Review of ‘Turbulence’ by E.J. Noyes,
Audiobook narrated by Abby Craden
This is the story of Isabelle, a rich stockbroker who has a one-night stand with Audrey, unaware that she is the new-hired pilot of Isabelle’s private jet. Having to meet each other almost every day, the plot focuses on how their relationship evolves. The book blurb might seem to describe a superficial romance between a rich woman and her f**k buddy/employee but nothing could be more remote. There are quite a few sex scenes, but they are justified within the plot as they showcase the development of their relationship. Additionally, they are all described tastefully.
Written in first person from Isabelle’s point of view, the reader gets into her headspace with all her insecurities, struggles and character traits. Alongside Isabelle, we discover Audrey’s personality, her life story and, most importantly, her feelings. The subplots and supporting characters add realism to the story, specially Isabelle’s mother who shows her daughter in a different light. Throughout the book, Ms. Noyes pushes us down a rollercoaster of emotions as we accompany Isabelle in her journey of self-discovery. In the process, we laugh, suffer and enjoy the ride.
I read this book when it was published a couple of years ago and I absolutely loved it so now that it was released in audiobook narrated by Abby Craden, I decided to enjoy it again. The association of Ms. Noyes, author, and Ms. Craden, narrator is a match in lesfic heaven. This isn’t an easy story to narrate as it is demanding in the interpretation of a range of different feelings and the multiple sex scenes. Ms. Craden delivered the performance of this lesbian romance audiobook convincingly and as usual, brought the story to life in an amplified dimension. Her voices are satisfactory for every character and her different accents, including the southern drawl, are spot-on. Her performance does justice to the novel.
Highly recommended if you like romances with a bit of substance and don’t mind a few (justified) sex scenes. Overall, 5 stars for the story, 5 stars for the narration.