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Michael

Riverside, CA, United States

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  • Bear, Otter, and the Kid

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By T. J. Klune
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (184)

    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!"
    "Such a great story!"
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    This almost doesn't qualify as a gay romance novel, in a very good way. Yes, there is some of that, but only enough to cement the relationship between Bear and Otter, and it's not nearly as graphic as some of the novels I've come across. The Kid is a great character, and he's supposed to be super smart with great intuition, but he sometimes seems far too intelligent for a 9 year old, almost to the point of unbelievability. But that's really the only big flaw in this story. You will find yourself rooting for Bear, Otter and the Kid. I didn't want it to end, and I hope there's more to come.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Married with Zombies

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jesse Petersen
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (557)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (479)

    A heartwarming tale of terror in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. Meet Sarah and David. Once upon a time, they met and fell in love. But now they’re on the verge of divorce and going to couples’ counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things: the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client’s throat. Meet the zombies....

    decembergrit says: "Good read for zombie fans"
    "Mr. & Mrs. Smith meets The Walking Dead"
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    A good, fun book, suitable for a cross-country flight or something. The characters are pretty decently developed, but I felt like the story was too short. There's ample ground left to cover at the end, so hopefully there will be more to come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unholy Ghosts: Downside Ghosts, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Stacia Kane
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (295)

    In a future world under attack from the undead, the powerful Church of Real Truth, in charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased. Consequently, there are many false claims of hauntings from those hoping to profit. Enter Chess Putnam, a fully-tattooed witch and freewheeling ghost hunter. She’s got a real talent for nailing human liars and banishing the wicked dead.

    T. Hernandez says: "Not for the faint of heart"
    "Meh..."
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    I really wanted to like this book. But...during every single one of the first 12 chapters, I thought about returning it, until I finally decided to just power through it and listen no matter what. Unfortunately, it never really paid off. I never really cared about any of the characters or what happened to them. There is sense that this book constantly strives to acheive a level of suspense and drama that it never manages to pull off. Part of that is due to the story and part is due to the performance of the narrator. There are many, many times when she has long awkward pauses as if she thinks the sentence or thought the author is trying to convey is done, but then suddenly realizes there's more. The cadence of the performance goes wrong. The 3 main male characters all sound way too similar. I think the most interesting parts are the quotations from the various books and pamphlets that start each chapter. The villain never comes off as terribly menacing and the story isn't really engrossing. There were many long periods where my attention drifted and when I came back to listening, I didn't feel like I missed anything important. In short...skip it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6533)
    Performance
    (5915)
    Story
    (5916)

    Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully - he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona....

    Hallie says: "Love this series!"
    "Excellent and well worth it"
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    I've become a huge fan of Kevin Hearne and Luke Daniels thanks to the Iron Druid Chronicles. I hate it when one book ends because I can't wait to get to the next one... I would love to see the series become films, but I fear they wouldn't do the books justice. Fantastic characters, great writing, excellent performance. GET IT!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9527)
    Performance
    (8491)
    Story
    (8466)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "I'm a new fan!"
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    This book was not at all what I was expecting, and was actually something of an accidental download. What a fortunate accident! I haven't enjoyed a book this much in a long time. The central character, Atticus, is smart, witty, and charming. His Irish wolfhound, Oberon, is absolutely, hysterically hilarious. The supernatural and mythology interwoven with the modern day world give this book an entertaining and educational twist that will keep your attention. I've already bought the second and third installments and can't wait to hear them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guardian: A Gay Romance Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (110)

    Jude Shea's life is turned upside down when he rescues a dog he names Joe. Even though Jude has enough trouble taking care of himself—he doesn't even have a job—he can't resist the animal that needs him. Then one night, a man shows up on his doorstep looking to claim Jude's new companion. As they run from a surprise attack, Jude finds out that "Joe" is not what he seems.

    Sophia says: "Love story for the Ages"
    "HOT"
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    Imaginative, sexy, funny and HOT! Great narration by Sean Crisden. Definitely worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Touch Me Gently

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By J.R. Loveless
    • Narrated By Jeff Gelder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (131)

    Always hiding his tormented past along with his scarred body, Kaden James finds it difficult to keep a job. Luck finally turns his way when he finds work as a cook on a Montana ranch, where he meets terrifyingly handsome Logan Michaels. Logan is different from any man Kaden’s ever met, and before long, he finds himself falling in love with the big cowboy. But Kaden’s nightmares won’t let go of him so easily, and he’s not just jumping at shadows. He has nearly a lifetime of abuse, horrifying memories, and pain addiction to overcome. Can Logan's gentle touch help Kaden heal inside?

    Kamilla says: "Disappointed..."
    "Story good. Narration, not so much"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The main character, Kaden, remains fearful and distrustful of Logan for too long.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting part was Kaden's background story.


    What didn’t you like about Jeff Gelder’s performance?

    Awkward, long pauses when reading character's quotes followed by "...he said." A few mispronunciations of words. Announces title of book before every chapter, which was annoying, but there's no announcement of any kind for chapter 11, not even the chapter number.


    Do you think Touch Me Gently needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, the story ends well enough.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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