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  • The Case of the Not-So-Nice Nurse: A Nancy Clue and Cherry Aimless Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Mabel Maney
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Nurse Cherry Aimless's first vacation from her hectic career in a big-city hospital takes her to visit her spinster Aunt Gertrude in thrilling San Francisco. Wistfully trading her starched white cap and dress for a bright yellow poplin frock with a flared skirt, young Cherry takes to the highway, never imagining the gay adventures that await her. Imagine her surprise to learn that Aunt Gertrude has been kidnapped! Armed only with the contents of her purse, and with the help of new chums, Cherry must save her aunt.

    A. Sanchez says: "Gloriasly funny"
    "very entertaining"
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    this book was such a kick. now i keep wanting to use the word "queer" in it's original meaning just to amuse myself. the narration was great, except that once in a while she made the butchier characters sound all high pitched and squealy which just didn't seem right.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Cop: A Dick Hardesty Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Dorien Grey
    • Narrated By Jeff Frez-Albrecht
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    One of the residual spots of conflict in gay rights is the police force, and this audiobook confronts that conflict head-on with the murder of a gay policeman and the investigation by the inimitable Dick Hardesty. We meet many of the familiar characters and get to know Jonathan, a young hustler who becomes more than a casual acquaintance. The entire police force is suspect in this community mystery of intrigue and murder.

    HaloLove says: "💔 Oh Tom! 💔 1/23/2015"
    "Amusingly named great series"
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    Solid detective novels that happen to be gay. Not pseudo porn romance novel. Interesting relationships that seem real and evolve over the books. Love this series, can't wait for more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Honor Bound: Honor Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Radclyffe
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (96)

    Secret Service Agent Cameron Roberts made a promise to Blair Powell, the President's daughter - not to place her own life in danger protecting Blair - but a request from the Commander in Chief forces her to break her word. In this sequel to Above All, Honor, Cameron places duty before love and accepts reassignment as the chief of Blair's security detail, despite knowing that this decision may destroy their tenuous new relationship. As the rift between them widens, more than one woman is happy to offer Blair the company that Cam cannot.

    Dandylion says: "Boring."
    "Fun premise, wanted to smack main character"
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    Narrator did a great job. There's guns and women in suits and some kickboxing, so that's fun.
    The character of Blair was super annoying, always whining about how guilty she feels then putting people in harms way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Vision: A Jane Lawless Mystery, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ellen Hart
    • Narrated By Aimee Jolson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Joanna Kasimir, an old friend of Jane Lawless, left Minneapolis years ago to make it big in Hollywood and, unlike so many others, she succeeded. Unfortunately, her stardom came at a price. Early in her career, Joanna was involved with a man who quickly went from being an idle interest to a dangerous stalker. Nearly a decade has passed since she sent him to prison, but just as she is about to leave for her hometown to star in her friend Cordelia Thorn's production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, she receives one of his ominous calling cards.

    jo says: "still good"
    "still good"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    book 14 and i'm not sick of this series yet. that's saying a lot. the subjects are serious but there are funny interludes. the character development is strong, i like how their essence remains the same but they still grow. as usual there are multiple sub plots that may or may not intersect which keeps me curious. finally i like how there are rarely any pure good or bad guys in these books. even the main characters who are mainly good also have their negative qualities. the bad guys are occasionally sympathetic. life is complex in these books, and interesting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hallowed Murder: A Jane Lawless Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ellen Hart
    • Narrated By Aimee Jolson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Jane reluctantly agrees to accompany her good friend Cordelia Thorn on a peculiar holiday trip: Cordelia's estranged sister, Broadway star Octavia Thorn, has asked them to attend her wedding. Octavia getting married is no surprise, but her candidate for hubby #4 certainly is. Roland Lester is a reclusive 83-year-old retired Hollywood director. No one can understand how the two met. When the bodies start to drop, Jane realizes it might not be love at all that brought the young diva and the aged director together, but something much deeper, and perhaps more sinister.

    April Saxinger says: "just no...."
    "loving this series"
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    What made the experience of listening to Hallowed Murder the most enjoyable?

    these books are exactly why i started listening to f/f then for lack of material m/m romance novels. i like reading gay characters, but for the most part that forces me to read either super serious novels or godawful cheesy romance plot lines. it's not the smut i mind in those, that's the only good part usually. i'm on a tangent. the point is, these novels are nice. they are funny, friendly, creative, well written and suspenseful. the characters develop over time and are interesting and don't require smut to make the book readable. in fact, there isn't any. and i still like it.incidentally, i get a kick out of what culinary snobs jane and cordelia are.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    cordelia. she is hilarious, i love her diva ways.


    Which character – as performed by Aimee Jolson – was your favorite?

    still cordelia.


    Any additional comments?

    i'm on book 12 or something already and still going strong. for the first half hour i really didn't like the narration, there was something too sing-songy about it. but now i really like her. as the narrator who has read all the books she knows the characters and imbues them with some really amusing subtle intonations that fit the writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Die Trying: Jack Reacher, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan McClain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2332)
    Performance
    (2074)
    Story
    (2071)

    When a woman is kidnapped off a Chicago street in broad daylight, Jack Reacher's in the wrong place at the wrong time. He's kidnapped with her. Chained together and racing across America toward an unknown destination, they're at the mercy of a group of men demanding an impossible ransom. Because Reacher's female companion is worth more than he imagines. Now he has to save them both - from the inside out - or die trying....

    Kevin says: "Story was interesting but sooooo drawn out"
    "like rambo, but in a book"
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    What made the experience of listening to Die Trying the most enjoyable?

    i actually really enjoyed the narrator. i'm not sure why there are so many comments about how bad people thought the narration was, it is pretty different from the first one but not bad at all. i like that the voices aren't overdone and that he can have a bit of an ironic tone which makes me like the jack reacher character more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    all the badasses, because they're badasses. i mean, why else read a book like this.


    Any additional comments?

    ok, so, book 2 and there is a pattern. lee child writes about women that are kind of strong, but always end up weeping on some guy's shoulder or need reacher to bail them out. they reach a glass ceiling of badassery. my irritation at this fact is mildly distracting from the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Glen & Tyler's Honeymoon Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By JB Sanders
    • Narrated By Brian Rollins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (80)

    Tyler can't inherit unless he gets married... and when Glen proposes, hijinks ensue. Follow the guys on their world-spanning adventure as they defeat mobsters, an evil step-mother, a rakish brother-in-law and pirates. No, really - pirates! Plus, there's an underground super-base. And hockey. Come for the romance, stay for the hockey.

    Riva says: "A lot of fun"
    "fun for the teenage boy in your head"
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    What does Brian Rollins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    this is randomly specific, but the narration reminds me a lot of marshall eriksen from how i met your mother. totally nuts, right? i guess they both have this dumb jock intonation sometimes that makes me chuckle.


    If you could take any character from Glen & Tyler's Honeymoon Adventure out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    glen or tyler, because they'd be buying.


    Any additional comments?

    this book is basically about what you'd do if you had a bazillion dollars. you'd want to have a secret lair, and an island, and a professional hockey team, and like nine banks, and you'd have a sweet wardrobe, a limo driver and enjoy making homophobes and all other idiots look dumb.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Boystown: Three Nick Nowak Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Marshall Thornton
    • Narrated By Brad Langer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    A former police officer turned private investigator, Nick Nowak is haunted by his abrupt departure from the department, as well as, the traumatic end of his relationship with librarian Daniel Laverty. In these three stories set in Chicago during the early eighties, Nick locates a missing young man for a mysterious client, solves a case of arson at a popular nightspot, and goes undercover to prove a dramatic suicide was actually murder.

    jo says: "chicago!"
    "chicago!"
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    What did you love best about Boystown?

    the author writes about life just before the beginning of the AIDS epidemic before people thought of casual sex as deadly. i know the history but for some reason it didn't strike me so much until reading this series. maybe because it's set in chicago, in the neighborhoods where i spend the most time. but anyway these stories are mostly fun, sexy mysteries with a serious back drop.


    Any additional comments?

    did i already say this? i loved reading a book set in chicago that never once mentions downtown or, god forbid, navy pier. in fact, they are set back when navy pier was just an old pier and not a tourist circus.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Widdershins: Whyborne & Griffin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jordan L. Hawk
    • Narrated By Julian G. Simmons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (195)

    Repressed scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne has two skills: reading dead languages and hiding in his office at the Ladysmith Museum. After the tragic death of the friend he secretly loved, he's ruthlessly suppressed any desire for another man. So when handsome ex-Pinkerton Griffin Flaherty approaches him to translate a mysterious book, Whyborne wants to finish the job and get rid of the detective as quickly as possible. Griffin left the Pinkertons following the death of his partner, hoping to start a new life. But the powerful cult that murdered Glenn has taken root in Widdershins, and only the spells in the book can stop them.

    R. Wilson says: "Gripping Erotic Suspense, Seductive Narrator!"
    "m/m with good mystery and plot"
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    What did you love best about Widdershins?

    it was nice and long but didn't feel that way, fun plot that felt real even though it was historical and supernatural. characters were really endearing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    i keep wishing for books that have both men and women in them, i find the single focus of m/m or f/f on one gender kind of boring, as if we don't have other people around us. smart, sarcastic, gun-toting christine was a fun addition - she doesn't tolerate moping and angst which as a reader i also hate.


    Any additional comments?

    the production value on the narration is not great. it took me a while to get used to the narrator who at first i thought would never have an inflection. but after 20 minutes i found his reading really peaceful and fitting for the main character. now i hope he narrates the next book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tigers and Devils

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Sean Kennedy
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (99)

    The most important things in Simon Murray’s life are football, friends, and film - in that order. His friends despair of him ever meeting someone, but despite his loneliness, Simon is cautious about looking for more. Then his best friends drag him to a party, where he barges into a football conversation and ends up defending the honour of star forward Declan Tyler - unaware that the athlete is present. In that first awkward meeting, neither man has any idea they will change each other's lives forever.

    stephanie says: "i loved the story but not the narrator. Sorry."
    "funny and sweet"
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    What made the experience of listening to Tigers and Devils the most enjoyable?

    the writing made me laugh out loud many times. the humor is sarcastic, juvenile and understated, just my type. the writing is really good, the characters are well developed and feel real, like people i know. the relationship between the main characters has a natural development, not "i love you" after two days which is both psycho and a really common plot. most of the book is not about building tension between two people but about what it's like to be in a relationship, which to me is more interesting. it's not pseudo-porn, it's actually about real (imaginary) gay people, and that was really refreshing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tigers and Devils?

    sadly, the scenes about what it's like to be in a relationship with a closeted partner. been there, done that, and it's pretty accurate.


    Any additional comments?

    a lot of people commented on the narration, and i thought i would be in pain for hours (but the book was cheap, so i bought it anyway). i think they are being a bit dramatic. sure, an australian accent would have been cool, but this narrator did fine. it didn't detract from the book for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2451)
    Performance
    (1974)
    Story
    (1974)

    The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues.

    Robert says: "Interesting but wandering"
    "interesting, thoughtful and meandering"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Psychopath Test the most enjoyable?

    true, as others have said, it is not a scholarly work. what the author does is question the definitions we use for mental illness and how those definitions function in society. he does not come to any simple conclusions, or any conclusions really, but it does not feel unfinished. the issues he raises just aren't easily answered. to approach this (huge) topic in a more formal way could have been boring and a bit tedious. this on the other hand was a funny and interesting journey.


    Any additional comments?

    i really enjoyed the narration, jon ronson's timing and emphasis made the story really entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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