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Nimue

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Alberta, Canada | Listener Since 2008

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  • Widdershins: Whyborne & Griffin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jordan L. Hawk
    • Narrated By Julian G. Simmons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (81)

    Repressed scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne has two skills: reading dead languages and hiding in his office at the Ladysmith Museum. After the tragic death of the friend he secretly loved, he's ruthlessly suppressed any desire for another man. So when handsome ex-Pinkerton Griffin Flaherty approaches him to translate a mysterious book, Whyborne wants to finish the job and get rid of the detective as quickly as possible. Griffin left the Pinkertons following the death of his partner, hoping to start a new life. But the powerful cult that murdered Glenn has taken root in Widdershins, and only the spells in the book can stop them.

    R. Wilson says: "Gripping Erotic Suspense, Seductive Narrator!"
    "Good story, immature writing."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really liked the story, even though there were a few difficulties with period references. For the first part of the story, I had a hard time remembering that the time frame was in the past. The book used both modern and historic references to items that didn't fit the period. I eventually just decided to *put* myself in the time frame and ignore the inappropriate references.
    The narrator was difficult to get used to, but once I had, I was OK with the narration. Not the best performance, but OK. He needs to learn how to read passion.
    I am not sure if I would rather read than listen.
    It really was a good story with a reasonably fresh plot. I was surprised at the number of books this author has published as he seems to need either more experience or better research skills.
    I know this doesn't sound like a good review, but I do recommend listening to it.

    2 of 2 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
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (67)

    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
    Performance
    Story

    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
    (78)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (69)

    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!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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
    (89)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (87)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Men Under the Mistletoe

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ava March, Harper Fox, Josh Lanyon, and others
    • Narrated By Max Tatch, James de Grassi, Jack LeFleur, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (85)

    A man receives the gift of pleasure at the hands of two expert lovers. Boyhood sweethearts get a second chance at romance. Two very proper gentlemen indulge their forbidden desires. And a Christmas tree farmer has an epiphany. It may be cold outside but these four holiday novellas will warm you up.

    Nimue says: "Christmas present to me!"
    "Christmas present to me!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really likes this collection as a Christmas collection.
    Both "My True Love Gave to Me" and "A Christmas Proposition" had a "Christmas Carol" Scrooge-like character. Both stories made me cry.
    As Josh Lanyon is my favourite M/M romance writer, "Lone Star" was sure to be great and I wasn't disappointed.
    While "Winter Knights" was not a traditional romance, it was still a good listen.
    All the narrators did a great job. Jack LeFleur was excellent as always.

    I listened to this set in one day (-30 C yesterday!)
    Highly recommended

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2930)
    Performance
    (2094)
    Story
    (2092)

    Award-winning author Craig Johnson's critically acclaimed debut Western mystery takes listeners to the breathtaking mountains of Wyoming for a tale of cold-blooded vengeance. Four high-school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.

    Steven says: "Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)"
    "I really tried to like it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really tried to like this book because of all the great reviews. I even made it half way, but finally gave up. There are too many truly great books to bother finishing this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All in with the Duke: Gambling on Love, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Ava March
    • Narrated By Timothy Holcomb
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Max Arrington, the Duke of Pelham, vows to never again let a handsome face blind him to a man's true intentions. But ten months of celibacy and lonely nights drive him to a decadent brothel, where a beautiful young man arouses his illicit passions as never before. Tristan Walsh has grown tired of being used for men's pleasure. But his latest client is different: Commanding yet generous, Max makes him feel cared for as well as wanted.

    Nimue says: "Not best effort"
    "Not best effort"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am a great fan of Ava March (I have read / listened to most of her books). Brook Street: Thief is in my top 10 favourite M/M romances.
    Having recently re-listened to Thief, I am sorry to say All In With the Duke is definitely not one of AM's better efforts.
    All In With the Duke has the same plot line and even some of the same phrases used in Thief. I couldn't help making a comparison, with All In With the Duke coming in a poor second.
    Timothy Holcomb is an OK narrator.
    Since the two books are so similar, spend your money on Brook Street: Thief instead.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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