Narrator: Zen Wolfang
Jeremy Linden’s a PhD student researching an HIV vaccine. He’s always short of money, and when biotech startup PharmaTek reduces funding for his fellowship, he’s tempted to take a job at a men’s dining club as a serving boy. The uniforms are skimpy, and he’s expected to remove an item of clothing after each course. He can handle that, but he soon discovers there’s more on the menu here than fine cuisine. How far will he go to pay his tuition, and will money get in the way when he realizes he’s interested in more from Brice Martin, one of his gentlemen?
This novel grabbed my attention with its opening line, and fascinated me throughout for several reasons: outstanding characters, precise prose, no nonsense plot, minimal angst and, most important, an in-depth look into high stakes medical research. Some may find EM Lynley’s usage of biological terminologies, acronyms and legalese a bit daunting, but that’s why the gods invented dictionaries, and the U.S. military came up with the internet. (As a sidebar, former Vice President Al Gore never claimed he invented the internet; that’s just right-wing claptrap nastiness. Mr. Gore spearheaded funding for the Web while he was a congressman.) Anyway, if you’re unfamiliar with any of the terminologies or acronyms in this novel, get off your lazy arse, look it up, and learn something new. After all, isn’t that what reading is all about? This is an excellent novel for reasons already noted, a bit educational, and a nice, sugar-free romance with a good deal of sex tossed in to plump up the tale. (Maybe a pun, maybe not – you decide.)
Zen Wolfang was new to me as far as narrators go. He has an excellent voice, his oral interpretations were spot-on, and he reads at/with a comfortable tone and pace. I’ll be watching for other audiobooks he’s narrated.
I’m confident you’ll find Dirty Dining a fascinating and heart-warming story. This one comes highly recommended, either in e or audiobook.