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Just What the Truth Is

Home, Book 3
Narrated by: Alexander Collins
Series: Home, Book 5
Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
Categories: LGBT, LGBT Studies
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Summary

People pleaser Ben Forman has been in the closet so long he has almost convinced himself he is straight, but his denial train gets derailed when hotshot lawyer Micah Trains walks into his life. Micah is brilliant, funny, driven...and he assumes Ben is gay and starts dating him. Finding himself truly happy for the first time, Ben doesn't have the willpower to resist Micah's affection.

When his relationship with Micah heats up, Ben realizes he has a problem: His parents won't tolerate a gay son, and self-confident Micah isn't the type to hide. If Ben wants to maintain his hold on his happiness, he'll have to decide what's important and own up to the truth of who he is. The trouble is figuring out just what that truth is.

©2013 Cardeno C. (P)2015 Cardeno C.

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as good as the ebook

The story is always full stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook. I can't listen to an audiobook without knowing the book, that's not possible for me. The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. It took me a little bit, to come into the narrator, but at the end, it worked. I only have to take a few breaks between. I'm just not yet finish with the book, but I listen enough to give a review. PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!! To my ratings: 5* - very very good it's like an A+ 4* - very good and will be often re-listening it's like an A 3* - it's more then a one-time-listening. it's like a B

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good story, just not a great one, great narration

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I bought my copy to READ, for the AUDIO version, I was gifted my copy to review.Ben is so far in the closet, he could be on the shelf. Meeting Micah throws him totally off his axis, and into a tailspin the likes he has never seen before. Micah is perfect for Ben, its just Ben doesnt want anyone to know. Micah doesn't want to be Ben's secret. Ben needs to make a devastating decision, one that could cost him both Micah AND his parents.This is a single person POV, in the first person, and thats totally not a favourite of mine, so this book was on a downer from very early on. ALso, I struggled to connect to Ben, since he tells the story, I really did. I can't pinpoint why, and you all know thats does my nut in! I hate not being able to work out what did not quite work for me, these 3 stars are the hardest for me to write.I did like that we get some of the other men in the Home series, Ben's brother Noah and Clark, Zach and Aaron, and Seth and Eli (not read the first two pair's books but have the third) And I LOVED how, while dealing with his relationship with Micah, Ben reconnects with his brother, Noah. And while mum and dad finally come round, I did not like that it took babies to make them see sense. BUT BUT BUT is a good book, just not an awesome one.3 starsI also had the opportunity to LISTEN to this book, I was gifted my copy. Alexander Collins narrates.I wanted to love this in audio, I really did, since I didn't much like Ben when I read it. And I cannot fault Collins narration, not at all. His voices are clear and defined, and I had no trouble remembering the other voices Collins did, Seth and Eli, Aaron and Zach. They were consistent throughout.It was just Ben!! Although I did feel a better connection hearing him to reading him, I still didn't like him much. I did like him better when reconnecting to Noah and to Clark, and I still didn't like his parents much.It might be that three, back to back, Collins narrated books, all in the first person, did me in. It might be, as was my original thought after reading, "oh dear, Ben!" still stands. Again, its still a good book, juts not a great one.3 stars I originally gave the book,4.5 stars for narration4 stars overall.**same worded review will appear on Goodreads, Audible.co.uk, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, and Barnes and Noble**

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Funny & touching quest for self discovery & love.

Would you listen to Just What the Truth Is again? Why?

I would listen to this book over and over again! The story is character driven and sensitive, yet very funny and moving. Ben's journey from denial and self loathing to happy and fulfilled family man is bumpy to say the least. His forever guy Micah is strong, self assured and just exactly what Ben needs. It is beautifully written, delightfully narrated and a joy from start to finish.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the reality of the characters and that their contemporary life is so relatable that the reader/listener feels that they really know them. I love that Cardeno C creates characters we love, even when we are frustrated with them! Ben needs a hug and slap more than any other character I've come across!

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

Alexander voices the characters exactly as I felt them when I first read the book. His voice variations give clear insight, the listener knows exactly who is talking. His narration is moving and real.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Be who you are, it's the only way to be.

Any additional comments?

The joy and satisfaction in a Cardeno C happily ever after is unparalleled. Whether you read or listen, you need the maturity, love and satisfaction of Micah and Ben's happy ending in your life.

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  • Belen
  • 14-11-15

Alexander Collins delivers a wonderful performance

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This review is for the audio of the second edition of this book, which includes a bonus chapter.

Filled with hotness, heat, and a heavy sprinkling of angst Alexander Collins delivers another wonderful performance.

So I'm not going to lie to you. Ben Forman is arguably my least favorite Home collection character. Because Ben, whom we first met as the meddling brother in Home Again, is a closet case of EPIC proportions. A clue: His daily mantra is "I'm not gay. I'm not gay. I'm NOT gay." He has a string of girlfriends, none of whom outlast a tube of toothpaste, and he had a pretty heavy closet crush on his best friend from high school and college, Clark Lehman, which almost destroyed Clark's happiness with his soul mate.

I understand why, I mean he grew up in a household that casually denigrated gays and created a hostile environment for anyone even thinking about being different. Then there was the fact that Ben tried being the perfect son to make up for the fact his brother, Noah, was a constant source of contention in the family. I understand, but that doesn't make it easier to like the character.

Frankly, if it weren't for how absolutely freaking awesome Micah Trains is this would be a very different review. But we do have Micah, who is strong, funny, open, honest and wonderful. Micah also brings out the very best in Ben. Giving him the strength to finally come out and be the man he always was deep down. To rejoice in their love and relationship. And, finally, to have the family that he always wanted but could never find with anyone else.

It also doesn't hurt that the sexy times are plentiful, hot and full of enough bow-chicka-wow-wow moments to make me need a fan...STAT!

Bottom Line: Collins' narration is spot on and made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Even when I wanted to knee Ben in the balls and punch him in the throat. I laughed, I cried a little, I raged a little, and I rejoiced. I can't ask for more than that from a book.

RECOMMENDED!

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  • Blackwindstar
  • 24-10-15

superb love story

love love love this story. for about 30 years ben a struggle with his sexuality, it took meeting Micah, for ben to discover himself. and the love of someone else to show you what life is all about.

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  • Tammy
  • 09-11-15

Emotional and angsty read.

What did you love best about Just What the Truth Is?

The extra epilogue, it was the perfect bow on the package.

Would you be willing to try another book from Cardeno C.? Why or why not?

Oh hell yes, she is amazing. Everyone has hits and misses.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I loved it when the narrator truly connected to the written character and brought them to life. I didn't like it when he lost the tones for the characters that differentiated them when listening.

Who was the most memorable character of Just What the Truth Is and why?

Micah. He was steadfast and unwavering in this love for Ben.

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3.5/5 stars...

Micah Trains steamrolls into Ben Forman’s life and turns it upside down, then turns Ben inside out. Ben has this track running on a constant loop in his brain… You are straight, you meet a girl, sleep with girl, move on to next girl, you are straight. And he’s managed to maintain this for appearances sake if nothing else. That is, until Micah Trains, the sexy, confident, successful lawyer in his firm takes a liking to Ben.

While this broken record continues to play in Ben’s mind, he manages to recognize his attraction to Micah. But until Ben comes to terms with his own deep seeded issues with his sexuality, works on his rocky relationship with his openly gay brother, and seriously gets over this insane need he has to be this picture perfect person his parent’s envision for him… he will continue to doubt himself and his feelings for Micah.

So, I had a couple huge issues with this story. First, Ben was very unlikeable for more than half of the story. I could understand and even appreciate his struggle, but I didn’t really connect with his character until he finally had that heart to heart with his parents. From there the story was so good; he was like a completely different person. Perhaps that was CC’s goal, but it made it difficult for me to press play for the first few hours. I will say this, Micah was steadfast and unwavering, even with Ben’s behavior that ping ponged between happy, psychotic and occasionally almost comatose. I have to admit, Micah was his strength and his saving grace. And that ending, the extra epilogue CC went back and wrote when DOMA was overturned. Perfection!

Now, for the narration, at times Collins lost the tones he had given Ben and Micah and the story came through like he was simply reading off the grocery list. When the correct tones and inflections shone through, it was amazing. Those times where the tone of Ben’s voice lined up with the stress or pain, even the joy he was feeling and the same for Micah, that was great listening. Then there were times when Ben would be talking to someone on the phone and suddenly it sounded like I was in a tunnel and there was a guy five miles down, yelling up at me, that was annoying. Sadly, I would just skip past these parts.

An emotional, angsty, figuring out who you are story about a guy that can’t be true to himself, without the support of the one person that loves him unconditionally. Overall it was an enjoyable read, just a couple issues here and there. CC definitely wrapped it up splendidly there at the end.

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  • Zell Oakley
  • 24-08-20

Great romance between two likable characters

I consider myself a fan of Cardeno C., but sometimes she's a little TOO good at writing unlikable protagonists. Occasionally--it even happens in this very series--a character is so obnoxious or unpleasant that I reach the tipping point where I really don't give a whit whether or not they redeem themselves. Luckily, that didn't happen in this novel, even though I wanted to smack Ben upside the head a couple times and scream "Just TALK to him, for god's sake!" in his face. Despite this, partially because of the likability of the character and partially because of the excellent narration, I eagerly listened to this entire novel so I could see Ben and Micah get their Happily Ever After. And holy cow, they got it! I don't want to spoil anything, but there are happy endings and there are Happy Endings. This one lasted about a third of the entire length of the book and just kept getting happier. It never felt like too much, though, and I was left feeling entirely satisfied. Alexander Collins is new to me. Apparently he narrated the Thirds series under a different name, but I've never listened to that series so I was totally unfamiliar with him. And I guess some of the books in this series were released with a different narrator? No matter, Collins is excellent. I could have done without the distortion when a character was talking on the phone or over a microphone, but it wasn't distracting. And something about Collins's voice is extremely pleasant: conversational, friendly, masculine, attractive, wry. He sounds a bit like Teddy Hamilton, one of my favorite audiobook narrators, possibly crossed with Norm MacDonald. He's just really wonderful, and I'm going to seek out other books he has narrated.

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  • Shelley D Chastagner
  • 06-06-20

Ben and Micha

Holy cow! Ben suffers from a lifetime of misinformation and warped beliefs about what it means to be gay. We've seen his parents in action with his brother Noah in Home Again and this just gives us a closer look into the homophobic nightmare of their childhood. Where Noah was a strong-willed rebel, Ben is a people pleaser desperate for his parent's approval. Meeting Micha has him viewing life through a different lens and seeing how off base his beliefs are. Micha is a siren for Ben's heart but he fights to stay 'normal'. He screws up a couple of times and I was impressed that Micha was so willing to forgive. I loved seeing Ben grow into who he truly is and embrace his relationship with Micha. Micha's family is wonderful, full of love caring. His mother is a hoot! It was wonderful to see them a couple of years down the road living such wonderful lives. The bonus material left me with happy tears. Audiobook: consistent with voices and even cadence made for an okay narrator.

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  • Don
  • 21-04-20

loved it

great story about coming out and learning how to deal with your feelings about it. the the conversations always seemed rushed and without emotion. otherwise the narrator gave a good reading to the story. the sex scenes were always hot and the narrator did a good job on them

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  • SHARON
  • 08-11-17

sweetest love story

loved the storyline and the family interactions the over coming of belief's. great love sceens.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-01-16

Great Book

No matter how many times I read the book I always enjoy it. The narrator does a great job.

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  • Mari Cardenas
  • 15-12-15

My favorite of the series!!!

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*** Audio book provided to Bayou Book Junkie in exchange for a fair and honest review. ***

Ben Forman is so far inside the closet, he's nearly convinced himself that he's straight. At least, until Micah Trains enters his life and before he realizes it, they're dating. Micah is smart, driven, older than him and all Ben wants in a man, so he gives in... kind of. When Micah asks more of Ben than he can give, will Ben be able to keep up with the charade that he's straight or will he finally give into his real feelings?

This book is my favorite on the Home series! There's just something about a character like Ben that can be sarcastic and self-deprecating and vulnerable all rolled up in a package made of awesome, that I just can't resist. Micah is pretty good, too, but my favorite is Ben. No matter if he messes things up at times, he keeps on trying until he makes things better.

Never mind that the story is funny as hell, with some angst thrown in for good measure. It completely captured my interest and my heart when I read it the first time around and listening to it was a pretty good experience for the most part.

I think at first it was a bit difficult for the narrator to capture that sarcastic, witty charm that Ben has, but as the audio book advances, it gets much better and damn if the room didn't get hotter when Alexander Collins read some of the very hot scenes between Micah and Ben. I also loved the several tones and voices he used to differentiate between all the characters that are featured in this story, that was pretty neat.

All in all, a fantastic read, and a very good narration, with which you can't go wrong! Very recommendable!

Rating: Book: 5+ Stars!!!
Audio Book: 4.5 Stars!!!

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  • Toni H
  • 07-12-15

you are who you are

Would you consider the audio edition of Just What the Truth Is to be better than the print version?

Yes, I enjoyed having the story read to me. It brought out things unnoticed in print.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ben is my favorite character because I understand why he is the way he is. Also he's pretty funny.

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

No, I have not listened to this narrator before, but I thought he did a good job.

Who was the most memorable character of Just What the Truth Is and why?

Ben is the most memorable character for me because the reader/listener is inside his head.

Any additional comments?

Ben has a hard time accepting himself as is. He's a gay man who has been told his entire life that being gay is wrong. His parents taught him that all gay men live wild and dangerous and end up alone. He has always been the good son. No matter how old he gets, it's hard to choose his happiness over pleasing his parents. When he meets Micah and can no longer deny his feelings, Ben goes through a life crisis trying to figure out how to move forward.

This story is filled with a family and friends vibe. I believe everyone can identify with Ben to some extent. We've all had to figure out who we are and where we're headed. I like the humor Ben brings. He tends to makes fun of himself to lighten the mood. Just What the Truth is also has lots of sexy bits and romance. I recommend this to those looking for a perfectly sweet happily ever after.