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Fiona

Happy Holidays

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Home Again

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Cardeno C.
    • Narrated By Jeff Gelder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (98)

    Noah Forman wakes up in a hospital and can’t remember how he got there. He holds it together, taking comfort in the fact that the man he has loved since childhood, his partner, Clark Lehman, is on his way. But when Clark finally arrives, Noah is horrified to discover that he doesn’t remember anything from the past three years, and he simply can’t understand why. It will take some painful confrontations if Noah’s going to figure out why he’s lost all memories of his recent past...and secure the future he’s dreamed of having.

    Fiona says: "Cute"
    "Cute"
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    What did you like best about Home Again? What did you like least?

    I liked the idea of the story. I didn't like some of the content in the beginning but actually, after hearing all of the story, I could see that it was it all had a purpose, even the questionable parts.


    Would you recommend Home Again to your friends? Why or why not?

    Sure


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes. Well done.


    Any additional comments?

    Some parts were a 'bit' preachy but overall, WELL done. Very enjoyable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • First Time, Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By KC Burn
    • Narrated By Charlie Belmont
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (46)

    Derrick and Trevor used to have an incredibly passionate relationship, full of spontaneity and sizzle. Now that their son is off to college, they want to put their days of routine, vanilla sex behind them and bring back some of that spark. But Trevor begins to notice their age difference. He suddenly feels old and unsure of himself, and isn't confident Derrick still desires him.

    Riva says: "Delightful Short Story"
    "WOW..."
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    What made the experience of listening to First Time, Forever the most enjoyable?

    It had a lot of heart and the voice actor was good.


    What other book might you compare First Time, Forever to and why?

    There's really nothing to compare it to.


    Which character – as performed by Charlie Belmont – was your favorite?

    I liked Derrik.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't believe anyone gave this a 1 star. That's insane. This story was SOO SOO SOO sweet. I was very apprehensive about the whole 'aging' thing, and age difference. And don't get me wrong, some thoughts were brought up one time too many here or there but it was a cute story. It had me saying 'aww' very often throughout the book. The sex was interesting but I swear, if this book had no sex, I'd still have enjoyed it. Very enjoyable. Good pace. Well done. I look forward to more from this author. Also, the voice actor was surprisingly good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Men of Smithfield: Max and Finn

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By L. B. Gregg, Shannon Gunn
    • Narrated By Shannon Gunn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (103)

    When I walked out of his office after the hottest sex of my life, I thought I'd left Max Douglas behind me forever - along with my favorite argyle socks and my self-respect. The last thing I need is the too-serious, too-sexy former Marine living across the hall from me while he acts as a bodyguard for one of my students. Especially since he fired me from my job tutoring his brother...after we hooked up. I shouldn't want him. I should despise him after the way he treated me. But he's exactly my type: older, experienced, in control...and it's obvious the lust is still mutual.

    Nimue says: "Very enjoyable"
    "Woe onto Smithfield"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am not sure I can recommend it. I would definitely recommend other Smithfield books though.


    What could L. B. Gregg and Shannon Gunn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I think Shannon knows the characters well and did a good job with them. Sometimes I could not distinguish a voice or two but RARELY, very rarely because he does try hard with them.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this book is a must-have if you like the other Smithfield books. otherwise, it can be overlooked. The main character is a bit shallow, worse yet, I ended up feeling sorry for the bad guy... but the story does have heart in there, somewhere, under all the superficial stuff. it's got humor, spontaneous sex and more humor. However, if you are a first time reader of the Smithfield series, I recommend you check out "Mark and Tony" or "Seth and David", these were more compelling. I do love that characters from other books show up in this book too. That's a lot of fun. It was well written and a good addition to my collection but not a book I'd try to listen to twice. Might have to listen to Mark and Tony again though...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Max Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (146)

    His romantic weekend in ruins, shy 20-something artist Perry Foster learns that things can always get worse when he returns home from San Francisco to find a dead body in his bathtub. A dead body in a very ugly sportscoat - and matching socks. The dead man is a stranger to Perry, but that's not much of a comfort; how did a strange dead man get in a locked flat at the isolated Alton Estate in the wilds of the 'Northeast Kingdom' of Vermont? Perry turns to help from 'tall, dark and hostile' former navy SEAL Nick Reno.

    Donald says: "And the Spirits say..."
    "Let the journey begin..."
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    Where does The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As far as skill, it was very skillfully written but I don't have the urge to listen to it a second time.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Josh Lanyon again?

    Yes.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Nick sees the ambulance.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks and why?

    Perry. He's got a lot of heart.


    Any additional comments?

    The pace of the book was great, the story well done. The characters were real, very real in fact. The whole 'boy' with 'man' thing was starting to get creepy by the point when one is referred to as smelling of 'boy sweat', but otherwise, it was a good fun listen. The voice actor made the characters come to life and his wide range really did justice to the story. It has a lot of twists and turns that get wrapped up rather nicely. I'm glad I gave this one a shot after Darkling Thrush because it's a better book. I recommend it.

    p.s. I believe this is a non American author, we don't call 'our room' 'our rooms', we don't say 'what was he doing in my rooms', or 'my apartments', 'she went to her rooms', yeah, that was a bit distracting but once you get past that, it was good.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 18% Gray

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Anne Tenino
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (83)

    In a future where the United States has split along party lines, Agent Matt Tennimore’s job is to get people out of the Confederated Red States, whether they’re captured special ops agents from his own country or gay CRS citizens who’ve petitioned for asylum. He never expected to have to retrieve his high school crush, aka the guy who ostracized him for being gay.

    Amazon Customer says: "CHILLING VIEW OF A POSSIBLE FUTURE!!!"
    "Somewhere in the distant future... but not mine"
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    Has 18% Gray turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Paul is talented but I wondered if it was possible to do the old people's voices... older.


    Any additional comments?

    OK, I'm no prude, and I have listened to a lot of books, some good, some bad. this is one of the few I can't finish. Listen, I don't care if it's gay or straight, man or women, old people flirting or getting down is just gross. I got past that. when an author makes casual references to boys performing fellatio for money, I start to lose interest JUST a bit faster... I dread what's to come after those gems. So did I finish it? No. Will I try to? probably not. I already gave 2 hours of my life to it. So my review is not comprehensive because I couldn't make it all the way through.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Alien 'n' Outlaw

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By KC Burn
    • Narrated By Chad Maxwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (69)

    R'kos, son of the Ankylos Emperor, is expected to settle down. But he's much more attracted to human males than to his own species. Eager to explore his forbidden longings, he steals a ship and heads to Elora Ki to see if he can find the right human guy. Darien robs the corrupt to give to those in need, but now he needs a ride off Elora Ki, stat. Pursued by drug lords, he accepts help from the amorous stranger who calls himself Ricky. As they fly together along Darien's route, their friendship quickly turns into passion.

    Kathleen says: "A nice sci-fi romp"
    "The ONLY audiobook I'll listen to more than once"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The alien's balls. Seriously, I was like wtf at first but it got funnier...


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

    Never heard him before. He did pretty well.


    Any additional comments?

    To be fair, the reviewer before mine is not lying, there are some corny parts in the beginning of this book, but I implore you to push through them, it's well worth it. This isn't a book that will one day become a movie but that doesn't mean it's not a good book. The writing is well done, the narration is well done, and the story is cute. There's just enough fluff, just enough action, just enough sex, and just enough heart. By the middle of the book and the end, the fluff fades and it takes on a more serious tone. I won't lie, I read romance for romance, and I am well aware that romance sometimes comes with cheese but this one was lightly dashed with it, and not covered in it Velveeta style like others I've heard or read. I am VERY pleased with this purchase and this story. It was worth way more than I paid. The characters were sweet and well put together. Thumbs up to the author and narrator. I shall look out for more by them in the future. Bravo!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Gift

    • UNABRIDGED (42 mins)
    • By J. Hali Steele
    • Narrated By Jim Bowie
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Rad and Crayton - the same yet different. They meet as often as possible throughout the year to be together. Christmastime is particularly special; it's when they celebrate their bonding. Mermen, one born in the south Caribbean sea, the other from the frozen waters surrounding Iceland - neither can exist for long in the other's climate. Rad returns to his summer home in Pennsylvania, determined it will be the last time: The cold has taken a deadly toll on him....

    Fiona says: "Didn't see that coming..."
    "Didn't see that coming..."
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    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jim Bowie?

    Of course. I'm starting to actually look for books with him, just because I am used to his style. It's not always great, but I've heard BAD narrators before, and Jim isn't bad. A bit stiff here and there, but not bad.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll admit, this story bored me in the beginning. I kinda kept it on as a background sorta thing. Then the second chapter happened and I was really taken by surprise. VERY nice idea. I didn't even think of that. Once you know who the characters are and what they are, then it becomes really interesting. So overall, I found the story to be very sweet. :-)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Go-Between

    • UNABRIDGED (31 mins)
    • By A. B. Gayle
    • Narrated By Jim Bowie
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Jake and Sam share an apartment. Highly intelligent but socially awkward, Jake keeps to his room and concentrates on his studies. Sam is the strong and silent type, very much in awe of the younger man's brain and attracted by his beauty. When Sam's Aussie friend, Zack, arrives to stay for the Christmas holiday break, can he break the stalemate between them?

    Nic says: "A short story so perfect when you want a quickie!"
    "Cute!"
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    Where does The Go-Between rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a refreshing break from long books. It was short, well rounded, and hot. A little surprising too.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Jim is Jim, I'm used to his style and his voice but this book did make it easier for him to change voices. He did the accents well, and I was pleased with what he did with the other character voices.


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

    I was actually kinda surprised by it. But in a good way. :-D


    Any additional comments?

    It's worth a listen. Give it a shot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trusted Bond: Change of Heart, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Jeff Gelder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (108)

    Jin Rayne is having trouble adjusting to the new life he’s supposed to love. Instead of adapting to being the mate of tribe leader Logan Church, Jin can't get past the fact that his lover was straight before they met. He's discovered the joy in belonging to Logan but fears his new life could disappear at a moment’s notice, despite Logan's insistence that they are forever, end of story.

    D says: "Wonderful 2nd book, less than stellar narrator."
    "The narrator has his strong points"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    yes, because the story was compelling


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    This is not my first book with Jeff Gelder so I knew what to expect. A listener should be forewarned, Jeff has a GREAT voice for Logan. It's warm and sexy and done perfectly, however, he cannot do Jin, which is a problem since it's a first person book and Jin is the one telling the story. He just can't do Jin to save his life. I'm not sure why that is. Other characters come out perfect, but for whatever reason, Jin comes out flat. For Logan's voice alone though, I'd recommend this story. if you can accept it for what it is, then I think it's a very enjoyable listen. Highly recommended because it's a cute story. I think Jeff did a better job than Sean.


    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Forty-Nine Shades of Pink

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Druga
    • Narrated By Rebecca Horton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    Felix Cramer is a dashing, eccentric and effeminately gay poet who adores his life. That is, until he wakes up in the parking lot of a national chain coffee shop and discovers not only does he have a new identity, his old life has been erased. Felix hasn't a clue why it has happened. Bound and determined to prove who he is, he embarks on a path of danger, mystery and scandalous behavior and will stop at nothing to reclaim his life. That is, of course, if his old life actually did exist.Forty-Nine Shades of Pink is a comedic story of one man's struggles. While it contains adult themes, it does not contain any graphic sex.

    Fiona says: "Lots of fun, I won't lie..."
    "Lots of fun, I won't lie..."
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Forty-Nine Shades of Pink?

    Felix is simply adorable.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This book would have been great with a different narrator. Let me explain why. It cannot be so hard to find a male voice for a MALE character. I have heard female narrators who can do male voices well, but this narrator cannot. that being said, luckily, this story was sweet so it was still worth it. I recommend it, despite the narrator being female.


    If you could take any character from Forty-Nine Shades of Pink out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Felix. He's done so well and so sweetly. I'd be too afraid that C would break out her cellphone.


    Any additional comments?

    If this book had a different narrator, it would have been perfect. I am not sure how many non PC things were approached in this story but it was great fun. It's nothing mind-blowing but it's very quirky and good for a listen just to laugh a few times. I will recommend this to my friends, especially the written version. I hope to see more in this genre from this author. very cute story indeed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkling Thrush

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Max Miller
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (136)

    Fed up with his desk duty in the Imperial Arcane Library, book hunter Colin Bliss accepts a private commission to find The Sword's Shadow, a legendary and dangerous witches' grimoire. But to find the book, Colin must travel to the remote Western Isles and solve a centuries' old murder.

    Tony Squared says: "A Magical Story"
    "Good writing, but..."
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    What disappointed you about The Darkling Thrush?

    The story is disappointing for me. The characters were good, the main character especially. And I loved the love interest but I just didn't care about the mystery. I did not know why I should care. I would have liked more with the relationship brewing between the main characters or if they were in it together maybe. The use of other worldly terms made language into a foreign language. there are so many uncommon names running around that I just started blocking them out. There was just a lot of talk of reading one book after another but to be fair, this is a book about a book hunter.

    Overall, the writing was great, and the audiblebook was well read. I think my reaction to this book has only to do with the fact that it just wasn't for me. I think if you like a good mystery peppered in with magic then you should give this book a try. However, I like a story which moves at a brisker pace.


    What about Max Miller’s performance did you like?

    The man had great range. His voices were distinct. He was just very polished. Great job.


    What character would you cut from The Darkling Thrush?

    Cut? I'd cut the main characters of the mystery, which is a bad sign.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not sure where this author is from. but I'd just like to say that the ONLY time Americans say "what the devil?" is when we're making fun of the British. A few "what the hell"s might have been better.

    The writing was good for this book. Dialogue was real and well done. The narrator was TOP NOTCH. the love scenes were sweet. With those factors in mind, it's best to try it for yourself.

    As for me, I did not enjoy the book. I forced myself to listen to it till the end, but that's alright because the narrator was good. I felt that it was slow and I couldn't get into the mystery and to be honest, with all the fancy words and fancy names out there, I was a bit surprised to hear the words 'the end of the world spell'. Thought for sure that spell could have a cooler name. I will try this author out again though.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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