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  • Hidden Identity

  • By: Adam Carpenter
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

When Jimmy McSwain is hired to find missing heir Harris Rothschild, he finds that identities can be altered and lives can be changed - or taken with the simple pull of the trigger. Jimmy McSwain is a New York City private detective, operating out of Hell's Kitchen, the rough and tumble neighborhood he grew up in. At age 14, he watched as his NYPD father was gunned down. Now, at age 28, and gay, Jimmy has never given up pursuit of whoever killed him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Keep coming back

  • By Nancy M. on 05-01-16

Very enjoyable.

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

Reviewed: 05-16-18

A nice little mystery or two can go a long way to cure boredom. There was a little bit of humor and lots of feelings in this book.
Spoiler alert, the scene when Jimmy walked in the house and saw his mom sitting at the table with a glass of beer pretty much gutted me.
This just may be a series worth sinking my teeth into.
Though there might eventually be a romance in this series, that isn’t clear yet. Jimmy seems to be hopeful about something starting with a guy he had a couple of hookups with, but he also has an attraction to a different man.
Yes indeed, I think I’ll have to see where this goes.
As far as the narration goes, I do have my obsessions, so I typed Joel Leslie into the search box instead of an author or title. I know I’ll never be disappointed with anything he narrates.

  • A Casual Weekend Thing

  • By: A. J. Thomas
  • Narrated by: Andy Babinski
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

Doug Heavy Runner left the life of an openly gay Miami police officer and returned to his home on the Salish-Kootenai Indian Reservation when his mother got sick. In the two years since she passed, he's carved out an empty life as a small-town deputy, relying on out-of-town one-night stands to keep him sane. Then he meets Detective Christopher Hayes, and they share a wild night so incredible Doug breaks his own rule and allows a one-night stand to grow into a weekend of amazing sex.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • When you least expect it...

  • By Donald on 09-23-14

Worst. Narrator. Ever.

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

I enjoyed the story, but in order to get through the audio version, I had to speed it up to 1.5. The narrator has a very annoying voice. My advice is to read the story and skip the narration.
If this turns out to be a series, I’d continue with subsequent books to read, but there would have to be a different narrator for me to get the audio.

  • Seti's Heart

  • By: Kiernan Kelly
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

Cursed by the god who shares his name, Seti was an Egyptian king who lost everything: his name, his kingdom, even the man he loved more than anything in the world. For centuries he's waited in a dusty, forgotten sarcophagus, until Logan came along. Logan is a graduate student who stumbles upon Seti in the basement of a museum and accidentally awakens him. He doesn't want to be accused to theft, but who's going to believe in a mummy coming back to life?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A little off the wall...but darn sexy.

  • By UllyS on 06-24-15

Sleeper hit?

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

I’ve had this book in my library for months and kept finding other books to listen to. Though the blurb did catch my interest, I bought it mainly because of the performer. I simply can’t call Joel Leslie narrator. He gives a fantastic performance in every book I’ve heard him narrate.
I honestly think I kept putting off listening to this book because I find the cover so blah. I’ve now learned exactly why they say “don’t judge a book by it’s cover! This book is a gem! The story kept my interest. It had lots of humor and great sexy times. I adored both Seti and Logan. But Osiris, OMG. That God had me in stitches! Balloon artist extraordinaire! 😂😂😂😂 And gatorboy!
I had never read anything my Kiernan Kelly either. I plan to read more from her.
If, like me, the cover makes you think it might be blah, just remember it’s Joel Leslie. You’re always guaranteed a fantabulous performance by him. That being said, I think I’d like this book almost as much if I read it myself. Though if I did, my brain would translate it to Joel’s voice anyway. I would love it if this story had a sequel, but the HEA didn’t lead me to believe there would be one. It felt complete. I just don’t want to be finished with Logan and Seti.
This is definitely going into my re-listen folder!

  • The Magpie Lord

  • By: K. J. Charles
  • Narrated by: Cornell Collins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

Exiled for 20 years, Lucien never planned to return to England. But with the mysterious deaths of his father and brother, it seems the new Lord Crane has inherited an earldom. He's also inherited his family's enemies. He needs magical assistance, fast. He doesn't expect it to turn up angry. Magician Stephen Day has good reason to hate Crane's family. Unfortunately, it's his job to deal with supernatural threats. Besides, the earl is unlike any aristocrat he's ever met, with the tattoos, the attitude...and the way Crane seems determined to get him into bed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story and Performance

  • By Riva on 02-03-18

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

Very different from the type of books I usually listen to. I’m usually not much into historical romances, but this is great. I loved the characters and the mystery.
I can’t call this narration . Cornell Collins performed this story magically. All the characters had individual voices. He used some sound effects as needed. And the range of emotion he was able to express is mind blowing .
On to the next in the series now.

  • Kidnapped by the Pirate

  • By: Keira Andrews
  • Narrated by: Cornell Collins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

Nathaniel Bainbridge is used to hiding, whether it's concealing his struggles with reading or his forbidden desire for men. Under the thumb of his controlling father, the governor of Primrose Isle, he's sailing to the fledging colony, where he'll surrender to a respectable marriage for his family's financial gain. Then pirates strike and he's kidnapped for ransom by the Sea Hawk, a legendary villain of the New World. Bitter and jaded, Hawk harbors futile dreams of leaving the sea for a quiet life, but men like him don't deserve peace. He has a score to settle with Nathaniel's father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By SassiKassi on 04-24-18

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

Another Keira Andrews masterpiece. Adventure and action. Love and super hot smexy times!
It’s been awhile since I listened to a book narrated by Cornell Collins and I’d forgotten how spectacular he is. All the voices were different and distinct, including the female voices. You never had to guess at who was speaking. Add to that his amazing ability to express passion and emotion, and you have a fantastic story that I know will go on my listen over and over again list.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Third Eye

  • By: Rick R. Reed
  • Narrated by: Chad Tindale
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Who knew that a summer thunderstorm and a lost little boy would conspire to change single dad Cayce D'Amico's life in an instant? With Luke missing, Cayce ventures into the woods near their house to find his son, only to have lightning strike a tree near him, sending a branch down on his head. When he awakens the next day in the hospital, he discovers he has been blessed or cursed - he isn't sure which - with psychic ability.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Murder mystery with an edge

  • By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 05-16-15

What to say here

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

I love books involving psychics as a MC. This one is good, but parts of it are too graphic for my taste.
I also think there doesn’t need to be any mention of a starting romance as I definitely didn’t feel it. I just couldn’t feel any chemistry between Cayce and Dave. It almost felt like that bit was thrown into what could otherwise be a great suspense novel.
The ending wasn’t a cliffhanger, but I was left with the impression there could be more to come.
The narrator was ok. He did a fine job of the female and kid voices, which can be tricky. It was said earlier in the book that Dave had a slight British accent, but I never heard it.
All in all, a decent book, but it won’t be a re-listen for me.

  • As You Wish

  • Shatterproof Bond, Book 1
  • By: Isobel Starling
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

Declan had never met the kid who was to be his joint best man. Sam Aiken was abroad, working as an interpreter and finishing his studies. But on meeting Sam Aiken, Declan is surprised to realize the kid isn't a kid at all, but a tall, blond, and athletic young man. Declan is sure he's straight, so he's alarmed by the ferocious attraction he feels for Sam. And as the attraction is reciprocated, the events at Dunloch Castle change everything Declan has ever believed about himself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific narration

  • By Belen on 12-31-17

Really good!

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

New to me author and narrator.
I had no trouble keeping the characters differentiated in my head. The voices were very distinct. Emotions well expressed but not over the top.
I enjoyed the story, but I am hoping the rest of the series focuses more on story and a bit less on sex. Don’t get me wrong, I love good sex scenes and these were steamy hot. We all know that new relationships have lots of sexy times, so it’s appropriate for this first in a series.
Declan and Sam are both very likable characters. I loved the boxers at the wedding. I am looking forward to getting to know them both much better.

  • Pins and Needles

  • By: A.J. Thomas
  • Narrated by: Jason Riley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

After a devastating accident and a long stay in the hospital, the last thing petroleum engineer Sean Wilkinson wants to deal with is the settlement the oil company tries to force on him. He'll never be able to work in his field again, his education is all but useless, and his surgeons are pessimistic about whether he'll ever walk again. He needs someone in his corner, but most lawyers take one look at his tattoo-covered father and turn their backs. It's just Sean's luck that the one attorney willing to give him a chance is also the hottest guy he's ever seen.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By SassiKassi on 02-25-18

Good story

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

Not so good narration. No voice distinction between characters. Impossible at times to know who was talking. Minimal change in tenor from sex to murder.
On the other hand, I enjoyed the story so much I made it all the way through the bad narration. I’d definitely read this story again myself, but never listen again.
Sean and Nate are both likable characters. The story is a good one.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dog Days

  • By: TA Moore
  • Narrated by: Derrick McClain
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29

The world ends not with a bang, but with a downpour. People rally at first - organizing aid drops and evacuating populations - but the weather is only getting worse. In Durham, mild-mannered academic Danny Fennick has battened down to sit out the storm. He grew up in the Scottish Highlands, so he’s seen harsh winters before. Besides, he has an advantage. He’s a werewolf. Or, to be precise, a were-dog. Less impressive, but still useful.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a gem!

  • By SassiKassi on 02-18-18

This is a gem!

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

First off, let me just say there is a mild cliff hanger ending. And I hate cliff hangers. But this one didn’t leave me feeling angry.
I loved Danny, and though I had some reservations about Jack, I feel I will like him better as the series goes on. As for their relationship, there’s a happy for now, but I didn’t feel it was all settled by any means. I didn’t see much written by TA Moore so I have no idea what the plans are for this as a series. It does have some differences from other shifter books that make it interesting. I’d like to also get to know the characters more in-depth. I’ll be watching for the next one. This better not be all!
I’ve loved Derrick McClain’s narration for quite awhile, but this is something different than what I’m used to. I think this is the first time I’ve heard him do anything other than American accents and he did a great job. Even in the background dialogue, he kept the Scottish accent going. It was very easy to distinguish all the different voices and you could hear the emotions being expressed. Personally, I’d probably listen to Derrick reading an encyclopedia and still be enthralled.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Loser Takes All

  • Up-Ending Tad: A Journey of Erotic Discovery, Book 1
  • By: Kora Knight
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Tad's weekend started out like any other, hitting a college frat party with a handful of buddies. But just as the evening hits its peak, things get up-ended fast. Ditched by his drunken, trolling friends, Tad winds up getting hustled by three jocks playing poker. Now, he's forced to pay his dues in the most outlandish of ways; accepting a beat down or spending an hour with his victors' favorite flogger, Scott. But the guy's tantalizing torture quickly proves to be the least of Tad's worries and the kickoff to a night of raw, shocking lust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More please !

  • By Pat Johnson on 02-19-18

I’ve been waiting for this!

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

I’ve loved the Upending Tad series for a long time. I wondered if anyone could truly do justice to Tad and Scott’s scene. He did it fantastically!The raw passion was certainly felt in every word.
If you are looking for the steamiest sex scene ever written, give this a listen. You won’t be disappointed. But don’t listen to it where anyone else can hear it unless you know they’re into MM erotica.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful