• Dearest Milton James

  • By: N.R. Walker
  • Narrated by: Glen Lloyd
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (104 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Malachi Keogh finds himself in a job he neither wanted nor asked for when his father, boss of Sydney’s postal service, sends him to the end of the business line, a.k.a. the Dead Letter Office. Malachi expects it to be tedious and boring, but instead discovers a warehouse with a quirky bunch of misfit co-workers, including a stoic and nerdy boss, Julian Pollard.

Malachi’s intrigued by Julian at first, and he soon learns there’s more to the man than his boring clothes of beige, tan, and brown; a far cry from Malachi’s hot pink, lilac, and electric blue. Where Julian is calm and ordered, Malachi is chaos personified, but despite their outward differences, there’s an immediate chemistry between them that sends Malachi’s head - and heart - into a spin.

To keep his father happy, Malachi needs to keep this job. He also needs to solve the mystery of the pile of old letters that sits in Julian’s office and maybe get to the bottom of what makes Julian tick. Like everything that goes through the mail center, only time will tell if Malachi has found his intended destination or if he’ll find himself returned to sender.

©2021 N.R. Walker (P)2021 N.R. Walker

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enjoyed it

Would I listen to it again: yes
Did the story keep me engaged: yes
Was I invested in the characters: yes

📖 Story comment: Charming story with likeable characters.
**** my comments are kind of spoilery ****
Has all the elements i've come to expect from this author, had me smiling, tugged at my heartstrings, the results of the letters achieved an ending worthy of a hallmark movie and now I want to go work for the dead letter office!

🎧 Narrator comment: Glen Lloyd has done a good job on the narration, he suits the characters, has good cadence, inflections and intonations and it's easy to distinguish the characters from each other.

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📌 Where does it fall on my personal scale? 7
• 1 not my thing • 2 didn't like the narration • 3 didn't keep my attention • 4 was good, but once was enough • 5 enjoyed it • 6 will listen again if i'm in the mood for the narrator [4⭐] • 7 goes on the "re-listen" list [4⭐] • 8 kept me up past bed-time [4.5⭐] • 9 recommended to family/friends [4.75⭐] • 10 own it in multiple formats [5⭐] • 11 keep a copy with me at all times [5⭐]
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Terrific listen

I loved the story, and the audio was great. I hope the novella will be released on audio as well because Glen Lloyd nailed it.

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A Love Story Within a Love Story

What a wonderful story and told by an outstanding narrator!

The author takes the time to establish both main characters - their appearance and their personas - and then gives us a slow-burn romance that takes place during the investigation of a set of lost love letters from the 1970s.

Malachi is out of options as far as his father is concerned and the postmaster assigns his son to the dead letter office in a last-ditch effort to give Malachi another chance. Malachi, a fabulous dresser and outstandingly OTT personality, immediately takes to the job and fits in with the others. He's also very attracted to the very brown (aka very boring) Julian Pollard, his boss. Julian never wears any color other than beige or brown but he has his reasons, as Malachi eventually discovers.

I loved the flirting, the banter, the coworkers' quirky personalities, and most of all I loved the love story surrounding the set of letters found addressed to "Dearest Milton James" in the early seventies. As I write this review, which I was going to give 4 stars, I realize it really is a 5 star experience. Not is the story superb but Glen Lloyd gave it the quirky funny purely Aussie dialogue that was just perfect for the moment and the sweet, romantic, sometimes sad moments surrounding what Malachi assumed was going to be a love story of the past that ended in tragedy.

One must listen to learn what they ultimately found out about the letters. No spoilers here. I'll simply say that for 6 hours of listening pleasure, this book is sure to be a top choice.

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  • 01-17-22

Soooo Good!

Glen Lloyd’s narration just elevated this delightful novel y N.R. Walker, one of my favorite authors. Writing this review on my second listen, and am wiping tears off my cheek while commenting. Really needed a low angst, deliciously sexy, and good humored read. Perfect in every way!

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Sweet, funny and feels for days

My first narration by Glen Lloyd and adored him. Fantastic job brining this modge podge of characters off the page.

I’ve enjoyed the books by this author I have read and this one is a favorite. The heroes are so utterly perfect and the story just warmed my soul. It was a perfect listen for a cold winter day.

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One of the best feel-good stories...

This is one of the best feel good, low angst stories I've read in a long, long time. I could even see this being a movie. I also laughed out loud quite a few times, and I rare L y do that while reading a book. Just an all over great read. Wish the book was longer because I didn't want it to end!

As for the narration, Glen Lloyd is new to me, but boy did he do this story justice. Perfect narration for these characters, and you never had to guess which one was speaking. I'll definitely be following him to listen to more of his narrations for sure.

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Great!

A delightful, moving story and brilliantly read. I first enjoyed the kindle version, and the narration by Glen Lloyd was spot-on! Beautiful.

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I loved this!

There was just the right amount of quirkiness to this story. I loved everything about it and Julian and Malachi were just perfect.

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Oh my hearth with this one❤❤

I'm a fan of NR Walker since I have all her books, I cannot be tired reading her romances books, they are fun, refreshing, full of love and description that made myself wanting travel to Australia. Is one of the authors that I don't mind reviewing. I did like this narrator, first one listening though, he is full of emotions describing the letters and himself as well. You flow easily with the characters, will follow his job from now and on, this particularly he did a marvelous job.Waiting second book, I hope he do the narrative, I like it.

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Sunshine in a book

This book was so sweet I loved every minute of it and got through it so fast. All the characters were a breath of fresh air.

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  • Ronald Betts
  • 12-10-21

Light and funny

Lighthearted story written by N R Walker with her usual whit, it's a lovely story full of romance and fun and the narrator is great. Enjoy.

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  • 12-07-21

3.5 stars

This was a nice book. Didn’t blow me away, and some bits lacked flow and momentum, but there were plenty of charming bits in there as well.

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  • Beezie Reads Romance
  • 03-14-22

Sweet, entertaining

Dearest Milton James was my favourite book of 2021 and Glen Lloyd's narration only adds to it's excellence.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-12-22

love Malachi!

Glen Lloyd is exceptional 👌
can't wait to read Dearest Malachi Keogh 🙏 ❤

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  • The Smut Librarian
  • 01-16-22

So much fun!!

This brilliant laugh out loud, swoony and sweet story is impossible to put down and packed to the covers with memorable characters who feel so real and like your new best friends.
Malachi reminds me of a more flamboyant and filterless blend of Henry and Spencer (from other NR Walker books) and I am positive he (and this book) will become a new favourite to many readers.
If you haven't read NR Walker before - I highly recommend this as a wonderful starter book as it gives you such an insight into her ability to write character connections, an engaging plot as well as all the sweet and swoony romance. Not to mention the frequent giggles you'll get as you read through this unforgettable story.
Glen Lloyd brings these characters to perfect life in his brilliant narration in the audio version - it's not to be missed.

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  • Wide Eyes, Big Ears!
  • 12-17-21

Fun, sassy, sweet - a perfect Aussie romance!

Having been fired from his last job for wearing a protest skirt, Malachi Keogh is pretty sure he won’t last long in his new job with the Dead Letter Office in Alexandria, Sydney. Instead, he becomes enamoured with the job, the staff, and his cute older, beige-wearing boss, Julian Pollard. Julian has a set of historic dead love letters in his office addressed to Dearest Milton James and he invites Malachi to help him reunite the letters with their writer. This feel-good romance is thoroughly enjoyable: the workings of the Dead Letter Office are fun and the mysterious letters are moving and interesting. NR Walker does a good line in sassy main characters and Malachi is a ray of unapologetic snarky sunshine. There’s no angst, no character missteps, and yet it’s not schmaltzy or saccharine-sweet either, thanks to Malachi’s smart mouth balanced against Julian’s measured tones. Australian audio narrator Glenn Lloyd is a champion, he hits every Aussie note perfectly, and his enthusiastic character voicing is a total joy.