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A Hundred Thousand Words

Narrated by: Sean Crisden
Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
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Summary

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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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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  • 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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  • 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.

Any additional comments?

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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  • 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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  • 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!

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  • MeloBrown
  • 01-02-19

I wish the story didn’t end

Great narration.

This story was so heartfelt. Dealing with the pressure of living up to someone else’s expectations of you while trying to navigate a relationship with your brothers best friend...all the feels.

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  • RJC
  • 13-10-18

Review A Hundred Thousand Words

This book was great from start to finish. The authors characters were as real as if this was a real life experience of their own! I loved the smooth plot development from beginning to end, and no false happily ever after. The ending did more realistically end with feelings of hope for the characters! Great!

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  • Liv
  • 07-10-18

Everything gelled so well in this novel!

What I enjoyed most about this novel…
Steamy / Easy-to-read / Tragic / Entertaining / Complex characters / Page-turner / Romantic / Realistic / Funny / HEA / Fantastic audiobook narration



My Top Favorite Moment is from Audiobook chapter 39:
Tobias: “I was a dick.”
Xavier: “Dicks can be fun.” 😉



Cover design: there are multiple covers floating around for this novel. My favorite is the one with the up-close headshot of cover model (aka Tobias) with his arms behind his head.



Main characters:
Tobias and Levi

Supporting characters:
Chris – Levi’s younger brother and Tobias’s best friend
Tobias’s dad
Chris and Levi’s parents
Xavier – Tobias’s college roommate



Ratings:
Overall ★★★★★ Everything gelled so well in this novel unlike my reading experience for Charade, the only other novel of Nyrae Dawn’s that I’ve read so far.

Performances ★★★★★ Voice actor Sean Crisden knocked the ball out of the park with his narration. He did so well making all of the characters distinct vocally.

Story ★★★★★ I got a lot of uninterrupted listening time with Tobias Jackson while doing two loads of laundry at the laundry mat early last week. I felt fully invested intellectually and emotionally as Tobias had to figure out how to connect better to his seemingly depressed father in addition to his deepening attraction to his best friend’s jerky older brother Levi Baxter. Having a secret relationship proved to be difficult for them both as time went on, but initially their secrecy felt necessary. Although Tobias began to know Levi in a new light and consequently learned Levi’s perspective on past shared events with Chris, he knew his best friend wasn’t quite ready to do the same. Chris had always been jealous of his older brother Levi and still had such a contentious dynamic with him.

As Levi and Tobias grew closer, Tobias became a supportive rock regarding Levi’s medical school crisis while Levi helped Tobias to open up emotionally and stop guarding his heart, a protective habit he’d developed when his mom abandoned him and his father when he was a young child. A serious event forces Tobias and Levi to come clean to Chris. That didn’t go over well, of course, but the fallout had a positive impact. It forced Tobias to fight to keep and establish a new and healthier relationship dynamic with all 3 important men in his life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-08-18

Beautiful and Uplifting

Again Sean Crisden delivers a performance that sucks me in and brings the characters to life. And this story...it helped fill a place in my heart that needed a little filling. A perfect mix of all the pieces of a really great story, these words really are a beautiful art form.