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Learning to Love Audiobook

Learning to Love

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Publisher's Summary

After 10 years away from home, bad boy caterer Gideon Marks has a lot to prove. Getting the holiday catering job at his childhood synagogue is the first step in demonstrating to everyone he didn't turn out to be the failure they predicted. What he doesn't count on is Rabbi Jonah Fine, his high school nemesis and secret crush, stirring up old feelings Gideon thought long gone and secrets he's buried deep for years. An unexpectedly passionate encounter shocks Gideon, but he pushes Jonah away, convinced he isn't good enough to be in a relationship and would never be accepted by Jonah's father. But Jonah hangs tough - he won't allow Gideon to hide or run away from life again. And when it comes to love, Gideon learns the most important lessons aren't always taught in school.

©2016 Felice Stevens (P)2017 Felice Stevens

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  • kp
    02/08/17
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    "A Beautiful Story!"
    If you could sum up Learning to Love in three words, what would they be?

    Learning to Love is a story about acceptance. Of yourself, of others. Gideon has come so far in his life but still feels not good enough due to his learning disability. Jonah has always admired Gideon but never let him know. When these two reconnect they have to get to know each other all over again. This gives them a second chance at love. This story is told so beautifully. I fell in love with Gideon and loved seeing him blossom. Jonah is a wonderful partner and loving person. This is one of my all time favorite books and I have reread it countless times. Now I got to experience it new all over again through the audibook!


    What does Derrick McClain bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Derrick McClain has brought two of my favorite characters to life. He did an amazing job of voicing Gideon's vulnerability and fears. He brought to life Jonah's strength, compassion and love. This is a book I will enjoy listening to again.


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  • PrismBookAlliance
    Houston, TX, United States
    01/08/17
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    "McClain nails it."

    Gideon and Jonah have had a special place in my heart since they first appeared in a holiday anthology a few years ago. I was one of the readers clambering for their full length story. Stevens did not disappoint. When I found out it was coming out in audio, with one of my favorite narrators, I was excited but cautious. Expectations and all. However, Derrick McClain nailed the performance. Gideon and Jonah lived up to the voices in my head. I can't give an audiobook higher praise.

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  • Dianne T.
    USA
    27/07/17
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    "Wonderful narration of an inspiring story of love"
    If you could sum up Learning to Love in three words, what would they be?

    Moving, inspiring, loving


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Learning to Love?

    Jonah telling Gideon how he'd always had feelings for him, and what lengths he was ready to go to in order to find him.


    Have you listened to any of Derrick McClain’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Sure have. He captures the emotions and personalities of the characters very well. Gideon started out with a chip on his shoulder, which evolved to his vulnerability showing. Jonah was solid and steady, but had his own insecurities. Rabbi Ari Fine and all of the secondary characters were distinctly portrayed. McClain expressed all of the characters very well.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Gideon speaking to Rabbi Fine about himself, and his father


    Any additional comments?

    Felice Stevens always delivers interesting, authentic, raw characters; puts them through strife, and has them emerging stronger for it. This story also incorporates preconceived ideas about people and religion, and dealing with learning disabilites as a functioning adult. And love, lots of love. ♥

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  • Dee Slate
    26/07/17
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    "Interesting story"

    I liked the story, although I found Gideon to be a bit neurotic and a little self-absorbed - (later on I realised it was partly due to things that had happened to him in the past). Jonah was almost his polar opposite, nice, positive with the patience of a saint. Their combination made for an interesting story.
    I enjoyed listening to the narration. Derrick McClain did a fine job with the characters. They were distinct, especially Gideon and Jonah (I loved the tone he set for Jonah). This is one of the few times I enjoyed listening to, rather than reading, the story.

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