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N. Houghton

RochNYguy

Mendon, NY United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 16 reviews
  • 52 ratings
  • 1245 titles in library
  • 123 purchased in 2014
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  • Talker

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Amy Lane
    • Narrated By David Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (73)

    Tate "Talker" Walker has spent most of his life hiding his scars under a bright punk facade, and until he sat next to Brian Cooper on a bus, it worked. But Brian has spent his whole life being the invisible man, and he's used to looking below the surface. What he sees in Talker is a fragile and lovable human being. Brian is outwardly straight, but Talker is desperate for love, and when Talker's behavior leads to some painful consequences, Brian is forced to come out of his closet—in dramatic fashion.

    N. Houghton says: "Good High School Gay Story"
    "Good High School Gay Story"
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    I am a mature gay man and not a pedophile. I listen to this kind of fiction with an ear toward what I wish was available when I was growing up gay. I have mixed feeling about the graphic sexual conduct. A straight version of this story, while including the sex would hardly be as explicit, making it more acceptable to parents to recommend it as a coming of age story that would speak to the universality love. But it is what it is, and I wish it were available 40 years ago.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Outlast the Night: Lang Downs

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ariel Tachna
    • Narrated By William James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    Office manager Sam Emery is unemployed and out of luck. When his emotionally abusive wife demands a divorce, he contacts the one person he has left, his brother, Neil. He doesn’t expect Neil to reject him, but he also doesn’t expect the news of his divorce - and of his sexuality - to be met with such acceptance.

    Orlando says: "A sweet chapter in the Lang Downs saga"
    "Coitus interruptus"
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    I read gay romances because porn doesn't do it for me. I need context. This one was wonderful in setting up a real romantic connection the reader cared about. What a change of pace. The apparently the writer got bored or someone forgot the last reel. Loved the first two books, but what a way to end. Thumbs down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Who Knew Too Much: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (731)
    Performance
    (637)
    Story
    (626)

    Combining suspense and intrigue with a wonderfully humorous take on the link between man and beast, Spencer Quinn's exceptional mystery series has captured widespread praise since its New York Times best-selling debut, Dog on It. The Dog Who Knew Too Much marks the duo's triumphant return in a tale that's full of surprises.

    LINDA says: "Mystery from the canine point of vew"
    "Totally Fun!"
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    Even though it is not the first book in the series it is the first I read... maybe it was on sale .... but I will return to book one and can't wait. If you love dogs, have a dog or are a dog (since the books narrator is a dog, I assume some reader might be too) you will love the mind of a dog's view of his master. He can do no wrong. "Did I tell you what great eyebrows he has?" His master poor sense of smell and not so keen eyesight are puzzling, but endearing to the canine author.

    The mystery is not the best, not bad, but not the best. You won't care.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Woke Up in a Strange Place

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Eric Arvin
    • Narrated By Charlie David
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    Joe wakes up in a barley field with no clothes, no memories, and no idea how he got there. Before he knows it, he's off on the last great journey of his life. With his soul guide Baker and a charge to have courage from a mysterious, alluring, and somehow familiar Stranger, Joe sets off through a fantastical changing landscape to confront his past. The quest is not without challenges.

    Donald says: "Concentration needed..."
    "Is This Heaven or Hell?"
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    I can't give away the plot of the book, but I was expecting gay romance or erotica, not a jumbled mess of a third rate (is there a lower rate?) attempt at literature, filled with schlocky metaphors and vain attempts to become a a gay C.S.Lewis and Salinger. Pretentious. The reader, God bless his attempts to add some character, just made it worse. I dare anyone to make it to the end of this torturous tale. In all the years I have been an audible listener I have never returned a book... until now.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Armed & Dangerous: Cut & Run Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Abigail Roux
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (231)

    Left alone in Baltimore after his unpredictable lover bails, Special Agent Zane Garrett takes his frustration out on everything in his path - until he is ordered to Chicago to back up an undercover operative. When he gets there, though, he finds himself face to face with his wayward partner, Special Agent Ty Grady. They have to deal with the uncertainty lingering between them while they work to retrieve their intended mark, a retired hit man and CIA wet-works operative named Julian Cross.

    Riva says: "Addicted to Ty and Zane"
    "Finally back together again!"
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    The characters have have become like family members whose dysfunctional relationship in a world of machismo has morphed slowly into being able to accept themselves for who they are. I have to admit that as a gay man I wish there was a little more erotic diversity, but this is a romance novel. I would love to chat with the author about a woman's interest in gay male fiction and perspective. I definitely like the idea of a committed relationship, but would also be more "into it" if there as more description of physical detail. I always hated porn until I found the rare explicit sex video imbedded in a story. Apparently I am in the minority here.

    To reconnect I returned to listen to the first book in the series. Now I want to listen to them all again. The narrator has changed. They are both fine, but I think Sean Crisden really adds more character separation and an extra sultry touch.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35986)
    Performance
    (26983)
    Story
    (27368)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "If You Are a Video Gamer, Fine. Otherwise."
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    I read this because I was told I must. Best thing since JK Rowling... I wish! Every book is written with author's intent and received with readers perspective. Since this was presented to me as a juvenile/young adult fiction I must judge its value as such from a retired educator's perspective.

    The video game feel made me uneasy but I hoped that some moral resolution would justify this as a device to reach young readers. Unfortunately, although the situation into which these young people were put, while clearly unconscionable was simply accept and never resolved. This is the type of fiction that is fine for s adult with a clearly established moral code. For a teenager without that, and I know way to many, it was disturbing. It's not fantastical vampires and werewolves, it's children wantonly killing other children and even the heroines actions are never really resolved. It felt like watching South Park with boys and young men, cheering on a laughing at racism, homophobia and gore that never saw the irony that makes it funny.

    I understand the sequels resolve some of these issues, but I didn't care enough to return to find out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Divide and Conquer: Cut & Run Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Madeleine Urban, Abigail Roux
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (313)

    Baltimore is a city in alarming distress. Rising violence is fanning the flames of public outrage. Thus the FBI’s latest ideas to improve public relations: a municipal softball league and workshops for community leaders. But the new commitments just mean more time Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett have to spend apart when they’re happily exploring how to be more than by-the-book partners. Then the latest spate of crime explodes in their faces—literally.

    N. Houghton says: "Can't Wait for #5"
    "Can't Wait for #5"
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    I feel like these guys are family and I just want to shake 'em and say.... "Get it together!" But their's is a very believable relationship of two men who come from worlds where homophobic standards are imposed. I do have to say that despite that, the end of this one is just out of left field. We need a resolution!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Tooth and Nail

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Andrew Schwartz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (114)

    Nineteen-year-old Dylan Shaw is possibly the most beautiful thing Malic Sunden has ever seen. After Malic rescues Dylan from an attack, Dylan makes it very clear that he is more than interested, but Malic won’t even consider sleeping with Dylan because of his age. Malic is sure he’s not good enough for Dylan, who has his whole life ahead of him, and can’t conceive of burdening Dylan with his secrets. But the darkness in Malic’s life won’t be denied, and soon Dylan is drawn into the dangerous paranormal world that is Malic’s reality.

    N. Houghton says: "Dreamspinner Readers are So Inconsistent!"
    "Dreamspinner Readers are So Inconsistent!"
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    This reader is awful. Where's the fire? He obviously can't wait to get out of the studio and speeds through the story a record pace. There is a way on my player to set the story to double time if I'm in a hurry... but this guy takes all emotion out of the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18721)
    Performance
    (16669)
    Story
    (16631)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Best King I have Read"
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    What a storyteller. And he has found a great vehicle in this story. "Can't put it down" story and great narration. My only issue is that the narrator is a bit over the top in his stereotypical portrayal of a some characters. It's a fine line to walk. He does help to keep characters distinct and is obviously a talented performer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hot Daddies: Gay Erotic Fiction

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Richard Labonte (editor), Dominic Santi, Dale Chase, and others
    • Narrated By Drake Stone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    One of the most powerful icons for gay men is the hunky, rough-hewn, authoritative daddy figure, who can offer hot kisses, warm embraces, and a firm hand with equal intensity. This collection of erotic stories reveals the unique sexual and emotional bonds between these older daddies and younger gay men.

    Jeff says: "great nairator and some hot stories"
    "A Mixed Bag"
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    This compilation includes a little something for everyone. That's its strength and its weakness. One of the drawbacks to audible compilations is that you can't flip through the stories to see if they balance in favor of your taste. Overall I am not disappointed that I bought this selection.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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