Wednesday, September 21

Audiobook Review: As The Stars Fall by Steve N. Lee

Author: Steve N. Lee
Narrator: Karissa Vacker
Title: As The Stars Fall
Series: Books for Dog Lovers
Genre: Fiction
Format: Audiobook
Published: August 25, 2020
Where I got It: My shelf (Given to me by the author/publisher for my honest and unbiased opinion)

A desperate dog. A scarred girl. A bond nothing can break.

An injured, young dog trudges the city streets, trembling from cold, from fear, from lack of food. Battered by the howling wind, he searches desperately for his lost family, yet day after day, week after week, all he ever finds is heartbreaking loneliness. But then, one magical spring morning…

Across town, a little girl sobs into her pillow in the dead of night. Her life devastated by a family tragedy, she can’t understand how the world can just carry on. Her days once overflowed with childhood joys, yet now, despair, darkness, and emptiness smother her like a shroud. But then, one magical spring morning…

… the dog and the girl meet.

In a tale as heartwarming as it is heartbreaking, As The Stars Fall explores how compassion can make us whole again and friendship can heal even the most broken of hearts.

I read the ebook of this 2 years ago, so the author recently asked for me to check out the audio version of this, and of course, I said yes! This book really stayed with me from when I first read it back a couple years ago. Heck, it even won Best Book of the Year for 2020

The story follows a young, desperate dog who has not had a lot of luck. A young girl finds him suffering in a moldy old box and takes him home. Little do they realize that they need each other. They quickly form an unbreakable bond that will last forever. 

Doing the audio of this scared me JUST a tiny bit. I had adored this soooo much when I first read it...I was worried the narration might ruin it or I question why I had liked it so much. However, my fears were for naught. 

This had me scrambling to find my tissue box still. In a way...the narrator brought the story to life even more. She added so much feeling to her words and I must bow down to the narrator. Fantastic job. So much much much joy...all the feels. I feel like I have heard the voice before, but I was skimming through some previous works and I didn't see anything I have listened to but she seems to be popular and there are SOOOO many books she has read for. 

My feelings for this book have not changed in the last two years or with a different format. This is a fantastic read and I highly recommend it. I still want Dad to have his own book someday. I feel like there is more to his story. He deserves to find some peace. 

In the end...I loved this. The narrator was fantastic...the story is wonderful. It has all the feels and then some. 100% recommend. 5 stars yet again from me. 

- #40 for Audiobook challenge


Mary Kirkland said...

That sounds so good.

Jen Twimom said...

Yea!! So glad the narrator worked for you and you still adore the story. WIN!!

Blodeuedd said...

Awesome that it was still amazing

Carole Rae said...

Mary, it really is!

Jen, I was worried but the narrator was perfect. 1000% a win.

B, yesss just as impactful as when I first read it.

Steve N Lee said...

Thank you for sharing my audiobook with your readers, Carole. I'm so pleased you enjoyed it. Kai's story is very close to my heart, so I took great pains to get just the right narrator who would do it justice. I'm glad to hear you believe I made the right choice!

Carole Rae said...

Steve, thank you so much for stopping by and commenting! Also, thank you so much for always thinking of me and asking me to read/listen to your work. The narrator was perfect.

vvb32 reads said...

Great to hear the audio enhances a good story.

Carole Rae said...

Indeed vvb32!