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Orlando

Murrieta, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 70 reviews
  • 83 ratings
  • 179 titles in library
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  • Bear, Otter, and the Kid

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By TJ Klune
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (277)

    Three years ago, Bear McKenna’s mother took off for parts unknown with her new boyfriend, leaving Bear to raise his six-year-old brother Tyson, aka the Kid. Somehow they’ve muddled through, but since he’s totally devoted to the Kid, Bear isn’t actually doing much living. With a few exceptions, he’s retreated from the world, and he’s mostly okay with that - until Otter comes home. Otter is Bear’s best friend’s older brother, and as they’ve done for their whole lives, Bear and Otter crash and collide in ways neither expect.

    L. Hew says: "Nothing But the Best!"
    "Odd title, but engaging and heartwarming read"
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    What made the experience of listening to Bear, Otter, and the Kid the most enjoyable?

    It's a comfortable read, the emotions are real you're easily drawn into the lives of Bear and the kid.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is peppered with emotional extremes, the good kind. The story takes you into the thick of it; it's like your watching the funny bits play out, like the heartbreaking bits are happening to you, but most of all, you know it's all going to be okay in the end.


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

    Sean Crisden is one of my preferred narrators. Well done


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

    All the time.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Guy from Glamour: The Guy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Skylar M. Cates
    • Narrated By Matt Baca
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (83)

    Anthony Carrino loves his big, gregarious Italian-American family, even if his sisters are interfering, and his dad, the local sheriff, knows everything going on in town. He's happy as a middle school guidance counselor. Despite helping kids and their parents fix their problems, Anthony can't manage to get his own love life right. If only everyone would stop calling him the "nice" guy.

    Riva says: "Sweet comfort read"
    "Riva got it right."
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    Riva, a fellow reviewer who's taste I've begun to trust, got it right. A comfort read. Sweet story about an unlikely pair who get together against the odds. Light, comforting albeit just a little frivolous - but then, isn't that what we want from the genre?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scrap Metal

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Harper Fox
    • Narrated By Sean Gormley
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    Is there room for love in a heart full of secrets? One year ago, before Fate took a wrecking ball to his life, Nichol was happily working on his doctorate in linguistics. Now he's hip deep in sheep, mud, and collies. His late brother and mother had been well-suited to life on Seacliff Farm. Nichol? Not so much.

    Tammy Nelson says: "Just get this book. You won't be sorry."
    "Sean Gormley brings this book to life"
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    I'm not going to pick apart the plot points - it is a work of fiction in the end. Sean Gormley bring this book to life - in the beginning he makes it feel heart breaking, the end if life affirming and joyous. A really good book, expertly coloured by a superb narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tequila Mockingbird: Sinners Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rhys Ford
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (112)

    Lieutenant Connor Morgan of SFPD’s SWAT division wasn’t looking for love. Especially not in a man. His life plan didn’t include one Forest Ackerman, a brown-eyed, blond drummer who’s as sexy as he is trouble. His family depends on him to be like his father, a solid pillar of strength who’ll one day lead the Morgan clan. No, Connor has everything worked out - a career in law enforcement, a nice house, and a family. Instead, he finds a murdered man while on a drug raid and loses his heart comforting the man’s adopted son.

    Riva says: "Just gets better and better"
    "Final instalment in Sinners Gin"
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    The best example of M2M romance series and then some. Clearly composed with plot points stretching all the way back to the first book, I loved this as the wrap of the plot line as a whole. Well narrated, well written and a wonderful book. Spend a credit here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stay with Me

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By S. E. Harmon
    • Narrated By Michael Stellman
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    Private investigator Mackenzie Williams' newest client is everything he's looking for in a guy--charming, beautiful, intelligent, and successful. There's only one itty bitty problem: the guy's not exactly gay. In fact Jordan Channing is looking for a PI to follow his fiance. The smart thing would be to thank Jordan for his time, turn Mr. Perfect away (don't let the door hit you on the rump, thank you very much), and forget he exists.

    Riva says: "Good listen"
    "I don't remember it. And really I should."
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    I don't write my reviews immediately after I'm done with the book. I save them up, until I have 5 or 6 to do, then set aside a few moments to write them all at one. Trouble is, even after reading the publishers synopsis, I don't remember the characters and the plot. I remember not hating it - 'spose that's a plus.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Whiskey and Wry: Sinners, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Rhys Ford
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (188)

    He was dead. And it was murder most foul. If erasing a man's existence could even be called murder. When Damien Mitchell wakes, he finds himself without a life or a name. The Montana asylum's doctors tell him he's delusional and his memories are all lies: he's really Stephen Thompson, and he'd gone over the edge, obsessing about a rock star who died in a fiery crash. His chance to escape back to his own life comes when his prison burns, but a gunman is waiting for him, determined that neither Stephen Thompson nor Damien Mitchell will escape.

    Riva says: "Excellent 2nd installment"
    "Formulaic, but great. Spend a credit here!"
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    Trouble with M2M romances series' is they're formulaic. Each book needs a new set of lovers, with a new set of challenges. Only the best writers are able to tie them together with any sensitivity. This is really a brilliant series - worth spending a credit here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Duck Duck Ghost: Hellsinger, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Rhys Ford
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    Mostly because he stuck it firmly in his mouth when his lover, Tristan Pryce, accidentally drugged him with a batch of psychotropic baklava. Needing to patch things up between them, Wolf drags Tristan to San Luis Obispo, hoping Tristan's medium ability can help evict a troublesome spirit haunting an old farmhouse.

    katelyn says: "Another Surprisingly enjoyable RF series"
    "A good second installment"
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    A second instalment in the series. The story picks up where the first left off. We're still in the haunted hotel, the two love birds are still tip toeing around each other and mommy dearest poisons then with tricked out baklava.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sinner's Gin: Sinners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rhys Ford
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (227)

    There's a dead man in Miki St. John's vintage Pontiac GTO, and he has no idea how it got there. After Miki survives the tragic accident that killed his best friend and the other members of their band, Sinner's Gin, all he wants is to hide from the world in the refurbished warehouse he bought before their last tour. But when the man who sexually abused him as a boy is killed and his remains are dumped in Miki's car, Miki fears death isn't done with him yet.

    Reece Notley says: "Tristan James Brings This Book To Life"
    "Triumph over your past is never easy"
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    The subject matter is a little dark, and moving past it for Micki is tough. I loved the book and it's well worth the credit. I've just bought the second in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Last of the Summer Tomatoes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Sherrie Henry
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Kyle Jackowski, typical sullen emo teen, struggles to find a way to deal with his sexuality and finds himself in trouble with the law... again. But instead of being sent to a juvenile detention center like he expected, he is given a chance to commute his sentence by working on a farm for the summer.

    Orlando says: "An innocent love story at it's best."
    "An innocent love story at it's best."
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    Ever so often, I accidentally, or not, choose a book intended for the teen LGBT market. This is one. A lovely innocent love story at it's very best. If you're looking for a hot M2M romance, keep on looking. If you want to believe in love, spend the credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fish and Ghosts: Hellsinger, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Rhys Ford
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (129)

    When his Uncle Mortimer died and left him Hoxne Grange, the family's Gilded Age mansion, Tristan Pryce became the second generation of Pryces to serve as a caretaker for the estate, a way station for spirits on their final steps to the afterlife. Tristan is prepared for challenges, though not necessarily from the ghosts he's seen since childhood.

    Heather says: "Another hit for Rhys & Tristan"
    "I'm looking forward to the rest of the series"
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    I really loved Tristan's confidence. He knows he's seeing ghosts in his home and he's completely sure it will all work out in the end. And it does. Great book, buy it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hell & High Water: THIRDS, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Charlie Cochet
    • Narrated By Mark Westfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (175)

    When homicide detective Dexter J. Daley’s testimony helps send his partner away for murder, the consequences - and the media frenzy - aren’t far behind. He soon finds himself sans boyfriend, sans friends, and, after an unpleasant encounter in a parking garage after the trial, he’s lucky he doesn’t find himself sans teeth. Dex fears he’ll get transferred from the Human Police Force’s Sixth Precinct, or worse, get dismissed.

    Ezinwanyi says: "Good humor to Military/shifter book"
    "Tongue in cheek action"
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    I'm not sure I get the distinction between human and Therians. Even more to the point, I don't get the animosity between the races, or why each race has their own police force. That said, I loved the book. I loved the humour and action. Gonna buy the next in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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