I’ve already reviewed this book, so I don’t intend to break the plot down again, or explain why I loved these characters. I did love them. I gave the print book 5 stars, and I went over everything that made Carry the Ocean so spectacular. If you’re curious, I put my original review in a link under the book details at the top. If you want a condensed version, here it is: It was awesome. Awesome characters. Awesome romance. Awesome representation of disability. Awesome. Today I’d rather focus on Iggy Toma’s narration, and it’s impact on whether or not I enjoyed listening to a book I already loved to read.
I’m a new listener of audio books. I only started in the last two years, and sometimes I’ll go months between audio books, either because I lost interest, or because they’re not always easy for me to find time for. If I listen at night the repetitive narration puts me to sleep, and it’s too hard to concentrate during housework. I pretty much only listen on my drive to and from work, and my commute isn’t very long. Plus, I usually have my daughter which limits my story selection. Basically, it’s means that audio’s have never been a priority.
When I do listen, I only listen to books I’ve already read. I’ve realized I prefer my own interpretation of the characters over a narrators. I suppose I just like my own imagination more than anyone else’s. Up until today, the only narrator I’ve liked as much as I like myself is Gomez Pugh. He brought Vic in PsyCop out of my head and into the room. He’s so phenomenal, if audio’s were released the same day a print book was, I’d probably opt to listen before reading. For me that’s the highest praise.
The reason I said ‘up until today’ is because I can now add Iggy Toma to that list. I love when a narrator makes me believe there’s a different person narrating each character, and that’s exactly what Iggy did. Listening to Carry the Ocean, I never felt like I was listening to someone read me a story I already loved. It was more like I was listening in on Jeremey and Emmett’s real life for the first time. He made them alive, and he made the story new again. I hate to say this, but I loved him as Emmett & Jeremey so much, I’m not sure I’d be able to listen to him in anything else. I even tried! I went to his page on Audible and listened to samples, and I couldn’t do it! It’s the only negative to his completely perfect performance! He was so good, it can’t be duplicated.
Now I can’t wait to listen to Shelter the Sea! I want more of Iggy’s Emmett Washington.