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The Starving Years: MMM Dystopian Romance Audiobook

The Starving Years: MMM Dystopian Romance

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Publisher's Summary

The chemistry between these three men is undeniable, but is it enough to save Manhattan?

Imagine a world without hunger.

In 1960, a superfood was invented that made starvation a thing of the past. Manna, the cheaply manufactured staple food, is now as ubiquitous as salt in the world's cupboards, pantries and larders.

Nelson Oliver knows plenty about manna. He's a food scientist–according to his diploma, that is. Lately, he's been running the register at the local video rental dive to scrape together the cash for his outrageously priced migraine medication.

In a job fair gone bad, Nelson hooks up with copywriter Javier and his computer-geek pal Tim, who whisks them away from the worst of the fiasco in his repurposed moving truck. At least, Nelson thinks those two are acquainted, but they're acting so evasive about it, he's not sure how they know each other, exactly. Javier is impervious to Nelson's flirting, and Tim's name could appear in the dictionary under the entry for "awkward." And with a riot raging through Manhattan and yet another headache coming on, it doesn't seem like Nelson will get an answer anytime soon.

One thing's for sure, the tension between the three of them is thick enough to cut with a knife...even one of those dull plastic dealies that come in the package with Mannariffic EZ-Mealz.

The Starving Years is a must-read for fans of dystopian romance looking for scorching M/M/M chemistry in a fast-paced, page-turning adventure.

©2012 Jordan Castillo Price (P)2016 Jordan Castillo Price

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    Mandy ryder 12/09/2016
    Mandy ryder 12/09/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Needs to be a movie"

    What to say about this audiobook..... Brilliant, excellent, gripping etc
    The whole story was set so it seemed like reality. From the very first chapter the story flowed like watching a very good movie. The characters meshed together so well, each one having quirks and secrets that were revealed as time went on. I really loved the shift of each persons POV, I feel like I know all 3 of the main characters personally. Gomez Pugh and Jordan Castillo Price are a perfect match.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Redbird 26/08/2016
    Redbird 26/08/2016
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    "Dark and gritty with top class narration"

    Anyone who has ever listened to a Jordan Castillo Price audio book knows that JCP and Gomez Pugh are a winning team.

    This story is set in the near future, New York.
    A processed and fortified foodstuff called Manna is the meal of the day, every day. The whole world subsides on chemically flavoured processed alfalfa and there are only a handful of multinationals who produce the stuff, and cream the profits. So here we find Haktivist Tim, Journalist Javier and Food Scientist Nelson thrown together trying to find out what has been going on with Manna Production that is bad enough to cause riots. The subject matter is dark, gritty and believable. But in the darkness there is a three way romance between the men.

    There is not as much sex as i've come to expect in a Jordan Castillo Price book, as its plot heavy, and honestly, after characters like Vic & Jacob, and Michael and Wild Bill, the characters in this book are not my favorite MCs. But the story is a well plotted, enjoyable ride, and ends with a HFN.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Serin6 Dunmow, United Kingdom 30/07/2016
    Serin6 Dunmow, United Kingdom 30/07/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Original witty story with thriller-style plot"
    Where does The Starving Years: MMM Dystopian Romance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well up with the best ones - the narrator is brilliant and the writer very skilful.


    What does Gomez Pugh bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    His slightly world-weary manner and his ability to convey character through sound as well as the written words is the third dimension you don't get from reading it yourself.


    Any additional comments?

    Gomez Pugh's narrations of the Psycop series are brilliant and what made me choose this book - I was not disappointed.

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    Paul Maxwell 19/07/2016
    Paul Maxwell 19/07/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "ok but not as good as the Psycop books"

    Real rating 2.5 but have rounded up. I really hated Tim, he was like a wet blanket.

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  • MacSmith
    30/07/16
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    "Jordan and Gomez rock!"

    Loved the book and loved the audio version even more! Jordan and Gomez do it again! Outstanding!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stephanie Lake, Romance Author
    13/11/16
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    "A brilliant and totally different story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes!


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

    Yes. He is first rate!


    Any additional comments?

    A brilliant story about 3 men who fall in love during chaos.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mike
    Los Angeles, CA USA
    13/09/16
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    "Good story, ending not so much."

    really enjoyed this book. was invested in the story and the characters. The ending felt like a train that ran out of track. everybody got off safe, but you can't help feeling if it just chugged along you would have seen something great. I still recommended it to a friend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Angel
    Nashville
    23/08/16
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    "Amazing addition to the genre"

    A MMM romance that depends on plot rather than graphic sex was a great treat. Truly enjoyed this story. I hope the author writes more long form stories like this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paula
    Milwaukee, WI, United States
    09/08/16
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    "JCP hits another home run!"

    Wisconsin's own Jordan Castillo Price has said that she likes to write speculative fiction in which one aspect of modern life is changed, and then ravel the story to show the effects of that one change on the world and people in it. She's done that very successfully in her terrific PsyCop series, and has done it again in The Starving Years.
    Price also creates flawed, quirky, even possibly irritating characters, and makes them completely three-dimensional and lovable. The three protagonists, Javier, Nelson, and Tim, are fully realized, interesting individuals, as are several supporting characters.
    The plot in this almost-recognizeable alt-NYC is dystopian, and yet many qualities of this world are quite recognizable, and Price uses the opportunity, as do many good writers of sci-fi, to make a few comments about contemporary society. What she does is imaginative, suspenseful, and entertaining.
    Price's narrator of choice is Gomez Pugh, who (again) does a wonderful job with both female and male voices, various dialects, and distinct sounds for a variety of characters.
    The novel's end seems to leave an opening to continue as a series. Here's hoping.
    Wholehearted recommend!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • andrea__88
    stuyvesant, NY, United States
    21/07/16
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    "Another Awesome Book By Jordan Castillo Price"

    I do not want to spoil anything so I will not go into any details. I loved this book when I read it and the audiobook is just as awesome. Jordan Castillo Price and Gomez Pugh make a great team. As one expects from a JCP novel, there are unique characters and interesting situations. It has a Soylent Green feel to it but as with all her novels there is a nice dash of romance and humor. I have been waiting for this release for some time and am not disappointed.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Morgan A Skye
    18/09/17
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    "Fascinating romantic fiction"

    So, I’ve had this on my TBR list forever. I’m a huge fan of both Gomez and JCP and I know that this was likely to be amazing – but… I really dislike “dystopian” anything and I wasn’t sure this was going to be ….my sort of book.

    Well, I was right and wrong.

    First, the very surprising thing is that the dystopian part was really fascinating to me and the whole “mana/food” thing and poverty/poor rights and the conspiracy theory stuff was right up my alley! It was gripping and clever and really well done.

    Second, the romance – in this case ménage/triad really didn’t work for me at all. It starts out as a love triangle (which I hate) and never really gets on good footing after that. I think I’d label this “romantic fiction” – if that – because the relationship stuff just sort of happens and doesn’t always make sense and isn’t the focus of the story by a long shot.

    While there is some sex there isn’t a lot and it really felt like everyone agreed to the triad to get to the person they wanted and I didn’t feel a connection between all three of them – at all. We’re left with a vague HFN and I didn’t feel like this was a relationship to last.

    Gomez, as usual, does an amazing job with this and I wanted him to speak using Javier’s voice – FOREVER! I loved how he handled the three male leads (as well as the other characters who were far from secondary) and managed to keep all of them separate and distinct.

    I was glad I listened to this instead of reading because I may have been tempted to skim and I’d have missed out.

    So, I can definitely recommend this, but if you’re looking for a “romance” this probably won’t satisfy. But, if you’re interested in dystopian speculative fiction and love a good political/conspiracy thriller – this is for you!


    4 of 5 stars

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bria
    Brooklyn, NY
    22/04/17
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    "Severely misleading reviews"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone stupid


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something well written


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

    I really can't speak to the narrator when the writing is so poor


    Any additional comments?

    Can audible have a way of pointing out well written books? Cause reviews are apparently meaningless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sherri J. Delgado
    07/12/16
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    "fascinating story"

    I loved this book. It's twists were amazing and the characters were well written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lulu Miami
    Miami, Fl
    03/12/16
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    "I expected more"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Starving Years: MMM Dystopian Romance to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the book, only listened


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The name of the story suggests a strong MMM. It didn't feel this way. And I'm not talking about sex. There were so many distractions, would've loved more mystery. More backstory.


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

    Yes. He is always great.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Starving Years: MMM Dystopian Romance and why?

    None really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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