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lifesavr

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  • Galileo

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By James Reston, Jr.
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    The founder of modern science and the embodiment of the conflict between science and faith, Galileo remains the most fascinating figure of his age. In this biography, James Reston Jr. provides a lively, vivid portrait of Galileo, taking the listener to the heart of this passionate, embattled, arrogant, and brilliant man.

    Amazon Customer says: "Lifesavr"
    "Lifesavr"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this biography. Not only did it bring to light Galileo, but also the political environment in which he had to deal with. If you like science, history and religion then I feel you will enjoy this audio book.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Enlightenment of Daniel: Sex in Seattle, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Eli Easton
    • Narrated By Tommy O'Brien
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    Business tycoon Daniel Derenzo lives for his work until his dying father reminds him life is short. When Daniel starts to reevaluate his world, he experiences a startling revelation: He's attracted to his business partner and best friend, Nick, even though Daniel always believed himself to be straight.

    Blanchard says: "Nice story"
    "Just a great up lifting story."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Sure it is as corny as any romantic story could be, and that is why it works! The characters are great the plot is good love is eventually everywhere. It is sweet and there isn't cliff hanger after cliff hanger so I never got so nervous I couldn't finish the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hate at First Sight

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Mark A. Roeder
    • Narrated By Bryant Sullivan
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Jared is determined to earn the center forward spot on his new soccer team, but he faces fiercer competition than expected. Mark is taller and stronger, and his prowess on the field is unmatched. Worse, his cocky, smug attitude makes Jared want to punch him in the face. A battle begins that both Jared and Mark are determined to win. Jared despises his nemesis, but fate pushes them together, and Jared learns there is more behind Mark's hostility than he guessed.

    Sebastian says: "What did I buy?"
    "Another tear jerkier with a lot of laughs "
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Just a great HS story which would never happen in my HS and time period. It has a great many characters that I ended carrying about. I love the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ugly

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mark A. Roeder
    • Narrated By Joe DiNozzi
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Julian is ugly. He knows it. Everyone knows it. He is also a boy with secrets. He's gay, his family owns the local funeral home, and he's not certain which secret he more desperately desires to keep. Julian is a wallflower, but tries out for the soccer team to please his father. Beyond all hope, he makes the team - and there he meets boys who change his life forever and a coach he suspects is trying to kill him.

    Amazon Customer says: "I cried and laughed all the way. "
    "I cried and laughed all the way. "
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Being gay myself a lot of what happens in this book has happened to me or surely I have such thoughts, especially when I was a teenager. The story is about being gay and fearing the hatred and bullying that it can attract. It is also seeing into what makes people who they are. How to measure the real beauty of each other. It is easy to be attracted to external beauty, but as we all know that is only skin deep. Knowing the kindness of others, their ability to love, is "true beauty" I feel and surely what I look for in others. This is a great story but it has eternal truths that we all need to remember and practice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Yuval Noah Harari
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    Overall
    (532)
    Performance
    (451)
    Story
    (447)

    One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species inhabited the Earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism?

    Gary says: "Masterpiece! Our myths make us who we are"
    "This is simply a wonderful and joyful book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    One might feel that the subject could be somewhat dry, but the author makes it so much fun I feel mainly because I kept learning so much and finding connections to the human condition that I guess I never really connected before. The author has a website, where there are some videos of him talking about the book. The narrator was excellent and was easy to listen to and added I felt a great deal to the listening enjoyment.

    It is also a book that I will enjoy listening to several times over. I know that each listening I will have more insight into what the author was trying to convey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scrap Metal

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Harper Fox
    • Narrated By Sean Gormley
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    Is there room for love in a heart full of secrets? One year ago, before Fate took a wrecking ball to his life, Nichol was happily working on his doctorate in linguistics. Now he's hip deep in sheep, mud, and collies. His late brother and mother had been well-suited to life on Seacliff Farm. Nichol? Not so much.

    Roger says: "A great bit of optimism"
    "Just a great story of struggle and romance!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is essentially a story about 3 men and their struggles with life and society they find themselves in and their need for love. I found for some reason this book a little hard to get into at first. Maybe it was the narrator's accent, which once you get into it I realized instead of being a reason not to listen to the book it was one of the reason to listen it. I just loved the author's descriptions of the land, the culture and the struggle the characters are all going through in their lives. Survival is surely a prominent emotion here.

    The book is just full of emotion, but it is not the type of emotions that made me cry, but the emotions that make you know that you are alive, though life is a struggle, that struggle has meaning and raw power, a hidden purpose. As a gay romance, this one is surely different. It is powerful and it is a story once you get into it you want to pursue it, because you soon understand the truth that each man is being driven by and I at least had to honor that truth by witnessing it.

    It soon became a book I could not stop listening to but at the same time it grieved me knowing that soon it would be over and then once that happened the three men I learned to love and care for would be gone from my life. Surely a book I will listen to again and again and each time gain a little more insight of what the author is trying to express to me, the listener.

    To me this story honors the magical love that only men can feel between each other. The power and the joy of it. Passion is everywhere in this story and it carried me along, almost making me addicted to it. I have this same passion deep within me and that passion has surely kept me alive and allowed me to endure pain and lost in my life that I felt I never could survive. This story to me spoke to my own passions, and thus honored my life struggles in doing so.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • One Man Guy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Michael Barakiva
    • Narrated By Michael Chernus
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    When Ethan gets Alek to cut school and go to a Rufus Wainwright concert in New York City’s Central Park, Alek embarks on his first adventure outside the confines of his suburban New Jersey existence. He can’t believe a guy this cool wants to be his friend. And before long, it seems like Ethan wants to be more than friends. Alek has never thought about having a boyfriend - he's barely ever had a girlfriend - but maybe it’s time to think again.

    Regina-Audible says: "A Heartwarming Coming-of-Age Novel"
    "Just pure fun."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It goes down pretty easy. I have just finished reading a couple of other coming out stories involving some real heart break situations. This story comes up to the cliff and it looks as the characters are going to have to jump off but the author surprises you with the humanitarian response. It truly a nice ride and the two boys are just too cute.

    So if you enjoy coming out highschool stories but want to laugh a little and maybe learn to believe they all don't end up with someone cutting their wrist then this is the story for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Loving Jay

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Renae Kaye
    • Narrated By Dave Gillies
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (81)

    One thing Liam Turner knows for sure is that he's not gay - after all, his father makes it very clear he’ll allow no son of his to be gay. And Liam believes it, until a chance meeting with James "Jay" Bell turns Liam’s world upside-down. Jay is vivacious and unabashedly gay - from the tips of his bleached hair to the ends of his polished nails. With a flair for fashion, overreaction, and an inability to cork his verbal diarrhea, drama queen Jay must have a screw loose.

    T. Henry says: "Cute story"
    "Great romance / coming out story."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a great story with a British accent. I thought it dealt well around the issues of a young man realizing he was gay. Then dealing with telling family and then public. It still amazing how so many people are still dealing with their issues homophbia. Love between two people is what it is all about and we surely need more love in this world no matter where or who it is all about.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Surprise

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1293)
    Performance
    (639)
    Story
    (638)

    Twenty-something Harper Connelly has a gift. After being struck by lighting as a child, she discovered an eerie ability to locate the deceased. In Memphis, skeptical Professor Nunley wants her to demonstrate that skill at an ancient cemetery. There, Harper stands atop a grave and says there are two bodies entombed: one centuries old, but the other, a young girl named Tabitha.

    April says: "Amazingly different"
    "Just what one hopes for, spooky and a total joy!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I guess I am surprised on how much I have enjoyed this book and the author's writing. The characters are real and I have found myself wanting to know them even more. This is the second book, I enjoyed the first so much I went and bought this one right away. Surely the narration was a good part of why I enjoyed this book, it is excellent, and one that I look forward to with each of her books now! It is truly not light listening, but it isn't my usual book of science and mathematics, so it was a great break from my normal interest, one that I enjoyed.

    Unfortunately I have attempted to either listen or read books like this, and found them just a disappointment, so when I found this such a well written book, great characters and such wonderful narration, I was very pleased with myself for trying the first one.

    So if you like murder, ghosts, psychic and the paranormal, though the main character doesn't like the term "psychic", a story that weaves in and out of people lives, their motivations, their emotions and fears, then this is a good book to listen to, I believe. I am surely looking for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Absolutely Almost

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Lisa Graff
    • Narrated By Noah Galvin
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (105)

    Albie has never been the smartest kid in his class. He has never been the tallest. Or the best at gym. Or the greatest artist. Or the most musical. In fact, Albie has a long list of the things he's not very good at. And his parents keep reminding him of those things all the time...even when it's just by accident. But then Albie gets a new babysitter, Calista, who helps him figure out all of the things he is good at and how he can take pride in himself.

    Library says: "Beautifully performed, great book"
    "Go back to being a kid again!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book for me was just pure fun. The writing was great, it really allowed me to view life from the point of view of a young boy again, and the narration was perfect.

    It also shows that life really never changes. The problems and issues that this young boy has to deal with are simply replaced by more adult themes as we get older.

    This is a fun, and funny book, which allowed me to laugh and escape from my adult life and issues for a few hours. I totally enjoyed the time away from my reality.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Old Loyalty, New Love

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (121)

    When jackal shifter Quade Danas was banished from his pack for being gay, he spent years in the military escaping his father's prejudice before returning to civilian life as a bodyguard for Roman Howell, the teenage son of a very rich man. After Roman is in an accident that leaves him physically scarred and emotionally distant, Quade is the only one who can get through to him. As Roman becomes a man, he realizes what he wants - his bodyguard by his side and in his bed.

    Riva says: "Classic Mary Calmes"
    "A little too much!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Old Loyalty, New Love? What did you like least?

    The actual story was great but instead of exploring and developing it, the author puts a lot of love making. Now I am not against all of that, but I was more interested in the story line. Just when it started getting interesting everyone would stop of make love. I mean it was really a joke after a while.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Take a lot of the love making out of it and put in character development and development of the plot.


    What three words best describe Tristan James’s performance?

    Good


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    There was a lot going on in this book. The author had decided to make it much more than your basic romance. I was surprised by how it all played out, but I feel the author, or the editor decided that this was a love making book instead of a adventure/romance. The book could've been much longer and spent a great deal more time developing characters and scenes, things I would of really gotten into and enjoyed. I am afraid that instead it was treated by everyone that it had to be a typical "gay" romance, with a lot of love making scenes and not that much development of the story. From that point of view this story was a complete disappointment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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