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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
    Overall
    (12896)
    Performance
    (8184)
    Story
    (8068)

    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
  • Newton's Laws of Attraction

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By M.J. O'Shea
    • Narrated By George Somerset
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Rory was Ben's oldest and best friend until senior year of high school, when they confessed they'd harbored feelings for each other all along. They enjoyed only a few months of happiness until Ben chose closeted popularity over true love.... and he's regretted it ever since.

    Mel says: "payback the one you love."
    "Sweet, angsty-y, friends to lovers"
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    I adored this the first time I read it as an ebook a few months ago. The opening scene was one of the cutest I'd read in an MM romance because I've always had a weakness for childhood friends becoming lovers.
    The audiobook version... Sort of a mixed bag. The narrator does a fairly decent job with the narrative and Ben's voice, but I just found his voice for Rory completely unpleasant and it grated on my nerves because he made Rory sound like a cartoon villain or a serial killer. It was too rough and deep and really not the kind of voice I want to listen to.
    If you want a cute friends to lovers, bad breakup, reunited as adults type of romance with some angst, and don't mind one of the MCs sounding like he gargled a bucket of rocks and chased it down with 100% proof whiskey, then you might enjoy this. Not much in the way of plot, but it does have very likable characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Better Than Good

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Lane Hayes
    • Narrated By Tyler Stevens
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (154)

    Matt Sullivan understands labels: law student, athlete, heterosexual. He has goals: graduate and begin his career in law. One fateful night, Matt tags along with his gay roommate to a dance club and everything changes. Matt finds himself attracted to the most beautiful man he's ever seen. All labels go flying out the window.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Ah! May! Zing!!!!"
    "Gay for you romance w/ surprisingly minimal angst"
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    This is one of my favorite gay-for-you stories that I've read recently. Or actually, Matt is more bisexual, but he's only had one previous gay experience and we don't really have much interaction between him and his ex-girlfriend, so...
    Anyway, I thought this was well written. I really liked both Aaron and Matt's personalities, though I can't help wishing I could've gotten Aaron's POV as well. Matt is your standard all American, former jock, pre-law student and Aaron is the older, femme-y, out-and-proud, makeup-wearing gay guy.
    I liked that there wasn't any big drama with Matt's ex. No evil girlfriends here.
    Sexual tension was good, and the Matt's big declaration scene was over-the-top sweet and romantic, but if you're expecting edge of your seat action, this won't be for you.
    Tyler Stevens did a great job narrating the story. He used the right pace so it was easy to follow the story, there was a good variety between character voices so I could tell who was speaking without any difficulty.
    All in all this was an enjoyable listening experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coming Home: Rock Bay, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By M. J. O'Shea
    • Narrated By Tom Vilot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    Tallis Carrington ruled Rock Bay with his gang of jocks and an iron fist-until a scandal destroyed his family's name. Ten years later Tallis is dead broke, newly homeless, and on the walk of shame to end all walks of shame. He needs money and needs it fast, and Rock Bay is the only home he knows. But the people of Rock Bay haven't forgotten him-or the spoiled brat he used to be.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Nice O'Shea book!"
    "Childhood Bully becomes lover"
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    I've always liked the idea of a childhood bully falling in love with the object of aggression but couldn't find any that drew my interest until I came across the ebook version of Coming Home. I was excited when I found that it had an audiobook version as well, but wasn't immediately drawn by the narrator's style.
    Tom Vilot sounds disconcertingly like a text-to-speech program when he's reading the narrative. Which is puzzling because he actually does pretty well with the dialogue. So, stiff and monotone when reading narrative, but normal and expressive when reading dialogue. It was odd, but didn't put me off like Jeff Gelder because at least he wasn't monotone the entire time and spoke at a decent pace. There were a couple of instances that I noticed he said the wrong word (toilet paper instead of toilet water when he got to the part where Lex remembered the time Tally dunked his head in the toilet). Nothing too obvious, but I've read the ebook more than once so I noticed when the narrative deviated a bit.
    Having said that, I still enjoyed this version since it provides me with a way to re-read the story without having to actually read it again. While not my ideal narrator, Tom Vilot wasn't unlistenable like Andrew Schwarz.
    With regard to the story, there was good sexual tension in the beginning before the guys got together, the romance was slowly built, there were likable secondary characters and some good banter. This has rather explicit sex scenes in case that's not your thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Small Thing

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Piper Vaughn, M.J. O'Shea
    • Narrated By Finn Sterling
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    "Daddy" is not a title Rue Murray wanted, but he never thought he'd have sex with a woman either. Now he's the unwitting father of a newborn named Alice. Between bartending and cosmetology school, Rue doesn't have time for babies, but he can't give her up. What Rue needs is a babysitter, and he's running out of options. He's on the verge of quitting school to watch Alice himself when he remembers his reclusive new neighbor, Erik.

    JC says: "Sweet friends-to-lovers romance."
    "Sweet friends-to-lovers romance."
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    I read the eBook last year and it's one of my favorite friends-to-lovers romances to date, so I was happy to see it come out in audiobook format – and with Finn Sterling, who I thought did a great job narrating But For You by Mary Calmes.
    This doesn't have your conventional too-perfect-to-be-real protagonists found in most romance novels. Rue and Erik are unconventional in both appearance and personality. Rue, the pierced, manicured, delicately featured guy who loves to top but is also maternal, and sweet Erik, with his reclusive nature, stutter, obsessive compulsive tendencies, social anxiety disorder, panic attacks, and gentle heart. I loved how their personalities complemented each other and I found their romance believable and incredibly sweet without being overly saccharine. I loved Rue's best friend, Dusty, as well.
    Finn Sterling did a good job narrating this story, though he does use weird voices for some of the characters. Dusty in particular sounded a bit too goofy for the image I have of him in my head (he's supposed to be small, pixie-ish but Finn made him sound more like what I imagine Moose from the Archie comics would sound like...) and the women were... Weird. But none of these things decreased my enjoyment of the story because he did do a great job with differentiating the characters which made it easy to follow the dialogue or tell if it was Erik or Rue's POV I was listening to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Social Skills

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sara Alva
    • Narrated By Andrew Eiden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (119)

    Music is the only form of communication Connor Owens controls. No matter how badly he wishes to fit in, friendly banter and casual conversations have never been his thing. College is yet another social universe he has no clue how to navigate - until he meets Jared, a football player with chestnut eyes and a cocky grin that holds the power to shatter his self-imposed prison.

    T. Amburgey says: "This is one amazing book!!!!"
    "Angsty college romance w/ great narrator"
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    I loved both of the main characters. Shy, socially-challenged Connor was sweet but not a pushover. Jared, the outgoing jock, was very likable.
    However, the best part about this audiobook was the narrator. He did a fantastic job bringing the characters to life and read the narrative with a clear voice, pleasant tone, and excellent pacing. I feel like if I'd only read the eBook I would have gotten bored because the story dragged in some parts, but due to the excellent narration, I couldn't stop listening to this till the end.
    This was more than worth the price and will definitely be checking out more stuff from both the author and narrator.
    If you're in the mood for a coming-out story with two college guys, try this. It's somewhat serious, but the beginning of Connor and Jared's relationship was really sweet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fever Pitch: Love Lessons, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Heidi Cullinan
    • Narrated By Iggy Toma
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    Aaron Seavers is a pathetic mess, and he knows it. He lives in terror of incurring his father's wrath and disappointing his mother, and he can't stop dithering about where to go to college - with fall term only weeks away. Ditched by a friend at a miserable summer farewell party, all he can do is get drunk in the laundry room and regret he was ever born. Until a geeky-cute classmate lifts his spirits, leaving him confident of two things: his sexual orientation and where he's headed to school.

    Riva says: "Fantastic"
    "Glee+Pitch Perfect+Boy Melodrama"
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    I think Iggy Toma did a better job narrating this than Love Lessons.... Or maybe I've just gotten used to him.

    This has heaps of angst, the kind you'd expect from a CW teen drama. Almost everyone has some drama going on with them. And there are parent issues up the wazoo with Aaron and Elijah winning the crappiest parents award.

    If you like your MM romance with a lot of teen angst, a big cast of side characters, musical jargon, and if you wanted more of Walter and Kelly from the first book, then you'll love this. Narration was really good. It was easy to distinguish which character was speaking because they're given distinct voices and the paint was good. Not too fast or slow.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Love Lessons: Love Lessons Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Heidi Cullinan
    • Narrated By Iggy Toma
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (105)

    Walter Lucas doesn't believe in storybook love. Everyone is better off having as much fun as possible with as many people as possible - except his shy, sad little sack of a roommate is seriously screwing up his world view. As Walter sets out to lure Kelly out of his shell, staying just friends is harder than he anticipated. He discovers love is a crash course in determination. To make the grade, he'll have to finally show up for class - and overcome his own private fear that love was never meant to last.

    Riva says: "Sweet story"
    "This was one of my favorite ebooks last year."
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    What did you love best about Love Lessons?

    I originally bought this in ebook format and read it last year. I loved Kelly Davidson and his unabashed love for Disney movies because that was something I'd never encountered before in a male character. It made the character cute, and endearing for me.Walter Lucas, however, reminded me a lot of myself. Even his favorite movie (The Fight Club) was also one of my favorites. He's cynical, and yet a complete romantic. I love how he tries (unsuccessfully) to hide his vulnerability, and how he takes care of the people he loves.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that it was about two people falling in love, in a normal setting, with no over-the-top drama and purple prose. And I liked how Heidi Cullinan was able to convey both Kelly and Walter's feelings through the narrative. The first time Kelly realized he wanted Walter, I could actually feel his yearning. When they were dancing and Walter was working up to kissing Kelly, you could feel their anticipation and nervousness, I could even hear the music in my head.


    Did Iggy Toma do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, it was easy to tell who was speaking since he gave them different voices. Wasn't too crazy about his voice for Walter, though, because it sounded rough to my ears at times. And initially I thought (when he was reading the narrative) he sounded too stiff and formal, even had a slightly angry/curt tone.


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

    Kelly Davidson. He is just completely adorable. Genuinely nice, polite, a ray of sunshine. As Walter described him -- a happy-seeking-missile.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't help but wish that this had been narrated by Jason Frazier because he would have been perfect for this book. He'd be perfect for Fever Pitch (Love Lessons book 2), too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sending Jack off to Jesus: A Southern Thing, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sara York
    • Narrated By Jason Frazier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Jack Miller has more than he could ask for with Andrew as his boyfriend, but it's being taken away from him and there isn't anything he can do. His father knows he's gay, and his mother wants him to have sex with a girl to make sure he's not mistaken. Andrew Collins has found the perfect home in foster care with Cole and Melinda Kemp, but it won't last. The DA thinks his parents have proven they've changed, but Andrew doesn't believe the change will last. Just when Jack and Andrew think it can't get any worse, it does.

    JC says: "Excellent narrator, incomplete story."
    "Excellent narrator, incomplete story."
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    I love the narrator. Jason Frazier can narrate a phone book and I'd listen to it. He reads with such passion, and gives each character a unique voice when there are multiple characters in a scene so you always know who's speaking. He honestly made this story far more engaging than it otherwise would have been. This is not the kind of book I would probably finish if I'd bought the ebook or paperback edition. It's just unrelenting angst and so much suffering. The 'villains' in this story are almost caricatures. But then, watch or read the news, and people like them actually exist in real life. I think that's part of the reason this story is hard for me. I find real life terrible enough as it is, which is why I prefer stories that offer an escape from the horribleness of reality. You won't get that here.
    If you're also the type who needs closure, at the end of this audiobook, there is definitely a big, honking TO BE CONTINUED that goes unspoken so be prepared in case you think Jack and Andrew finally get their happily ever after.
    I hope Jason Frazier narrates the next one if there is another one (which will hopefully be the last). I also hope Jason narrates more audiobooks because he's in my auto-buy list at this point. One of the best narrators I've ever listened to since joining Audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catch My Breath

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By M. J. O'Shea
    • Narrated By Tyler Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    Danny Bright was born to entertain. He just needs his big break. So when he hears that Blue Horizon Records is holding auditions looking for the next big thing, Danny jumps at the chance. It doesn't turn out exactly as he imagined, though. Instead of getting solo contracts, Danny and four other guys are put into a boy band. Innocent, idealistic Elliot Price thinks he's headed for college. An impulsive decision to sing in the local talent search changes all that. A bigwig producer happens to see him, hands him a business card, and turns Elliot's life upside down.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Awesome O'shea book!"
    "Cute story, good narration."
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    I liked how the narrator read the story for the most part. He did an excellent job specifically with the tweets and Candy Scoop exclusives. I did kind of wish there was more of a difference between the voices he chose for Danny and Elliott because there were times where I couldn't tell who was speaking.
    The story/plot will be familiar for those who read boyband fanfic, I suppose. But since I'm not part of any boyband or RPF fandoms, I actually found Catch My Breath enjoyable. Though be warned that this is a love story between two teenaged boys, so if teen angst isn't your thing, I'd suggest finding something else.
    If what you want is a sweet romance between two characters in the limelight with a likable cast of characters, and you don't mind a smidgen of teen angst, then you'll probably enjoy this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pray the Gay Away: A Southern Thing

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Sara York
    • Narrated By Jason Frazier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
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    (45)
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    Star football player, Jack Miller, had it all. The perfect family, looks, girls hanging on his every word, and the respect of most people in his town. But one thing was missing--a man to be his own. When Andrew Collins showed up in small town, conservative Sweet, Georgia, he looked more scrawny mutt than high school senior. Andrew's plan was to keep his head down and graduate high school, leaving his family behind to start his real life.

    debbie says: "good...but"
    "Story was okay but the narrator was excellent."
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    Some parts of this story were painful to listen to. Andrew and Jack's parents were so over-the-top homophobic and hiding their disgusting viewpoints under the banner of religion that I wished I could reach into this story and smack them all. Jason Frazier's narration added emotion to what would otherwise have just been a typical abused gay teenagers story, transforming what would otherwise have been a boring read into something I'll probably listen to again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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