Friday, January 1, 2016

Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan (audiobook)

Title: Archer's Voice
Author: Mia Sheridan
My Rating: A+
Narrator: Kris Koscheski and Emily Durante

Genre: New Adult
Series: -
Main Characters: Bree and Archer
Release Date: December 2014 (audiobook)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.

Archer's Voice is the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom. It is the story of a silent man who lives with an excruciating wound and the woman who helps him find his voice. It is the story of suffering, fate, and the transformative power of love.

THIS IS A STAND-ALONE NOVEL. The first three books in the series need not be read to enjoy this book. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

My Review:
Overall.... 4.75
Performance... 4.75

Story.... 4.75

I bought this audiobook several months ago, so when it came up on my audiobook list, I honestly didn't remember what it was about. I was blown away by this story and Archer's character.

As a character, Archer is amazing. He's been mute from the age of 7 when he went to live with his crazy uncle and never left. Now he's 23 and completely withdrawn from the real world. He's never been exposed to ANYTHING. He's mute and the town has always assumed that he was also left mentally damaged from the accident that left him that way. They have no idea who he really is...a beautifully damaged, incredibly smart man who deserves so much more in this world.  It isn't until Bree shows up and sees the real him that anyone else takes a second look at him either.

Bree has come to this small town to escape...her nightmares and fears. Six months before she saw her father murdered and was personally attacked. The PTSD leftover from that ordeal is very real, so she's running to try to find a new peace. She ends up in Pelion and discovers so much more than she ever imagined. 

This book was so freaking good. It's so hard to imagine what happened to Archer. It very slowly unfolds throughout the story with his flashbacks and it's just as horrifying as you expect it to be. But it's almost more horrifying that this small town, which is really a good town, stood by and had no idea what was happening with Archer. Someone should have seen. Someone should have seen. Someone should have stood up for him. He was only 7 years old. That's horrifying on so many levels...but mostly at the most basic, humane one. How did they let this happen?

Because Archer is an incredible human being. To survive and thrive like he has is such a testament to what an incredible person he is. I love that Bree finds him and manages to free him from the imaginary bonds holding him prisoner in his own house. There's so much hope in this book. But there are also tears...seriously, I was sobbing at the end of this one. 

Now, a bit about the audiobook. I've said it before, I love audiobooks, but I prefer to read simply because it's about 3 times faster for me (yes, I'm a fast reader). As a result, when I get into an audiobook like this one, no matter how good it is, I tend to skip over to my kindle and fly through it reading it myself. I tried that with this book and it wasn't near as good. The reason for that is that Archer is mute. In the book his words are signed...that gives it a very different feel from the audiobook where all those words were spoken by the narrators. And the narration on this one is incredible. This is one of those that's done by a duo of male/female narrators based on the chapters which alternate between Bree and Archer's POV. I loved the book and highly recommend the story regardless, but if you have the choice, go buy the audiobook. It was really, really good!

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