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Sharon

Bodleian

Australia | Member Since 2014

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  • 6 reviews
  • 12 ratings
  • 18 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • A Dangerous Thing: An Adrien English Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (184)

    Suffering from writer's block and frustrated with his tentative relationship with hot but closeted LAPD Homicide Detective Jake Riordan, gay bookseller and mystery writer Adrien English travels to northern California where he finds a body in his front drive. By the time the sheriffs arrive the body has disappeared, and Adrien once again finds himself playing amateur sleuth. But when the game turns deadly, Adrien turns to Jake. Jake may be confused about some things, but keeping his lover alive is not one of them - no matter what the cost.

    Paul Luthi says: "A Seamless Transition from the First Book"
    "A dangerous thing - definitely recommended"
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    I was lucky enough to win a copy of this and I have spent the last couple of driving trips listening to the story. I was so lucky.
    Firstly, I have all of Josh's books both as ebooks and in print as well. I'm now going to add audio books to my collection. When driving long distances listening to an ebook is a great way to pass the time. The story is interesting and Chris Patton does a great job at narrator.
    I can't recommend this author, this story or this format highly enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Somebody Killed His Editor: Holmes & Moriarity, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (237)

    Thanks to an elderly spinster sleuth and her ingenious cat, Christopher Holmes has enjoyed a celebrated career as a bestselling mystery writer. Until now. Sales are down and his new editor is allergic to geriatric gumshoes. On the advice of his agent, he reinvents his fortyish, frumpy, recently dumped self into the sleek, sexy image of a literary lion, and heads for a Northern California writers conference to try and resurrect his career.

    Donald says: "And the killer is..."
    "Somebody killed his editor - Josh Lanyon"
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    I've only recently begun listening to ebooks and I am becoming hooked. I find that I really love listening to stories when driving. I think that I now prefer this to music.
    I've been a Josh Lanyon fan for a long time and have all of his books as ebooks and I own quite a few of them as paperbacks as well.
    I finished listening to 'Somebody killed his editor' and I loved it. Kevin R Free was an excellent choice as narrator as Josh's writing has always had an element of humour and Mr Free brings this to the fore easily.
    I definitely recommend this audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hired Man: A Dick Hardesty Mystery: Dick Hardesty Series

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Dorien Grey
    • Narrated By Jeff Frez-Albrecht
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    In the continuing saga of Dick Hardesty, gay P.I., he is hired to protect the interests of a gay/bisexual escort service when a client is murdered. Lovers of murder mysteries will find the complex twists and turns fascinating. This audiobook breaks new ground by being the first mystery novel to make bisexuality an issue in solving a crime.

    Sharon says: "A great way to travel"
    "A great way to travel"
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    I have loved every book I have read by Dorien Grey and now I get even more pleasure by listening to them.
    The Hired Man is the 4th book in the Dick Hardesty mystery and I was lucky enough to get a free copy in return for an honest review.
    Dorien Grey's books are well thought out and well written. What I really love about them is that there are clues throughout the book to who the culprit is but they are not obvious - you just have to pay attention.
    I own a hard copy of every book that Dorien has written and I also buy the ebooks as soon as they become available.
    Now I am adding audio books to my collection. I do a lot of long distance driving and I really love listening to a book while on a trip. It really makes the time go quickly. Even though I have read this book more than once this past weekend I listened to it and the experience was great.
    The choice of the narrator was an inspired one. Dorien himself has told us that he has deliberately never physically described Dick Hardesty but the voice chosen for this book is perfect to me. I have my own ideas as to what the main character is like and this voice is exactly what I imagine Dick Hardesty would have.
    I found it easy to download the book from Audible and put it on to my iPod so if anyone is concerned that getting an audiobook is too hard don't worry about it.
    I highly recommend The Hired Man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bar Watcher

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Dorien Grey
    • Narrated By Jeff Frez-Albrecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    When the manager of an elite local bath is stabbed to death, attorney Glen O'Banyon hires Dick Hardesty to check into it. The motive for the murder isn't hard to figure - Comstock was a jerk of the first order. In fact, the list of people who might have wanted him dead might be larger than the club's membership roster. Then, two obnoxious bar hoppers die in an apparent accident that turns out to be another murder, and when a third unpleasant individual meets an untimely demise, Dick begins to see a sinister pattern. All of the victims, prior to their deaths, had behaved badly in one of the local bars.

    Jon Michaelsen says: "Another great addition to the Hardesty P.I. Series"
    "The Bar Watcher by Dorien Grey"
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    I was lucky enough to win an audible copy of the Bar Watcher by Dorien Grey and I've now discovered the pleasures of driving while listening to a book.
    I'm a Dorien Grey fan from way back and I have all of his books - both in book form and e-book form where available. I can't recommend the Dick Hardesty series strongly enough. I've read and reread the books and I know that I will be listening to The Bar Watcher again. I'm also eagerly waiting for more of the books in the series to be produced.
    I love Mr Grey's writing style and I also enjoy the mysteries that he presents. I'm never sure about whodunit before the end of the book.
    I really enjoyed the voice which narrated this book. It was easy to listen to and I tried to imagine the face which goes with this voice. In the Dick Hardesty series we are never told what Dick looks like so I guess that most of his readers play guessing games. I imagine Dick to be tall, well built and definitely good looking. He has no trouble attracting men and when we see the type of men that he attracts we can guess that Dick would have to be similar in appearance. When Dick is made welcome at a bath house which only permits the best looking guys to use the facilities we can guess that Dick has to be hot.
    I have to recommend this audiobook and I strongly urge audible to release the rest of the series as soon as possible. I, for one, will be buying them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Caesar's Fall: An Elliott Smith and John Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Dorien Grey
    • Narrated By Jim Hickey
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    With a new building to restore and his relationship with Steve growing more serious, the last thing Elliott needs is someone else's problem, but when lottery millionaire Bruno Caesar moves into his building he can't just ignore the man's pleas for help. Then Bruno's life comes to an abrupt end when he falls from his balcony. There's only one problem-he was terrified of heights…and never went onto the balcony.

    British Bulldog says: "Caesar Falls Again"
    "Caesar's fall"
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    I do a fair amount of long distance driving and I've discovered the pleasure of listening to an audio-book while doing this and, when the audio-book is as good as this one, the drive goes too quickly.
    I'm a long time fan of Dorien Grey and I have all of his books as paperbacks and hardcovers. I also have a lot of his books as e-books. They are books that I reread regularly.
    The audio-book is well read and I found my engrossed while driving - even though I have read the book several times already. This is the third book in the Elliott Smith series and you do need to listen to or read the first two books in the series before tackling this one.
    If you haven't read or listened to a Dorien Grey book before may I recommend that you do so - you won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calico

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dorien Grey
    • Narrated By Jeremy Sewell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    An old-fashioned 'they-don't-write-em-like-that-anymore' feel-good Western romance with a kick - and enough mystery and adventure to keep you riveted to the very end. Calico is directed at Western fans of any age, but has strong appeal to a YA readership - particularly to younger members of the GLBT community, who have relatively few positive role models in literature.

    Sharon says: "Calico by Dorien Grey - well worth listening to"
    "Calico by Dorien Grey - well worth listening to"
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    This is my first audio book and I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It did take me a little time to get used to the narrator but by a quarter of the way in I was really enjoying listening to the story. I can see myself buying more audio books in the future.
    I'm a huge fan of Dorien Grey's and I would recommend his books to everyone. I love his writing style and I love the stories that he has to tell. I own a copy of all of his books and they have been reread.
    Calico is a standalone western which is not a genre that I have had a lot to do with. Calico is also a coming of age story where our protagonist has to overcome many hurdles as he attempts to help orphaned twins in their quest to reach their aunt.
    If the author writes any more books like this I will be reading and listening.
    For a full synopsis of the story please check out the other reviews or even Goodreads. By doing this you will also realize just how many people enjoy this author's works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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