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  • Go the F--k to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12177)
    Performance
    (7545)
    Story
    (7432)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

    Darwin8u says: "Read the F--king REVIEW!"
    "Samuel L. Jackson. 'Nuff said."
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    What made the experience of listening to Go the F--k to Sleep the most enjoyable?

    The narrator. Oh God, he sounds just like what every parent probably sounds like in their head when their tiny terrors won't go to sleep. I don't have kids, but if I did, I'd sound just like this.


    What other book might you compare Go the F--k to Sleep to and why?

    Hmmm... It's not really a book, well I certainly don't consider it one since it's too short and doesn't actually have a story.


    What does Samuel L. Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Emotions. You can feel his utter frustration and boredom while trying to read a story to his child who won't go to sleep.


    Who was the most memorable character of Go the F--k to Sleep and why?

    Didn't have actual characters, just the Dad. Who was also the narrator. So I guess.... The Dad?


    Any additional comments?

    I now kind of wish Samuel L. Jackson would narrate more audiobooks. Oh and I wish this had been longer since I was laughing the entire time I listened to this. Well worth the dollar I spent (it was on sale!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Proposal

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Katie Ashley
    • Narrated By Justine O. Keef
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (143)

    In the weeks following Aidan's betrayal, Emma has tried her best to move on. Ignoring his countless texts, voice mails, and flowers, she isn't sure she wants to be won back by him. But Aidan isn't going down without a fight - especially not until Emma lets him reveal the secret of his past that caused him to be so commitment phobic. But fate intervenes when premature labor forces Emma on strict bed rest for two weeks. Aidan steps forward with a shocking proposal.

    laurie eller says: "didn't care for the narrator."
    "Narrator was good, but not buying the next book."
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    Would you try another book from Katie Ashley and/or Justine O. Keef?

    From Justine O. Keef, yes. Katie Ashley? Probably not...


    What could Katie Ashley have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I hate Pesh. Oh yes, he's supposed to be this über perfect specimen of manhood. But I just hated him. I wanted to skip any scene he was in. It got so bad just hearing his name mentioned automatically made me go "ugh". So, shorter scenes with him or fewer mentions of him or maybe making him less unbelievably "perfect" would have made this more enjoyable. And Emma and Pesh making out at Aidan's doorstep??? What. The. Hell. After she made such a fuss over catching Aidan doing the same thing? It made me dislike Emma and want to smack her. Tasteless. Also hate the importance she placed on Aidan saying "I love you" and disregarding all the actions he did to show it instead. Oh, and why does it have to be Pesh who points this out to her?And what's with all the "thank you's"? Seemed like a character was saying "thank you" every few sentences. It was getting annoying.


    What does Justine O. Keef bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I would have stopped reading the second Pesh showed up. At least with someone else reading the story for me, I could someone slog through it.


    Any additional comments?

    Not buying the next book since the main character is the same one that ruined this for me. I don't care about Pesh Nadeen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blame It on the Mistletoe

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Eli Easton
    • Narrated By Jason Frazier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (76)

    When physics grad student Fielding Monroe and skirt-chaser and football player Mick Colman become college housemates, they're both in for a whole new education. Mick looks out for the absent-minded genius, and he helps Fielding clean up his appearance and discover all the silly pleasures his strict upbringing as a child prodigy denied him. They become best friends. It's all well and good until they run into a cheerleader who calls Mick the “best kisser on campus”.

    T. Henry says: "Sweet, Sweet Book!"
    "Dear Dreamspinner, Please use Jason Frazier more"
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    Would you listen to Blame It on the Mistletoe again? Why?

    Yes. It was such a short, sweet, feel good read with excellent narration. Definitely going to listen to this again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the characters. Even the side characters were likable.


    Which character – as performed by Jason Frazier – was your favorite?

    Mick. The story is told from his POVS and Jason Frazier gave him this really pleasant, sultry voice. It sounded really appropriate for a twenty-two year old guy and everything he was feeling was conveyed by the narrator in such a way that it really felt like the character was telling his story instead of just a narrator reading words on a page.


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

    When Mick realized he was in love for the first time. And with hist best friend.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish this was longer. And, Jason Frazier should narrate more books. I'm kind of disappointed he's only done a handful of them. He's definitely got the knack for it. If I could, I'd pay him to re-do all the audiobooks that were butchered by Jeff Gelder and Andrew Schwartz and then pay him some more to narrate other books that don't have audio versions available. So... Dreamspinner Press, if anyone actually keeps track of these reviews, there you go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Backstage Pass: Sinners on Tour Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Olivia Cunning
    • Narrated By Justine O. Keef
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1143)
    Performance
    (1055)
    Story
    (1064)

    It's been months since Brian Sinclair, lead guitarist for the famous rock band Sinners, composed anything. Unable to write the music that once flowed so naturally, Brian is lost without his musical mojo. But when sexy psychology professor Myrna Evans comes on tour to study groupie mentality, Brian may have found the spark he needs to reignite his musical genius. When lust turns to love, will Brian be able to convince Myrna that what they have is more than just a fling, and that now that he's found his heart's muse, he doesn't want to live without her?

    Robin in Vermont says: "A Whole New Level of Wow!"
    "Enjoyed the characters but needs less sex..."
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    If you could sum up Backstage Pass in three words, what would they be?

    Hot. Rock. Stars.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Less sex, more story.


    What does Justine O. Keef bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I would have gotten bored just reading since I probably would have skipped most of the sex scenes. I have a feeling I wouldn't have even liked Myrna on paper. I just didn't like her personality at all. Justine at least made her bearable because her voice was really pleasant to listen to.


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

    Not really since the back to back sex scenes got wearisome at times.


    Any additional comments?

    Would definitely buy more stuff from this narrator and will be purchasing the rest of the series if only because I want to read more about Trey and the rest of the band.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Floodgates

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Michael Anthony
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    Tracy Brandt considers himself a lucky man. He has a wonderful family, good friends, and a dependable job. His love life, however, features a cheating ex who, though out of the house, is not yet out of the picture - with a past that just might get Tracy killed. Homicide inspector Cord Nolan wants nothing more than to show his best friend's little brother that he's a reliable man, but to do that he'll have to get Tracy to look past the player he used to be.

    Riva says: "Matter of Time Lite"
    "Actually better than the ebook version."
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    What made the experience of listening to Floodgates the most enjoyable?

    Yes. The narrator had a pleasant voice, he inserted some acting into his narration but wasn't over-the-top.


    Would you recommend Floodgates to your friends? Why or why not?

    I don't actually know anyone else in my circle who reads m/m romance...


    What about Michael Anthony’s performance did you like?

    Pleasant voice, sounded like he actually enjoyed narrating the story, and characters were distinct enough that it wasn't hard to follow the dialogue.


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

    It's All About Breckin.
    Or
    There's Something About Breckin
    Or
    Being Breckin


    Any additional comments?

    Story would have been a lot better if the whole thing didn't revolve around the ex-boyfriend. He wasn't even interesting or likable but everything was about him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cast Off: Toronto Tales, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By K. C. Burn
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (48)

    Thirty-five-year-old Rick Haviland is a well-respected speech pathologist, but while his friends are all settling into relationships, he refuses to give up his no-strings-attached club boy sex life. For him, relationships are dangerous; he's got a secret to hide. When he meets Ian O'Donnell, an account manager with a local tabloid, Rick figures his personal rules for relationships should be enough to keep him safe from more than a one-night stand.

    JC says: "Not as good as the last book but not bad either."
    "Not as good as the last book but not bad either."
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    What made the experience of listening to Cast Off the most enjoyable?

    Tristan James. He's my favorite narrator of all I've listened to so far and he made even the slow, draggy parts pleasant. I liked how he made each character sound distinctive and how he injected emotions into some of the scenes without overdoing it (unlike the narrator for Hot Head who overdid it... Still have bad memories about that one)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well... My favorite character is actually Parker from the second book who had a brief cameo in this one. Yes, Ian and Rick were likable enough... But to borrow Ian's own words, they were both Drama Llamas in this one.


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

    Just excellent narration all around. If I was reading this on my own, I would have put it aside during some of the boring parts (of which there were quite a few) and probably would have taken longer to finish it. But with Tristan James narrating, I listened to it in one sitting.


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

    Sometimes a one night stand can turn into a keeper.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cover Up: Toronto Tales, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By KC Burn
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Detective Ivan Bekker has hit rock bottom. Not only is he recovering from a bad breakup with a cheating boyfriend, he's also involved in a drug bust gone bad. Ivan had to kill a man, and his friend was shot and is now fighting for his life. Though Ivan is under investigation for his part in the shooting, his boss sends him on an off-the-books undercover operation to close the case. The timing is critical - this could be their chance to plug a leak in the department.

    Libros Lover says: "Disappointed"
    "Some parts dragged, but had likable characters."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If they like m/m stories with cops, an age difference between the leads (Ivan is 34 and Parker is 22), some humor, some angst, fairly light plot, likable secondary characters, and an excellent narrator, then yes. I definitely would.


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

    Not really that kind of book. It did keep me entertained and I listened to it almost continuously because Parker and Ivan were interesting. It was nice that the POV switched between both characters unlike the first book where it was told only from the POV of one character.


    What about Tristan James’s performance did you like?

    Great voice, nice variation in character voices made it easy to tell the difference between characters, and good pace. Not too fast, not slow, just right.


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

    Parker. He was adorable and exactly the kind of person I'm drawn to. Plus, I had a similar experience to his of being pudgy in Highschool then outgrowing it later in life but still have insecure moments. I identified with his character a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    Tristan James is still one of my favorite narrators and I wish I could pay him to read all the books I own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cop Out: Toronto Tales, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By KC Burn
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (128)

    Detective Kurt O'Donnell is used to digging up other people's secrets, but when he discovers his slain partner was married to another man, it shakes him. Determined to do the right thing, Kurt offers the mourning Davy his assistance. Helping Davy through his grief helps Kurt deal with the guilt that his partner didn't trust him enough to tell him the truth, and somewhere along the way Davy stops being an obligation and becomes a friend, the closest friend Kurt has ever had. His growing attraction to Davy complicates matters, leaving Kurt struggling to reevaluate his sexuality.

    Heather says: "A sweet cop out"
    "Tristan James is on my auto-buy list."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Cop Out to be better than the print version?

    I don't have the print version but I did buy the ebook at the same time as the audiobook. But, as with anything narrated by Tristan James, I have yet to read the ebook version because the audiobook is so well done. I tend to listen to audiobooks he narrates several times without even opening the ebook.


    What other book might you compare Cop Out to and why?

    Simner's Gin because the main character was also a cop with a big, loving, Irish family and the love interest had also gone through emotional trauma so it had some similar elements. Though, I do like Cop Out more because it had better writing in my opinion. Another book with a similar theme is Faith and Fidelity by Tere Michaels although having read the first edition of that book and listened to the new audiobook sample I'm a bit hesitant to recommend it. Not sure how much improvement there was in the second edition of the book that was recently released.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Kurt came out of the closet during his own birthday party. I loved the part where he told his mother he was gay.


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

    Made me laugh at a few bits because that's mostly a given when you have big Irish families in a story like this. I almost teared up when Davy came to the hospital to visit Kurt. That was a nice scene.


    Any additional comments?

    Tristan James should narrate more books. Even outside the m/m genre he's at the top of my list of favorite narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Child: An Audible Drama

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sebastian Fitzek
    • Narrated By Rupert Penry-Jones, Jack Boulter, Emilia Fox, and others
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (349)

    My name is Simon. I’m 10 years old. I’m a serial killer. Robert Stern (Rupert Penry-Jones), a successful defense attorney, doesn’t know what lies in store for him when he agrees to meet a new client in a derelict estate on the outskirts of Berlin. Stern is more than surprised, when his old love interest and professional nurse Carina (Emilia Fox) presents him a ten year old boy as his new client. Simon (Jack Boulter), a terminally ill child, who is convinced he has murdered many men in a previous life.

    Rolando says: "Disappointing"
    "Intriguing if implausible plot. Enjoyable."
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    Would you listen to The Child again? Why?

    Yes, to catch anything I might have missed the first time I listened to it. I also found the narrator enjoyable to listen to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Child?

    When they took Simon to "the beach".


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    It wasn't overdone, he conveyed suspense effectively, you can really feel the tension in the passages.


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

    Yes, and I did. I listened to it at my apartment, kept listening to it when I had to go to the supermarket, listened to it on the way back, and kept listening throughout dinner.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could find something else like this. This was my first dramatised audiobook and it was really good. I hope they translate more of this author's works.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Fish and Ghosts: Hellsinger, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Rhys Ford
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (77)

    When his Uncle Mortimer died and left him Hoxne Grange, the family's Gilded Age mansion, Tristan Pryce became the second generation of Pryces to serve as a caretaker for the estate, a way station for spirits on their final steps to the afterlife. Tristan is prepared for challenges, though not necessarily from the ghosts he's seen since childhood.

    Heather says: "Another hit for Rhys & Tristan"
    "Stellar narrator, writing could be better."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fish and Ghosts to be better than the print version?

    I don't have the print version, but since I bought this title specifically because it was narrated by Tristan James, then I'd have to say I prefer the audio version. I did buy the ebook at the same time as the audio version because of whisper sync, but I haven't even opened it.


    Would you recommend Fish and Ghosts to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably for people who like the author or those who want something like the show Supernatural with an m/m romance aspect.


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

    Everything. He brings everything. This wasn't an especially interesting story, the flowery descriptions during the sex scene and the epithets used instead of character names (referring to Tristan as 'the blonde' for example even after he and Wolf have known each other for awhile) was somewhat annoying but Tristan James' narration made the book bearable. I've gone through enough Rhys Ford books by now to know that her writing just isn't my cup of tea, but Tristan James and his sultry voice is addictive to listen to so he remains on my auto-buy list.


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

    The epilogue when Wolf 'hired' the ghost cook. I don't know, just felt sorry for her.


    Any additional comments?

    Nada.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love the Sinner

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Avril Ashton
    • Narrated By Renard Pasquale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (106)

    Detective Gabriel Ashby has never looked twice at another man, yet the criminal across from him, the man he's interrogating, isn't like any other. Gabe can't deal with the sudden, intense need he has for one of NYPD's Most Wanted. Everyone close to Angelo Pagan ends up dead, with the smug gang leader standing amid the rubble. Gabe would love nothing more than to bust Angelo's ass and lock him up. So why is he seeing the bastard in his dreams at night? Angelo Pagan knows attraction to Gabe is suicide.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "YES!!!! One of my favorite m/m series!!!"
    "Interesting premise that failed a bit in execution"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    There was too much sex and not enough character or relationship building so I'd have to say no...


    What could Avril Ashton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make the men less emotional. Decrease the frequency of sex scenes. Actually show why these men are in love with each other beyond lust at first sight...


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Somewhat. Some of the narrative was brought down by overacting on the narrator's part.


    Could you see Love the Sinner being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Well if they cn find an actor who looks and sounds like a younger Andy Garcia or a taller version of Antonio Banderas, then that guy can play Angelo. Gabe... I don't know.


    Any additional comments?

    I found out about Ellora's Cave not paying their authors the royalty they're due. If I'd known about that beforehand I wouldn't have purchased this title. I know there are 3 other books in this series and that they're much better than this book but I'm going to hold off on purchasing them until Ellora's Cave can sort themselves out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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