People come as well as go.
Twelve years ago, Edwin Tully came to Oxford and fell in love with a boy named Marius. He was brilliant. An artist. It was going to be forever.
Two years ago, it ended.
Now Edwin lives alone in the house they used to share. He tends to damaged books and faded memories, trying to build a future from the fragments of the past.
Then the weather turns, and the river spills into Edwin's quiet world, bringing with it Adam Dacre from the Environment Agency. An unlikely knight, this stranger with roughened hands and worn wellingtons, but he offers Edwin the hope of something he thought he would never have again.
As the two men grow closer in their struggle against the rising waters, Edwin learns he can't protect himself from everything - and sometimes he doesn't need to try.
©2015 Alexis Hall (P)2016 Riptide Publishing
Simply beautiful....Alexander Doddy's narration was exquisite. I adore this story of sweet but lonely, dumped and still grieving Edwin and our hero Adam, civil engineer extraordinaire, trying to save Oxford from one of the worst floods in years. 5 stars without a doubt.
This novella was excellent. It's one of the few audio books I don't also own in print or pixels so the story was completely new to me and I loved it! Short enough that it took me through making dinner, doing laundry and brushing the dog, it was engaging with great characters that complement each other and the rapport and dialogue between them had me grinning hard enough to make my cheeks hurt.
To be fair, the narrator made some odd pauses in the descriptive sections but for dialogue he was spot on and I'll be listening to this again and putting in some bookmarks for particular phrases I want to re-visit.
Very pleased I decided to give this a go.
"A book made for audio"
This is an amazing, quiet, gentle story that comes alive in audio in a wholly satisfying way. I will listen to this over and over. Beautiful words presented perfectly by a lovely narrator from who I hope to hear a lot more.
"A lovely story about believing in one's ability to love again."
Fantastic! Waiting for the Flood is one of my favorite novellas and I am so pleased with what the audiobook brought to the whole experience. Alexander Doddy did a lovely job bringing this wonderful story to life and I know that this will become one of those books I listen to quite a few times.
"What a treat to listen to"
What a treat! Alexis Hall is such a wonderful writer. This is a short story about grief and self discovery set in the back drop of potential flooding in England. There really is no "action" in the story and it is a slow burn. Both the MCs have great warmth and depth and there are wonderful supporting character that just made this story great. This is anew narrator for me and he does an excellent job. The combination of Mr. Hall's writing and the wonderful narration, really made this a joy to listen to.
"So, so rich, fulfilling"
This is my second book by this author. I fell in love with him after listening to Glitterland. This book is different but still so enjoyable. It's melancholy but not in a down way, just quiet. And the source of its richness is varied and immense. So many times, while listening, I thought, "I should use that as an example of its richness." But I kept thinking that, and, therefore, would've ended up quoting the whole book as examples of its richness. I think the author has something for everyone, but this book may not be for everyone. But if it's your flavor, you can hardly find better. I felt the same way about Glitterland too. But the latter was considerably more sexual. This book has nothing beyond kissing and minor words of desire near the end.
"Lovely narration, slow story"
Edwin’s lover of a decade has left him, seemingly without much notice, leaving him a very lonely and slightly bitter almost-hermit. He loves his job/hobby – restoring old books – and that’s about it.
When Edwin’s little cottage faces the immediate danger of encroaching flood waters, he meets the engineer in charge, Adam. Adam is everything Edwin isn’t. He speaks well and frequently, he’s outgoing and sunny and - for whatever reason – he likes Edwin!
This is a short story and most of it is spent inside Edwin’s head. He has literal holes in his life where Marcus, the ex, was that gape open, wounded, and this occupies much of his thoughts. Edwin’s self-esteem, which has never been high due to his stutter, is at an all time low, so this is a pretty depressing place to be.
We don’t get to see much of Adam or really understand his attraction to Edwin. Their romance happens with a few chats around a kitchen table and on the street and goes from zero to sixty almost over-night.
Alexis Hall’s writing is poetic and graceful and full of wonderfully lyrical words and unique phrasing. To that end this is a lovely story.
What didn’t work for me was the distinct lack of any real struggle, the fact that Edwin really didn’t feel at all ready for a new romance, and the absence of much relationship building.
I appreciated the significance of the link between re-making the books and re-making Edwin’s life and it was pretty and poetic, but I wasn’t ever convinced of his repair nor was I that involved in his new “relationship” as it felt a minute old.
One thing that absolutely elevated this experience for me was the fact that I wasn’t reading this book but listening to it and the new-to-me narrator, Alexander Doddy, totally won me over! He did an amazing job with this. His stutter was fantastic and he gave both MCs very distinct voices and accents without going over the top. I loved his pacing and cadence and felt far more immersed in the story than if I’d read it as I’d have been tempted to skim, whereas he held me captive.
Book 3 of 5
Narration 5 of 5
Overall 4 of 5
"😍 Narrated by Alexander Doddy 😍"
Alexander Doddy was absolute perfection as Edwin and Adam. Finally, a young British voice that I've been desperate to hear happened in this sweet charming tale of a young man taking a chance at happiness again.
Everything was done right with this story and I so want more of a story with Edwin and Adam's happily ever after.
Alex...Alex...Alex! Alexander Doddy's accent, the sweetness of his voice, and that deep melodic timber at moments had butterflies fluttering around in my belly. I swear I could just listen to him speak all night long. And as Edwin, that stutter was so believable!
Lovely tale, performed excellently.
"Thoughtful, Poignant, Quietly Triumphant"
Most definitely! Though not all my friends. This is for those who are looking for less romance and more of an internal life journey. There is romance and its one I loved and cheered for, but it isn't the focus. It's also very introspective with a limited setting and few in the cast of characters. I loved it and I know others will, too.
I liked how every element of the story was working to tell the story. I know that is an odd thing to say. What I mean, is that this is the story of an isolated man who faced the devastating life altering fact that the man he loved didn't love him back any more. So the small set, small group of characters, lone narration, introspection, and writing all start in his dark, dreary, isolated world.
And then with the flood comes a catalyst for change. In the end, Edwin's world is colorful, open, and full of possibilities as he plunges into life.
Edwin in the attic having his dark hours epiphany. And of course that innovative choice for the ending.
One Man's Personal Journey Through the Floods of Life
I received this book from Riptide Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
"A sweet story"
I liked the Alexander Doddy's British accent and the double meaning of the title and story. I liked least how poetically it was written. I felt it took away from the story with all the short one word lines. I like those type of sentences, but in this story, it was too many and lent a poetic feel.
Yes. If you like a short story dealing with emotion and angst and a beautiful English setting I think you would like this.
I loved his accent. I think his narration made the story.
Waiting for the flood is a beautiful story. It is very poetic and I did like how the flood wasn't just an environmental issue but also Edwin dealing with his emotions. I enjoyed the narration.
To me though it was just a good story for a nice afternoon listen. A little to poetic for me.
If you like angsty stories, floods, sweet little old ladies, artistic types, book conservators, a short sweet read or listen, and a sweet story this is for you.
Don't miss This little Pearl. I confess that I didn't under standand everything (I'm italian), but I Loved the accent and the interpretation. I found myself misty Eyed a time or two...
Doddy got the narrator's voice perfectly, shifting from thought to spoken rather brilliantly.
Flood is one of my favorite of Hall's books, love how he uses space to work through loss. Beautifully structured yet still warm and generous.
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