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Nimue

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Alberta, Canada | Member Since 2008

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  • Men of Smithfield: Mark and Tony

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By L. B. Gregg
    • Narrated By Shannon Gunn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (120)

    "Coming home from work to find my boyfriend banging our hairy, married landlord—in our bed—was bad enough. Discovering Jamie had also cleaned out my bank accounts made it officially the worst day of my life. I think I can be forgiven for wanting revenge, even if a few little laws (and possibly Jamie's nose) got bent in the process."

    Libros Lover says: "Gobsmacked - In a Good Way"
    "Justice isn't always lawful!"
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    Where does Men of Smithfield: Mark and Tony rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in my M/M romances to be listened to again category.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really like Mark. He gets mad, does without thinking, and then figures out how to fix his mistakes, without wallowing in too much self-recrimination. I enjoyed his sense of justice which in real life most of us would only fantasize. I know I've had relationships end where I would have loved to hurt them as much as I was.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's a toss up between the church scene and Mark trying to be quiet after crawling into Tony's pantry.


    If you could take any character from Men of Smithfield: Mark and Tony out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Mark - for the reason mentioned above.


    Any additional comments?

    I chose this book because of a recommendation to try Shannon Gunn reading L.B. Gregg. I am glad I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Acrobat

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (141)

    Forty-five-year-old English professor Nathan Qells is very good at making people feel important. What he's not very good at is sticking around afterward. He's a nice guy; he just doesn't feel things the way other people do. So even after all the time he's spent taking care of Michael, the kid across the hall, he doesn't realize that Michael's mob muscle uncle and guardian, Andreo Fiore, has slowly been falling in love with him. Dreo has bigger problems than getting Nate to see him as a potential partner.

    Kathleen says: "Another winner from Mary Calmes"
    "I want to be liked"
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    I have read once and listened twice to this audiobook, so safe to say, I am a fan of Acrobat and Mary Calmes.
    Initially I found Nathan to be arrogant (and no one is liked *that* much), but realized he is just playing a game of "I want to be liked, so I will do whatever it takes to be liked." Once he finds someone who really loves him and can give him what he wants/needs, he becomes a *regular* person.
    I liked the many characters and their personality differences. It's nice to have extras that add to the story rather than just fill space.
    I also liked the mystery of the guy on the balcony.
    Definitely worth a listen...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Necropolis: Whyborne & Griffin, Volume 4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jordan L. Hawk
    • Narrated By Julian G. Simmons
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Introverted scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne has spent the last few months watching his lover, Griffin Flaherty, come to terms with the rejection of his adoptive family. So when an urgent telegram from Christine summons them to Egypt, Whyborne is reluctant to risk the fragile peace they've established. Until, that is, a man who seems as much animal as human tries to murder Whyborne in the museum. Amidst the ancient ruins of the pharaohs, they must join Christine and face betrayal, murder, and a legendary sorceress risen from the dead.

    Heather says: ""I am a Sorcerer""
    "Favourite so far"
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    This is definitely my favourite Whyborne & Griffin story yet. I love stories set in Egypt and their mythology, so that gave it an extra draw for me. I don't want to give anything away, so I will just say, things look good for Christine...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Ghost of a Chance

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Over a century ago Illusionist David Berkeley committed suicide in his mansion by the sea, thus dooming his restless spirit to wander forever. Or so the local legend goes. Professor Rhys Davies, a part-time parapsychologist, is writing a book on California hauntings and he believes the crumbling ruins of Berkeley House will make a terrific chapter -- if he can gain access to the house and grounds. The only obstacle is brooding cop and self-appointed caretaker, Sam Devlin.

    Heather says: "Great story"
    "Better the second time"
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    Normally I am a great fan of Josh Lanyon and Kevin R. Free, this time however, I struggled to get through. I don't remember listening to most of it.
    I did re-listen on a short trip I took and was able to appreciate this audiobook more. Don't use a credit on it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Going Up

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Amy Lane
    • Narrated By Paul Woodson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    Every dreary day, Zach Driscoll takes the elevator from the penthouse apartment of his father's building to his coldly charmed life where being a union lawyer instead of a corporate lawyer is an act of rebellion. Every day, that is, until the day the elevator breaks and Sean Mallory practically runs into his arms. Substitute teacher Sean Mallory is everything Zach is not - poor, happy, and goofily charming. With a disarming smile and a penchant for drama, Sean laughs his way into Zach's heart one elevator ride at a time.

    Irene says: "Going Up"
    "Really Bad!"
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    This was just a boring book with poor narration. It's only 2hr 39min, but I still couldn't finish it. Painfully slow, unsympathetic characters, & unrealistic storyline.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Summoner: Dominic Grey, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Layton Green
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    A United States diplomat disappears in front of hundreds of onlookers while attending a religious ceremony in the bushveld of Zimbabwe. Dominic Grey, Diplomatic Security special agent, product of a violent childhood and a worn passport, is assigned to investigate. Aiding the investigation is Professor Viktor Radek, religious phenomenologist and expert on cults, and Nya Mashumba, the local government liaison. What Grey uncovers is a terrifying cult older than Western civilization, the harsh underbelly of a country in despair, a priest seemingly able to perform impossibilities, and the identity of the newest target...himself.

    Nimue says: "Decent undemanding listen"
    "Decent undemanding listen"
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    This was an interesting horror story in that it was based on another cultures religion/mythology. I was grossed out a couple times, but I don't read many horror stories. Parts were very slow and didn't add to the overall story. There is a romantic interest that doesn't really fit with the characters or story.
    Layton Green had me guessing for most of the book, I figured it out about 3/4 way through.
    Peter Berkot does a good job portraying the various characters and is the reason I kept with the story.
    Overall a decent book when you don't have time to put a lot of effort into listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bar Watcher

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Dorien Grey
    • Narrated By Jeff Frez-Albrecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    When the manager of an elite local bath is stabbed to death, attorney Glen O'Banyon hires Dick Hardesty to check into it. The motive for the murder isn't hard to figure - Comstock was a jerk of the first order. In fact, the list of people who might have wanted him dead might be larger than the club's membership roster. Then, two obnoxious bar hoppers die in an apparent accident that turns out to be another murder, and when a third unpleasant individual meets an untimely demise, Dick begins to see a sinister pattern. All of the victims, prior to their deaths, had behaved badly in one of the local bars.

    Jon Michaelsen says: "Another great addition to the Hardesty P.I. Series"
    "Another Hit"
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    Dorien Grey writes another good mystery, with lots of twists and turns. He also starts bringing gay cancer (AIDS) into the story. It is a good reminder of how it must have been for the gay community in the 80s (the number of deaths is startling!).
    The more I listen to Jeff Frez-Albrecht the more I like listening to him.
    Can be listened to as a standalone, there are some references to other stories, but not enough to confuse.
    I highly recommend the series...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shying Away

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kate Sherwood
    • Narrated By Robert Nieman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (76)

    Quinn Donahue will do anyone once, so when Aaron Miller spots Quinn making his moves in a Vancouver gay bar, Aaron thinks he's found just the guy to relieve him of his unwanted virginity. Quinn, however, has apparently decided to make an exception to his usual open-bed policy. He may be an unrepentant connoisseur of one-night stands, but he's not going to disappoint a sweet kid like Aaron by giving him a hot night and then leaving while the sheets are still warm.

    Meredith says: "Perfect Voice for Characters"
    "Sweet Romance"
    Overall
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    Well written story for the most part. I liked that Kate Sherwood was able to portray both sympathetic and very unlikeable characters, i.e, Aaron's dad, at least Quinn's dad had a reason for being a jerk. Some of the psychology was dismissive of trauma, which I didn't like.
    Robert Nieman is able to portray young men very well. He also did a very good job of the family scene in the bar. Some of the pauses in his narration were rather odd, like he had gotten to the bottom of the page and had to pause to turn the page.
    Recommended as a short(ish) easy listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kindred Hearts

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Rowan Speedwell
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (79)

    Charming rascal Tristan Northwood seems to have it all: an ancient name, a noble inheritance, and a lovely wife. Women love him, men admire him, and it seems there is nothing he can’t do, whether it’s seducing a society wife or winning a carriage race. Little does society suspect that the name means nothing to him, the fortune is in his father’s hands, and he has no interest in his wife except a very distant friendship. Society bores him, and he takes dares because he only feels alive when he’s dancing on the edge...until his wife’s brother comes home from the wars.

    Amazon Customer says: "Amazing writing and narration"
    "Well Done!"
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    I am a fan of Rowan Speedwell because she is able to present psychological problems in her characters very realistically.
    I read this book before listening to it, Paul Morey was able to add to the story via character presentation.
    Definitely recommended. I also recommend "Finding Zach" with the same author/narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bending the Iron

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Libby Drew
    • Narrated By Robert Black
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Michael feels trapped. In his conservative, poor hometown where he has to keep his sexuality hidden. In his dead-end job. In caring for his alcoholic grandfather. Everything changes when he meets Eric, the new curator for the railroad museum. His curiosity about the passionate man quickly gives way to an intense attraction - one that Eric happily returns. To give their future a chance, they both must fight being trapped in the past.

    Donald says: "A Solid 3 1/2 Stars..."
    "Just OK"
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    Just an OK story. Characters are not sympathetic. Narrator needs to learn when to pause while reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Tide: Adrien English Mysteries, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (127)

    When a half-century old skeleton tumbles out of the wall in the midst of the renovation of Cloak and Dagger Bookstore renovation, Adrien turns to hot and handsome ex-lover Jake Riordan -- now out-of-the closet and working as a private detective. Jake is only too happy to have reason to stay in close contact with Adrien, but there are more surprises in Adrien's past than either one of them expects -- and one of them may prove hazardous to Jake's own heart.

    Nimue says: "Well Done Josh & Chris"
    "Well Done Josh & Chris"
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    When I read this book, it was my least favourite of the series.
    Chris performance was, as always, perfect. I had looked forward to hearing what he would do with this story. He went beyond my expectation. I spent half the book weeping.
    Now I get to go back and listen to the whole series at once!
    Thanks Josh for creating Adrien and Jake, and thanks Chris for helping bring them to life. Thanks for a great series...

    Highly recommended series

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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