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  • Mahu

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Neil Plakcy
    • Narrated By Joel Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Mahu -- a generally negative Hawaiian term for homosexuals -- introduces a unique character to detective fiction. Kimo Kanapa'aka is a handsome, mixed-race surfer living in Honolulu, a police detective confronting his homosexuality in an atmosphere of macho bravado within the police force. A man of intelligence, strength, honesty, resourcefulness, and intense dedication to the people of Hawaii, Kimo is a hard-boiled hero you will never forget.

    Jim Lee says: "Wonderful Example of the Coming Out Experinence"
    "Didn't work for me"
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    I'm kind of struggling for what to say in this review. This is my first exposure to this author and although this book was well written, I just didn't like the story and couldn't connect with this character, Kimo. I was aware that this was not a "romance" novel. It is a gay fiction story about a Hawaiian detective struggling with his sexuality. It is also an ongoing story in a series. What I enjoyed about this book was the performance of Joel Leslie in bringing a ton of different characters to life; various accents and dialects. I also liked Kimo's friend Harry and his Mom, but that was about it.

    I tried to enjoy Kimo's journey of self discovery but found myself constantly rolling my eyes at his decisions and wanting to smack him. I swear throughout the book if there was a decision to be made that would make his life harder, he made it. Then I was frustrated when his words had no relation to his actions. For example, if you proclaim throughout the story that you don't want to be known as the "gay cop" then you probably shouldn't suggest giving a suspect a BJ to get a confession, REALLY!!?? Or when his brother gay bashes someone to the point they are in the hospital and after his initial outrage, it is brushed off as no big deal. It bordered on TSTL actions. In addition the, IMHO, poor police procedures and OTT homophobia just turned me off. He just doesn't come off as a competent law enforcement officer. Maybe it gets better as the series progresses, but this just didn't work for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon's Hoard: Dreamspun Beyond, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By M. A. Church
    • Narrated By Dorian Bane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (56)

    To be loved by a dragon is to be treasured. 100 years ago, werewolf alpha Montgomery took a risk driven by desperation - he borrowed money from the ancient dragon Warwick Ehecatl, putting up the pack lands as collateral. Now the debt is due, and dragons don’t forget - or forgive. Warwick demands Montgomery’s son, Avery, and three businesses as compensation. As an omega, Avery knows he is basically useless to his pack, so he might as well agree.

    Blackwindstar says: "loved,it. an great narrator"
    "Great performance; sweet story"
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    This is a very fun, sweet listen. Not much drama, angst or conflict, almost none. Just a sweet romance between a dragon and wolf shifter. I bought it because I love Dorian Bane and he certainly delivers in elevating this story. His performance is spot on. I would love to hear more from Warwick and Avery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Timber Lake: Snowy Range Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Nya Rawlyns
    • Narrated By Nick J. Russo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Michael Brooks is a loner, and with good reason. A short fuse and a tendency to shoot from the hip, sometimes quite literally, mean he's all the company he's got most of the time, and he likes it that way just fine. It suits his job as warden for Wyoming's Fish and Game Department. Being alone sounds good to the researcher for the USDA Forest Service, Dr. Seamus Rydell, especially since it means time away from the pressures to follow his family's political traditions. He'll need a guide to Timber Lake to set up his testing equipment.

    Starwarslover says: "good story"
    "Great performance; good story"
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    In general I liked this very angsty romance. This is the 2nd in this series, but is a stand alone story. I listened to the first book and really didn’t see any relation to this one. This is the story of Michael and Seamus; although he goes by a variety of names in the story. Michael is a complex character who runs hot and cold to the point he gave me whiplash. Sometimes he is a jerk, but later you realize it is a defensive mechanism. Seamus comes from wealth and privileged but is trying to “be his own person” through his work. They met at a rodeo and have a hot (what they think) one night stand; only to find they are thrust together for a wilderness trek. Each doesn’t want to show vulnerability which results in a “I want you, I want you not” scenario that left me want to smack both of them. However, being stalked by a psycho tends to clear the mind. There is some drama and yet another misunderstanding, and in the end I got a satisfying HFN. Nick Russo does a wonderful job of bringing these men to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • As You Wish : Shatterproof Bond, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Isobel Starling
    • Narrated By Gary Furlong
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (74)

    Declan had never met the kid who was to be his joint best man. Sam Aiken was abroad, working as an interpreter and finishing his studies. But on meeting Sam Aiken, Declan is surprised to realize the kid isn't a kid at all, but a tall, blond, and athletic young man. Declan is sure he's straight, so he's alarmed by the ferocious attraction he feels for Sam. And as the attraction is reciprocated, the events at Dunloch Castle change everything Declan has ever believed about himself.

    Belen says: "Terrific narration"
    "Wonderful Story, Excellent Performance"
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    This is a new author and series for me and I really enjoyed this first book. At this time this in the Audible Romance Package, so I took a chance. At first I was a little disappointed because there is a lot of sex in the first half of the book and I thought there was no story. But after that it got really good. This is a continuous story of DeClan and Sam and this first one is the "how they met and fell in love" story and ends with them about to embark on some intrigue. The title is in reference to the movie The Princess Bride, which plays an important role in the couple's courtship; I thought it was very clever. I am thoroughly drawn into the story and look forward to the next book which is also in the Romance Package!! Gary Furlong does a great job and is quickly becoming one of my favorite British voice performers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magpie Lord

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By K. J. Charles
    • Narrated By Cornell Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (85)

    Exiled for 20 years, Lucien never planned to return to England. But with the mysterious deaths of his father and brother, it seems the new Lord Crane has inherited an earldom. He's also inherited his family's enemies. He needs magical assistance, fast. He doesn't expect it to turn up angry. Magician Stephen Day has good reason to hate Crane's family. Unfortunately, it's his job to deal with supernatural threats. Besides, the earl is unlike any aristocrat he's ever met, with the tattoos, the attitude...and the way Crane seems determined to get him into bed.

    Riva says: "Excellent story and Performance"
    "Excellent story and Performance"
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    What a great listen. I loved this book when I read it and loved it even more in audiobook format. This my first time listening to this very British narrator and he really gives an A++ performance. He brought Stephen and Lucien to life. I have read the entire series, so I can't wait to hear more of the MCs adventures with this narrator. As an extra special treat, Book 1.5 is is also included in this audiobook for free. Highly recommend.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Midwinter Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Harper Fox
    • Narrated By Rusty Coles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Laurence Fitzroy is trapped in a golden cage. The only son of a wealthy London baronet, he's struggling to escape his father's suffocating world. But Laurie is losing his fight. At 19 years of age, bright and imaginative, he's no match for the brutal Sir William. Laurie wants to be an actor - bad enough as far as Sir William is concerned, but, worse than that, he's gay.

    Mickie B. Ashling, Author says: "Loved it the second time around!"
    "Amazing story and performance"
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    What an amazing journey with Laurie and Sasha! I am writing this review after listening to both Books 1 & 2 in the series. Both 5 stars for the story and the masterful performance by Rusty Coles. Mr Coles is a new narrator to me and he really hit it out of the park. Harper Fox is an amazing writer; it's almost like poetry. Her characters are so multi dimensional, yet completely relatable. In this story our couple is an abused aristocrat and a homeless Romanian "gypsy" also from an abusive background. So lots of hurt/comfort going round. The story is set in London and with their first meeting we are swept away into their epic struggles and romance. There is danger, misunderstandings and, in Book 2 some, "WTF are you doing?" moments. But through it all Harper Fox's words and Rusty Coles' performance is a amazing match which brings this story to the next level.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Two Cowboys and a Baby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By BA Tortuga
    • Narrated By Dorian Bane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    Hoss McMasters has a working ranch, a bull riding career, a nosy momma, and a best friend he's been in love with since he can remember. He's a busy, happy cowboy, living the good life. Then one morning he discovers a baby on his doorstep. Well, Hoss does what any reasonable man would do - he calls his momma and his buddy, Sheriff Pooter, and they head to the clinic to see if Doc knows of any suddenly not-so-pregnant girls.

    Amanda says: "Awesome"
    "Great Performance of a sweet story"
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    I bought this book because one of my favorite narrators was performing it; and he did not disappoint. This is a very sweet, light and fun listen with a predictable but very enjoyable story. It is the story of two OTT gay "rednecks" (think Jeff Foxworthy) who find love and a baby. I really plays up the "country" aspect of these cowboys lives, but has a solid sweet romance in the middle of all the "good deals" and meddling family. Dorian Bane really elevated this story. He delivers a great performance of the various country characters, including the "moms." If you are looking for a story that puts a smile on your face from beginning to end, look no farther.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rebuilding Year

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Kaje Harper
    • Narrated By Gomez Pugh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (149)

    A few excruciating minutes pinned under a burning beam cost Ryan Ward his job as a firefighter, the easy camaraderie of his coworkers, his current girlfriend, and damn near cost him his left leg. Giving up, though, wasn't an option. He fought and won the battle back to health, over a painful year. Now, choosing a new profession, going back to school, and renting a room from the college groundskeeper should be simple. Until he realizes he's falling in love with his housemate and things take a turn for the complicated.

    H. Martin says: "The Rebuilding Years"
    "Beautiful love story; wonderful performance"
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    This was a treat to listen to. I really enjoyed this book when I read it and loved the audio version. This story hit all my happy places, older couple, hurt - comfort and a sweet romance that just gets better in Book 2. John and Ryan have been heterosexual all their lives. John was married for 20 years and has 2 kids. He thinks his attraction to Ryan is just friendship and asks him to be his roommate. Ryan is a disabled ex-firefighter with a reputation with the ladies. He is initially resistant to John, but when he goes deep into his feelings, he embraces it. The thing I have always loved about Kaje Harper books is the way her storytelling draws me into these characters and their feelings. This is no different. I could really empathize with the struggle Ryan has and continues to have in Book 2. John seems to accept his new sexuality easier, but his ex-wife, not so much. There is a bit of a mystery intertwined into the story that puts Ryan and John's son in serious danger. But at the heart of this book is a love story. Gomez Pugh gives a wonderful performance in bringing these characters, not just the MC, to life. Highly recommend.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Grand Master: Champion of the Gods, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Andrew Q. Gordon
    • Narrated By Joel Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    In a war that shook the earth, the six gods of Nendor defeated their brother Neldin, God of Evil. For 3,000 years, Nendor and the Seven Kingdoms have known peace and prosperity and Neldin's evil was nearly forgotten. But then Meglar, wizard-king of Zargon, unleashes the dark magic of the underworld and creates an army of creatures to carry out his master's will. One by one, the sovereign realms fall as a new war between the gods threatens to engulf Nendor. Leading the opposition to Meglar is Grand Master Farrell.

    Aislinn Wolfsong says: "excellent story awesome narrator"
    "Excellent story great performance"
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    I really loved this fantasy mm book. To me it seemed like a combination of The Belgariad meets the Star Wars mythology; only with gay characters. It is one of those books where the romance is there, but the saga has equal billing. Farrell and Miceral are a solid romance, complete with OTT sappiness; which I loved. Sometimes that can be annoying, but I was so invested in this couple that it just came off as sweet. There is some wonderful world building with unicorns, giant falcons, good and evil gods and humans. Farrell's destiny is front and center of the story; the romance almost a subplot. I loved the courting, although it is kind of an insta love/destined lovers thing. But their banter and shyness comes off really sweet. However, this is not just a sweet romance. There is action at the beginning and the end of the story, with the middle primarily around the romance and setting up the relationships that I am sure we will see in the subsequent books. As a result, it tends to drag a little in the middle as we get to know all the characters.

    That said, there is conflict, death and destruction throughout the story and Farrell comes off sort of blood thirsty at times; he is more Belgarath in that way. He has his eye on the "long game" and if people have to die to achieve it, so be it. I really look forward to the next book, especially in audio format. Joel Leslie is a master performer of these type of characters. His range of voices and accents lends itself very well to the fantasy genre.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By G. L. Carriger
    • Narrated By Kirt Graves
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (249)

    Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage? New York Times best-seller Gail Carriger, writing as GL Carriger, presents an offbeat gay romance in which a sexy werewolf with a white knight complex meets a bad-boy mage with an attitude problem. Sparks (and other things) fly.

    Kelly says: "a joy to listen to"
    "Great shifter story and performance"
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    I loved this paranormal romance. It is really well written with great characters, great storytelling and world building. It takes place in an AU where mages, shifters, merman, and assorted paranormal creatures are set in contemporary San Francisco; that is always fun. Brian (Biff) is a beta in a pack of rejected misfits and Max is a government worker in the paranormal equivalent of the DMV. Max is a snarky "loud mouth" with PTSD from an abusive father. His father was a powerful mage and Max turned out to be a "sumage" which in this world is a failed mage. The romance between the MCs is more than the insta love; they have to work at it because of Max's low self esteem. Brian is a too good to be true character that is caring, patient and loving. The variety of secondary characters are fantastic and really brings a depth to the story. I truly hope this is not the last we see of the San Andreas Shifters as there are certainly more stories to tell involving the rest of the pack.

    This was my first book with Kirt Graves as the narrator and I am a fan. He does a great job of bringing this story to life. His timing and inflections are fantastic. Wonderful performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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