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Libros Lover

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  • Men of Smithfield: Adam and Holden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By L. B. Gregg
    • Narrated By Shannon Gunn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (79)

    Holden Worthington's globetrotting days are over. Once the host of a popular adventure show, he hasn't ventured past his own front door in more than a year. Then the arrival of a sexy new gardener sparks something Holden hasn't felt in a very long time - an interest in the world outside his window. Holden tries to resist the attraction. But painfully shy yet definitely interested Adam Morgan has Holden longing to conquer his debilitating anxiety and live again. After a grisly discovery on the grounds of the estate, the town of Smithfield turns a suspicious eye on the reclusive Holden - and the two men must trust in each other to bring the truth out in the open.

    Libros Lover says: "Another Entertaining Installment"
    "Another Entertaining Installment"
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    If you could sum up Men of Smithfield: Adam and Holden in three words, what would they be?

    Touching, Funny, Infuriating


    What other book might you compare Men of Smithfield: Adam and Holden to and why?

    Don't know that I can think of another book that is similar off the top of my head.


    What aspect of Shannon Gunn’s performance would you have changed?

    His interpretation of Holden is a bit 'Paul Lyndeish' and sometimes annoying. I was wondering if the character was supposed to be voiced that way.


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

    Most of the moments involving Adam's insight. I love how sensitive and open he is. When he declared his love for Holden, I melted.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope there are more in this series and I would love to have Shannon narrate again. No more voices like Holden's though.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dani Alexander
    • Narrated By Joseph Northton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (115)

    Austin Glass seems to have it all: a loving fiancée, a future with the FBI, and a healthy-sized trust fund. At least on the surface. He also has a grin and a wisecrack for every situation. But the smile he presents to the world hides a painful past he’s buried too deeply to remember, and his quips mask bitterness and insecurity. Austin has himself and most of the whole world fooled - until he meets a redhead in a pair of bunny slippers.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "AWESOME!"
    "Shattered My Expectations"
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    What did you love best about Shattered Glass?

    I really like how honest and brutal Austin could be. He didn't pull any punches and gave as good as he got. I also appreciate the fact that he stuck to his guns no matter what anyone thought.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is hard. I love Rabbit, Austin and Nikolai. They each have their own endearing quality.


    What does Joseph Northton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He was wonderful with the accents and snark.


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

    It saddened me a bit because each character had his own hardship. Even though Austin was brought up in a wealthy family, he was basically blackmailed into being someone he was not. He also grew up with the knowledge that his own mother had no love for him and his father really didn't either. That messes with you no matter how much money you have.
    The other young men had each other to love at least. I laughed out loud many times and could have cried, but didn't.


    Any additional comments?

    I know that the author had some health issues that prevented the writing of the sequel, but I hope that all is well and we get to revisit these characters soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Among the Living: PsyCop, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jordan Castillo Price
    • Narrated By Gomez Pugh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    Victor Bayne, the psychic half a PsyCop team, is a gay medium who's more concerned with flying under the radar than in making waves. He hooks up with handsome Jacob Marks, a non-psychic (or "Stiff") from an adjacent precinct at his ex-partner's retirement party, and it seems like his dubious luck has taken a turn for the better. But then a serial killer surfaces who can change his appearance to match any witness' idea of the world's hottest guy.

    Jesi Lea Ryan says: "Perfect narrator for one of my favorite books!"
    "He Sees Dead People..."
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    Would you listen to Among the Living again? Why?

    Yes. The story is rather unique. It kinda grabs on and doesn't let go. I read the story when it first came out and forgot how much I liked it. Listening adds a new dimension and brings the story to life.


    What other book might you compare Among the Living to and why?

    All of JCP's other books. Dark, gritty, and suspenseful.


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

    This is the first time but hopefully not the last. I love his version of Lisa. His Jacob voice is scintillating.


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

    Yes. It's rather short so it was easy to do.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that the entire series is going to be in audio book format - soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dirty Deeds: Cole McGinnis, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Rhys Ford
    • Narrated By Greg Tremblay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Former cop turned private investigator Cole McGinnis never considered committing murder. But six months ago, when Jae-Min's blood filled his hands and death came knocking at his lover's door, killing Sheila Pinelli became a definite possibility. While Sheila lurks in some hidden corner of Los Angeles, Jae and Cole share a bed, a home, and most of all, happiness.

    Tyrell Cartwright says: "Rhys + Greg = AMAZING"
    "Dirty Deeds Indeed"
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    If you could sum up Dirty Deeds in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping, Touching,Entertaining


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Scarlet and Claudia. They are so strong and loving. I love the way they interact with the boys.


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

    Yup. Stellar as usual.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I'm waiting with baited breath for the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Out of the Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Kate Sherwood
    • Narrated By Peter B. Brooke
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    It hasn't been easy, but horse trainer Dan Wheeler is beginning to build a new life for himself, finding his place in California with his lovers Evan Kaminski and Jeff Stevens. When things are going well, it's spectacular: there's affection, humor, and passion. But things don't seem to go well all that often. Dan continues to struggle with the loss of his previous lover and sometimes doubts that he even deserves to be happy; Evan is jealous of every rival for Dan's attention - including Jeff; and Jeff worries that he's too old for the younger men and wonders if he should bow out completely.

    Riva says: "Great 2nd book"
    "ln the Dark..."
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    Would you try another book from Kate Sherwood and/or Peter B. Brooke?

    I am a bit on the fence about Ms. Sherwood' s books. They seem to get bogged down by too many storylines. The characters aren't very likable IMO and I honestly bought it for Mr. Brooke' s narration. The audio book producers pulled a fast one, though. They switched narrators in the middle of the story and then switched back to Peter. I thought I was imagining things, but I went back an re-listened. ????


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Meh...


    What aspect of Peter B. Brooke’s performance would you have changed?

    None. I love his voice and was quite perturbed when they switched him out for someone else. I wish he narrated more m/m.


    Was Out of the Darkness worth the listening time?

    It's lengthy. Not sure I could listen to a similar story for this long.


    Any additional comments?

    No more bait and switch please.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ethan, Who Loved Carter

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ryan Loveless
    • Narrated By K. C. Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    By twenty-four, Carter Stevenson has stuttered and ticced his way to debilitating shyness. Although his friends accuse him of letting his Tourette's dictate his life, Carter moves from Los Angeles to a quiet California town. He'll keep his head down and avoid people. He doesn't anticipate his new neighbor, Ethan Hart, crashing into his solitude and forcing him to get out and live.

    Libros Lover says: "Wow..."
    "Wow..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A resounding yes. This is such a feel good story. It has the right mixture of angst, humor, and erotic elements. I wish everyone would listen to it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The apparent love and respect that everyone had for Ethan.


    Which character – as performed by K. C. Kelly – was your favorite?

    Ethan.


    If you could rename Ethan, Who Loved Carter, what would you call it?

    I don't think I could rename it. The title is perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't normally read tearjerkers but I couldn't ignore this book. I don't know why I deigned to listen to it at work. There were many a scene where I reached for my tissue box. I haven't been moved by a story in a very long time. Initially, I didn't know if the narrator was the right choice. I am happy to say that he is. Mr. Kelly did a wonderful job. He evoked so much emotion from me and I consider that a job well done. Bravo Ms Loveless. I wish there was a sequel.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dirty Secret: Cole Mcginnis Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Rhys Ford
    • Narrated By Greg Tremblay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (72)

    Loving Kim Jae-Min isn't always easy: Jae is gun-shy about being openly homosexual. Ex-cop turned private investigator Cole McGinnis doesn't know any other way to be. Still, he understands where Jae is coming from. Traditional Korean men aren't gay-at least not usually where people can see them. When a singer named Scarlet asks him to help find Park Dae-Hoon, a gay Korean man who disappeared nearly two decades ago, Cole finds himself submerged in the tangled world of rich Korean families, where obligation and politics mean sacrificing happiness to preserve corporate empires.

    Riva says: "Better than the first"
    "It's No Secret.... I Love this Series"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dirty Secret the most enjoyable?

    There is so much going on in these books. Sometimes I get whiplash trying to keep up. The narrator helps by giving each character a distinct voice. I really like Mr. Tremblay.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    As in any good whodunit, Ms. Ford keeps the reader guessing. So many characters have motives, but until the end, you don't know who the perpetrator is.


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

    Yes. If anything, he's solidified his performance and made the characters his.


    If you could take any character from Dirty Secret out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Scarlett. I would like to find out her beauty secrets :-)


    Any additional comments?

    Number 3 - Bring it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cover Up: Toronto Tales, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By KC Burn
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    Detective Ivan Bekker has hit rock bottom. Not only is he recovering from a bad breakup with a cheating boyfriend, he's also involved in a drug bust gone bad. Ivan had to kill a man, and his friend was shot and is now fighting for his life. Though Ivan is under investigation for his part in the shooting, his boss sends him on an off-the-books undercover operation to close the case. The timing is critical - this could be their chance to plug a leak in the department.

    Libros Lover says: "Disappointed"
    "Disappointed"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not sure.


    What was most disappointing about KC Burn’s story?

    The main characters were bit TSTL IMO. Parker was too much of a doormat and let his 'best friend' walk all over him. Not a fan of this particular trope. Ivan was supposedly a smart cop who let himself be railroaded into an assignment that a rookie would have questioned. The story was a bit farfetched and unbelievable for me.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I've listened to other books narrated by Mr. James and because he was new, gave him leeway. I don't think that he's going to change his style. Still to wooden for me with not enough emotion. Even if he was reading my favorite book, I would have to give it a pass.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Cover Up?

    Too many to mention.


    Any additional comments?

    I like K C Burn and will continue to read her stories - every writer has a less than stellar piece of work, but I will only listen if someone else is narrating.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Zero at the Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jane Seville
    • Narrated By Alan Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (90)

    After witnessing a mob hit, surgeon Jack Francisco is put into protective custody to keep him safe until he can testify. A hitman known only as D is blackmailed into killing Jack, but when he tracks him down, his weary conscience won't allow him to murder an innocent man. Finding in each other an unlikely ally, Jack and D are soon on the run from shadowy enemies.

    Riva says: "Loved it in print, love the audiobook"
    "A Bone to Pick"
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    Would you try another book from Jane Seville and/or Alan Smith?

    I would like to read the sequel if Ms. Seville writes it. Mr. Smith's narrative skills are not to my taste. He's a bit wooden when emotion is needed an over zealous when things could be toned down. He reads like he was picked on to do it and just wants to get it over with.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It wrapped up ok. I would like to find out how they dealt with life afterward.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    See above.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    A more skilled narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Idea

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Damon Suede
    • Narrated By Charlie David
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (51)

    Reclusive comic book artist Trip Spector spends his life doodling super-square, straitlaced superheroes, hiding from his fans, and crushing on his unattainable boss until he meets the dork of his dreams. Silas Goolsby is a rowdy FX makeup creator with a loveless love life and a secret streak of geek who yearns for unlikely rescues and a truly creative partnership. Against their better judgment, they fall victim to chemistry, and what starts as infatuation quickly grows tender and terrifying.

    Riva says: "Great for a comic book lover but too long for me"
    "Bad Idea is a Good Idea"
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    What made the experience of listening to Bad Idea the most enjoyable?

    I comprehended the story much better by listening to it. For some reason, reading it was a bit difficult and slow. That's not normally the case.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bad Idea?

    I liked the interactions with Max.


    Which character – as performed by Charlie David – was your favorite?

    Max


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

    There were several.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad the audio version was made available. I'd put off finishing the ebook and I really did want to read it. I like Charlie as a narrator and hope to hear more from him.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Better Than Good

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Lane Hayes
    • Narrated By Tyler Stevens
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (88)

    Matt Sullivan understands labels: law student, athlete, heterosexual. He has goals: graduate and begin his career in law. One fateful night, Matt tags along with his gay roommate to a dance club and everything changes. Matt finds himself attracted to the most beautiful man he's ever seen. All labels go flying out the window.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Ah! May! Zing!!!!"
    "Better Than Good is Better Than Good"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. There is the right combination of romance and erotica . The narrator is outstanding.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Aaron. I love how he accepts himself and how he finally realized that he wanted to be with someone who wanted only him.


    What about Tyler Stevens’s performance did you like?

    It seem like he enjoyed narrating this book. Each character has a distinctive voice and he is very convincing while performing the love scenes.


    Who was the most memorable character of Better Than Good and why?

    Aaron - see above.


    Any additional comments?

    Peter and Jay's story please - narrated by Tyler of course.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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