Author: Charlie Cochet
Narrator: Mark Westfield
Series: THIRDS Book 6
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: April 29, 2016
Length: 8 hours 9 minutes
Reviewed by Erin
Calvin Summers and Ethan Hobbs have been best friends since childhood, but somewhere along the line, their friendship evolved into something more. With the Therian Youth Center bombing, Calvin realizes just how short life can be and no longer keeps his feelings for his best friend a secret. Unfortunately, change is difficult for Ethan; most days he does well to deal with his selective mutism and social anxiety. Calvin’s confession adds a new struggle for Ethan, one he fears might cost him the friendship that’s been his whole world for as long as he can remember.
As partners and Defense Agents at the THIRDS, being on Destructive Delta is tough at the best of times, but between call-outs and life-threatening situations, Calvin and Ethan not only face traversing the challenges of their job, but also working toward a future as more than friends.
If you're like me and a ton of other people, you are a HUGE fan of Charlie Cochet's brilliant, entertaining, and addicting THIRDS series. And if you're as big a fan as me of the books, then of course the audio books are among your favorites as well. Which means that we're all in agreement that there is no doubt that Mark Westfield is THE voice of the THIRDS books.
He does such a fabulous job of giving each character a little something to differentiate them which makes listening to his smooth voice all the better. Funny, sweet, sexy, or angst to the max, these books run the gamut of all the feels. From the strong, stoic type, to the jokester, to the sweet and easygoing guy, to the badass chick, to the gruff and grouchy Sargent, to the guy we all love, these books are chock full of complex, layered characters, each with their own specific nuance and personality. It takes a hell of a narrator to capture all of that and Mark Westfield is a master.
In Catch a Tiger by the Tail, he's given quite the task with Ethan's character, seeing as how Ethan doesn't speak hardly at all due to his mutism. I thought the way he sort of whispers Ethan's thoughts was particularly brilliant and very effective. This book is a bit lighter in parts and Mark captures that perfectly with his cadence and tone of voice and then of course when the action picks up, there's no one better than him to impart all that tension and drama that makes your heart rate speed up and keep you on the edge of your seat. Of course, there are also some very serious moments, especially between Calvin and Hobbs. These are all done so well and you can definitely feel the emotions of each scene.
I'm particularly fond of his voices for Dex and Cael and Letty and there's no one better when it comes to all those "police" sounds like walkie talkies and telephones. Those extra touches add so much to the listening enjoyment. This series just keeps getting better and better and listening to it only makes that more so.
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