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Bad Idea Audiobook

Bad Idea

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Publisher's Summary

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. With Silas’s help, Trip gambles his heart and his art on a rotten plan: sketching out Scratch, a "very graphic novel" that will either make his name or wreck his career. But even a smash can’t save their world if Trip retreats into his mild-mannered rut, leaving Silas to grapple with betrayal and emotions he can’t escape.

What will it take for this dynamic duo to discover that heroes never play it safe?

©2013 Damon Suede (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press

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    Riva 06-16-14
    Riva 06-16-14
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    "Great for a comic book lover but too long for me"

    Let me start out by saying Damon Suede is an absolutely awesome writer. Anyone who can weave into a story that “unicorns are just weaponized ponies” has some kind of paranormal muse whispering in his ear. This book is beautifully written, especially if you are a comic book fan or movie geek. He gives shout outs to, Marvel, DC, and other obscure comic book publishers, as well as, Bruce Campbell, The Tick and other obscure pop cult icons. There is some amazingly detailed background on all things comic, movie and TV geek. On the romance side, the MC get together fairly early in the book, so very little angst and a lot of very hot smex. The story is mainly about their rollercoaster ride of a relationship. Charlie David does a fantastic job as usually in bringing the characters to life and drawing the reader into these characters.

    That said, I’m afraid I am NOT that into comics or the movie and TV industry and was kind of bored with it at about hour 8 of the 14 hour narration. Although that stuff is interesting, 14 hours of it gets REALLY old. There is really nothing happening in the story except interesting industry knowledge and the two MCs living their geek dream and trying to communicate with one another. Which is sweet, but again 14 HOURS!! I'm afraid I like a little more drama in my romance books. I would say if you want a really intriguing, well written listen about the comic and movie industries (there is even some gaming stuff) and a just OK romance, it is worth a credit.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan MURFREESBORO, TN, United States 05-04-15
    Ryan MURFREESBORO, TN, United States 05-04-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Fantastic"

    Brilliantly written. beautiful and sexy. my only complaint is a minor one with Charlie David. He does superbly well but every once in a while mispronounced a word and it can be a bit jarring. But overall a great book. I look forward to many more books by Damon Suede.

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    MikeChgo 03-10-15
    MikeChgo 03-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "What a fantastic, realistic boook."
    Where does Bad Idea rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The book was one of the best books I've gotten in a while in the m/m romance genre the story was real, the emotions were true, even if the body parts were exaggerated.


    What other book might you compare Bad Idea to and why?

    Zero at the Bone and Few Josh Lanyon books come to mind with the trueness of the emotion


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration at times is like speed bumps on a smooth highway. Charlie David is normally more than competent but there are dozens of glaring mispronunciations. Someone needs to introduce him to an audio dictionary so he can hear the words pronounced properly.


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

    The conclusion, which I will not spoil for anyone. But you'll be satisfied. For once neither half of the couple has to die or get a terminal illness to finish the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy the book. Get the Kindle copy and read along, it helps cover the word bloopers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul S. Nowak 01-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Yuck!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, because sophomoric prose and tired cliches like this is why the world doesn't take gay literature seriously.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The creative process behind the comic book idea the characters are working on even though the romance between them is trite and boring. Go write that comic instead!


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator could pronounce words correctly...just, you know, for a start....


    Could you see Bad Idea being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No names


    Any additional comments?

    I'm getting a refund...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Carissa USA 10-23-14
    Carissa USA 10-23-14
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    "I've had better."
    What would have made Bad Idea better?

    I think this author is pretty talented, but his overuse of euphemisms for male genitalia is very off-putting, at least to this female reader. I also felt this book was pretty dull. There wasn't nearly enough action or angst for my liking. I bought this because I enjoyed the writing (minus the euphemisms) in Hot Head, but this wasn't nearly as good.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I seriously don't understand why everyone has such a hard on for Charlie David. He's the most irritating narrator in this genre, in my opinion. Every time he says "shone," but pronounces it "shawn," I want to slit my wrists. Also, his "southern" accent is like nails on a chalkboard for me (i.e. someone who knows what an Alabama accent actually sounds like). I've returned most of the books I've purchased that were narrated by him, but I decided to keep this one so I could leave a review. Feel free to say it wasn't helpful just because I don't fall down at his feet to worship at the Charlie David alter.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Aurora Willow Kenyon 06-30-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story, OK narration"

    Really loved this story. I mostly liked how it was read, but I found the narrator's pronunciation really distracting. I think I should forgive the nonstandard pronunciation of terms of art, and chalk some of the other words up to dialect, but that still doesn't cover the spread. I ended up feeling like the narrator just didn't know what he was saying.

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    Amazon Customer San Diego, California 06-13-16
    Amazon Customer San Diego, California 06-13-16 Member Since 2013
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    "underwhelming"

    basic story, nothing really exciting about it. I was not a fan of sounds given to auxiliary actions of objects. did we really need the sound of the door closing to be written or the sound of paper falling.

    I fast forwarded the book so I can be done. Charley David has a good voice but he could not save this book.

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    Reader 11-03-15
    Reader 11-03-15

    A Reader

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    "Enjoyable, but frustrating."

    Charlie David has an amazing voice and performs the characters fantastically, but ... and this is a huge but for me, he didn't spend enough time preparing for this. There were too many words that were mispronounced, easy words that shouldn't have caused anyone confusion unless possibly English wasn't their first language. Pollen is NOT Poe - len and that is just one example of many, even if he didn't know how to pronounce it he should have been able to tell what the word was from the text.

    Part of the narrators job is to make sure they know what is being said before it is recorded. He completely failed in this aspect and it's so frustrating because if he hadn't this would easily have been a five-star performance.

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    Amazon Customer 10-16-15
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    "I heart Damon Suede"
    If you could sum up Bad Idea in three words, what would they be?

    exasperating
    intriguing
    good


    What other book might you compare Bad Idea to and why?

    Good question. On the one hand, it's a classic awkward idiot falls in love and screws it up, but it's not funny/zany like TJ Klune or quite as sexy as Hot Head. The way that Horn Gate works as a companion piece is pretty great.


    Did Charlie David do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Fine enough. I didn't *love* Silas' accent, but it was clear that each character had a perspective and voice.


    If you could rename Bad Idea, what would you call it?

    ??? Why would I do that?


    Any additional comments?

    Okay, I bought this even though I'd already read the book because I loved what Charlie David did with Hot Head. I will say, though, that it was jarring that there were so many words that were pronounced strangely: Coleco (maybe he's too young to remember what that sounds like), soldering (pronounced with the l the first time), cojones (with a hard j), and other words that could have easily been Googled. Maybe it's small of me, but it really took me out of my groove. If you're the kind of nitpicker who would care about such things (and I'm not even talking about what I assume is a regional pronunciation of words like shone), I would steer you towards Hot Head, where those dark whispers seem so much more appropriate and there are fewer words to distract you from the magnificence that Dante and Griff become.

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    Steve 10-15-15
    Steve 10-15-15
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    "Wordy Account of a "Bad Idea""
    What did you like best about Bad Idea? What did you like least?

    I liked the way the characters were written out. They were fully formed and realized. The writer did their homework in nerd culture, obviously. The story was great. That being said, however, some of the conversations were over-thought and I feel that the writer tried way too hard to make them super-clever. Its like Kevin Williamson characters on crack. Too many unnecessary conversations, scenes and tangents.


    If you’ve listened to books by Damon Suede before, how does this one compare?

    I've never heard of the author before.


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

    Ugh. Such pretentious pronunciation for the kind of pseudo-lowbrow material that's being performed. And he did a poor job with the southern accent. Tried way too hard.


    Could you see Bad Idea being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    That's the great thing about the book, is that its very visual from the start. I could see it being a TV show. I'm none too familiar with actors to suggest any, however.


    Any additional comments?

    Great overall story, but could have been condensed into a much shorter story. Would have made it excellent.

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  • S. E. Errington
    County Durham, England
    6/8/14
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    "Great Idea!"
    What made the experience of listening to Bad Idea the most enjoyable?

    Without a doubt, the twists and turns between Silas and Tripp and their developing relationship


    What other book might you compare Bad Idea to, and why?

    Hot Head, by the same author


    What about Charlie David’s performance did you like?

    Charlie David's performance was excellent and he really brought the characters to life


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

    If only! But a with a story of this length, just not possible


    Any additional comments?

    Possibly the best narrator I've listened to - so far! Highly recommended and I will definitely return to this book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marius F.
    Hastings, UK
    11/14/14
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    "Could've been good"
    What did you like best about Bad Idea? What did you like least?

    I liked the characters but by the chapter 5 I was put off by the history of the comics that seem to unravel and I just lost interest. Definitely a gem for gay comics aficionados.


    Would you recommend Bad Idea to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. Because I didn't enjoy it.


    What does Charlie David bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Charlie David is excellent as always.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Probably not as I didn't finish the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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