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Ezinwanyi

Dallas, TX USA | Member Since 2012

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  • Shades of Gray

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brooke McKinley
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (94)

    Miller Sutton, a by-the-book FBI agent, is starting to see some troubling shades of gray in his black-and-white world. He comes face-to-face with his doubts in the person of Danny Butler, a mid-level drug runner Miller hopes to use to catch a much larger fish: Roberto Hinestroza, a drug lord Miller has pursued for years. Danny has no interest in being a witness against his boss, both out of a sense of twisted loyalty and because he knows double-crossing Hinestroza is a sure death sentence.

    Riva says: "Great book, great narrator"
    "a tale of two halves"
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    The narrator was good. He really brought me along with this one.

    This story featured Danny Butler, a drug dealer who was pulled over on a weapons charge and the FBI was leaning on him to testify against his boss. After his boss sent some goons to silence him, Danny had to go on the run while waiting for the trial. FBI agent Miller Sutton was the FBI agent who worked tirelessly for 3 years to bring down the Crime Lord Hinestroza, so he wasn't going to let anything happen to his star witness Danny Butler.

    While on the run, Danny and Miller got to know each other and soon started sleeping together. There was a lot at stake as Miller is an FBI agent (with a fiancee) and Danny is a felon. The decks were stacked high, and soon Danny and Miller felt the weight of all their past choices, and it seemed like their love wouldn't survive.

    I loved the first half of the story, and the second half dragged a little bit. I think it was because the first half was the discovery of their love and while the second half was the discovery of the individuals as "gay" men (self discovery). Danny carried a lot of pain and self loathing, so I am glad he started feeling like he was worth something by the end. Miller had no insight to himself, but Danny's love forced him to come clean to himself and then everyone else. It cost him, but he gained self respect. I enjoyed seeing how they both battled separate demons, but realized they are stronger together.

    I wish the author gave an epilogue about Rachel, Miller's fiance...and maybe the crime syndicate Danny was running from.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Pray the Gay Away: A Southern Thing

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Sara York
    • Narrated By Jason Frazier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Star football player, Jack Miller, had it all. The perfect family, looks, girls hanging on his every word, and the respect of most people in his town. But one thing was missing--a man to be his own. When Andrew Collins showed up in small town, conservative Sweet, Georgia, he looked more scrawny mutt than high school senior. Andrew's plan was to keep his head down and graduate high school, leaving his family behind to start his real life.

    John Chapman says: "Gay raised in the south & religous homes must read"
    "Standard story, religious family with a gay son."
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    My biggest issue with this book is that I don’t want to be told how to feel, and that’s what the author did here. It was quite preachy but it didn’t allow me to draw my own conclusions and it was also one-dimensional. The narrator was actually pretty good and kept me listening but I wanted something a little different than stereotypes.

    Jack Miller was the son of a small Georgia town’s preacher and also the star of the high school football team. He had everything, except the freedom to love who he wanted. It seems that his father had noticed some traits that were “sinful” about Jack, so his father really pushed him to be a “man”.
    When a new family, the Collins moved to town, they asked the preacher to help them start over. Their son Andrew Collins has afflicted with the sin of gayness and they are hoping being around good people will redirect Andrew’s sinful ways. If Jack could mentor Andrew and show him how a real man was, maybe Andrew could be saved. Now Jack finally found a kindred spirit, but they have to bide their time. Jack is being recruited to play football by many colleges around the country, so if they can keep their love a secret, once they get out of Sweet, Georgia, they can finally be free to be together.

    But Jack’s father found some incriminating things on Jack’s computer. What will happen to Jack, the preacher’s son and town football star if anyone found out he was gay?

    This story was written in an elementary manner. It also ended in a silly cliff hanger designed to make you quickly pick up the next one. Unfortunately I didn’t find the story compelling enough to want book 2. It wasn’t the grammar errors that bothered me; the story just lacked the requisite emotion to draw me. I didn’t “feel” the plight and that prevented me from truly connecting with the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kingdom

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Amanda Stevens
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (165)

    My name is Amelia Gray. They call me The Graveyard Queen. I've been commissioned to restore an old cemetery in Asher Falls, South Carolina, but I'm coming to think I have another purpose here. Why is there a cemetery at the bottom of Bell Lake? Why am I drawn time and again to a hidden grave I've discovered in the woods? Something is eating away at the soul of this town - this withering kingdom - and it will only be restored if I can uncover the truth.

    Amazon Customer says: "Creepy in a good way."
    "Good story but not enough romance for me"
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    Amelia Gray is on a new assignment in this book, she was commissioned to restore a cemetery in Asher Falls, South Carolina. Something about this assignment is suspicious. There is a lot of mystery to the town and the townspeople are very reticent to outsiders. She makes a handful of friends, most importantly Thane Asher and a stray dog she adopts and names Angus.
    The biggest mystery she uncovers is her past connection to this town and we learn she was lured here because of her past.
    This book was plot-driven and the romance was collateral. I was looking for a replacement for Devlin (her guy in book 1) and it didn’t have enough of real romance to make me happy.
    It is a well written book though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    Overall
    (9751)
    Performance
    (7245)
    Story
    (7283)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "Good but it's just long!"
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    Scholar Diana Bishop was working in the Library stacks when she unknowingly called forth a magical manuscript, the Ashmore 782, which purports to detail the origin of supernatural creatures. This manuscript had been hidden by magic and the various supernatural creatures, vampires, witches, demons and even some humans were interested in this book because the knowledge could aid in eradicating the various species.

    Scholar Matthew Clairmont has been searching for the manuscript for over a century and his search has led him to Diana. What amazes Matthew is that Diana is a witch, but she refuses to acknowledge her powers and insists to live as a human. As Matthew begins to spend time around Diana, they get to know each other. Now Matthew is torn between his desire for the book, his new desire for the woman and his need to protect her from the other supernaturals hunting her for access to the Ashmore 782.

    In their world, Supes don't mix, so a witch and vampire can't be together. However, that knowledge doesn't stop Diana and Matthew from falling in love with each other. Now Diana cannot deny her legacy as a Bishop witch, not if she wishes to stay alive and not if she wishes to protect Matthew and their family. How far will the other witches and demons go in order to get their hands on the ancient manuscript?

    I enjoyed this book but it was LONG. It also kept alternative from 1st POV to 3rd person POV, and it was a tad weird. There was a lot going on, and a lot of secrets being revealed on the back end.It felt like two books because the first half of the book had excellent world building, character building and then the second half went into more of NYA love story thing. I like Jeann's review on Happy Indulgence, that compared the 2nd half to Twilight Breaking Dawn because that's exactly what I thought too. It would have been better to break the books up.

    I liked it, but I am hesitant to jump into book 2 right now. I will read it next month though

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deeper: A Novel: Caroline & West, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Robin York
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain, Lynde Houck
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    When Caroline Piasecki’s ex-boyfriend posts their sex pictures on the Internet, it destroys her reputation as a nice college girl. Suddenly her once-promising future doesn’t look so bright. Caroline tries to make the pictures disappear, hoping time will bury her shame. Then a guy she barely knows rises to her defense and punches her ex to the ground.

    Jordy says: "Emotion-Tugging, Thought Provoking Reality..."
    "Revenge Porn done well here"
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    I only read this book because I won book 2 Harder from librarything and I'm so glad that I did. This audiobook grabbed my attention from page one.

    Caroline Piasecki was a college student who decided that after 3 yrs with her first boyfriend . He decides to get revenge by posting intimate pictures of her on social media. Caroline was devastated and confused as to what she could do because she now feels like anyone she'll meet,any potential job opportunity or even family friends would have seen her naked.

    Resident bad boy West Leavitt encourages Caroline to stop hiding and fight back by living her life. They develop a friendship but she learns West has deeper issues than she does. Can she help him live again, the way he has helped her?

    This book felt like it was fast paced in some arenas, then slow in other areas. I liked Caroline and I liked West. They were both survivors. Caroline was betrayed by her ex boyfriend and West was betrayed by his parents, both had to learn to trust again. Nice story and I look forward to book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harder: Caroline and West, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Robin York
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain, Lynde Houck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Caroline still dreams about West. His warm skin, his taut muscles, his hand sliding down her stomach. Then she wakes up and she’s back to reality: West is gone. And before he left, he broke her heart. Then, out of the blue, West calls in crisis. A tragedy has hit his family - a family that’s already a fractured mess. Caroline knows what she has to do. Without discussion, without stopping to think, she’s on a plane, flying to his side to support him in any way he needs.

    Ezinwanyi says: "3.75 stars"
    "3.75 stars"
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    I hate that this book went from a Revenge Porn Plot to a "save him from his hot mess family" angsty NA. The Revenge Porn thing is not been explored that much so I was really enjoying it. But I guess the author defaulted to NA standard, rude boy from a messed up family who needs that love to give him the strength to aim higher.

    The same narrator, same narration style so if you liked the way narrator told the story of Wes and Caroline in book 1, then it is the same but reverse here. In Book 1, Caroline was drowning in misery after her ex Nate released her pictures on social media. Wes gave her space, encouragement and used the bakery to give her something else to focus on. In this book Caroline was the anchor for Wes after his father died and his family was in a tailspin. Caroline had to endure some seriously mean attempts by Wes to push her away before he finally gave up fighting her and gave into their love. He found peace and joy and a clearly path to a new future.

    I have mixed feelings about Caroline. When she wants something, she just ignores everything else. Some would call it focus and determination, I call saw her as having tunnel vision. I get her need to save Wes the way he saved her, but I found she sacrificed Bridget, her father's efforts on the lawsuits and even her own dignity at times to the altar of Wes. Maybe Wes was worth it, but I wanted more of a focus on the issue with Nate--on that crime that needed to be addressed more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Graceling

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Kristin Cashore
    • Narrated By David Baker, Chelsea Mixon, Zachary Exton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (747)
    Performance
    (493)
    Story
    (491)

    Set in a world where some people are born with a Grace - a unique, sometimes uncanny, gift - this is the story of Katsa, whose Grace, demonstrated at an uncomfortably early age, is for killing. This makes her a perfect tool for her uncle, King Randa But Katsa chafes at the way she is being used - and even more at the injustices she sees around her.Then she meets Prince Po, who has a Grace to match hers...

    Kari says: "Outstanding first novel!"
    "It never got exciting"
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    This one was disappointing This book is like putting water to boil, the water getting warm but never boiling to hot. the all cast narration was okay, it didn't make this slightly dull story exciting.

    We start with super assassin Katsa, her King/Uncle's enforcer and she is a take no prisoner heroine. Her cruel uncle used her to mete out his harsh & cruel edicts and Katsa couldn't take it anymore. She quietly rebelled against his assignments to her.
    Among one of her mercy missions, she ran into one of the province prince Poband his story changed her subtle rebellion. She openly defied her uncle and left his service to assist Prince Po in rescuing his grandfather as well as huniting the King who planned to kill Po because of Po's gifts--called a Grace.
    Their journey seemed to be building to an epic confrontation between the young Prince and the King, but it was a flop for me.

    Katsa and Po felt like a romance between 10 year olds, juvenile and kind of cute, but seriously nothing to write home about. This story never really took flight, it just taxied around the runway for 12 hours, but I am not ready to give up on the series because there is potential for this to be more. I will try book 2 later

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dreams of a Dark Warrior

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (426)
    Story
    (429)

    Murdered before he could wed Regin the Radiant, warlord Aidan the Fierce seeks his beloved through eternity, reborn again and again into new identities, yet with no memory of his past lives. When Regin encounters Declan Chase, a brutal Celtic soldier, she recognizes her proud warlord reincarnated. But Declan takes her captive, intending retribution against all immortals - unaware that he belongs to their world.

    Julius says: "love this series but..."
    "Regin gets her Berserker"
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    This was Regin's HEA and it is set during the same time with Lucia's book and Carrow's Book.

    Regin was engaged to Aidan the Fierce before he was murdered. He kept coming back reborn again and dying when he remembered Regin and their love. Regin gets captured by Magistrate Declan Chase, the same guy who was working for the Order and she realizes Declan is Aidan's new reincarnation.

    While she falls for her lover, she is also aghast at the havoc he is wrecking on all those she loves. She has the power to destroy him, by helping him to remember her and their love. But she is so tired of losing Aidan time and time again.

    This book was really a big emotional rollercoster and it was a lot of pain for the main characters. I really liked Declan but not like I liked Garreth and the men before. I didn't enjoy this one as much because it lacked some of the funnier moments but it did have sweet ones too.

    I am amazed at how Cole keeps simultaneous stories going on at the same time but they are all their own journeys to HEA. Bravo!

    *sighing* Lothaire, that sneaky leech is up next. I am still mad at what he did to Carrow, and the lies he told young Thad. I hope he is redeemed in his book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lothaire: Immortals After Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1220)
    Performance
    (1139)
    Story
    (1139)

    Driven by his insatiable need for revenge, Lothaire, the Lore’s most ruthless vampire, plots to seize the Horde’s crown. But bloodlust and torture have left him on the brink of madness - until he finds Elizabeth Peirce, the key to his victory. He captures the unique young mortal, intending to offer up her very soul in exchange for power, yet Elizabeth soothes his tormented mind and awakens within him emotions Lothaire believed he could no longer experience.

    Nicola says: "Amazing Book"
    "Superb writing and narration."
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    What a ride. I never thought Robert Petkoff could do this to me but I couldn't even sleep because I had to keep listening. His deliver and humor was amazing. I had always hated Lothaire, but the author and narrator redeemed him.

    I was laughing so much in this book. Thank you for giving Lothaire a strong willed a Heroine like Ellie. She gave him all he could handle. This book deserves 6 stars and is the best book I've listened to this year!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ethan in Gold

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Amy Lane
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (66)

    Evan Costa learned from a very early age that there was no such thing as unconditional love and that it was better to settle for what you could get instead of expecting the world to give you what you need. As Ethan, porn model for Johnnies, he gets exactly what he wants - comradeship and physical contact on trade -and he is perfectly satisfied with that. He's sure of it.

    T. Henry says: "Love this series"
    "Ethan and Jonah were great together"
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    The narrator was okay. Sometimes, the voice for Jonah made me think of 16 year old naive boy. It made me pause sometimes. Other than that, I loved listening to this one.
    The timeline for this book matches with Dex's book, right after Chase gets in the hospital.
    What I always remembered about Ethan/Evan was that he needed "touch" so I was excited to jump into the book of the guy who needed lots of hugs & touches.

    Ethan's family life was as crappy as Chase & Dex's life. Another reason that Johnnies because his make-shift family. Ethan was the "smart one", the one who did well in school and was supposed to go to college. But right now, he is making movies.

    I found his story to be so sad especially with the tattoos he used to label himself and keep people at bay. This whole time he craved physical touch, but he needed emotional touch just as much.
    Jonah Stevens was a great match for him because Jonah was observant. His sister Millie's illness had made them very aware of non-verbal communication and Jonah was able to see past Ethan's aloofness.

    I am glad that one of the Johnnies boys fell in love with a guy from a family who accepted their child's boyfriend. Jonah's family was really cool and I really enjoyed the love that they lavished on people. It will help Jonah and Ethan continue to grow and develop as they chart their lives together.

    I must say that my tears this time had nothing to do with the two guys but was for the sister. Very touching and I was so sad for her. But the story was well written and another enjoyable installment in the series. I am anticipating the next book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Knight Awakened: Circle of Seven, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Coreene Callahan
    • Narrated By Suzan Crowley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (263)

    Warlord Vladimir Barbu has seized control of Transylvania, but his claim to the throne remains anything but certain. The king of Hungary opposes his rule, his people despise him, and the high priestess needed to crown him has vanished without a trace. Refusing to see his ambitions thwarted, he hires an assassin to hunt her down.… Killing is the only life Xavian Ramir knows. But now the elite assassin wants out, vowing to start anew after one last job.…

    CAROLYN says: "BOOK 1 of 7 & A MYTHICAL MASTERPIECE"
    "Evading Assassins & a Warlord"
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    I thought the narrator was pretty good. But the story was a lot.

    Assassin Xavian Ramir was sent his assassin order leader Halal to capture Afina Lazar and return her to warlord Vladimir Barbu.

    Afina is the high priestess and her endorsement (and marriage) is necessary in order for Barbu to retain control of the conquered Transylvania.

    As Xavian captures Afina and begins his journey to return her, he is surprised that she isn't what he thought she would be. First of all, she was running with her daughter. Second, she is a smart, observant and brave woman. As he gets to know her, he begins to question why Barbu is trying to force Afina into a union and he also begins to question his latest assignment.

    Of course, they begin to develop feelings for each other. Afina possesses magic that she isn't sure how to use. But the magic grew once Xavian kissed her. Xavian decides he cannot and will not hand over Afina, not with their bond growing so strong. But that means disobedience to his assassin order as well as war with Barbu.
    Now Xavian & Afina are being hunted and they have to find a way escape Halal and an angry warload.

    I felt like a lot was going on and thrown in this book. It was just a lot. I didn't think the Dragon's made that much of a difference to my enjoyment either.

    But I loved Xavian and Afina. Both were warriors who cared about others and would willing sacrifice themselves for the benefit for others. Their love was magically and together they were stronger. I didn't quite understand Halal's reasons for being a bad guy, but I assume we will see more in book 2.

    Overall, it was an okay beginning to the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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