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HB

Troy, NY United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 47 reviews
  • 1205 ratings
  • 708 titles in library
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  • The Scottish Prisoner

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Rick Holmes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3384)
    Performance
    (3057)
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    (3061)

    Winner of the Quill Award and the Corine International Book Prize, Diana Gabaldon is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Outlander series. This fourth novel featuring popular character Lord John Grey is told both from Lord Grey’s perspective and from that of Jamie Fraser, the star of the Outlander series.

    Teahouse Fox says: "Lord John 'Quixote' rides again"
    "A Delicious Book! [but dual narriation bothersome]"
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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I just LOVE this book! It is my favorite Lord John story yet and he is one of my most loved Outlander characters, plus there is lots of Jaime as well. It's one of those rare treasures that bears re


    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • BFF: Best Friend's Father

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Devon McCormack
    • Narrated By Michael Pauley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    A beach vacay with my best bud since college seems like the perfect opportunity to relax, catch some rays, and enjoy a couple of nights on the town. When I find a girl who's eager to mess around with me, I figure I've got it made. Then, I meet the intense, hot-as-hell, tattooed Eric Westright, who wrecks my world...in the best possible way. He awakens something within me - something that's always been here, but that's never pulled so powerfully...not until I looked into those solemn blue eyes and felt the red-hot spark of his touch.

    Erryn Barratt says: "Taboo never looked so good"
    "this is Part One"
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    A lot of people are REALLY going to like this book!

    That being said, I would have given it a higher rating if
    1. there were WAY less repetitive whingeing about how the MCs getting together was wrong and/or would harm the son/BFF Ty
    2. I wouldn't quite call this a cliffhanger, but it definitely stops part way through the story (w/ a HFN)
    3. Michael Pauley is a great narrator, but for this book I found his voice mannerisms heavy handed (fyi I'm super picky from prolific listening - #Audicted)

    There should be a trigger warning for this book but the issue is telegraphed by one of the MCs pretty early in the book and its not really addressed until the end. So, if its a trigger for you, you'll likely recognize whats up early on & be able to decide if you want to continue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tempted: Christians and Bad Boys: Naughty Boys Gay Romance, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Helen Thwaite
    • Narrated By Joel Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Luke thinks he has his entire life planned out. He's the star of the football team, the darling of his church, and planning a life with his amazing girlfriend. He looks at his parents, and wants the same kind of life with her, as they have. He's on top of the world, with the kind of perfect life you only see in movies, and everyone envies. But it all comes crashing down, when a new student starts at his school.

    HB says: "Just a chapter, not a complete story "
    "Just a chapter, not a complete story "
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    Got this because it’s narrated by Joel Leslie. Unfortunately it’s one of those serial stories where only one piece has made it onto audible. The ending is abrupt. It’s not really even a complete short story, which is too bad because it had potential. Can’t recommend on its own

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • From Ashes: Heathens Ink, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By K.M. Neuhold
    • Narrated By Kenneth Obi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    It started with an anonymous post by someone who didn't want to live anymore. I read it over and over again, unable to get it out of my mind. What if my brother Johnny had posted something like this before he'd taken his own life? Would someone have been able to save him? I've been living a lie for 16 long years, and I'm not sure how much longer I'll be able to keep it up. And when a beautiful, broken man walks into my tattoo shop asking for a second chance at life, I know I'll never be able to turn him away.

    Stacy Thompson says: "From Ashes"
    "Agggh! NOOooo..."
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    I've REALLY been enjoying KM Neuhold's Heathens Ink series!

    Both the stories and Cooper North's narration happily kept my attention - no easy feat after 1000's of books & about 30 audiobooks a month. This wasn't too surprising after previous insatiable press experiences (heidi cullinan / iggy toma anyone?).

    So while re listening to the first two books, I was delighted to discover a third had been released! And then yelled out loud in disappointment when I heard the new narration. While Cooper North's narration isn't perfect its really good. The voices are enjoyable, distinct, fit the characters and are consistent through the first two books. To be fair to Kenneth Obi his character voices aren't necessarily bad. In another context I would give them a 3 or possibly 4. However, with the possible exception of Nox, the voices just don't fit. I will assume he didn't check out either the written or audio versions of the previous books before starting out to see who the characters were before taking over.

    My biggest problem w/ his narration here is that the voices aren't consistent. During the course of any given conversation his accents etc slip so that it can be very confusing who is talking, which just isn't ok. It also gives you room to notice plot tropes, devices & holes. I support the author's right to choose the best publishing option for their purposes and am really disappointed that in this case we loose out on Cooper North's narration & insatiable's production.

    The series is good enough that I want to find out what happens to the rest of the character's and hope future narration improves!

    Series 5
    Narration 2.5
    Story 3/5: 4

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Night Train

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Devyn Morgan
    • Narrated By Joe Formichella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Wilbur Claude Lucienne takes the train to a "real" job interview after blowing a Cirque du Soleil audition. Esteban "Steve" Ortiz, a retired stunt double, travels by train to get away from his needy employees, hoping to get work done before he hires a desperately needed assistant. Their chemistry sizzles. What happens on the train, stays on the train... but their unexpected meeting leaves them torn and yearning - and a heart-warming happy ending won't blossom without a sacrifice.

    HB says: "Quick, Fun Ride"
    "Quick, Fun Ride"
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    Overall: 4.5 fun story, interesting characters. Narration: 2.5 read not performed, sounds old/bored but no unpleasant character voices. Story: 4 unbelievable but very enjoyable

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blame It on the Mistletoe

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Eli Easton
    • Narrated By Jason Frazier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (318)

    When physics grad student Fielding Monroe and skirt-chaser and football player Mick Colman become college housemates, they're both in for a whole new education. Mick looks out for the absent-minded genius, and he helps Fielding clean up his appearance and discover all the silly pleasures his strict upbringing as a child prodigy denied him. They become best friends. It's all well and good until they run into a cheerleader who calls Mick the “best kisser on campus”.

    Ruth says: "If Jason read school textbooks,grades would go up!"
    "Holiday Short Worth Multiple Listens"
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    This is a fun little jock/geek, M/M Christmas story. Jason Frazier’s narration is delicious as always. And unlike Way too many short stories, I enjoy re listening to this one every time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Finder's Keeper (Dreamspun Beyond)

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Shira Anthony
    • Narrated By Kenneth Obi
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    The truth might ruin his dreams - or make them come true. When Zane moves into an old gothic brownstone, he discovers the house comes equipped with a caretaker - Kit, who lives in the basement. Zane is immediately drawn to the charming and attractive Kit. But Kit is much more than he seems. He is a 200-year-old half-human, half-red-fox spirit who guards a Gate between the mortal and spirit worlds - a fact Zane should recognize, but doesn't.

    HB says: "Awesome World, ok Plot"
    "Awesome World, ok Plot"
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    I Love the world Shira Anthony has created here! The characters and types of beings have SO much potential. Unfortunately, the 1st half of the story depends entirely on lack of/mis- communication. By the time things Actually start happening, there is no time left to explain all the interesting people/details/events. I feel like this is one good rewrite away from being the amazing start to a wonderful series, there is so much more story to tell! As it stands, it is a quick, fun, slightly frustrating little book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder Boy Jr.

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Sherman Alexie
    • Narrated By David Alexie, Sherman Alexie
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    Thunder Boy Jr. is named after his dad, but he wants a name that's all his own. Just because people call his dad Big Thunder doesn't mean he wants to be Little Thunder. He wants a name that celebrates something cool he's done, like Touch the Clouds, Not Afraid of Ten Thousand Teeth, or Full of Wonder. But just when Thunder Boy Jr. thinks all hope is lost, he and his dad pick the perfect name...a name that is sure to light up the sky.

    Pamela J says: "Good book to start a conversation with a kid"
    "Download the Pictures too!"
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    This book comes w/ excellent illustrations & you’ll enjoy it more w/ them (pdf in your library under title). It’s very short, I expect in print form it is a board book of the sort intended for very young children. The price is tiny too. Might work best on tablet where you could see/hear together. Too bad words aren’t on pdf so kids could “read” along.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Live for Love: All Cocks Stories, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By T.M. Smith
    • Narrated By Joel Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Beauregard Boudreaux is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. Born and raised there, he never thought he would ever stray far from home. The untimely death of his first love left Beau lost, adrift, looking for a place as far away from the pain as possible. Initially, he came to New York to visit a friend, the city growing on him, so he decided to stay. His law degree comes in handy at the LGBT Center he runs, but his bar is his baby.

    H. Martin says: "Live for Love"
    "troubling little glitches in a GREAT STORY"
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    First of all, I really enjoy this series! (Especially since Joel Leslie started narrating) I love how many important and relevant topics TM Smith manages to get into the stories along w/ very sexy scenes and potent romance. I love that the variety of reasons bringing the characters into adult video and the impact this has on them and those who matter to them is explored so well. These stories are also about Inclusiveness and made family. And here is where I run into a glitch: Isaiah/Izzy.

    I was disappointed we never got Gabe and Gio's story and upset w/ how it ended. But to have the only other black love interest in the series not only killed off before we meet him, but a drug addict as well, really doesn't sit well w/ me. I like that TM Smith's guys are comfortable w/ interracial relationships, but why aren't they allowed to work out?

    Why couldn't Beau the restaurateur and LGBTQIA youth center owner be of Haitian Creole descent and Izzy the addict and AIDS fatality be white Cajun? Give him nice long braids/dreads and goatee instead of long hair and beard... I think William/Connor would have loved him either way. 2 stars for (hopefully) unintentional profiling, 6 stars for rest of story: 4 stars for story

    Glitch2: Joel Leslie has an amazing repertoire of character voices in great American/British/Australian accents! Sadly his Cajun/Haitian/NOLA accents are awkward at best. Ok for a minor character but for a main character, it kept pulling me out of the story. Part of it may have been how TM Smith wrote dialect, but either way it pulled the performance down to 3 starts for me.

    Without these glitches its 4 or 5 stars all the way, so worth a credit!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sex before Sex: Figuring the Act in Early Modern England

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By James M. Bromley, Will Stockton
    • Narrated By Jim Pelletier
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    What is sex exactly? Does everyone agree on a definition? And does that definition hold when considering literary production in other times and places? We cannot simply transfer our contemporary notions of what constitutes a sex act into the past and expect them to be true for the people who were then reading literature and watching plays.

    HB says: "Academic Writing Obsures Interesting Content"
    "Academic Writing Obsures Interesting Content"
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    Content: 4.5 stars / Delivery of Content: 2.5 stars

    THE ACTUAL IDEAS AND INFORMATION IN THIS BOOK ARE EXTREMELY INTERESTING! However the academic writing is SO dense, it is difficult to comprehend and nearly impossible to enjoy. (Even if the reader has a significant vocabulary and is accustomed to academic text)

    I believe if the content was translated for accessibility this could be a BESTSELLER! However, its current format will find few people determined enough to listen all the way through. To borrow from Daniel Oppenheimer this text suffers from: “Consequences of Erudite Vernacular Utilized Irrespective of Necessity (a.k.a.) Problems with Using Long Words Needlessly.”

    The narrator has a clear pleasant voice and the ability to pronounce all the words (No small feat here). Yet, he reads a little quickly and there is nothing in his delivery to improve the enjoyment or understanding. It might actually be better in print, where there is time to digest what you've just read.

    This book is a collection of academic essays about what people were up to sexually before our current words and labels, including sex, came into use.

    Even when the words are familiar the meaning/usage has often changed. The information is about European, especially English, peoples around the time of Shakespeare. The book comes from an interest in showing the sexual landscape in this time beyond a strict vanilla heterosexual interpretation. Basically, humans haven't invented anything new sexually since before culture started being recorded, even if we misunderstand or ignore what has been recorded.

    Sadly, the effort expended in a reading/writing style to have the subject matter taken seriously may simply get it ignored by the public.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Montana: Montana, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By M. J. Roberts
    • Narrated By Greg Boudreaux
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Life on a Montana ranch can be harsh. It's lonely for Noah, growing up with just his brother. When Noah's brother Clay hires Kevin, things immediately begin to change. Noah knows Kevin's straight. But that doesn't stop how Noah feels; the craving to touch and feel someone's skin against his for the first time. Can Noah get Kevin to fall in love with him, and get him to stay?

    HB says: "Sweet Story, But Just the Prequel"
    "Sweet Story, But Just the Prequel"
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    4.5 Overall
    >5 Greg's narration
    4-5 actual story / 1-2 trauma & frustration of discovering
    you used up kleenex on a prequel w/ no HEA yet... So 3 stars for story

    The story its self is sweet & well done, but if I had it to do over I'd want to know ahead it was only a prequel, Not a short first story. You do get a brief preview of what's to come, but I think readers will be happy when the next book is available so you can read both together.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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