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  • Promises

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Marie Sexton
    • Narrated By Mark L. Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (188)

    Jared Thomas has lived his whole life in the small mountain town of Coda, Colorado. He can't imagine living anywhere else. Unfortunately, the only other gay man in town is twice his age and used to be his teacher, so Jared is resigned to spending his life alone... until Matt Richards walks into his life, that is. Matt has just been hired by the Coda Police Department, and he and Jared immediately become friends. Matt claims he is straight, but for Jared, having a sexy friend like Matt is way too tempting.

    Boys like Boys says: "I don't regret my purchase"
    "I love romance and this was no disappointment!"
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    Where does Promises rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    It is a five star story. I loved the twist and turns of this romance and it is not often I find a gay romance that I enjoy so much. I read a lot of straight romance because there is so much, but it is surely a nice to run upon a gay romance that is done so well without all the typical gay stereo types. There is sex in this story but the relationship is the main theme and it is hot.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is told by the main character, Jarred who is gay, and out, but finds himself being challenged by this new love in ways he would never had imagined.


    What about Mark L. Jones???s performance did you like?

    Just a great narration. Easy to listen to and great in his intonation between each character.


    If you could rename Promises, what would you call it?

    Unexpected love. Well, not really since it is a romance novel. But the love the two character find together didn't come easy.


    Any additional comments?

    I am hoping that Audible will have available more gay romance. This book is a prime example in the high quality of the new gay romance novels in the market now.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Double Star

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    One minute, down-and-out actor Lorenzo Smythe is, as usual, in a bar, drinking away his troubles while watching his career circle the drain. Then a space pilot buys him a drink, and the next thing Smythe knows, he's shanghaied to Mars. Smythe suddenly finds himself agreeing to the most difficult role of his career: impersonating an important politician who has been kidnapped. Peace with the Martians is at stake, and failure to pull off the act could result in interplanetary war.

    envchemist says: "Well done!"
    "Perfect Heinlein!"
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    What did you love best about Double Star?

    The story is just wonderful and Perfect Heinlein. I read this what seems to be a million years ago and since then I have re-read it several times. This audiobook is perfectly done and the reader was great. This is simply creativity that none of us will ever see again. Heinlein and of course Asimov, are giants from the past. We all know now without any doubt that the Martians that are a main focus here, are never to be. But the story is more about life, politics, people struggling for the better way of life and the sacrifices that we all are ask to make in the attempt to obtain it all.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Heinlein is just great.


    Have you listened to any of Tom Weiner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Great performance by the narrator, if anything, I feel he made the story even better.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I basically did.


    Any additional comments?

    Like I said this is the end of this type of writing. Future Science Fiction writing of course will and have their own great writers, but this era is over and never to happen again, thus this is one of the best stories that I feel, represents that era! Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By B.G. Thomas
    • Narrated By Donald Tursman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Kit Jefferies, a part-time department store Christmas elf, is an artist who loves life and his family. Unfortunately, his car dies at a rest stop in the middle of nowhere as he is heading home for Christmas. Enter Nick St. George. Nick is a very unhappy man - he's achieved his professional goals only to find the rest of his life bleak and empty.

    Amazon Customer says: "Corny and sad and sweet and romantic!"
    "Corny and sad and sweet and romantic!"
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    If you could sum up Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf in three words, what would they be?

    I really don't have three words: The author uses a light corny romantic story to convey a real issue within the gay community. So I surely laughed and I surely cried, and in some ways I got down right angry. I know as a gay man I am tired of this society that we live in and all its BS! It is a story worth listening to. But it is a sneaky one. I like this author a great deal just because he had the courage to deal with such pain and despair and do it in such a positive way. I wish all the stories of despair in this world turn out so positively.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nick is my favorite character for everything actually revolves around him. In some way this is like a Twilight Zone story. I only say that because Twilight Zone stories always had the true story hidden from you. Generally you knew there was a monster in the story but you never really knew when it was going to jump out and scare the hell out of you. Now I hesitated in buying this story for a long time because if you look at the cover and read what it is about it really doesn't get you prepared for the serious subject that it is really dealing with. For like all Twilight Zone stories there is a monster lurking in the back ground. A hideous terrible monster.


    What does Donald Tursman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He was a great reader, his reading didn't take away from the story line and then he was able to bring each character to the story as an individual. I am surely going to listen to this story again. It is truly a gem of writing and narration. "The Boy Who Came in from the Cold" is the other story I have listen to from this author and that also was a good one. Matter of fact this story reminded me of it and I believe I will listen to that again because that was also a good story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I purchased this book this morning at 4am, because I was up getting ready for work. I became engrossed into the characters right away, and continued listening to it in my car as I drove to work. Once I got to work every chance I had to listen to it I did. It is really a short only a little over 2 hrs. I surely felt it was too short, but again it was long enough to tell it story.


    Any additional comments?

    So again I liked this story for the gay issues that it dealt with. Internalized homophobia threatens all of us. This is truly something all gays are dealing with everyday, and surely being an older man, I'm in my sixties this was even a bigger issue for my generation. Things in some ways are getting better, and I am thankful for that, but we still have a long way to go and stories like this one help I feel bring up issues that truly harm us and need to have some light shined on them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Turkey in the Snow

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Amy Lane
    • Narrated By Gomez Pugh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    Since Hank Calder's four-year-old niece Josie came to live with him, his life has been plenty dramatic, thank you, and the last thing he needs is a swishy, flaming twinkie to complicate things. But when Justin, the daycare worker at his gym, offers to do something incredibly nice for Hank - and for Josie - Hank is forced to reconsider. Justin may be flamboyant in his speech and gestures, but his heart and kindness are as rock steady and dependable as anyone, even Hank, could ask for.

    Amazon Customer says: "A wonderful story that made me laugh and cry!"
    "A wonderful story that made me laugh and cry!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    When I was coming out late in life I was in a gay men's support group for coming out. One of the issues that was discussed was "flamers". You can't be in public with a flamer and people not know you are gay or at least believe that to be the case. Being the naive person that I am that never came to my mind, but I could see that was an issue for some of the men. Of course there were flamers in the group and they told a horrible story of being rejected and bullied all their lives because they are so obvious. Now, I don't have a problem with flamers. Though I look and act so straight I truly have to advertise who I am at times, just to indicate to another man I might be interested.Now you are asking me why am I telling you all this? To me this is one of the main themes of this story. The straight looking gay man gets involved with a flamer and all the drama that is part of that. It is a really cute story and understanding what that all means is an important part of this story. The other part of this story is the love for a 4 year old girl. Now there are a great many people who feel gay men are pediphiles, of course the FBI profile proves that isn't the case at all, but I know there are some people who feel that their is a "gay agenda" about recruiting people into being gay and that also the gay lifestyle is all about being promiscuous and irresponsible, of course that isn't true either. There are also a group of people who feel that gays shouldn't be allowed to raise children, this is about that and the need to parent, bringing together three people who all love each other, need each other and them becoming a family. The author, who I have been fortunate to have read many of her stories has demonstrated that very easily and clearly here, and I might also say very lovingly. So this is a story of new beginnings and people taking risks in those beginnings and of course love. I believe with that demonstration she easily shows that the love between same sex has the same roots as between anyone. Us gay people are human beings also, which I feel is forgotten with all the objectifying in the news and by the people who want to classify us as sinners and evil in our intents. I truly enjoyed this book and at times cried because it made me so happy.


    What about Gomez Pugh’s performance did you like?

    Yes, the narrator was very good at making the the "straight" gay sounding like that, and the queen, flamer, like that.


    Any additional comments?

    "Clear Water" is a different book but it is also about love. Family, and it has some cops and robbers in it. I read this book and also listen to an audio version and enjoyed both version of the story. I am the process of reading a few other books by Amy Lane.It has been with great joy that there are so many different authors and books dealing with gay relationships now in the main avenues of book sales. The fact that I don't have to sneak into a "dirty" book store or go on "questionable" gay websites to find books written about gay people and their experiences, I find a sense of acceptance by the greater community.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover: Most Popular Guy in the School, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Robbie Michaels
    • Narrated By Michael Stellman
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    Mark certainly knows Bill Cromwell, whom he meets officially when his father volunteers him for manual labor at the school. Bill is his polar opposite: outgoing, gregarious, athletic. But when a massive snowstorm traps the two boys together for three days, Mark learns that being popular doesn't mean you can't be bullied or abused - or gay. And that bullying doesn't stop at the school doors. And that bullying doesn't stop at the school doors.

    Amazon Customer says: "Surely this book is meant to be more than it seems"
    "Surely this book is meant to be more than it seems"
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    What made the experience of listening to Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover the most enjoyable?

    This theme is very common among gay romance novels. The nerd who is attracted to the absolute good looking jock, with no hope of anything ever happening. Most of the time this theme takes the road of the jock failing a class and needing tutoring by the nerd. It is surely one of my all time favorite themes. This actually took a side road to that basic theme. They ended up getting together from a snow storm, this is also a known ploy to get these two together. But this story went into family abuse and alcohol and gambling addictions and then into intervention of said family. Then even more, some of it was a little creative beyond anything I have read before.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked both characters, but there was just something missing with them that I still can't put my finger on. It was almost like this book, which is I believe aimed at young adults, was a text book to explore and bring about a very positive attitude towards gay youth and the issues they face. Now, don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book, but maybe it was written by a committee. I mean both guys are basically too good and don't go through more acting out than I would expected if all the things that happened to them really did. It is a very positive story...and I guess I expected a little more acting out etc. Surely I believe it could be read by a straight youth and they would learn acceptance, tolerance for people who are different, family dynamic with addictions like alcohol and gambling. Adults getting together and having an intervention to stop the abuse associated with these types of addictions. And of course the importance of an education, especially reading and going to college.


    What about Michael Stellman’s performance did you like?

    Great read. Never a problem with him and of course like any good narrator he brought a great deal of my enjoyment of the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Well at first yes. Like I said I just love this type of theme. As I sit here and think about it surely it represents some of my own issues when I was going to high school. Except I am an fairly old man and I didn't come out until very late in life due to religious beliefs and the general social pressures in our culture. So I of course was very interested in the cute jocks through out school, even while I was in elementary school, but I would have found myself beaten up or killed if anyone had suspected of my interest in boys. I surely feel it is all very sad that us gays are treated in such a horrible and negative way. So I guess they give me some comfort to see that even fictional characters get some hope and friendship while still so young.


    Any additional comments?

    I am always happy to see and be able to buy books of a gay slant, no matter what the subject is. It surely gives me some hope for the future for the younger gay men that are having to deal with their orientation. The internet has helped a great deal with that I believe. The people who hate us really never know or understand the damaged they have inflicted on the very innocent. I find this world and its ability to hate others very disturbing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How Old Is the Universe?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By David A. Weintraub
    • Narrated By Brad Smith
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Astronomers have determined that our universe is 13.7 billion years old. How exactly did they come to this precise conclusion? How Old Is the Universe? tells the incredible story of how astronomers solved one of the most compelling mysteries in science and, along the way, introduces listeners to fundamental concepts and cutting-edge advances in modern astronomy.

    J. D. Stevens says: "The worst-read audiobook I've ever listened to."
    "It starts with the basics & then the fantastic"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Surely sometimes it is all beyond my comprehension but I still find it all so fascinating. That us humans have the mind and the curiosity to sit down and figure all this out. Thousands of people with their different skills in imagination, mathematics, logic and more have been drawn to try to make sense of what it is we see when we look up into the sky, day or night. I look up and I am in awe mostly. Though now after reading this book the awe is both what I see and now what I know. The story is very well told and so much information is packed into this one book. It is all so amazing. This is also a book I will and have already listen to over and over again. Each time I seem to understand more.


    What other book might you compare How Old Is the Universe? to and why?

    Einstein's Cosmos: How Albert Einstein's Vision Transformed Our Understanding of Space and Time: Great Discoveries

    This is another great book which to me brings Einstein's genius to light so much so you are amazed that the human race was able to bring into existence such a brilliant thinker. What a special gift he was to all of us. (Though this is a personal comment and is not in the book, to think that the ignorance and hate of Nazi Germany would have killed a man such as Einstein is to me a terrible thought.)


    What does Brad Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is amazing with his narration. His tone is fairly neutral and he is able to present some very complicated ideas in a voice that makes you almost see it. It is somewhat of a long book over 10 hours and if his reading wasn't just perfect it would have ruined the experience, but of course just the opposite happens. Though not everyone agrees with me, and maybe it is my laziness, but I so enjoy lying on my bed in comfort and be able to just listen to such wonderful writings as done by the author and read by Brad Smith. Truly a joy of our modern day society. I find this so with audio. I believe it allows for my "self" to relax and take in what it being said in a way reading the book or watching a video doesn't allow to happen. I can just float in my imagination and enjoy!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    In a sense surely one has a certain feeling of joy when you hear of someone's success after so great an effort and then of course the opposite happens when you see a great effort and focus on finding a solution and failure is the end result. Even worse is finding a solution and have your fellow humans punish you for being brilliant. Surely science history is man at his best trying to understand and make sense of what he/she is experiencing. Another good reason to listen to the book for it not only helps you learn it also helps you experience the greatness of humans at trying to satisfy our curiosity.


    Any additional comments?

    I strongly suggest you download the PDF that comes with the book. It has many drawings that make what the point that the author is trying to make easier to comprehend. There are also many interesting pictures that I found helpful and inspiring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7543)
    Performance
    (6567)
    Story
    (6557)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Nora Roberts at her best for me."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you want to get away and you want to use Nora Roberts this is the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Romance


    What does Julia Whelan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her reading skills


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When they fell in love.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the characters so much I wished this was one of her trilogy books. But atlas it is not. So I guess I have to use my own imagination to see what comes next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Promise of Sleep

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By William C. Dement
    • Narrated By Jeff McCarthy
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (25)

    Healthful sleep has been proven to be the single most important factor in predicting longevity. And yet we are a sleep-sick society, ignorant of the facts of sleep - and the price of sleep deprivation. Dr. Dement takes us on a fascinating tour of the sleeping body and mind in this eye-opening program.

    Kelly says: "Great things to know"
    "Great book on sleep disorders"
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    Just a great book on sleep apnea. I was recently diagnosed to have sleep apnea and this was a great review on the research and treatment of this disease.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Virgin River

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1656)
    Performance
    (1143)
    Story
    (1159)

    Recently widowed, grieving Los Angeles midwife/nurse Melinda Monroe answers a small upstate town's ad for help. Nestled amongst California's giant redwoods, quaint Virgin River is host to many quirky characters - including bar owner Jack Sheridan, who may be just the man to make Melinda smile again.

    Houston mom says: "Great author if you like Nora Roberts!"
    "The Perfect Romance Novel?"
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    Is this the Perfect Romance Novel? Pretty damn close. The fact that this is a series just makes it even closer to perfect. The narration is excellent. Did I cry, you bet! Will I listen to this book over and over again trying to squeeze every last moment and second from it? Yes! So if you are a romantic and you have listened to the Audible sample narration and enjoyed it then don't wait one more second and download this book. And once you are done listening to it over and over again, then download the others in this series. I haven't purchased and listen to all of them yet, but have done so with 2 in the series and loved them just as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Leverage

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joshua C. Cohen
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
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    (14)

    Kurt is a talented but emotionally damaged football player. Danny is a rising star on the gymnastics team, an outsider in a high school where the football team rules. But the two form an unlikely friendship, and when one member of the gym team is viciously assaulted by the quarterback and his cronies, Kurt rises to his defense and challenges the entrenched stereotypes of high-school sports. This is that rare book that authentically captures the voices, fierce loyalties, and harsh justice of teenage boys.

    lauren says: "hard hitting truth about todays bullying"
    "Disturbing, but worth the read"
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    In one way I wish I had never listen to this book. It is extremely disturbing. On the other hand I do feel that it is a book worth listening to. This is about bullying. It is about jocks. It is about being vulnerable. I know only too well what this is like. Fortunately, the physical abuse that is portrayed here never happened to me is all I can say. Maybe I???m not the person to review this book, but I guess I want people to be aware that this is not a book for children or even young adults, I feel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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