• Saving Sunflower

  • The Sun Series, Book 1
  • By: Rae Lyse
  • Narrated by: Morae Brehon, Leon Nixon
  • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (129 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Dominic DeBlanc is a wayward street hustler and part-time rapper constantly running from a past that haunts him.

With a bleak outlook on life, he finds himself teetering between two worlds - a seedy one where he’s not guaranteed to see his 22nd birthday, and a promising one that might bring him recognition for his talent.

After a chance encounter with a peculiar waitress, he finds himself engulfed in a friendship he never knew he needed. However, his complex life and reckless decisions challenge their already complicated bond....

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Not what I expected

Overall,, the story took off slow and it stayed there for awhile. The female narrator was not great for the characters she played.

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Perfect

I enjoyed this audiobook so much. The story has all the feels. The narration was the icing on the cake. Excellent!

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really enjoyed!!!!

i read this book awhile ago and I was excited to listen to the audio version!! I was not disappointed, my only issue was the female narrator voiced the women with a country southern accent, i get the characters are from the south but her voice became a little distracting. other than that I loved it!!

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Great, but not so great.

This book was phenomenal from start to finish, but the narrators could have been better. I found myself falling asleep a few times because of the performance of the narrators. The voices they portrayed were not of today’s normal Atlanta Georgia “hood” type people.

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Loved the story but the narrators...

This story is actually pretty good. The problem is the narrators. Their voices don't fit how young the characters are, and how street/thug the male character is, I couldn't feel them. Don't get me wrong, Morae & Leon do very well most times but not this time. Jakobi Diem or Benjamin Charles and Wesleigh Siobhan or Nicole Small would have killed this. Authors really need to know that the narrators make a difference.

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Awesome!!

This is an amazing story! The narrators and their narration is EVERYTHING! Very enjoyable to listen to!

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Great story but...

I loved the story and the characters. The audio book needs better narrators. I'm from the South and I don't know any black people that sound like the female narrator. The male narrator spoke so slowly that I almost fell asleep. Great story though!

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Why Does the Female Narrator Have THAT Accent?

Let me just say that I was wrong, so very wrong. Let me explain.

I purchased this ebook on October 14, 2020 because of the cover alone. It was so gorgeous I couldn’t not have it in my collection. I then saw the author at the Atlanta Kick Back in June of 2021 and purchased the paperback, because once again it was just a beautiful cover. However I continued to put off reading this book because I was intimidated by the page count of over 400.

Fast forward to January 2022 when I finally dove into this masterfully written slow burn read of young love. I feel like I cheated myself out of the wonder that was held in these pages by continuing to put it off. Don’t be like me. Take the time to read or listen to the tale of Claudette (Clo) and Dominic's (Nic) journey into adulthood and love.

This is Rae Lyse’s first published work and her pen isn't to be played with!! 5 Stars for the story itself. Now as for the narration the male narrator was fine but the female narrator was borderline offensive as a person that was not only raised in the southeast but someone that grow up in metro Atlanta it was a lot with the accent. Very distracting so much so that I stopped going to the narration of the story during her readings to avoid the "southern" accent she put on. I believe she is coming back for the 3rd installment of the series my hope is that the accent is not has pronounced. Over all the performance was a 3 star because of it.

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  • 03-27-22

Deep and Dark

This book was dark; contained a lot of deep topics encountered in life. It was also pretty lengthy but based on previous reviews, is needed to build the foundation for Book 2 in the series. The main female character sounded like Whitley from Different World; not very fond of this voice and especially male voices from Morae. Leon did a good job with main male character. On to the next book!

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  • 03-05-22

Loved the Story

I'd already read this book, but I wanted to experience the audio version. I was a bit disappointed with the narration because the dialect of the characters did not seem to match their setting. The delivery was actually off-putting at times, which is sad because it is an excellent story.

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