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Bryan

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  • A Clockwork Orange

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Anthony Burgess
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (858)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (477)

    A vicious 15-year-old droog is the central character of this 1963 classic, a frightening fable about good and evil, and the meaning of human freedom. In Anthony Burgess' nightmare vision of the future, where the criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, who talks in a brutal invented slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends' social pathology.

    Steve says: "Great book, great narration, but not for everyone"
    "Not as good as I thought it would be"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Clockwork Orange to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version but I would have probably enjoyed it better. There were too many slang words being said that I don't know how to spell so I can't look them up. Hearing a really British accent saying British slang didn't make for easy listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really liked the descriptions of the clothes and fashion of the era.


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

    This was my first time listening to Tom Hollander. He did a great job of bringing an excitement to the narration that fit the storyline.


    If you could take any character from A Clockwork Orange out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Clearly it would be Alex. Although lethal, he'd be fun to talk about music with.


    Any additional comments?

    The last hour of the narration is of the author reading 3 chapters from the book. So the actual story isn't as long as described. It also has a pretty long introduction that is important to hear because it tells the listener an important fact about the end of the UK novel, US novel, and film.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4664)
    Performance
    (3393)
    Story
    (3417)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "Far more terrifying than the film version!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of It to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version and now I never will. This was the one and only time I'll sit through the book. It was too bizarre and random for me to try again.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen King? Why or why not?

    I probably won't read any more Stephen King. I love to be scared but this was scary on top of disgusting and vulgar. It'll be a very long time before I might entertain the idea of trying to read another of his books, especially if they follow in the same vain.


    What does Steven Weber bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I have been watching Steven Weber on the big and small screen since I was a kid. There were many times I could picture his face while doing some of the character voices. He did an okay job for being a screen actor.


    If you could take any character from It out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    No one really. The sooner I forget that I even read this book, the better.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is NOT for children and NOT for most adults. Beware that it goes far beyond any dark story you might have read. More often than not it made me uncomfortable to even listen to it. More than once I was ready to stop listening all together and give up on it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By William Peter Blatty
    • Narrated By William Peter Blatty, Eliana Shaskan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (421)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (390)

    Four decades after it first shook the nation, then the world, William Peter Blatty's thrilling masterwork of faith and demonic possession returns in an even more powerful form. Raw and profane, shocking and blood-chilling, it remains a modern parable of good and evil and perhaps the most terrifying novel ever written.

    Purdy Oaten says: "Add 3 Hours&40 Years&Let Simmer Till Very Dark"
    "Almost a frightening as the film version!"
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    If you could sum up The Exorcist in three words, what would they be?

    Scary, psychological, intense


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chris, the mother. I found her so compelling. It really forced me to think about what I would do if I was put in her situation.


    Have you listened to any of William Peter Blatty and Eliana Shaskan ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to other performances. His voice was exceptional and I'd favor hearing him read again.


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

    There were a couple times I had to stop listening and take a break for a day or so because it was too much. It's pretty rare for me to have such a strong reaction, but this book gave me chills, thrills, and nightmares.


    Any additional comments?

    Not for the faint of heart, but a classic horror tale that everyone should experience in their lifetime.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hired Man

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jan Irving
    • Narrated By Erik Braa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (97)

    Reverend Ian Kenyon knows the harsh sting of life and how a man can suffer a loss of faith. The death of his wife and son shook him to his foundations, and he's been drifting ever since. Bryn Morgan has returned home from prison to the only family he has—an abusive father. Reluctantly moved by Bryn's plight, Ian hires the young man to work on his farm. Soon Ian fears his growing feelings of grace and compassion might be something else, something more... heated.

    L. Hew says: "Surprisingly amazing"
    "Better than I expected, but wait for a sale."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Hired Man the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed the narration. The story was slow during some parts but the performance was really splendid. It can be comical to hear a male reading in the voice of a female, but after a few minutes, it became tolerable.


    What other book might you compare The Hired Man to and why?

    I'd first compare it to Brokeback Mountain. The 2 men working on a farm in a historical setting gave a twist to what could have been a cookie cutter gay romance story. Then there was a touch of Grapes of Wrath mixed in to show a contrast between middle and lower class.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Most of the story worked really well. The book has its moments of really great writing, and others seemed to be cut down. The ending was very anticlimactic. Too much happens within the last 30 minutes of the book that should have been dedicated to a more well rounded closing.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Hired Man and why?

    Brynn was the memorable one. Although I related more to Ian, I found myself analyzing the character of Brynn more. The secret he keeps throughout the first part of the book makes what he does really intriguing.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the sex scenes were too much for the story. They stand out in contrast to what is really going on deeper in the characters. And there are a few graphic words in this one, which also seemed out of place.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maurice

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By E.M. Forster
    • Narrated By Peter Firth
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (101)

    Maurice is born into a privileged way of life, conforming to social conventions, yet he finds himself increasingly attracted to his own sex. Through Clive, a Cambridge friend, and Alec, the gamekeeper, he experiences a sexual awakening.

    Christopher P. says: "Finally!!! It's past time!"
    "Worth the read if you like historical gay fiction!"
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    Would you listen to Maurice again? Why?

    I will listen to this book again. The performance was really good and I enjoy good gay fiction that isn't heavy on the sex. In this book intimacy is mentioned without sounding vulgar.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    As much as I liked Maurice because he reminded me of myself, I like Alec and his part of the story. Alec really took the story to a new level.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the meeting at the museum between Maurice and Alec. I found myself getting anxious and emotional from about this point on in the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have loved to have taken half a day to listen to the story all at once. If I had been reading the words myself, I might have read all in one sitting. As it was, I enjoyed the performance and wish it was longer.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like gay fiction and television series like Upstairs Downstairs, you will enjoy this book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fish & Chips

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Madeleine Urban, Abigail Roux
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (337)

    Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett are back on the job, settled into a personal and professional relationship built on fierce protectiveness and blistering passion. Now they’re assigned to impersonate two members of an international smuggling ring—an out-and-proud married couple—on a Christmas cruise in the Caribbean.

    L. Hew says: "Worth the wait..."
    "If you like an okay sequel..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend the series to a friend for sure. I think the story is entertaining enough to keep people that can tolerate reading about 2 gay guys having sex, for a few minutes, would enjoy the rest of the book.


    What other book might you compare Fish & Chips to and why?

    This one is in a class of it's own in my knowledge of books. It had a slight James Bond feel to it because of all the secret identity story-line.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Oh MAN, I laughed out loud so many times at the BAD accents! Ty was supposed to be impersonating a British accent and the poor reader sounded like a male Scarlett O'Hara. Which is pretty funny since Vivian Leigh was English. Another funny character voice was for the McCoy character. I kept picturing Oscar the Grouch while listening to the poor guy performing those parts of the book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    This cruise will leave you hungry... for more Ty and Zane!


    Any additional comments?

    Wait for it to go on sale or if you have some credits to burn.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sticks and Stones

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Madeleine Urban, Abigail Roux
    • Narrated By Sawyer Allerde
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (320)

    Six months after nearly losing their lives to a serial killer in New York City, FBI Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett are suffering through something almost as frightening: the monotony of desk duty. When they're ordered to take a vacation for the good of everyone's sanity, Ty bites the bullet and takes Zane home with him to West Virginia, hoping the peace and quiet of the mountains will give them the chance to explore the explosive attraction they’ve so far been unable to reconcile with their professional partnership.

    Donald says: "A Great Sequel..."
    "Almost as good as the first..."
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    If you could sum up Sticks and Stones in three words, what would they be?

    Wry, masculine, entertaining


    What other book might you compare Sticks and Stones to and why?

    The Body by Stephen King because of the camping and dead people. Also Brokeback Mountain because of all the camping and ruggedness.


    Which character – as performed by Sawyer Allerde – was your favorite?

    I think he does Zane the best, most of the characters are performed well.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    *Small spoiler alert* The "I love you" moment.


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen, shorter in length than the first book, but still with a lot of detail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outcast Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jamie Craig
    • Narrated By Jack LeFleur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (146)

    There is nothing Aleron Pitre can’t steal, nobody he can’t con and no situation he can’t slip out of until he’s sent to the prison planet Tantoret, where every sentence is death. If the prisoners don’t kill each other, they’ll die slowly and painfully from mining the poisonous drug chojal. Yet Aleron still hopes that he can escape.

    Joseph Lance Tonlet says: "Awesome!"
    "A gay sci-fi adventure..."
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    Where does Outcast Mine rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is near the bottom of the list, but my list is relatively short. The story held my interest enough to enjoy most of the read. As with most books like this, some of it was a little too sexually graphic for me to enjoy thoroughly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the sci-fi mixed with gay characters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I cared for the first half of the book a lot, then it got slow till near the end.


    If you could rename Outcast Mine, what would you call it?

    The Gay Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy


    Any additional comments?

    If you are gay and like sci-fi, you'll probably enjoy this listen.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cut and Run

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Abigail Roux, Madeleine Urban
    • Narrated By Sawyer Allerde
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (414)

    An erotic gay romance, a suspenseful thriller.... A series of murders in New York City has stymied the police and FBI alike, and they suspect the culprit is a single killer sending an indecipherable message. But when the two federal agents assigned to the investigation are taken out, the FBI takes a more personal interest in the case. Special Agent Ty Grady is pulled out of undercover work. He's cocky, abrasive, and indisputably the best at what he does.

    Zion says: "Stunned and surprised."
    "Pretty good bro-mance..."
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    Would you listen to Cut and Run again? Why?

    I might after I listen to the other books in the series. The story wasn't too graphic in it's sexual nature. More emphasis was placed on the mystery than the sex, which is refreshing in this genre of literature.


    What other book might you compare Cut and Run to and why?

    Maybe Silence of the Lambs and Brokeback Mountain. So many references to FBI stuff made this one reek of Thomas Harris yet the bro-mance was a little violent and reminded me of Brokeback.


    What does Sawyer Allerde bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Absolutely.


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

    No extreme reactions except I found myself taking the long way home from work to listen longer.


    Any additional comments?

    I think one could wait till this one is on sale before purchasing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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