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  • What Binds Us

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larry Benjamin
    • Narrated By Richard Magnus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (117)

    Thomas Edward is only a teenager when he escapes his working class neighborhood. He's ready for anything—except the arrival of Donovan Whyte in his life. Sophisticated and dazzlingly handsome, Dondi quickly becomes the center of Thomas Edward's universe, introducing him to a world full of drama, passion and feuding families.

    Kd says: "Worth the Lost Sleep"
    "Worth the Lost Sleep"
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    This is easily the best book I've listened to in a very, very long time. I'm very into erotica and romance. This was not purely romance and definitely not erotica. But it was about love, both romantic and familial and primarily centered around males. I'm a female, but I absolutely, unquestionably loved it. The story was great. But beyond that, it's the language, the terminology used by the author. He has a finesse for stating things in such beautiful ways that every word resonated with me deeply. It's not a feel good book, but still, through my tears, I was both happy and sad. It was moving in both positive and sad ways, which few books manage to accomplish. I could go on, but I think you get the message. I don't think I've ever given any book 5 stars across the board. But I couldn't identify anything negative about my experience with this book. I'm writing this shortly after I finished the book, so my rating may be based on my continual afterglow. Whatever the cause, this book is worth a listen.

    26 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Killer Women: Crime Club Anthology, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Susan Opie - editor
    • Narrated By Annie Aldington, Damian Lynch, Lucy Paterson, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Bodies surface and disappear, seduce and corrupt in these original stories by best-selling, award-winning female crime writers. Keep your eyes peeled, your ears cocked and your wits about you as 20 deliciously twisted tales take you to surprising places....

    Kd says: "Great variety & new takes"
    "Great variety & new takes"
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    3.5 overall & some stories are have higher scores than others.

    This compilation of more than 10 stories was good, overall. All of the stories were the right length with the right amount of attention to the needy aspects. I can recall disliking only 2 of the stories. One story manufactured drama having the female fail to escape when she had every opportunity. And another story I just didn't get. I stopped trying after a while, so it may have just been me. The stories varied in multiple ways, which was good. They were not repetitive or just different versions of the same thing. They were not all what I expected. That is to say, the "killer" wasn't always who I thought I would be, and a female didn't "kill" in expected ways each time or even physically each time. Also, every author didn't try to make the harmed or killed person "deserved" of the outcome nor every perpetrator the ultimate evil person. The normality of the folk was what made the stories compelling because they were everyday folk caught up in things almost anyone could find herself/himself in.
    I have no complaints about the narrators. All of the stories were done well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • #The Best Ever: 1Night Stand Series, Book 183

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs)
    • By Deanna Wadsworth
    • Narrated By Terrence Leonardo
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Jason Lewis is a self-proclaimed nerdy guy. Bullied most of his life, at 22 social situations still make him awkward. On a trip to the World Video Game Expo in Las Vegas, Jason decides to enlist the help of Madame Eve. While at the con, he runs into sexy, professional baseball pitcher Blake Huntington, the guy he tutored in high school. Blake invites him to a party and after hanging out with his high school crush, Jason begins to regret booking his "encounter" later that night. But Madame Eve may have planned the best night ever. 

    Richelle Robinson says: "Great Listen!"
    "#"What the hell?" "
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    That line made me laugh b/c it was said in the perfect way to denote the narrator's understanding of the cultural connection of that phrase. I can't say I liked much more than that about the story. The narrator did a fine job, but the story was a fledgling tale. I didn't like that the author referred to a pair of pants as "gay pants." I didn't like that she played the color-blind card, which I thought everyone in 2018 knew showed a lack of racial cultural competency. If you "see everyone the same," the question is "same as what?" Folk who can't see beauty and admiration in all of the varieties of folk got a problem, likely more than one. They apparently can only see beauty and admiration when it comes in one-size fits all, and folk don't come that way in spite of the wish and hope and mistreatment of and by plenty.
    There was also no sex 'til more than 1 hr into the story, and the tale is only 2 hrs long. I can appreciate the slow buildup, but the book excerpt made it seem like this story had a higher level of heat. Sadly, it doesn't. Also, much of the story was a "nerd" becoming a less nerd or blossoming. I wish the author had instead been the type to being a nerd just as good as a non-nerd or jock in being a person who is wanted and desired. Sadly, so stereotypical. As a result, once Blake admitted an attraction to Jason, it was hard to believe. And "prick" is not a sexy term. Once the sex started, the one scene lasted almost all of the last hour of the story. The sex scene was warm, sweet, and sexy, the start of something new. Also, I quickly tired of the constant hashtag "jokes." Additionally, I saw the small twist in the story before it was revealed. It's likely that many listeners/readers will too.
    On the up side, Jason's sister seemed like a great sis.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pressure

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jeff Strand
    • Narrated By Scott Thomas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (98)

    Alex stared at the red pocketknife shown to him by his daughter. A pocketknife owned by somebody he hadn't seen in years. They met first in boarding school at age 12. Alex Fletcher, shy and scared. Darren Rust, always furiously scribbling away in a private journal. It was not an immediate friendship, but then one night Darren convinced his roommate to sneak off school grounds to see something glorious.

    Terminator Fan says: "It flew by"
    "Witty & Painful"
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    This is, overall, a well-written graphic tale about Alex's life. The first 2-3 hours are about Alex in grade school, then it moves on to him in college. I don't like coming-of-age stories, so it was hard to enjoy that part. His wittiness made it bearable.
    Alex's battle with his nemesis (unnamed as to avoid a spoiler) went on too long. By his last fight, I didn't care if Alex lived or died. I cared more about it being over than him winning. And the ending, wrapped up all succinctly and prettily, didn't help my view. It was a let-down after all that occurred.
    The narrator had to perform several white male voices. He was unable to make a clear distinction among those voices, but I didn't struggle to know who was speaking due to the writing. So the performance was not negative, generally, even if I would've preferred greater clarity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slip of the Tongue

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jessica Hawkins
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (558)
    Performance
    (516)
    Story
    (518)

    Sadie Hunt isn't perfect - but her husband is. Nathan Hunt has her coffee waiting every morning. He holds her hand until the last second. He worships the Manhattan sidewalk she walks on. Until one day, he just...stops. And Sadie finds herself in the last place she ever expected to be: lonely in her marriage. When rugged and sexy Finn Cohen moves into the apartment across the hall, he and Sadie share an immediate spark. Finn reveals dreams for a different life. Sadie wants to save her marriage. Their secrets should keep them apart, not ignite a blistering affair.

    Jo Fergus says: "Thought provoking story"
    "Petty, Needy, Greedy Wife "
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    I tired of Sadie before I got half-way into the story. I was a bit interested in her husband, Nathan, but it was only enough to have me fast-forwarding through most of the book in order for me to get the gist of the tale instead of just not finishing the story altogether. And I didn't miss anything important, though I skipped at least half the story. I was just happy when it was over, and I will never try this author again. Normally, I really enjoy great sex scenes, of which there were several. But the story was so trite that I was happy to, eventually, skip of those scenes too just to get to the end of the tale. It was a drawn out tale of miscommunication in marriage, completely blown out of proportion and then too easily handled. What a waste of my time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked: The Blackstone Affair, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Raine Miller
    • Narrated By Grace Grant, Shane East
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1200)
    Performance
    (1121)
    Story
    (1125)

    Brynne Bennett has left scandal in her past and is living the good life. An American grad student at the University of London and part-time photographic model, she's getting back on track with lots of hard work and focus on a career in art conservation. When London businessman Ethan Blackstone buys her nude portrait, he wants to possess more than just her image. He wants Brynne in his bed, serving him in every way possible. He has no trouble voicing his desires, and he isn't taking no for an answer.

    BluBumbleB says: "Wow!!!!! I'm speechless."
    "Same ol' Same "
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    2.75 across the 3 rating scales
    I'm so tired of 50 Shades knock-offs. This story had the requisite older, "beautiful", wealthy, white, business owner who shows his dominance by calling his love interest by the formal title of Ms. And she, of course, reciprocates in kind. Continuing the knock off ways, Brynne, a 24-year-old grad student in Britain, is a naïve female, with little sexual experience, unknowingly in want of a dominant man, who doesn't see herself as the beauty Ethan does, and is so very willing to be controlled and led, even more so than the female in 50 Shades. In fact, Brynne was controllable at an unhealthy level and an appealing one. She came across as no older than 15 and as one who needed mental help to get a backbone and a stronger center at least when it comes to aggressive or dominant men. She spoke of doing things he wanted and not knowing why she did, of sharing info with him and not knowing why she did. Like sleep-walking, this immature female was sleep-relationship-ing. Watching 32-year-old Ethan pursue immature Brynne was liking watching a lion stalk a gazelle. But even the gazelle knows to run, to be as self-protective as possible. The constant theme is how Ethan has spellbound Brynne. She pushed back a small bit initially but very briefly. Then she walked willingly into whatever Ethan told her to. And, of course, Ethan is the consummate lover teaching and showing his naïve toy, Brynne, new things in the bedroom. And they jumped to sex with no protection on their 2nd encounter during the 1st night of sex. It was ludicrous.
    As the predator, Ethan unerringly found in Brynne a "broken" piece of prey. Unsurprisingly, Brynne was a naïve female who viewed herself as "broken" due to a past incident and, thus, in need of a big strong "protector." But Ethan came across as anything but a protector most of the time, so Brynne appeared ignorant in her choice of rescuers. Sad she couldn't help herself instead. It doesn't seem smart to continue with a man after you say to yourself, "I don't know if I can survive him."
    When Ethan said, "Now, Brynne, I'm having you," I had to stop myself from ceasing my listening and returning this lackluster knockoff. But I told myself not to overreact and that it might get better. Huh. I shoulda trusted myself more. What a waste of my time.
    And to top it off, the narrator had virtually no British accent, but the story made reference to his accent. So I wish one was present. And her Italian accent was little better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rage Against the Dying

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Becky Masterman
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (215)

    You have never met an (ex) FBI agent like Brigid Quinn Brigid’s career - the disappearance and presumed murder of her young protégée, Jessica. Floyd knows things about that terrible night that were never made public, and offers to lead the cops to Jessica's body in return for a plea bargain. It should finally be the end of a dark chapter in Brigid’s life. Except…the new FBI agent on the case, Laura Coleman, thinks the confession is fake, and Brigid finds she cannot walk away from violence and retribution after all.

    Jan says: "I hope there are more of these on the way!"
    "Brigid - the new Angie Dickinson"
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    Awesome older, female lead.
    I listen to plenty of erotica and romance, but it was still so great to listen to a story primarily about middle-age or older folk. And these folk were more than capable mentally, emotionally & physically. An additional plus is that there were no millionaires & billionaires in the story easily effecting the tale and tapping into listeners'/readers' preference for all things rich. I also enjoyed getting brief glimpses of the early days of a marriage of an older couple.
    The book flowed, made sense, didn't use coincidence and manufactured conflict to move the story. Plus, there were no super heroics. And I didn't know who the culprit was until Bridgett was figuring it out.
    I didn't like an instance of gun-love, even though it was done by a retired female FBI agent. And I hated, hated the author referring to undocumented immigrants as "Mexican alien" and "illegals."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moto

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By M. Never
    • Narrated By Jacob Morgan, Brooke Bloomingdale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (651)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (597)

    Dr. Devlin Dane has had his sights set on my panties for months. But I've done a stellar job of fending him off. As Mercy Medical's most eligible bachelor, he has no problem in the panty-dropping department. He's tall, dark, and inked all over. I get the appeal; I'm not dead. I'm not stupid either. He's a walking heartbreak waiting to happen. But when Reese Dane comes crashing into my life - literally- the game suddenly changes. The two have an unstoppable pull like centrifugal force.

    CAROLYN says: "WHAT A WONDERFUL UNEXPECTED SURPRISE"
    "Fated?"
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    This story changes the type of story it is as it goes along, thankfully. My first introduction to Kayla, a nurse, and twin brothers Reese, a professional motorcycle racer, and Devlin (aka Dev), a cardiologist at the same hospital as Kayla left me thinking poorly of all 3. Dev was the most bearable. My reasons for disliking each one differed. Regardless, ultimately, it was so hard for me to have no problems w/ Kayla getting w/ 2 bros., twins, no less. She was in complete control of what happened and chose lust as more important than anything else. I know lust can be powerful, but, at that level, it's more than powerful; it's dangerous. And she had little regret, just enough to see remotely human. Kayla had sex with both brothers within 24 hrs of each other. Sex is great. Lust is read, but really?! And I didn't like the motorbike world portrayed w/ high twang, moonshine, and the proliferation of machismo and expected gender roles. Too, I didn't get the reason for the backstory of Kayla's Aunt Sam's detective case. I kept waiting for it to connect to their lives somehow, and it never did. It seemed to only be there to make one of Reese's nemesis, the only person of color in the story, a black guy, approvingly bad.
    Then we get to the sex. Here I have to add that the sex was more than simmering to me. There weren't what I would call many sex scenes, but they were explicit and used explicit language, all of which I have no problem with. But, in line w/ my earlier statements, my view of the 3 folk who would enter into the kind of menage they set up was hard to believe. And everyone agreed to the menage so easily. As Kayla and Dev were presented, their immediate assent made the least sense.
    I liked the Kayla seemed to have some backbone, was a female w/ inner strength. But that view of her was soon tarnished. Her degree of hypocrisy was too much. To add to her hypocrisy, her take on the power of dick and lust was at an unhealthy level. Right after starting the menage this occurred: Kayla thought to herself, "It only took 1 nite for these 2 men to become my entire life." And when asked what she would do w/ them now that she has them, she answered, "Whatever you want." The independence & gumption she had seemed to have disappeared too quickly or was never real in the first place.
    And one sex scene gave me the yucks. I need more hygiene w/ my raunchiness in stories. Here's the scenario: Kayla rides on the bike of 1 brother, has sex on the side of the road w/ him, gets back on bike to hang out @ bike rally where menage is presented and agreed to by all, returns with brothers to her & immediately has sex w/ both brothers. The sex includes cunnilingus which happens w/o Kayla washing between bike rides and sex earlier that day. I can do a bit of nasty w/ raunch, but that was my boundary line. The bros who performed oral on Kayla said she was wet. And my thought was, "I guess so. You just came in her a few hours ago w/ no condom." By the way, no one used condoms @ any point or got tested or brought up safety. Instead, the 1st bros to have sex w/ Kayla asked her, in the heat of the moment, if she was on the pill. Stupid AND nasty.
    The only positive is that the story transitioned resulting in me liking the last hr; it was more of a romance then, IMO. And all the characters were less irritating, behaving more wisely apparently having learned from the past and grown.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Of Sand and Stone

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Lauren Smith
    • Narrated By Carolyn Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Bookish museum curator Rebecca Clark has given up on dating. Real life men aren’t nearly as perfect as the men in the paintings and statues she sees every day at her job. But one night, she whispers a prayer to the universe to send her the perfect man. She had no idea a goddess is listening.... When Rebecca discovers a naked man in her art gallery instead of a priceless statue at midnight, she has no idea he’s the answer to her prayers. Aphrodite sent Devon to be Rebecca’s perfect man.

    Karen B says: "Loved it"
    "Feels more like a historical romance "
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    This tells the story of 32-yr-old, art gallery worker, Rebecca Clark, and 200-yr old Devin Blake, the 5th Earl of Richmond. Rebecca was a bit of an unconventional-looking heroine with her brown eyes and "spectacles," which was great. She was also smart and used her smarts, so her agreeing to trust Devin so quickly was a downer.
    Devin met Rebecca when he was a part of a classical art exhibit that is being shown in 2018 America, in Mistlethwait, near Boston.
    Devin was punished by the goddess Aphrodite as punishment 200 yrs ago. For his freedom permanently, Devin was put to a test by Aphrodite, a test that only involved Rebecca.
    Because of Devin being 200 yrs old and Rebecca sounding British as well, the romance feels a lot more like a historical romance than a contemporary one when technology is ignored. There was a small bit of humor. Rebecca didn't mince word, and Devin had a big learning curve living in a new time.
    There was 1 sex scene after more than 2 hrs into the book. It used no explicit sex language or terms for body parts and was relatively brief with little detail. Though the story occurs in the U.S., the narrator had an accent and cadence that worked for the story ok. But she didn't sound quite American enough to consistently and convincingly provide the needed contrast the story tried to evoke.
    There was a loose end regarding the gallery's missing statue which Rebecca worried about and then didn't. And Devin spoke of getting a job. We're never told what. I hate loose ends in stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Least of My Scars

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen Graham Jones
    • Narrated By Alan Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
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    (1)

    You haven't heard of William Colton Hughes. Or, if you have, then you're not telling anybody. Not telling them anything, ever. He's not the serial killer on the news, in the textbooks. He's the one out there still punching his card, and a few other people's too. He is a nightmare come to life, waiting in his apartment for you to knock on his door. William Colton Hughes is living his fantasy: his victims are delivered to his apartment every few days. But when he's suddenly alone, no visitors, nobody to talk to but himself, he begins to lose what little of his mind he has left.

    Kd says: "Confusing & Intriguing"
    "Confusing & Intriguing"
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    I was lost most of the time. Almost all of it is just an off kilter stream of consciousness of paranoid, sick, middle-age killer, Billy (William Colton Hughes). I thought I caught up in the last 1.5 hrs of the book, but then I got lost again. One moment to the next I wasn't sure who was real or in Billy's head and who was dead or alive. I'm still left scratching my head. I continued to listen because the narrator was so good, and I kept thinking I would catch up. In spite of everything, I was still curious and intrigued. And it's so rambling, as a stream of consciousness, I couldn't skip to the end and hope to understand anything. Other than the narrator and the effective strangeness of this book, it also was humorous in a sick way, at times, like the nicknames he called some of his victims and enemies.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fourth Monkey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By J. D. Barker
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini, Graham Winton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3428)
    Performance
    (3191)
    Story
    (3181)

    Se7en meets The Silence of the Lambs in this dark and twisting novel from the author Jeffery Deaver called "a talented writer with a delightfully devious mind". For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one that proves he has taken another victim, who may still be alive.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Twisted Knives And Killer Humor"
    "Intricate"
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    There are 2 stories running; 1 is from the past, & 1 is the present. It was great watching the pieces unravel to be put together anew for the full picture. It was progressively riveting as the book went along. The characters are interesting. The past story details the life of the killer while we listen to the story of his current heinous act and the investigation to get him. It has a great unexpected twist that adds to the yumminess of this tale. Part of the gift of this storyteller is the ability to make me have some understanding, maybe even sympathy or pity, for the killer. The killer was wonderfully humanized. We also get to know the investigator, Sam Porter. His story is unveiled in delicious tidbits dropped at just the right time in just the right way to have you picking them up and continuing down the road the author has charted. It's a journey listeners feel compelled to go on.
    The focus of this book's storyline has a conclusion, but the story continues presumably with a new storyline.
    The narrator does a good job of bringing this story to life and making the listening journey worth returning to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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