Waiting for the Flood, by Alexis Hall
Series: A Spires Story (Stand-Alone)
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date Book: February 23, 2015
Narrated by Alexander Doddy
Release Date Audio: May 23, 2016
Book Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Audio Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
People come as well as go.
Twelve years ago, Edwin Tully came to Oxford and fell in love with a boy named Marius. He was brilliant. An artist. It was going to be forever.
Two years ago, it ended.
Now Edwin lives alone in the house they used to share. He tends to damaged books and faded memories, trying to build a future from the fragments of the past.
Then the weather turns, and the river spills into Edwin’s quiet world, bringing with it Adam Dacre from the Environment Agency. An unlikely knight, this stranger with roughened hands and worn wellingtons, but he offers Edwin the hope of something he thought he would never have again.
As the two men grow closer in their struggle against the rising waters, Edwin learns he can’t protect himself from everything—and sometimes he doesn’t need to try.
I’ve read this wonderful book twice by now and I was so thrilled to get the chance to listen to it as well when it came out earlier this year as an audio book, and to get it out of the way, I think the narrator did such an amazing job with this book and I think it fit perfectly.
This is the story of my life: standing on the edges of things and worrying, when I’m supposed to just walk through them.
Waiting for the Flood basically makes me feeeeeel. It’s a book to snuggle up with when you need a hug, when you want something quiet, something that will make you happy. It’s like the fluffiest of blankest with a cuppa tea and some dark chocolate to go with. It’s pure comfort and just beautiful.
To get you into the mood and to get an idea of the narrator’s voice, you could listen to these two short clips. They are part of one scene and follow directly after one another.
This scene made me smile so much and it gets even better, I think. You can also hear that the narrator does Edwin’s stutter rather endearingly and not at all annoying.
I also think that the quietness of the story is very well transported via the lovely and calm narration. I really think that it actually enhanced the tender vibe of this love story. I will probably re-listen and less re-read in the future.
Do you know why Alexis is my favourite author? In my experience, it all comes down to two things: his ability to see life and humanity, capture it, and bring it on page for us to experience, and his use of language to underline it. These two aspects on its own are already great and valuable, but combined, they take my breath away. Highly recommended!
Alexis Hall was born in the early 1980s and still thinks the 21st century is the future. To this day, he feels cheated that he lived through a fin de siècle but inexplicably failed to drink a single glass of absinthe, dance with a single courtesan, or stay in a single garret.
He did the Oxbridge thing sometime in the 2000s and failed to learn anything of substance. He has had many jobs, including ice cream maker, fortune teller, lab technician, and professional gambler. He was fired from most of them.
He can neither cook nor sing, but he can handle a 17th century smallsword, punts from the proper end, and knows how to hotwire a car.
He lives in southeast England, with no cats and no children, and fully intends to keep it that way.