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Donald

VALDOSTA, GEORGIA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Fair Game

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Ray Ramano
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (169)

    A crippling knee injury forced Elliot Mills to trade in his FBI badge for dusty chalkboards and bored college students. Now a history professor at Puget Sound university, the former agent has put his old life behind him, but it seems his old life isn't finished with him.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Great Listen"
    "Excellent First Experience..."
    Overall

    This was my first audio book and I have to admit I was initially skeptical on whether I would enjoy the experience. The beginning was a bit hard to get into but once the story unfolded, I could not take the ear-bobs out! The characters of Tucker Lance and Elliot Mills were relatable and I became engrossed with their story. This was a great first experience. The story was engaging and the narrator did a good job in expressing emotion through his voice. And being a hopeless romantic, the book ended just as I thought it should with a surprise twist. Excellent First Experience and am already enjoying the next book...

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • A Casual Weekend Thing

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By A. J. Thomas
    • Narrated By Andy Babinski
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    Doug Heavy Runner left the life of an openly gay Miami police officer and returned to his home on the Salish-Kootenai Indian Reservation when his mother got sick. In the two years since she passed, he's carved out an empty life as a small-town deputy, relying on out-of-town one-night stands to keep him sane. Then he meets Detective Christopher Hayes, and they share a wild night so incredible Doug breaks his own rule and allows a one-night stand to grow into a weekend of amazing sex.

    Christopher says: "It was O K... but that's all"
    "When you least expect it..."
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    I believe I have found another "must" read author!! A.J. Thomas delivered an exceptional story filled with humor, lust, intrigue, and possibility. Thomas's writing technique draws the reader in and makes you hunger for more. The meeting of Christopher and Doug is one that is very realistic and relatable and their journey to discovery was awesome. The narration by Andy Babinski was exceptional and added to the story. Though I would have loved to have had closure in the story that was Christopher and Doug...the author allowed the reader to imagine the possibilities and being the sap that I am, of course they live happily ever after!!! Excellent book and I definitely recommend. Looking forward to reading more from this author...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tell Me It's Real

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By TJ Klune
    • Narrated By Michael Lesley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (141)

    Do you believe in love at first sight? Paul Auster doesn't. Paul doesn't believe in much at all. He's thirty, slightly overweight, and his best features are his acerbic wit and the color commentary he provides as life passes him by. His closest friends are a two-legged dog named Wheels and a quasibipolar drag queen named Helena Handbasket. He works a dead-end job in a soul-sucking cubicle, and if his grandmother's homophobic parrot insults him one more time, Paul is going to wring its stupid neck.

    T. Henry says: "Don't read on a plane!"
    "An Outstanding Story..."
    Overall
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    Story

    I am a huge fan on TJ Klune, basically because he knows how to tell a story in such a way that every emotion is reached and the narration by Michael Lesley was beyond reproach. The vocal inflections were phenomenal and his voice brought each character to life in my mind. Initially, I was afraid that the protagonist was going to annoy me...but I laughed so hard, so many times...OUT LOUD...that people thought I was weird (which I am, but that's alright). Began the book on the treadmill and I seriously fell off the daw-gone thing from laughing so hard...a few of my favorites...the entire book...although a special tribute to the menstruating ghost and Johnny Depp...a definite must read!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cover Up: Toronto Tales, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By KC Burn
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    Detective Ivan Bekker has hit rock bottom. Not only is he recovering from a bad breakup with a cheating boyfriend, he's also involved in a drug bust gone bad. Ivan had to kill a man, and his friend was shot and is now fighting for his life. Though Ivan is under investigation for his part in the shooting, his boss sends him on an off-the-books undercover operation to close the case. The timing is critical - this could be their chance to plug a leak in the department.

    Libros Lover says: "Disappointed"
    "A realistic and enjoyable second part..."
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    Finishing Cop Out, I went directly to Cover Up and I was not disappointed in the least. Is this book as fantastic as the first book...not to me, but I really liked this book. Despite some less than stellar reviews, I felt that the characters of Ivan and Parker were entirely relatable and realistic. Burn did a fantastic job letting the reader/listener feel the emotional turmoil that Ivan was experiencing based on the traumatic events that occurred prior to his meeting Parker. As a former "fat kid", I can so relate to Parker's being taken advantage of by his so-called best friend. I found myself screaming at Parker to stand up to that doofus, which only speaks to the presentation of Burn's story. Again, Tristan James did an excellent job with telling this story. I was seriously impressed that there was no lay-over from Cop Out...the character's were distinct and unique and the intermingling of the characters from the first book...James did a fantastic job. Another great story in this series and I look forward to reading/listening to the next installment...definitely recommend!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cop Out: Toronto Tales, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By KC Burn
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (110)

    Detective Kurt O'Donnell is used to digging up other people's secrets, but when he discovers his slain partner was married to another man, it shakes him. Determined to do the right thing, Kurt offers the mourning Davy his assistance. Helping Davy through his grief helps Kurt deal with the guilt that his partner didn't trust him enough to tell him the truth, and somewhere along the way Davy stops being an obligation and becomes a friend, the closest friend Kurt has ever had. His growing attraction to Davy complicates matters, leaving Kurt struggling to reevaluate his sexuality.

    Heather says: "A sweet cop out"
    "Captures your attention..."
    Overall
    Performance
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    I loved this book. I fell in love with the character Kurt. He wanted to do the right thing and in the process he met Davy and something happened within that changed everything. Kurt's goodness lured me in and I decided that "this is the sort of man I want". His internal struggles added drama to the story and was realistic. Burn did a fantastic job writing this story and Tristan James' narration added so much to the characters. A great combination here. Though each character was struggling, there was a time I wanted to reach through my ear buds and slap the fool out of Davy...but I can understand some of his actions, it just didn't make me real happy. When you get caught up in the lives of the characters on a page, and consequently through the narration...you know it's a good book. I certainly recommend this book and I look forward to reading the next book in the series...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Armed and Dangerous: Four Dangerous Ground Novellas, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Adrian Bisson
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (76)

    Special Agents for the Department of Diplomatic Security, Taylor MacAllister and Will Brandt have been partners and best friends for three years. But everything changes the night Taylor admits the truth about his feelings for Will. Yeah. It's complicated... Includes Dangerous Ground, Old Poison, Blood Heat, and Dead Run.

    Donald says: "5 Stars Across the Board..."
    "5 Stars Across the Board..."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Listening to this story, the characters of Will and Taylor (Tay) are now a part of my 'need to keep up on characters', which I probably didn't need but what do you do?! Josh Lanyon has always been a favorite author of mine, especially because it was his story telling that broke my proverbial audible virginal experience. I absolutely have fallen for these characters and now I must seek out more experiences...I felt that Adrian Bisson did a fantastic job. His vocal inflections provided depth and intrigue to both the characters and the storyline...keeping me hooked. Where do they go from here...I must seek that answer out! Great stories and great listen....3 thumbs up!!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Love, Like Water

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Rowan Speedwell
    • Narrated By K. C. Kelly
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (68)

    Three years undercover with one of the worst gangs in the country left FBI agent Joshua Chastain shattered. Battling nightmares and addiction, he leaves the concrete jungle for New Mexico horse country, hoping to start over on his uncle's ranch. Foreman Eli Kelly spends his life rehabilitating abused animals, and Joshua is just another lost soul. But as Joshua slowly begins to put his life back together, Eli realizes that Joshua is a lot more than his newest project. Joshua's plan seems to work - maybe a fresh start was just what he needed.

    Donald says: "An intense and wonderous story..."
    "An intense and wonderous story..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Excellent! The first word that comes to mind when I think about the story of Joshua and Eli and the cast of characters that help to make this tale so enthralling. Rowan Speedwell's story telling encapsulates the reader at the forefront and carries to the end. The narrator provided depth to the characters with his inflections and tone. The tale is filled with drama, pain, love, joy, violence, healing, laughter, tears, horses, and of course, cowboys! One of the best stories I have read in a long time...I highly recommend this audio book....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Colorado Wild: Colorado Heart, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Sara York
    • Narrated By Stan Jenson
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    When love sneaks up on you, shoot for the heart. Billy Bradford has a secret, and it's bigger than the fact that he's an assassin. When Tucker Hayes, Billy's "straight" best friend, is injured on a mission, Billy acts in haste, kissing Tucker. Shocked by the act, Tucker runs. But desire is stronger than convictions, leading Tucker to hunt down Billy. The other guys on the ranch are oblivious to Tucker and Billy's actions as they investigate a new target. Grant Stovall is hung up on his ex, but Roger Burk, their new operative, catches his attention and one small touch isn't enough.

    Donald says: "Too much..."
    "Too much..."
    Overall
    Performance
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    This was not a bad book but neither was it a good one. I will honest, it took me almost an hour to get use to the narration. The vocal inflections almost reached the degree of screeching on a chalkboard for me. The voice of Billy was horrid (in my opinion) and it seemed that the narrator confused the inflections a number of times. The story was all over the place, making it difficult to understand the premise behind the story. When the story first began, with the introduction of Ray into the fold and Grant mulling over his departed partner... I thought the primary characters were going to be Ray and Grant but then Billy and Tucker jumped in there and I gave up trying to determine who the primary characters were. Too many and too much...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Daron’s Guitar Chronicles, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Cecilia Tan
    • Narrated By Teddy Hamilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    Daron Marks is a young guitar player with a dream: to make it big like the guys he grew up idolizing in New Jersey - or at least escape his dysfunctional family. He makes it as far as music school in Rhode Island and the rock clubs of Boston beckon him. But it's hard to succeed from the closet.

    Donald says: "The Start of A Relatable Journey..."
    "The Start of A Relatable Journey..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have had this book in my library for some time and just have now gotten around to reading it. Written and read like a journal, you are introduced to Daron and become privy to a subjective perspective of a ‘coming of realization’ in the 80s. Volume 1 provides the groundwork to understanding where Daron comes from and why he sees the world the way that he does. As someone who was the same age as our protagonist in the 80s, I can relate to the fear associated with the awakening and acceptance process. I look forward to the next volume and seeing where Daron goes from here… I enjoy Cecilia Tan’s writing style and Teddy Hamilton’s narration was spot-on. On to the next book…

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dangerous Thing: An Adrien English Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (183)

    Suffering from writer's block and frustrated with his tentative relationship with hot but closeted LAPD Homicide Detective Jake Riordan, gay bookseller and mystery writer Adrien English travels to northern California where he finds a body in his front drive. By the time the sheriffs arrive the body has disappeared, and Adrien once again finds himself playing amateur sleuth. But when the game turns deadly, Adrien turns to Jake. Jake may be confused about some things, but keeping his lover alive is not one of them - no matter what the cost.

    Paul Luthi says: "A Seamless Transition from the First Book"
    "Number 2: Very Enjoyable..."
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    Number two in the series and I must admit that the mystery plot was a bit less obvious than the first book and the budding relationship between Adrien and Jake was tantalizing, to say the least. The twinge of jealousy from Jake was a welcomed surprise and certainly opened the door for hope. On a side note, I have been more careful checking my mailbox since reading this story! Another great tale by Josh Lanyon and again Chris Patton’s narration was excellent and added to the story. Looking forward to reading the next in the series! Recommend!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Something Like Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jay Bell
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (112)

    The hot Texas nights were lonely for Ben before his heart began beating to the rhythm of two words; Tim Wyman. By all appearances, Tim had the perfect body and ideal life, but when a not-so-accidental collision brings them together, Ben discovers that the truth is rarely so simple. If winning Tim's heart was an impossible quest, keeping it would prove even harder as family, society, and emotion threaten to tear them apart. Something Like Summer is a love story spanning a decade and beyond as two boys discover what it means to be friends, lovers, and sometimes even enemies.

    Donald says: "More than meets the eye..."
    "More than meets the eye..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    From the book cover I assumed that this was a ‘coming out’ or ‘coming of age’ story akin to the many tales of teenage angst already described in a variety of other books but I was pleasantly surprised. Within this book a story of desire, lust, love, friendship, realization, acceptance, delusion, and growth set to describe the life of Ben, our protagonist. Ben’s own inner growth as well as his relationships with Allison, Tim, and Jace make this tale one that must not be missed. I actually loved this story…an entire gambit of emotional responses were elicited by the words of the author, Jay Bell. Kevin Frees’ narration brought the characters to life in such a way that one’s imagination was able to be transported to the world with which they exist. I do not wish to give too much away, but the dynamic of the three principal relationships—Ben & Allison; Ben & Tim; and Ben & Jace—and how they became intertwined makes this a very enjoyable journey. A MUST!!!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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