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Leigh

Taylor, Texas, United States | Member Since 2017

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  • Mahu

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Neil Plakcy
    • Narrated By Joel Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Mahu -- a generally negative Hawaiian term for homosexuals -- introduces a unique character to detective fiction. Kimo Kanapa'aka is a handsome, mixed-race surfer living in Honolulu, a police detective confronting his homosexuality in an atmosphere of macho bravado within the police force. A man of intelligence, strength, honesty, resourcefulness, and intense dedication to the people of Hawaii, Kimo is a hard-boiled hero you will never forget.

    Jim Lee says: "Wonderful Example of the Coming Out Experinence"
    "Surf's Up!"
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    I love this series. I've wanted to see it on Audible for years, so I was super excited when it appeared. Kimo, the protagonist, is a great character. He's not just a cop, but a regular guy, a friend, a son, a brother. Love that he surfs and how he feels about surfing, like it's a meditation. This has a great story that will really keep you hooked. I felt bad for Kimo, though, with all the stuff he was going through.

    Oh, and Joel Leslie narrates, which is always a huge draw for me. He had so many different accents to deal with here and he was brilliant, as usual. I would've sworn he had like twenty people in the recording booth with him. Every character is completely distinct. You never have to say "who said that". It's always crystal clear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere [Adaptation]

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Christopher Lee, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, and others
    Overall
    (4246)
    Performance
    (3962)
    Story
    (3950)

    A BBC Radio six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling novel, starring James McAvoy as Richard and Natalie Dormer as Door. Beneath the streets of London there is another London. A subterranean labyrinth of sewers and abandoned tube stations. A somewhere that is Neverwhere....

    Chelly says: "Always amazing."
    "Here! Here! Listen to this One!"
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    I had such a good time with this! A wonderful cast and a very well adapted story. Definitely something I will be listening to again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Blow It with a Billionaire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Alexis Hall
    • Narrated By Joel Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (77)

    Once upon a time there was a totally ordinary boy who fell for a cold, beautiful prince. Only it's not a fairy tale, it's my life. The prince is a billionaire called Caspian Hart. And we're trying super hard to live happily ever after. He's everything I want, need, and can't resist: a man who looks like a god and bangs like the devil. Except he's still got his rules and he's still got his secrets.... But if there's one thing Caspian's taught me it's that you should never settle for less than you're worth. And I'm worth his trust. I have to show him that I see him.

    Jessica says: "Really good sequel"
    "I Love Arden!"
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    I listened to the first book in this series on Audible and I was blown away, so I KNEW this would be a great listen as well. I was right. I've got huge shadows under my eyes because I stayed up too freaking late listening to it because I HAD TO KNOW what happened next. I can't wait until the next book in the series comes out!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Bang a Billionaire: Arden St. Ives, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Alexis Hall
    • Narrated By Joel Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (149)

    If England had yearbooks, I'd probably be "Arden St. Ives: Man Least Likely to Set the World on Fire." I've no idea what I'm doing at Oxford and, until a week ago, I had no idea who Caspian Hart was. Turns out, he's brilliant, beautiful...oh yeah, and a billionaire. It's impossible not to be captivated by someone like that. But Caspian Hart makes his own rules. And he has a lot of them. About when I can be with him. What I can do with him. And when he'll be through with me. But now that Caspian's shown me glimpses of the man behind the billionaire I know it's him I want.

    Mo Sytsma says: "A stunning performance of an amazing book"
    "Funnest Listen EVER!"
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    This was so much fun I truly did NOT want it to end. The story is funny and interesting, nothing is predictable. Oh, and I love the main character, Arden, so much. He was a breath of fresh air. I never knew what he was going to say or do next, which is wonderful. I want more!

    And Joel Leslie, as always, did a great job. He said something once about not being an actor. I think he is one. Better, even, because he only has his voice to work with and he always comes through. I stayed up way too late listening to it. I think this might be my favorite of his narrations. At least until the next one comes out!

    Truly, listen to this one. It made me go to Hall's other books. I bought another one and it was completely wonderful in a completely different way. Which is what I want in a writer. Something different every time.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Hemovore

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jordan Castillo Price
    • Narrated By Joel Leslie
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (166)

    Mark Hansen thought working as artist’s assistant would be glamorous, especially if that artist was a vampire. Black tie events, witty repartee, gracing the pages of the local style section. Didn’t happen. Not even once. Jonathan Varga is an enigma. True, he’s quiet, generous, and scrupulously polite. But he has zero social life, refuses to be interviewed or photographed, and insists he can only consume feline blood.

    M. Childers says: "New take on the Vampire Lore."
    "So Much Fun I Needed a Transfusion"
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    It's the first book I've read by this author and I'll definitely be going back for more. It's a fantastic new take on vampirism. And Joel Leslie's narration -- awesome, as always. I have to keep looking for new superlatives. He's stressing the hell out of my thesaurus!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Absolution: The Protectors, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sloane Kennedy
    • Narrated By Joel Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (316)

    After four years abroad, artist Jonas Davenport has come home to start building his dream of owning his own art studio and gallery. But just as he's ready to put the darkness of his past behind him forever, it comes roaring back with a vengeance.

    Cyndi says: "Pleasant Surprise!!"
    "This Book is a Winner!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to anyone who likes a good story told by a narrator who's the best at what he does.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to choose, they're all great, but I did like Mace a lot. He goes through a lot of changes.


    What about Joel Leslie’s performance did you like?

    Joel always gets into the story. It's pretty obvious that he loves what he's doing and I enjoy that. A narrator can make or break a story and I can trust that it'll be a good performance/story when I see Joel's name.


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

    Love Conquers All


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endings and Beginnings: Collars and Cuffs, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By K.C. Wells, Parker Williams
    • Narrated By Joel Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    Collars & Cuffs' new barman, JJ Taylor, is really conflicted right now. He went to the club with a very specific purpose, already convinced of what he'd find there. Except it's not what he expected at all. He certainly didn't anticipate finding himself drawn to the new wannabe dom. Nor could he have guessed the direction that attraction would lead him. Old love, new love, vows, pain, rage, moving in, moving on....The members of Collars & Cuffs face an event that touches some of them deeply.

    JSLRussell says: "Bittersweet"
    "A Wonderful Edition to a Great Series"
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    What made the experience of listening to Endings and Beginnings the most enjoyable?

    In addition to meeting the two main characters and watching their relationship grow it was wonderful having characters from the earlier books checking in throughout, seeing the developments and changes in their lives. In addition, the reading was wonderful. I've come to expect only the bests from Joel Leslie, but this book had a huge cast of characters and he did an awesome job. I could always tell who was talking by the timbre of his voice, even before a name was given.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like J.J., how he started out and how he developed. He started out with a particular view of the club and then (in a very organic progression) changed his view, which helped changed his view of not only his life but himself.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Peter was talking with the reporter. Initially he was frightened but then he stood up for himself. He didn't let the man get over on him. I was very proud of him. He'd been through so much but was able to get past it.


    If you could rename Endings and Beginnings, what would you call it?

    It would have to be something about friendship, because that's such a huge part of these stories.. Friends Forever, Friends Through Thick and Thin, something like that.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Three Wrong Turns in the Desert

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Neil Plakcy
    • Narrated By Stan Jenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    From the moment he sees handsome Liam McCullough showering naked behind a Tunisian bar, ESL teacher Aidan Greene wants to screw the sexy bodyguard. At first, though, a dead courier and beefy hired thugs get in the way. But Liam soon convinces him - with wiles and smiles and solid logic - to join him on a race across the desert for a rendezvous with a Tuareg tribe at a remote oasis. Then nothing can stop them from getting naked and getting it on.

    Boys like Boys says: "Average at best"
    "If You're Looking For a Fun Read"
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    If you could sum up Three Wrong Turns in the Desert in three words, what would they be?

    Ripping Good Story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Three Wrong Turns in the Desert?

    The whole adventure at the end in the "school" was great. Don't want to give it away, but there were some very dicey moments.

    But you know what? From the very beginning, I connected with Aidan. I like him a lot and wanted him to be okay and happy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really loved the scene near the end where Aidan's ex came to try to get him back. He was completely oblivious to the changes that Aidan had gone through. Great scene.


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

    Yes, two such moments, when Aidan and Liam realized it was love, not just lust or having a good time. I like a good action story and when you add love into the mix, I'm all in.


    Any additional comments?

    I like this book very much. It grabbed me from the very first chapter and never let go. N.P. is great with characters and when you connect with the characters, it makes everything else even better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fame and Fortune: All Cocks Stories, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By T. M. Smith
    • Narrated By Joel Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    Andrew and Dimir became inseparable in college and wound up starting their own business together; a gay porn website where people could go and watch romantic gay porn instead of the rough and tough, or wham bam thank you man crap that was flooding the Internet at that time. After 10 years together, they were still perfectly happy, but they didn't even realize something was missing until they met a broken young man that needed a family.

    Morgan A Skye says: "Fantastic menage - excellent narration"
    "I Love Me Some Sexy Angst"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fame and Fortune to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version before listening to the audio. I like Joel Leslie as narrator so I jumped on board.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hmm. Hard decision, because I definitely liked Victor, Andrew and Matthew, in different ways. Matthew was a puppy I wanted to cuddle and take care of. Andrew was a nurturer, sweet man. Victor a big, burly protector. Really liked all of them. If I absolutely have to choose, I'm going for Matthew. I really liked how he kept moving forward, growing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scenes were the two older men taking care of Matthew, giving him back the life he'd been torn out of. I loved Matthew when he was happy.


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

    Oh yes, definitely. And I did. I loved it.


    Any additional comments?

    You really can't lose with Joel Leslie as narrator and a writer like T.M. Smith, who nurtures and develops the characters so beautifully. You'll like it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Treasure

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Kim Fielding
    • Narrated By Joel Leslie
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    Julian Massey has always been sickly. When the young man's parents send him to the seaside town of Urchin Cove to recuperate, he finds himself stranded in a tiny cabin with only the quirky local inhabitants for company. Then a storm blows through, and he finds an unexpected discovery washed up on the beach: an unconscious man. After stealing a treasure, Kit Archer is taken prisoner by a ruthless pirate, Captain Booth. When a storm hits the pirate ship, Kit is able to escape, but not without serious injuries.

    Riva says: "Wonderful fairy tale"
    ""Treasure" is definitely a treasure."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. I liked this book, a LOT. I was worried at first because I'd committed to reviewing it and I was all "Oh, what if I don't like it? What's a polite way of saying good job but it sucks?!" Turns out I didn't have to figure out a way to be diplomatic. "Treasure" totally doesn't suck. It's a great story. Love the main characters, adore the villagers and the villain is a total douche. Actually, he's kind of scary/creepy. It works.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Julian. He's a sweetie pie. I really enjoyed watching him learn and grow, experience life and love.


    What about Joel Leslie’s performance did you like?

    A good book can be completely ruined by an, um, less than stellar narrator. No worries here. Joel Leslie does an awesome job. Great reader. Really brought the different characters to life. I'm definitely going to be checking on his other narrations.


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

    Hmm, I think, "The Fledgling". A reference to him being kicked out of his safe, stifling nest and going out on his own to learn life and make it on his own. Although I'm sure his parents didn't expect things to turn out as they did.


    Any additional comments?

    I will definitely be checking out more books by this author and reader. It was a very good experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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