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Kathleen

Kathleen

Walnut Creek, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Benjamin Alire Saenz
    • Narrated By Lin-Manuel Miranda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship - the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

    Kathleen says: "A brilliant gem in a sea of mediocrity"
    "A brilliant gem in a sea of mediocrity"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's a heartwarming, heart-wrenching, sweet, sad, laugh-out-loud funny, coming-of-age story so deftly told by Mr. Saenz. A better narrator, Mr. Miranda, could not have been chosen. This book will stay with me for the rest of my life. I will never look at teens the same.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both the main characters and their parents were special beyond words.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The entire book was fabulous, even though I think I went through a box of Kleenex.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I don't have time to listen to any audio book in one sitting. I mostly listened to this one in my car and on my long bike rides, as I do all my audio books. Very satisfactory.


    Any additional comments?

    I simply cannot recommend this book highly enough. To teens and young adults, to parents, to fans of the mm genre... to just about anyone. Oh how I loved it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • But for You: A Matter of Time, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Finn Sterling
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Jory Harcourt is finally living the dream. Being married to US Marshal Sam Kage has changed him - it's settled the tumult of their past and changed Jory from a guy who bails at the first sign of trouble to a man who stays and weathers the storm. He and Sam have two kids, a house in the burbs, and a badass minivan. Jory's days of being an epicenter for disaster are over. Domestic life is good.

    Kathleen says: "The last Sam & Jory story"
    "The last Sam & Jory story"
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    Would you listen to But for You again? Why?

    Over and over. It's a favorite series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jory, of course. Sam calls him a trouble-magnet and that he is. Gets into so much trouble, but at the same time is a well of unexpected courage and resourcefulness. I wish I had a RL friend like Jory...I'd never be bored and I know he'd be there for me no matter the predicament. Love love love him. (Sam, too!)


    What about Finn Sterling’s performance did you like?

    The prior book in the series, Bulletproof, was read by perhaps the worst narrator in the genre, so Finn Sterling was a breath of fresh air. He did both Sam's and Jory's voices perfectly. Also great for the kids and other adult characters. His female voices need a little work. :)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I almost did!


    Any additional comments?

    The last Sam & Jory story. I just want to slip away and cry in some dark corner for awhile. Finn Sterling's narration was stellar for the most part. The female voices could use some work, but the men and kids were excellent. Thanks, Mary Calmes, for allowing me to be a part of Sam and Jory these past four books. Here's to one hell of a thrilling, romantic ride! While the entire series is highly recommended, listeners will most likely be disappointed in the narration of the third audiobook, Bulletproof, as the narrator is quite simply...awful. As I listened to the series, I ended up skipping #3 and re-read the book instead.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Plan B

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By SJD Peterson
    • Narrated By Andrew McFerrin
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    Danny Marshal has always lived his life out loud, but his androgynous appearance is only a small part of who he is. One night at a frat party, Danny meets Lance Lenard, football jock and apparent straight guy. Lance is shocked when he's immediately attracted to Danny's feminine side. Danny is happy to be the subject of Lance's first man-on-man experiment-until Lance begins to struggle with the fact that despite his appearance, Danny is indeed a man.

    Ndulgent Blogger says: "Narration Gone Wrong"
    "I preferred the book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend the book over the audiobook. But it was still mostly fun to listen to, sweet in places yet angsty in others. The writer is talented and I would definitely read or listen to other books she's written.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Plan B?

    The epilogue.


    Did Andrew McFerrin do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, a very good job. But I didn't like his over-the-top performance and inflections for Danny. I quite liked the ebook and, most of the time, Danny. In this audio version, he came off even more self-centered with an occasional mean streak. I think someone like Shannon Gunn or Sean Crisden would have been a better choice for narrator.


    If you could rename Plan B, what would you call it?

    Diva


    Any additional comments?

    Summary: This is one of the very rare times that I liked the ebook better. The narrator was way over the top and portrayed Danny is such a way that I truly did not like him some of the time. He was a self-centered diva with an occasional mean streak. I didn't feel that way when I read the ebook, so I know it was the narrator. 3.75 stars rounded up to 4 stars. Still... recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Acrobat

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (87)

    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.

    Marian says: "Love It!"
    "Another winner from Mary Calmes"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Acrobat to be better than the print version?

    Yes. A great narrator can make a book come alive, and that's just what Sean Crisden did.


    What other book might you compare Acrobat to and why?

    No clue.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Crisden – was your favorite?

    Nate, of course. But I loved Dreo and his nephew Michael, too.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed a lot at Nate's clever interaction with nearly everyone he met.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Mary Calmes' books and characters. And I especially like experiencing them a second time on audio with narrator Sean Crisden. My only, and rather significant, issue with Acrobat was that Nate was just too perfect. I like some flaws in my heroes, and I couldn't find a single one. Still, it was a wonderful contemporary love story with an incredible cast of supporting characters. Recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • After Ben: Seattle Stories, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Con Riley
    • Narrated By JP Handler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    A year after the sudden death of his longtime partner, Ben, Theo Anderson is still grieving. The last thing he's looking for is a new lover. But as Theo soon discovers, sometimes life has other plans. While Theo experiences a powerful physical attraction to fellow gym member Peter, it's his new online friend, Morgan, who provides the intellectual challenge to make him come alive. Morgan is witty, brave, and irreverent, and Theo is ready to take the plunge…until he discovers Morgan might be half his age.

    Kathleen says: "Beautiful prose and characters with depth"
    "Beautiful prose and characters with depth"
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    Would you listen to After Ben again? Why?

    No, I couldn't journey with Theo in his memories of Ben again. Too painful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of After Ben?

    The online banter between Theo and Morgan after they started communicating away from the forum. Some of it was hysterical.


    What about JP Handler’s performance did you like?

    The genuine emotion he brought to the story. He got choked up more than once, which of course brought me to tears repeatedly.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I listen to audio books while in my car, at work, and while riding my bike.


    Any additional comments?

    My review: Theo recalls in heart-wrenching detail his life with partner Ben over 15 years. It's been a year since Ben's death and he still struggles with everyday life...until he meets Peter and Morgan. Peter works out at the same gym, and Morgan is a constant online presence on the debate forums in which Theo participates. Both urge Theo on, to live in the present, to see a future full of hope and love without his Ben. But only one eventually captures Theo's heart.

    It was an emotional rollercoaster. Even the narrator was choked up at times. I found both the characters and the storyline believable and completely engaging. I loved Con Riley's lovely prose, the sheer depth of her characters, and her ability to make readers feel almost like voyeurs. It's my first book by this author and certainly will not be my last.

    Highly recommended.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Bulletproof: A Matter of Time, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Jeff Gelder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (103)

    Jory Harcourt doesn't have to go looking for trouble. Wherever he goes, it seems to find him - particularly when his partner, Sam Kage, is working undercover on a federal task force. After the recession forces him to close his business, Jory goes to work as a matchmaker and event planner. From there, it's only a matter of time before his big mouth and up-front attitude make him the rope in a tug-of-war between a trust-fund baby and a drug-smuggling criminal.

    Riva says: "Great book, poor narration"
    "Wonderful addition to series, terrible narrator"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bulletproof to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely not. Paul Morrey wasn't a stellar narrator for the first two volumes, but at least you could tell when Sam was speaking...he had his low gravelly/growly voice down pat.Dane had the most ridiculous accent, but at least I could tell who was speaking. Gelder is a reader, not a narrator. I had to quit listening and drag out the book because he was ruining the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The continuation of the "epic" love story between Sam and Jory. I love these guys.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jeff Gelder?

    Sean Crisden, Shannon Gunn, Jeff Frez-Albrecht, Brad Langer, Chris Patton, Charlie David, Kevin R. Free, Paul Fleschner... pretty much any good narrator, even Paul Morey would have been so much better than Gelder.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Well, I especially loved the part where Jory and Sam meet up in the dark behind the club. Oh.My. :)


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful continuation of the love story. Too bad Gelder ruined it for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bear, Otter, and the Kid

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By T. J. Klune
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (160)

    Three years ago, Bear McKenna’s mother took off for parts unknown with her new boyfriend, leaving Bear to raise his six-year-old brother Tyson, aka the Kid. Somehow they’ve muddled through, but since he’s totally devoted to the Kid, Bear isn’t actually doing much living. With a few exceptions, he’s retreated from the world, and he’s mostly okay with that - until Otter comes home. Otter is Bear’s best friend’s older brother, and as they’ve done for their whole lives, Bear and Otter crash and collide in ways neither expect.

    L. Hew says: "Nothing But the Best!"
    "Silly title, incredible book"
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    What made the experience of listening to Bear, Otter, and the Kid the most enjoyable?

    The perfect narrator for this story. Sean Crisden.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bear, of course. Followed closely by Ty and Otter. Even the secondary characters were wonderful.


    Have you listened to any of Sean Crisden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Sean narrated all but the first two in Abigail Roux's Cut & Run series. Loved them. All stellar performances.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Oh, you mean all the times when my heart was ripped out through my ribcage?


    Any additional comments?

    The story was heartwarming, gut-wrenching, sweet, hot, hilarious... a rollercoaster of emotions. Very well written and brilliantly narrated, especially Bear's internal dialogue. The secondary characters were nearly as well developed as the three main characters. A solid five-star story and performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Strawberries for Dessert

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Marie Sexton
    • Narrated By Mack L. Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (80)

    When Jonathan Kechter agrees to a blind date with Cole Fenton, he expects nothing more than dinner and a onenight stand... but he gets more than he bargained for in Cole. Cole is arrogant, flamboyant, and definitely not Jon’s type. Still, when Cole suggests an arrangement of getting together for casual sex whenever they're both in town, Jon readily agrees.Their arrangement may be casual, but Jonathan soon learns that when it comes to Cole Fenton, nothing is easy.

    Ezinwanyi says: "Loved Cole & Jon"
    "Worst.Narrator.Ever"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No. The narrator was poor beyond belief. In addition to errors in reading, repeated sections, and mistakes, it was awful. Buy the book. It is an EXCELLENT story!


    What other book might you compare Strawberries for Dessert to and why?

    Abigail Roux's Cut & Run series...not available on audio. :( A relationship where two people wanted to be together but allowed other issues to get in the way.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mack L. Jones’s performances?

    Sure...if hell freezes over.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The closing scene. I was reduced to tears several times in the book, but the last scene took the cake.


    Any additional comments?

    This story was well written. I truly couldn't stand Jonathon in the first few chapters of the book, but found Cole so intriguing. As the story progresses and we see into the men's souls, we understand what make them tick. And we start to care about them. In the end, I'm totally in love with both these men. Beautiful story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Somebody Killed His Editor: Holmes & Moriarity, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (150)

    Thanks to an elderly spinster sleuth and her ingenious cat, Christopher Holmes has enjoyed a celebrated career as a bestselling mystery writer. Until now. Sales are down and his new editor is allergic to geriatric gumshoes. On the advice of his agent, he reinvents his fortyish, frumpy, recently dumped self into the sleek, sexy image of a literary lion, and heads for a Northern California writers conference to try and resurrect his career.

    Irene says: "Somebody Killed His Editor"
    "I liked The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks better"
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    What did you love best about Somebody Killed His Editor?

    It's more about what I didn't like about the story...neither of the main characters. And when I don't fall in love with the MCs, I just end up not particularly liking the entire story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Somebody Killed His Editor?

    First time Chris and JX made love in Chris' room. Explosive.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin R. Free’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've never heard him before. I'd rate him above average, but not spectacular like Shannon Gunn.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it was difficult to finish.


    Any additional comments?

    I LOVE Josh Lanyon, but I am not fond of this series. Fatal Shadows (Adrien English Mysteries) is far better in my opinion, as is Fair Game and The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks.

    I'd rate this book/story at 3-1/2 stars overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Max Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (118)

    His romantic weekend in ruins, shy 20-something artist Perry Foster learns that things can always get worse when he returns home from San Francisco to find a dead body in his bathtub. A dead body in a very ugly sportscoat - and matching socks. The dead man is a stranger to Perry, but that's not much of a comfort; how did a strange dead man get in a locked flat at the isolated Alton Estate in the wilds of the 'Northeast Kingdom' of Vermont? Perry turns to help from 'tall, dark and hostile' former navy SEAL Nick Reno.

    Donald says: "And the Spirits say..."
    "Wonderful stand alone from Josh Lanyon"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks to be better than the print version?

    Unknown


    What did you like best about this story?

    Perry's spirit and very dry sense of humor, and stone-cold Nicks unthawing the longer he was around Perry.


    What about Max Miller’s performance did you like?

    Fairly good narrator for this story. Would have liked a bit more lower range in his voice, especially for Nick.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I hope there is NEVER a movie made from this wonderful story. Hollywood NEVER gets it right unless the author is in complete control. And unless Josh becomes JK Rowling overnight... that's not going to happen. Leave it be.


    Any additional comments?

    A well written murder mystery surrounded by a love story. Well done!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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