Flirtasaurus by Erin Mallon
Narrated by Erin Mallon
Standalone Romantic Comedy. First in a Related series.
Erin Mallon is one of my favorite narrators. She is also an accomplished play writer and author of the recently released audio play, These Walls Can Talk. Flirtasaurus is her first novel, and it is absolutely a 2020 favorite. I don’t often mention other authors, but I have to say that Flirtasaurus is like Jana Aston, Tara Sivec and Penny Reid wrote together, which is one of the hugest compliments I can give.
With what is happening in the world right now we all need to laugh more, and Flirtasaurus had me literally laughing out loud so many times! One thing I have to say though is that being a playwriter and a narrator, I think Erin’s writing translates better to audio. There is a lot of dialogue, and I love it in audio, but I noticed that it was a little harder to follow in print, even though reading it after listening had me giggling like a loon again. Just the way she emphasized some things was funny in print too!
What I’m saying is I have my proverbial shit together. Clearly.
“GET ME OUT OF HERE OR IMMA LOSE MY SHIT!”
Calliope is a paleontologist who just landed her dream internship at a museum, only she gets stuck in the elevator on her first morning. Luckily, some “sexy-voiced mystery dude” outside the doors kept her calm until she was rescued.
Calliope just blurts out whatever is on her mind. She is very flawed and very funny, but she is smart and she loves her dinosaurs. Ralph, on the other hand, is a nice guy. He’s an astronomer at the same museum who is hot and nerdy but likes Callie just how she is. Their banter is hysterical!
“You, Calliope FitzGerald, are an absolute lunatic.”
- Laughed out loud through the whole book.
- It was smart.
- Calliopes ‘trip’! LOL
- Calliope is real and flawed (very) but still so funny.
- I love Ralph! And Erin’s voice made him so sexy, even with the unfortunate name.
- How Calliope just says whatever she is thinking.
- Her true and real love and excitement for Paleontology and dinosaurs.
- I loved the smart kids!
- Dr. Knowles was a great character.
- A rare Jewish hero.
- Who knew there were so many prehistoric names for sex!
- Calliope was kind of a selfish, judgmental bitch sometimes. Somehow she was still funny and likable but was much more likable in audio.
- A few small plot points that never really developed.
- Print book only: A lot of dialogue without saying who is speaking can get confusing and exhausting.
Flirtasaurus was written for audio (whether she meant to or not), and you can tell Erin heard it in her head as she wrote it. This is one book where I think the audio really gave this book a huge advantage because there was so much dialogue. It was hysterical to listen to but got a little exhausting to read.
The Down & Dirty:
Audiobook Rating: 5 Stars, 3 Heat, 5++ Narration