- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 7 hours and 57 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Less Than Three Press, LLC
- Audible.com Release Date: June 11, 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KXDBA0I
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The Party Boy's Guide to Dating a Geek: Clumsy Cupid Guidebooks, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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I've personally always been a Fee-type person, although I'm not a geek. Now, my husband is a geek, a computer code-writer, and I kept trying out the terms on him (like RTFM) and he knew them all. So, while both my hubby and I were never party boys, were never into casual sex, I am not sure I'm totally comfortable with the clear-cut "triumph of true lover over random hook-ups" premise. It suits my personality and my history, but I try not to judge based on my own personal leanings.
On the other hand, it is a story about Ash's shift from promiscuous to monogamous through the power of his love for a single other. I can buy that. I wish, however, that his friendship, say, with Ty, had allowed for another viewpoint (unless there's a sequel coming...).
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
For original review see The Prism Book Alliance Blog online
My View – Story:
I love the idea of the idiot’s guide for dating a geek! What a cool concept. The story was well written, well developed, funny, and romantic. I will not go into much detail as Paisley has already written a great review of this story and you can read that on this site. I agree with her assessment and will add that I am hoping these authors will give us more in the guidebook series!
My View – Narration:
This is my first experience with Paul Morey and I must say he is one of the better narrators I have heard in a while. His voice is strong and sure and he differentiates the characters very well. I never had to guess who was speaking. I will be on the lookout for more of his works.
So begins their tentative romance. Ash, in an effort to snag his man, consults "The Party Boy's Guide to Dating a Geek," from which we are able to read excerpts. First thing he does? Watches all 5 Star Wars movies. Ash pursues the skittish Fee with everything he's got. And that's basically the premise of the story.
Geeks, ironically, are right on trend. They're all over the place. So much so, that it's hard to see a "geek" as any sort of a obstacle within the framework of a story. And I had a bit of a problem with that. The title of the book sets it up. But the geekhood is not really that big of a deal. And any other conflict within the story is mild and dealt with quickly. So, while this a cute, fun story that will make you feel good, it doesn't have a lot of depth. I loved both Ash and Fee, and there are some great side characters of whom I"m sure we'll see more of in future installments. It's quirky, it's clever at times, and it's fun. Enjoy it for the light-hearted romp that it is
Interesting characters and an usual plot make for a nice casual enjoyable read. Maybe a little more editing to make the book more compelling, but it works nicely. I actually expected more geek and a little more party boy intensity but as I said, it works.
Update March 20 2014
After reading this for the third time, I finally made the connection. This is/was my story. 36years ago, I was the geek (yah, still am) and I was trying like hell to get a party boy's attention. Yeah, the other way around. I finally got him to look and we've been happily married for 35 years. So, although it took a while (slap forehead) I finally made my life worthwhile and got a lifetime of love and affection. So, I take back my original review and categorically deny I ever wrote it. How could I have missed the lighthearted, amusing and amazing aspects of this wonderful book. Sometimes, you can be too critical and miss a great, quirky and unique book. I also began to love the author's style. MY BAD!
All in all, I enjoyed the book. Kudos for the Princess Bride references. Further, the little excerpts and explanations at the beginning of new chapters were funny and always a joy to read. The authors cameo at the book club was also cute. Pick this up and you won't regret it, just don't expect anything too serious.