Chapel of Ease by Alex Bledsoe audiobook

Chapel of Ease

By Alex Bledsoe
Directed by Claire Bloom
Read by Stefan Rudnicki

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing 9780765376565

The Tufa Novels: Book 4

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When Matt Johansson, a young New York actor, auditions for Chapel of Ease, an off-Broadway musical, he is instantly charmed by Ray Parrish, the show’s writer and composer. As their friendship deepens, Matt learns that Ray’s people call themselves the Tufa and that the musical is based on the history of his isolated hometown. But there is one question in the show’s script that Ray refuses to answer: What is buried in the ruins of the chapel of ease? As opening night approaches, strange things begin to happen. A dreadlocked girl follows and spies on Ray. At the press preview, a strange Tufa woman warns him to stop the show. Then, as the rave reviews arrive, Ray dies in his sleep. Matt and the cast are distraught, but there’s no question of shutting down, and the run quickly sells out. Matt volunteers to take Ray’s ashes back to Needsville, where he hopes to understand more about the play and uncover the secret that Ray took to his grave. Matt’s journey into the haunting Appalachian mountains of Cloud County sets him on a dangerous path, where some secrets deserve to stay buried.

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Summary

Summary

When Matt Johansson, a young New York actor, auditions for Chapel of Ease, an off-Broadway musical, he is instantly charmed by Ray Parrish, the show’s writer and composer. As their friendship deepens, Matt learns that Ray’s people call themselves the Tufa and that the musical is based on the history of his isolated hometown. But there is one question in the show’s script that Ray refuses to answer: What is buried in the ruins of the chapel of ease?

As opening night approaches, strange things begin to happen. A dreadlocked girl follows and spies on Ray. At the press preview, a strange Tufa woman warns him to stop the show. Then, as the rave reviews arrive, Ray dies in his sleep.

Matt and the cast are distraught, but there’s no question of shutting down, and the run quickly sells out. Matt volunteers to take Ray’s ashes back to Needsville, where he hopes to understand more about the play and uncover the secret that Ray took to his grave.

Matt’s journey into the haunting Appalachian mountains of Cloud County sets him on a dangerous path, where some secrets deserve to stay buried.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The lure of magical realism, the sensual mysticism of Appalachia and the thrill of a New York theater production synchronize together to give Bledsoe’s fourth Tufa novel a well-choreographed peek at both worlds.” RT Book Reviews
“Bledsoe’s fourth Tufa novel weaves together the magic of off-Broadway theater with the lore and fantasy of the Tufa…With his subtle, character-driven approach, Bledsoe skillfully fuses music, legend, and regional atmosphere to create something that feels like an unexplored corner of American mythology.” Publishers Weekly
“A same-sex romance between ­Matt and Ray’s childhood friend C. C. adds emotional weight to another great entry in this series, which is always effectively subtle in how it employs the supernatural, with music central to the magic of the Tufa.” Library Journal
“As [Matt] discovers the dark secrets hidden away in the remote Appalachian hills, so do we; as he becomes captivated, so do we. A fine installment in the popular series.” Booklist

Reviews

Reviews

by Ana 9/13/2017
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Completely captivating

I cannot say enough good things about Alex Bledsoe and this series. He has my complete devotion now, and I love how different this title was from the previous books, while staying true to the themes of the others. I thought initially that I would want to continue following the characters portrayed in the first book and begrudgingly picked up the second one because I was of course hooked. But now I see that each new character that he introduces is so beautiful that I am content to appreciate the original characters in their less prominent moments.

Stefan Rudnicki's throaty voice is perfect for this romantic story of a gay actor and a straight, but magical, artist. The introduction of a sort of bisexual theme actually strengthens the vision of this fantasy world where male and female identity are less important than being true to oneself and connecting to a higher power. There is nothing mushy or spiritual about this, it is intense and bloody and ethical lines are not clearly drawn. But it is touching, resonant, and very sensual.

Author

Author Bio: Alex Bledsoe

Author Bio: Alex Bledsoe

Alex Bledsoe grew up in west Tennessee, an hour north of Graceland. He’s been a reporter, editor, photographer, and door-to-door vacuum-cleaner salesman. He has published more than fifty short stories on topics as diverse as big-game hunters, mermaids, modern witches, Victorian gentlemen, and country musicians. He has two sons and lives in Wisconsin.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Fiction/Fantasy
Runtime: 8.75
Audience: Adult
Language: English