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Randal

Herrin, IL, United States

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  • 24 reviews
  • 116 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 25 purchased in 2014
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  • Tooth and Nail

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Andrew Schwartz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (106)

    Nineteen-year-old Dylan Shaw is possibly the most beautiful thing Malic Sunden has ever seen. After Malic rescues Dylan from an attack, Dylan makes it very clear that he is more than interested, but Malic won’t even consider sleeping with Dylan because of his age. Malic is sure he’s not good enough for Dylan, who has his whole life ahead of him, and can’t conceive of burdening Dylan with his secrets. But the darkness in Malic’s life won’t be denied, and soon Dylan is drawn into the dangerous paranormal world that is Malic’s reality.

    N. Houghton says: "Dreamspinner Readers are So Inconsistent!"
    "Worth a listen, but watch the price and get it on"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if they can get it on sale. It is an entertaining listen and Mary Calmes is a very good author.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I often enjoy Ms. Calmes character develop and the formula she follows when writing. It is a little predictable, but I enjoy that. She leads you through a range of emotions and it is a fun ride.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where He Ends and I Begin: Home Series

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Cardeno C.
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (104)

    Jake Owens, aggressive, physical, blunt and brave, is a football hero turned city cop. Nate Richardson, his best friend since before forever, is thoughtful, quiet, and kind, a brilliant doctor who has always known who he is and that Jake is the love of his life - and loyal, courageous, straight Jake has never had a clue. But Jake has been nursing his own case of the unrequiteds, and he’s never been as straight as Nate assumes. Nate may think their passionate explosion is a fluke, a result of too much closeness for too long, but Jake is bound and determined to prove to him otherwise.

    Donald says: "Predictable, yet enjoyable..."
    "great series"
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    If you could sum up Where He Ends and I Begin in three words, what would they be?

    great love story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Where He Ends and I Begin?

    the ring exchange at the end.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Crisden – was your favorite?

    jake is my favorite, he is very harsh.


    If you could take any character from Where He Ends and I Begin out to dinner, who would it be and why?


    jonathan would be my favorite dinner partner. he is very sweet in the next book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unthinkable: Tate Pack Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Vicktor Alexander
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    Richard Tillson was happy with his life... well... sort of. He has spent the last few years of his life making a name for himself in the dance community, has a very expensive apartment in Manhattan and he knows he's gorgeous. So why is he so miserable? Enter Vernon “Vet” Tate. The older brother of Richard's best friend Amanda Lynn. The first time the two men meet it's when Vet is saving Richard's life from an oncoming vehicle.

    Gloria says: "Exciting story line kept you wanting more"
    "Great series, if a little short"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Unthinkable to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the character development and the flow of the story.


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

    Sean Crisden is one of my favorite vocalists. His characters are easily discernable and his inflections are not too over the top.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unassumed (Tate Pack)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Vicktor Alexander
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Howell Lourge Marshall wasn't afraid of anything. He wasn't afraid of having a mate, he wasn't afraid of having kids and he especially wasn't afraid of falling in love. He just chose not to have those things.

    Randal says: "A very pleasant listen"
    "A very pleasant listen"
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    Would you listen to Unassumed (Tate Pack) again? Why?

    I have already listened to this audiobook several times. It flows nicely and the continuity with the other Tate pack books makes it a nice follow through in the lives of these characters. I just listened to the entire series again over the past few days and truly enjoy the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Character development and the flow of the story were my personal favorites. There are several very hot sex scenes, but after the first couple of listens I tend to fast forward over those.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Crisden – was your favorite?

    Howl's grandmother was my favorite. The vivid description and then the peyote reference remind me of my own grandmother.


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

    I always laugh and cry at emotional stories, it doesn't take much.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Switched: The Trylle Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Amanda Hocking
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (659)
    Performance
    (601)
    Story
    (602)

    When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn't until 11 years later that Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed - a world both beautiful and frightening, and Wendy's not sure she wants to be a part of it.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "Light and Fun!"
    "Great book"
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    What did you love best about Switched?

    The flow of the story was great and the narration was very good.


    What other book might you compare Switched to and why?

    I would compare this favorably with the twilight series. The story has that sort of star crossed lovers feel, it just moves along faster.


    What about Therese Plummer’s performance did you like?

    The characters were easily differentiated and her voice was pleasant to listen to.


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

    no.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clear Water

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Amy Lane
    • Narrated By Robert Nieman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (127)

    Meet Patrick Cleary: party boy, loser, and spaz. Patrick’s been trying desperately to transform himself, and the results have been so spectacular, they’ve almost killed him. Meet Wes “Whiskey” Keenan: he’s a field biologist wondering if it’s time to settle down. When the worst day of Patrick’s life ends with Whiskey saving it, Patrick and Whiskey find themselves sharing company and an impossibly small berth on the world’s tackiest houseboat. Patrick needs to get his life together and Whiskey wants to help.

    Randal says: "Wonderful listen"
    "Wonderful listen"
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    What did you love best about Clear Water?

    The love story was very moving. The slow blooming of Patrick's inquisitive and wonderful nature coaxed by a nurturing, patient Whiskey was emotionally fullfilling.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Everyone's Man

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Edward Kendrick
    • Narrated By Malcolm McDonald
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    Colin Wilcox, a male escort who only takes clients of the same sex, is assaulted while on the job. Needing medical attention he's taken the local ER where he meets a doctor who aids in his recovery. Reoccurring flashbacks during his recovery provide small images of his brutal assault and he's forced by Detective Dane Keyes to handle the emotional fallout of being victimized. Detective Keyes, a victim himself, is assigned to solve the crime. When a second boy is assaulted and then murdered, he needs Colin's help to catch the perpetrators.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Ok for me.."
    "very good listen, wish it were longer"
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    Would you listen to Everyone's Man again? Why?

    I have already listened to it 3 times. It is a nice story that moves at a quick pace. Even though the subject matter is harsh the way the central character deals with his rape is refreshing. This is not a poor, pitiful me type of guy. There is no whining, but he is emotional. It is just a good emotional ride.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Colin is my favorite character. He is very realistic about life. Most people have a hard time accepting their reality and he does.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Ryan Quinn
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd, Nick Podehl, Benjamin L. Darcie
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Nestled in the Pennsylvania countryside, Florence University frames an idyllic college world, complete with cute coeds and handsome jocks - not to mention plenty of booze and sex with virtually no responsibility. For three seniors, the vagaries of life have rarely been so terrifying. Drawn together by their struggles for identity, the three students form a fateful friendship that will change the courses of their lives forever. Sexy, fast paced, and layered with intimate insight about life’s most formative years, The Fall is a compelling coming-of-age story.

    Randal says: "Another mistake"
    "Another mistake"
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    What would have made The Fall better?

    A better classification would have prevented me from buying this audiobook. It is not a gay romance. At least in the first hour (four chapters) there is no mention of anyone being gay. I can see the setup coming, but there are several stories going on here and the gay part is not central so far. This book is 8 and a half hours long, I gave it an hour and all I heard were back stories. It might be a good listen if you like very verbose story telling, but I found it tedious.


    What could Ryan Quinn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I am sure it is a good book for some, but I expected more of a gay theme from a book listed in the gay and lesbian section.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing Seth

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By J. R. Loveless
    • Narrated By Jeff Gelder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (118)

    Veterinarian Seth Davies comes to Senaka, Wyoming, looking for peace and anonymity, trying to escape his past. He’s always been a target for trouble and pain, and Seth has had more than his share of both. Kasey Whitedove takes one look at Seth and assumes the worst. No white man could love animals the way the mostly Cheyenne population expects, and Kasey makes Seth’s first days in Senaka more than unpleasant.

    Lia says: "Enjoyable Book"
    "wonderful tearjerker"
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    What made the experience of listening to Chasing Seth the most enjoyable?

    The great writing and wonderful narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the story left some tangents open so the author can give us more stories. I want to read about the brother and the best friend.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • What Binds Us

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larry Benjamin
    • Narrated By Richard Magnus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Thomas Edward is only a teenager when he escapes his working class neighborhood. He's ready for anything—except the arrival of Donovan Whyte in his life. Sophisticated and dazzlingly handsome, Dondi quickly becomes the center of Thomas Edward's universe, introducing him to a world full of drama, passion and feuding families.

    Kd says: "Worth the Lost Sleep"
    "Save your money"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book is not something I can recommend. It was tedious and did not get any better from the start. I only listened to the first few chapters and they were painful. It is a period piece which is part of what I found difficult to listen to.


    Has What Binds Us turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not the genre, but definitely the author.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Richard Magnus?

    The narrator was ok. If the story had been better I would have had no problem with the narration. The story is so bad it colors everything else.


    2 of 10 people found this review helpful

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