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May 2, 2017 / Leslie

Review: The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion

A Rapid Review

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press| Macmillan Audio | May 2017
Format: Audio 9½ hours | 352 pages | Rating: 4 stars
Audio Listening Level: Easy

Set to the soundtrack of our lives, The Best of Adam Sharp follows along with emotion and humor as one man looks back on his past and decides if having a second chance is worth the risk.

What’s it about . . .
Adam is an IT Consultant and Musician (and music trivia expert) living in the UK with his partner, Claire. Seemingly out of nowhere, Adam receives an email from Angelina, an actress he had a relationship with 20 years earlier while working as a consultant in Australia. She is the one that got away, his soulmate, and he never forgot about her.

After a series of flirty emails, Angelina says she wants to see him again and invites Adam to visit her in France where she lives with her husband. Adam doesn’t know what to expect, but it doesn’t take him long to decide to make the trip. And besides, things aren’t going very well with Claire anyway.

What did I think . . .
The first half of the book was cute and quirky as we get the details on how Adam and Angelina met and their ensuing romance. The second half got a little weird as I struggled to figure out what Angelina wanted and why was Adam going along with this.

I enjoyed the writing and the many musical references from the past and felt that the book was aimed at the over forty, nostalgic for the past crowd. I couldn’t relate to Angelina, but I found Adam charming, and it was interesting to read a romance from a male perspective. While the story had humor and appeal, it was not a comedy like The Rosie Project, but still likable in its own way.

Audio production
I switched between print and audio. The narration was performed by David Barker using a British accent and a smooth, flowing pace to bring the character of Adam to life. The story is easy to follow and a pleasant listen. A good choice for both new and experienced listeners.

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  1. Mary / May 2 2017 5:12 pm

    I’ll add it to my audible wish list!


  2. BermudaOnion / May 2 2017 7:49 pm

    This sounds cute but I think I’ll stick to print. British narrators just don’t work for me. I’m struggling with my current audio book because of the British narrator.


    • Leslie / May 2 2017 8:37 pm

      I sometimes struggle with the accent too, but he speaks very clearly and is easy to understand. This is a new narrator for me. Not sure if he is British or an American doing a British accent.


  3. Lloyd Russell / May 3 2017 12:42 am

    I see that you liked it. I wasn’t a huge fan of The Rosie Project. But I liked it well enough. I don’t know if you want to try another.


  4. Emma @ The Stacked Shelf / May 7 2017 5:11 am

    I loved The Rosie Project – will have to give this one a go!


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