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Riva

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  • The Besties

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By Vicktor Alexander
    • Narrated By Guy Veryzer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Kelly Jeter is a 30-year old virgin who suffers from an acute shyness and extreme anxiety. He lives in Manhattan and collects lighthouses. He is the quintessential nerd. He also doesn't see how gorgeous he is, so when he meets Hawk Caliarchi, a friend of his besties, Krystal and Amy, he can't believe the hulking Greek man wants anything to do with him. So when Hawk shows an interest in him, Kelly does the only thing he can do... he has an asthma attack and almost passes out.

    margaret says: "Hurt my ears"
    "Don't bother - 2 star for the writing"
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    Would you try another book from Vicktor Alexander and/or Guy Veryzer?

    Sure, the writing was good and funny, but a REALLY short story.


    What was most disappointing about Vicktor Alexander’s story?

    The story was lame.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator almost put me to sleep. Get Jack Le Fleur or Paul Morey.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Absolutely, the writing was witty and engaging, the story was just lame.


    Any additional comments?

    They should try again with a full novel and develop the characters more. They could even use these characters, they had lost of potential.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Something Like Spring

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jay Bell
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Jason Grant doesn't have much, aside from a beat-up old guitar and knack for getting kicked out of foster homes. His latest placement is set to be just another in a long line of failures. Then he meets Caesar Hubbard, a handsome guy who lives down the hall. For the first time in his life, Jason wants to stay, which means learning to be part of a family, and not letting his feelings - or his actions - ruin his first real chance of falling in love.

    Riva says: "Closure . . .sort of"
    "Closure . . .sort of"
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    Just amazing. So with this book we come full circle with Tim and Ben and am introduced to Jason Grant and others who will show up on future books. Jason is a wonderful young man that starts off as a jaded, but remarkably laid back, foster case for Michelle (Jace's sister). They forge a special bond as she seeks a family for him. My only issue with Jason is he just doesn't seem to know his worth and keeps just "putting up" with stuff instead of demanding what he wants. Although primarily about Jason's journey and search for love, we are treated with all our old friends from previous books. Except for Victor, thank god; I'm sorry I'm still really mad at him. But I digress. Not all the old friends are good ones and there is some drama. This book has trademark Jay Bell wonderful writing and storytelling; yes it is possible to love more than one person. But this one is a lot lighter than the previous books. Don't get me wrong, tears do flow, especially in the last 20% of the book; but they are happy tears. I so glad that Kevin R Free continues to narrate this series. He does his usual amazing job. All and all, it is Something Like Wonderful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spencer: Survivor Stories, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By J. P. Barnaby
    • Narrated By Tyler Stevens
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    It's been nearly five years since Aaron woke up in the hospital so broken, he couldn't stand the sight of his own face. The flashbacks no longer dominate his life, but he's still unable to find intimacy with his lover, Spencer Thomas. With time, patience, and the support of his family, his therapist, and his loving partner, Aaron has figured out how to live again. The problem is, Spencer hasn't.

    jon says: "Aaron is the begining this is the next"
    "Great sequel"
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    So, this was not as hard as Aaron, but not an easy listen as well. This was a rare one session listen for me as I wanted to give it my undivided attention. I started Sunday morning and ended at 11:30 pm Sunday night. I think the thing I admire most about this book is that (I think) it is a realistic look at what happens to Aaron and Spencer's relationship three years later. HEA doesn't always mean HEA when human beings are involved. Their relationship and commitment to each other is tested when: 1) the men who attacked Aaron are caught; and, 2) Spencer gets a job that requires him to move. I think it is really well done. It is not perfect, as I didn't think Aaron's relationship with his brothers was resolved. But it was a great sequel. It even had a surprise cameo from Zach (as in Finding Zach, by Rowan Speedwell, which is also on Audible) which added a great dimension to Aaron's continued struggle to come to grips with what happened to him. The narrator does an amazing job in conveying the emotions of the MCs and his interpretation of Spencer's deafness was truly wonderful. Definitely worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fever Pitch: Love Lessons, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Heidi Cullinan
    • Narrated By Iggy Toma
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    Aaron Seavers is a pathetic mess, and he knows it. He lives in terror of incurring his father's wrath and disappointing his mother, and he can't stop dithering about where to go to college - with fall term only weeks away. Ditched by a friend at a miserable summer farewell party, all he can do is get drunk in the laundry room and regret he was ever born. Until a geeky-cute classmate lifts his spirits, leaving him confident of two things: his sexual orientation and where he's headed to school.

    JC says: "Glee+Pitch Perfect+Boy Melodrama"
    "Fantastic"
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    OMG, what a great listen. Frequently in my audiobook reviews I praise the narrator for bring the story to a new level. Although the narrator did a wonderful job, in this case the book eclipsed the narrator. I do not believe this is not a stand alone book, you have to read/listen to the first book in order to really enjoy this one. What a great ride with Aaron and Giles. Their story was a roller coaster ride of emotion, angst, horror, joy and down right whooping fun. Put it this way, while reading I rented Pitch Perfect and downloaded Titanium; a movie and a song I had never heard before, but now love. It is hard to put into words what the story (really two stories) is about. The first half of this book made me want to tear my hair out with all the misunderstandings and angst. Then it morphed into a coming of age/coming out story that tore at my heart. Then it morphed into the beginning of a second story with another couple. And all through it, Walter and Kelly, from the 1st book played prominent roles. Especially Walter, who I now want to clone as the gay big brother for all young gay men. It is always great to see a beloved couple throughout a series; I love the way Ms. Cullinan did this. There is more drama in this one than the first book and I cannot wait for the third book to continue Baz and Elijah's story. Also, as a parent, I love that there are evil parents and good parents; just like real life. All and all, this is a re-listen and now one of my favorite series. Definitely worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Written in the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alix Bekins
    • Narrated By Peter B. Brooke
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Bailey McMillan's life is a mess. The general public blames him for his former employer's nuclear pollution, resulting in professional disgrace. Humiliated, he takes a job as an editor at a science magazine run by his best friend, John. That part isn't so bad; Bailey is fond of John, who seems to find Bailey's abrasive nature amusing. Unfortunately, working for John also leads to writing an astrology column in exchange for getting free rein in some op-ed articles, and then being sued over one.

    Libros Lover says: "Starstruck"
    "Great fun"
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    I really enjoyed this audiobook. It has fun, witty characters and the narrator was awesome. Bailey is brilliant scientist in love with his own mind. That should annoy me, but he is so wonderfully clueless and has a good heart. However, that doesn't stop him from believing that geologist are "glorified miners" and biology is too inexact to be a "real science." He is hysterical as he laments to not having enough minions to do his bidding while he saves the scientific community. The story revolves around his bet with his best friend to prove that astrology is crap and has no scientific merit. This book should really be called 12 dates, as that is how he sets out to prove it; and hilarity ensues. It is really well written and I was engaged the entire time. The narrator really does an awesome job. Mr. Brooke has always been one of my favorites and is really the reason I bought the book in the first place. He does a variety of accents and gives a perfect delivery of the sarcastic humor of Bailey and John and the various supporting characters. Just wonderful. Definitely worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Who Knows the Storm: The Vigilante, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Tere Michaels
    • Narrated By Jonathan Young
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    In a dystopian near future, New York City has become the epicenter of decadence - gambling, the flesh trade, a playground for the wealthy. And underneath? Crime, fueled by "Dead Bolt", a destructive designer drug. This New City is where Nox Boyet leads a double life. At night, he is the Vigilante, struggling to keep the streets safe for citizens abandoned by the corrupt government and police. During the day, he works in construction and does his best to raise his adopted teenaged son, Sam.

    Riva says: "Great start to a series"
    "Great start to a series"
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    This is a really great start to, I hope, a series. Be forewarned that the ending, while a HEA, doesn't wrap up all issues. I really enjoyed this book overall, although there are some glaring world building holes. In a nutshell, NYC has experienced a catastrophe and becomes this lawless din of sin and crime. The problem is, apparently the rest of the U.S. is intact but turns a blind eye to NY and let's this happen. Maybe this is explained away in future books. But if you can ignore that, the romance and underlying mystery are quite good. This is an enemies to lovers romance between Cade and Nox. Nox is a vigilante trying to fly below the radar for the sake of his son, Sam. Cade is a high priced prostitute who mistakenly falls into a bigger mystery that changes his life and brings Nox into his life. It is very well written and I look forward to the next installment. The narrator does a great job of bringing these characters to life. Worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faith & Fidelity: Faith, Love, and Devotion, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Tere Michaels
    • Narrated By JP Handler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    Reeling from the recent death of his wife, police officer Evan Cerelli looks at his four children and can only see how he fails them. His loving wife was the caretaker and nurturer, and now the single father feels himself being crushed by the pain of loss and the heavy responsibility of raising his kids.

    Jensen says: "Finally in audio"
    "I didn't mind the narrator"
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    I actually put off listening to this book b/c of all the terrible narrator reviews. But I got to tell you, I didn't mind him. It is not the best I've heard, but it is certainly not the worst. But I thought he did an OK job. I only wish he had more diversity for Evan and Matt; sometimes I couldn't tell who was speaking b/c they sounded so much alike.

    This was one of my favorites as an ebook and I really enjoyed it in audio form as well. Actually it has been a while since I read it, so in listening to it, I actually picked up on a lot. This is the story of a cop mourning the loss of his wife and finding joy with another man. I think they call it "latent homosexuality" and it hits both men. But what makes this story so powerful is the courage shown by both men to be with each other. I'm going to get the 3rd book, which picks up the story and skip the 2nd, because it is with a different couple and really doesn't have Evan & Matt. The 3rd book deals with what happens AFTER the HEA of this book.

    It was worth a credit to me, but for others apparently not.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • As You Are

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ethan Day
    • Narrated By Jason Frazier
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    Danny owns a used textbook store just off campus, and while Julian has done his level best to make Danny fall for him, all his hard work appears to have been in vain. Danny doesn't seem to view Julian as anything other than that--a roommate and friend. So when new guy in town Andy Baker asks him out on a date, Julian can't think of a good reason to say no.

    Morgan A Skye says: "The narrator alone is worth buying this audiobook!"
    "Cute"
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    This was a very cute and funny friends to lovers story. Julian has been in love with Danny for a while. But they are roommates and Danny doesn't seem interested. That is until Julian decides to move on with Andy. Then angst, misunderstandings and hilarity ensues. Jason Frazier does an amazing job; he had me crying from laughing so hard. He is a truly talented narrator. To be honest, the story was OK, but Mr. Frazier really took it to another level. Worth a credit.

    0 of 0 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
    (73)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (70)

    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"
    "Sweet story"
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    This was really a pleasure to listen to. It is one of those stories where you have a smile on your face most of the time you are listening to their story. The narrator did a wonderful job of bringing Walter and Kelly to life. This is a very sweet story that is a little darker than you expect. It starts off as the openly gay college playboy meets the super shy, gay freshman that has massive allergies and loves Disney movies. The slow build up and angst of their romance is just right. We learn that even though Walter appears in control, he has demons to fight, a la his messed up family life. And although Kelly's Disney princess view of the world seems unrealistic, he has some steel in his spine when it comes to Walter. No real drama, just a sweet story. Definitely worth a credit.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Magic's Price: The Last Herald Mage, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Gregory St. John
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (171)

    The Herald-Mage, Vanyel, and his Companion, Yfandes, are alone responsible for saving the once-peaceful kingdom of Valdemar from the forces of a master who wields a dark, forbidding magic. And if either Vanyel or Yfandes falters, both Valdemar and its Herald-Mage must pay the ultimate price.

    Linda says: "excellent"
    "Good overall"
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    I am writing this review after listening to all three books in this series. I’m glad I waited to review because I have adjusted my ratings from 5 to 4 stars on the overall story. This series is about Vanyel, a Herald Mage. It starts in Book 1 when he is about 16 and ends in Book 3 in his late thirties. This series was written in the 1990s, so I tried to listen to it with that filter. Back then, gay themed YA books were rare and gay themed fantasy book even rarer. Overall I really enjoyed this series. There were plot holes and misaligned time frames, but overall it is worth a listen. The narrator does a great job; 5 stars for him.

    Vanyel was put through the ringer in the first book (his life as a teenager) and his growth and recovery in the 2nd book to become the hero of the land was great. What I didn’t understand was why the author built Vanyel up as a hero for 80% of the series, only to take some of that away from him at the end of the 3rd book. There was some violence and violations in the 3rd book that doesn’t seem to serve any purpose to the story and I don’t believe it was appropriate for a YA book. In reaction to this violence Vanyel inadvertently kills innocent people; something that goes against everything he is for the previous two books. Then, the ending seems rushed and there are a bunch of things that remained unanswered. The author kind of gives a non-traditional HEA in the epilogue, but it was still a disappointing conclusion. That said, I’m still glad I got to know Vanyel and went along with him on his journey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Continental Divide: Separate Ways, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Laura Harner, Lisa Worrall
    • Narrated By Dax Fischer
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Detective Remington frickin' hates the missing persons detail, but a cold fury builds in the pit of his stomach when he realizes that over the past three months, six boys have disappeared from the smaller communities that surround the greater Phoenix area. All were reported to be runaways looking to escape their shitty lives, but Remy's starting to put together a different picture, and he doesn't like it one damn bit.

    Riva says: "Amazing"
    "Amazing"
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    This was such a treat to listen to. The first thing any listeners should know is that this story takes place over 4 books; so this one is only 25% of the story. The good news is that all 4 books are published. The bad news is that only this one is in audiobook so far. And that is really a shame because this is an AMAZING narrator. He is not reading the story, he is performing it. He really brought these characters to life, and not just the MC. As for the story, all I can say is I am committed to reading all four books. I bought the 2nd before I even finished this one because I knew I wanted to continue with this couple. The writing is great and the characters have warmth and depth. Jaime is an English Earl who has decided to somewhat reject the trappings of his birthright and become a Scotland Yard inspector. Remy is an American detective that can’t seem to fit in and has a traumatic past. They are brought together to uncover an international human trafficking scheme. The story does not evolve in the “traditional” mm romance way; which is why I am so intrigued. The narrator, who I think is British, performs wonderfully with both the very upper crust accent for Jamie and the American accent for Remy. Definitely worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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