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  • Max

  • By: Bey Deckard
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Fresh out of school, Dr. Crane takes on a new patient who both intrigues and unnerves him. Charming, manipulative, and amoral, Max has exactly the sort of mind Crane finds himself drawn to with fictional characters. As Max weaves himself into Crane's life, Crane realizes that while fiction might be safe, Max certainly is not. When the professional line between them thins, who gets to define where one man ends and the other begins?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twisted

  • By Jessica on 11-23-16

Thrill Ride!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-29-17

Review – Book: I previously reviewed this book here.

Wow! This story grabs you right from the get go as Max begins his sessions with new doctor Crane. It also quickly becomes clear Max has some major issues and is one smart cookie. He is in control from their very first conversation and uses that control to manipulate and play every piece of his puzzle/game with scary and intricate precision. Dr. Crane didn’t really ever stand a chance.

The story plays out as Max takes over more and more of Dr. Crane’s life basically turning it upside down in every bad way possible, and Dr. Crane is all but helpless to stop it. There is a point where you wonder who has bigger psychological issues that need dealing with, and every twist and turn of this story keeps you on your toes.

I found myself engrossed and searching for more details about Max, about what his true intentions were and what the end game was going to be, much like Dr. Crane. But, just when you think you’ve got an idea or think things are a little clearer, the rug is ripped out from under you and you’re left scratching your head wondering if you missed any clues. I was still in a bit of a state of disbelief at the end.

There are strong warnings with this story. It is dark and sometimes violent. But, if you can handle that, and like a story that keeps you on the edge, I strongly urge you to give this story a go. It is one heck of a jam-packed exciting ride.

Review – Audio: Nick Russo does another fabulous job bringing Mr. Deckard’s characters to life. If you read the book, you already know how deliciously creepy this story is, but the audio adds even more to the twistedness that is Max. He adds clarity to scenes that were already vividly laid out and adds life and another depth to the characters that you can’t help but care about, or at least care to see what happens to them. This story will keep you on the edge of your seat, guessing and trying to see the clues. If you are looking for something a little different, with a definite edge, be sure to add this one to your list. Max does not disappoint, and neither does Mr. Russo in his narration.

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  • Caged

  • Baal's Heart, Volume 1
  • By: Bey Deckard
  • Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Sheltered and lonely, Jon's life changes drastically when a strange ship sails into the harbor of his small port town one day. Trapped between the possessive pirate captain and his murderous first mate, he must learn to adapt or he will lose himself completely. An epic tale of love, treachery and revelation, this first instalment of the Baal's Heart series brings you into the lives of three men so bound together by jealousy and lies that they must sail to the very ends of the earth to find forgiveness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Story and Performance!

  • By JustJen on 12-29-16

Amazing Story and Performance!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Caged to be better than the print version?

The Audio version is a wonderful enhancement, though as with most adaptations, I prefer to read the book first to get more details.

This is one of those stories that has a life of its own and you are lucky enough to be sucked into. It is a very descriptive world with some very complex characters (Tom being one of my all-time favorites). It is not fluffy or overly romantic, but still a love story. Three very different men come together, each with their own pasts, needs and secrets, who end up becoming integral pieces to their overall relationship puzzle. How they get there is a very exciting and suspenseful, and often difficult journey.

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

I don’t read a ton of audio books, but I have read enough to know a good narrator when I hear one. The narrator can make or break a story for me, can either dull a story down or bring more life to an already fabulous one. Mr. Ferraiuolo falls into the latter category. He did a fabulous job with these tricky characters. He easily distinguishes between the three, as well as others in the crew, and does an excellent job at portraying each one. Mr. Deckard has already given a vividly clear picture of these characters, so they are some pretty big shoes to fill, but Mr. Ferraiuolo has definitely succeeded in my opinion.

Any additional comments?

If you are looking for a story to get lost in, one that makes you feel as though you are right there watching it unfold, that allows you to escape reality for a bit, with characters you can’t help but love (and even some to dislike at times), this one definitely fits the bill, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Definitely heed the trigger warnings on this one though, because things can get pretty rough on the Baal’s Heart, so if you have any tendencies of “sea sickness,” you might be better off staying on dry land.

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  • Limited Liability

  • Sin City, Book 2
  • By: Tricia Owens
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Ethan has moved to Las Vegas to become the lover of Maxmillian Poole, and although things sizzle between them in the bedroom, Ethan is frustrated by his lack of employment. How can he be an equal partner if he doesn't hold a job? When a reputed mob boss forces Maxmillian to hire Ethan as a bodyguard at the Elite Poole, Ethan is thrilled. But having Ethan work for him strains Max's ability to separate business from pleasure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unlimited Fun

  • By Charo on 11-02-16

Fabulous Sequel

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-16-16

What did you love best about Limited Liability?

Nick J. Russo is back! I love when someone captures the voices of characters and you grow to expect hearing them, only to have that same voice return in the next story. Mr. Russo does a wonderful job with Max and Ethan (and all of the other characters), giving them distinctive voices that are easy to discern. He is so easy to listen to, and I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up any of his narrations.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ethan because while he doesn’t totally understand his willingness to completely submit to Max, he cannot deny the feelings. He he goes along with Max’ wishes, but he starts showing more signs that he won’t just let Max walk all over him. He listens to his body but also his mind.

Which character – as performed by Nick J. Russo – was your favorite?

Ethan

Who was the most memorable character of Limited Liability and why?

Ethan and Max because Mr. Russo captures each character so well in ways that show clearly how different they are but also how good they are together.

Any additional comments?

The only thing I am unsure about is whether you would get the same thing out of this story if you hadn’t read it first. I find that listening to an audio book after I’ve read it is like watching a movie after reading a book. For me, it puts more life into it and gives the characters more depth. But, just as with movies, I think reading the book first gives you a tiny bit more detail. At least, that’s the way it is for me. So, if you feel the same, I highly recommend you read this series first, but do not hesitate to rush right out and pick up the audio. If, like me, you are not ready to let these guys go at the end, you’ll be glad you have the audio to look forward to, as it enhances and brings these guys back to life.

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  • Sarge

  • F.I.S.T.S., Book 1
  • By: Bey Deckard
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Sometimes it's just about being in the right place at the right time...with the right person. Sarge is the short story of a burgeoning D/s relationship between two space marines stationed on an alien planet where an endless war drags on.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An erotic SF mil-thrill that really delivers

  • By BeachBumBooks on 08-20-16

Fabulous Short Story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-16

Where does Sarge rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top of the list

Who was your favorite character and why?

Murphy - so much to love #TeamMurph

Have you listened to any of Nick J. Russo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don’t listen to that many audios these days, but when I saw this was out, and Nick J. Russo was narrating, I one-clicked faster than a speeding bullet. I wasn’t sure if he would be able to pull off Sarge and Murphy. Let’s face it, they are unique characters and Mr. Deckard has painted very clear pictures of how they act and sound. Well, Mr. Russo did not disappoint. He brought these guys to life giving them distinct voices and mannerisms yet making it seem effortless. It is easy to see why he is such a popular narrator. I really hope he continues with book 2 of this series.

Any additional comments?

I cannot believe I read this book almost two years ago. Due to the fact that I read a lot of books, write tons of reviews for myself, as well as drafting others for the blog, it takes a talented author to write a story and characters that stand out above that crowd. Mr. Deckard is one of those authors who does it every single time. I have never forgotten any of the details about Sarge and Murphy’s story. In fact, as soon as this audio started rolling, every one of those details and scenes came flooding back. I remembered being on that planet when Murph was patching Sarge up, and was back in that room with them when they took things to another level. Every colorful detail was vivid once again, right down to the kaleidoscope of Murphy’s vision. I can practically feel the oppressive heat of their surroundings, the dust and blood that they’ve practically become accustomed to. This is one short story that packs a heck of a punch, and I was excited to relive it again on audio.

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  • Dom of Las Vegas

  • Sin City, Book 1
  • By: Tricia Owens
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 168

Ethan Winter has known since he was a kid that he wants to work for the FBI. Until then, he's stuck modeling underwear and photographing cheating spouses for a private investigator. But when a trip to Las Vegas for a security conference brings him into contact with the magnificently dominant Maxmillian Poole, Ethan finds himself faced with a dilemma: pursue his childhood dream, or become the partner of a man who seems to know him inside and out - and who offers a life any submissive would crawl for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oral Delight

  • By kitty pride on 08-07-16

Fabulous Series Opener

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Dom of Las Vegas to be better than the print version?

About the same

What did you like best about this story?

I love the relationship dynamics

What does Nick J. Russo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The previous audio I listened to was also narrated by Mr. Russo, so I was a tiny bit concerned that I would have trouble hearing the same voice for different characters. I needn’t have worried a bit! Mr. Russo puts a new voice to Ethan and Max, and the other characters as well, so that I never once felt as though I was listening to a continuation of the previous story. He has a very easy voice to listen to – it’s almost comforting. I’m a bit late to this party, but I’m definitely a fan now and wouldn’t hesitate to choose one of his narrations. I sure hope he continues with the rest of this series, as I’m ready to hear the rest of the story as eagerly as I did reading it the first time.

Any additional comments?

This became one of my favorite series. I fell in love with Ethan and Max right away and gobbled up every book after this one. So, when I saw it was on audio, I had to grab it.

It is the story of Ethan, a young guy who dreamed of joining the FBI and had done everything in his power to make that a reality, and Max, a wealthy businessman and owner of a security company that provides bodyguards to the elite. When these two meet, the connection is instantaneous. Max senses a submissiveness in Ethan of which he never really grasped the extent of or never really put a name to. But, when Max is in charge, Ethan’s submissiveness shines. Yet it all feels very natural, on both ends. These guys end up in more of a power exchange and d/s relationship that I found quite interesting and refreshing.

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