Less sex and more storyline. This is a very weak plot. If you like to hear "I love you" "No, I love you" "You are my life" "No, you are my life" over and over again. You'll like this story. I love good romance, but geez!
This is the first book I've listened to by this author. The story is a series of stories of different characters in various stages in their lives. The author does a great job of eventually entwining the story lines and his writing is great. I enjoyed three of the five storylines, but two were very dark and I really didn't like them. I ended up fast forwarding through whenever Stephen and Pete's stories started, but that was a personal preference, some people may not mind. Pete was a violent closet case and Stephen was a closeted submissive with self destructive tendencies. Overall it was OK, but I don't know if I'll continue with this author.
Another great mystery/action thriller from Ms. Hawk. In this second book of the series Whyborne and Griffin travel to the town of Threshold to investigate why people are disappearing from the town. Their relationship is tested and paranormal event ensue. It is a wonderful story filled with witty and romantic dialogue and great action and suspense. The narrator does a great job, much better than the last book. Worth a credit.
I enjoyed this novella, but it was a little too short; but it packs a lot in. The MCs relationship is sweet but also very hawt. Lots of smex but it is done well. This is the first book before Alien and the Outlaw (which I listened to first). Doesn't really matter, both are stand alone reads. The narrator is very good in both. It was under $5 when I bought it and worth it at that price, but it is not worth a credit.
This was a much awaited sequel to the great Bear, Otter and the Kid. I'll admit at first I did not like that Sean Crisden wasn't the narrator. But Charlie David does a fantastic job. I just love everything about this book. I will be listening too it many times.
First off this is not a MM romance book. It is a story about coming out and coming to grips with your choices and the consequences thereof. There is no HEA, but there is LEA (life ever after). This is the story of two men, Chase and Nathan and their struggles with coming to terms with who they are and the choices they have made. I guess there is a movie and the book is based on the movie, but with a better ending. Since I haven’t seen the movie, I don’t know. But I did enjoy the book. It was gut wrenching in some places because of the family dynamics involved, but very realistic and well told. You may not feel “good” after hearing Mr. David’s excellent narration (he is also the author), but you will be hopeful and won’t be sorry you listened. I really enjoyed this and I didn’t think I would.
OMG, where do I start. First of all, the novelty of this book having animals instead of people wears off fast. Despite the references to paws, fur, tails and muzzles (better not to dwell on how kissing with tongue works with muzzles); it is basically a MM romance, complete with a lot of sex scenes Unfortunately it is not a very good MM romance and the narrator has a really annoying lisp that makes his “s” sound like “th”. In addition, he rushes and mumbles through dialogue in some places to the extent that he runs out of breath by the end. His narration is really distracting. I kept wanting to tell him to “breathe and slow down.” Most of the time he was fine, but then he would ramble through something. Weird.
With that said, at the heart, this book is a romance between a wanna be gay rights activist college student (a fox) that also loves football and a “gay for you” college football player ( a tiger). Not an original concept, but OK. Aside from the narrator’s rushing and mumbling, the basic problem with this book is I really didn’t relate or like the couple. Dev (the tiger) is an in the closet "bi" (I guess) who professes to love Lee which still keeping their relationship in the closet, sometimes literally. Lee (the fox), who dresses in women's clothes to "protect" Dev's reputation, (after "tricking" Dev into sleeping with him, yeah really!!) was annoying in his acceptance of this role and status through most of the book. After a while, I didn’t really care if they got together or not. I’m sure this is just a personal preference, which is why I gave it 3 stars; other people apparently really like this series. But in my opinion, not worth a credit.
This is a collection of the first three I Spy novellas. It was really a pleasure. The narrator was great as well as the stories;but be warned they are short. I'm glad Mr. Lanyon put them in one collection, otherwise it would not be worth a credit.. The romance between Mark and Stephen was sweet and they have some adventures, but it is mostly about them rekindling their relationship after a two year absence by Mark. I really liked that Mark (the younger of the two) actively pursues Stephen (who is 50). In the age of youth, it was a very pleasant change. I look forward to a continuation of the series, although I will buy as this type of anthology due to the length of the stories. As a anthology, worth a credit.
First let me say the narrator of this book does a wonderful job. I am actually glad I listened to this book because I think I would have hated reading it. The narrator at least brought the characters to life and made a bad story and mediocre writing at least bearable. I should qualify my review by saying this book was written in 1975, so I really tried to keep my opinions in that context. That was a very volatile time in the gay rights movement. As an exposure to that time and the challenges that gay men had to face, I think the book does a great job. However, as a romance/love story I did not enjoy it. Not because the love story wasn’t poignant and beautiful, but because of the direction the author chose to take it. It was like she took the reader on this wonderful ride only to pull the rug out from under us in the end. I realize the “shock” value of what she did, but I really don’t think it was necessary and it seemed almost cruel. Also, in my opinion, the aftermath wasn’t executed well enough to gain the “acclaim” this book seemed to have. Maybe in 1975 it was considered great art, but in 2013 I don't think it survives the test of time. I wish she had just stuck with the gay rights message and not delved into the love story; I think I would have enjoyed it more.
It is really a shame this books fails on so many levels. The writing is not great, the narrator is wooden and the story is just so contrived to be laughable. I love gay dad stories because I love the "family" aspect of it. The fact the families with same sex couples are no different in every way that counts than any other family. I can't even name all the ways this story went awry, but I will try. First, the story reads like a technical manual for first time parents, complete with the naming of popular name brand of baby supplies and medical advice. Really, medical advice, can you even do that if you are not a doctor? For a while I thought I was listening to a commercial or a message from the CDC. And the narrator reads it like it is a public service announcement very wooden and no emotional depth at all. Then the romance btwn friends starts out good, but then the author contrives this completely unrealistic "fear of child protective services" as a plot device. It fails miserably b/c it is just too stupid and the MCs reactions to it are way out of proportion. Then there is some pseudo family drama that turns into nothing. The bottom line is this is a very boring read and the narrator is horrible.
I would give the story 3.5 stars and the narrator 5 stars. This is a really sweet MM romance set in gothic England. I didn't like it as much as the first book, but it was enjoyable. The only issue I had is the HFN ending; I like HEA. It was a little unsatisfying. I found myself saying, but what now?. The length of the novella does not warrant a credit, but it is a good on sale read.
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