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Matter of Time: Vol. 1 | [Mary Calmes]

Matter of Time: Vol. 1

Jory Keyes leads a normal life as an architect’s assistant until he is witness to a brutal murder. Though initially saved by police Detective Sam Kage, Jory refuses protective custody - he has a life he loves that he won’t give up no matter who is after him. But Jory’s life is in real jeopardy, especially after he agrees to testify about what he saw. While dealing with attempts on his life, well-meaning friends who want to see him happy, an overly protective boss, and a slowly unfolding mystery that is much more sinister than he could ever imagine, the young gay man finds himself getting involved with Sam, the conflicted and closeted detective....
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Jory Keyes leads a normal life as an architect’s assistant until he is witness to a brutal murder. Though initially saved by police Detective Sam Kage, Jory refuses protective custody - he has a life he loves that he won’t give up no matter who is after him. But Jory’s life is in real jeopardy, especially after he agrees to testify about what he saw.

While dealing with attempts on his life, well-meaning friends who want to see him happy, an overly protective boss, and a slowly unfolding mystery that is much more sinister than he could ever imagine, the young gay man finds himself getting involved with Sam, the conflicted and closeted detective. And though Jory may survive the danger, he may not survive a broken heart.

©2010 Mary Calmes (P)2012 Mary Calmes

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    Sydney ROYAL PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, United States 02-08-14
    Sydney ROYAL PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, United States 02-08-14 Member Since 2015
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    "I love Jory & Sam..."
    Would you listen to Matter of Time: Vol. 1 again? Why?

    Yes. I usually re-read this novel once every six months. Jory and Sam's story is just the right amount of angst, love, hate, sex, and danger. I love Jory's inability to listen and get into trouble, but I love Sam's inability to not chase after him. Great story!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Matter of Time: Vol. 1?

    When Sam takes Jory to lunch with Maggie (Sam's girlfriend at the time) and gets into an argument with Jory to eat something before finally yelling "Just Eat something Baby!" and storming off. Poor maggie is like "Did he just call you Baby?" That scene is priceless.


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

    Yes! I love his voice! He can make a deep sultry tone and a lighter more feminine tone. It's always good to have a narrator "Play" the part and Paul Morey does that to a T.


    If you could rename Matter of Time: Vol. 1, what would you call it?

    So Jory...


    Any additional comments?

    Love ya Mary Calmes keep making those awesome couples! I love Logan and Jin too!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-02-13
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    "My fav Calmes story made even greater by narrator"

    I love this story, with strong characters unfolding their convoluted personalities and twisting paths toward each other, over several books and sequels. I read Matter of Time v 1 and 2 twice before buying the audible version. Paul Morey is one of the best male narrators I've ever heard, good to see such a story matched with such a narrator. He gives a distinctive, expressive voice to each character, major and minor alike, male and female. His dark, growly Sam Cage voice is deep enough to show up on the Richter scale. And yet Paul Morey can reveal every nuance of Jory's charmingly mercurial personality with his voicings. And his pace in the narrative portions is deliberate, unhurried, but always compelling.

    Dreamspinner Press, are you listening? So why did you switch to such a low-talent narrator in the sequel "Bulletproof"? I bought it without checking narrator, and was gobsmacked to find that it wasn't Paul Morey narrating the story. More about that in my Bulletproof review.

    I don't want to see my favorite stories turned into movies or plays. I do want to hear them read as a performance. I can't wait for the audible version of "But for You", are you listening Dreamspinner Press and Ms. Calmes??? I won't buy it if either Jeff Gelder or Andrew Schwartz narrates. If The Perfect Paul Morey isn't available, there are plenty of other talented narrators like Sean Crisden and Eric G. Dove. Sam and Jory's story deserves to end with better treatment in the audible version.

    Thank you DSP and MC and PM for a fabulous first four books in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Becca Oregon 04-27-13
    Becca Oregon 04-27-13 Member Since 2012

    I am Erotica/Romance writer that love to listen to books on audible in my down time. Audible keeps me sane during long drives or house cleaning days. I recommend Audible to everyone I can.

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    "HOT!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. This was my first Gay romance novel and I fell in love with the characters. By the end of the first chapter I didn't care if it was too guys, I was begging for Sam to make a move on Jory.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jory of course! His wittiness and flighty attitude was so endearing. I loved how accurately Mrs. Calmes wrote Jory very ADHD tendencies.


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

    mmm Paul Morey. Great narrator. Gave life and personality to the characters and he sounded completely comfortable during the heated scenes.


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

    I was all over the place listening to this story. It brought out just about every emotion from me.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't judge the story before you listen to it. It is one of the sweetest love stories I've heard in a long time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Want Giraffes NJ 03-26-13
    Want Giraffes NJ 03-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book, great narration"

    Paul Morey did such an excellent job with his narration of this book as well as A Matter of Time Vol 2. Sam and Jory are a favorite couple and their characters really came through. I will continue to listen to the rest of the books in the series by Mary Calmes.

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    Andrea Buford, GA, United States 01-21-13
    Andrea Buford, GA, United States 01-21-13 Member Since 2013
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Matter of Time: Vol. 1 to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print form of this book. I am hoping that they will make books 3 and 4 into audiobooks as well.


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

    NOOOO!!!! How could they end it that way?!?! The injustice of it all!! I want to cry and scream in frustration!!


    Which character – as performed by Paul Morey – was your favorite?

    My favourite character as performed by Paul Morey was: Jory.


    If you could take any character from Matter of Time: Vol. 1 out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would take Jory out to dinner because I think he would be absolutely delightful and we could have fun dancing afterwards.


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    Amazon Customer Southwest Washington 01-19-13
    Amazon Customer Southwest Washington 01-19-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Awesome story"
    Would you listen to Matter of Time: Vol. 1 again? Why?

    Yes. This is Mary Calmes at her best. This is my favorite book series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jory Keys. He's flawed snarky snotty and totally perfect. I also love Sam Caged, he's an alpha male who's flawed and out of his element when he meets Jory.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    No not at all. Jory is a 22 year old flighty free spirit. Paul Morey is to old to be the voice of Jory. Sam is an alpha male who is totally hot and hotheaded. The voice just doesn't match the characters


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

    The the end


    Any additional comments?

    New narrator for volume 2. Maybe Robert Nieman or Max Miller.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    A. Mattison Dallas, TX 01-14-13
    A. Mattison Dallas, TX 01-14-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Great Story, bad narrator"

    Having read this book before purchasing the audio book, I can say that this is the wrong narrator for this series. Narrator is dull. Jory is this wonderful character, who is suppose to be spunky with a little snark thrown in. After listening to this book, the whole story just comes across boring and that is because of the narrator, not the story. I recommend reading this one instead of listening to it.

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    HaloLove 04-09-15
    HaloLove 04-09-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Hard to listen to"
    Any additional comments?

    I have every book in this series and I'm bummed I won't get to listen to them all on audio.

    For this particular story, Paul Morey just did not bring the quirky fun attitude of Jory across and although he was ok as Sam, the narration was slow, he sounded incredibly too old for the characters, and after every time he spoke he stopped abruptly there was a long pause, then he'd start again. It sounded almost mechanical. Just weird and not entertaining to listen to at all.

    Once I started listening to book 6 with Finn Sterling, I just kept asking why wasn't he the narrator for this series? And Sean Crisden would have been amazing too, especially as Jory.

    Anyway, still loved the story but broken hearted the audio didn't do it justice for me and I won't be purchasing the others if it's not Finn Sterling or someone who can actually add an entertaining value to the story.

    The VOICE of the narrator is so important. And finding one amazing narrator to narrator the entire series is a big plus!!!!!

    Why are there so many different narrators anyway for this series? It really does ruin the series. And only Finn Sterling worked as a narrator for Jory and Sam.

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    Patricia 06-21-14
    Patricia 06-21-14 Member Since 2015
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    "My all time favorite series!"

    I love this series. I have listened to all volumes several times over. Mr Morey is my favorite narrator for the series too. I find the characters engaging and the story captivating all of the way through. I really wish that Ms Calmes would continue on with these characters. I enjoy living in their world!!

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    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 06-20-13
    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 06-20-13 Member Since 2014
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    "the narration was okay"

    This one is hard. I liked it but I was exasperated a lot with the Jory Keyes/Harcourt & Sam Kage relationship. But I think the narrator didn't help.

    Detective Sam Kage was investigating an attempted murder and had to protect Jory as a witness to that crime. Sam started off making snide comments about Jory, his looks and sexuality, but it became clear Sam was really curious. After taking a walk on the wild side with Jory, Sam starting warring with what he wanted versus what he thought he should want/have versus what his family/society expects him to have.

    I don't know if I like Jory and Sam as a couple. Jory brings out the best in Sam, but Sam doesn't bring out the best in Jory--I think Dane does, but Dane is his straight brother/boss.

    Detective Sam Kage needs to get a mental health evaluation. I don't know what's wrong with him, but whatever it is, I am sure he will require some shrink time.

    Jory may need to see someone too because he started this book off as a callous and indifferent young 22 year old. Detective Sam Kage basically brought out the inner doormat in Jory. If Jory bent any further for Sam, he would have broken his back. At the end, the Aloof Jory was an emotional mess and Sam was still a self-centered bully, lacking self-awareness and a true appreciation of the emotional upheaval he creates.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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