Spirit of Want

Fiction - Audiobook
304 Pages
Reviewed on 09/21/2020
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Spirit of Want by William H. Coles is the story of conflicting emotions and love as our protagonist discovers life when she is forced to make some tough decisions. The story follows the life and conflicts of Lucy, a lawyer by profession. She is married to Luke, a doctor by profession, but she doesn’t want him. Her life takes an intense turn when she is hired to defend Hower Bain, a TV evangelist who is charged with sexually molesting a young girl. The two become close and soon Lucy falls in love. She believes Hower is the man for her and only he can fulfill her wants. But are things exactly how she sees them? Or is there a rude awakening waiting to happen?

Listening to the audiobook narrated by William H. Coles is a whole sensory experience. He embodies his characters, feels them, and then narrates their story to his audience. His dialogue delivery in this audiobook feels extra special, maybe because Lucy’s character is so real and fascinating. He raises and lowers his voice according to the flow of the story and makes sure he stresses each turning point.

I don’t think there is a novel by William H. Coles that I haven’t read and I am so grateful for that. This novel focuses on the fragility of humans and how our emotions can easily play us. Lucy is a relatable character. She is sensitive, vulnerable, and lives her life according to her heart. William H. Coles does a fantastic job of portraying her in her real essence and make sure her intentions are clear to the reader. Much like his other stories, this one flows exceptionally well too. I highly recommend this novel for more mature readers.

Romuald Dzemo

Spirit of Want by William H. Coles follows Lucy, a very successful defense lawyer who takes on the case of a TV evangelist, accused of rape. This daughter of successful parents in the medical field also enjoys her profession, but taking on the case of the evangelist proves to be the greatest mistake she’d ever made. She falls for her client. Now she has a stronger reason to save him, but he loses. It is then that he flees to Africa. Lucy leaves everything behind and goes in search of him in Africa, abandoning her husband and child. But to her great dismay, the man she meets isn’t the man she’d loved so passionately. The evangelist doesn’t want her to stay. To what and whom, then, will she return and who, indeed, is this man?

The novel is well-plotted and the premise very strong. A professional falling in love with her client only to wake up in a nightmare and not be sure if anything is real. The story has both emotional and psychological depth and while readers will find it hard to believe that a woman as stable and as rational as the female protagonist can throw away everything for the love of a man, it stills feels so true and real. This is a story that is gripping and emotionally rich and the strong voice of the narrator, a voice between husky and fruity, engrosses the reader from the word go. The sound is clear and the audio professionally made. The narrator did an impeccable job in allowing the drama to come out through his voice and with a keen respect for punctuation. William H. Coles is a great storyteller and Spirit of Want will entice fans of literary fiction.

Jose Cornelio

Spirit of Want by William H. Coles is an audiobook that follows the story Lucy MacMeil, daughter of a successful doctor. Her husband is a successful surgeon as well and she has a good career as a defense lawyer. She seems to love what she does. Her life is the envy of many, but when she takes on the case of a TV evangelist accused of raping a girl, she isn’t aware that the sweet-talking man is about to change her life in far more ways than she can imagine. She eventually falls in love with him but when he loses the case, he flees to Africa. Obsessed by her love for him, she abandons her husband and child and pursues the evangelist. When she meets him again, he is no longer the man she’d known and all he wants is for her to go back home. The most startling experience is what happens when she returns home.

Spirit of Want is a page-turner, narrated by William H. Coles himself, a novel that is emotionally engaging and in which the author explores the art of seduction in a subtle, yet compelling manner. The premise is very strong and no one can predict what happens next in the story. The characters are flawed and at one point I felt mad at the female protagonist who seems so educated and rooted in her profession yet can’t see through the lies of the man she is madly in love with. The plot is well-thought-out and intelligently written, making it a story that is hard to put down. I didn’t get hooked from the beginning, but as the story progressed and the character of the protagonist began to take shape I was hooked. The characters are real and multi-layered, emotionally rich, and thrust into a serious conflict. Spirit of Want is a professionally made audiobook and I liked the voice of the author as he narrates the story. The audio is audible and the narrator did a great job in allowing the drama and the pacing to become perceptible. Overall, it was an entertaining experience.

Gobi Jane

Spirit of Want by William H. Coles is an audiobook that tells a dramatic story of lust and loss and one woman’s struggle to rebuild herself after losing everything for unrequited love. Lucy MacMeil is a successful defense lawyer hired to defend TV Evangelist Reverend Bain, accused of child molestation. They lose the case but Lucy falls in love with her client. To avoid prosecution, Bain flees to Africa. Lucy, unable to live without him, leaves everything, her flourishing practice, family, and marriage, and follows him to Africa. But what awaits her when she meets up with him? Does she really know who he is? The consequences of her choice are devastating and it will be interesting to find out what happens next.

This is a character-driven story that explores the consequences of decisions made in the heat of love and especially when one is very emotional. William H. Coles is a great storyteller and I enjoyed the nuances in this tale and the depth of character. Every character is well-developed and readers can easily feel that they are human in the way they react to situations and make their choices. The story is filled with many surprises and I loved how these are written into the story. The prose is great, filled with details, yet focused enough not to make the reader distracted at any point. From the strong plot points to character depth and the realism that fills every page of the story, Spirit of Want is pulsating, a well-crafted story that entertains hugely. The audio is clear and the story is read by the author himself in a tone that grips and connects with the reader.

Ruffina Oserio

Spirit of Want by William H. Coles is an emotional rollercoaster that follows the story of Lucy, a successful defense lawyer who is passionate about her work and who has equally successful parents, and a loving husband who is a surgeon. When she takes on the case of TV Evangelist, Rev. Bain, a man accused of sexually molesting a girl, her life changes as she eventually falls for him. Rev. Bain loses the case, and while waiting for an appeal, he escapes and runs off to Africa. Lucy leaves everything — her career, family, husband, and child — and follows him to Africa. But things turn out to be different from what she’d expected when she finally reunites with the Evangelist. Her love isn’t reciprocated and this man of God isn’t everything she’d believed him to be. How will she rebuild her life and can she still have her family back? The answers are in this audiobook.

I have read many of William H. Coles’ books and listened to his audiobooks as well, but Spirit of Want had me mesmerized. The protagonist is so well-written that I found myself insulting her at times and, at times, I felt strong emotions surging up as I followed her story. They say “love is blind,” and this author demonstrates it in crafting a character that readers expect to have sound judgment on things, but she demonstrates weakness before a sleazy man. The plot is unpredictable and it is hard to anticipate what happens next. The writing, in the author’s usual style, is excellent.

The audio is professionally recorded and the sound is clear; the voice of the narrator — the author himself —captures the strong moments of the story and allows readers to get the elements like the POV, the drama, the sarcasm, and the emotional state of the characters without difficulty. Spirit of Want by William H. Coles is an engaging and entertaining audiobook.