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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Guardian of Deceit by William H. Coles is the story of Darwin Hasting, a 17-year-old who had no idea how his life was going to change. There was a time when Darwin’s biggest worry was becoming a med student. However, that all changed when his dying aunt sent him away to New York to live with his cousin Luther. Luther was a famous footballer and arrogant. Suddenly, Darwin was learning what it was living like he was invisible, had no worth, and had to fight tooth and nail to avoid the excessive lifestyle of his cousin while also fighting for his right. Could he get what he wanted?
This audiobook was something special because of all the extra effort of the author. The author William H. Coles did a great job narrating the story and capturing the essence of each of his characters. He changed the cadence of his voice when he narrated different characters, and that took the audiobook to a whole new level for me. He added just enough stress when situations were a little rough, made his voice low when Darwin was sad, and added excitement when Darwin was feeling confident.
The author kept the pace steady, allowed readers to catch their breath, and then took them on a roller coaster ride unlike any other. Each character was fully-developed and demanded the attention of readers. Luther had my heart from the beginning, even though he was far too arrogant for my liking, to be honest. But he was developed so craftily that I could not help but like him. Of course, Darwin’s arc was complete as well. It was his coming of age story and he bloomed as the plot reached its conclusion. I loved this audiobook!