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Tobias Jackson grew up in Coburn, a town where the gay population equaled exactly one: him. Add that to the fact that his dream guy was his best friend's jerky older brother, Levi Baxter, and it made hooking up virtually impossible.

Now home from college for winter break, Toby is a different person. He left Coburn for San Francisco, where he wasn't the lone gay guy and the only black kid in town. And yeah, he took advantage of what the city had to offer.

Apparently Toby isn't the only one who's changed. Levi's not acting like the self-centered guy with all the answers that Toby remembers from growing up. Oh, and Levi's realized that he's bisexual, which makes things a lot more interesting.

Heading back to college, Toby doesn't expect to meet up with Levi again, despite him being in med school not far away. A surprise visit from Levi blows that assumption out of the water. As they spend more time together, Toby sees Levi as more than just the fantasy; he's complicated, unsure, and real. But if Toby can't get out of the past and find the words he keeps locked inside himself, he'll lose his chance at Levi for good.

©2015 Nyrae Dawn (P)2016 Tantor

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I'm giving this all the stars and all the rereads!

The audiobook ended, and I pressed play again. It was just that good and I wasn't ready to let these guys go. Great characters! Beautiful little love story with some family drama. The sex scenes were there but they weren't too long and graphic like some erotica/romance. The writing was fluent and non of the story elements felt forced. I need more books like this in my life.

Sean Crisden did a great job reading again. This book was written completely from Toby's POV and the way Sean read it, it really sounded like listening to someone's inner narrative.

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Not my fave Sean Crisden read....

This just didn't work for me. I adore Sean's narration of the BOATK series, and cannot wait for the final book The Long and Winding Road which should be out any day now, but this one....the story has quite a few sex scenes [of course it does, it's a Riley Hart production], but I believe Sean is straight and married, so maybe not the best choice for a gay book with lots of sex I would've thought, but hey, that's just me. I know he's a brilliant narrator, and perhaps this one didn't work for him either.....

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Think I'll try the print version

I've got other audiobooks by this author and others narrated by this narrator and I have enjoyed both, but unfortunately the combo just didn't work for me here. I like Sean Crisden, and he kept the pace going, but I think I'll try the print version of this one instead.

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  • K.S.
  • 08-04-16

Liked the story very much and LOVED narrator

The story is very good. Not surprising but still moving. It kind of reminds me of Bear otter and the kid (in the general story-Line not the writting) and since that story is one of my all time favorits in gay romance, i liked this one too. There is no humor in this one though, but you get to know the characters Well and feel for Them when they are in pain and cheers for Them when they are happy. I really love the narrators voice - so pleasent to listen to and he is good at making the stories Seem Real to the listener. He makes the story better. So worth a listen if you dont Want many surprising twists in the story but just Want to listen to a sweet story told by a great voice.

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  • Silup
  • 17-01-18

Brilliant, the story was touching and felt real

Would you listen to A Hundred Thousand Words again? Why?

Yes!
I was really touched by the story and how the characters were trying to figure out their lives. But at the same time I was constantly a bit worried about possible sudden overdramatic Hollywood moments occuring.
Now that I know what happens I want to go back and really enjoy the way the story unfolds without the worry of what may come.

What did you like best about this story?

How it felt real and focused on the feelings. I love that the main story happened inside and between the main characters. It’s not that they were not affected by external forces, but it never felt forced or like the rest of the world was just there to push them along.
I'm so tired of how I feel many romance stories does not trust the relationship and personal development to be the center of the story. I hate half assed crime plots, or family and friends giving ultimatums or other overly simple scenarios.

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This was the perfect book for me at the perfect time.
I was really moved and fell in love with all the characters. I was in the mood for a good cry and this absolutely delivered (for me a good cry is not really about a sad story but more about an emotional story)
I loved the performance by Sean Crisden, he really made all the characters come to live for me in this one.

To me one of the strong points in this coming of age story was how the characters feels like young people trying to figure out who they are and how to live their lives. I loved that they both knew that they didn’t have it all figured out yet. I love how they had a much easier time figuring out what the other person might need - it’s often much easier looking at other people's lives and feelings.

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  • Tjhill
  • 21-02-20

Wow, A Hundred Thousand Words

I can't find the words to do this book justice. I love 💘this book. The depth of the characters really got to me. Toby in love with Levi even though he felt like he was a jerk to them growing up ,only to realize that's not the way he'd meant it to be. How all the things in his life had affected him and he was more like his father than he realized. How Levi was so patient and waited for him to realize and understand exactly what was between them. This is a book I will listen to over and over again. Sean Crisden is one of my favorite narrators and he really did an awesome job with this book and capturing the characters feelings . Nyrae Dawn is a fabulous author.

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  • Michelle W.
  • 22-03-18

Loved it!!!

Why did the story have to end? Why is there not a full series of books on their love. OMG I can't wait to read again.

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  • Emmi R
  • 06-01-18

loved it ❤

emotional and sweet, not too heavy but some angst
wonderful narrated
couldn't stop listening :)

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  • Nina DuBois
  • 31-10-20

Loved Tobias and Levi

I adored this one. I am becoming more and more of a fan of Sean Crisden, although sometimes his voice is hit or miss for me. But man if I didn't love Levi and Tobi. They both had their own struggles in life and not letting their issues get in the way of their relationship. Most of the time they didn't know what they were, but it was clear they had a physical attraction. I liked that Levi was able to open up to Tobias about school and the pressure put on his by his father. It made Tobias want to give Levi more, he just didn't know how to get past his abandonment issues. I'm happy they were able to move past the things getting between then and just be happy.

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  • N. S. Wilson
  • 13-05-20

A great story!

I was so glad to read a book where the main character was a POC and Queer. Thank you for this story!

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  • Cassi
  • 08-03-20

Loved it

I really loved this book! It was such a great coming of age, NA, the flaws of the MC were so believable and realistic that it easy to relate to him and feel his struggles and heartache. It was beautifully written and I couldn’t stop listening once I started. The narrator did a great job with these guys and it was good to hear him after it’s been so long

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  • Listens2books
  • 23-06-19

Wow wonderful story and great narration!

First book I’ve read by this author and it was great. Amazing story that makes you think about what’s important in life and love. There’s a little angst but it’s worth it and you won’t be disappointed in the ending and epilogue !!!

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  • Sece
  • 15-05-19

Beautiful and Sensual

I felt this story was beautiful, sensitive and sensual and I would recommend it as a definite read.
But as did not dwell on Toby' s trauma but showed how it coloured his entire life, the way his mind worked. As a reader you could tell that his thinking was skewed, but you sympathized with him and with the other characters around him. The characters were never just black or white, and you got a chance to understand where everyone's "truth" was and that made it easier to connect with the characters.
Sean Cristen's narration was beautiful. Even though there were some parts where the character's voice sort of meshed together and it was hard to tell who was speaking, I still loved it. Your voice matched the tempo of the story and was soothing. Can you narrate a bunch of stories that we can fall asleep to? I hear there is a podcast like that, I would be one of your fans! I am one of your fans!