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  • Come Unto These Yellow Sands

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Paul Fleschner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (118)

    Lover of fine poetry and lousy choose-your-own-adventure novels, Professor Sebastian Swift was once the bad-boy darling of the literati. The only lines he does these days are Browning, Frost, and Cummings. Even his relationship with the hot, handsome Wolfe Neck Police chief, Max Prescott, is healthy. When one of his most talented students comes to him bruised and begging for help, Swift hands over the keys to his Orson Island cabin - only to find out that the boy's father is dead and the police are suspicious.

    Tony Squared says: "Suspense (with poetry)"
    "Fantastic Comfort Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Series/Standalone: stand alone
    Genre/sub-genre: M/M Romance/Mystery
    Book Format: audio
    HEA/HFN: yes
    Relatable characters: yes
    Abuse/Rape: no
    Violence: yes
    Ratio of sex/plot: more plot
    Well written/editor needed: well written
    Would I re-listen?: YES
    Personal thoughts: The story, the things that Swift is going through and struggling with, the narrator's very soothing voice, make this a perfect comfort read. I have listened to this numerous times, especially when I need something to help me sleep, or if I've just had a bad day. The perfect audio book. And I don't say that lightly.

    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
    (33)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    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.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Wow! So good!!!"
    "Perfect narration except for sound effects"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Series/Standalone: book 1
    Genre/sub-genre: Contemporary/MM Romance
    Book Format: audiobook
    HEA/HFN: yes
    Relatable characters: yes
    Abuse/Rape: off screen
    Violence: yes
    Ratio of sex/plot: equal
    Well written/editor needed: well written
    Would I re-read?: yes
    Personal thoughts: I liked this book. I'd read the ebook before listening to the audio. It's a bit dark, but I like dark stories. Though I almost wish the ending hadn't been just a summary of the following year. It makes it hard to see how/where book 2 will fit in. The narrator would have been perfect if he hadn't decided to add the sound effects of everyone sighing and taking deep breaths and such, even when it's written in the book. So he says he's going to take a deep breath, and then he takes the extra time to do it. It was a little irritating. But otherwise, I really enjoyed his style, and I thought he had a great voice for the two main characters and their friends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rare

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Garrett Leigh
    • Narrated By Michael Lesley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Paramedic Pete Adams lived through the year from hell watching his lover, Ash, fall apart, and the precarious balance between work and home is becoming more strained. His heart is always home, with Ash, but the dark side to his job is weighing him down. Tattoo artist Ash Fagin is recovering from a nervous breakdown triggered by revelations about his traumatic childhood.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Enjoyable Listen!"
    "good story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Series/Standalone: book 2
    Genre/sub-genre: Contemporary/MM Romance
    Book Format: audiobook
    HEA/HFN: yes
    Relatable characters: yes
    Abuse/Rape: off screen
    Violence: minimal
    Ratio of sex/plot: equal
    Well written/editor needed: well written
    Would I re-read?: yes
    Personal thoughts: I liked this book. Though I didn't read the ebook before listening to the audio this time like I did with the first book. The narrator was good, except when he added in sound effects like people sighing and whistling. If he had not done that, it would have been perfect.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Somebody Killed His Editor: Holmes & Moriarity, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (275)

    Thanks to an elderly spinster sleuth and her ingenious cat, Christopher Holmes has enjoyed a celebrated career as a bestselling mystery writer. Until now. Sales are down and his new editor is allergic to geriatric gumshoes. On the advice of his agent, he reinvents his fortyish, frumpy, recently dumped self into the sleek, sexy image of a literary lion, and heads for a Northern California writers conference to try and resurrect his career.

    Irene says: "Somebody Killed His Editor"
    "even better in audio!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Series/Standalone: book 1
    Genre/sub-genre: mystery/romance
    Book Format: audio
    HEA/HFN: yes
    Relatable characters: yes
    Abuse/Rape: no
    Violence: not really
    Ratio of sex/plot: equal/more plot
    Well written/editor needed: well written
    Would I re-read?: Yes
    Personal thoughts: I read the print book years ago and liked it well enough, but for some reason, I enjoyed this even more in audio. The narrator is perfect for the MC and all the other characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Max Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (164)

    His romantic weekend in ruins, shy 20-something artist Perry Foster learns that things can always get worse when he returns home from San Francisco to find a dead body in his bathtub. A dead body in a very ugly sportscoat - and matching socks. The dead man is a stranger to Perry, but that's not much of a comfort; how did a strange dead man get in a locked flat at the isolated Alton Estate in the wilds of the 'Northeast Kingdom' of Vermont? Perry turns to help from 'tall, dark and hostile' former navy SEAL Nick Reno.

    Donald says: "And the Spirits say..."
    "Super spooky and subtly romantic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Series/Standalone: standalone
    Genre/sub-genre: mystery/romance
    Book Format: audio
    HEA/HFN: yes
    Relatable characters: yes
    Abuse/Rape: no
    Violence: yes, but minor
    Ratio of sex/plot: equal
    Well written/editor needed: well written
    Would I re-read?: YES
    Personal thoughts: I would love to know more about these characters after this story takes place. I love this book because of the heavy mystery plot, and the fact that the romance is subtle, but there. I love the two MCs, and the whole 3-D cast of interesting characters that go along with them. The narrator does a fantastic job getting everything right.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mummy Dearest: The XOXO Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (60)

    The truth is out there. Way, way, way out there! Drew Lawson is racing against the clock. He's got a twenty-four-hour window to authenticate the mummy of Princess Merneith. If he's not at his boyfriend's garden party when that window closes, it'll be the final nail in their relationship coffin. The last thing he needs traipsing on the final shred of his patience is brash, handsome reality show host Fraser Fortune, who's scheduled to film a documentary about the mummy's Halloween curse.

    Heather says: "Short and fun"
    "Even better the second time around"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Series/Standalone: book 1
    Genre/sub-genre: mystery/romance
    Book Format: audio
    HEA/HFN: yes
    Relatable characters: yes
    Abuse/Rape: no
    Violence: not really
    Ratio of sex/plot: equal
    Well written/editor needed: well written
    Would I re-read?: yes
    Personal thoughts: I enjoyed reading this the first time, but listening to it in audio, I loved it even more. It's a light book, with lots of humor, right along with the mystery and the romance. Great Halloween read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Snowball in Hell

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Alexander Masters
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    Reporter Nathan Doyle had his reasons to want Phil Arlen dead, but when he sees the man's body pulled from the La Brea tar pit, he knows he'll be the prime suspect. He also knows that his life won't stand up to intense police scrutiny, so he sets out to crack the case himself. Lieutenant Matthew Spain's official inquiries soon lead him to believe that Nathan knows more than he's saying. But that's not the only reason Matt takes notice of the handsome journalist.

    Riva says: "Wonderful."
    "Great narration to a great story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Series/Standalone: standalone (possible book 1 to future works)
    Genre/sub-genre: noir/mystery/romance
    Book Format: audio
    HEA/HFN: yes
    Relatable characters: yes
    Abuse/Rape: no
    Violence: yes
    Ratio of sex/plot: equal
    Well written/editor needed: well written
    Would I re-read?: YES
    Personal thoughts: I loved this. The mood setting was perfect in the written word, and is carried through to the audio as well. The characters are well-rounded, and easily cared about. What else can I say? Josh is a fantastic author and Alexander Masters is a fantastic narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Criss Cross: PsyCop, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jordan Castillo Price
    • Narrated By Gomez Pugh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (90)

    Criss Cross finds the ghosts surrounding Victor getting awfully pushy. The medications that Victor usually takes to control his abilities are threatening to destroy his liver, and his new meds aren't any more effective than sugar pills. Vic is also adjusting to a new PsyCop partner, a mild-mannered guy named Roger with all the personality of white bread. At least he's willing to spring for the Starbucks.

    IslandWriter says: "LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book and this series!"
    "LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book and this series!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you listen to Criss Cross again? Why?

    YES. This is one of my top favorite books in this series. In fact, it probably IS my favorite in the series and the narrator does a super fantastic job with all the voices of the cast. LOVE IT. I can't say that enough.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Crash. In this particular book, Crash gets introduced and I love his voice, and his personality. Of course, Vic will always be my top favorite character in the series because I love his voice, and his personality. Some of his inner thoughts are things I can easily relate to. LOVE Vic.


    What about Gomez Pugh’s performance did you like?

    He does a fantastic job with everyone's voices. Even Jackie the dead black prostitute ghost. He seemed to subtly alter Jacob's voice in this book and I did like it better than in the first book. He sounded less like a radio DJ I used to listen to a lot. :-)


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

    YES and NO. I wanted to listen to everything because I love this story. Yet, I wanted to make it last as much as possible. I was very sad when I got to the end and there was no more! This is one of my top, all time, favorite series, so yeah.


    Any additional comments?

    Series/Standalone: book 2
    Genre/sub-genre: paranormal with a side of romance
    Book Format: audio
    HEA/HFN: YES
    Relatable characters: Hell YES
    Abuse/Rape: no
    Violence: sorta
    Ratio of sex/plot: equal
    Well written/editor needed: well written
    Would I re-read?: YES, YES, YES!!!
    Personal thoughts: I loved this story. This one is my favorite in the series so far. The narrator does a fantastic job with ALL the voices and the writing is superb. Couldn't ask for something better. Though more would always be nice. :-)

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Wake Me Up Inside: A Book in the Mates Series

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Cardeno C.
    • Narrated By Charlie David
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (184)

    Zev Hassick is surprised and confused when he finds himself attracted to his best friend. His very human, very male best friend. Zev is the son of the pack Alpha, regarded as the strongest wolf in generations, born to lead. And everyone knows a male shifter has to mate with a female of his own kind to keep his humanity. So shifters can't be gay, right? Jonah Marvel wants a relationship with Zev, his best friend, the man he has loved since childhood. It wasn't easy to maintain that relationship over years spent living apart while Jonah studied to become a doctor.

    L. Hew says: "Forget about eating or sleeping"
    "Where was the story?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Cardeno C. and/or Charlie David?

    Charlie David, maybe. Cardeno C. No.


    Has Wake Me Up Inside turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.

    Kaje Harper does a fantastic M/M Romance werewolf series that I absolutely love!


    Did Charlie David do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    It was hard to tell because this story was mostly in the main character's head.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Wake Me Up Inside?

    I don't like to go all Editor on a published work, but I couldn't get into this story because of the way it was written. A few chapters in, and nothing exciting was happening. See my additional comments for more on my thoughts.


    Any additional comments?

    Series/Standalone: book 1 in series
    Genre/sub-genre: paranormal/romance
    Book Format: audio
    HEA/HFN: did not finish so I don't know
    Relatable characters: no
    Abuse/Rape: no
    Violence: no
    Ratio of sex/plot: the first half was equal
    Well written/editor needed: editor needed (see thoughts below)
    Would I re-read?: no
    Personal thoughts: I couldn't get through the first few chapters. This story is all about the main character telling me what happened mostly in the past, rather than showing me what happened. The narrator was good, but even so, the story just wasn't grabbing my attention. I wanted to know what was going on in the present, but just as we'd start to get somewhere the main character would skip back to some other time. I set the audio book down for awhile, and picked it up again last night. I only got frustrated with it rather quickly and put it down again. I'm sorry I couldn't get into this. I love werewolf stories and I really wanted to like this one, but I just couldn't get into it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Acrobat

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (172)

    Forty-five-year-old English professor Nathan Qells is very good at making people feel important. What he's not very good at is sticking around afterward. He's a nice guy; he just doesn't feel things the way other people do. So even after all the time he's spent taking care of Michael, the kid across the hall, he doesn't realize that Michael's mob muscle uncle and guardian, Andreo Fiore, has slowly been falling in love with him. Dreo has bigger problems than getting Nate to see him as a potential partner.

    Ren says: "God, I was expecting a lot better from this book"
    "Could have been better."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Mary Calmes and/or Sean Crisden?

    Sean Crisden, sure. He was a great narrator. But judging from this story, Mary Calms is not for me.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mary Calmes again?

    Probably not.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Don't know that there was one that jumped out at me as a favorite.


    Was Acrobat worth the listening time?

    The narrator made it that much better because he's good at what he does. If he wasn't, I wouldn't have stayed all the way through the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Series/Standalone: standalone
    Genre/sub-genre: Romance/crime
    Book Format: audio
    HEA/HFN: yes
    Relatable characters: not really
    Abuse/Rape: no
    Violence: yes
    Ratio of sex/plot: equal
    Well written/editor needed: See personal notes below
    Would I re-read?: probably not
    Personal thoughts: It took me a long while to get into this book. Nothing happened for a long time in the beginning. The middle was entertaining. The ending felt too long by a chapter and a half. I liked the two main characters, Nate and Dreo, though I felt like Nate's ex-wife was a bit annoying. She was too clingy for my tastes. I also wondered at Nate's calmness about falling for a guy who works for the mob and not having a clue about anything mob related. The characters beyond Nate, Dreo, and Michael didn't seem to add much to the story either. There were a lot of empty conversations that seemed to make up most of the story.

    There were a lot of little things I questioned. But, overall, if I ignored those things, I did enjoy listening to the audio book. The narrator was very good, especially because he could speak Italian. I think if I'd read this as an ebook or a print book, I would have put it down. Again. As it was, in the middle of the opening info-dump scene, I put it down. People convinced me to pick it up again. The narrator was what got me through it, I think. He did a great job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Edge of Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Aleksandr Voinov, Rhianon Etzweiler
    • Narrated By Jack LeFleur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (205)

    Sergei Stolkov is a faithful officer, though his deepest desires go against the Doctrine. A captain with the invading Coalition forces, he believes that self-sacrifice is the most heroic act, and his own needs are only valid if they serve the state. Mike, an operative planted within Cirokko's rebels, has been ordered to seduce Sergei and pry from him the Coalition's military secrets. His mission is a success, but as he captures Sergei's heart, Mike is tempted by his own charade and falls in love.

    L. Hew says: "Brilliant reader, Brilliant book"
    "Wow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Series/Standalone: stand alone
    Genre/sub-genre: M/M Romance/Sci-Fi/Military
    Book Format: audio
    HEA/HFN: yes
    Relatable characters: yes
    Abuse/Rape: yes
    Violence: yes
    Ratio of sex/plot: equal
    Well written/editor needed: well written
    Would I re-listen?: YES
    Personal thoughts: I LOVED this audio book. The story was dark and gripping, and I loved the two main characters. This is definitely a book I'm going to be re-listening to a million times or more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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