Series: Gravity #2
Published by Rennie Road Books, Blunder Woman Productions on August 23, 2017
Source: the publisher
Narrator: Tanya Eby, Aiden Snow
Length: 6 hours, 52 minutes
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She's the woman he doesn't remember. He's the man she can't forget.
Bad boy Hank “Hazardous” Lazarus used to have everything: a gorgeous girlfriend, a career as a freestyle snowboarder and a spot on the US Olympic team. Nine months ago, after a bad crash in the half pipe, he woke up in the hospital, unable to move his legs. Now he’s landed there again, but gravity is not the culprit. With his family pressuring him to try a groundbreaking treatment, Hank self-medicates with too much tequila instead.
Doctor Callie Anders has the courage to restart a patient’s heart with a thousand volts of electricity, yet she’s afraid to risk her own. So she doesn’t confess to her newest patient they they met just before the accident, an encounter that he doesn’t remember. Even as their friendship develops, she won’t admit that she regrets turning down his dinner invitation, or that her heart stutters every time those inked shoulders roll through the door of the therapy department.
With another Vermont winter coming again, Hank needs a hand out from under the avalanche of his disappointments. If only Callie were brave enough to take the job.
This book is a standalone novel, no cliffhangers, no prior experience necessary.
I received this audiobook for free from the publisher/producer in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the audiobook or the narrators or the content of my review. Thank you, Blunder Woman Productions and Sarina Bowen!
Reread Via Audio:
Even though Falling From The Sky is the second book in the Gravity Series by Sarina Bowen, it is the first one that I read when I started the series in print a few years ago. It’s so great to be able to listen to some of my favorite books on audio as they’re being produced. I feel like I’ve crossed my fingers and made wishes for an audio Gravity Series for years and now I’m like a kid at Christmas.
We meet Callie in the first book as Willow’s best friend. It’s awesome to listen to her story as she goes from the brokenhearted physician taking care of recently-injured pro-athlete Hank Lazarus — to the woman in love with him. Callie is one of my favorite characters created by Sarina Bowen. I love that she wants to do the right thing, but she also wants to listen to her heart and be honest in admitting that sometimes the “right” thing is really hard and maybe even impossible. Listening to the story as Callie wrestled with her mind and heart was so great. It added more depth to the story and to Callie’s character.
When we meet Hank, he is an injured athlete, grieving the loss of so many parts of his life, including romance. Hank’s story is so eye-opening to me every time that I read it. I feel like I learn a little something, without ever losing out on the fun of the romance. There is such good perspective on living with Hank’s particular injury and the aftermath that I just do not have any experience with, and I love the glimpse into his world. Hank has so much heart and humor and because of this, my own heart felt full when I listened to his story. Being able to hear his thoughts and words on this audiobook made his character even more full and alive.
I love the way Sarina Bowen is always able to write interesting life issues into each of her characters’ stories. She does this so gently with Hank that his issues are seamless within his romance with Callie, which is just awesome. In the story, Callie helps Hank discover that he can still function in so many parts of his life that he thought he lost while she works on his long-term rehab and physical therapy team. SURE they fall in love and SURE this is an ethics issue, but this only serves to make the story that much more interesting. Falling From The Sky is on my rereads shelf and definitely worthy of relistens and rereads in the future.
Tanya Eby and Aiden Snow are EXACTLY the voices I imagined for Callie and Hank. Exactly. I almost squealed when I first heard each of them read their parts because I felt like they matched the Callie and Hank that I had created in my head to go along with this book. Perfect casting makes an audiobook amazing.
I think that Aiden Snow was a new-to-me narrator with this audiobook. I especially loved the way he read Hank’s broad range of moods so well, because Hank experienced an understandable variety of feelings throughout this story. Hank flipped back and forth between feeling sexy and confident, and then feeling vulnerable over his injury or ways that his life has changed, and then he would repeat these mood shifts as his recovery and the story progressed. Aiden Snow never missed a beat with this and I thought he matched Hank’s tone and attitude throughout really well.
I was excited to see Tanya Eby narrating Callie’s POV. I know I can always count on her for great listens because I’ve listened to so many of her audiobooks in the past, including a several Susan Mallery titles.
This was a fantastic audiobook. I’ve never hesitated to buy an audiobook with Tanya Eby voicing the characters, and now I can add Aiden Snow to that list of one-click/no-hesitation narrators as well. I can’t even begin to tell everybody how excited I have been to listen to these Gravity Series books on audio, and I’m so eager for the third book (Shooting For The Stars) to be released soon. (I’ve been searching online every day to see if it is released yet because I am apparently very impatient.)
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