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The Baller by Vi Keeland
Narrator: Mackensie Cartwright & Sean Crisden
Length : 8 hours 49 minutes
Publisher: Tandor Audio
BREAKING NEWS: Everyone is talking about the recent incident involving the way a sports reporter was treated in the New York Steel locker room. Delilah Maddox, a reporter for WNBC Sports News interviewing quarterback Brody Easton was subjected to a naked Brody as he drops his towel before the interview started.
Additional Characters to take note:
Marlene – 80 year old family friend who he financially supports.
Willow – Brody’s childhood best friend & Marlene’s granddaughter
Grouper – Works at Marlene’s assisted living residence / avid Brody and NY Steel fan
Shannon – One of Marlene’s nurses.
Brody Easton is cocky, rude and too confident. He has all the perfect plays on and off the field. The ladies have even nicknamed him “Subway”. However, under all that arrogance lurks a defense mechanism.
No matter how much I hated his cocky attitude toward Delilah, I loved his relationship with Marlene. The love, care and attention he devotes to her will totally melt your heart. This is the reason why you will fall in love with him too.
Once Delilah and Brody move pass the game they started playing in the locker room, they fumbled into a beautiful love story. Just like any gameday, sometimes upsets are on the horizon. There is always something or someone who comes along and steals the perfect game and that someone is his childhood friend.
This is my first Vi book and I know understand the title #1 NYT Bestselling Author. I get it. First of all, let me explain the POV aspect of this book. The story is told in dual character POV in the most unique way.
We have Delilah’s POV with her thoughts and desires about Easton and their relationship. We have Brody’s POV regarding Marlene, his childhood and his job. The reader does not have Brody’s thoughts, feelings and motivations regarding Delilah.
This story will make you laugh and cry. It is not your normal down and dirty romance. It will create strong emotions of sadness, anger, love and hope. A true testament to the phrase “all the feels”. It was a pleasure to listen to this audiobook. I dare say it may be the best audiobook I have heard in a long time.
This audio elevated this review to a 5. Narrator Mackenzie Cartwright and Sean Crisden was the perfect collaboration. Crisden’s narration is spot on as Brody. However, he steals the limelight as Marlene and Grouper. I enjoyed Marlene’s character even more than Brody’s narrations. It’s not my intent to leave out Ms. Cartwright’s narration however. Her voice is very soothing when needed and joyfully sweet when interacting with her friend and Brody’s banter. This is one audiobook I was glad to purchase and look forward to listening to again in the future.
Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over eighty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in nineteen languages. She lives in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.
Author Vi Keeland
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