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Don't...: A Gay BDSM Thriller audiobook cover art

Gripping story- fresh, intelligent look at BDSM

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

Reviewed: 07-14-19

I am not in the scene, but this seems like a great portrayal of it. The actual sex and Scene took a back seat to respect, communication and trust. The main character has a personality disorder that I knew very little about and when you learn it, it brings some of the more confusing things together. This happens early enough in the book that I wasn't distracted with my own questions about what was happening. There are a lot of moving parts and history, which I appreciated because sometimes stories are too in the present without regard to how the past informs and influences our choices. I was just enthralled and listened whenever possible. The actor giving voice to the story was incredibly talented and I am going to have to search out anything else he has done. Now I wish the rest of the series was in audible, but I just have to read the books instead! highly recommend

Kage audiobook cover art

narration was excellent

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

Reviewed: 11-29-17

Liked this book when I read it. Liked it even more when listening. I'm now compelled to get the second book.

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I enjoyed reading this series years ago

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

Reviewed: 09-04-17

If you could sum up Transformation in three words, what would they be?

Dynamic, political and magical

What did you like best about this story?

The intimate friendship that develops.

Which scene was your favorite?

A fight scene at the end. Don't want to give too much away.

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

I remember feeling very anxious for the characters.

HIM audiobook cover art

So good

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

Reviewed: 04-19-17

If you could sum up HIM in three words, what would they be?

Growth, pursuit and friendship

What other book might you compare HIM to and why?

I love friends to lovers stories, but I feel put on the spot so I cannot think of anything. Maybe Sutphin Boulevard, but Him is more sweet and less gritty.

Have you listened to any of Teddy Hamilton and Jacob Morgan ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Haven't listened to them before I don't think and I really enjoyed this dual narration.

Who was the most memorable character of HIM and why?

Jamie for some reason his line, "dude, you know I'm from northern California, right?" stays with me. It was just such a laid back response to Wesley's coming out and I appreciated that it showed how difficult it was for Wesley to open up even to his best friend.

Any additional comments?

I just really liked the story, the dialogue and how the characters came together after following their own inner compass about their respective careers. I just liked that it was a mutual give and take.

Necropolis audiobook cover art

The narrator is improving

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

Reviewed: 04-19-17

What made the experience of listening to Necropolis the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the camel trying to eat Percival's fez throughout.

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

I have decided that I don't like books that take place in the desert. Although I did like learning a bit about the excavation of the Egyptian artifacts.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I think the narrator is getting better about distinguishing his voices from one another or maybe I am just getting back at the subtle shifts in his tone. It does seem though that while he is trying to make the voices distinctive, sometimes a bit of the acting is lost in the delivery.

If you could rename Necropolis, what would you call it?

It suited the work.

Any additional comments?

This story was a little slow for me for some reason. I generally like the Whybourne and Griffin stories so this must be an indicator that I need to take a break and come back to them. It just seems that Percival uses magic and Griffin gets annoyed. Christine shows her remarkable resourcefulness and unwavering determination again and I guess I would just like a little variation on these characters. Although we did draw out more emotion from Christine in this story than I have ever noticed before. Maybe that was the problem is the story seemed more centered on her.

For the Living audiobook cover art

Oh My, I usually like Witt's stories but not this

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-10-16

What did you like best about For the Living? What did you like least?

I disliked the narrator and the MC Jay, who came across as a very selfish person. I DNF the audio so he may have gotten better, but after the "date" like a week after his wife's death, I was like NOPE.

What was most disappointing about L.A. Witt’s story?

Her failure to get me to sympathize with Jay, which I think was likely her intention because frankly I couldn't find anything likeable about him.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

No, he was very slow and it made the story move slowly too.

Family Unit audiobook cover art

I DNF

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-18-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I tried. I hate to give up on an audio book and perhaps I am at a disadvantage because I did not read the book first. I just didn't like it. I thought there was a lot of sex and I am no prude, but unfortunately it took away from the story for me rather than enhanced. I just kept saying "I get it, they are crazy hot for each other." Then it began to drag for me. It's like we are introduced to these characters that you know are going to create conflict and then I am just waiting for the conflict, like where is it? It's been chapters now and still the couple is doing a lot of feeling each other out and feeling each other up, but not much in terms of moving the plot forward. Doesn't Rick have to work, like ever? He spends the first half of the book getting injured and having sex with injuries - ouch.

If you’ve listened to books by Z.A. Maxfield before, how does this one compare?

No so I cannot draw a comparison.

What didn’t you like about JP Handler’s performance?

Very stilted at times and there was no cadence or rhythm to his speech. Like a child reading a primer book in places where each word is said properly but without inflection or pauses or nuances in speech. I also didn't hear much distinction between Rick and Logan's voices, if there was any. I like the tone of his voice, but I felt that he struggled with the material a little and was likely running the some internal monologue as me like "when are these guys going to quit jumping each other's bones?"

Was Family Unit worth the listening time?

Not for me.

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Glitterland audiobook cover art

Nicholas Boulton does an incredible job

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

Reviewed: 06-01-16

If you could sum up Glitterland in three words, what would they be?

poignant romantic heartbreaking

What was one of the most memorable moments of Glitterland?

When Ash goes to ask forgiveness from Darian and the beauty in Darian's ready forgiveness over the painful words that Ash had used, and learning that he was most hurt that Ash did not trust in his forgiveness and took six months to ask for it.

What about Nicholas Boulton’s performance did you like?

The Essex accent. But really everything was so well done. The inflections, intonations, I was wincing when I was supposed to be and laughing the next moment. Superb.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A romance that is right mental.

Any additional comments?

Will listen to this one again soon as it is now on my list of favorites.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Widdershins audiobook cover art

Not enough variance in the narrator's voice

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

Reviewed: 05-04-16

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

This is an excellent story that was only slightly marred by the narration. So not my favorite in terms of narration, but the story elevates it to the top half of audios.

What aspect of Julian G. Simmons’s performance would you have changed?

I would have liked to not hear the pages turning and for him to have a consistent volume to his voice. I understand that when a character whispers, the narrator should also have a bit of a whisper, but please make it a loud whisper. I know that sounds stupid, but I really had to keep changing the volume during listening. I also didn't hear much variance between Griffin and Whyborne's voices and if it wasn't for such a well written story with distinct character voices, I may have been completely lost. In fact, there wasn't much of a distinction in any of the character's voices - not in tone, cadence, rhythm, accents, intonation, inflection - nothing. Admittedly I am a bit tone deaf, but I've never had this problem when listening before and I've listened to at least a hundred audios :(

Who was the most memorable character of Widdershins and why?

Whyborne because of his innocence, social awkwardness, brilliance and complete bafflement when it came to his own charms and attractions.

Any additional comments?

I am disheartened to learn that the same narrator is throughout the books because I may have to return the others in the series that I've purchased. It's a shame because the story and characters are very good and compelling.