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The Long Way Home

Narrated by: J.F. Harding
Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
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Summary

Ever since the accident that cost him his job on the Seattle police force, Kevin Quinn has been living with psychic abilities he refers to as the 'gift that keeps on taking'. His attempts to use his talents to help the police have been met with limited success. Yet, when teenage boys start going missing from the beach cities of Southern California, Kevin gets on a plane.

Connor Dougal has every reason to believe all psychics are fakes and charlatans. He's still numb from the disappearance of his first love, a boy who went missing 10 years earlier. Everything he aspires to is a direct result of that tragedy, even the acquisition of his detective shield. The irony of having to babysit Kevin Quinn is not lost on him.

These two suspicious men must develop trust and respect for one another to solve the case and, on the way, maybe fall in love.

©2008 Z.A. Maxfield; 2012 Z.A. Maxfield (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Very good mystery with a dash of psychical ability

Read this in pixels first and after hearing the sample decided to give the audio version a go and I'm glad I did as this is another book I thoroughly enjoyed in audio format. The story is paced well; the unfolding relationship between the two leads blending well with the investigation they're engaged in so that there's a nice balance throughout the book.
The initial suspicion held by Connor for Kevin's ability gradually giving way to belief was well represented as was the hostility of some of the other characters for a psychic helping in an investigation.
The narration was very good, with the characters being pretty well defined and I'll definitely listen to more books narrated by Harding.
I will be listening to this again; it's going on the 'keeper' list.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-11-16

Compelling Mystery and Romance

Any additional comments?

Kevin Quinn has psychic abilities he developed after a car accident that nearly took his life. He doesn't have any control over them, and has met with limited success when trying to use them to help different police agencies. However, when his brother-in-law calls the week before Christmas, Kevin is convinced to go home to Southern California to try to find the missing boys and/or their abductor/killer.

Connor Dougal is the new detective assigned to shadow Kevin. But Connor has his own demons that he wrestles with nightly, including the fact that he's really gay.

The romance between Kevin and Connor is one of immediately hitting it off and falling for each other - in other words: "insta-love".

I loved that Connor, seeing what Kevin goes through, is determined to help him any way he can, even if that means stepping in front of him and shielding him.

The mystery is super slow moving, and sometimes got caught up with an enormous cast of characters, which got a bit confusing at time while listening to the story.

I was a bit disappointed in the glacial pacing of the mystery, and felt like Keith and Connor's romantic relationship moved at a bit too fast a pace. I wish there has been a middle ground for both, though, both were quite captivating and in the end are solved quite satisfactorily.

J.F. Harding does a great job overall. Harding's tendency to sound like a crime show voice over narrator really works for this story, drawing the listener in and keeping their focus. I really liked his character voices, and he definitely had a lot to keep track of with this huge cast.

It was an easy listen, with good pacing, and a compelling romance and mystery.

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  • Karen - New York
  • 27-11-16

Loved it!

If you could sum up The Long Way Home in three words, what would they be?

Mysterious, hot, suspenseful.

What did you like best about this story?

There was mystery, romance and hot sex.

Have you listened to any of J.F. Harding’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, he did an amazing job as a narrator. He is great with making the voices distinctive.

If you could rename The Long Way Home, what would you call it?

Under the Sea.

Any additional comments?

The storyline was great and the narration was amazing.

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  • SassiKassi
  • 22-11-16

Love Conner and Kevin!

I read so much I'd forgotten I'd read this on my kindle, but the opening was so familiar. It was great in audio form too. I sure wouldn't mind this book becoming a series with Conner and Kevin solving cases together.

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  • Kath
  • 14-12-16

Just awesome!

Would you listen to The Long Way Home again? Why?

I would listen to this again, just for the dialogue and amazing chemistry. I don't really go for crime books or suspense novels, what got me was the dynamic between the main characters. What started as a slow burning candle, became an inferno. These guys made the most of their time for sure.

Have you listened to any of J.F. Harding’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first JF Harding listen, and it's fantastic!

Any additional comments?

At this point, ZA Maxfield owns a piece of my soul. Please apply your mojo to fantasy so I can switch genres?

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  • BrattyOz
  • 06-12-16

A truly wonderful story

Every now and then you come upon a book which leaves you sorry it ended, hungering for more. This is that book. It was truly wonderful. I could not put it down, and I highly recommend it.

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  • HaloLove
  • 04-12-16

Good

Well I have to admit I was a little disappointed the mystery crime part of the story took a backseat to the erotica romance of the story. But overall, the great writing, interesting characters, and the entertaining value of the story kept me listening.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-01-20

One of the best I’ve read

The plot, characters, and narration were some of the best I’ve read and hope they will have a follow on series

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  • Ken
  • 19-01-20

binge listen

I really loved this book. narrator brought characters to life. I hope to see more about these two.

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  • Sin2sea
  • 12-11-19

Very enjoyable psycop romance mystery

Found this by luck and always wanted to check out the psycop sub genre and I really enjoyed the mystery and the romance between the antagonists. JF did a fantastic job narrating the various character and brought the story to life in my ear and keep me listening.

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  • Jessica
  • 21-09-19

Minimizing :(

I liked how the plot was slowly done, allowing for there to be suspense but also more personal things to occur as well. While I did like the relationship between Kevin and Connor (mostly), I did feel like it developed a bit too fast.

[Possible Spoilers ahead]

The thing that I really didn't like. Kevin and his family haven't spoken in 6 years. His father didn't like that he's gay and said stuff, so Kevin didn't come back. Kevin has a sister, who's husband is Kevin's friend. He also hasn't talked to his sister and rarely to his friend. When he goes back to his hometown for a case, things happen and Connor feels like Kevin isn't taking care of himself and that Kevin's gift is hurting him (which it it) so he decides an intervention is called for ... because Kevin keeps using his gift for the case ... which Connor has asked for him to do. Connor has Kevin's sister and her husband for the intervention and they basically tell him that he's an idiot for hurting himself like he is, which is bullshit because it was the sister's husband (a cop) who asked for Kevin's help in the first place. So??? I feel like the intervention was pointless except for the fact that it brings Kevin to his dad for dinner.

Now this is where I got mad ... more mad. When Kevin brings up what made him not contact his family, the dad basically says that after all the times that the dad had said something to Kevin (that Kevin was an idiot or something like that) and that Kevin normally ignores the dad, why did Kevin listen this time. So basically, the dad is blaming Kevin for listening to something his dad said that hurt him. And the dad never apologized! He minimized it. Let's not forget that neither the dad nor the sister had tried to contact Kevin for 6 years either! The dad said that he new that what he said was wrong, but he didn't try to contact Kevin??? Ugh. And the sister is acting like she is caring and wants to help, and yet she never contacted Kevin either. They all basically blame Kevin for not contacting any of them and minimizing everything that they say! And they say things like "you're an idiot" and so on. I didn't like any of this.

So, I liked to plot and Connor and Kevin (expect for when Connor did the intervention and then agreed with the family that Kevin was to blame for not contacting the family when Kevin was the one that was hurt), but hated the personal side it all. The minimizing was victim blaming was horrible.