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One Giant Leap

Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
4.5 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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Summary

Curtis "Launchpad" Larkin's career as an astronaut has had its share of ups and downs.

Alternately lauded as the single-handed savior of NASA and condemned as a reckless, hot-headed bully, Curt has been through the wringer of public opinion and come out on top. When he embarks on his final mission with NASA, Curt figures there's no curveball that life has left to throw him.

But when the role of spacecraft communicator is passed to a young engineer back in Houston who he's never met, Curt's mission takes on a new trajectory.

Patrick Harte's life is turned upside down when he's called to fill in at mission control, working directly under his hero, Curtis Larkin.

Falling for Curt is just a small step for Patrick - but it's one giant leap to think that the astronaut could ever return his feelings.

After Curt connects with Patrick from worlds away, he can't imagine life on earth without the other man...Despite the fact that he's never laid eyes on Patrick. And their problems won't stop once he's cleared for landing.

The bad-boy astronaut is no stranger to controversy - but will the genuine and soft-spoken man of his dreams be able to keep up with the trouble Curt seems to stir everywhere he goes?

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  • M.
  • 11-08-19

Nice romance but a tad too slow

This is a pretty nice slow romance, with likable characters and quite some sweetness. I don't mind slow burn, but tbh I found this a bit too slow. Still enjoyable though, and of course good narration by Greg Tremblay. There was a bit too much callousness with regard to drinking for a bit, but that was more or less set to rights at the end.

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  • Andrea Mitchell
  • 04-08-17

Amazing book and an even better narration!

We love Kay Simone, we love this book and now we love this Audiobook, so so so so so so SOOOOO good! Seriously!


This is a story about Patrick Harte who works as a NASA engineer, and after he is called up to fill in as Chief Communications Officer on the current mission he finds himself living his dream and spending hours of time speaking to Commander Curtis Larkin, his childhood hero. Curt is on his last space mission, and unsure what is next for his life back on earth, but finding himself enamored by Patrick, finding himself pouring out his heart, his wishes and his dreams is not what he expected.

One Giant Leap is the ultimate slow-burn romance, the tingle of anticipation between these 2 men starts from the first time they ‘meet’. Even though they come from different backgrounds, ages, and experiences they love space, and connect early in the story over their amazement of all that is out there. It is lovely, and sweet. Kay Simone has created a unique story here, and even thought Curt and Patrick don’t physically meet till 80% through the book they have a connection that is powerful; they were made for each other. One Giant Leap is a long book and the audiobook is 10+ hours as well. But it never really feels long, Kay Simone builds anticipation in Curt and Patrick’s relationship. And adding the NASA aspect is truly fascinating, romantic in itself and exciting.

Now, granted we love this book – or anything Kay Simone writes, but adding Greg Tremblay’s narration is a combination that blazing. One Giant Leap features 12+ characters, both men and women with different nationalities, and Greg creates distinct personalities for them all. Never once did we feel confusion on which astronaut was speaking, or if we are listing to Patrick or Curtis, there is a seamlessness that Greg creates that truly feels like this is narrated by multiple people.

We are so excited that Kay Simone’s One Giant Leap is finally an audiobook – it is amazing! Greg Tremblay adds so much to the sizzling relationship between Curt and Patrick, bringing this amazing book to an amazing love-story. One Giant Leap is an Audiobook not to be missed!

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  • David
  • 24-08-17

An Almost Chaste Romance

What did you like best about One Giant Leap? What did you like least?

One of the things I liked about the book was the slightly circular nature that evolved within it. The prologue (where Curt and Patrick are living together) wraps neatly with the end of the story. I think this was an interesting way of connecting the story and framing the events.

An issue for me was through the first half of the book how the plot would jump between past events (framed in a television interview) and events happening in 'real time'. While I was able to get used to this, I think this mechanic would have worked better being read than being listened to.

Would you recommend One Giant Leap to your friends? Why or why not?

I would give this a tentative recommendation to my friends who enjoy M/M romances. The characters are mostly well developed, the love story between Curt and Patrick builds well and you get to know both of their minds and characters very well, and there are some moments of humor (such as Patrick describing a hamburger to Curt) and drama.

What about Greg Tremblay’s performance did you like?

One of the things Tremblay did well was give each of the characters a very distinct voice, and you got a sense of their personalities through those voices. That said, some of his female voices were a bit hard to tell from each other, but over all, he did a very solid job with each of the characters.

Do you think One Giant Leap needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I think the story is whole and complete where it is. While there are characters from One Giant Leap who I would like to see more of, I am happy with where the book ended.

Any additional comments?

If you like your romances on the steamier side, this might not be the book for you. The relationship between Curt and Patrick develops slowly, and you get a very good sense of their affection for each other. When they are finally together, there are maybe two scenes that while well written are not very detailed. So if you prefer a more 'steamy' story, you might be disappointed with One Giant Leap. However, I think overall it is a well told love story and is worth listening to.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-08-17

The Book was 6 Stars, The Audible is 10+!

Absolutely loved this book. I read it a while back and when it came out on Audible it was a must buy!

It resonated with me from the beginning, I find it very hard to stop listening now, to Curt and Patrick - as Greg brings them to life. I'm a big nerd when it comes to books I love, I find the Audible a great complement to the Kindle or printed version. Patrick was that guy who lived his whole life shooting for a dream and instead of becoming bitter he was a savior of a mission which could have gone horribly wrong. Curt recognizes what this guy is, without ever laying eyes on him. This book gets to my heart and touches me deeply. You'll fall in love with both these guys! I keep hoping for a 2nd book on them - I'll comfort myself with her other books! Thanks Kay - for giving us this story and finally, the Audible! Thanks for writing guys that sound like they could be real - and giving them heart.

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  • Van Hardison
  • 18-09-17

A top notch story with a near perfect narration

I read One Giant Leap when it came out and loved the story. Patrick and Curt are both so human, both flawed, and we get to watch as they grow and evolve. Simone's attention to detail, and spending time making sense of the science, is part of the beauty of the book.

Greg Tremblay is among my top 2-3 narrators. He handles characterization and voices flawlessly. He almost never mispronounces a word, even scientific terms, and One Giant Leap was a perfect example of this art. Bravo!

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  • SassiKassi
  • 04-08-17

Wonderful

Curt and Patrick are perfect together. I love how their communication developed into something meaningful in just a few short days. I'm also pleased that their interactions with Wolfe didn't undermine their relationship.
This is a sweet, low angst novel with some sexy time towards the end of the story. Nothing extremely graphic. Just two souls joining in love. And all this wrapped up in a perfect package by the marvelous Greg Tremblay.

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  • Robin
  • 31-07-19

Sweet but unbelievable

Romance doesn't have to be realistic, I am a fan of Regency romance, where all the servants are happy and well-treated, men respect their wives and everyone takes baths. In reality, the time was misogynistic, undemocratic and filthy. So I just pretend these stories are in an alternate universe.

For this book, we are in the actual universe and there are real entities (NASA) and people (Obama) and others who are thinly disguised versions (Neil degrasse Bryson!) but there are so many ridiculous actions. The idea of a crowd-funded space mission is unlikely, and more so that NASA would have a 5-person crew, where 4 are LGBTQ and 2 of those are a couple. But the most disturbing is that people who have devoted their life to space exploration would disregard protocols because of emotions, which happens several times. I guess that is supposed to be romantic, but it's perfectly possible for someone to fulfill their job with total integrity while being in love. The author chose not to show that, and in the end, I feel that is disrespectful to the professionals who are supposedly being glorified.

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  • PazzoPerAmore
  • 08-11-19

Delightful!

Upbeat, starry geek/jock- genre love story brought warmly to life by Greg Tremblay. Loved it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-11-19

Marvelous!

One of best books I've listened to! Loved both the story and the narration! I will certainly buy another by this author ( and this lector if possible! )

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  • Jessica Bailey
  • 01-11-19

Not Great

I almost didn't finish the book. The plot is very thin.

Patrick, one of the most characters, was very whiny. He's a really insecure guy. Some stories with characters dealing with low self esteem are interesting and rewarding. This was not one of those. Patrick falls into a tailspin when his love interest said he couldn't talk to him right at that moment. It felt bizarre. He overreacted to small things to a comical degree.

I thought the romance lacked chemistry. The author kept telling me how in love the two mains were but it didn't feel organic.

I didn't like the book but maybe others would. I wouldn't recommend to readers who like a tight plot.

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  • Jesus Vega
  • 29-10-19

Great story

Love the narrative, the story, a perfect love story, no dramas only a good story