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Sol's Solstice

New Beginnings, Book 1
Narrated by: Matt Standley
Series: New Beginnings, Book 1
Length: 3 hrs and 52 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Summary

Sol is used to flying under his family's radar, unless focusing unwanted attention away from his more outgoing, older twin. The day comes when he pays a steep price for attempting to shield his brother. Running for his life, he is nearly run down by a car driven by Seth. Can Seth help Sol find his way back from the darkness?

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A story of hateful parants and their evil ways

A story of hateful parants with closed minds and the hurt they perform on their children with dire consequences, but for a mans love it would have been heartbreaking.

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love the story

I usually read a chapter and listen to a chapter of a book because of my hearing difficulties. Unusually, with this one, I read more than I listened. Although Matt Standley narrates clearly, I felt he has little expression and rushes sentences.

That said, I loved the story of Sol and Seth. It is well plotted and gripped me from start to finish. Don't expect an angst-free ride with this one. It wrenches the heart and while I'd like to believe this couldn't happen in real life, I am certain it does.

Sol and Seth get a very hard won HEA and it is more satisfying because of this. Sol's twin brother, Ben, changes from being rather selfish to a more well-rounded person as the book progresses and I am looking forward to reading his book next.

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Very poor

I couldn't finish this book. The story was poorly written, the plot made no sense and there was no character development.
The narrator tried but only had mediocre material to work with. Plus this was more of a reading than a performance.
I doubt I'd search out either the author or narrator again.

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SOL

A heartfelt love story that can happen to anyone. It kept me entertaine all through the end.

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as good as the ebook

The story is always 4 or 5 stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook.

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, but not more then twice a year.
it's like a B

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A good-ish story.

I was given an Audible code for this book. This is my honest review.
Something about this just didn't quite hit it for me. Some of the big events got brushed over very quickly, when a lot more detail should of been given. We jumped days and weeks, with them being passed over with a sentence or two.
I just didn't quite engage with the characters, when I feel I should of.
The narration at time was tough to listen to. I don't know if it was the books structure or the narrators style (I have not heard him before) but at times I felt myself wish for a full stop or comma in his reading, just so a pause for breath could be heard. I also found he read with a monotonous voice at times with very little depth or expression.

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Such an eye opener

This book was an eye opener, I’d like to think that this behaviour doesn’t exist in the day and age, however it sadly does. Written well.

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Has great bones.

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Has great bones.

I enjoyed the premise of the story. It sounded great and like it could be deep, profound and healing but unfortunately fall a little short at places. I really liked the characters and I felt so much for Sol. He had such a hard life. He was broken and beaten but kept getting back up. I loved Seth's caring and protective nature. I was enraged by Sol's parents and 'church'. The foundation of this story was great and the narration was really well done but I wanted more. More depth, more healing and more progress with the relationships, more time for the story to develop. I look forward to seeing where the story goes with Ben's story and if we will see more of Sol's recovery as Ben's story progresses. I hope to see a satisfying conclusion to both bothers lives and story.

Thanks for reading!

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Heartbreaking...

Sol and his twin brothers went into the system due to their parents negligence. Now they are paying the price of having crazy parents but sol took the worst part. He found solace in Seth, a kind hearted stranger who takes him in. Religion fanaticism should really be under mental illnesses. Sol had to suffer his parents and church leaders criminal antics to take the gay out of him. Good thing he had someone who loved him and save Sol from madness. A roller coaster is this one. I cried while listening and wanted to punch some characters. Good listen.

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*received in exchange for an honest review*

I really enjoyed the story of Sol and Seth. It was greatly written by Leona Windwalker and I have added the following book to my TBR pile. I did, however, find myself reading the book on my kindle because I found myself not listening to Standley’s narration and I kept missing bits. It was really monotonous. And as much as I tried to prevent it from taking away from what was a great, drama filled story, it really did.

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  • MANI
  • 17-05-19

New Beginning

An interesting M/M story. This is my first book written by Leona Windwalker and because of the short length of the audio book, I was able to finish it on one sitting from beginning to end.

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  • Shannon Vess
  • 14-05-19

liked story

i enjoyed the story but the narration was not to my liking. kind of just droned along. so thinking i should have just stuck to the written word.

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  • C. Mullican
  • 07-01-20

Good story, terrible narration

Nice to see a story dealing with love through trauma and disability, without a magic cure, but the narration is terrible - flat, mispronounced words, almost robotic.

Read this one instead of listening if possible.

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  • Cat
  • 21-09-19

sweet and angsty

Audio Review
This is a first read by this author and also first from the Narrator. story First.
I liked the premise of the story it was kinda dark... definitely not for the faint of heart as Sol's family is kinda messed up. His mother keeps getting sent to mental facilities and his dad takes care of his mom leaving the twin boys with an abusive uncle. They are separated into foster systems and Sol pretty much ends up on his own. He meets Seth and finally learns to trust him.
The romance side is very slow burn which works perfectly for this book and we watch the two men build faith, trust, and love in each other.
There are lots of twists. I would have liked to know a little more about Seth though.
The Narration I was torn on. The pacing wasn't great and it felt like I was being read to. However, I did like how the narrator did separate the thoughts and there were a lot of them. If not the story could have been very confusing.
If you like angsty stories, dark romance with a happy ending, May/December, Rich/poor and a slow burn give this a go.

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  • Cynthia Lewis
  • 12-08-19

lol

to think parents could such unthinkable things to their own kids! thank god for seth.

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  • Mamah
  • 04-08-19

Angsty story

I have kind of mixed feelings with this book. On the other hand I was captivated with the story. It is really angsty and the story kept me on the edge of my seat all the time. I needed constantly tell myself that there's going to be HEA in the end. All the suffering Sol had to go through was really hard to listen. On the other hand, the love story did feel a bit forced.

I didn't like the narrator at all. It was like he was telling the story to a child. The rhythm was weird. I hope he does better with the next book.

And yes the cover of this book does not fit to the story at all.

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  • cheryl_cajun
  • 28-07-19

thank you for the Audio

thank you for the Audio, I voluntarily give this a honest review. this was a great emotional book, it has drama from a family, abuse of one twin while the other is unaware. when sol finally breaks free from his past to his future can he keep it? or will his family interfere with the his happiness. will Ben finally see what is happening? Matt Standley did a great job bringing all the emotions to life with Sol

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  • JKS
  • 20-07-19

Have the tissues close by

This is a beautiful and tragic story that tugs on the heart strings. A real testament to the human spirit.
Narrator Matt Standley does a good job.

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  • Claudia CG Lezar
  • 12-07-19

as good as the ebook

The story is always 4 or 5 star, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook.

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, but not more then twice a year.
it's like a B

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  • Starwarslover
  • 19-06-19

so much fun

this story is so much fun to read. i really enjoyed it.. a couple spots this narrator wasnt my favorite but overall this narrator did a good job. the emotions and reactions were fun. i enjoyed it