An Ali Audiobook Review: Snowman by Isabelle Rowan (audio version)‏ and Narrator Brad Walton

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Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
SnowmanAUDWe all find ways to run away. Some do it in seclusion, others in the arms of lovers.

Since the death of his long-time partner, Caleb Maguire lives a quiet life in Australia’s Victorian high country with only his dog and horses for company. Each day is the same. There are no surprises—good or bad—until a major snowstorm hits his mountain and Caleb is called out to rescue a stranded tourist. The late night snow brings with it a lost soul who forces Caleb to reassess his solitary life.

Paul Turner is a barista in the trendy Melbourne suburb of Carlton. He lives life totally in the moment, but a life of no commitments is about to change for this city boy. Three days is all it takes for Paul to fall hard for Caleb, and Paul returns to the city with a promise he’ll be back after turning his life around… but only when all the roads are clear.
 
 
This was an interesting story for me.  Parts of it were so beautiful.  Parts of it were slow and boring.  It started off good with Caleb rescuing Paul from an accident and them spending a few days together until Paul can go home.  The majority of the rest of the story is them apart.  I liked both of them but I didn’t feel any chemistry between them and I really had a hard time believing they cared about each other so much after three days and sporadic texts.  There was also a boring side story of Paul’s roommate which took up a lot his story time.  The book is really about the two of them separately dealing with personal issues.  Even at the end we barely see them together.  What was the draw to me was the story of Caleb and his dead partner.  Caleb often thinks back to the moments they had together and the moments leading up to Mike’s death from cancer.  Those were some beautifully touching and heart breaking scenes.  My eyes filled with tears more than once.  Caleb’s grief is so strong you could feel it.  I did this on audio and the narrator was average.  His voice was nice and he did the different characters well but it all seemed slow.  This was one where I truly could not tell if it was the story, the narration or a bit of both that was the problem.
 
Cover art by Garrett LeighI love this cover.  I think it’s beautiful and a great representation of this story.  
Book Details:
Brad Walton
Length9 hours and 32 minutes
ebook, 276 pages
Published May 4th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press LLC
ISBN 163476028X (ISBN13: 9781634760287)
Edition LanguageEnglish