• Husband Material

  • London Calling, Book 2
  • By: Alexis Hall
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (655 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In Boyfriend Material, Luc and Oliver met, pretended to fall in love, fell in love for real, dealt with heartbreak and disappointment and family and friends...and somehow figured out a way to make it work. Now it seems like everyone around them is getting married, and Luc's feeling the social pressure to propose. But it'll take more than four weddings, a funeral, and a bowl full of special curry to get these two from "I don't know what I'm doing" to "I do". 

Good thing Oliver is such perfect Husband Material.

©2022 Alexis Hall (P)2022 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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I wanted better.

i was expecting better. Ending ruined it for me. Reoccurring issues also weren't the best.

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A hefty, vegan, nothingburger of a book

If it weren’t for Joe Jameson, this would have a fully egregious endeavor. He is an incredibly gifted voice talent and a delightful narrator. But even he could not make this book palatable.

Let’s establish one thing first, I LOVED Boyfriend Material. I have listened to it more than once and bought the printed version too. I was excited for this book and pre-ordered from Amazon. The day it arrived I saw that the audiobook was also available. I wasted no time buying it.

Then I started. I would say that I will avoid spoilers to not give away the plot - but there’s not really a plot.
Maybe that’s a bit harsh, but it feels like a series of loosely connected stories that only make sense because we met all the significant characters involved here in the first book. The main thing to know going in is that two years have passed since the conclusion of the first book.

Perhaps my biggest problem is that Lucien is relatively insufferable for much of the story. Oliver isn’t too far behind. They have an ongoing disagreement/conflict/nonsense that has them on the verge for the entire book. It is exhausting.

We wait an incredibly long time to interact with Lucien’s parents, same for Oliver’s parents. Lucien’s mother was a delight in the first book and she is missed - quite underutilized in the second.

This issue is the entire book is literally four weddings and a funeral. Five independent stories that do not, in my opinion, constitute a plot. Each wedding attended has its owns trials and tribulations that are mostly tiresome. Especially when cloaked in the ongoing argument between our two guys. One of the loose stories is beautifully written, reminiscent of the first book. But it comes quite late in the book and did not save the overall experience for me.

Keep in mind there is no obstacle to the guys getting married. Not culturally or legally. This is my complaint about the “plot”, such as it is. Both guys in book one had their own demons, and their relationship bloomed from how they helped each grow. There’s very little of that present in this book, and I found the ending a complete letdown. Missed opportunities abound.

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So many mixed feelings

It gives me absolutely no pleasure to write this about an author that I so adore, but I don't think I have ever been so profoundly disappointed with the ending of a book. It felt contrived, unearned and untrue to the characters. I can only think the choice was to subvert expectations, but it felt like an "idea" being imposed onto a shape that didn't fit it. Boyfriend Material has quickly become one of my all time favorites and I will continue with the story because I do enjoy the author and I'm invested in the characters, but I will approach the third book with a great deal more trepidation and a good deal less anticipation. Hopefully the time between now and its publishing will remove some of the sting. I have read Boyfriend Material, in audio and print, an embarrassing number of times since it was first published. I hope that Father Material can bring things back around for me, but I know that I will never, ever, listen to this book again. Or, if I do, I will stop at chapter 39.

For the record, 95% of the book is truly lovely and the narration is absolutely masterful, but the ending just about wiped away all good will I had going in.

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Disappointed and Devastated

I am just devastated I enjoyed the 1st book so much and was excited to see where there story took them and where it took them was down a road of utter trash and the ending was by far thee most unfortunate and disappointing story ending I have ever heard. DO BETTER......

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What the what?

The first book made me laugh aloud. It was sad at times, funny at others, but it built up something wonderful. This one caused me frustration and irritation to the last word. That's 12+ hours of my life I can never get back. It's a shame. I could've spent that time doing something wonderful...not...this.

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Disappointed

Performance by the narrator, Great! The story, not so much.
You know those books where you are like “ yeah, this is pretty good”, then the ending comes and it turns to “nope. Just now I just feel like I wasted my time.” This is one of them.

I am new to Alexis Hall and was a fan of the first book of this series “Boyfriend Material”. Unfortunately, I am not a fan of this one, especially the ending. It feels that I pretty much just wasted my time with the first 90% of the book and could have just finished the last 10% and would have gotten the same out of it. Which sadly means I probably won’t be reading/listening to anything else by this author.

If you like the first book, I would recommend ending it there. It was way better.

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A+ performance, storyline left me disappointed.

I absolutely hate to write this because Boyfriend Material is one of my favorite books of all time but Husband Material did not live up to my expectations in any way. I understood that there were character arcs and morals to be had but I didn't feel any form of comfort or resolution from them in the end. Boyfriend Material had me in fits of tears and laughter throughout the entire thing. While I got a chuckle hear and there from Husband Material, I was mostly given anxiety from this plot. If you have read Boyfriend Material & are considering reading Husband Material, I might suggest skipping this sequel.

With all that being said, Joe Jameson did a fantastic job with narrating.

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WARNING: If you loved “Boyfriend Material,” this might NOT be the book for you.

The first book of the series, “Boyfriend Material,” is my absolute favorite audio book. It’s quippy, well written, with complete, fully flushed out, 3-dimensional characters. To top it off, Joe Jameson’s performance is an absolute top notch interpretation. All combined, it has led me to re-listen to the first book many timesover, often leading to full out belly chuckles and “all the good feels.”

I originally started to write a scathing review of “Husband Material,” but it’s much easier to criticize art than to create it. So I think it better to write the warning I wish I would have had before listening to the sequel.

WRANING OF THINGS THAT SADDENED ME ABOUT “HUSBAND MATERIAL”:
1. The entire book is conflict. The happy, feel-good moments are few and far between.

2. The resolve is saved for only the last few minutes of the book. It happens so briefly and late that the happy chemicals barely release in your body.

3. Luc is a worse emotional version of himself for the majority of the book, and Oliver is allowed to be painted as the one in the wrong over and over again.

4. You never see Luc’s actions or outward dialogue show that he is learning. He repeatedly states something along the lines of, “I should say this, but I’m a horrible person, so instead, I’ll say something that’s horrible.”

4. So. Much. Self. Loathing.

5. Like the sequel to “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” this book tries to take some of the funniest and cutest moments from the original, and create new versions of them. Instead of paying homage to these moments, they just come across as trite, unoriginal, and only slightly humorous.

Would I have listened to “Husband Material“ had I read this warning? Probably. I didn’t know there was going to be a sequel, and I was delighted to be surprised by one. I adore the characters and Joe’s portrayal of them.

But in the end, I’m just sad at how this book plays out, and I wish there could be a do-over.

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Prolonged Dissatisfaction

This audiobook is 13 hours of unnecessary words. I was very disappointed in the sequel to the original. There are several foreshadows of the lackluster ending throughout the book.

The conversations between Lucian and Oliver are juvenile at best, especially regarding their feelings, and very boring and unrealistic communication arc for two men entering their 30’s.

Seemed like a lot of random story arcs thrown together to create a hodgepodge of roadblocks for a doomed weeding.

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Read book one and pretend this was never written.

Ending ruined it for me! Felt like being forcibly retconned and being told I'm supposed to be happy about it.

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  • ashley Horton
  • 08-09-22

Meh

After absolutely loving boyfriend material seeing there was a sequel I was so happy. However this book is a mess. It’s all over the place in a will they won’t they kind of way and not in the fun kind. I found myself feeling let down after the first book made it into my top 10 of all time. I let myself read a few chapters a day as I really wanted to savour it and now I wish I hadn’t bothered. It’s a no from me. However Joe Jameson was brill again.

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  • Alex Waugh
  • 08-16-22

Meandering and mopey

An okay continuation from the first book and well narrated, but the plot mostly consists of the characters moping around having exhausting emotional crises. The dialogue is often strange to the point of not being especially believable.

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  • jack d.
  • 08-20-22

mixed but negative feelings

i loved the first one and probably listened to it 3 times in a row when i first got it and started loving this one, but the way it progresses and how certain characters are wrote just slowly soured my taste to it, the mildly annoying colleagues all got on my nerves except the professor though she rarely talks, and the introduction of Luc's ex and new fiancé seemed important but after their wedding they are never seen again. the build up to the ending was actually getting good and i enjoyed the character growth with both Luc and Oliver then the ending just generally ruined it all for me, so long story short i shall pretend that its a single book series.. as I suggest you do.. (great performance by Joe though)

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  • BevS
  • 08-13-22

Another very impressive performance from Joe...

THREE stars for the story, but FIVE stars without a doubt for Joe Jameson's amazing narration once again. I really do not have enough superlatives for how brilliant his two narrations so far have been in this series.

The story seemed to lag at times, and Luc just got on my very last nerve [again]; for the life of me, I still can't understand what Oliver sees in him. He behaves like a spoiled little child having a tantrum, in fact I could definitely see him throwing his toys out of his pram when he was younger. So what if Oliver doesn't want to be as 'out' as you are Luc? It's not a competition, it's surely a question of personal choice and he's chosen to be far more understated in his 'gayness', but that doesn't mean that he isn't gay...and of course as far as his profession is concerned, he probably needs to keep things under wraps and tone things down, you know on the 'DL'...you've heard of that phrase I'm assuming Mr O'Donnell? Perhaps not, you're not really interested in what anyone else feels or thinks, you're too full of yourself.

Luc didn't seem to do any 'growing up' in this story as far as I'm concerned, but I was extremely impressed with Oliver and the way he told his father to go f**k himself. Yay!! Both of his parents were definitely homophobic and very opinionated, with outdated beliefs that were obviously very suitable for the toffs at the local Conservative club...but in this day and age? Definitely not. People like that need a few lessons in tolerance and acceptance. This isn't the British Empire anymore and the sooner you lot get those ideas out of your heads, the better.

I still love Joe's 'Odile' accent and his 'Rhys Jones Bowen'. Unfortunate that we had to catch up with Justice Mayhew cos that nasty old bigot would definitely be one of the first up against the wall when that inevitable revolution comes, and of course, the less said about Luc's 'sperm donor' the better, he really isn't worth the page space IMHO.

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  • Agvas
  • 08-09-22

Enchanting addition to the series

Sweet, witty and incredibly performed by Joe, the story of Oliver and Lucien just got better. Great addition and I was pleasantly surprised there will be more to come!

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  • Danski H
  • 08-03-22

Brilliant performance, hilarious story

A huge shout out to the narrator who absolutely MAKES this audiobook. All the characterisations were next level.
The story was laugh out loud funny… although wearing in parts.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-28-22

I loved it.

I wish the 3rd book was out already. I need it so bad. love this series. love the characters, the couple. just love it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-27-22

Love the Characters, Fantastic Narration

Loved getting to spend more time with Luc and Oliver, Joe Jameson incredible narration again I honestly forget its one guy doing so many differing voices, he captures the characters so well

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  • Ross James Mayes
  • 09-25-22

Disappointing

It's just a shame that there's no character development of Luke at all. Maybe I just missed it, but he just behaves like an arse all the time with no conscious or consequence.
Oliver on the other hand develops beautifully in this book.

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  • Jenny Vidler
  • 08-30-22

kind of derailed

So....i loved Boyfriend Material. it was witty and charming and cheeky. but, this book kind of was a let down.

There was almost no cute romantic scenes, and focused more of how the characters navigated through big life events. The tone of the story just changed and i wish there would have been a better balance of the two styles in both books rather than the first being all fun and flirty and the second book being a bit more serious.

The only thing that remained constant was the core characterization of Luke and Oliver, although, i did think in some ways that they acted out of character in this book.

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  • Rebecca Herbert
  • 09-24-22

I know there’s only so many stories…

I know there’s only so many stories that can be told, but honestly this is just Four Weddings and a Funeral with gay protagonists. I loved the first book, but this one wasn’t satisfying trash, it was just trash. Oliver’s uncharacteristic character development was one of my biggest bug bears, but the ending?!? My goodness I wish I hadn’t stayed up late listening to the end of it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-13-22

Terrible

Only listened to 2 min before deleting it. Should’ve sampled first What a waste of money.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-22

Surprise

This lovely book absolutely took me by surprise. Looking hot “something” to read and found this . In my head I pictured Jon Snow. Loved it !

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  • Jo-ann K. Lerner
  • 09-10-22

Great Book

I loved this book. I wish I had read the previous but it still made sense as a stand alone. It was funny, entertaining and voices fit the characters- j hope there are more to come

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  • Bridget
  • 09-09-22

Love it

Love this story
And Boyfriend material
I hope there’s a Father material one day (please)

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  • Book.it.to.me
  • 09-04-22

Perfection!

Alexis Hall continues to amaze me with funny, articulate, clever and obsessively engaging dialogue! I absolutely love Luc & Oliver and their whole world. Joe Jameson does a perfect job of narrating!

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  • lee desouza
  • 08-19-22

Smiling

Loved it - I'm a huge fan of Lucian & Oliver
The narrator has become one of my favorites & I can't imagine the book without these voices.

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  • William
  • 08-17-22

Good performance ok story

Ending could of been better otherwise the story was good and had some fun moments.

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  • Frankie
  • 08-13-22

Angsty 4 weddings and a funeral wannabe.

Tiresome listen. Only redeeming feature was the narrator. I'm disappointed as I enjoyed Boyfriend Material so much.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-09-22

unconventional, realistic, funny and swoonworthy

These books are truly brilliant.
Had me laughing out loud, seriously contemplating the issues raised and had me holding my breath at times. Love these characters, Such a beautiful representation of a real unconventional loving relationship, the story is so relatable!
Fantastic narration.

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