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Jeffrey

Austin Texas, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 48 reviews
  • 48 ratings
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  • 19 purchased in 2014
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  • Shying Away

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kate Sherwood
    • Narrated By Robert Nieman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (74)

    Quinn Donahue will do anyone once, so when Aaron Miller spots Quinn making his moves in a Vancouver gay bar, Aaron thinks he's found just the guy to relieve him of his unwanted virginity. Quinn, however, has apparently decided to make an exception to his usual open-bed policy. He may be an unrepentant connoisseur of one-night stands, but he's not going to disappoint a sweet kid like Aaron by giving him a hot night and then leaving while the sheets are still warm.

    Meredith says: "Perfect Voice for Characters"
    "Frustrating"
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    First of all, I bought this book solely because of the narrator, Robert Nieman. He is not featured a lot on audible.com, but his narration is spectacular. I found the characters to be very good but the story around them slow, even tedious in places. That's OK, but combined with sex which at times is OK, but mostly tepid, did not help. The basic love story and sex aside, the side stories especially involving Quinn seemed contrived, unnecessary or even kind of over the top or just plain awkward and not feeling very natural. Oh, and let us not forget, the ending was not to my liking, abrupt and just not as satisfying as I would have liked.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • By the Creek

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Geoff Laughton
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Soon-to-be high school junior David Harper hates his family's move to the country. There's nothing to do, and he misses his friends in the city. But he doesn't have a choice. His mother's job is in Mason County now, so David and his mom are too, and he has to make the best of it. At first, the only redeeming feature of David's new home is the swimming hole across the field from his house. Then David meets Benjamin Killinger, and suddenly life stops being so dull. Benjamin is Amish, and cooling off in the swimming hole is one of the few liberties he and his brothers enjoy.

    Jeffrey says: "A Good Heart, A Good Read"
    "A Good Heart, A Good Read"
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    I did not even pay attention to the fact that this is a young adult title as one would find at the Harmony Ink site until I realized that the writing was not exactly aimed at older adults. Nonetheless the story was still compelling even if the outcome was going to be obvious. I still liked the warmth and thoughtfulness put into the well worth-while message and can appreciate that young gay teens need these kind of titles to represent their needs. The narration was spot on. Well done!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Honour

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By A.F. Henley
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Recently docked after a voyage abroad, Emmett wants only to find a warm bed and good food, for himself and the cabin boy he's taken into his care. Those plans are impeded, however, by an altercation in the streets-with a man he realizes too late is England's heir to the throne, Prince Andrewe. When the encounter unexpectedly leads to a position in the royal household attending the prince, Emmett is not certain what to think.

    Jeffrey says: "Short, Sweet And Satisfying"
    "Short, Sweet And Satisfying"
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    Performance
    Story

    Fun characters, good drama and excellent narration. Do I wish it were longer? No, not really. Less is sometimes more, just like this review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Something Like Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jay Bell
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (96)

    The hot Texas nights were lonely for Ben before his heart began beating to the rhythm of two words; Tim Wyman. By all appearances, Tim had the perfect body and ideal life, but when a not-so-accidental collision brings them together, Ben discovers that the truth is rarely so simple. If winning Tim's heart was an impossible quest, keeping it would prove even harder as family, society, and emotion threaten to tear them apart. Something Like Summer is a love story spanning a decade and beyond as two boys discover what it means to be friends, lovers, and sometimes even enemies.

    Donald says: "More than meets the eye..."
    "Stellar, Heartwarming, Heartbeaking, Perfect"
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    The only imperfection in this book is the cover art. It betrays what is really inside, an epic love story that you don't want to miss. The angst, the pure agony of what Tim and Ben go through until they finally find each other will keep you enthralled to the very end; but don't stop there. You must read Something Like Winter. It is the perfect companion, a must read and will complete the saga in a way seldom seen in the gay romance genre. Oh, yes, bring Kleenex, you'll need it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Something Like Winter

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jay Bell
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    There are two sides to every story. When you're Tim Wyman, sometimes there are three. Tim hoped moving to Texas would mean a new beginning, but he soon finds himself falling into the same tired patterns. Until he meets recklessly brave Benjamin Bentley, who introduces Tim to a world of love, sex, and warmth. Certain that society won't understand what he and Ben have together, Tim struggles to protect their relationship, even if it means twisting the truth. Buried beneath his own deceptions, Tim must claw his way to the surface in the hopes of learning to fly.

    Jeffrey says: "Don't Miss This Wonderful Book!"
    "Don't Miss This Wonderful Book!"
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    Something Like Summer took me by storm, a wonderful read that I had to finish in less than 24 hours. I cried at the end because it was over too soon, a beautiful story. But I had no idea what was in store with Something Like Winter. Tim was an enigma in Something Like Summer. Something Like Winter shines the sun on Tim, his loves, mistakes and foibles. The best part is the sweet, sweet ending. I cried my eyes out over it, it was so beautiful. I wish all of gay romance fiction could be like both books, epic in time if not scope. Full of love and tragedy, heartache and triumph. I am sure I will be reading this pair again, not soon, but someday. The narration was perfect, by the way, a wonderful perk and dimension that I would not have wished to miss.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Antichrists

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Mark A. Roeder
    • Narrated By Bryant Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Elijah has a dream - to follow in the footsteps of his brothers and make the VHS football team. But, for Elijah it's an uphill battle. Unlike his tall, muscular brothers, Elijah is small and weak, but he pushes on, determined to realize his dream. Elijah's faith is a source of comfort and strength, but when his new pastor begins to preach out against gays, Elijah feels increasingly unwelcome. While his church seems increasingly un-Christian, Elijah is exposed to the gay boys of Verona - boys who care about each other and reach out to those in need.

    Charles E. Ford says: "Among the Best"
    "Bizarre!"
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    Roeder has a huge body of work so that I imagine that turning the subject of religious homophobic church pastors and coming out of the closet as a 15 year old boy totally on its head was appealing to the author. He probably just got bored. The problem here is that this is my first Roeder book and it just felt like a fantasy of "what if" I added a character that turns out to be Jesus. Yes, Jesus. You heard me. The book has heart and a purpose, that's not the problem. The problem is that solving the protagonist's dilemmas felt over-cooked. The narration was OK, not great, but only because of some lack of pace and some voice imitations and inflections just did not cut it. This will likely be my last Roeder book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Sean: Seattle Stories, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Con Riley
    • Narrated By JP Handler
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Nearly a year after being rejected for another man, Seattle paramedic Peter Morse is still pining, so when the one that got away asks him for a favor, he agrees. His mission: Track down Sean Reid, the runaway brother of a mutual friend. Peter isn't thrilled about it-until he finds Sean injured by the side of the road. Everything about Sean stirs Peter's protective instincts-saving people is what he lives for - but he never anticipated falling for someone so hell-bent on running away.

    Riva says: "Confusing"
    "Decent 2nd Of The Series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    After Ben still is #1. Don't get me wrong, the writing is superb, but there are moments of tedium. Peter's "EMT" approach to life gets boorish, but he has a wonderful heart. Sean is an odd character to be sure, the oddest of the 2 books so far in the series, but has his own allures. Narration is perfect, as one would expect of Handler.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Idea

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Damon Suede
    • Narrated By Charlie David
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    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"
    "An Enthralling Trip, Very Satisfying !!"
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    Not enough credit is given in my opinion in other reviews to the utter brilliance of setting of this story. It's a voyeur's peek into the world of the entertainment media that I've never encountered in fiction. Not to be outdone however, the characters are rich and palpable. Yes, sometimes they are a bit overwritten, but better that than boring. I wanted to duct tape Silas at times for his dorky, overcooked euphemisms, but I also wanted to hug and cheer on others like Ziggy and Max. The narration doubles the pleasure of the writing, it's perfect. Oh, bring a Kleenex, the read will drag out a few wet ones as well!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • After Ben: Seattle Stories, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Con Riley
    • Narrated By JP Handler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    A year after the sudden death of his longtime partner, Ben, Theo Anderson is still grieving. The last thing he's looking for is a new lover. But as Theo soon discovers, sometimes life has other plans. While Theo experiences a powerful physical attraction to fellow gym member Peter, it's his new online friend, Morgan, who provides the intellectual challenge to make him come alive. Morgan is witty, brave, and irreverent, and Theo is ready to take the plunge…until he discovers Morgan might be half his age.

    Kathleen says: "Beautiful prose and characters with depth"
    "Engrossing, Heart-pleasing, A++"
    Overall
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    Unusually satisfying, well-written and superbly narrated piece. The narrators Italian accent and interpretations are wonderful. The characters seem alive, like they all live next door to you. The story does start out slow, so give it some time, but when the interns arrive, lookout, the thing just launches into the sky and never comes down!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Troop

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Nick Cutter
    • Narrated By Corey Brill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (298)

    Once every year, Scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a weekend camping trip - a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story around a roaring bonfre. The boys are a tight-knit crew. There’s Kent, one of the most popular kids in school; Ephraim and Max, also well-liked and easygoing; then there’s Newt the nerd and Shelley the odd duck. For the most part, they all get along and are happy to be there - which makes Scoutmaster Tim’s job a little easier.

    Kim Venatries says: "Seriously Messed Up Gruesome Horror"
    "A Dark, Evil Glob Of Perfection!"
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    Horror is not my usual genre, but on Mr. King's endorsement I took a swing at it. At first it was just disgusting and I read with detachment. Then the story it grew on me, well, not unlike the horror described within its pages and then it took over. At the end I was left slack-jawed at how such nonchalant and gruesome cruelty could have drawn me into caring so much about it, but I did. Fantastic character development and the narration was pitch perfect. Careful though, this is not for a weak stomach or easily pricked moral sensibilities.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Trident Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Rick Campbell
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    The USS Kentucky - a Trident ballistic missile submarine carrying a full complement of 192 nuclear warheads - sets out on a routine cruise. Not long after it reaches the open sea, however, the Kentucky receives a launch order. After receiving that launch order, it is cut off from all counter orders and disappears into the Pacific while it makes the eight-day transit to the launch site. What the Kentucky's crew doesn't know is that those launch orders didn't come from the US government.

    Jeffrey says: "Satisfying High Tension Thriller!"
    "Satisfying High Tension Thriller!"
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    Performance
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    The godfather of submarine-based thrillers will always be Tom Clancy. "The Hunt For Red October," the gold standard. "The Trident Deception" provides no originality and often pipes many of the 21st century military thriller cliches we are all used to in this genre, but that's OK. This book also could have been considerably longer had the author chosen to fill out more back story detail in several areas including its nefarious plot, but chose wisely not to do so as it would have spoiled and bogged down the otherwise excellent pace that ramps to a "can't put it down" ending. I have a bit of quibble with the narration. Mr. Ganim simply didn't do it for me, his portrayal of the book's chief female character especially was just weird to me. Overall, bravo Mr. Campbell!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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