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Steve

I'm 57 and retired due to vision loss after 30+ years in video production. I live with my partner of 12 years and a few great cats!

Wichita, KS, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 139 titles in library
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  • Old Glory

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By Bruce Coville
    • Narrated By Bruce Coville
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Set in a chilling future that seems more and more possible each year, this unforgettable story asks the question, "When the government becomes too controlling, what does it really mean to be a patriot?"

    Steve says: "Nothing Gay here!"
    "Nothing Gay here!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Although this book comes up under the genre of Gay Fantasy, there are no gay characters or content whatsoever. It also has no business being listed as a "Fantasy." The fact that it takes place in the future could qualify it for science fiction. The most applicable category for this story would be Philosophy or maybe 'Cautionary Tales' if there were such a category. If you're looking for Gay Fantasy, don't waste your time with this.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • College Boys: Gay Erotic Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Shane Allison (editor), Rob Rosen, Simon Sheppard, and others
    • Narrated By Preston Fitzcharge
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    First feelings of lust for another boy, all-night study sessions, the excitement of a student hot for a teacher...is it any wonder that college boys are the objects of fantasy the world over? Whether toweling off after a swm, lurking in the library stacks, or engaging in some male bonding at the frat house, these gorgeous undergrads are good for page-turning, arousing action.

    Steve says: "Something for Everyone"
    "Something for Everyone"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    “First Time” experiences, horny roomates in the dorm, sexual hazing from a fraternity, submitting to an abusive roomate, and servicing all of your professors in lieu of tuition for your degree are just a few of the stories of College Boys.
    Whether you like a sweet coming-of-age story or a rough S & M session, you’re likely to find something here that appeals to you.
    Not being a fan of beatings or any other abuse I found myself skipping a few of the stories, but the gamut of story lines are diverse and presented with uncensored candor.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Escape Velocity

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Anah Crow, Dianne Fox
    • Narrated By Charles Carr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (118)

    Linguist Elios Campbell is thrilled to be granted flight time in a Colonial Guard fighter jet, until he catches sight of his pilot. Spending time with Sender Kinnison holds even more appeal than the flight itself.

    Steve says: "This could be the first of a great series!"
    "This could be the first of a great series!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I find that I’m partial to gay romance books that transcend the human reality of our experience either through science fiction or fantasy. As long as the characters are human or close enough to identify with. The added dimension of other worldliness makes it easier for me to look past my own sense of the impossible and experience the excitement of living a different life.
    The two central characters of the book embody the qualities of the men I’ve always longed for not only as physical specimens but with all of the qualities and flaws that make them loveable.
    The characters that surround them are also believable avoiding the exteme stereotypes of perfection, super-human abilities or ridiculous embodiments of good or evil.
    While the story is left at a satisfying place in the end, the implied adventures underlying all of the book’s events are barely begun. I have to hope the story can continue in subsequent sequels!
    The production of the audio book is also worth mentioning. As I’ve experienced more and more audiobooks, I’ve become more aware of the difficulties of pulling off a narration using only one narrator. Male readers often lose me when they have to shift to voices of women or children, leaving me to roll my eyes at their inability to pull this off. Charles Carr does an excellent job of this. His timing and pacing are also goodwhich not only makes it easy to keep up with and understand, but helps it get closer to the experience of reading it for yourself.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Feeling Safe

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Sonja Spencer
    • Narrated By David Tunic
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    San Diego police officer Larson Jenkins rescues a scared and hurt Calvin Trison, who was attacked by a burglar in his home. In a spur of the moment decision, Larson decides to take the injured man home with him to a secure building where Calvin can recover behind several locked doors, a fat, spoiled cat, and himself. As he finds himself falling in love, Larson knows his greatest fear is all too possible: that Calvin will latch onto him until he feels safe again and then he'll be out the door.

    Kd says: "Narrator screw up"
    "slow down!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I found this actual story very touching. Both of the main characters are attractive, likeable and easy to empathize with. Their constant second guessing about their impressions of each other struck a chord with me having "been there."
    The problem with the book is the narration. The hurried pace of the reading made me wonder if the narrator was in a hurry to get out of there to catch a plane or had been given some strange strict time limit for the reading.
    I found myself constantly stopping my iPod so I could think through the last sentence, hearing it in my own thoughts with some conviction and emotion. The fast pace also caused me to sometimes lose track of whose speech or thoughts I'd just heard.
    While I enjoy the audio production of most audiobooks, this one was a reminder to me of how much I miss the ability to read, having lost most of my eyesight.
    I will look for other books by this author and hope for better results.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Love Means... No Shame

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Andrew Grey
    • Narrated By R. Kirstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (99)

    Geoff is in the city, living the gay life to the hilt, when his father's death convinces him to return to the family farm. Discovering a young Amish man asleep in his barn, Geoff learns that Eli is spending a year away from the community before accepting baptism into the church. Despite their mutual attraction, Geoff is determined not to become involved with him, but Eli has discovered that Geoff shares his feelings and begins to court him, neatly capturing first Geoff's attention and then his heart.

    Crazy Bill says: "I was skeptical"
    "Recruiting the Amish"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A running theme of the "Love means..." series seems to be the jaded, worldly gay man re-discovering love by meeting an innocent, inexperienced seemingly straight and often virgin young man. What could play into this better than an Amish kid on his first outing from his community? Although a bit predictable, it's a very sweet story. It's unfortunate that these stories so often demonize gay life in the cities, relying on the introduction of 'outsiders' for the central character to find any happiness.

    Through no fault of his own the narrator often sounds silly having to cover not only all of the adult men's voices but also those of women and children. These books would be better served with at least a female voice to cover those characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Keeping Promise Rock (Gay Romance)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Amy Lane
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (135)

    Carrick Francis has spent most of his life jumping into trouble with both feet. The only thing saving him from prison or worse is his absolute devotion to Deacon Winters. Deacon was Crick's sanity and salvation during a miserable, abusive childhood, and Crick would do anything to stay with him forever.

    Donald says: "Excellent Story!"
    "How much abuse can a fictional character take?!"
    Overall

    Listening to this audiobook was very painful. While a certain amount of conflict and misunderstanding can help to fuel a romance, this isn’t so much a romance as a test to see how much pain and abuse the reader is willing to see two people haplessly put each other through.
    The device of conflict in this story reaches and maintains a level of emotional turmoil on the characters that can only be called sadistic. The rare moments of tenderness the characters are allowed are short, few and far between. Like an occasional bucket of water on a forest fire there isn’t much relief.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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