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text 2018-06-27 16:31
A Land More Kind Than Home ★★★★☆
A Land More Kind Than Home (Audio) - Wiley Cash,Mark Bramhall,Lorna Raver

A Land More Kind Than Home is wonderful storytelling, dark and tragic, with delicious atmosphere. Much of the mystery derives from the non-linear structure and the reveal coming in slow dribs and drabs from the point of view of three different characters of varying ages and levels of involvement. This adds to the tension and the fun, but ultimately was a little unsatisfying as I didn’t feel fully connected to any of them, although there were moments that were deeply touching.

 

This is the second book I’ve read by Wiley Cash, and I’ve enjoyed both. I’ll keep looking for books from this author.

 

Audiobook, borrowed from my public library via Overdrive. The audio used three different performers to represent each main character and all were terrific, especially the voice for the sheriff and the old woman.

 

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text 2018-06-24 14:19
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A Land More Kind Than Home (Audio) - Wiley Cash,Mark Bramhall,Lorna Raver

It's hard to be patient with the nonlinear storytelling, because it feels like wasted energy trying to figure out which parts have already happened vs. what's the current story and whose story this is. But the voices are interesting and the audio performances are very good so far. 

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text 2018-01-12 07:10
Audio Blitz - Leaning Into Always
 
 

Two titles from two different series by Lane Hayes are now available in audiobook.

 

Leaning Into Always

 
Series: Leaning Into, Book 2
Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Self Pub
Original Release Date: September 5th, 2017
Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 30k
Genre: Romance, Bisexual, Established Couple, San Fran, Beach, Surfer, Geek, Opposites Attract, Friends to lovers
 

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Life is good for Eric Schuster. He owns a highly successful tech company, has a great group of buddies, and he’s about to marry the man of his dreams. Eric is pleasantly surprised to find the transition from friends to lovers has been easier than he thought. However, after running into an overly friendly ex-boyfriend on an impromptu trip to their shared hometown, Eric realizes things are about to get complicated.

Zane Richards is a quintessential California surfer dude turned professional sailor. His laid-back approach has helped him navigate difficult times in his life. Eric may not share his easy-going mindset but Zane knows without a doubt Eric is the one. However, carving a future together may require confronting a piece of the past Zane thought he’d left far behind. Both men will have to decide if they’re willing to risk what they know for a chance to lean into always.

 

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A Kind of Home

 

 

Series: A Kind of Stories, Book 4
Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Original Release Date: June 23, 2017
Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 77k approximately
Genre: Romance, Bisexual, Rock star, NYC, humor, light suspense
 

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Isaac Dalton is the guitarist for Spiral, arguably the biggest rock band in the world. The band’s meteoric rise to superstardom has its perks, but fame and fortune aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Nonstop touring and performing exhaust him, and when an overzealous fan makes it imperative that Isaac travel with a clingy bodyguard, he is ready for a break from the madness. More so when his newly single first crush shows up on his doorstep. The man is strictly off-limits. He’s a memory from a place Isaac would rather leave behind. And he’s straight.
 
Fun-loving former athlete slash construction worker Adam McBride desperately needs a new beginning. And New York City is the perfect place to start over and think about how to rebuild his life. A short stint as roommates with his brother’s best friend from high school seems like a mutually beneficial arrangement. However, when friendship gives way to fierce attraction, both men find themselves in uncharted and possibly dangerous territory. Isaac has to decide if he’s willing to take the ultimate risk for a kind of love and a kind of home he never dreamed possible.
 

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Meet the Author:

 

Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full-time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and won first prize in the 2016 and 2017 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in a newly empty nest.

 

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review 2015-02-13 22:57
The audio book was fantastic!
A Land More Kind Than Home - Wiley Cash

I do not know if the print book would come across as magnificently as the audio book, but the readers, Mark Bramhall, Lorna Raver, and Nick Sullivan, perfectly captured the spirit of the characters they portrayed. They literally became Adelaide Lyle, Jess Hall and Clem Barefield. Through their marvelous voices, with just the right tone and expression, all of the characters, major and minor, had personalities that brought them to life, and as a result, the listener was immersed so completely in the story, it was hard to withdraw from the narrative, hard to put the book down. Although the language was descriptive, it was plain and folksy, fitting the setting and the times. The prose painted clear pictures of the scenes so that the reader was a voyeur, allowed to glimpse the action from the sidelines, even almost participating in it. The author’s pen was lyrical, without being sappy, though some of that exceptional quality might actually be attributable to the readers’ voices and portrayals, as well.

When the book begins, Adelaide Lyle is explaining the origin of the church she once belonged to and describing her reasons for leaving it. The church tested the believers faith by exposing them to venomous snakes*, poisonous drinks and even trial by fire. It was taught that with strong enough faith, they could face any trial and not be harmed; their G-d would protect them. Pastor Carson Chambliss, the leader of this atypical place of charismatic worship, had an unsavory, questionable past, but he had somehow mesmerized and convinced these simple folk to follow him on his misguided path. When a female worshiper was bitten by a snake while attempting to prove her faith, Adelaide had had enough. She thought it bad enough that they encouraged the woman to test her faith, but it was worse when they left her in her garden to die so that no one would know what had happened to her there in the church. To prevent anyone from seeing what went on inside, the windows were covered over with newspaper.

A little more than a decade passes, during which time although Adelaide stops attending services, she also removes the children to protect them from witnessing the bizarre events that take place inside the church. She entertains and teaches them on the days of church service. One of the children, teased by others, is autistic. His name is Christopher Hall, 13 years old, but everyone calls him Stump. He has never spoken a word. When the church intervenes to try and heal him, tragedy ensues and secrets of the past and present rise to the surface, become exposed, and bring about all sorts of disastrous consequences. Jess, 9 years old, is Stump’s younger brother. Jess and his brother have witnessed some pretty frightening things, while disobeying rules. Jess is afraid to tell anyone for fear of being punished by their mother, Julia, or their father, Ben. Ben was estranged from his own father, Jimmy. After a tragic incident, Jimmy disappeared for years, abandoning Ben. As present day events take a new tragic turn in their lives, Jimmy returns to witness the events. Stump’s mom, Julia, had taken him to church, prompted by the Pastor whom she adored, so that he might be healed. During the first healing session, she believed that she heard him speak for the first time, and so, she took him again. What follows exposes a whole slew of secrets in their lives.

Clem Barefield is the sheriff of this backwoods town in North Carolina, and he has always blamed Jimmy Hall for the death of his son in a tragic accident. What goes around comes around, and whether or not you believe in divine justice, it sure seemed like it was payback time for the backwoods community that was ripe for the likes of Carson Chambliss, whom they followed blindly and obediently. There is no shortage of evil men as history will attest to, and Chambliss seemed to be one of those damaged human beings. This story, from beginning to end, will capture the reader!

* [“Practitioners believe serpent handling dates to antiquity and quote the Gospel of Mark and the Gospel of Luke to support the practice: And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. (Mark 16:17-18)

Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10:19)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snake_handling]

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review 2013-05-28 05:17
zwischen religiösem Fanatismus und gesundem Menschenverstand
A Land More Kind Than Home - Wiley Cash
Fürchtet euch - Wiley Cash

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In einer kleinen Kirche in der amerikanischen Provinz stirbt ein stummer Junge, bei einer Heilung. Doch die Hintergründe bleiben geheimnisvoll. Niemand der dabei war, will sich zum Tod des Jungen äußern. Der mysteriöse Prediger Chambliss hat seine Schäfchen im Griff.

Doch mit einem Zeugen, dem 9 jährigen Jess, hat er nicht gerechnet. Doch als er sein Schweigen bricht, verliert er alles was ihm noch geblieben ist und die Gemeinschaft wird erschüttert.

Meine Meinung:
Dieses Buch hat mich ziemlich bewegt. Erzählt wird sie auch der Sicht der über 70 jährigen Adelaide Lyle, dem 9 jährigen Jess Hall und dem Sheriff, der sich nach 25 Jahren Amtszeit langsam auf den Ruhestand vorbereitet.

Die Charaktere finde ich sehr gut ausgearbeitet. Immer wieder kommt es zu kurzen Rückblenden (Erinnerungen) durch die man die Protagonisten gut kennen lernen kann. Man kann zwar nicht alles verstehen, was sie tun oder getan haben, aber vieles wird verständlicher. jeder hat mit eigenen Schatten zu kämpfen, mit ihrer eigenen Schuld an den Ereignissen der Geschichte.

Insgesamt ist es ein Buch der eher ruhigen Töne. Irgendwo zwischen Roman und Thriller, versteht sich der Autor in seinem Debüt sehr gut mit dem hintergründigen Grauen zu spielen, verursacht durch einen fanatischen und scheinheiligen Prediger und seinen bedingungslos, religiösen Anhängern. Selbst der gewaltsame Tod des eigenen Kindes kann sie nicht aus ihrem Wahn, durch ihre Religion kann sie nicht aufwecken. Bis alles in einem blutigen Showdown endet, der alle traumatisiert zurück lässt.

Menschen, die über ihre eigene Untätigkeit grübeln, Väter, die an ihrem Verlust zerbrechen und Brüder, die versuchen zu verstehen, was geschehen ist. Doch alle stehen den Ereignissen machtlos gegen über und müssen mit den Scherben des Lebens weitermachen.

Das Cover des Buches passt perfekt zur Geschichte. Die Kirche des kleines Ortes, die bedrohlich über der Hitze und dem kleinen Jungen zu schweben scheint. Dies ist der rote Faden  der Geschichte, die ständig mit Schuld und Angst spielt. Den Autor werde ich sicher im Auge behalten.

Source: schnuffelchensbuecher.blogspot.de/2013/05/wiley-cash-furchtet-euch.html
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