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Jeffrey

Austin Texas, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 53 reviews
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  • Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alex Thorleifson, Scott Thorson
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (156)

    In this unusually frank book Scott Thorson, Liberace's longtime lover, tells all: the good, the bad, and the ugly truths about the legendary entertainer who went to outrageous extremes to prevent public knowledge of his homosexuality. Liberace's unhappy childhood, dominated by a mother determined to force him into a concert career, serves as the prologue for a story that goes on to detail Liberace's early appearances in honky-tonks, his move to New York to seek fame, and, finally, his first booking in Las Vegas, where he was courted by the Mafia.

    Jeffrey says: "Viciously honest, candid, sad, fascintating!"
    "Viciously honest, candid, sad, fascintating!"
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    Reading this book was like witnessing a violent car accident. You can't turn away, you have to see (read) it through even though in many places you just want to stop and you kind of know in advance that there will be no happy ending and indeed there is not.

    The writing style is nothing to "write" home about but one must remember that this book was written in the latter 80's, early 90's for readers' sensibilities back then. It's especially annoying when Mr. Thorson editorializes about gay life and culture using simplistic and hackneyed cliches that are entirely laughable now-a-days.

    The narration by Peter Berkrot was spectacular. One felt one was listening to Thorson in person, and the narrator's vocal inflections of Mr. Liberace are worth any downside that the rather bland narrative otherwise presents.

    As for the actual events and behaviors presented by the book of Mr. Thorson's life with Lee Liberace and what to think of them, it would be unfair to judge either party. There was presented enough nauseating dysfunction for both men to last ten families ten lifetimes.

    In the end, I felt very sad for Mr. Thorson. I believe to this day that he still loves Lee Liberace and will die doing so. It's just such a shame that people have to go through this soft of thing as it affects them until their death. Best of luck to Mr. Thorsen. Rest in peace, Mr. Liberace.


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Neil Patrick Harris
    • Narrated By Neil Patrick Harris
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (152)

    This hilarious book has been adapted especially for the audiobook edition so you’ll hear all of the same fun and humor from the printed version but you don’t have to make any decisions or jump around - just kick back, relax and listen. Plus, it features exclusive bonus audio of young Neil delivering an adorable speech! That’s audio you won’t hear in any version of this book other than the audiobook!

    Julia Kane says: "Dr Doogie is all grown up!"
    "It's Clever, Funny And Heartwarming !"
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    Leave it to NPH to do it differently and why not? The only question I have is why now? NPH is not that old and he obviously has decades left of not only life, but career. The other tiny niggle is that NPH's life is kind of perfect and difficult to relate to. Many if not most celebrity autobiographies (my two favs. being Shirley Jones and Willliam Shatner) describe the not so nice things most people have in their lives, tragedy and heartache in one form or another. NPH has none of that. Maybe I'm just envious. I'll give him one thing, he's unabashedly humble and thankful and has always presented his public self in that manner. Refreshing is a good word. The autobiog. style was refreshing and it even worked well as an Audible. The narration was iffy. JUST kidding. It was pitch prefect, just like the author of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prince's Boy: Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Cecilia Tan
    • Narrated By Roman M. Wagner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    Awarded honorable mention in both the Rainbow Awards and the NLA: International Writing Awards for BDSM fiction! In war, sex is the most potent weapon. The kingdom is threatened by the marauding attacks from neighboring nations, and by treachery within the castle walls. Our two heroes have been thrust into a dangerous world, as Jorin has been slave-bonded to a powerful mage and Kenet has become magically bound to the general of the army.

    Susie says: "Satisfying Finale to this Series"
    "Voraciously satisfying!"
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    If hot frequent male/male sexual dominance, submission with both romantic and violent intent is what you are looking for, look no further. It's all there in this two volume masterpiece complete with a believable good and evil plot of magical world domination. The whip, the lash, a spanking and more mixed with magic, soldiers, generals and mages around the center story of a Prince and his whipping boy. If you are into BDSM themes in a "Camelot"-like setting, run, don't walk to get to this tale!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Atul Gawande
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (81)

    In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit.

    book maven says: "Powerful message"
    "Required Reading!"
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    Yes, this book should be required reading for any medical professional of any kind who may ever have to help any patient make good decisions for themselves and their families against terminal or very debilitating illness. It should otherwise be read by well, anyone. We are all going to die. We either need to know what expectations to give those around us for those end times, either family or medical professionals or we need to know how best to guide our loved ones through the process of the end of their lives, because it will happen for all of us. Past that, this is a remarkably entertaining read. Oh, the parts about the history of nursing homes and assisted living made me yawn, but the rest had me spell bound. Dr. Gawnde's accounting of his own father's illness and death left me awash in emotion and even tears. The narration was perfect.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Something Like Autumn: Seasons, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jay Bell
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    For some, love seems an impossible dream. Growing up gay in small-town Missouri, Jace Holden thought his chance would never come. When he meets Victor - a wild soul and fellow outsider - his chances of finding love go from bleak to a very uncertain, maybe. Bracing his heart, Jace chases after his desire, hoping for a warm hand to hold his tight.

    L. Antoine says: "Amazing"
    "This Third Will Clobber Your Senses"
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    This story is all about tragedy, what could have been but was not. Bring a box of Kleenex. Even knowing from the prior two seasons what happens to Jace, you cannot be prepared. I am not certain where Jay Bell got the courage to write this one, but he did and it was amazingly good. Oh, and Kevin Free? Fantastic narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Take Me With You

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Catherine Ryan Hyde
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (78)

    August Shroeder, a burned-out teacher, has been sober since his 19-year-old son died. Every year he’s spent the summer on the road, but making it to Yellowstone this year means everything. The plan had been to travel there with his son, but now August is making the trip with Philip’s ashes instead. An unexpected twist of fate lands August with two extra passengers for his journey, two half-orphans with nowhere else to go. What none of them could have known was how transformative both the trip - and the bonds that develop between them- would prove....

    Sara says: "What a Great Book!"
    "Gripping, brilliantly heartwarming,thoughtful!"
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    A thoroughly engaging story of self-discovery for all involved, well, almost all. There is a considerable attention given to the plight of older but still underage children who must live with an uncovered alcoholic parent; but an equal amount given to the benefits of a dedicated sober alcoholic who is now responsible. It was for that reason, a bit preachy for my tastes, but the overall effect is still a gripping and heartwarming tale that will not disappoint and just flew by quickly. The narration was spot on!

    1 of 1 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
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    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
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    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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    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
    (134)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (127)

    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
    (71)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    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
    (27)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    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.

    BryinSiam says: "apocryphal"
    "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 2 people found this review helpful

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