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The Otto Digmore Difference

Written by: Brent Hartinger
Narrated by: Michael Crouch
Series: Otto Digmore, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
Categories: LGBT
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Publisher's Summary

“Road trip!”  

Otto Digmore is a 26-year-old gay guy with dreams of being a successful actor, and he's finally getting some attention as a result of his supporting role on a struggling sitcom. But he's also a burn survivor with scars on half his face, and all indications are that he's just too different to ever find real Hollywood success.  

Now he's up for an amazing new role that could change everything. Problem is, he and his best friend Russel Middlebrook have to drive all the way across the country in order to get to the audition on time.  

It's hard to say which is worse: the fact that so many things go wrong, or that Russel, an aspiring screenwriter, keeps comparing their experiences to some kind of road trip movie.  

There's also the fact that Otto and Russel were once boyfriends, and Otto is starting to realize that he might still have romantic feelings for his best friend.  

Just how far will Otto go to get the role, and maybe the guy, of his dreams?  

Author Brent Hartinger first introduced the character of Otto Digmore in 2005, in his Lambda Award-winning books about Russel Middlebrook. Back then, Otto was something pretty unusual for YA literature: a disabled gay character.  

Now, more than a decade later, Otto is grown up and finally stepping into the spotlight on his own. The Otto Digmore Difference, the first book in a new stand-alone series for adults, is about much more than the challenges of being "different." It's also about the unexpected nature of all of life's journeys, and the heavy price that must be paid for Hollywood fame.  

But more than anything, it's a different kind of love story, about the frustrating and fantastic power of the love between two friends.  

Praise for Brent Hartinger:  

“Hits the narrative sweet spot." (NPR's All Things Considered)  

"Downright refreshing." (USA Today

"Touching and realistic...hilarious." (Kirkus Reviews)

©2017 Brent Hartinger (P)2019 Audible, Inc.
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  • 2019-08-29

Surprisingly Good!

I didn’t know this book was so deep. It makes you take a look at yourself and where do you see your future going. Especially with the path chosen and how you treat the people you cross. It is a love story but not a lovers story so there is no heat. But you don’t really need it for the plots. Good for all ages.

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  • Jillian MacLeod
  • 2020-02-20

I wanted to like it....

While it's nice to have a protagonist who is physically imperfect, I just didn't *like* Otto Digmore—or Russel Middlebrook, for that matter.

That alone, though, wouldn't have been enough to drag my rating down from three stars to two, but the book suffers from a handful of other problems, most notable of which is the way character dialogue is used as a vehicle for delivering the author's revealed truth about a variety of topics, including "what's wrong with the Hollywood film industry" and "which is the only good narrative formula in screenwriting." Add to that the fact that the supporting characters are cardboard cut-outs who exist only in relation to the protagonist—to adore him, teach him valuable life lessons, or sometimes both—and the whole book felt as flat and uninspired as the twist that telegraphed itself from the very beginning.

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  • Donald
  • 2020-03-01

Otto

This was a very thoughtful tale with lots of intrigue. I was thinking during the latter part of the story about how Otto was feeling sorry for himself and how the life of others brought him out of that state. The ending pulled everything together and has a nice ending.

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  • Rusty GingerBear
  • 2019-08-15

Great continuation of the series

Even though this book in the series deals with some fairly deep issues and scary situations, it is a great story. I was hoping to see more later in the book with regards to the people he connected with on the road trip, but can only assume they'll appear in later books.

There are a few reasons why I gave lower reviews for the narrator. It was sometimes difficult to differentiate between the two main characters because of similar inflection or tone. Also, the mispronunciation of the word "LIBRARY" is a bit disconcerting. It is NOT a fruit, and is NOT pronounced lie-berry! There were a few other minor pronunciation issues, but that was the most grating.

Definitely worth the listen though.

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