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Elaine

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  • Talker

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Amy Lane
    • Narrated By David Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    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"
    "Very boring book"
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    What did you like best about Talker? What did you like least?

    I did not like it. It was nothing like Amy Lane's Keeping Promise Rock or The Locker Room.


    What could Amy Lane have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Nothing. I shouldn't have bought it, that's all.


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

    I now have another male narrator to add to my list of favorites:)


    Do you think Talker needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It has and I made the mistake of buying them but I'll wait awhile and see if I want to give it another try. If it still sucks, I'll get a refund.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Kinds of Tied Down

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones has a reputation for being calm and collected under fire. These traits serve him well with his hotshot partner, Ian Doyle, the kind of guy who can start a fight in an empty room. In the past three years of their life-and-death job, they've gone from strangers to professional coworkers to devoted teammates and best friends. Miro’s cultivated blind faith in the man who has his back… faith and something more.

    T. Henry says: "Another Winner"
    "More like a fanfic I ended having to pay for"
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    Calmes is better than this. Much better. This felt like Calmes decided to write a piece of fanfic about characters from a totally new tv series no ones ever heard of. We are thrust into the lives of two US Marshalls, Miro and Ian, at a point when the fanfic author has decided to make the unrequited love/lust mutual. Sort of like an NCIS Gibbs/Tony slash, except NCIS fans would already have the advantage of knowing the two men's history, their quirks and familiar fanfic tropes.

    Not so in Calmes story. You'd think making her MCs US Marshalls would mean you can expect a suspense/action plot. It doesn't. It's just a profession she slapped on. They could have been a pair of insurance agents or used car dealers.

    It's not a bad story. Just not up to Calmes standard, that's all. Throwing in a Sam Cage sighting doesn't cut it with me. I was pissed that one my favorite gay MCs was so cavalierly exploited.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Old Loyalty, New Love

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    When jackal shifter Quade Danas was banished from his pack for being gay, he spent years in the military escaping his father's prejudice before returning to civilian life as a bodyguard for Roman Howell, the teenage son of a very rich man. After Roman is in an accident that leaves him physically scarred and emotionally distant, Quade is the only one who can get through to him. As Roman becomes a man, he realizes what he wants - his bodyguard by his side and in his bed.

    T. Henry says: "Perfect Narration"
    "Another winner from Calmes!"
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    I was pleasantly surprised - and relieved - how good this was, following the dismal All Kinds of Tied Down. This jackal shifter story has everything - solid plot, moving romance, MCs that resonated with me, and hot sex.

    Definitely goes to my Keeper and Comfort Listen shelves!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catch My Breath

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By M. J. O'Shea
    • Narrated By Tyler Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    Danny Bright was born to entertain. He just needs his big break. So when he hears that Blue Horizon Records is holding auditions looking for the next big thing, Danny jumps at the chance. It doesn't turn out exactly as he imagined, though. Instead of getting solo contracts, Danny and four other guys are put into a boy band. Innocent, idealistic Elliot Price thinks he's headed for college. An impulsive decision to sing in the local talent search changes all that. A bigwig producer happens to see him, hands him a business card, and turns Elliot's life upside down.

    Elaine says: "Okay story but it was narrator that blew me away!"
    "Okay story but it was narrator that blew me away!"
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    The story was pleasant. Not great but something nice to listen to when you're in the mood for a plain ol' contemporary romance between 18 year-olds; ie, no serial killers, cops or Feds, just first-time, relationship-centered. It's well-written and flows smoothly.

    But Tyler Stevens. He was surprisingly excellent! I was expecting him to make the two MCs sound like flaming queens but no, Stevens' voice, while still sounding effeminate (to my ears) was fluid like soft, warm honey. His performance was definitely 5 stars - great pacing and expressiveness (unlike the dreadful Jeff Gelder) and none of that gasping for breath before each sentence that most male narrators are guilty of.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Grand Passion

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jayne Ann Krentz
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (61)

    When the handsome, wealthy Max Fortune, art collector extraordinaire, inherits five paintings at the death of his long-time friend and benefactor, he expects to receive them. Instead, his benefactor leaves only a clue to their whereabouts in a cryptic note which reads, "The most precious things I leave you, you'll find at the Robbins' Nest Inn."

    Elaine says: "Narrator sounds like a dirty old man"
    "Narrator sounds like a dirty old man"
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    This was one of my favorite JAKs and the narrator ruined it. Why do they pick a narrator with such an old-sounding voice for a contemporary romance? Ferrone may be great for non-fiction, but definitely NOT for a lighthearted romance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Paradise

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (119)

    New Eden, Montana, is a piece of heaven on earth where one woman died in her own private hell. Now it’s up to ex-court reporter Marilee Jennings to decipher the puzzle of her best friend’s death. But someone has a stake in silencing her suspicion. Someone with secrets worth killing for - and the power to turn this beautiful haven into a...dark paradise.

    Meredith says: "Not good"
    "Foul-mouthed heroine not a good start"
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    I couldn't get past the first couple of chapters. First thing the heroine says to the hero whom she's meeting the first time is "Who the fuck are you?". Granted she thought he had no business being in her missing friend's house but...

    And so said "intruder" (who wasn't an intruder) decides to act the jerk by making coarse sexual come-ons to scare the heroine off the property. There's a place for the word "fuck" and for pretend-jerks. This is not the type of book for them. I have not read Ms Hoags new books, the non-romance ones, but if this is how she writes her heroines in her romantic suspense, it's no wonder she's now writing pure suspense.

    Unless, of course, her 21st century suspense heroines are still rough as guts as the one here.

    Joyce Bean is as good as always, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scream for Me: A Novel of the Night Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Cynthia Eden
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    They were only supposed to have a professional relationship, but FBI agent Kyle McKenzie has been fantasizing about his sexy partner, Cadence Hollow, from the moment they first met. It takes the darkest case of their careers to finally bring their hidden desire bubbling to the surface. Once they’re in each other’s arms, though, they swear that nothing short of death will part them.

    Michelle says: "ok but not fantastic"
    "Horrible narrator; poorly-written story"
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    First, the narrator has a high, nasal voice which makes it hard to tolerate for long periods. Beresford didn't improve in this third installment and I ended up aborting the audio and just reading the ebook.

    Even that proved difficult because the author got a lot of details mixed up, which disrupted my reading as I had to keep going back to check if I remembered wrong or the author was making mistakes. It was the author. The obvious lack of quality editing plus the unpleasant narration made this a dismal experience.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Slow Heat in Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (574)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (351)

    The adopted daughter of the most powerful man in town, Schyler Crandall left Heaven, Louisiana, a brokenhearted girl. Now a crisis has brought her home to a family in conflict, a logging empire on the brink of disaster, and seething secrets that make Heaven hotter than hell.

    bluebelle says: "Spectacular, Kept me guessing the whole time!"
    "A classic favorite! Prefer a different narrator"
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    This is one of my enduring classics by Sandra Brown. I know a lot of SB fans who read and listen to her oldies over and over again. Cash Boudreaux has never left my memories of bad-boy heroes and steaming Southern romances. His name is one of the two that readily comes to mind when I'm asked for a favorite hero (the other is JD Robb's Roarke) even though Cash is rough, uncouth and brimming over with passion. He made SiH into a contemporary bodice-ripper that send my bosom heaving, indeed.

    The narrator has never been a favorite of mine. Hill's voice and narrating style always conjures up the image of an old man in his armchair with a pipe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carolina Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (150)

    Tory Bodeen grew up in a small, rundown house where her father ruled with an iron fist and a leather belt - and where her dreams and talents had no room to flourish. But she had Hope - who lived in the big house, just a short skip away, and whose friendship allowed Tory to be something she wasn't allowed to be at home: a child. But after Hope's brutal murder, Tory's life fell apart. Now grown, she's trying to find a measure of peace. But Hope's killer is still nearby.

    paula lewis says: "Good and Bad"
    "Technical problem ruined the book for me"
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    This is a very poor copy as the voice is not smooth. It's clearly a technical issue as I stopped to listen to another audiobook to compare. Hopefully, Audible will correct this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bonds of Denial: Wicked Play, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Lynda Aicher
    • Narrated By Decklan McKenna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (85)

    It's been 20 years since Rockford Fielding's father punished him for kissing another boy. Rock continues to deny his true desires, even while working security at The Den, the most decadent sex club in town. But after a year of watching gorgeous Carter Montgomery come and go on the arms of other men, Rock can no longer resist the cravings he's denied for so long. One charmingly awkward date turns into two and soon the men are meeting off the clock. But with Rock in the closet and Carter unsure how to pursue a real relationship, how can they build a future both in and out of the bedroom?

    DK says: "A Bit Disappointing After The Others In The Series"
    "Good narrator but average story"
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    McKenna's voice is rich and compelling but, unfortunately, the story gets boring after a promising start. The scenes between Rock and Carter are repetitive and as a listener, I was stuck with that. At least with an ebook or hard copy, I can skip those parts easily. Not possible with an Audible audio because I don't even get chapters and it's a pain to get to where I want, or return to my last spot.

    There are heaps of better rent-boy/hooker stories out there.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Week Girlfriend: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Monica Murphy
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd, Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (121)

    Temporary. That's the word I'd use to describe my life right now. I'm temporarily working double shifts - at least until I can break free. I'm temporarily raising my little brother - since apparently our actual mother doesn't give a crap about either of us. And I always end up as nothing but the temporary girlfriend - the flavor of the week for every guy who's heard the rumor that I give it up so easily.

    Jordy says: "Drew & Fable story is heartwrenching, but I loved!"
    "What was all the fuss about?"
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    I went in knowing this was New Adult, that it was about couples aged between 20 and 25. No prob with that. My gripe is that the teenaged characters that appear in some of the romances or romantic suspense I normally read come across with more character strength and attractiveness than these two MCs. Drew is a good-looking quarterback but sounds like a dweeb no girl would be caught dating.

    Luke Daniel made Drew Callahan's father sound like a feeble old lady. I don't understand why Mr Callahan was given such a high, quavery voice. Instead of the successful businessman who made his money in the world of finance, he sounded like an elderly spinster aunt. Daniel's voice is lovely so it's so strange that he chose to make the elder Callahan sound the way he did.

    Anyway, this turned out to be a dud for me and the genre will go the way Chick Lit and Women's Fiction did for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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