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stephanie

Yarravel, Australia | Member Since 2013

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  • Fatal Shadows: The Adrien English Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (254)

    Someone's out to get Los Angeles bookseller Adrien English. His best friend has been viciously murdered, now he's getting weird phone calls and sinister gifts from a mysterious "admirer." The cops think he's trying to divert suspicion from himself - with the exception of sexy and homophobic homicide detective Jake Riordan. Is Riordan really such a great detective - or does he have a few secrets of his own? Is his offer to help Adrien on the level or is he out to nail his favorite suspect - to the wall?

    Tony Squared says: "A Good Mystery, Well Read"
    "I LOVE this series!!!"
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    What did you love best about Fatal Shadows?

    the plot, the characters, Adrien! His mother! Claude! Chris Patton!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fatal Shadows?

    Anytime claude spoke, Chris pulled off the pseudo accent so well!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really liked the end.


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

    The scene with sex scene toward the end. so creepy.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Idea

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Damon Suede
    • Narrated By Charlie David
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    Reclusive comic book artist Trip Spector spends his life doodling super-square, straitlaced superheroes, hiding from his fans, and crushing on his unattainable boss until he meets the dork of his dreams. Silas Goolsby is a rowdy FX makeup creator with a loveless love life and a secret streak of geek who yearns for unlikely rescues and a truly creative partnership. Against their better judgment, they fall victim to chemistry, and what starts as infatuation quickly grows tender and terrifying.

    Riva says: "Great for a comic book lover but too long for me"
    "I have a few beefs with this story..."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Ok, Number ONE Stop Trying To Make Random things Euphemisms FOR A PENIS!!! It is Not an... pulsing rod or a pork sword or a cream cannon or whatever other ridiculous thing Damon Suede could think of to describe cocks. It was distracting and cringe worthy! It removed me from the story and therefor made the listening disjointed!
    Number TWO, Charlie David, For the sake of us all, STOP WHISPERING! You can speak quietly without Whispering and you needn't do it ALL THE FRICKING TIME!!

    I haven't even finished listening to it yet, I just need to get it off my chest!


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I haven't gotten that far yet


    What didn’t you like about Charlie David’s performance?

    As stated above, the whispering annoyed the absolute bejeezus out of me


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    frustration mainly!


    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Body Magic: Triad, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Poppy Dennison
    • Narrated By Robert G. Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    A pack is only as strong as its weakest member. Rocky Harris knows how the system works. He’s been on the bottom rung his whole life. But when his alpha consigns him to the High Moon Pack to help them improve security, he finds his beliefs not just challenged but outright assaulted. Cade Montgomery’s confidence took a hit when the pack’s cubs were kidnapped on his watch. He’s prepared to do anything to protect his family, even if it means working with Rocky.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Not as great as book 1"
    "Not a stand alone!"
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    If you could sum up Body Magic in three words, what would they be?

    interesting, easy and stuff


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    it definitely made me want to keep reading on to the 3rd book. I want to know more about Simon and gray and their family. I found cade and rocky a little blah!


    Have you listened to any of Robert G. Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I thankfully listened book 1 first and i like his reading and expression!


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

    umm yea, but i think the first book definitely a better read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whiskey and Wry: Sinners, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Rhys Ford
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (131)

    He was dead. And it was murder most foul. If erasing a man's existence could even be called murder. When Damien Mitchell wakes, he finds himself without a life or a name. The Montana asylum's doctors tell him he's delusional and his memories are all lies: he's really Stephen Thompson, and he'd gone over the edge, obsessing about a rock star who died in a fiery crash. His chance to escape back to his own life comes when his prison burns, but a gunman is waiting for him, determined that neither Stephen Thompson nor Damien Mitchell will escape.

    Riva says: "Excellent 2nd installment"
    "really enjoyable!"
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    What did you love best about Whiskey and Wry?

    It was a sound story with well written character that i could lose myself in.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed to a certain extent the predictability of the story, i knew where it was going and so i didn't feel any real gut wrenching angst at any point and the reunion scene was lovely..


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Tristan James?

    I would, the only reason i had issue with this particular narration was because i felt that he couldn't remember what accent he had given Damien at any given time, sometimes english sometimes american and sometimes irish. It distracted me and left me slightly confused who was narrating at any given point especially with 3rd person pov. That was ny only real gripe with the narration :)


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

    It mostly made me smile although there were some ick factors with the amount of gore spread about by the murderer!


    Any additional comments?

    the only other thing i have to really say was that i found the sex a bit gratuitous and unneeded to further the story line, don't get me wrong i love a good sex scene but too many make me board and so i tune out until it is over and that happened in this story. On the whole though, an enjoyable read with decent writing and not too trope-ish

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Boy Toy for Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Mark A. Roeder
    • Narrated By Roy Wells
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Chauncey Cadbury is rich, young, and appears to have it all, but lives under the shadow of his family. He wants only to live his life in his adopted hometown of Bloomington, Indiana, but his domineering grandfather will not let him be. Desperate to get his grandfather off his back, Chauncey devises a plan to so shock his family that they'll never want to see him again.

    stephanie says: "I got about a sentence in!"
    "I got about a sentence in!"
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    What would have made A Boy Toy for Christmas better?

    If it were Narrated by anyone other than Roy Wells


    What could Mark A. Roeder have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Yeah, I dont know because i only got a sentence in before i had to shut it off. I don't know why i didn't listen to the sample before purchase...LISTEN TO THE SAMPLE!!!!!!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Roy Wells’s performances?

    UH NO


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    incredulity at the voice.


    Any additional comments?

    no

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Men of Smithfield: Adam and Holden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By L. B. Gregg
    • Narrated By Shannon Gunn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (82)

    Holden Worthington's globetrotting days are over. Once the host of a popular adventure show, he hasn't ventured past his own front door in more than a year. Then the arrival of a sexy new gardener sparks something Holden hasn't felt in a very long time - an interest in the world outside his window. Holden tries to resist the attraction. But painfully shy yet definitely interested Adam Morgan has Holden longing to conquer his debilitating anxiety and live again. After a grisly discovery on the grounds of the estate, the town of Smithfield turns a suspicious eye on the reclusive Holden - and the two men must trust in each other to bring the truth out in the open.

    Libros Lover says: "Another Entertaining Installment"
    "All i could hear was Roger from American Dad"
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    What did you love best about Men of Smithfield: Adam and Holden?

    The story was sweet and the characters were delightfully broken. I got the feeling that Adam was maybe slightly autistic but still a strong and functioning person.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Men of Smithfield: Adam and Holden?

    two little girls and a fat dog walking down the street.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    All i could imagine in the place of Holden was a short grey alien with a giant head. I believe that seth macfarlane modeled him on paul lynde which is another name being thrown around the reviews! it was distracting made the story seem slightly ridiculous!


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

    i imagined roger the alien from American Dad having gay sex. that was pretty funny :)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tigers and Devils

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Sean Kennedy
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (73)

    The most important things in Simon Murray’s life are football, friends, and film - in that order. His friends despair of him ever meeting someone, but despite his loneliness, Simon is cautious about looking for more. Then his best friends drag him to a party, where he barges into a football conversation and ends up defending the honour of star forward Declan Tyler - unaware that the athlete is present. In that first awkward meeting, neither man has any idea they will change each other's lives forever.

    stephanie says: "i loved the story but not the narrator. Sorry."
    "i loved the story but not the narrator. Sorry."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Tigers and Devils to be better than the print version?

    No, I am australian. Worse than that Melbournian. This story was about my home town and the narrator mispronounced...A lot!


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a great story and better yet the places described are places in my memory. I no longer live in melbourne so this brought up real feelings of nostalgia and made me miss my home. I could see the characters walking down the same streets i had walked down. I could imaging meeting Simon at fed square for one of the many film festivals. I know who the douchebag footy show presenter is, referenced in the book. (looking at YOU sam neuman!) I can imagine Declan living in the docklands and it brought a feeling of realism that i rarely get to enjoy. I think i even know the general area that Simon worked. But the the narrator would say Bork st instead of Bourke st (pronounced burk) or Etihard instead of Etihad (pronounced eti-had) and it would draw me away from the story and bring me out of the fantasy. Oh and Melbourne, pretty much pronounced Melbin and BrisBAIN Brisb'n...grrr


    How could the performance have been better?

    the proformance wasn't BAD but it did detract from the story simply because of the accent. this was a really REALLY Australian story and it needed an Australian narrator. I will need to get a print copy and read it with my own accent to really get lost in the story/


    Who was the most memorable character of Tigers and Devils and why?

    I liked Simon. He had the POV and so we had better insight to his motivations and i liked him. Plus a bit of snark never went astray :)


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Stolen Luck

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Shawna Reppert
    • Narrated By Charles Carr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    Lord James Dupree must recover his family's stolen Luck, the elven talisman that has protected the Dupree lands for generations. Despite his abhorrence of slavery, James wins an elven slave in a game of cards. The slave, Loren, provides the only chance to enter the Lands Between and recover the stolen Luck. As the two work together through hardship and danger, James finds himself falling in love with Loren. And when a hidden enemy moves against them, he must choose between his responsibility to his family and his own soul.

    SteveK says: "Felt more like "Stolen Credits""
    "I really enjoyed this book."
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    What did you love best about The Stolen Luck?

    The story was well thought out and the characters had a believability to them that sustained the story. There was a strength and sweetness to Loren that i really liked.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think Loren and Devil were my favourites. Loren because he had been hurt and abused but had maintained a sense of self throughout his trauma. And Devil because he was a horse and i like horses :)


    What about Charles Carr’s performance did you like?

    I didn't mind it however the voice he used for James was not the voice i heard in my head. But that is just personal preference.


    If you could rename The Stolen Luck, what would you call it?

    The Captured Vine. A Long Ass Journey to the Land of the Fae!
    Misunderstandings, Meandering, Magic and Murder! Beware the horse with the wild eye!
    Watch Out, that Iron's Hot!


    Any additional comments?

    nope -_-

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Clear Water

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Amy Lane
    • Narrated By Robert Nieman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (136)

    Meet Patrick Cleary: party boy, loser, and spaz. Patrick’s been trying desperately to transform himself, and the results have been so spectacular, they’ve almost killed him. Meet Wes “Whiskey” Keenan: he’s a field biologist wondering if it’s time to settle down. When the worst day of Patrick’s life ends with Whiskey saving it, Patrick and Whiskey find themselves sharing company and an impossibly small berth on the world’s tackiest houseboat. Patrick needs to get his life together and Whiskey wants to help.

    Randal says: "Wonderful listen"
    "I liked this. I found myself laughing out loud!"
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    What did you like best about Clear Water? What did you like least?

    Fly Bait was the Bomb and the two headed frogs were awesome. I didn't like how Patrick was so whiny. I really wanted to slap him every now and then! Oh and his Uber clumsiness seemed a little unrealistic.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Clear Water?

    I enjoyed the competence that Patrick found with people who accepted him for who he was.


    What three words best describe Robert Nieman’s performance?

    competent.


    Do you think Clear Water needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no. it is complete without it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Talker

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Amy Lane
    • Narrated By David Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (69)

    Tate "Talker" Walker has spent most of his life hiding his scars under a bright punk facade, and until he sat next to Brian Cooper on a bus, it worked. But Brian has spent his whole life being the invisible man, and he's used to looking below the surface. What he sees in Talker is a fragile and lovable human being. Brian is outwardly straight, but Talker is desperate for love, and when Talker's behavior leads to some painful consequences, Brian is forced to come out of his closet—in dramatic fashion.

    N. Houghton says: "Good High School Gay Story"
    "i didn't hate it but..."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Length, plot development, stronger characters, better plot...


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Probably something from Josh Lanyon. He really is the best at gay fiction!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    he was ok. He was probably the reason i listened all the way through.


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

    Meh, Amy Lane can do better


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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