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  • In the Ruins

  • Metahuman Files, Book 2
  • By: Hailey Turner
  • Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Captain Jamie Callahan knows the Metahuman Defense Force frowns on fraternization. For once in his life, he’s breaking all the rules. Having Staff Sergeant Kyle Brannigan on his team and in his bed is worth the risk of being found out. When a mission comes down requiring Alpha Team to go undercover in order to infiltrate a criminal alliance, Jamie knows it won’t be easy. Putting his family’s name on the line is nothing compared to the role the MDF wants him to play.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator is the icing on an already great cake

  • By jaimilyn on 10-25-18

Narrator is the icing on an already great cake

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

So happy another installment of this series is available on audio, can’t wait for the rest! This was an unexpectedly excellent Kindle Unlimited series, I highly recommend reading the whole thing.

Mostly this review is to rave about the narrator’s performance. Already one of my favorite narrators, Greg Boudreaux had an extra challenge with the amount of international accents needed for this book. He did a fantastic job, making an already good book a great listening experience.

PS - if someone can get him to perform a book with a lot of Irish and Scottish men, that would be just lovely :)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • By Fairy Means or Foul

  • A Starfig Investigations Novel
  • By: Meghan Maslow
  • Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271

The last thing half-dragon, half-fairy private investigator Twig Starfig wants to do is retrieve a stolen enchanted horn from a treacherous fae, but there's no denying the dazzlingly gorgeous unicorn who asks Twig to do just that. Literally, no denying, because compelling the reluctant detective is all part of a unicorn's seductive magic.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • That was...weird. Fun, but weird.

  • By Clara on 11-25-17

Did you ever wish Robert Asprin wrote MM novels?

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

I read an interview with the author, she said her inspiration for the story were Piers Anthony and Robert Asprin. Since I still love those stories and their ridiculousness, this story sounded like fun, especially read by Greg.

Now that I’ve finished it, I can tell you that Meghan pulled off this first book in fine (and very silly) style, and I look forward to the next in the series! She’s left herself a lot of room to work with, so I hope we get to read more about these characters!

If you’re a fan of light hearted fantasy with some hot male leads and a rollicking good time to be had by all, you should give this book a chance. Especially the audio, since Greg does a fantastic job of bringing them all to life and adds so much to the experience of the story.

  • Hemovore

  • By: Jordan Castillo Price
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

Mark Hansen thought working as artist’s assistant would be glamorous, especially if that artist was a vampire. Black tie events, witty repartee, gracing the pages of the local style section. Didn’t happen. Not even once. Jonathan Varga is an enigma. True, he’s quiet, generous, and scrupulously polite. But he has zero social life, refuses to be interviewed or photographed, and insists he can only consume feline blood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New take on the Vampire Lore.

  • By M. Childers on 11-22-17

JCP - master of speculative fiction

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

I’ve been reading JCP’s books for years, and have been amazed by the storytelling in the worlds she builds. This book is no different, and it was a credit well spent. The story and characters kept me guessing and it’ll definitely be one I reread. The additional short story at the end was a perfect coda to the main story.

Side note: one thing I was glad I saw in another review so my expectations were set correctly, due to the circumstances of the fictional world, there is one kind of explicit love scene and that’s it. As it was an amazing story and that narrative choice makes total sense (even touching is taboo in their society), it was fine - I’m just glad I didn’t expect otherwise based on some of the author and narrator’s previous work. It still manages to be totally romantic and pretty hot in its own way.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hard Edit

  • Sequel to Black Balled
  • By: Andrea Smith, Eva LeNoir
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

After a year of a seemingly happily-ever-after, Troy Babilonia throws a curve ball that smacks Larson Blackburn right in the head. When Troy's debut novel, Bridge to Lonely, threatens to overshadow Larson's own success, inviting a past shadow into the light of their present, the two alphas must learn to adjust.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun sequel even for new listeners

  • By JulieM on 01-22-17

Fun read

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

While not as good of a storyline as the first in this series, I’ve been very entertained by this second book. Seeing the continuing relationship between the two main characters grow and solidify was very satisfying, especially when considering how far they’d both come personally since the beginning of their story.

To the authors credit, this may be the first time I’ve actually believed the plot device of two characters misunderstanding each other and blowing it monumentally out of proportion because they won’t admit what’s actually wrong. In general, authors try and use this plot device with characters who are otherwise good people so it’s hard to believe they’d have that kind of lapse. In this book, our two guys are still their self centered, selfish, egotistical selves and honestly the story wouldn’t have been believable without the plot having some misunderstandings.

Joel the narrator again gave a fabulous performance, I was nearly in tears laughing at the bonus chapters.

Definitely recommend, but be sure to read the first book first.

  • Black Balled

  • By: Andrea Smith, Eva LeNoir
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 275

My name is Troy Babilonia, but I'm best known as Babu, a renowned literary critic with my own online column. I'm followed by thousands! I'm a living god in the literary world. I have no filter, and for that my flock of humble followers are forever grateful. If it weren't for me, they wouldn't know what to read. I have zero tolerance for weak-minded attention seekers, nor do I have respect for the self-proclaimed geniuses of the indie world. My advice to all indie authors is to never break the cardinal rule in this cutthroat business. Ever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great narration - Interesting story

  • By DPiazzi on 08-03-16

Impressed

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

Nothing like a book full of faux reviews to make a reader need to write one of their own.

This book was a genuine surprise. And the cause of my current sleep deprivation because I couldn’t stop listening last night.

This book’s premise was a lot different than what I’m used to in the mm genre, but after I got through the first six chapters or so, it was excellent. It brought back memories of the Amazon forums years ago when it was littered with indie authors pushing their books in and behaving badly in general. As other reviews have said, the authors did an excellent job of making these characters completely unlikeable in the beginning of this book, which honestly is a big part of what kept me reading - could they pull off these jerk characters throughout a full novel?

Happily, thanks to their writing talent and the phenomenal narration of Joel, the authors did manage to keep the MCs stay in character but have personal growth as we got to know them and their backstories as the plot went on.

Now to decide if I should start listening to Lloyd’s book or call in sick to catch up on my sleep....

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Fortunate Blizzard

  • By: L.C. Chase
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

Artist Trevor Morrison has always appreciated the little things in life, treating each day as a gift. And with good reason; he's been on the transplant-recipient list for too long now. When he learns just how numbered his days truly are, he resolves not to take them for granted. But he won't be unrealistic, either - which means romantic commitments are off the table.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A beautifully broken story brought to life.

  • By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 11-28-16

Have the tissues ready...

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

Reviewed: 12-23-17

Nice short story, had me in tears near the end.

Not sure it’s worth a credit, but it’s great on the Romance package (and Nick Russo is excellent as always)

  • The Salisbury Key

  • By: Harper Fox
  • Narrated by: Hamish Long
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

Shattered by his lover Jason's suicide, archaeologist Dan Logan is struggling to patch his life together again. He's desperately following up Jason's final obsession, a secret buried deep within the military zone on Salisbury Plain. Anything is better than facing the void of his grief. He's convinced he'll never love again. When unexpected help arrives in the form of a soldier named Summer Rayne, the last thing Dan could have predicted is the spark of attraction between them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Makes you cry, laugh, and scream

  • By E. hughes on 07-20-18

Worth the wait

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

Reviewed: 12-13-17

I have the kindle version of this book and it’s been a favorite over the years. I’ve been waiting for the audible version, and was not disappointed now that it was finally released. The narrator was excellent, overall definitely worth the credit.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Reason to Believe

  • By: Diana Copland
  • Narrated by: Jack LeFleur
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633

Detective Matthew Bennett doesn't believe in ghosts. So when the spirit of a murdered child leads him to her body, he's shaken to the core - and taken off the case. Unable to explain his vision, or to let go of the investigation, Matthew turns to renowned medium Kiernan Fitzpatrick. Though he has doubts about Kiernan's claims to communicate with the dead, Matt is nevertheless drawn to the handsome psychic, who awakens feelings he thought were long-buried.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Addictive listening

  • By A.R. on 01-03-13

Irish accent makes a good book even better!

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

The story itself is a pretty decent representation of the genre, and the characters get enough depth to make me sad when the book ended. Definitely a stand-alone book that I wouldn’t have minded being a series starter.

Narrator was fantastic, made listening very enjoyable. Definitely adding to my list of books worth a re-listen!