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Sharon

Alexandra Hills, Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • The Guardian: A Gay Romance Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (120)

    Jude Shea's life is turned upside down when he rescues a dog he names Joe. Even though Jude has enough trouble taking care of himself—he doesn't even have a job—he can't resist the animal that needs him. Then one night, a man shows up on his doorstep looking to claim Jude's new companion. As they run from a surprise attack, Jude finds out that "Joe" is not what he seems.

    Sophia says: "Love story for the Ages"
    "missed the mark"
    Overall

    I like the ideas and characters Mary Calmes comes up with for her books (her "Matter of Time" series is a guilty pleasure of mine), but I just wish she'd tone down the 'gushing'. In this story almost every time her main character Jude meets a new character, the point of view would switch so that the new character could gush about how wonderful, gorgeous perfect etc, Jude is. I think I strained my eyes from all the eye rolling I was doing every time I had to again hear about Jude's perfection. As for the narrator... I think he'd be better off doing voice over work for cartoons. He's lack of range (two believable voices seems to be his limit) is doing this story no favours.

    2 of 2 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
    (215)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (143)

    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..."
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    Having read Mary Calmes "Matter of Time" series, I had high hopes for this story. Sadly it didn't deliver. Firstly the narrator has a very limited range. He doesn't seem to be able to pull off more than two believable character voices. More often than not I felt like I was listening to a cartoon. I found it very distracting. As for the story. I liked it, but it's very sappy. The main character Jin is constantly 'gushed' over. I understand a large part of it is because of what he is, but hearing how wonderful, rare and gorgeous he is over and over and over again got on my nerves a little. I guess it's a matter of personal preference, but I would have preferred a little more subtlety in regards to how special Jin is, instead of getting hit over the head with it every five minutes. I found the story interesting, and liked the characters (mostly), but it’ll be a long time before I’ll be able to listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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