuff by Steve Berman.
"Jason Frazier brought this book to life"
Jason Frazier's narration was so great! He put so much feeling into his performance. You feel like you're living the story.
I loved the evolving relationship between the MC and Second Mike.
He really seems to care about making the story feel real. The emotion he brought to First Mike's death scene broke my heart.
I think Second Mike was the most memorable character. I can't even imagine what it would be like growing up named after a dead sibling. It's horrifying to even think about a parent doing that to a child.
"An Already Wonderful Tale Performed Phenomenally"
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.
"A creepy, crazy good thrill ride!"
I really enjoyed this book! The story was a fresh take on a ghost story and I loved the way the writing gave me chills. My only wish Is that we had been given more time with the main character and his love interest. However, I kept listening and could not wait to find out what would happen! My main complaint would be that the book ended too quickly because I wanted to stay on this journey!
Once again, Jason Frazier works his magic and takes what would be a creepy book and dials up the chill factor! Not only are his narrations perfectly done, but his touch of sound effects in this book to distort his voice raised the bar for ghost narrations. I definitely had chills running up and down my spine! His smooth vocals and range of character voices always amaze me and I can't wait to get my hands on his next narration!
"creepy and vintage."
The story was great and it transported me to the past in very unexpected way. the narration was fabulous
he brings about 90 % of the goodness and likeability on this narration
not a one they are all creepy.
loved the narrator.
"this was just too much info."
whyyyyyyyy does a good ghost story need to turn pornographic???? I love GHOST STORIES .....if I wanted to read PORN.....I'd surly buy porn. I know of many who feel this way as well. please keep this in mind for future reference. I was REALLY enjoying this story until it turned overly sexual.
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