The Impossible Us

Books on Tape. Mar. 2022. 13:02 hrs. ISBN 9780593551981. $95. F
Lotz’s (Missing Person) latest offering is a treat for listeners looking for romance with a side of science fiction and fantasy. This meet-cute romance follows freelance editor Nick Belcher and dressmaker Bee Davies who meet when Nick’s angry email rant mistakenly lands in Bee’s inbox. What follows is a seemingly familiar romance, until Nick and Bee decide to meet in person, and they realize that the universe has literally stacked the deck against them. This audio, skillfully narrated by Olivia Dowd and Clifford Samuel, is the story of surmounting impossible odds in the name of love. It is both charming and hopeful, without being saccharine. Dowd and Samuel capture the characters’ witty repartee and their tragically deep connection. The chemistry between the narrators is undeniable and will stick with listeners long after the story’s close. The audio’s only drawback is that much of Nick and Bee’s communication is conducted via email, and the repetitive reading of the email addresses grows tiresome.
VERDICT A highly enjoyable story of genuine connection, with a lovely, genre-bending twist.
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