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  • The Darkling Thrush

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Max Miller
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (133)

    Fed up with his desk duty in the Imperial Arcane Library, book hunter Colin Bliss accepts a private commission to find The Sword's Shadow, a legendary and dangerous witches' grimoire. But to find the book, Colin must travel to the remote Western Isles and solve a centuries' old murder.

    Tony Squared says: "A Magical Story"
    "The Darkling Thrush"
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    What did you love best about The Darkling Thrush?

    It's a very atmospheric (urban) fantasy story, and I love the idea of book perusing, the ability to feel and see into the past of a book and the people who've read it or handled it. It's such a good story!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Darkling Thrush?

    There are several 'most memorable' moments involving Colin Bliss, Magister Septimus Marx, decisions and revelations.


    What about Max Miller’s performance did you like?

    I love everything about Max Miller's performance! he's such an amazing narrator, with such a good range of voices, he always finds the right cadence for the book, and he makes every character come alive. For this book, i especially liked the voices he had for the "villains", very distinct, triggering an instant reaction towards the character, as i expected/remembered from the book.


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

    There were definitely intense moments - suspenseful, exhilarating, moments when i held my breath, some scary moments and some heart-warming ones. It's a journey, an adventure. I highly recommend it!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Dickens with Love

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (62)

    Three years ago, a scandal cost antiquarian "book hunter" James Winter everything that mattered to him: his job, his lover and his self-respect. But now the rich and unscrupulous Mr. Stephanopoulos has a proposition. A previously unpublished Christmas book by Charles Dickens has turned up in the hands of an English chemistry professor by the name of Sedgwick Crisparkle. Mr. S. wants that book at any price, and he needs James to get it for him. There's just one catch. James can't tell the nutty professor who the buyer is.

    KC says: "Excellent!"
    "Excellent!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Dickens with Love to be better than the print version?

    They're both excellent. I enjoy Sean Crisden's narration style very much. It's the story i know and love but with a slightly different spin on it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite - two - scenes are the one with the ocelot and the final scene, especially what Sedgwick tells James.


    Any additional comments?

    This is such a lovely story. It's sweet and funny and romantic, and i love the mysteriousness surrounding the book and all it stands for in the story. It's perfect for the holidays, but really, for any time one wants a boost of happy feeling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mummy Dearest: The XOXO Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
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    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    The truth is out there. Way, way, way out there! Drew Lawson is racing against the clock. He's got a twenty-four-hour window to authenticate the mummy of Princess Merneith. If he's not at his boyfriend's garden party when that window closes, it'll be the final nail in their relationship coffin. The last thing he needs traipsing on the final shred of his patience is brash, handsome reality show host Fraser Fortune, who's scheduled to film a documentary about the mummy's Halloween curse.

    Heather says: "Short and fun"
    "Funny and a lot of fun, and really cool narration"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The story is light and fun and funny too, with just a bit of romance, just perfect. I like the setting and atmosphere, the story of the princess, and i really like Fraser's character. The narration was a delight. I'm in awe of Sean Crisden's dramatization. I couldn't stop smiling throughout.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mummy Dearest?

    The scene where Drew examines the mummy and the scene when the mummy first appears are among my favorites.


    Have you listened to any of Sean Crisden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first listen to Sean Crisden and i'm looking forward to hearing more from him.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Tide: Adrien English Mysteries, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (143)

    When a half-century old skeleton tumbles out of the wall in the midst of the renovation of Cloak and Dagger Bookstore renovation, Adrien turns to hot and handsome ex-lover Jake Riordan -- now out-of-the closet and working as a private detective. Jake is only too happy to have reason to stay in close contact with Adrien, but there are more surprises in Adrien's past than either one of them expects -- and one of them may prove hazardous to Jake's own heart.

    Nimue says: "Well Done Josh & Chris"
    "A favorite mystery - story, characters, narration!"
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    If you could sum up The Dark Tide in three words, what would they be?

    Mystery, life, love.


    What other book might you compare The Dark Tide to and why?

    For really good mysteries with a touch of romance: The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks, Stranger on the Shore, and The Dark Horse and The White Knight, also by Josh Lanyon.


    What about Chris Patton’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed every second of Chris Patton's performance. From (audio)book one in this series, i fell in love with his voice, and his rendition of characters i love so dearly is simply perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an audiobook i'll be listening to many many times. Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kick Start: Dangerous Ground, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Adrian Bisson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (58)

    Will is finally braced to bring Taylor home to meet the folks. Unfortunately, not every member of the Brandt clan loves Taylor the way Will does. Then again, not everyone loves the Brandts. In fact, someone has a score to settle - and too bad for any former DS agents who get in the way when the bullets start to fly.

    KC says: "A great Will and Taylor adventure"
    "A great Will and Taylor adventure"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I highly recommend this audiobook, especially to fans of Will and Taylor.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This fifth installment in the Dangerous Ground series is all about quality time with Will and Taylor - it's lighter, more...playful, we get to meet Will's awesome dad, and his brother and childhood friends, and they have some adventures too.


    What about Adrian Bisson’s performance did you like?

    Adrian Bisson's voice and performance bring a story i enjoyed very much and its characters to life. So everything.


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

    Yes! definitely.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Old Poison: Dangerous Ground, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Adrian Bisson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
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    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    Someone from DSS Special Agent Taylor MacAllister's past - the past he doesn't discuss with his partner and now-lover Will Brandt - wants him scared. Dead scared. Or maybe just dead. Will fears the past will end a future romance. Or any future at all.

    Riva says: "I'm hooked"
    "A favorite!"
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    Would you listen to Old Poison again? Why?

    Old Poison is my favorite of the series. I enjoy re-reading this series and i enjoy re-listening to it too. Adrian Bisson's narration, especially his Taylor voice, is fantastic, i just love listening to him.


    What other book might you compare Old Poison to and why?

    - Old Poison is the second book in the Dangerous Ground series, so i recommend the other books in this series (first four are in audio). I'd recommend reading/listening to them in order for the character arc.

    - Fair Game by Josh Lanyon. Suspense, mystery.

    - The I Spy series, also by Josh Lanyon. Suspense and romantic suspense as well.


    Which character – as performed by Adrian Bisson – was your favorite?

    Taylor. Adrian has captured his voice just as, even better actually, than i imagined it.


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

    Taylor's reactions in particular triggered similar reactions in me, there were moments when my heart ached with what he was going through and moments when his enthusiasm made me as happy as he was.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dangerous Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Adrian Bisson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (67)

    Special Agents for the Department of Diplomatic Security, Taylor MacAllister and Will Brandt have been partners and best friends for three years, but everything changed the night Taylor admitted the truth about his feelings for Will. But it's complicated... Taylor agreed to a camping trip in the High Sierras - despite the fact that he hates camping - because Will wants a chance to save their partnership.

    KC says: "Great story, great narration"
    "Great story, great narration"
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    If you could sum up Dangerous Ground in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, suspenseful, thrilling.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Taylor. He's a wild thing, a fiercely loyal friend, with a big heart and a wicked mind and sense of humor.


    Have you listened to any of Adrian Bisson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First time i'm listening to an audiobook narrated by Adrian Bisson. He does a great job!!! And i find his voice just perfect for the story.


    If you could rename Dangerous Ground, what would you call it?

    I would never! It's a very fitting title.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first Will and Taylor adventure. They're out on a camping and hiking trip, trying to work through work-, friendship-, and possible-romance-related issues, trying to save their easy going partnership, when they stumble upon a mystery! Suddenly it's edge of seat suspense, peppered wonderfully with tender moments and humor.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Pirate King: Adrien English Mystery Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
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    (153)
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    Gay bookseller and reluctant amateur sleuth Adrien English's writing career is suddenly taking off. His first novel, Murder Will Out, has been optioned by notorious Hollywood actor Paul Kane. But when murder makes an appearance at a dinner party, who should be called in but Adrien's former lover, handsome closeted detective Jake Riordan, now a Lieutenant with LAPD - which may just drive Adrien's new boyfriend, sexy UCLA professor Guy Snowden, to commit a murder of his own!

    Nimue says: "Excellent performance of an excellent book"
    "Wonderful! Keeps getting better and better!"
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    Would you listen to Death of a Pirate King again? Why?

    Yes, i'm sure i will listen to it many more times. I love the Adrien English mysteries, and as with the books, the excitement is just always there even though i know what happens. This 4th book in the series is particularly powerful - edge of seat suspense, cool mystery and a lot of raw emotion.


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

    Adrien and Jake meet again after two years in which they had no contact with each other, and everything that transpires between them is suspenseful - not only do they need to deal with a lot of issues and redefine a relationship that is at once familiar and completely new, but in addition, they also have a mystery to solve! which brings into play conflicting loyalties. If that wasn't suspenseful enough, there is a scene towards the end of the book that has one completely spellbound.


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

    I love Chris' voice and the voices he's created for Jake and Adrien. In my reading, i did have a general idea of what Adrien and Jake sounded like, but Chris has shaped them into something pretty perfect. Hearing that adds something more. It's like the characters themselves are telling me the story.


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

    Quite a few. Particularly the little moments when Jake subtly takes care of Adrien. I love those best. I also loved the final scene. I cried. For everything that happened and for the hopeful future. It's a wonderful moment.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In Sunshine or in Shadow: Short Stories: Volume I

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Adam Chase, Rob Granniss, Michael Oaks, and others
    Overall
    (98)
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    (96)
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    (96)

    Thirteen short stories, five never before collected, written between 2007 and 2013. Sexy, sweet, and occasionally strange, these brief but emotionally powerful stories encapsulate everything listeners of Male/Male romance have come to love most about Josh Lanyon's work.

    Nimue says: "Excellent collection"
    "So lovely!"
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    What made the experience of listening to In Sunshine or in Shadow the most enjoyable?

    The stories - i love these stories! I've read and reread them and now i can also listen to them which is lovely.

    Plus, the narrators are very, very good. I also liked the fact that the narrators alternate so that each story has a new voice, and I like the short story format - i can fit these stories between daily tasks and it's relaxing and satisfying to hear a story from beginning to end.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    One of my favorite characters is Ford from Heart Trouble. This is such a sweet little story and he's such a sweet guy.

    Also, Angelo Faust's butler from Critic's Choice. I like how he amuses himself greatly.


    Who was the most memorable character of In Sunshine or in Shadow and why?

    Rick from In Sunshine or In Shadow surprised quite a few laughs out of me, it was delightful to listen to the narrator's (Adam Chase, i think) take on this character.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm really enjoying this collection of short stories. It really has a story for every mood - funny, sweet, suspenseful, spooky, romantic, mysterious. I love it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • In From the Cold: The I Spy Stories: I Spy Something, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Alexander J. Masters
    Overall
    (78)
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    (73)
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    Espionage was always a game, but now British spy Mark Hardwicke wants to retire and settle down with ex-lover Dr. Stephen Thorpe - if Stephen will have him. Unfortunately, Stephen has other plans - and so do the terrorists who want Mark dead.

    Heather says: "Perfection"
    "Perfect! suspenseful and romantic"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this audiobook. The story is so good - suspenseful and romantic, it's about decisions and fears and how they can affect someone's life, and you feel everything right along with the characters. Plus, the narration is one of the best i've heard, it really enhances how one experiences this story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The two main characters are both favorites for different reasons, so since i cannot choose between them, I'll go with one of the secondary characters, namely Lena, the housekeeper. She's kind and sensitive and tough and observant. She knows how to pick her battles, she's fiercely protective, and she's willing to set aside her personal likes and dislikes so that someone else's happiness may prevail. I just love her.


    Which character – as performed by Alexander J. Masters – was your favorite?

    Mark, by far. Alexander does a superb job of bringing to light every nuance of this very complex character. I've never heard such a good rendition of character in an audiobook before.


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

    Oh yes. I couldn't put it down when i read it, and i didn't want to stop listening once i started either. Very engaging.


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked how the flashbacks were done narration- and sound-wise. So cool.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Hell You Say: The Adrien English Mysteries, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (153)
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    (153)

    The third novel in the Adrien English series finds the "ill-starred and bookish" mystery writer and bookseller battling demons - maybe literally. After bookstore clerk Angus flees following terrifying death threats, Adrien must contend with a mysterious Satanic cult, a hot and handsome university professor, and his on-again/off-again relationship with closeted LAPD Homicide Detective Jake Riordan. And oh yes, murder...

    Nimue says: "Best book in series so far!"
    "Cool mystery, simply perfect narration"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Hell You Say the most enjoyable?

    Chris Patton's narration. Such a marvel! and of course he had the best material to work with. I love the book and had very high expectations which were met by Chris' narration and more.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What i like best about this book (3rd in a series of 5) are the mystery (which is really cool) and the introduction of Adrien's new family (which provides a much needed comic relief). In addition, there is the story of what is going on between Adrien and Jake (some tough decisions are made in this book), and that part is emotionally intense. I admire Josh Lanyon's writing for weaving all of the above together seamlessly.


    What about Chris Patton’s performance did you like?

    I truly like everything about Chris Patton's performance, and he gets better and better with every book in this series. I enjoy in particular the voice nuances, which give each character a distinct voice that is completely in sync with what i imagined. My personal favorite is Jake's voice. The scenes between Adrien and Jake (everyday interaction and erotic) are crucial to the understanding of these characters, and especially for Jake, whose inner thoughts we don't have access to. Since these books mean so much to me, i felt apprehensive when i started listening to Fatal Shadows (book 1), and to A Dangerous Thing (book 2), because there are specific scenes that have this perfect clarity. Never fear, Chris' narration is wonderful! Any doubt i might have had evaporated while listening to Fatal Shadows, but with The Hell You Say i now feel that i completely trust Chris Patton with any of my favorite scenes.


    If you could take any character from The Hell You Say out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Jake. I'd like to talk to him about stuff. And since he's been thrashing about inside, it seems that he might welcome being able to openly talk to someone, without fear of repercussions. It might make him feel less lonely (hey, this *is* fiction).


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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