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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
    (261)
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    (251)
    Story
    (248)

    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
  • Cards on the Table

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
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    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    Fifty years ago, a glamorous Hollywood party ended in murder - the only clue a bloody Tarot card. Timothy North is trying to find out what happened that long ago summer's night, but when a Tarot card turns up pinned to his front door, the only person Tim can turn to for help is his ex-lover, Detective Jack Brady.

    Irene says: "Cards on the Table by Josh Lanyon"
    "Cards on the Table by Josh Lanyon"
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    Would you listen to Cards on the Table again? Why?

    Yes, I already have listened to it a couple of times. It is one of my favorite short stories by Josh Lanyon. I really enjoy his work, and I think this is one of his best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There are really two things. First is the mystery and how it gets solved and the second is the relationship.


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

    Yes, I think it does. I am partial to audio books over reading but I have read this book so many times I have practically memorized it. Hearing it in audio is really a treat.


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

    It made me laugh and feel sad at certain points. However, the fact that there is always hope that makes the book fun and interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    Josh Lanyon is one of my favorite authors so I am very biased about his work, that said, I really did enjoy this book in the audio format.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Criss Cross: PsyCop, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jordan Castillo Price
    • Narrated By Gomez Pugh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    Criss Cross finds the ghosts surrounding Victor getting awfully pushy. The medications that Victor usually takes to control his abilities are threatening to destroy his liver, and his new meds aren't any more effective than sugar pills. Vic is also adjusting to a new PsyCop partner, a mild-mannered guy named Roger with all the personality of white bread. At least he's willing to spring for the Starbucks.

    Karen ABQ says: "Spot-on reading of a favorite series"
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    Where does Criss Cross rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is very good. I think in a lot of ways asking this question is trying to compare apples and oranges. I love the book and the author. It is a very good audio of the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Criss Cross?

    When Victor's body gets taken over by the ghost of his old doctor so that the doctor and help him put Roger out so that Vic can escape.


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

    Yes, I listened to the first in the series and it was great, also.


    If you could rename Criss Cross, what would you call it?

    I don't know, it kind of describes part of it. The problem with his partner, Roger really gets caught up in the mess with the Criss Cross Killer.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the PsyCop series and am so glad they are being put on audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Among the Living: PsyCop, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jordan Castillo Price
    • Narrated By Gomez Pugh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (108)

    Victor Bayne, the psychic half a PsyCop team, is a gay medium who's more concerned with flying under the radar than in making waves. He hooks up with handsome Jacob Marks, a non-psychic (or "Stiff") from an adjacent precinct at his ex-partner's retirement party, and it seems like his dubious luck has taken a turn for the better. But then a serial killer surfaces who can change his appearance to match any witness' idea of the world's hottest guy.

    Jesi Lea Ryan says: "Perfect narrator for one of my favorite books!"
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    Where does Among the Living rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is right up there with the rest of the books I have listened to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Among the Living?

    I think when Victor zaps the succubus. He gets his bearings and goes all cop!


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

    I think he brings an understanding of Victor's lameness and Jacob's finesse. It is so clear in the audiobook.


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

    Yes, but life interferes a lot. It is one I re-read and listen to so I can get the feel again if I have to leave it.


    Any additional comments?

    The Psycop Series of Jordan Castillo Price is one of my favorite series and I am so glad they are coming out on audio.

    0 of 0 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)
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    (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
    (220)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (213)

    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

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