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Orlando

Murrieta, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 59 reviews
  • 72 ratings
  • 167 titles in library
  • 33 purchased in 2014
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  • Matter of Time: Vol. 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (248)

    Jory Keyes leads a normal life as an architect’s assistant until he is witness to a brutal murder. Though initially saved by police Detective Sam Kage, Jory refuses protective custody - he has a life he loves that he won’t give up no matter who is after him. But Jory’s life is in real jeopardy, especially after he agrees to testify about what he saw. While dealing with attempts on his life, well-meaning friends who want to see him happy, an overly protective boss, and a slowly unfolding mystery that is much more sinister than he could ever imagine, the young gay man finds himself getting involved with Sam, the conflicted and closeted detective....

    Donald says: "Time is the answer..."
    "It should have ended after book one."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not bad per say, just a little tedious. Actually book 1 is okay, but the books that follow are horrendous. I'm a big fan of Mary Calmes, but unfortunately these series of books don't live up to her usual high standard.


    What could Mary Calmes have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The series needed to end after book one. In the books that follow stretch to the story line to a point where it's no longer plausible. And please please please please just get Jory to make a sensible decision.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was really good.


    Did Matter of Time: Vol. 1 inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to buy books two and three. These books inspired me to return them.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Breathing

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By TJ Klune
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    Tyson Thompson graduated high school at sixteen and left the town of Seafare, Oregon, bound for what he assumed would be bigger and better things. He soon found out the real world has teeth, and he returns to the coast with four years of failure, addiction, and a diagnosis of panic disorder trailing behind him. His brother, Bear, and his brother's husband, Otter, believe coming home is exactly what Tyson needs to find himself again

    Orlando says: "Perfect!"
    "Perfect!"
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    "Bear, Otter and the Kid"'s third instalment should suffer from believability - what are the chances Ty and Dom are also gay and in love? Suspend your disbelief for a bit and dive into another masterpiece from TJ Klune. I'm pretty sure TJ wrote three instalments over a number of years, or at least it feels like it. "Bear, Otter and the Kid" is irreverent and optimistic. "The Art of Breathing" is darker and more real. He's kept his irreverent style I loved in the first book, but by this third book, he's story telling is real and relatable. He wraps up "Bear, Otter and the Kid"'s story with such elegance. With a throw back to the beginning, he ends Ty's book with an "off the rails" rant from Bear. Just perfect!
    There aren't enough stars to rate this book - buy it, live it and love it like I did. The best series of books bar none! If you love this book, you have to check out "Into This River I Drown".

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A White Coat Is My Closet

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jake Wells
    • Narrated By Randy Fuller
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Zack Sheldon doesn't have time to be lonely. He's in his last year as a pediatric resident, almost married to the job, and busy with the joys and sorrows that come with providing medical care to children. Professionally, he's confident, accomplished, and respected. But personally he's too insecure to approach a sexy man like Sergio Quartulli, or even to imagine that Sergio might be attracted to him.

    Orlando says: "I'm wondering why?"
    "I'm wondering why?"
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    I'm actually in the middle of this book right now, and as I write a couple of outstanding review on other books, I find myself wondering why I'm still listening. The story vacillates between tender, intimate moments of self exploration and pages and pages of pedestrian, mundane and boring detail. Almost every moment of the protagonists' day is explored in detail, but when you finally arrive at the moment he and "the object of his affection" finally hit the sack, it's suddenly the next morning.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Conquer the Flames

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ariel Tachna
    • Narrated By William James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Thorne Lachlan knows a thing or two about getting himself safely out of a blaze. For years he fought in the world's hot spots, a Commando with the Australian Army. Now, retired, he fights flames for the Royal Fire Service. When a grassfire brings him to Lang Downs, the next sheep station in danger, Thorne meets Ian Duncan and sparks fly that neither man can put out. But both men have ghosts from the past that stand in the way of moving beyond mutual attraction.

    Orlando says: "Hopefully the final instalment."
    "Hopefully the final instalment."
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    My issue with the final (hopefully) instalment, is believability. How many more gay romances can one sheep station have? The chances that the two preteen boys in book one, would grow up gay and in love by book four, seem pretty remote to me. Fantastic twists of fate aside, the writing and narration are as good as the first. You'd be better served wrapping up your Lang Downs series at the third book in my opinion. On the plus side, the narrator finally gets "Dry-as-a-bone" right. Bye bye "drizza-bone".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Grand Adventures

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By S.A. McAuley, John Amory, J.E. Birk, and others
    • Narrated By Falcon Sound Company
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Grand Adventures is a diverse range of stories about the journey of love. We're going on some grand adventures for a great cause.

    Orlando says: "Of noble intent"
    "Of noble intent"
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    I'm on board with the intent behind this collection of stories, so I'm not sorry I bought it. If I'm honest though, it didn't grab me. If it weren't for the beneficiaries of the proceeds, I'd probably return it. Buy it in support, if nothing else.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Social Skills

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sara Alva
    • Narrated By Andrew Eiden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (77)

    Music is the only form of communication Connor Owens controls. No matter how badly he wishes to fit in, friendly banter and casual conversations have never been his thing. College is yet another social universe he has no clue how to navigate - until he meets Jared, a football player with chestnut eyes and a cocky grin that holds the power to shatter his self-imposed prison.

    T. Amburgey says: "This is one amazing book!!!!"
    "Conner finds his voice"
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    I'm a sucker for well considered "coming out" or "coming into your own" tale - even more so when they are skilfully combined. Conner comes out, and finds his voice in a wonderfully written coming of age book. Splash out, buy it, cause you're going to love it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • When One Door Opens

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jd Ruskin
    • Narrated By K.C. Kelly
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Logan Sellers' parole officer has issued three commandments: Stay sober, stay employed, and stay out of trouble. At first, Logan thought those three simple rules would be easy to follow. But that was before he accepted a side job assisting his boss' housebound agoraphobic nephew Caleb. Caleb is deceptively normal for a guy who hasn't left his apartment in three years, and his friendly, caring personality tugs on heartstrings Logan didn't know he had.

    Enid says: "Romance with a touch of butter... and maple syrup"
    "Won't rock your world, but well worth a credit"
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    The MM genre has a couple of gems hidden among lots of okay work. This is part of the latter - not offensive, nice listen, worth the credit and entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chaser

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rick R. Reed
    • Narrated By John Solo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Caden DeSarro is what they call a chubby chaser. He likes his guys with a few extra pounds on them. So when he meets Kevin Dodge in a bar bathroom, he can't help but stare, even if he does make an ass of himself. As far as Caden is concerned, Kevin is physically perfect: a stocky bearded blond with a dick that's just right. (They met in the bathroom - of course he looked!) But Caden gets tongue-tied and misses his chance.

    Orlando says: "Get ready for the stereo type."
    "Get ready for the stereo type."
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    What can I say about a book that trots out the chaser stereo type? Give this one a miss - you're credit is better spend on something else.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Outlast the Night: Lang Downs

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ariel Tachna
    • Narrated By William James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    Office manager Sam Emery is unemployed and out of luck. When his emotionally abusive wife demands a divorce, he contacts the one person he has left, his brother, Neil. He doesn’t expect Neil to reject him, but he also doesn’t expect the news of his divorce - and of his sexuality - to be met with such acceptance.

    Orlando says: "A sweet chapter in the Lang Downs saga"
    "A sweet chapter in the Lang Downs saga"
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    Pretty much every series I've come across suffers from the same fate as this one. The first book or two are really good, but as you start getting to books three and four, you're used to the author's style, the narrators cadence and the books start feeling pedestrian.
    It's a pity, cause it's actually a good series. My advice, space them apart. They're a great set of books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Into This River I Drown

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By TJ Klune
    • Narrated By Matt Baca
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    Five years ago, Benji Green lost his beloved father Big Eddie when his truck crashed into a river. Everyone called it an accident, but Benji knows it was more. Even years later, he's buried in his grief, throwing himself into managing Big Eddie's convenience store in the small-town of Roseland, Oregon. Surrounded by his mother and three aunts, he lives day to day, struggling to keep his head above water. But Roseland is no ordinary place.

    Steven says: "Well written, heartbreakingly earnest narration!"
    "Probably the best book in my library."
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    I could go on for days about this book. Really, I was hesitant to start with. I loved "Bear, Otter and the Kid", but was completely on the fence about the follow up - it lacked something; to flippant I think. So when this book landed, I had my doubts.

    Boy, was I wrong. It's simply wonderful! It's sad and funny, hopeful and sometimes dark, real and imagined all in equal measure and quality. It's hard to image that a book about a boy and guardian angel could be anything but trite, but TL Klune has an expert touch that keeps you engaged all the while.

    I cried and laughed, and it the end, love love love this book. There's a movie of this book in my head and I think it would be awesome.

    And I found it - the easter egg from "Bear, Otter and the Kid". It made me smile.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Try: Temptation Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ella Frank
    • Narrated By Shannon Gunn
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (115)

    Sex. Logan Mitchell loves it, and ever since he realized his raw sexual appeal at a young age, he has had no problem using it to his advantage. Men and women alike fall into his bed - after all, Logan is not one to discriminate. He lives by one motto - if something interests you, why not just take a chance and try? And he wants to try Tate Morrison.

    Orlando says: "Sexy, very sexy. And a story too."
    "Sexy, very sexy. And a story too."
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    So often, really sexy books are in danger of descending into smut. Happily, this is not he case with this book. And boy, it's hot! Have fun!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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