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  • Parting Shot: A Matter of Time, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (107)

    Life has never been easy for Duncan Stiel. His childhood was the stuff of nightmares, and his day job as an undercover police officer forces him to hide his true self and occasionally lands him in the hospital. So when he finally meets the perfect man, it comes as no surprise that everything falls apart around him. What Duncan doesn't expect is that the hardest hurdle to get over before he can make a life with Aaron Sutter is the one inside himself.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Ah...may...zing!"
    "Loved the narrator."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Parting Shot to be better than the print version?

    I'd have to say yes in this case. The narrator did a great job bringing Duncan Stiel to life and a lot of the time it really felt like you were actually sitting there, listening to this guy telling his story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Parting Shot?

    When Duncan was hurt and Aaron broke their cover because of it.
    Also, the moment Duncan unintentionally declared his love for Aaron while they were stuck in the security tower.


    Which character – as performed by Tristan James – was your favorite?

    Duncan Stiel.


    Who was the most memorable character of Parting Shot and why?

    Duncan Stiel. He's just such an interesting guy. Tough, but sweet. Powerful and dominant on the surface, but submissive behind closed doors. He's a lot more interesting than Jory was.


    Any additional comments?

    I kind of wish this narrator could have done the a Warder series...

    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
    (47)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    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
    (59)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    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
    (129)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (121)

    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
    (325)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (297)

    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
    (69)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    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
    (106)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (104)

    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
  • Hot Head

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Damon Suede
    • Narrated By Charlie David
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (311)

    Since 9/11, Brooklyn firefighter Griff Muir has wrestled with impossible feelings for his best friend and partner at Ladder 181, Dante Anastagio. Unfortunately, Dante is strictly a ladies’ man, and the FDNY isn’t exactly gay-friendly. For ten years, Griff has hidden his heart in a half-life of public heroics and private anguish. Griff’s caution and Dante’s cockiness make them an unbeatable team. To protect his buddy, there’s nothing Griff wouldn’t do… until a nearly bankrupt Dante proposes the worst possible solution: HotHead.com, a gay porn website where uniformed hunks get down and dirty.

    Miss ReadsALot says: "Damon Suede is a hit!"
    "Genitaliia by any other name...."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator needs to dial down on his acting. There were times when he grossly over-acted certain dialogue, and times when the changes in the volume of his voice just got irritating. When an author writes that a character 'shouted' I don't need the narrator to actually SHOUT. When a character 'whispers', I don't need the narrator to whisper the dialogue. Why? Because then I wouldn't have to keep adjusting the volume on my listening device.


    What was most disappointing about Damon Suede’s story?

    The overuse of onomatopoeia and metaphors for male genitialia/ejaculation/masturbation. Also, my personal pet peeve... Outlandish adjectives. He kept describing Dante's mouth as a medium rare color. Later on they were 'wine stained'. His eyes are 'scarab black'. His hair is raven black. I almost felt like this was written by Ms Perky (you know that Guidance Counseler Romance Author Wannabe character from 10 Things I Hate About You).


    What didn’t you like about Charlie David’s performance?

    Overacting. Spoke too loud or too soft in some scenes.


    What character would you cut from Hot Head?

    Griff's cannon. Griff's meat. Dante's medium rare lips. No seriously, they were mentioned so many times they might as well have been characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I hear there a sequel. For the love of all that's holy, stop writing the sounds as text. I don't need to see or hear 'scritch scritch' when someone scratches something. I don't need to see or hear 'thump' when someone's listening to someone's heartbeat. And I definitely do not need to see or hear CLICK FLICK CA-CLICK CLICK each time a character snaps a photo. Damn that photoshoot scene was annoying with all those CLICKS.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cherish Your Name: The Warder Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    Malic Sunden is in hell—only not literally... yet. As a warder, Malic is used to fighting demons and squaring off against all kinds of creatures from the pit, but this year he’s facing a new and terrifying prospect: Christmas holidays with his much-younger boyfriend and his family. He loves Dylan, his hearth, but Dylan’s parents, the Shaws, are another story. They think Malic is a cradle-robber, among other things. At least their neighbor, Brad, seems to like him. Then again, maybe not....

    JC says: "This was narrated by Paul Morey, not Schwartz."
    "This was narrated by Paul Morey, not Schwartz."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I only recommend this for people who've read the first 5 books or at least the second book since you have to at least know how Malic and Dylan met.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Mary Calmes? Why or why not?

    I've already read several of her books, so yes. As long as the narrator isn't Andrew Schwartz.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Malic was ensnared within the Demon's trap.


    Who was the most memorable character of Cherish Your Name and why?

    Ryan. Simply because he's my favorite warder and wasn't even featured a lot in his own book.


    Any additional comments?

    The metadata for this audiobook is incorrect. It says it was narrated by Andrew Schwartz, it wasn't. This was narrated by Paul Morey who is a million times better. If you hated the narrator in the first 4 books, don't worry... This was not done by Schwartz.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dani Alexander
    • Narrated By Joseph Northton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (150)

    Austin Glass seems to have it all: a loving fiancée, a future with the FBI, and a healthy-sized trust fund. At least on the surface. He also has a grin and a wisecrack for every situation. But the smile he presents to the world hides a painful past he’s buried too deeply to remember, and his quips mask bitterness and insecurity. Austin has himself and most of the whole world fooled - until he meets a redhead in a pair of bunny slippers.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "AWESOME!"
    "I didn't expect this to be as funny as it was"
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    Where does Shattered Glass rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'd put it in the top 5. Great narrator, and some of the thoughts in Austin Glass' head had me in stitches.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shattered Glass?

    The first time Austin Glass saw Peter in his bunny slippers. A guy who looks like a model, with tattoos and body piercings, wearing pink bunny slippers. It's just an image that sticks in your mind.


    Which character – as performed by Joseph Northton – was your favorite?

    Peter. The southern drawl was nice.


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

    It made me laugh. A lot. Sometimes just from the chapter / scene break headings.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the next books in this series would be released soon. It's been, what? Two years since this first book was released? Also hope the rest of the books will have audiobook versions with the same narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tooth and Nail

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Andrew Schwartz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (113)

    Nineteen-year-old Dylan Shaw is possibly the most beautiful thing Malic Sunden has ever seen. After Malic rescues Dylan from an attack, Dylan makes it very clear that he is more than interested, but Malic won’t even consider sleeping with Dylan because of his age. Malic is sure he’s not good enough for Dylan, who has his whole life ahead of him, and can’t conceive of burdening Dylan with his secrets. But the darkness in Malic’s life won’t be denied, and soon Dylan is drawn into the dangerous paranormal world that is Malic’s reality.

    N. Houghton says: "Dreamspinner Readers are So Inconsistent!"
    "Still the worst narrator... Ever. :("
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator.


    What other book might you compare Tooth and Nail to and why?

    Well, not a book but a graphic novel. Yami no Matsuei. Why? Because of the paranormal elements and the fact that the characters seem modeled after Japanese manga/anime characters. Also maybe Megan Derr's Dance with the Devil series.


    What didn’t you like about Andrew Schwartz’s performance?

    Everything. It was just so, so, so frigging hard to listen to. It was just extremely unpleasant. No emotion, rushing through the narrative, weird intonation, misplaced or missing emphasis, lack of appropriate pauses, no differentiation between character voices which is important with this author because she doesn't put tags in a lot of her dialogue so unless you have the actual book/ebook open you'll find it almost impossible to discern who the hell is talking.


    Did Tooth and Nail inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to never, ever buy another audiobook narrated by Andrew Schwatrz.


    Any additional comments?

    Release this audiobook again with a better narrator and I'd be more than happy to buy it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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