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Kathleen

Kathleen

Walnut Creek, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • After Ben: Seattle Stories, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Con Riley
    • Narrated By JP Handler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    A year after the sudden death of his longtime partner, Ben, Theo Anderson is still grieving. The last thing he's looking for is a new lover. But as Theo soon discovers, sometimes life has other plans. While Theo experiences a powerful physical attraction to fellow gym member Peter, it's his new online friend, Morgan, who provides the intellectual challenge to make him come alive. Morgan is witty, brave, and irreverent, and Theo is ready to take the plunge…until he discovers Morgan might be half his age.

    Kathleen says: "Beautiful prose and characters with depth"
    "Beautiful prose and characters with depth"
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    Would you listen to After Ben again? Why?

    No, I couldn't journey with Theo in his memories of Ben again. Too painful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of After Ben?

    The online banter between Theo and Morgan after they started communicating away from the forum. Some of it was hysterical.


    What about JP Handler’s performance did you like?

    The genuine emotion he brought to the story. He got choked up more than once, which of course brought me to tears repeatedly.


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

    No. I listen to audio books while in my car, at work, and while riding my bike.


    Any additional comments?

    My review: Theo recalls in heart-wrenching detail his life with partner Ben over 15 years. It's been a year since Ben's death and he still struggles with everyday life...until he meets Peter and Morgan. Peter works out at the same gym, and Morgan is a constant online presence on the debate forums in which Theo participates. Both urge Theo on, to live in the present, to see a future full of hope and love without his Ben. But only one eventually captures Theo's heart.

    It was an emotional rollercoaster. Even the narrator was choked up at times. I found both the characters and the storyline believable and completely engaging. I loved Con Riley's lovely prose, the sheer depth of her characters, and her ability to make readers feel almost like voyeurs. It's my first book by this author and certainly will not be my last.

    Highly recommended.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Hunter of Demons: Spectr, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jordan L. Hawk
    • Narrated By Brad Langer
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    Unregistered paranormal Caleb Jansen only wants a normal life. But when a demon murders his brother, Caleb knows he has to avenge Ben's death, no matter what the cost. Unfortunately, his only allies belong to an extremist group who would kill Caleb if they found out about his talent. Gray is a wandering spirit, summoned to hunt and destroy demons by drinking their blood. This hunt goes horribly wrong, and for the first time in his existence Gray is trapped in a living, human body. Caleb's body - and Caleb is still in it.

    Kathleen says: "Not my cuppa"
    "Not my cuppa"
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    Any additional comments?

    Since I didn't care for the narrator, at all, this has probably colored my overall impression of the story. He sounded like an overzealous teacher reading to a middle-school English class. With reference to the story, I found the prose rather simplistic and somewhat clumsy, and the characters bordering on unlikable. This is the first and last of this series for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Among the Living: PsyCop, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jordan Castillo Price
    • Narrated By Gomez Pugh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    Victor Bayne, the psychic half a PsyCop team, is a gay medium who's more concerned with flying under the radar than in making waves. He hooks up with handsome Jacob Marks, a non-psychic (or "Stiff") from an adjacent precinct at his ex-partner's retirement party, and it seems like his dubious luck has taken a turn for the better. But then a serial killer surfaces who can change his appearance to match any witness' idea of the world's hottest guy.

    Jesi Lea Ryan says: "Perfect narrator for one of my favorite books!"
    "Five stars going super nova!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Among the Living the most enjoyable?

    Jordan Castillo Price knows how to write a great short story. A rare talent. Add Gomez Pugh and it's almost like watching a movie.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Among the Living?

    The last one.


    What about Gomez Pugh’s performance did you like?

    I liked his no nonsense narrative, and he had very good vocal range and depth.


    If you could take any character from Among the Living out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Vic, of course.


    Any additional comments?

    This is how you write a short story. I'd forgotten how much I loved this series. The narrator is perfect for these paranormal stories. Oh how I love Vic and Jacob. I can hardly wait for the next one. Highly recommended

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Aaron

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By J.P. Barnaby
    • Narrated By Tyler Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Two years after a terrifying night of pain destroyed his normal teenage existence, Aaron Downing still clings to the hope that one day, he will be a fully functional human being. But his life remains a constant string of nightmares, flashbacks, and fear. When, in his very first semester of college, he’s assigned Spencer Thomas as a partner for his programming project, Aaron decides that maybe “normal” is overrated. If he could just learn to control his fear, that could be enough for him to find his footing again.

    jon says: "My first and rare reviews"
    "Brace yourself, it's heartbreaking"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it to anyone who loves an angsty gay romance.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Extremely well written and researched. Strong family support. Both heartwarming and heart wrenching.


    What about Tyler Stevens’s performance did you like?

    Excellent narrator. I would like to see him narrate more books in this genre as it has some really amateur "readers" with no range and no voice modulation. Stevens is a professional and very talented.


    Any additional comments?

    A tragic, yet loving and hopeful coming-of-age story brilliantly written by JP Barnaby. Details of the horrific assault that left his best friend dead and him a broken young man are sprinkled throughout so the listener is not traumatized with a single info dump. We experience the full brunt of the event upon Aaron over about a two month period. It's hard to listen to at times. He meets Spencer, who is deaf, in a college class and who is dealing with his own debilitating issues. They become an unlikely pair, bonding closely as time drifts by, shoring each other up and offering hope where none appeared possible just weeks prior. A wonderful story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Better Than Chance: Better Than, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Lane Hayes
    • Narrated By Tyler Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (40)

    They begin a friends with benefits arrangement, which becomes difficult for Jay when he starts falling for his sexy boss. Peter's past issues keep him from committing, and Jay has to decide if he can be satisfied with friendship if Peter isn't ready to take a chance on anything more.

    Kindle Customer says: "Narrator was off putting"
    "Great story - top notch narrator"
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    Where does Better Than Chance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks right up there with the best ones I've read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that opposites attract. One loved with an open heart, the other was guarded with almost impenetrable walls. Loved the juxtaposition of Jay's light-hearted disposition and Peter's rather secretive demeanor.


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

    No, but I thoroughly enjoyed his narration. This genre is teaming with amateur readers and low quality recordings. Steven's performance was a breath of fresh air...he made me smile, often.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the story of Jay and Peter, and their bumpy journey to happiness. Their "friends with benefits" agreement turns into something more. One loves with an open heart, the other is guarded with seemingly impenetrable walls. Very enjoyable story, but have a Kleenex or two at the ready.

    The narrator Tyler Stevens made the story all the more enjoyable. I look forward to more audiobooks being narrated by him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alien 'n' Outlaw

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By KC Burn
    • Narrated By Chad Maxwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (67)

    R'kos, son of the Ankylos Emperor, is expected to settle down. But he's much more attracted to human males than to his own species. Eager to explore his forbidden longings, he steals a ship and heads to Elora Ki to see if he can find the right human guy. Darien robs the corrupt to give to those in need, but now he needs a ride off Elora Ki, stat. Pursued by drug lords, he accepts help from the amorous stranger who calls himself Ricky. As they fly together along Darien's route, their friendship quickly turns into passion.

    Kathleen says: "A nice sci-fi romp"
    "A nice sci-fi romp"
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    Would you listen to Alien 'n' Outlaw again? Why?

    I think I would prefer to read the book over listening to the audiobook. The narrator seemed to me to be an amateur.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Alien 'n' Outlaw?

    When R'kos was injured and Darien realized he loved him.


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

    Over all he is a mediocre narrator and I would not look forward to another story performed by him. It was difficult to differentiate between Darien's and R'kos' voices, and his narrative is monotone.


    If you could take any character from Alien 'n' Outlaw out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Really?


    Any additional comments?

    Summary: A great little romp through human thief Darien's sector of the galaxy with his big, sexy, 6'5 alien companion R'kos, son of the Ankylos Emperor. Nice, tight sci-fi story, smexy sex, a bit of sweetness and angst...what's not to like. The narrator, in addition to his monotone narrative, made it nearly impossible to distinguish Darien from R'kos, and mispronounced a few words. The recording was obviously not edited as evidenced by repeated lines. Regardless, this didn't didn't push me out of the story. I still recommend the audiobook.

    2 of 2 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
    (139)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (131)

    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!"
    "More than I ever expected"
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    What did you love best about Shattered Glass?

    Austin's inner dialog.


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

    Rescuing the cat.


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

    I have not. He's very good. I wouldn't hesitate to listen to another performance.


    Who was the most memorable character of Shattered Glass and why?

    Peter. So broken yet so wise; jaded yet still romantic.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd never heard of Dani Alexander. I was sure this was some female mf romance writer crossing over to take advantage of the hot mm romance genre. Wow, I couldn't have been more wrong. Firstly, Dani Alexander is a man. Secondly, I think he wrote one the funniest, most complex, most original romances I've ever read...or in this case, listened to. Joseph Northton was a very good narrator. I laughed, I cried, I was devastated, I was elated. It was a rollercoaster ride. In the end, I was completely satisfied. And set up for the next in the series, Not So Innocent, which focuses on Cai and Riley. I'm chomping at the bit!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • But for You: A Matter of Time, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Finn Sterling
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (106)

    Jory Harcourt is finally living the dream. Being married to US Marshal Sam Kage has changed him - it's settled the tumult of their past and changed Jory from a guy who bails at the first sign of trouble to a man who stays and weathers the storm. He and Sam have two kids, a house in the burbs, and a badass minivan. Jory's days of being an epicenter for disaster are over. Domestic life is good.

    Riva says: "Ahhh . . . domestic bliss for Sam and Jory"
    "The last Sam & Jory story"
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    Would you listen to But for You again? Why?

    Over and over. It's a favorite series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jory, of course. Sam calls him a trouble-magnet and that he is. Gets into so much trouble, but at the same time is a well of unexpected courage and resourcefulness. I wish I had a RL friend like Jory...I'd never be bored and I know he'd be there for me no matter the predicament. Love love love him. (Sam, too!)


    What about Finn Sterling’s performance did you like?

    The prior book in the series, Bulletproof, was read by perhaps the worst narrator in the genre, so Finn Sterling was a breath of fresh air. He did both Sam's and Jory's voices perfectly. Also great for the kids and other adult characters. His female voices need a little work. :)


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

    I almost did!


    Any additional comments?

    The last Sam & Jory story. I just want to slip away and cry in some dark corner for awhile. Finn Sterling's narration was stellar for the most part. The female voices could use some work, but the men and kids were excellent. Thanks, Mary Calmes, for allowing me to be a part of Sam and Jory these past four books. Here's to one hell of a thrilling, romantic ride! While the entire series is highly recommended, listeners will most likely be disappointed in the narration of the third audiobook, Bulletproof, as the narrator is quite simply...awful. As I listened to the series, I ended up skipping #3 and re-read the book instead.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Plan B

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By SJD Peterson
    • Narrated By Andrew McFerrin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    Danny Marshal has always lived his life out loud, but his androgynous appearance is only a small part of who he is. One night at a frat party, Danny meets Lance Lenard, football jock and apparent straight guy. Lance is shocked when he's immediately attracted to Danny's feminine side. Danny is happy to be the subject of Lance's first man-on-man experiment-until Lance begins to struggle with the fact that despite his appearance, Danny is indeed a man.

    Amazon Customer says: "Narration Gone Wrong"
    "I preferred the book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend the book over the audiobook. But it was still mostly fun to listen to, sweet in places yet angsty in others. The writer is talented and I would definitely read or listen to other books she's written.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Plan B?

    The epilogue.


    Did Andrew McFerrin do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, a very good job. But I didn't like his over-the-top performance and inflections for Danny. I quite liked the ebook and, most of the time, Danny. In this audio version, he came off even more self-centered with an occasional mean streak. I think someone like Shannon Gunn or Sean Crisden would have been a better choice for narrator.


    If you could rename Plan B, what would you call it?

    Diva


    Any additional comments?

    Summary: This is one of the very rare times that I liked the ebook better. The narrator was way over the top and portrayed Danny is such a way that I truly did not like him some of the time. He was a self-centered diva with an occasional mean streak. I didn't feel that way when I read the ebook, so I know it was the narrator. 3.75 stars rounded up to 4 stars. Still... recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Acrobat

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (150)

    Forty-five-year-old English professor Nathan Qells is very good at making people feel important. What he's not very good at is sticking around afterward. He's a nice guy; he just doesn't feel things the way other people do. So even after all the time he's spent taking care of Michael, the kid across the hall, he doesn't realize that Michael's mob muscle uncle and guardian, Andreo Fiore, has slowly been falling in love with him. Dreo has bigger problems than getting Nate to see him as a potential partner.

    Kathleen says: "Another winner from Mary Calmes"
    "Another winner from Mary Calmes"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Acrobat to be better than the print version?

    Yes. A great narrator can make a book come alive, and that's just what Sean Crisden did.


    What other book might you compare Acrobat to and why?

    No clue.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Crisden – was your favorite?

    Nate, of course. But I loved Dreo and his nephew Michael, too.


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

    I laughed a lot at Nate's clever interaction with nearly everyone he met.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Mary Calmes' books and characters. And I especially like experiencing them a second time on audio with narrator Sean Crisden. My only, and rather significant, issue with Acrobat was that Nate was just too perfect. I like some flaws in my heroes, and I couldn't find a single one. Still, it was a wonderful contemporary love story with an incredible cast of supporting characters. Recommended!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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