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Ten Mile Bottom

Narrated by: Christopher Weeks
Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Summary

Hitting rock bottom is just the beginning....

At 24, Finnegan Hart has already achieved what most people do in a lifetime. He’s a best-selling author who lives in the heart of London, drives his dream sports car and attends the most exclusive parties. But appearances are deceiving. 

Once the spotlight fades, Finn is left alone with his overactive mind, alcohol and drugs the only way to quiet the noise.

Until an overdose nearly kills him and drags everyone he loves down with him. 

Desperate to escape London’s toxic influence, Finn moves to Ten Mile Bottom - a small town in the outskirts of Cambridge - to try and put his life back together. 

The last thing he expects is to fall in love. 

Ben Goodwin is everything Finn isn’t - kind, empathetic and drop-dead gorgeous. He’s everything Finn needs. 

Afraid to drag Ben into his messy life, Finn tries to resist their attraction. But when Finn finally shows Ben the darkest corners of his soul, will love be enough to make Ben stay?

©2018 Teodora Kostova (P)2020 Teodora Kostova

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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, I’m over the half, 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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Personal and open!

When I listen to Ten Mile Bottom it feels like Finn is sitting in my livingroom telling me his story. It is vulnerable, open and very personal.
Christopher does a beatyful work voicing this! ❤️

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  • L.D.
  • 27-03-20

Love Heals

This book made my heart ache. Finn is dealing with emotional demons which end up overwhelming him in one heart wrenching moment. Having to pick himself up from rock bottom, he finishes rehab and moves away from the temptation and turmoil of the city to work on renovating a cottage as well as calibrating himself. Finn is an addict, and this is not sugarcoated or wrapped up nicely. He has cravings and desires that he has to struggle to control. He has emotional issues he has to untangle and sort out. During all of this, he ends up meeting and falling in love with Ben, who has past mistakes of his own. Together, both men find love and the strength to heal, grow, and move on.

I really enjoyed this book. There was a lot of angst, but it was cathartic angst, necessary for the characters to develop and grow into healthier and happier versions of themselves. The writing was well done and flowed smoothly. I was completely immersed in the story.

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  • Stephanie VO
  • 26-03-20

Great listen.

Now this one is such a sweet and beautiful listen. I love Finn and Ben! Ben is so perfect for Finn. Then Christopher Weeks has done such a great job with this narration. He is a new narrator to me and I really like how he did the voices of these characters. He definitely brings this story to life.

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  • Vania
  • 24-03-20

The book is exceptionaly sweet for a story startin

My first Teodora Kostova book, and if that's what I have to expect, it surely will not be my last.
Every character in this book has a ton of personal issues, not only the MCs Finn (whose POV we get the story from) and Ben, but each side characters have theirs. And the author does a really good job exploring them; even so the book has this sort of sweet, if a bit somber mood, that drew me in and complitely hooked me.
Christopher Weeks is a new to me narrator, I think he really was the right fit for ben and for the tone of this story.

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  • Ana Nimity
  • 22-03-20

Loved the book and the audio is just as good!

This was my first time listening to Christopher Meeks, but I hope it won't be the last. He brought just the right tone to this emotional, heartfelt story.

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  • nolmstym
  • 20-03-20

Love in Ten Mile Bottom

Finn is falling apart. Drugs and alcohol are destroying him. After a close call he decides to get a fresh start in Ten Mile Bottom. Finn is grumpy and standoffish and I kind of loved him. Ben is a super sweet mechanic and perfect for Finn. I also really liked Finn's friend Aiden who I hope is getting his own story. Seems like he gives everything to Finn and I'd like to see him get a HEA of his own. This is a sweet story of Finn finding himself and falling for Ben. It is told entirely from Finns POV, sometimes I wanted to know what Ben was thinking, but it works well for this story. Narrator was new to me and I thought he did well.

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  • Clau
  • 19-03-20

Deeply moving

A wonderful, perfectly crafted story about a man who, after a very close call, must confront the darkness inside him that almost took his life. He decides to do so in a small town close to Cambridge without having a clue that that decision would change his whole life.

This is, at its core, a very powerful, hopeful story. The way in which Finn finds himself embraced for the people in town bewilders him, but it's also strangely comforting. And we can see how, slowly, he begins to work his issues. He loves his friend Aiden, but he also uses him as a crutch: a safe relationship that doesn't require for him to change. Until it does. Letting Aiden go shows how far Finn has go.

His relationship with his mother is toxic and the root of his addiction, and yes, his decision about her is also an adult, grown-up one, and another proof that he is doing a lot better.

And Ben! Ben is sweet but not naive. He understands Finn, and it's at his side all the way. Their romance advance slowly, but in a steady way, and they support each other. Real and lovely ♥

An excellent story!

Christopher Weeks does a truly great job with the narration.

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  • Sue C
  • 19-03-20

enjoyed it

Would I listen to it again: yes
Did the story keep me engaged: yes
Was I invested in the characters: yes
What did I like about the story? good pace, interesting cast of characters and a difficult subject well written.

This is Fin's story and told from his POV as he works at staying clean from his addictions and escape the toxic life he left behind. An emotional story, but not over-the-top as is often done with stories involving addiction, he's impacted by past decisions as he works to build a better life for himself.

This is my first book narrated by Chirstopher Weeks. I enjoyed his performance and think he's done a good job narrating Ten Mile Bottom. I had no problem distinguishing characters and the rhythm, inflections and intonations all worked to bring the book to life.

< I received a complimentary copy of this book at my request - it has in no way influenced my review. >

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  • Meg Kowaleski
  • 18-03-20

Loved it.

Ten Mile Bottom is told from the perspective of Fin. A best seller author who is addicted to drugs and alcohol. After ODing in a club he's faced with some hard truths and moves to Ten Mile Bottom to try and get a foothold on his life and keep busy with his new house so he doesn't turn back to drugs. He still struggles with his addiction. He meets Ben, a shy but adorable mechanic after having some car trouble.

The following is my reactions during different parts of this book. I received this audiobook in exchange for a honest review.


Into the second chapter of this book and I'm already sucked in. Narrator is amazing.

Chapter 8. I'm adoring Fin's BFF Aiden. Fin though is a bit of a prick. But after learning about a devastating tragedy (or 2) that was loosely connected to the OD Fin had (OD happened in the first few chapters so I don't feel this is a spoiler) you can tell he's trying not to be such a prick and is attempting to find his footing on life in a small town, Ten Mile Bottom, away from everything and everyone he's use to and stick to his sobriety. I have a feeling I'm going to fall in love with Ben though. Also hoping to see more of Fin's neighbors.

Chapter 12. Literally too caught up in Fin that I just realized this is more of a slow burn book. He's becoming more of a lovable prick. I want this book not to end. Also there are more of the neighbors. 😃

Chapter- I'm not telling anymore.

🥺 my heart.

I want to stab this female character. I love a good balance of family drama though.

Okay at this point I feel like saying anymore will ruin the book. But I love this book and the word from the author at the end was heart warming.

I would have loved too have seen more of Rose and know more about her family drama but really that's all I felt I missed. The narrator did such a great job with Ben's mom's voice. All the voices really but her's seemed more complicated to do. Most of the love scene are sweet and meaningful but there's a few rough and hard in there.

10/10 would recommend.

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  • Rachel BGP
  • 17-03-20

Good Book!!

I really enjoyed this book it’s different than most of the romance books I listen to but I was caught up in Finn’s world from the beginning to end.