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  • Training Season

  • By: Leta Blake
  • Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

Unquestionably talented figure skater Matty Marcus is willing to sacrifice everything for his Olympic dream, but his lack of discipline cost him the gold once before. Now the pressure's on. He needs a coach who can keep him in line, but top coaches don't come cheap, and Matty can't afford to stay in the game no matter how badly he wants to win. When a lucrative house-sitting gig brings him to rural Montana, Matty does his best to maintain his training regimen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You'll find a wonderful love story here!

  • By Carra at Making it Happen blog on 07-26-17

Great Love Story

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

Reviewed: 09-02-17

This is a great love story beautifully told by the author. It could have been a little shorter and was a little more steamy than I like, however it was very good overall. I hope the next installment of this series will be available on Audible soon.

  • Come Sundown

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,719
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,748
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,709

The Bodine ranch and resort in western Montana is a family business, an idyllic spot for vacationers. A little over thirty thousand acres and home to four generations, it's kept running by Bodine Longbow with the help of a large staff, including new hire Callen Skinner. There was another member of the family once: Bodine's aunt, Alice, who ran off before Bodine was born. She never returned, and the Longbows don't talk about her much. The younger ones, who never met her, quietly presume she's dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heart-rending story... good overcomes misogyny

  • By Sher on 06-15-17

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

Classic Nora Roberts. Very good story, very entertaining. I hope there is a sequel.

  • The Right Words

  • Right and Wrong Book 1
  • By: Lane Hayes
  • Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 204

Sidelined with a serious injury, soccer star Michael Martinez decides his beach house is the perfect place to recuperate. Remodeling might be the diversion he needs to keep his mind off his busted knee. Falling for the pretty designer with some quirky habits wasn't on the drawing board. Unfortunately, Luke didn't build a big enough closet for Michael to hide in. Having a star-powered sports career used to be all Michael lived for, but he'll have to reevaluate his plans and find the right words if he wants to build more than a beach house with Luke.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet story

  • By Riva on 10-02-15

Dreary

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

Not much story and very slow paced. I found the characters to be stereotypes and fairly bland. Sex scenes were boring and too long. Overall, this was one I struggled to finish. Not recommended.

  • Beneath the Stain

  • By: Amy Lane
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

In a town as small as Tyson, CA, everybody knew the four brothers with the four different fathers - and their penchant for making good music when they weren't getting into trouble. For Mackey Sanders, playing in Outbreak Monkey with his brothers and their friends - especially Grant Adams - made Tyson bearable. But Grant has plans for getting Mackey and the Sanders boys out of Tyson, even if that means staying behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amy Lane at her best...

  • By Donald on 10-02-15

A Good Read

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

Reviewed: 01-28-17

His is a pretty good read, although at times it does tend to get a little bogged down with details and is maybe a little long. Amy Lane has a good grasp of the contemporary issues facing fay people in small towns and the way they are treated by people with little compassion or understanding of others.

Overall, this will not disappoint. A good story which maintains listener interest most of the time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • End of the Innocence

  • Tales from Foster High, Book 2
  • By: John Goode
  • Narrated by: Michael Ahr
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Kyle Stilleno is no longer the invisible boy, and he doesn't quite know how he feels about it. On one hand, he now has a great boyfriend, Brad Greymark, and a handful of new friends, and even a new job. On the other hand, no one screamed obscenities at him in public when he was invisible.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful, but a little 20th Century.

  • By Rob on 01-13-17

Powerful, but a little 20th Century.

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

Reviewed: 01-13-17

I did not enjoy this book as much as Tales from Foster High books 1-3. I will outline why later in my review, but first I want to mention the many things I did like about this book.

The growing relationship and love between Kyle and Brad and their intimacy and interactions in this book are wonderful. I really connected with them both as a couple and enjoyed the further development of their relationship. Introducing new gay characters into the story was a plus also, even if Robbie did make me cringe. This added a new layer to the town and their back stories added to moving the overall story along.

I enjoyed the way the point of view shifted from Kyle and Brad. It's interesting to hear their different points of view and to see the story through different eyes. The depiction of these two characters as 17 year olds was spot on also. They both have attitudes and are somewhat opinionated like 17 year olds often are, yet are also very vulnerable and innocent at the same time.

I also liked the message in the story. It is important that we acknowledge the harm that can be done through intolerance and bigotry. Too many teenagers take their lives leaving families and friends who have no idea why. It's time we all faced up to why this happens as I am sure the majority of teens who commit suicide do so as a result of the angst they feel about their sexuality. The only way we as human society will change that is by being far more tolerant, educated and open minded about the plights of others. This story did a fairly good job of spelling that out to the reader.

However, for me there were negatives. I felt the story dragged. Many scenes went on far too long and some I felt were unnecessary to the overall story. Perhaps some of the parts introduced are going to be further developed in the yet to be released books in the series, however I didn't like the way some things were in the story for little or no reason. Mr Parker's relationship with the guy from the other state for instance. This part of the story went no where and seemed completely irrelevant to the overall story. If this is going to be part of the next story, then I believe it needed to be integrated better into this one. There were a couple of other examples like this in the story also, which just seemed to me to be needlessly stringing out the story.

I live in Australia and haven't visited Texas before, however I do understand that the 'south' of USA is very conservative and perhaps there are those who have strong opinions against the world's progressive acceptance of gay people. I did find some of the behaviour by adults in this book pretty alarming though. On one hand, we have many of the townsfolk accepting gay people openly (the cafe owner, the police chief, Brad's ex girlfriend, all the 'geeks' from the library club, Kyle's female friend, Brad and Kyle's parents etc) and yet, the bigoted, violent and hateful actions of one or two adults seems to be tolerated. I don't believe the adults and those in positions of power wouldn't have put far more pressure on the adults who publicly spewed abuse and hatred toward school aged children before the problems this caused in the book happened. It seemed far too much of a blind eye was turned for this to be real.

Further, how many people live in this town? It seemed like it was a very small place, however suddenly hundreds of people are posting hate onto the Facebook page of one of the characters and not one adult is doing anything about it. And a post on You Tube of someone having a private conversation and coming out as gay is never going to go viral! Most people are far, far more accepting than that, and I am sure the haters would, in reality, be outnumbered greatly in real life. Further, it is illegal to spread hate and to bully people on Facebook. The police chief's daughter told him everything else that was going on, why didn't he know about the Facebook issues (that went on for the whole of winter break) and if he did, why did he do nothing about it?

Clearly it is set in recent times as Kyle received an iphone for Christmas. However, to me story seemed a little 20th Century. The USA is in front of Australia in that the US has recently legalised gay marriage. There is a very large tolerant and progressive population in the states and I just cannot see this kind of abuse of gay people being tolerated in the 21st Century. I am sure it happens, just not so sure it's realistic that a whole town of people allow it to happen in public without legal consequences.

Overall, the book was quite good and most likely I'd recommend it. I do think too many gay novels focus far too much on the social taboo that is very rapidly diminishing in society. There are not too many adults who tolerate open 'gay bashing' anymore as in most parts of the world, it is as illegal as racial discrimination. I do hope in the not so near future, novelists begin to write compelling gay fiction that doesn't have vilification and acceptance as their key plot.


  • Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover

  • Most Popular Guy in the School, Book 1
  • By: Robbie Michaels
  • Narrated by: Michael Stellman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

Mark certainly knows Bill Cromwell, whom he meets officially when his father volunteers him for manual labor at the school. Bill is his polar opposite: outgoing, gregarious, athletic. But when a massive snowstorm traps the two boys together for three days, Mark learns that being popular doesn't mean you can't be bullied or abused - or gay. And that bullying doesn't stop at the school doors. And that bullying doesn't stop at the school doors.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surely this book is meant to be more than it seems

  • By Lifesavr on 07-30-14

Lovely

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

Reviewed: 01-03-17

This was a lovely book. It begun in typical geek loves the school jock fashion however it developed into way more than that. Albeit a little short, this book won't let down anyone who seeks an easy to listen to, captivating gay novel that does not focus on sex and seduction. It's sweet and quite innocent, with a good story to go with it. Highly recommended.

It says this is book 1. Where are the rest?? I hope they appear on Audible soon.

  • Silver & Black

  • By: Tyler May
  • Narrated by: Guy Locke
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 152

Brian Silver is CEO of the world's largest coffeehouse chain in the world, Silver Coffee. Growing up in a wealthy family, Silver had it all: money, fame, and any man he wanted, but that was never enough. Silver wants more. Greyson Black is a coffeehouse barista in one of the Silver Coffee chains in downtown Manhattan. Greyson is finishing school and determined to find the best path for his life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastical tale...

  • By Donald on 04-08-16

Undecided

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

Reviewed: 08-14-16

I am completely undecided about whether I enjoyed this book or not. Firstly, the premise of the book is that a rich guy financially supports another younger guy he never met without his knowledge and then by chance, meets him and becomes interested in pursuing a relationship with him. Now, this is really quite far fetched to begin with, however the way the rich guy pursues the younger guy and the way he 'woos' him come across as kind of creepy.

The author tries to weave some kind of intrigue into the plot by having the main character stalked and setting the reader up to believe that 'something' just doesn't seem right with the rich guy, but to be honest, by the time all is revealed, I was shouting at the device playing the audiobook as I had had enough of the story being unnecessarily drawn out and prolonged. It dragged and just wouldn't move forward and the story seemed all over the place.

This book could have been half as long as it was. It was unnecessarily drawn out and got on my nerves as a result. The sex scenes were probably good if this is what you buy gay romance for, however I always find them unnecessary and in the case of the book, quite a put off for some reason. I just didn't connect with these characters. They seemed one dimensional and the main characters constantly calling each other by their surnames or 'Mr' was also something that annoyed me.

Finally, the narrator is terrible. Why can't he pronounce words correctly? He didn't correctly pronounce any words which had a hard 't' sound in the middle of them and it was quite annoying. For instance, if he was supposed to say the word 'wilted' he would say 'wil-ed' instead. I understand that some people have speech impediments, however do they really become voice actors? His character voices seemed without emotion and feeling and almost stilted at some points.

Overall, this is a story which could have been told far better. If I had been the author's editor, I would have told him to shorten it down and come the point a lot faster. With another voice actor and a shorted script, this could have been a winner.

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  • Rainbow Road

  • By: Alex Sanchez
  • Narrated by: Alston Brown
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Jason Carrillo came out to his basketball team senior year and lost his university scholarship. Now, with graduation behind him and summer ending, he's asked to speak at the opening of a gay and lesbian high school across the country. But after spending years in the closet and losing his scholarship dream, what message can he offer? Kyle Meeks is getting ready to go to Princeton in the fall and trying to see as much as possible of his boyfriend, Jason, before they have to separate. When Jason tells him about his speaking invitation, Kyle jumps at the chance to drive across country with him. Yet he can't help worrying....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Drove Me Nuts

  • By Rob on 11-29-15

Drove Me Nuts

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

Reviewed: 11-29-15

Yeah, these boys are gay. Well, one claims to be bisexual. I don't know why that needs to make them as annoying as hell and carry on in such a selfish manner. Having enjoyed the first two books I found this road trip to be both boring and annoying. There was a number of times I wanted to shout at the player when Nelson did something totally selfish or stupid, or when Kyle sulked like an 11 year old. I found them both to be gratingly immature, self centered and annoying in this book. For me, they both seemed to have taken a step backwards in the level of maturity and self interest they had in the previous books.

The narration begun to grate on me also. The number of monotone 'whoo hoos' made me completely frustrated and annoyed. Perhaps I wasn't in the mood for this book, however I just found it to be tedious and annoying.

I just didn't like this book at all. Too many things went wrong, too many arguments and disagreements and generally too much angst for me to enjoy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Out-Foxed

  • The Skyler Foxe Mysteries, Book 3
  • By: Haley Walsh
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

While chaperoning a high school dance, English teacher Skyler Foxe has just been dragged out of the closet by the hunky assistant football coach - a man he thought he knew. But when Sky discovers Keith has been keeping a big secret, he breaks it off, leaving both of them lonely and confused. With troubles mounting from the press, angry parents, confused students, Skyler's own mom, and a murdered teacher, what's a boy to do but discover - once and for all - who's behind all the dirty doings at James Polk High?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Okay I Relent...

  • By Rob on 09-25-15

Okay I Relent...

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

Reviewed: 09-25-15

This third installment was just wonderful. After I sem-panned the narration of Joel Leslie in my review of the second Skyler Foxe Mysteries novel, I relent and say that his performance in this third installment is just wonderful. I hear myself even now, some weeks after listening to 'Out-Foxed' saying 'Skylerrr' in my head using Joel Leslie's Rodolfo voice! It's hilarious.

Out-Foxed does not disappoint on the story side either. It is full of mystery and suspense whilst also being jam packed with humor. In this novel we get to know Skyler's mother a little better and come to see that she is as passionate and caring as Skyler. The only part of the novel I didn't like is when Keith was recalled because the situation had become 'too dangerous'. It didn't really gel with me that he would abandon Skyler that way and leave him in the peril that clearly he was in. Especially when it seemed that his superiors didn't prevent him coming back and clearing everything up with Skyler in the end anyway. The rest of the story was awesome.

I am now looking forward to the novelette based around the Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations and hope Audible will have the next full novel 'Foxe Fire' ready for download very soon.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • The Eskimo Slugger

  • By: Brad Boney
  • Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

It's the summer of 1983, and Trent Days is Major League Baseball's rookie sensation. Since he was born in Alaska to an Inupiat mother, the press have dubbed him the Eskimo Slugger, but a midseason collision at home plate temporarily halts his meteoric rise to the top.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Missing Piece of the Pie

  • By HZ on 11-11-15

Excellent Third Book

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

Reviewed: 08-30-15

This book is an excellent addition to the first two books in this series, The Nothingness of Ben and The Return. We finally get to find out the connection between Stanton, the Walsh's and the link between characters past and present.

This novel was narrated by a different voice actor than the first two, however I immediately felt comfortable with Michael Ferraiuolo's characterizations of the book's main players and thought he did a magnificent job. The book's tempo was spot on. No part of the book dragged nor did it gloss too quickly over important happenings. For me, this Brad Boney book was just spot on.

I really empathized with the main character, Trent. I felt that he had always been more interested in pleasing others and keeping his true self hidden. Brenden on the other hand is more confident with who he is, albeit somewhat inexperienced. I found Brenden to be a little unrealistic at times, which is why I only scored the book four stars for story and overall. Something seemed a little amiss with how forward and confident Brenden was given both his inexperience and that he clearly had a crush on Trent the baseball player before he met the real person. I didn't think someone like Brenden would be quite so confident meeting an idol. I also found Brenden to be a little 'standoffish' at times as though he wasn't quite as committed as Trent.

However, I listened to this book in record time and highly recommend it to anyone interested in quality gay fiction. Brad Boney has delivered a most interesting and extremely clever trilogy which comes full circle from book one to the end of this novel. To get the most from this book, I think readers definitely need to read The Nothingness of Ben and The Return first though. It will be a far better overall experience if you come to this novel already aware of what happens 30 years or so after the time in which this novel is set.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful