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Among the Living: PsyCop, Book 1 | [Jordan Castillo Price]

Among the Living: PsyCop, Book 1

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.
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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.

Solving murders is a snap when you can ask the victims whodunit, but this killer's not leaving any spirits behind.

Warning: This audiobook contains explicit adult content.

©2006 Jordan Castilo Price (P)2014 Jordan Castillo Price

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    Jesi Lea Ryan Madison, WI USA 08-17-14
    Jesi Lea Ryan Madison, WI USA 08-17-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Perfect narrator for one of my favorite books!"

    I've read many of the books in this series. so when I saw the first book available on audio, I jumped on it. Gomez Pugh is the perfect narrator. He really brings Victor Bane to life. He does a great job distinguishing the character voices too. His portrayal of Sargent Warwick and his upper-Midwest accent was hilarious!

    AMONG THE LIVING is only novella length, but it packs a lot of punch. We get creepy horror, humor, well-developed characters, some fun sexy-times...everything I like in a book. I love the world this story is set in. The pairing of psychic and stiff investigators is a really cool concept. It’s interesting how the two types of people bring different talents to the table while solving crimes. The psychic investigators also vary in their talents, leading to some interesting plot possibilities. I found it interesting that even thought psychics are utilized in such an important way in this society, they are still feared and discriminated against. I see so many exciting possibilities for where the author can take these characters.

    Short review for a short book, but I can’t wait for the rest of the series to continue in audio.

    Overall, I give AMONG THE LIVING...

    Plot - 5 bookmarks
    Character development - 5 bookmarks (considering this is only 90 pages, there is a lot of depth to Victor)
    Love/Sex - 4 1/2 bookmarks (the only reason I downgraded it from five is because I’m not fully connected to Jacob yet)
    Dream cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) - Matthew Gray Gubler (Victor), Channing Tatum (Jacob), Michelle Rodriguez (Lisa), Cherry Jones (Carolyn)

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jensen 08-11-14
    Jensen 08-11-14
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    "Favourite"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Among the Living to be better than the print version?

    Not better, different, and I love both


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

    That is a huge spoiler, so my next best is Vic and Jacob meeting for the first time


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

    The voice of Vic


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

    YES


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    PATRICIA MILLER 08-20-14
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    "Love the Voice Actor - Gomez Pugh!"
    Any additional comments?

    I have read Among the Living, so I am familiar with the story. Listening to the audio-book was truly a great way to experience the book. I really enjoyed the voice actor, Gomez Pugh. His voice of the main charcter, Vic, is spot on. I also enjoyed how Pugh brought to life the other characters in the book. Although I blushed, I really enjoyed Pugh's treatment of the love scenes (just right - not over the top or cheesy). I can't wait for the next PsyCop audio-book! I love this series!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Giselle GRANT, MICHIGAN, United States 08-29-14
    Giselle GRANT, MICHIGAN, United States 08-29-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Great in book form, even better in audio!"
    What made the experience of listening to Among the Living the most enjoyable?

    The narrator did an excellent job assigning different vocal personalities to his characters, I really appreciate that. I've read this series and knew it would be tough to find the right narrator, but Gomez is perfect. Vic's personality comes shining through, but my favorite spot on voice was for Warwick.


    What other book might you compare Among the Living to and why?

    Gosh that's hard, Jordan Castillo Price has such a unique voice in fiction. This is contemporary but not, believable psi-fi, moody, edgy, and hot all at once. Every part of my brain is fully engaged in her story telling. Maybe Jordan Hawk or early Anne Rice would be comparable?


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

    No.


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

    Many, but the power and confidence of Jacob paralleled to Vic's seeming insecurity is interesting. Particularly since Vic was such a rock for his new partner during her crisis. IF that makes any sense.


    Any additional comments?

    This is so much more than what some might expect of m/m genre. Yes it's a romance, kind of, but more than that it's enthralling, and imaginative.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Libros Lover Booklandia 08-21-14
    Libros Lover Booklandia 08-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    Would you listen to Among the Living again? Why?

    Yes. The story is rather unique. It kinda grabs on and doesn't let go. I read the story when it first came out and forgot how much I liked it. Listening adds a new dimension and brings the story to life.


    What other book might you compare Among the Living to and why?

    All of JCP's other books. Dark, gritty, and suspenseful.


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

    This is the first time but hopefully not the last. I love his version of Lisa. His Jacob voice is scintillating.


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

    Yes. It's rather short so it was easy to do.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that the entire series is going to be in audio book format - soon.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    IslandWriter 08-17-14
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    "Finally, Psycop is in audio!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. If you enjoyed Among The Living in print or ebook, if you love Victor, Jacob, Lisa, and the others, you have got to listen to the audio. The narrator does a fantastic job with all of their different voices and accents.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Honestly, this is a tough question. I enjoyed the story, (I've already reread the print and ebook several times), I loved the accents for all the characters, and I loved how the narrator portrayed Vic, pretty much as I see and hear him in my head, which is the most important part.


    What about Gomez Pugh’s performance did you like?

    He definitely "got" Vic's voice down pat. He also got Lisa's accent and attitude right. She was great. I actually enjoyed listening to his Jackie the Ghost too.


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

    I think I would take Lisa out to dinner because I want to be her friend, not because I want to ask her questions, so get that thought out of your head! And as she's new to the area and has only three friends at this point, she could use another. Right? Right.


    Any additional comments?

    Series/Standalone: Book 1 (These are best read in order)
    Genre/sub-genre: Gay paranormal cop story with slight romance
    Book Format: Audio
    HEA/HFN: yes
    Relatable characters: YES
    Abuse/Rape: no
    Violence: yes
    Ratio of sex/plot: equal
    Well written/editor needed: well written
    Would I re-listen?: YES
    Personal thoughts: Readers of M/M Romance will enjoy this series, though it's not actually a romance. That being said, I LOVE this series. I love Victor, even when he's accidentally spilling food all over himself. Vic is someone I can really relate to, which makes listening to his story that much easier and more fun. I don't know what else I can say, other than I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys paranormal, with cops, hot gay sex, an accident prone main character, and all of the ghostly people he comes into contact with throughout his workday. I'm still not sure I like Jacob's voice, 100%, but that's just me, and likely just means I need to spend more time with him to get used to it. His voice reminds me of someone I know, so it's just a little odd for me.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Kansas 09-26-14
    Melissa Kansas 09-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Delightful! Yes really!"

    I've been meaning to come review this book for 2 weeks now. I am so glad I picked this up and yet sad that I have to wait for the rest to be released. (Which I sincerely hope will be soon!) It's short, about 3 hours listening time, and I listened to it on a weekend drive to visit some family. Normally my drive only takes 2 hours, but I stopped for coffee and gas on the way and didn't even mind getting stuck in traffic on the way so that I could listen to the entire thing in one go.

    Anyway, the story kind of jumps right into things with the two main characters which jarred me a bit but given it's such a short story it's understandable. I like that the concept is simple with people having different types of psychic abilities (medium abilities, precognition, lie detector, etc) and that there's different strength levels of ability as well.

    The characters are so wonderfully fleshed out. Victor was charmingly awkward and self-deprecating, Jacob was playful and confident. And I have to specifically point out how well the women (Lisa and Carolyn) were written in this book. I adored Lisa and how straight forward she is in the beginning and how ready she is to prove herself later. Her vulnerability is disarming as well and makes her so very well rounded as a character. I look forward to finding out more about her in future books! The reason I point all this out is, I've found M/M-centric fiction has a nasty habit of having their lead men being notoriously misogynistic. That is NOT the case here at all and it was a breath of much needed fresh air. I should add, the diversity in the story is nice as well. The well rounded characters help balance out when the main character, in all his flaws, sees and notes things with some prejudice viewpoints.

    Gomez Pugh is a great narrator and I only have to pick at his portrayal of Jacob which kinda reminds me of the actor Patrick Warburton. So it borders more on amusing instead of sexy. ;) Other than that though his voices a great, the reading is clear and he has a very soothing voice as a whole. I sincerely hope he continues reading for this series!!

    Overall I highly recommend it even to people who might not usually go for paranormal/supernatural type stories.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Walnut Creek, CA, United States 08-23-14
    Kathleen Walnut Creek, CA, United States 08-23-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Five stars going super nova!"
    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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Riva 08-19-14
    Riva 08-19-14
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    "Great Series"

    I am a long time fan of this series. There seven books and a bunch of free stories associated with it; and it is not over. So I was thrilled to see it come to Audible. Victor and Jacob are one of my favorite couples in mm romance. The world building of this series is great and Vic is a very unique character. The series is told from Vic's POV and mostly in his head; he has a very warped view of himself and the world. His romance is definitely not lovey dovey, but more of a series of mysteries he and Jacob tackle together; sort of like the Adrien English books by Josh Lanyon. It is a great ride and the only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is I'm not a fan of the slow burn of the romance. I mean it is really slow; over several books slow. However, definitely worth a credit to start the journey.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    yatyat 01-20-15
    yatyat 01-20-15
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    "A favorite story – a solid reader"

    What's not to like? I love JCP series and I love audiobooks. This was a good performance and I thought that the reader did a good job of becoming the main character, Vic. He had the tone and the general "voice" down down pat. This story and these two characters are some of my favorites, so I'm glad that the audio version is up to the high standard of the writing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Great to hear Victor's voice at last."
    What made the experience of listening to Among the Living the most enjoyable?

    I already know the book well, so it was great to hear the words come to life. The narration works well for the character.


    What about Gomez Pugh’s performance did you like?

    He captured Vic's tension and nerves well, along with the edge of cynicism. I was a bit more mixed in my reaction to the other character voices. Some I liked right away, others I took a while to warm up to. One I'm still not on board with. But the voices were all clearly differentiated and the narrator handles the opposite sex voices well.


    Any additional comments?

    At just under three hours this one can be listened to in a single session quite easily. I'll definitely try to do at least once when I listen again in the future. I hope the rest of the series will follow!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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