• Scrap Metal

  • By: Harper Fox
  • Narrated by: Sean Gormley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,075 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Is there room for love in a heart full of secrets? One year ago, before Fate took a wrecking ball to his life, Nichol was happily working on his doctorate in linguistics. Now he's hip deep in sheep, mud, and collies. His late brother and mother had been well-suited to life on Seacliff Farm. Nichol? Not so much.

As lambing season progresses in the teeth of an icy north wind, the last straw is the intruder Nichol catches in the barn. He says his name is Cam, and he’s on the run from a Glasgow gang. Something about the young man's tired resignation touches Nichol deeply, and instead of giving him the business end of a shotgun, he offers Cam a blanket and a place to stay. Somehow, Cam quickly charms his way through Nichol's defenses and into his heart. Even his grandfather takes to the cheeky city boy, whose hard work and good head for figures help set the farm back on its feet. As the cold Scottish springtime melts into summer, Nichol finds himself falling in love. When tragedy strikes, Cam's resolutely held secret is finally revealed and Nichol must face the truth. He's given his heart away, and it’s time to pay the price.

©2012 Harper Fox (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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  • Categories: LGBTQ+

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A True Love Story...

As the story unfurled, I could actually see that this story could have been true. My heart went out to Nichol (Nicky) right from the start. Having to give up so much in order to do what he believed was the right thing and then once giving up his life, the person showed little to no appreciation for the sacrifice. Nicky certainly deserved a bit of happiness...enter Cam. Their story is unique in that their past decisions continued to influence the direction of their lives. I smiled, laughed, recoiled, and cried at various aspects of the story. A well-written love story and the narrator, Sean Gormley did an excellent job bringing the characters a live in my imagination. A definite recommend...

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A great bit of optimism

I didn't really think I'd like this so much. The set up and story description sounded like it might have been a big pile of cliché. But the characters (main & others) are just memorable. I listened to the whole thing in one go.

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Great story and a great narrator

What a wonderful experience all around; great story and a great narrator. Harper Fox is a fantastic writer. She can weave a story around a place and make you feel like you are really there. Also, the MCs in this story are deep and rich with emotion. I really felt for Nickel as he tries to do right by a grandfather who doesn’t fully appreciate him. His acceptance of always being 2nd best is heartbreaking. And the joy Cam brings to his and his grandfather’s life is just so well done. The narrator is spot on in lending authenticity with his Scottish brogue and deep rich voice. He does a great job with the distinctive voices of the characters. Definitely worth a credit.

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Can't Say Enough Great Things About This One

The "too long, didn't read" version of this review is that I want everyone to experience this audiobook for both its SUPERB story and narration.

After writing that line, I really don't know how long I'm going to make this review. That is the nutshell version. However, I will attempt to put down something a little more detailed.

First, don't let the length deter you. It doesn't feel like 12 hours+. The story is so engaging that it felt effortless to get through. Second, if you're not in the right frame of mind to listen to a Scottish accent, wait for that time. I was in a bit of the wrong frame of mind when I first began this, and within a minute, I knew my brain wasn't ready to process a voice I wasn't used to hearing. The next time I started it up, I was ready and happy to listen to Sean Gormley's amazing narration.

Scrap Metal is equal parts inner journey, family drama, romance, and crime thriller. Maybe not completely equal, but all those elements are in there, and they are handled with Harper Fox's deft hand. Both Nichol and Cam, the main characters of Scrap Metal, go on a journey of self, working on healing. With Nichol and Nichol's grandfather working through their grief at lost family as well as a lifetime of habits and lack of communication, the reader is taken on a journey as poignant as that of the romance. Nichol and Cam's romance is a joy to behold. Young lovers are supposed to feel like they're the only people who've been in love, and this story makes you feel like that's true. It's handled in such an eloquent, honest way that even when it's full of "hearts and flowers," it feels so right. The crime thriller part of the story is interwoven from the first moment Nichol finds Cam in his barn hiding away. It lends an undercurrent to the whole story because we wait for that other shoe to drop, whether consciously or unconsciously. All the elements that make up this book are top shelf. A truly wonderful contemporary. It will pull at your heart in many ways.

One last element that brings a note of the Scottish lands (besides the settings itself) is the feeling Nichol and Cam get that there is something otherworldly in the air at times. I adored this aspect, which was small but essential.

As for the narration of Scrap Metal, Sean Gormley didn't have one misstep, not even a slight falter for a nanosecond. Every person was imbued not only with a distinctive and appropriate voice, they were performed to perfection in cadence, volume, and emotion. I never wondered who I was listening to or what they were feeling. I loved the authentic (to my untrained ear) voices of Scotland and especially hearing the passages in Gaelic. A true treat.

I loved these characters (including wonderful side characters) - their complexities of mind and heart and action - and experiencing them with Sean Gormley's talent makes this a hands-down winner.

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Just a great story of struggle and romance!

This is essentially a story about 3 men and their struggles with life and society they find themselves in and their need for love. I found for some reason this book a little hard to get into at first. Maybe it was the narrator's accent, which once you get into it I realized instead of being a reason not to listen to the book it was one of the reason to listen it. I just loved the author's descriptions of the land, the culture and the struggle the characters are all going through in their lives. Survival is surely a prominent emotion here.

The book is just full of emotion, but it is not the type of emotions that made me cry, but the emotions that make you know that you are alive, though life is a struggle, that struggle has meaning and raw power, a hidden purpose. As a gay romance, this one is surely different. It is powerful and it is a story once you get into it you want to pursue it, because you soon understand the truth that each man is being driven by and I at least had to honor that truth by witnessing it.

It soon became a book I could not stop listening to but at the same time it grieved me knowing that soon it would be over and then once that happened the three men I learned to love and care for would be gone from my life. Surely a book I will listen to again and again and each time gain a little more insight of what the author is trying to express to me, the listener.

To me this story honors the magical love that only men can feel between each other. The power and the joy of it. Passion is everywhere in this story and it carried me along, almost making me addicted to it. I have this same passion deep within me and that passion has surely kept me alive and allowed me to endure pain and lost in my life that I felt I never could survive. This story to me spoke to my own passions, and thus honored my life struggles in doing so.

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Give this 30 minutes and you'll be hooked.

Okay I'm ashamed to admit that the first few chapters seemed dumb. I stopped listening and selected other new downloads by Jay Bell. I came back to this book and gave it 30 minutes and I was hooked. I stayed up overnight to listen to ever minute. This story is not just a romance, it's a suspense a drama and a little bit of a gay highlander story. Its just bloody well written. Definitely worth a credit.

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Just get this book. You won't be sorry.

Incredible narrator. Riveting story. Characters you ache for, cheer for, and want to thump up side the head. Long story that definitely delivers its share of emotional punches, but I'm so glad I purchased this book.

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Good story, bad verbal interpretation.

The narrator focuses so hard on doing the accent that he neglects the intonation that accent uses, so every sentence sounds exactly the same.

Also, he's DEFINITIVELY doing a bad Irish accent. The people are Scottish. The story is set in Scotland. It's just very....distracting. The reason it's so much of a problem is BECAUSE of the emphasis the narrator puts on the accent. Intonation and differentiation between voices is sacrificed for attention to the accent, but the accent is wrong.

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Sean Gormley brings this book to life

I'm not going to pick apart the plot points - it is a work of fiction in the end. Sean Gormley bring this book to life - in the beginning he makes it feel heart breaking, the end if life affirming and joyous. A really good book, expertly coloured by a superb narrator.

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Pleasantly surprised. A jewel for a jaded gay man.

My jaded gay self really enjoyed this audio book. 😝 It was a guilty pleasure I had no intention of revealing to anyone but I now feel compelled to champion it.

I don't really identify as a 'ropeless homantic' but this love story really touched me. I honestly thought it would be some eyerolling cheesy escapism. Like a M2M Mills and Boon whatnot, but I can only recall laughing and shaking my head once. And that's mostly because, as I said, I'm jaded.

I downloaded it because it was free on my subscription and I had a week before my next credit was due - I'm so glad I did.

It was sweet and had real moments that struck a chord. Harper Fox really paints an endearing picture of gay love, albeit somewhat idealistic. She gets the male to male intimacy technical details down too. I was well impressed.

Don't be put off by the trashy title and image, it is well written and though it does get quite steamy and graphic at times (aunty Bruce recommends earphones), it also has substance and gave my bitter little heart a flutter here and there. Her imagery and attention to detail is first class.

Your first Audible book is on the house if you'd like to give it a test drive. After a day of reading, writing and editing with a critical eye I found this a great way to put my feet up and relax.

I hope it brings you the joy and titillation it did me.

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  • Nathan
  • 02-16-15

Great story.

I really enjoyed the subtle, romantic and sometimes deep story line.

The few main characters are very likeable and you will soon get captivated within there web.

I now want to live on a Scottish farm ^^

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-14-21

The accents are terrible!

That aside I enjoyed this. But seriously, they were supposed to be Scottish not Irish and if you can't even do a Brummie accent......?

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  • Mac
  • 12-26-20

An excellent story beautifully performed.

This has to be one of the best readings and performance of any audiobook I have had the pleasure of listening to. Sean Gormley is masterly.
The book is beautifully written. A fascinating story. Another excellent novel by Harper Fox
Thank you.

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  • Kilian
  • 08-17-20

great story, beautifully written, not so good narr

Another beautiful Harper Fox story. The characters are beautifully sculpted and the relationships just intriguing all the way through, plenty of intrigue and romance. The narration left a lot to be desired with inappropriate tones.and and timings. Still didn't spoil the great book

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  • JWP
  • 01-15-17

Enjoyed the Story

Good story line as well as being well read here on Audible, and enjoying the Gay.country romance.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-03-22

terrible narration

So hard to imagine the young, SCOTTISH islander when he was given the voice of a middle aged IRISHMAN!

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  • Claire
  • 07-31-22

Bad narration

Was so excited to listen to this but I just couldn’t go on after one chapter. As a Scottish person I just couldn’t get passed the main character being a young Scottish man but being narrated being an older man with an Irish accent. So off putting.

Maybe I’ll read the book….

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  • Cleif ap Glan
  • 07-28-22

Eilean Arainn

A splendid story, engaging from the outset. The author’s use of pathetic fallacy and the integrity of the character development would have made my old English teacher beam like the summer sun on Arran.
The description of the island is entrancing and the depiction of sheep farm life enlightening.
The narration is outstanding and the narrator’s pacing consummate. ‘Tis grand to hear the Gaelic, too.
Tapadh leibh 😊

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  • sweetdreams
  • 06-23-22

It took some time(chapters) to warm up….

The story of Harry, Cam and Nichol didn’t got to me direct from page one.
The first around two chapters I was always thinking, if I would get the connection to my first Harper Fox publication…..
My biggest surprise was at around half of the book masters when I realised, the author is a female writer….
And here one of my 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 reason:
Harper Fox told the entire story, in the joyful, sad and highly erotic moments not one word using to let me think oh yeah, that’s typical female attempt to write about gay love and sex.
I had to stop listing when I was in public, because the wild, intimate and very much boner growing in no time parts have touched me very much….a very good and erotic audiobook.
Thank you….

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  • Sam
  • 05-11-22

captivating

loved this story, was a great listen, really well written and narrated couldn't stop listening