• They Told Me I Was Everything

  • The First Quarto, Book 1
  • By: Gregory Ashe
  • Narrated by: J.F. Harding
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (122 ratings)

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They Told Me I Was Everything

By: Gregory Ashe
Narrated by: J.F. Harding
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Publisher's Summary

Auggie is starting his first year at Wroxall College. It’s a punishment, and he’s determined to make his way through the year, prove himself, and earn the right to go back home. 

Theo is a grad student recovering from a terrible car accident. He’s lost his husband and their daughter, and he’s trying to figure out how to keep going. 

When both are tangled up in a murder, though, they have to set their personal problems aside and work together — first to clear their names, and then, when the killer turns his attention on them, to survive. 

But what might really kill them is finishing a seminar together on King Lear.

©2020 Gregory Ashe (P)2020 Gregory Ashe

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One-click purchase!

I couldn’t have been more surprised and excited when I saw JF Harding was narrating a Gregory Ashe book. I one clicked this book so fast. One thing that I appreciate about Gregory Ashe’s book is his broken imperfect men. Theo who is grieving over the loss of his husband and daughter by drinking the pain away. Auggie who is trying to find who he really is when he’s not acting his social media personality. This was a new take on investigation, they are not police or private detectives. Just student & grad student solving crime through deductive reasoning. It was really exciting to see one familiar face and another side of the Wahredua (nefarious) Police Department. This book is a set up for (hopefully) Auggie and Theo’s relationship. If you are hoping for a quick romance and relationship you will be disappointed. Gregory Ashe keeps his crown and title of King of the Slow Burn. I feel like we’ll have to tuck in and wait to see how long Gregory will tease us with their relationship. I cannot wait for the next. JF Harding has to be one of my favorite narrators. He has such great voice. Between Gregory’s words and JF’s voice I could not turn it off.

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A great start to an amazing series!!😍

Wow! This book was absolutely brilliant!!

J.F Harding performed an amazing and authentic audio delivery and narration. He really captured the essence of the story and gave the characters their own voices.

Auggie and Theo couldn't be more different. Yet they are put in a situation where they have to work together to clear their names for a crime they didn't commit.

I loved the parallel slow burn romance. Which was definitely a welcome delight.

The characters were engaging, likeable, real, relatable and well fleshed out.

The plot was gripping and compelling.
Overall I definitely enjoyed listening to this book and will definitely be revisiting it for a relisten.

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Promising series

I am a big fan of this author and his Hazard and Somerset series. This series takes place in the same universe, meaning that it is the same town and the main character attends college at the local university the two detectives spent a lot of time at. The First Quatro series seems to take place a few years before Hazard returned to town and a young officer Somerset visits Auggie at one point to question him. I love the tie-in, but on the whole the story is very different.

Auggie is a young college student looking to get famous through Social Media. He tries to keep a squeaky clean personality, but Auggie has a slightly self-destructive side that has him driving while intoxicated with a young man who is about to be murdered. His joy ride is cut short when he nearly runs into Theo who has his own self-destructive tendencies. Both of these characters are imperfect which makes them pretty relatable.

After the accident, the mystery man with Auggie runs away and isn’t heard from again. But a mysterious social media post seems to suggesting that Auggie and Theo are connected to a murder. The two men work together, mostly, to try and figure out who posted the video and what they are trying to gain from it. A corrupt officer who makes appearances in the other series threatens them unless they can find a thumb drive that the guy had apparently been carrying the night of their run-in.

The mystery in this story is really good, though it’s not particularly urgent. The two characters spend weeks in between incidents with the dirty cop. And though the killer isn’t obvious in any way, it isn’t shocking when it’s revealed. In a way, it seems like the mystery is filler as the two characters deal with their personal issues, and reconsider what they want from life. This also goes for the romance. A Gregory Ashe series usually contains a slow burn romance for the main characters. With Auggie being a former student, and Theo being a dad to a child with special health needs, there is no urgency in their romance. There is chemistry, but I suspect that they won’t be getting together until later in the series.

J.F. Harding is a really good narrator and I thought he did a great job with the audio for this book. I definitely recommend this audiobook. Since it takes place before the Hazard and Somerset series, you don’t have to read those books to appreciate this one, but if you already have read it, you will like seeing the cameos.

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Back in Wahredua

Before I made it through the first 30 minutes of this audio, I knew Gregory Ashe was going to do it to me again, in the "why the hell do I keep doing this to myself?" kind of way. I guess because I'm addicted to fantastically plotted, well written, brutal crime fiction with complicated, broken men who frustates me equally much as they make me love them? 🤷‍♀️ *considers* Nope, not my fault, I'm still blaming Ashe.

Theo is a grad student who is suffering the loss of his husband and daughter in an accident that left him with painful injuries, and not just the physical kind. He spends a lot of his time in an insulated fog of prescription drugs or *and sometimes both* alcohol, and lives with deliberate carelessness. His only saving grace is teaching in his grad program, which he actually enjoys, and gives him his one bright spot of normalcy.

Auggie is an eighteen year old internet personality and has a presence on all the major social media platforms. He has a business plan to grow his brand and make money hand over fist, and he's well on his way to that. His whole life consists of Instagram moments and YouTube videos, at least the ones he scripts and performs. A terrible incident off-script and a bad breakup derails his plans for a while so Auggie decides college at Wroxall in Wahredua, MO will get his image back on track. Nobody, literally nobody, knows the real Auggie, only the image he lets them see. And the real Auggie is really kind of lonely. He gets so tired of the character he's forced to play that the pressure builds up until it pops. And bad things happen.

Auggie ends up in Theo's class and neither is impressed with the other, particularly since they meet before that in less than ideal circumstances. Since this is Wahredua, which we already know is populated with more than its fair share of shady people, those not-ideal circumstances end up pulling them both into a murder investigation. Worse, it makes both of them the focus of really dangerous people who think Auggie and Theo have something they want.

Theo and Auggie have to work together, much against Theo's will. There's an attraction there, but Auggie is an eighteen year old and Theo is not going to go there, even if his head and his heart were in the place to do it. But things get tangled up, and that includes their kind-of friendship. Not gonna lie, sometimes Theo is a real jerk, and both he and Auggie make some of the worst decisions ever. But under all the issues, they're good guys and they need each other, I think. By the time the case is resolved, and both of them come close to not making it out, Auggie and Theo have a bond between them. Not the one Auggie wants, but they care about each other, and friends is what they'll have.

Do I need to suspend belief a little bit? Well yeah. Did I care? Not at all. Auggie's very young and Theo is a twenty-eight year old grad student, neither are detectives. But they are smart *and motivated* and that's part of GA's magic pen, that he makes you believe it. I honestly want to run right to the next one but I already know what Ashe is going to do to me for however many books. *looks sourly at GA* So I need a break.

And can I say how much I enjoyed seeing pre-Hazard Detective John-Henry Somerset? 🥰 Even though his part was small, he's still Somers. *sigh*

On the side of the audiobook, no lie, I actually squeed when I saw the narrator was J.F. Harding, and he did not disappoint! ❤ His performance was part of the reason I loved Theo and Auggie so much and he had the personalities and uncertainties down for both perfectly. I'm crossing my fingers we get him for the whole series. I don't know if I'll be able to wait for the audio on Yet a Stranger *coughI already own the kindlecough* but you best believe that I'll be listening to it whether it's a first read or reread, either way!

Disclaimer: A copy of the audiobook was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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  • 05-12-21

In which Gregory takes us to College.

Not just any college, you understand. This school just happens to be Wroxall College in (Pre-Hazard-and-Somerset) Doyle County, Missouri.

As can be expected from anything written by GA, our sojourn into the academic world is fraught with tragedy. Theo Dalton, a PhD candidate working in the English Department has just returned to work after a car crashed ravaged his body, killed his husband Ian, and left their daughter Lana with severe head injuries.

Auggie Lopez, is a freshman to struggles to balance his genuine desire to learn with keeping up the façade he presents to his Internet audience, who thinks he is straight.

Do either of these poor guys have the time or energy to solve a murder? Not a chance! Do they have a choice? Nope.

As with all of GA's characters, they climb into your heart and take up residence, and you want to smack them and hug them all at the same time. And when you read the last page, you sigh and get on Gregory's FB page and ask when he will tell you more about them.

J.F. Harding is one of my favorite narrators, and does an outstanding job presenting this story in audio form.

Well done on this new series, Mr. Ashe!


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Great start of a new series

This is the first book in a new series by GA which is set in Wahredua in the Hazard and Somerset universe. Auggie is attending Wroxall College and is an Instagram personality. He has demons in his past which are hinted at in this book and I presume will be fleshed out in coming books. Theo is his grad-student professor. His challenges are right there in full display. He is “trying” to recover both physically and mentally from a car accident that took his husband and daughter away from him. He is not handling it well. They meet by chance around a murder and are thrust into solving the murder and of course there is a greater mystery that I’m sure will be revealed later. GA maintains his title of King of the Slow Burn, although the kindling relationship does bloom in this book. Although it starts a little slow and I had some “REALLY?” moments when the back and forth emotions got on my nerves, I eventually found myself swept up in the investigation and their relationship. Yes, I wanted to hit both guys in the head many times, but the caring for each other comes through as the situation grows dire. The cameos were also really nice. I look forward to continuing their journey.

J.F. Harding is a tried-and-true performer and does a great job. His voice is so soothing, and he gives each character a personality. He really made this book come alive.

I was given a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review.

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Fantastic

This is my second series by Gregory Ashe after being blown away by The Lamb and The Lion Series. I love these characters and their dynamics together. Gregory Ashe creates such complex and authentic characters that come alive in a way that pull you right into their story. Well paced and great suspense that keeps you on the edge of your seat and guessing until the end. J F Harding is such an amazing audio performer that he takes every book he performs to the next level and this is no exception. On to book two!

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Beautiful story

Gregory Ashe your the best author in my eyes. And thank you so much for using JF Harding as your narrator. He is the best. I’ve read all the Hazard and Somerset books. I loved them. I just wish JF Harding had done all the narration for them. He’s so youthful. Tristan James sounded like a 60-70 year old man. Just didn’t fit Hazard or Somerset. My only complaint. Anyway I just finished They Told Me I Was Everything. It was awesome. No complaints. But I’m so broken hearted that my broken men didn’t connect and I rally don’t trust Anyone with these two boys. I hope book 2 shows Angie and Theo getting their heads together. Love doesn’t come often. Maybe twice……maybe only once. What an awesome book thank you Gregory and Mr. Harding. Your both a treasure. Please please please Mr. Ashe use Mr. Harding for all your books. He’s the best narrator I’ve heard in years and years.

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Excellent

I had to listen to the first five chapters several times to figure out the characters then the book took off. It’s a great story. There are a couple of characters that weren’t needed for the story. The narrator makes the book. He was great.

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One of Ashe's best

Gregory Ashe is so good at creating characters you want to comfort and strangle in equal measure. This was by far my favorite example. Great story and stellar narration.

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  • Mary
  • 12-26-20

Same storyline as 'Orientation'

"Two broken men get tied up in an investigation to find a flash drive that contains compromising material that leads to murder... " Sounds familiar eh! That's because it's the same storyline as 'Orientation', book 1 in the Boriealis Investigation series by the same author.
The narration for this book was great. But Augie was completely immature and unlikable as a character. I was really put off by a sulky self consumed college student who crashes cars when he feels sorry for himself. He treated his lovesick room mate like trash and as a grown ass adult, I have no idea what Theo saw in Augie- apart from his Twinkiness. Not convinced by this couple. Theo's cop buddy would have made a more believeable love interest.

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  • BevS
  • 07-06-22

Great start to series by J.F. Harding...

***🎧 Audio Review 🎧***

When Greg started putting this out as a freebie to his newsletter followers at the start of Covid in 2020, I remember emailing him, thanking him and saying it was too good to go out as a freebie and was he going to publish it? Yes he replied, it was in the plan eventually but he'd see how things went. Well, although this got buried in my Audible library 🎧 for a helluva long time, the quality of the writing still shines through and J.F. Harding does a terrific job with the narration as per usual. I can only hope that Theo's pain will lessen in Yet a Stranger, and Auggie will continue to mature.

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  • Wendy
  • 08-27-21

Another wonderful, nail biting book from the highly talented Gregory Ashe

I’ve been on a Gregory Ashe binge read/listen recently having only discovered him within the past two years. What a find! But having listened to the six books in his Hazard and Somerset mystery series, back-to-back, I decided to take a break. His writing is supremely clever, subtly romantic (he writes romance so effortlessly that it’s almost not there, but when he does it’s completely bone melting), and his stories are SO intense with plots cross crossing, seemingly unrelated, and then BANG, he hits with scenarios that leave me breathless! I have to rewind to ensure I haven’t imagined or misunderstand something his clever mind has just dropped into my poor unsuspecting, bedevilled mind.

And so I naively decided to start another of his series to give myself that “break” and began THE FIRST QUARTO. This looks pretty tame I thought - fool that I am! I can just enjoy without chewing my fingernails to the quick, I thought - again, fool that I am. This is the brilliant Gregory Ashe and he doesn’t write Tame - he writes exciting, wonderful, twisty, absolutely impossible plots that always play out and with wonderful characters who take on life and leave me loving them.

So I’ve learnt my lesson. I will NEVER underestimate Gregory Ashe again. I’m just about to start book two in this series and was gutted to learn that book three has yet to be written but go on I must. Auggie and Theo will get their HEA - they must, or I’m flying to the USA to personally give Gregory Ashe a taste of his own medicine. HIGHLY recommended reading/listening but only if you can take the intense and emotional ride Gregory Ashe takes you on, and only if you’re happy with a very slow burn, but ultimately wonderful romance that’s ALWAYS worth waiting for.

This is the first time I’ve listened to JF Harding and his narration/performance of They Told Me I Was Everything was stupendous. His range of voices is quite remarkable and his portrayal of Theo and Auggie just perfect; they are extremely loveable and likeable and very memorable (IMO this is one sign of a great author, when characters stay with you and no matter who of Gregory’s multitude of fans you might be talking to they know and love these characters as much as you do). These two men and JF Harding’s portrayal of them has only added to my immense enjoyment of what is, already, a stupendous book. I’m off now to put myself through more torture!

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 08-03-21

You Just Saw a Murder

Auggie thinks he’s hot, uh, stuff. He’s a social media influencer on Instagram back when the platform was in its infancy. Back when breaking out was easier simply because most users hadn’t figured out how to leverage the platform. No worries for Auggie, though, he’s got it covered. Has it already gotten him into trouble? Yep. Is that going to stop him? Oh heck no. He’s got to get through two semesters at Wroxll College in Missouri and then he can head back to SoCal with lucrative endorsement deals where he can make it big. All nice and neat. Who can fuck that up? Well, a night of carousing in a stolen car might…

Theo is the opposite of Auggie. He lost his beloved husband and daughter in a horrific car accident and is now living life by going through the motions. He has teaching, his studies toward his PhD, and Shakespeare. Always Shakespeare. He and Auggie meet in, uh, interesting circumstances, but life gets really complicated when Auggie turns up in Theo’s class. Now, there’s no hankie panky while they are student/teacher, but they do have a murder to solve.

I couldn’t see, at first, how a young prof and an 18-year-old were going to do this. Well, as Gregory Ashe often does, he took me down a dark and twisted path. And, of course, there are potential romantic attachments going on. Theo is being chased by his husband’s former police officer partner. I’m not a fan of Cart, but he’s handy with tools, which is great because the bad guys keep tearing up Theo’s house. Auggie has always portrayed himself as straight, fearful of losing followers. He’s hidden himself away for a long time and I wondered what’d happen if he was outed. Then there’s his roommate who is getting way too close for comfort. Where will that lead?

For those familiar with the Hazard and Somerset series, John-Henry Somerset makes an appearance in this book – well before he’s been reunited with the man he used to bully in high school. I love when books give you little glimpses into characters you know. This book is also set in 2013. I was in my late-thirties, so most of the music and pop culture references go over my head, but for someone who was paying attention to those things back then (regardless of their age) then it’s a fun stroll down memory lane.

Quick note – this book is very violent. In places I didn’t expect it. For me, the violence was both disturbing and necessary. Again – prof and student – you wouldn’t expect some of the things that happen. But then, as I’ve said, this is a Gregory Ashe. Expect the unexpected.

J.F. Harding narrated this great book and I’m so glad he did. He hits every note and just shines. I also want to say I loved how King Lear was interwoven into the story. Almost made me want to drag out my copy. Almost. I’m pretty busy these days with reviewing audiobooks, so I think I’ll stick to that.

Now, book 2 is already out in audio so I’m headed that way now!

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  • Mervyn Dacre
  • 03-12-21

stunning

this is a gripping, emotionally intense mystery that's also funny and sweet, with excellent narration, can't wait for the next one to come out in audio

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  • WallE
  • 12-28-20

Read the book to understand the clever title

Hands up I received this audible book as an advanced listener.
Now this was an interesting listen for me and initially I wasn't sure if I was going to like it. Meeting Auggie as a college freshman and his interest with social media made me wary as these are not some of my favourite tropes. However, I should not have feared as Gregory Ashe always gives you well developed characters and key people you want to get to know better. In this case Auggie and Theo who become entangled in a crazy crime caper whilst they are both trying to sort out who they are in this new phase in both of their lives. The book title captures this period perfectly.
If you have read some of Gregory's other books you will recognise the university town and a few of the other characters. This is a nice touch point.
The selection of Jeff Harding as narrator was inspirational as he captures the two central characters and those around them very well; adapting to moments of humour, pathos and terror very well. I equally, laughing, sadden and terrified along with and for Auggie and Theo.
There is much to build on with these guys that i couldn't wait for the audible book so I have already started on e-book two.