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Runner by Parker Williams (audio review)

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Runner by Parker Williams (audio review)

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About the Author
Happily Ever After Comes With A Pricetag Parker Williams began to write as a teen, but never showed his work to anyone. As he grew older, he drifted away from writing, but his love of the written word moved him to reading. A chance encounter with an author changed the course of his life as she encouraged him to never give up on a dream. With the help of some amazing friends, he rediscovered the joy of writing, thanks to a community of writers who have become his family. Parker firmly believes in love, but is also of the opinion that anything worth having requires work and sacrifice (plus a little hurt and angst, too). The course of love is never a smooth one, and Happily Ever After always has a price tag. 
Publication Date
January 23, 2018
Available Formats
6 hours and 11 minutes
Narrator - Patrick Zeller
 Matt Bowers’s life ended at sixteen, when a vicious betrayal by someone who he should have been able to trust left him a shell of himself, fighting OCD and PTSD, living in constant fear and always running. When he buys a remote tract of land, he thinks he’s found the perfect place to hide from the world and attempt to establish some peace. For ten years he believes he’s found a measure of comfort, until the day a stranger begins to run on Matt’s road.

He returns every day, an unwelcome intrusion into Matt’s carefully structured life. Matt appeals to the local sheriff, who cannot help him since the jogger is doing nothing wrong. Gradually, after tentatively breaking the ice, Matt begins to accept the man’s presence—

But when the runner doesn’t show up one day, it throws Matt’s world into chaos and he must make the hardest decision of his life. 

Editor review

1 review
 Story 5 stars. 
Narration. 5 stars. 
Overall. 5stars. 

Runner by Parker Williams is a stand-alone story that captured my heart from the very beginning. The story itself was griping and beautifully written and the narration was some of the best I’d ever listened too. Patrick Zeller’s pitch and voice characterisations were perfect for the story being told. He gave the main character a gentle cadence that contrasted beautifully with the other character voices and made you feel the very soul of the man. 

Matt Bowers has been living in isolation, thirty minutes from town, for more than ten years. Thirteen years ago, when he was a sixteen year old schoolboy, something sinister happened to him. ‘The incident’ led to Matt losing his trust in people and suffering from severe OCD and PTSD.  The only peace he can find is alone. There’s a place for everything and an order that must be strictly adhered to.  Matt needs absolute routine in his life to feel secure and safe. 

Living in rural isolation on a road that goes nowhere, Matt is shocked to look out of his window one day and see a runner jogging past. His shock turns to anger as the runner passes his sanctuary every day at exactly the same time. He is quick to inform the Sheriff, and determined that this man will cease his daily run. Unfortunately the Sheriff rightly points out that it’s a public road and the man is doing nothing wrong. A forced interaction leads to turmoil and Matt’s perfectly structured world begins to crumble.  

Parker Williams has woven a beautiful love story from the ashes of one man’s broken life. The story is heartbreaking, but also incredibly uplifting. Nothing is rushed, it can’t be under the circumstances, but I never felt the story dragged at any stage. Listening to Patrick Zeller’s melodious voice telling Matt’s story made for a wonderful listening experience. 
Highly recommended. 
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