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  • Touch Me Gently

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By J.R. Loveless
    • Narrated By Jeff Gelder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (125)

    Always hiding his tormented past along with his scarred body, Kaden James finds it difficult to keep a job. Luck finally turns his way when he finds work as a cook on a Montana ranch, where he meets terrifyingly handsome Logan Michaels. Logan is different from any man Kaden’s ever met, and before long, he finds himself falling in love with the big cowboy. But Kaden’s nightmares won’t let go of him so easily, and he’s not just jumping at shadows. He has nearly a lifetime of abuse, horrifying memories, and pain addiction to overcome. Can Logan's gentle touch help Kaden heal inside?

    Kamilla says: "Disappointed..."
    "Great narration and story"
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    I love that most of the story is fluff and romance spiced with comfort when needed. The characters aren't perfect, and I liked the pace in which they developed. The antagonist is a bit too much at times, but as he is hardly there it doesn't matter. I didn’t much like the last hour of the story, which is the reason why the story only gets 4 stars instead of 5. The first many hours are filled with meaning full moments that shows the slow healing, hope to move on, and the occasional draw back. While there’s also some (probably just as many) in the last part I just didn’t like the new characters introduced and their effect on the protagonist.

    This is one of my preferred scenarios traumatized guy getting help to get healed and currently one of my favourite books. If you’ve heard Chasing Seth and found it ‘not quite heart-warming’ then don’t judge this book from that. Chasing Seth was a fine book well worth at least one listen, but this one is so much better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Talker

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Amy Lane
    • Narrated By David Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    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"
    "Cute story, overly dramatic ending"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More cute moments, there were a few in their past and I liked their past interactions. It is the melodramatic climax I have issues with. I realize it would have been a 'flat' endning if they had just sat down and talked, but that would probably have made my rating go up.


    Has Talker turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It hasn't turned me off from the teenage/coming of age genre, but it has made me a bit more cautios in what I pick.


    Did David Kaplan do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    While Kaplan has a nice voice it is often difficult to distinguish whether it is talk, speech or thoughts he is reading. The book isn’t chronological, the changes are marked as ‘then’ and ‘now’, but this isn’t expressed thoroughly enough in either tone or pause. If you are aware of it and make sure to pay close attention it doesn’t matter, but otherwise it might be somewhat confusing in the beginning. I had to sit afterwards and piece the two different timelines together.


    What character would you cut from Talker?

    I would cut the present characters and just keep the story of the past ones.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a cute story, but overly dramatic in the end. The narration experience doesn't add much to the experience but can cause some confusion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love Means No Boundaries

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Andrew Grey
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (80)

    Joey Sutherland has found a home with Geoff Laughton and his partner, Eli, living and working at the farm that has become a refuge after a motorcycle accident left him with a scarred face and a lot of insecurities. When Geoff’s aunt Mari convinces them to take in a musician from the National Youth Symphony, Joey is reluctantly roped into picking him up, already anticipating the disgust he’ll see on the man’s face. But Robert Edward Jameson surprises him.

    Janet says: "Great Love Story"
    "Handicap treated according to reality"
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    In this book I was especially looking forward to the handicap issues that would hopefully arise. I had already listened to three of his the other farm books where one has made my top three, another is a nice listen, and a third was returned because I seriously disliked the story So I had the whole spectrum to go from. While Love Means No Boundaries doesn't go on my frequent listening list it is difinetly worth checking out as it keeps the sweet romance from the Farm series while it still deals with issues sorouding blindness. I do not suffer from a handicap but sometimes it annoys me that magical solutions just show up for such things. That isn't the case in this book which pleases me.

    The most heart-warming part about the book was probably to experience the world and self-discovery through Robbie's eyes and the issues he had to deal with in his old settings in connection with that.

    Sean Crisden is a favourite narrator of mine and I have probably grown so used to his voice that I can no longer find any fault with what he reads. Even if the summary doesn't sound all that interesting I'd give it a try just to have something different by him. I hadn't known that you could have favourite narrators like you can authors. I have yet to hear something I'd consider a weak performance.

    The only reason this book is not on my frequent listening list is due to the fact that the summer does come to an end and I just thought the story it got a bit awkward there. It is realistic and as others have mentioned Andrew writes about real people, which is probably the reason why I find it awkward. It should in no way discourage anyone from listening to the book, it is still very good. It is after all a very small part of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love Means... Healing

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 49 mins)
    • By Andrew Grey
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    Seven months ago, Len Parker lost his partner of more than 20 years, and he isn’t sure how to feel about his blossoming attraction to Chris, one of his farmhands. Hesitant and still hurt, Len remains aloof and distant until he’s goaded into teaching Chris to ride. Fresh out of a 30-year career with the Marines, Chris can explore his sexuality openly for the first time in his life, but what he needs more than anything is peace. He’s convinced Len doesn’t like him until he digs a little deeper, and then, armed with hope, Chris sets out to prove that love can provide the healing.

    Randal says: "Very short, but necessary to series continuity"
    "Probably a good story unless you got attached to#2"
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    I inadvertently made the mistake of reading book #2 in this series before #1 so I didn't know Cliff was going to die (naturally I spent the better part of the first hour sobbing in #1 because of his death). I usually have One True Pairing in every story so when Len was to change partner I had to listen to this book, to see who was to take Cliffs place. On one hand I was disappointed; after the great romance of #2 this really can't compare. On the other hand since my True Pairing was Cliff and Len it was a relief that the marine didn't sweep Len away in a new epic romance.

    I usually love Sean Crisden but after listening to everyone in Sawyer Allerde's voice Sean Crisden is just too different. The transition was better with R. Kirsten -> Sawyer, but I usually prefer that the same narrator is kept throughout a series.

    I'm happy to know what happened regarding what book #1 alluded to for Len, but it really would have been better had it not had this new romance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Change of Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (107)

    As a young gay man—and a werepanther—all Jin Rayne yearns for is a normal life. Having fled his past, he wants nothing more than to start over, but Jin’s old life doesn’t want to let him go. When his travels bring him to a new city, he crosses paths with the leader of the local were-tribe. Logan Church is a shock and an enigma, and Jin fears that Logan is both the mate he fears and the love of his life.

    Cristin says: "Great idea but..."
    "Nice that we have other shifters"
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    It was nice to read about shifters in another form than werewolves, if for nothing else than diversity.

    I liked the way the main character was special, powerful and yet vulnerable and with flaws that he realized along the way.

    Only reason the performance is 'only' four stars is because the girls (as with a great many male narrators) sound silly, and the best friend sound (as another reviewer has commented) like a muppet. It might be a little disturbing in the beginning but after a while it becomes fades to the back ground. Sean Crisden is a lovely narrator in all other aspects; I loved his voice and the reading pace. It is one of my favourite night time books.

    2 of 2 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
    (77)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (68)

    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"
    "Amazing writing and narration"
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    What other book might you compare Kindred Hearts to and why?

    In genre it reminds me a lot of the late Barbara Cartland books, though that should not be set as a guideline for the story.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Morey – was your favorite?

    Gibson, I loved his accent. In general Paul Morey was excellent at performing voices, as they only changed slightly in tone, instead dialect and accent were used to describe the individual characters.


    Any additional comments?

    The story had a great diversity among the characters, Charlotte and Tristan were probably those with the best descriptions. The initial description of Tristan's life, not only as a child but also leading up to his marriage quickly stirred my sympathy. The changes that transpire for him through his life are well described and I love the initially slow moving romance.

    Charlotte was a delight to listen to, though I often disagreed with her decisions she has a calm way of looking at things. During the first quarter of the book I often found myself smiling at her odd inputs. I might have continued to do that through the rest of the book, but when you do it all the time you stop noticing.

    All the main characters had pretty well-developed backgrounds as you moved on through the story.

    The stigma of sodomy at the time is handled very well in the book, both how society views it and how the protagonist deals with it.

    The language is also generally kept in the right language, very few times is new slang used instead of the more proper form of speaking. It does not make the book hard to understand in any way, but it creates the atmosphere of that time. Only slips I noticed was during the sex scenes, which there weren't too many of. There was more focus on the romance and what it meant to their lives than the sexual part, which I found very refreshing from a lot of gay romance audiobooks.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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