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Joanna

MILLVILLE, NJ, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Backpack

    • UNABRIDGED (40 mins)
    • By Sue Brown
    • Narrated By Jim Bowie
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Patrick's looking for a partner, but maybe his soul mate has been there all along. Every Christmas Patrick wishes he had someone to share the holiday with. This year, that wish will come true. But while Patrick keeps looking for someone new to keep him company during the darkest time of the year, fate keeps pushing him together with his one true love. Will Patrick finally recognize him?

    Joanna says: "I tried.. for about two minutes"
    "I tried.. for about two minutes"
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    This might be a perfectly lovely story, but it's written in the second person. I have no idea why anyone would do that. It's all "You do this" and "you do that" and It was almost impossible for me to get past that. I have enjoyed Sue Brown's work in the past, but here I couldn't get into it at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shades of Gray

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brooke McKinley
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (94)

    Miller Sutton, a by-the-book FBI agent, is starting to see some troubling shades of gray in his black-and-white world. He comes face-to-face with his doubts in the person of Danny Butler, a mid-level drug runner Miller hopes to use to catch a much larger fish: Roberto Hinestroza, a drug lord Miller has pursued for years. Danny has no interest in being a witness against his boss, both out of a sense of twisted loyalty and because he knows double-crossing Hinestroza is a sure death sentence.

    Riva says: "Great book, great narrator"
    "So f'ing good."
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    I love the tension in this story. Every part of the developing relationship is beautiful and challenging and really well handled. The external conflicts and dangers they face keep the story moving and dramatic. But my favorite thing is that this story doesn't present anything as simple. Love doesn't magically make everything perfect. These characters have to work and fight for their happy ending and that made it really satisfying when it all does finally work out. I loved this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Simple Men

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Eric Arvin
    • Narrated By Charlie David
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (125)

    Chip Arnold is a well-liked football coach at a small liberal arts college, but his personal life is in a bit of a rut. He goes out drinking with his colleagues, gets along well with his players, and dates all the prettiest women in town - he has the life most straight men dream of. But lately none of the women he dates seem to be igniting any passion in him. Then he meets the new school chaplain, Foster Lewis. Romantic attraction to another man is new and terrifying, and Chip just can't put his finger on why he's drawn to Foster, but it's stronger than anything he's felt for anyone in his life.

    Donald says: "Romanticism at its best..."
    "So close to awesome.. but still fell short."
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    What did you like best about Simple Men? What did you like least?

    The relationship between the main characters is great. It's well developed and romantic and I really enjoyed both of them and the way they come together. But there were some problems that really lessened my enjoyment of this one. The female characters were SO BAD. The neurotic ex-girlfriend and the predatory trophy wife... it was just too much for me. And the conflict between the main characters felt really forced. Now, that was a lot of negatives, but I still gave it three stars. Because what this book does well, it does very well. And the development of the romantic relationship really is what I'm here for. So, in short, this one isn't a favorite but it's not bad and I would definitely read more from this author.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prince's Boy, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Cecilia Tan
    • Narrated By Roman M. Wagner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    In a fantasy world where male/male lust fuels Night Magic, Prince Kenet lives a sheltered life. Isolated from the war that threatens the kingdom, he and his whipping boy Jorin are of age, but still sneak forbidden pleasures in their bed at night. When a dark mage tries to bespell Kenet into sexual submission, the prince and his boy are thrust into the world of intrigue, sex, and war. Volume One of The Prince's Boy collects chapters 1 through 56 of this wildly popular gay erotic web serial by Cecilia Tan.

    Cecilia Tan says: "An Erotic Serial With Sex in Every Chapter"
    "This one is just bad."
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    What disappointed you about The Prince's Boy, Volume 1?

    The story was ridiculous. There were some good ideas, issues of magic and corruption, but none of them were handled well. They were all just used as thinly veiled excuses for more sex. And don't get me wrong, I love smut in my book. But here it's just over used and outrageous. The characters are laughable. Their actions so removed from what we are told their motivations are that they're either the two stupidest men in the world or so unaware of themselves that that it's honestly unbelievable. The book probably would have done much better if it hadn't been written in alternating first person perspective. The characters are too shallow and ill conceived to stand up to the point of view. The poor development wouldn't have been so painful in third person, maybe. The fact that this is meant to be a society where homosexuality is entirely banned and almost unthinkable and yet every single male character in the book (and there are no female characters) has sex with one of the protagonists. EVERY ONE. The author has no other ideas for how to handle any situations that don't involve sex, coerced sex, magically necessary sex or out and out rape. I'm not joking, almost every chapter is about one of the main characters having sex and usually not by their free choice. The whole plot reads like a game where the author tries to figure out new ways to get these two faithful lovers to sleep with everyone else in the world. I can't imagine how anyone takes this book seriously.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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