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Jeffrey

Austin Texas, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 56 reviews
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  • Shirley Jones: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Shirley Jones
    • Narrated By Shirley Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (106)

    For those who only think of Shirley Jones as the prim and proper Marion the librarian or the chaste and demure Mrs. Partridge, a massive surprise is in store. In this hilarious and heartwarming, shocking and intimate memoir, Shirley dishes the raw truth about her own highly charged sexuality, her two husbands - the charismatic and deeply troubled Broadway star Jack Cassidy and the wacky TV comic Marty Ingels - her legendary Hollywood costars, and her interactions with the cast of The Partridge Family, including her rock star stepson David Cassidy.

    Jeffrey says: "A Rare Gem!"
    "A Rare Gem!"
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    Many entertainment autobiographies are boring and self-absorbed. Jerry Lewis comes to mind in that regard. Not so this book. Besides still being a knock-out beauty, Shirley gives us a heartfelt and boldly honest (and yes, at times bawdy) peek into her life, work and loves. If nothing else can be gained from reading this book, it's the horror visited upon the person and family by bi-polar illness. Jack Cassidy and his family were as many were and still are, terrorized by this terrible disease. I was at times moved to tears by her recounting her and her sons' struggles with husband and father, Jack. In my heart of hearts, I believe that Shirley wrote this in part to eulogize Jack Cassidy so that his tragic life would not be lost to entertainment history. It is also a wonderful look into the life of who still is for me the greatest rocker of his times, David Cassidy, Jack's eldest son. Shirley and present day husband Marty Ingels are wonderful together and one would wish the both of them years more of happiness, the same for her sons, especially David. Neither let some reviews who chastise the book for its sexual revelations throw you off the experience of reading this book. It's just Shirley's bad-girl side showing off and it's wonderful indeed. Read and enjoy this rare gem!

    5 of 5 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
    (123)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (115)

    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"
    "A Cullinan Classic"
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    Full stars for every category. Having said that, I thought the premise that Walter would not have sex from Kelly from the get-go naive at best. Yes, a fictitious story can do that; but this is 2015, not 1988. Young gay guys that harbor over-the-top attractions to other young gay guys have sex with them first in the story, not last. Loved Iggy's narrative, spot on. My favorite character however was Mr. Williams. He added balance to chaos and seemed, if anything, the most realistic character portrayed. Is this book better or more entertaining for me than Heidi's Special Delivery? Love Lessons, Book 1 is a Cullinan Classic, but does not trump or top Special Delivery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Justin Spring
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    Drawn from the secret, never-before-seen diaries, journals, and sexual records of the novelist, poet, and university professor Samuel M. Steward, Secret Historian is a sensational reconstruction of one of the more extraordinary hidden lives of the 20th century. An intimate friend of Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, and Thornton Wilder, Steward maintained a secret sex life from childhood on and documented these experiences in brilliantly vivid and often very funny detail.

    Jeffrey says: "Stark, Revealing, Honest, Sad"
    "Stark, Revealing, Honest, Sad"
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    Just a few of the words I would use to describe the life of Samuel Steward, the object of Justin Spring's amazing work, Secret Historian. Just as some today use blogs and emails to nowadays reveal, communicate, inform and archive, folk used to write letters on real paper with real ink. It's a breeze to collect data now compared to then. Mr. Spring's extensive research, compilation and final literary revelation of Mr. Steward's obsessive life and writings is a thing of beauty unto itself. No matter what else you think of Mr. Steward's life, it was his and his alone and one gawks at the man's dedication to be and do what he was and what he did. Incredible and yes, inspiring on all fronts. Mr. Runnette's narration was perfect, unerring and smooth as glass, a pleasure to listen to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Like People in History: A Gay American Epic

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Felice Picano
    • Narrated By Ethan Sawyer
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Stonewall Cousins, Roger and Alistair, become lifelong friends when they meet as boys in 1954. After both discovering their homosexuality, their lives intersect against the backdrop of 20th Century gay culture, from the beachboy surfer days of the 1960's, to the Greenwich Village AIDS activism in the 1990's.

    Jeffrey says: "It's All About Roger And Alistair"
    "It's All About Roger And Alistair"
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    Whatever else this book is, it's at the least an accounting of the odd but intimate lifelong friendship between two gay men from adolescence in the 50's until Alistair's untimely demise in the 90's. Picano uses historical facts and pop culture along the way to bring the story forward in a very entertaining fashion, especially using their time on Fire Island to highlight the 70's. One might easily suggest that he uses the two men and their many friends and acquaintances to illustrate gay history through five decades. That's fine, but in the end, for me, it was indeed all about Roger and Alistair. By the way, the narration was superb and spot on.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Neil Patrick Harris
    • Narrated By Neil Patrick Harris
    Overall
    (1177)
    Performance
    (1055)
    Story
    (1049)

    This hilarious book has been adapted especially for the audiobook edition so you’ll hear all of the same fun and humor from the printed version but you don’t have to make any decisions or jump around - just kick back, relax and listen. Plus, it features exclusive bonus audio of young Neil delivering an adorable speech! That’s audio you won’t hear in any version of this book other than the audiobook!

    Mel says: "No Magic...just great delivery"
    "It's Clever, Funny And Heartwarming !"
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    Leave it to NPH to do it differently and why not? The only question I have is why now? NPH is not that old and he obviously has decades left of not only life, but career. The other tiny niggle is that NPH's life is kind of perfect and difficult to relate to. Many if not most celebrity autobiographies (my two favs. being Shirley Jones and Willliam Shatner) describe the not so nice things most people have in their lives, tragedy and heartache in one form or another. NPH has none of that. Maybe I'm just envious. I'll give him one thing, he's unabashedly humble and thankful and has always presented his public self in that manner. Refreshing is a good word. The autobiog. style was refreshing and it even worked well as an Audible. The narration was iffy. JUST kidding. It was pitch prefect, just like the author of the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Prince's Boy: Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Cecilia Tan
    • Narrated By Roman M. Wagner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    Awarded honorable mention in both the Rainbow Awards and the NLA: International Writing Awards for BDSM fiction! In war, sex is the most potent weapon. The kingdom is threatened by the marauding attacks from neighboring nations, and by treachery within the castle walls. Our two heroes have been thrust into a dangerous world, as Jorin has been slave-bonded to a powerful mage and Kenet has become magically bound to the general of the army.

    Susie says: "Satisfying Finale to this Series"
    "Voraciously satisfying!"
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    If hot frequent male/male sexual dominance, submission with both romantic and violent intent is what you are looking for, look no further. It's all there in this two volume masterpiece complete with a believable good and evil plot of magical world domination. The whip, the lash, a spanking and more mixed with magic, soldiers, generals and mages around the center story of a Prince and his whipping boy. If you are into BDSM themes in a "Camelot"-like setting, run, don't walk to get to this tale!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Atul Gawande
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1011)
    Performance
    (843)
    Story
    (833)

    In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit.

    George K. says: "A Walk through the Valley of the Shadow"
    "Required Reading!"
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    Yes, this book should be required reading for any medical professional of any kind who may ever have to help any patient make good decisions for themselves and their families against terminal or very debilitating illness. It should otherwise be read by well, anyone. We are all going to die. We either need to know what expectations to give those around us for those end times, either family or medical professionals or we need to know how best to guide our loved ones through the process of the end of their lives, because it will happen for all of us. Past that, this is a remarkably entertaining read. Oh, the parts about the history of nursing homes and assisted living made me yawn, but the rest had me spell bound. Dr. Gawnde's accounting of his own father's illness and death left me awash in emotion and even tears. The narration was perfect.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Something Like Autumn: Seasons, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jay Bell
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    For some, love seems an impossible dream. Growing up gay in small-town Missouri, Jace Holden thought his chance would never come. When he meets Victor - a wild soul and fellow outsider - his chances of finding love go from bleak to a very uncertain, maybe. Bracing his heart, Jace chases after his desire, hoping for a warm hand to hold his tight.

    L. Antoine says: "Amazing"
    "This Third Will Clobber Your Senses"
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    This story is all about tragedy, what could have been but was not. Bring a box of Kleenex. Even knowing from the prior two seasons what happens to Jace, you cannot be prepared. I am not certain where Jay Bell got the courage to write this one, but he did and it was amazingly good. Oh, and Kevin Free? Fantastic narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Take Me With You

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Catherine Ryan Hyde
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (216)

    August Shroeder, a burned-out teacher, has been sober since his 19-year-old son died. Every year he’s spent the summer on the road, but making it to Yellowstone this year means everything. The plan had been to travel there with his son, but now August is making the trip with Philip’s ashes instead. An unexpected twist of fate lands August with two extra passengers for his journey, two half-orphans with nowhere else to go. What none of them could have known was how transformative both the trip - and the bonds that develop between them- would prove....

    Sara says: "What a Great Book!"
    "Gripping, brilliantly heartwarming,thoughtful!"
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    A thoroughly engaging story of self-discovery for all involved, well, almost all. There is a considerable attention given to the plight of older but still underage children who must live with an uncovered alcoholic parent; but an equal amount given to the benefits of a dedicated sober alcoholic who is now responsible. It was for that reason, a bit preachy for my tastes, but the overall effect is still a gripping and heartwarming tale that will not disappoint and just flew by quickly. The narration was spot on!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • By the Creek

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Geoff Laughton
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Soon-to-be high school junior David Harper hates his family's move to the country. There's nothing to do, and he misses his friends in the city. But he doesn't have a choice. His mother's job is in Mason County now, so David and his mom are too, and he has to make the best of it. At first, the only redeeming feature of David's new home is the swimming hole across the field from his house. Then David meets Benjamin Killinger, and suddenly life stops being so dull. Benjamin is Amish, and cooling off in the swimming hole is one of the few liberties he and his brothers enjoy.

    Jeffrey says: "A Good Heart, A Good Read"
    "A Good Heart, A Good Read"
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    I did not even pay attention to the fact that this is a young adult title as one would find at the Harmony Ink site until I realized that the writing was not exactly aimed at older adults. Nonetheless the story was still compelling even if the outcome was going to be obvious. I still liked the warmth and thoughtfulness put into the well worth-while message and can appreciate that young gay teens need these kind of titles to represent their needs. The narration was spot on. Well done!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Honour

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By A.F. Henley
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    Recently docked after a voyage abroad, Emmett wants only to find a warm bed and good food, for himself and the cabin boy he's taken into his care. Those plans are impeded, however, by an altercation in the streets-with a man he realizes too late is England's heir to the throne, Prince Andrewe. When the encounter unexpectedly leads to a position in the royal household attending the prince, Emmett is not certain what to think.

    Jeffrey says: "Short, Sweet And Satisfying"
    "Short, Sweet And Satisfying"
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    Fun characters, good drama and excellent narration. Do I wish it were longer? No, not really. Less is sometimes more, just like this review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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