Melinda and I are Cara Bastone fan girls so I thought it would be fun for us to do a joint review of Bastone’s latest release- Call Me Maybe, An Audible Original.
Kini: The whole premise is that Vera, the female main character, calls tech support and starts an hours long call with Cal, the male main character. I love these kinds of set ups.
When I first started this story I wasn’t sure I was going to love the male narrator’s voice. It was stronger and deeper than I had imagined. But after like two minutes I was into it. Almost the whole time I was listening I was smiling.
Melinda: I listen to a large amount of audiobooks so I’m comfortable saying I am a good judge when I’m listening. The production value of this one enhanced the experience so much! There’s a mix of texts, calls, and ambient sounds that truly set the background scene and combined with the two excellent narrators made me fall in love with it even more.
The narration was so good it made me overlook a few minor things with the plot that otherwise I may have focused on too much. There’s a misunderstanding that goes on for a long time that maybe would have bothered me more. But the romance between Cal and Vera is just ridiculously sweet.
Kini: Like Melinda mentioned, the production was top notch. I am not a super user of audio books but the sounds stood out. You could hear things like traffic, the phone ringing, a cat :) It was all quite lovely and really pulled me into the whole story. I felt very invested in Vera and Cal and their HEA. I also agree that the misunderstanding goes on for a long time. I too was forgiving of it due to my overall enjoyment of the story.
Melinda: My favorite plot detail is the way Cal gently pushed against Vera’s negative thinking about herself or, at the very least, the way her family thinks about her. I found this extremely relatable and believable. Vera’s character arc is really well done and I was so invested in their HEA.
Kini: YES!! Cal was awesome at getting Vera to reframe negative thoughts. It felt like Cal was very much a caretaker. I also enjoyed how there was some insight into the next story.
Melinda: Basically, at this point I’m ready to read anything Cara Bastone writes!
Kini: Same. Her books are going on my list of favorite things for 2020.