Written by Mariana Zapata
Narrated by Callie Dalton
Slow Burn. I believe this book is the very definition of it. Sixteen sweet full hours of Vanessa Mazur and the Wall of Winnipeg finding their way towards each other.
Now, for a while there, in the beginning, I wasn’t sure whether this love story would work for me. The Wall of Winnipeg – Aiden – is not a likable man. At all. For a very long time, there is really nothing redeeming about him. I have had my share of dealings with uncommunicative men who are brusk and don’t seem to care for anyone around them and it’s something I don’t find particularly appealing – or can forgive. Of course, there’s the inner huntress who says “Come on, you can change him!” But how realistic is that really? And how do you know whether it is worth it?
I was wondering about all these things while listening to Aiden being a dick by actually saying dick-ish things or by not saying anything at all when it would have been a good time for a “Good Morning!” or “Thank you!”.
But again, this is 16 hours of audiobook. That’s a whole lot of time for Aiden to come around. BUT…. just when you think “now it’s happening, IT’S HAPPENING”
Vanessa, so wonderfully portrayed by Callie Dalton who also narrated Lingus, is a thoroughly awesome heroine. She has goals, she has feelings, she is relatable. She is my new book-girlfriend! And while I might not have been a fan of Aiden at the beginning, I was instantly a fan of hers. Mariana Zapata has chosen the perfect narrator for her heroines with Callie Dalton. She’s a bit sassy, a bit funny and a whole lot likable. It’s easy to listen to her for hours on end because of her fantastic, captivating intonation and voices.
I will definitely listen to more audiobooks of this narrator and author pair. And I wholeheartedly recommend them to you, too. Mariana Zapata doesn’t go for stereotypes. Aiden, who is an alpha through and through, is not at all a man-whore (and while I’m not judging anyone for their sexual choices, the stereotypical alpha who slept his way all over town just gets kind of boring). She also includes a fair share of diversity in her stories which is something I feel strongly about.
So, bottom line: start listening to The Wall of Winnipeg and Me!