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Giselle

GRANT, MICHIGAN, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Honored Vow: Change of Heart, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Jeff Gelder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (87)

    Jin Rayne is still growing into his frightening new powers as a nekhene cat and his place as reah of Logan Church’s tribe when he learns that a sepat, an honor challenge, has been called. Logan, who has never wanted to do anything but lead his small-town tribe, must travel around the world to Mongolia and fight to become the most powerful leader in the werepanther world. Logan won’t be the only one making the journey. As his mate, Jin must fight with him to honor his commitment to Logan, his culture, and his tribe. But the trial is long, involving a prolonged separation between the two men, and Logan’s humanity is at stake.

    Christina Azariadou says: "Better than the Narration of Trusted Bond but not"
    "I love this series, horrible robotic narrator."
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    Would you listen to Honored Vow again? Why?

    No, the narration is monotone, no character to voices, painful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Love the series and the imaginative made up world of Calmes' shifters.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jeff Gelder’s performances?

    No. I'll stay away from this narrator from now on.


    Who was the most memorable character of Honored Vow and why?

    Always to me it's Jin.


    Any additional comments?

    Too bad they switched narrators. Sean Crisden was my favorite.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Haunted Heart: Winter: The Haunted Heart (Book 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Lee Samuels
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Still grieving over the sudden death of his lover, antiques dealer Flynn Ambrose moves to the old, ramshackle house on Pitch Pine Lane to catalog and sell the large inventory of arcane and oddball items that once filled his late uncle's mysterious museum. But not all the items are that easy to catalog. Or get rid of... Since Alan died, Flynn isn't eating, isn't sleeping, and isn't spending a lot of time looking in mirrors. But maybe he should pay a little more attention - because something in that 18th Century mirror is looking at him.

    Riva says: "Perfect choice for Halloween"
    "Dark and suprising, another great title by Lanyon."
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    If you could sum up The Haunted Heart: Winter in three words, what would they be?

    Dark currents, surprising.


    What other book might you compare The Haunted Heart: Winter to and why?

    Hmm, can't quite find a comparison. Similar feel to Ghost Who Wore Yellow Socks, but with a paranormal plot.


    Which character – as performed by Lee Samuels – was your favorite?

    Kirk, he's a bit different than Lanyon's usual characters. He's dark, edgy, experienced, war-torn, tough, but seems to have a big soft heart.


    If you could take any character from The Haunted Heart: Winter out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Hmmm, not sure either one would make a great dinner conversationalist really. Maybe the deceased crazy uncle. I have plenty of questions for him.


    Any additional comments?

    Once again, so many interesting layers in this book, that I can't wait to unveil the next book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slide: Roads, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Garrett Leigh
    • Narrated By Michael Lesley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Shy tattoo artist Ash has a troubled past. Years of neglect, drug abuse, and life on the streets have taken their toll, and sometimes it seems the deep, unspoken bond with his lover is the only balm for wounds he doesn't quite understand. Paramedic Pete is warmth, love, and strength - things Ash never knew he could have, and never even knew he wanted until Pete showed him. But fate is a cruel, cruel mistress, and when nightmares collide with the present, their tentatively built world comes crashing down.

    Giselle says: "Dark, very dark view of abuse, psychosis and PTSD."
    "Dark, very dark view of abuse, psychosis and PTSD."
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    What made the experience of listening to Slide the most enjoyable?

    The narration, while varying in volume from segment to segment, was very good for these characters. If you're looking for a story about mental illness, abuse and PTSD, this hit's it on the spot. Painful, depressing and dark.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pete, because he just wants to fix things, he loves nearly unconditionally and sacrifices so much for others. And even with all that he knows when he needs help.


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

    No


    If you could rename Slide, what would you call it?

    Slide Into Depression and Regression.


    Any additional comments?

    Slide was a good story, but after spending 7/8 of the book going back and forth between Ash and Pete with their problems, I was very surprised that so much of the solution, therapy and more was summarized in the epilogue. I would like to see the content of the epilogue spread out into at least two chapters because so much happens there. Kind of cheated the ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dirty Deeds: Cole McGinnis, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Rhys Ford
    • Narrated By Greg Tremblay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (72)

    Former cop turned private investigator Cole McGinnis never considered committing murder. But six months ago, when Jae-Min's blood filled his hands and death came knocking at his lover's door, killing Sheila Pinelli became a definite possibility. While Sheila lurks in some hidden corner of Los Angeles, Jae and Cole share a bed, a home, and most of all, happiness.

    T. Henry says: "The best series on audio"
    "The tensions and passions are escalating!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! This series is funny, passionate, high speed, a good mystery, nail biting at times, and eye watering at others. Also a unique blend of cultures adds to the plot in my book.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    My brain constantly wants to lock all the cogs in place, I keep stirring around possibilities but the author is so very unpredictable! I love that the answer is not laid bare, I think I might know what is going on, but she's keeping the curtain veiled just enough not to see the whole picture yet! Frustrating and fascinating all at once!


    What about Greg Tremblay’s performance did you like?

    His meter is perfect for the pace of the story, his voice alterations are perfectly matched for the different characters, and he's very passionate.


    Who was the most memorable character of Dirty Deeds and why?

    So very difficult, an obvious one would be Cole, or Jay, but I seem to be drawn to Bobby by his brashness.


    Any additional comments?

    A good mystery series, a bit bloody and shocking, but I think that's what makes it so fun, well that and the combustible passion between Jae and Cole!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Among the Living: PsyCop, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jordan Castillo Price
    • Narrated By Gomez Pugh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (108)

    Victor Bayne, the psychic half a PsyCop team, is a gay medium who's more concerned with flying under the radar than in making waves. He hooks up with handsome Jacob Marks, a non-psychic (or "Stiff") from an adjacent precinct at his ex-partner's retirement party, and it seems like his dubious luck has taken a turn for the better. But then a serial killer surfaces who can change his appearance to match any witness' idea of the world's hottest guy.

    Jesi Lea Ryan says: "Perfect narrator for one of my favorite books!"
    "Great in book form, even better in audio!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Among the Living the most enjoyable?

    The narrator did an excellent job assigning different vocal personalities to his characters, I really appreciate that. I've read this series and knew it would be tough to find the right narrator, but Gomez is perfect. Vic's personality comes shining through, but my favorite spot on voice was for Warwick.


    What other book might you compare Among the Living to and why?

    Gosh that's hard, Jordan Castillo Price has such a unique voice in fiction. This is contemporary but not, believable psi-fi, moody, edgy, and hot all at once. Every part of my brain is fully engaged in her story telling. Maybe Jordan Hawk or early Anne Rice would be comparable?


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

    No.


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

    Many, but the power and confidence of Jacob paralleled to Vic's seeming insecurity is interesting. Particularly since Vic was such a rock for his new partner during her crisis. IF that makes any sense.


    Any additional comments?

    This is so much more than what some might expect of m/m genre. Yes it's a romance, kind of, but more than that it's enthralling, and imaginative.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fatal Shadows: The Adrien English Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (273)

    Someone's out to get Los Angeles bookseller Adrien English. His best friend has been viciously murdered, now he's getting weird phone calls and sinister gifts from a mysterious "admirer." The cops think he's trying to divert suspicion from himself - with the exception of sexy and homophobic homicide detective Jake Riordan. Is Riordan really such a great detective - or does he have a few secrets of his own? Is his offer to help Adrien on the level or is he out to nail his favorite suspect - to the wall?

    Tony Squared says: "A Good Mystery, Well Read"
    "A series sure to become a classic"
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    If you could sum up Fatal Shadows in three words, what would they be?

    murder, snark, sexuality


    What did you like best about this story?

    The series builds, with a perfect balance of murder/mystery and a tense yet developing gay romance.


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

    Christ Patton is perfect for this series. The voice he gives each character is distinct and feels natural. He makes a perfect Adrien. Chris has a way of bringing out Adrien's sense of humor, sarcasm that I sometimes missed by reading the book too quickly.


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


    Any additional comments?

    I love the trouble finding, situational sleuth, Adrien English. His character has great dry humor, vulnerability, likeability, I feel both sympathetic and irritated by him in turn. Jake, I feel like I can understand his issues, but I still want to kick his arse out of the closet anyhow. As the first book of the series, I know this will all take time, and the series isn't one big HEA, there are plenty of realistic relationship hurdles, breakdowns, and inevitable restarts. Each story is fast paced, at times nail biting, other times very sensual, and often surprising. Nothing really stereotypical here, no chicks with dicks, no fluff, just enjoyable, murder mystery with two MC's that are like fire and gasoline. A must read, and a stand out in the m/m genre.

    0 of 0 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
    (372)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (354)

    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..."
    "A ride on the submissive side, great story!"
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    I know some have disagreed with Sean Crisden as choice of narrator, I've heard some of his other books and agree the frog voice is bad, but he uses it minimally and all the rest more than make up for it. I think Sean did a great job and this is another great installation in the series. This book shows yet another side of their growing, developing and changing relationship, taking a look at roles, role playing, and a true need to understand submissive and dominant sides in a relationship, even both within the same person. Each role has it's own power and value. Good one ladies, keep them coming!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love Means No Boundaries

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Andrew Grey
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (92)

    Joey Sutherland has found a home with Geoff Laughton and his partner, Eli, living and working at the farm that has become a refuge after a motorcycle accident left him with a scarred face and a lot of insecurities. When Geoff’s aunt Mari convinces them to take in a musician from the National Youth Symphony, Joey is reluctantly roped into picking him up, already anticipating the disgust he’ll see on the man’s face. But Robert Edward Jameson surprises him.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Love Story"
    "Passionate, evocative, great characters!"
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    Each of the love means series has wonderfully written characters, provocative and evocative storyline, and a great message throughout of acceptance, and understanding. A wonderful passionate escape. You'll fall in love with Andrew Grey's "family"!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Keeping Promise Rock (Gay Romance)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Amy Lane
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (143)

    Carrick Francis has spent most of his life jumping into trouble with both feet. The only thing saving him from prison or worse is his absolute devotion to Deacon Winters. Deacon was Crick's sanity and salvation during a miserable, abusive childhood, and Crick would do anything to stay with him forever.

    Donald says: "Excellent Story!"
    "Wonderful journey, honest characters, intense love"
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    I enjoyed the ride along with their emotional and relational growth. The story arch is perfect, I felt like a part of their family by the end looking toward the future with Crick and Deacon. Oh, yes, sexual encounters were hot and realistic at the same time. Love it, highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Infinity: Chronicles of Nick

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (996)
    Performance
    (671)
    Story
    (679)

    At 14, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends - until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.

    Jeanie Jenkins says: "Fantastic Prequel/Sequel to the Dark Hunter Series"
    "Not her usual greatness"
    Overall

    I really like the Dark Hunter series, but this cross over was almost painfully bad to listen to. It couldn't even hold my interest through my daily commute. Too juvenile, the characters are also not as developed as her other series. This is definitely no Acheron! Sorry Sherrilyn. I would strongly recommend the Dark Hunter Series however.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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