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Irene

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  • Somebody Killed His Editor: Holmes & Moriarity, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (247)

    Thanks to an elderly spinster sleuth and her ingenious cat, Christopher Holmes has enjoyed a celebrated career as a bestselling mystery writer. Until now. Sales are down and his new editor is allergic to geriatric gumshoes. On the advice of his agent, he reinvents his fortyish, frumpy, recently dumped self into the sleek, sexy image of a literary lion, and heads for a Northern California writers conference to try and resurrect his career.

    Donald says: "And the killer is..."
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    What did you love best about Somebody Killed His Editor?

    I love comic mysteries. This narrator was really able to bring out the comic elements and still make the characters real.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoy series. I liked the fact that this was the start of a comic mystery series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The beginning of the book when the MC when fighting for his life on the bridge. It was funny and scary at the same time.


    If you could rename Somebody Killed His Editor, what would you call it?

    How Kit and JX restarted


    Any additional comments?

    I always like anything Josh Lanyon does, but this narrator really brought out the best in this book and made me laugh throughout the whole thing which I did not do when I read it. I smiled a lot but did not laugh out loud like I did with this narrator.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Going Up

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Amy Lane
    • Narrated By Paul Woodson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    Every dreary day, Zach Driscoll takes the elevator from the penthouse apartment of his father's building to his coldly charmed life where being a union lawyer instead of a corporate lawyer is an act of rebellion. Every day, that is, until the day the elevator breaks and Sean Mallory practically runs into his arms. Substitute teacher Sean Mallory is everything Zach is not - poor, happy, and goofily charming. With a disarming smile and a penchant for drama, Sean laughs his way into Zach's heart one elevator ride at a time.

    Irene says: "Going Up"
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    Would you listen to Going Up again? Why?

    Yes, it was a fun and happy book. It had a Happy Ever After ending that I like.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The lead character and his love interest.


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

    The enthusiasm for life and change. The fun of learning how to be a friend and lover.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Learning to live.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a really fun book and I have listened to it several times.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Isle of Wishes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Sue Brown
    • Narrated By Max Lehnen
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    After a whirlwind vacation on the Isle of Wight, where he found the love of his life, Sam Owens sends Liam Marshall home to Michigan to tie up loose ends so they can be together forever. When all communication with Liam goes silent, Sam worries. Fearing the worst, he enlists the help of his brother, British Metropolitan police officer Paul Owens, to help him find Liam and get him back safely in time for their wedding. Paul has little difficulty digging into this mystery across the pond. Paul is also good-looking and openly bisexual, all of which adds to the dismay of Wisconsin Detective Olaf Skandik.

    Irene says: "Isle of Wishes"
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    Would you try another book from Sue Brown and/or Max Lehnen?

    I don't know. I buy romance because I want a happy ever after. Real life is a lot harder to find HEA.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    If the couple had developed a plan of action to make a HEA.


    Which character – as performed by Max Lehnen – was your favorite?

    Both of the lead characters were sweet.


    Did Isle of Wishes inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I don't like to do spoilers but maybe does not appeal to me and I wish they would let you know that when the book is described.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Wrong

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Victor J. Banis
    • Narrated By Guy Veryzer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    The police say "involuntary manslaughter" but a tragic accident turns out instead to be murder, plain and simple. And San Francisco Homicide Inspector Stanley Korski, on leave from the force and his unrequited love for fellow detective Tom Danzel, walks right into a murderer's web of treachery. Wrong, Stanley. Deadly wrong.

    Irene says: "Deadly Wrong"
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    Where does Deadly Wrong rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is the second in Victor Banis' Deadly series and it is one of my favorites of his. It makes up for the ending on Deadly Nightshade and continues the series. I don't do spoilers but it is fun and Stanley is a hoot in it. Also, this vocal performance is much more in line with the characters. While I love the book Deadly Nightshade I did not particularly like the narrator. This really enjoyed this narrator and would highly recommend the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stanley


    What about Guy Veryzer’s performance did you like?

    I truly enjoyed it.


    If you could rename Deadly Wrong, what would you call it?

    Couldn't


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Talker

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Amy Lane
    • Narrated By David Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    Tate "Talker" Walker has spent most of his life hiding his scars under a bright punk facade, and until he sat next to Brian Cooper on a bus, it worked. But Brian has spent his whole life being the invisible man, and he's used to looking below the surface. What he sees in Talker is a fragile and lovable human being. Brian is outwardly straight, but Talker is desperate for love, and when Talker's behavior leads to some painful consequences, Brian is forced to come out of his closet—in dramatic fashion.

    N. Houghton says: "Good High School Gay Story"
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    Would you listen to Talker again? Why?

    I really enjoyed this book. It will be one of my re-reads/relistens.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I always enjoy books that shows how folks learn to communicate with each other.


    What about David Kaplan’s performance did you like?

    You really felt what the characters were feeling. He did a great job.


    Who was the most memorable character of Talker and why?

    I liked both MC's, they were both struggling with growing up and loving.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoy all of Amy Lane's books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Reason to Believe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Diana Copland
    • Narrated By Jack LeFleur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (212)

    Detective Matthew Bennett doesn't believe in ghosts. So when the spirit of a murdered child leads him to her body, he's shaken to the core - and taken off the case. Unable to explain his vision, or to let go of the investigation, Matthew turns to renowned medium Kiernan Fitzpatrick. Though he has doubts about Kiernan's claims to communicate with the dead, Matt is nevertheless drawn to the handsome psychic, who awakens feelings he thought were long-buried.

    Christine says: "Skin Crawling"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Reason to Believe to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version. However, I .love audio books so I would probably like the audio book better.


    What other book might you compare A Reason to Believe to and why?

    It is a paranormal book. I haven't read another book like this. I liked the character Kiernan a lot. Matt the cop seemed very angry and needed to be handled so carefully!


    Which character – as performed by Jack LeFleur – was your favorite?

    I really enjoyed the paranormal aspect and it was believable.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I thought the narrator did a good job.


    2 of 2 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
    (122)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (115)

    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..."
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    Where does Where He Ends and I Begin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is a friend love story, which I like a lot.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Getting to know the characters and how they interacted.


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

    Since there were only two characters that the story was about, they moved me.


    Any additional comments?

    It is interesting how the author presented the the choices each guy made.

    1 of 1 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
    (147)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (142)

    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"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, Amy Lane writes wonderful stories


    What other book might you compare Clear Water to and why?

    Not really, it was really fun and different.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes with the frogs.


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

    No, I like unabridged and I am willing to listen to the whole story.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Nightshade: Deadly Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Victor J. Banis
    • Narrated By Roy Wells
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Straight cop, gay cop, and a woman who "isn't real". Tom and Stanley are on the trail of a drag queen serial killer, and along the way, they find themselves engaged in a more intimate pursuit, trying to resolve another mystery: their unexpected attraction to one another.

    Ron says: "Great Story, Lousy Reader"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I love Victor J. Banis' Deadly Series. I hope all of the Deadly books will be in audio eventually.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Deadly Nightshade?

    The moments with when Stanley realizes how beautiful Tom was and how misguided his affections are. The mystery itself is really fun. This is for adults.


    What about Roy Wells’s performance did you like?

    He reads the book, does not really get into the characters but the reading is good and the story is clear.


    If you could take any character from Deadly Nightshade out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Stanley, he is a hoot. Fun and tough at the same time. You don't really think about how tough gay men are until you read something like this.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the rest of this series is done in audio.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Zach

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Rowan Speedwell
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (137)

    For five years, Zach Tyler, son of one of the world’s richest software moguls, was held hostage, tortured, and abused. When he is rescued at last from the Venezuelan jungle, he is physically and psychologically shattered, but he slowly begins to rebuild the life he should have had before an innocent kiss sent him into hell. His childhood best friend David has lived those years with overwhelming guilt and grief. Every relationship David has tried has fallen apart because of his feelings for a boy he thought dead.

    Jane says: "3 ½ stars. I enjoyed the relationship development"
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    If you could sum up Finding Zach in three words, what would they be?

    Wonderful, scary and difficult.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Finding Zach?

    When Zach realizes that he can be as strong as he needs to be.


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

    At the very beginning.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't do spoilers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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