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  • Christmas Kitsch

  • By: Amy Lane
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

Rusty Baker is a blond, rich, entitled football player in a high school full of them - just the type of oblivious jock all the bullied kids hate. And he might have stayed that way, except he develops a friendship with out-and-proud Oliver Campbell from the wrong side of the tracks. Rusty thinks the friendship is just pity - Oliver is very bright, and Rusty is very not - but then Oliver kisses him good-bye when Rusty leaves for college, and Rusty is forced to rethink everything he knows about himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5+ I-loved-every-word Stars!

  • By Belen on 12-18-15

I smile each time I listen to it....

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

Reviewed: 04-17-17

I know this is geared more to a younger audience but this story took me back to my last years of high school. Junior and Senior years filled with track and tennis meets, working through harvest season and going to the County fair. Those days were hectic, just a bit chaotic and apprehensive with college on the horizon.

The story wrapped me up and took me back to those days, and with the magic and I do mean magic of Nick J. Russo brought the story closer to home, cause we all knew a Russell Baker or was it his voice reminded us of a guy we all once knew who sounded and talked just like Rusty....

Thanks for the great story and Nick J. Russo who help fix the story in my head with memories of a guy who sounded like Rusty.

pj

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fire and Hail

  • Carlisle Cops, Book 5
  • By: Andrew Grey
  • Narrated by: Randy Fuller
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Brock Ferguson knew he might run into his ex-boyfriend, Vincent Geraldini, when he took his first job as a police officer in Carlisle. Vincent's attitude during a routine traffic stop reminds Brock why their relationship didn't last. What Brock doesn't expect is finding two scared children in the trunk of a Corvette. He's also surprised to learn the kids' mother is Vincent's sister.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fire and Hail

  • By H. Martin on 08-27-17

Carlisle Cops sound like Guys....

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

Reviewed: 04-17-17

Ok, the stories are predictable, good guys win in the end ... I like that.
Reviews on the whole are subjective, so I usually don't try to endorse one book over another and I never trash a title even if it didn't appeal to my tastes...

So with that stated...., the narrator, voice actor, or what ever the PC title is for the nonce ... works for me.

He actually sounds like a policeman, at least the few I've met either as MP's or civilian policemen when circumstances demanded.

So for the gay Guys out there who don't sound like we could fit on "Will and Grace" either in style or voice.....

You may find these short and quasi predictable stories enjoyable.






  • How to Be a Normal Person

  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Derrick McClain
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494

Gustavo Tiberius is not normal. He knows this. Everyone in his small town of Abby, Oregon, knows this. He reads encyclopedias every night before bed. He has a pet ferret called Harry S. Truman. He owns a video rental store that no one goes to. His closest friends are a lady named Lottie with drag queen hair and a trio of elderly Vespa riders known as the We Three Queens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How to frown like a normal person ;-)

  • By pj on 02-06-17

How to frown like a normal person ;-)

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

Reviewed: 02-06-17

I have a definite preference when it comes to M/M romance and or M/M paranormal fantasy and this story is definitely abnormal for me as a choice, but am so very glad that I did take the chance and brought it into my library.

I, as a rule, do not write reviews as I feel everybody has their own set of filters or ground rules that shape their own criteria of what constitutes a "good story".

So maybe if I give a little background someone of a similar disposition will find this helpful...

I did a tour of duty for 8 years and then got out of the Army. I never regretted either joining or leaving when I did, proud of my service and got an Honorable Discharge and all that...

My childhood was split between Alaska and Washington and consisted of fun, hard work, hunting, fishing; surrounded by first a fishing environment and then a farming one, both environments promoted a definite ideal of accepted sexuality and/or masculinity....

Given all that, I found myself smiling, laughing, mourning and quietly rooting and cheering on Gustavo and Casey.

The idea of building a friendship and relationship where the focal point is just that -- the friendship and relationship -- and where the carnal physicality is not the core or predominant element as a romance story is probably a tough story to sell, but TJ Klune does a wonderful job in this story with Gus and Casey....

All that to say, give this book a try, you may find yourself quietly but delightfully surprised.....

Also,

Need to give Derrick McClain his due as well, I think this is the first time I've had the pleasure of one of his performances, for what it is worth I will start to watch for his name on other titles, I thoroughly enjoyed his interpretation and performance as a story teller.

pj

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • How to Walk Like a Man

  • Howl at the Moon, Book 2
  • By: Eli Easton
  • Narrated by: Matthew Shaw
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

Deputy Roman Charsguard survived Afghanistan where he lost his best friend - his K-9 handler James. Roman was a military dog until two years ago when he developed the ability to shift into a human. It's not easy to learn how to be a man. He found a place to live in Mad Creek, a haven for the secret world of dog shifters. Finding a reason to live has been harder. That is, until a certain human walks into the Mad Creek Sheriff's office and starts making trouble.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, funny, sexy, and heartwarming!

  • By Belen on 02-21-16

if I'm good enuf I hope to quicken into a Husky!

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

Reviewed: 06-03-16

The only other book I've read by Eli Easton is "The Lion and the Crow" I bought the e-book a couple of years back and fell in love with Ms. Easton's story telling. I didn't match the author's name until after I listened to "How to Walk like a Man" and started to hunt for more of her stories...

I bought this book based on its ratings and that it had a shifter story line..

I'm so glad I did -- reviews are so subjective, but for what it is worth....

Roman's spirit and innocence as gifted to us from Eli and hilariously envisioned and voiced by Matthew Shaw has spirited me back to sun-shiney days and to a "Lost Boys" world where everything is wondrous and new. Memories of the scent of newly mown alfalfa or lazily watching the heat shimmer off the black top to jumping off of ancient lava rock cliffs into a man-made lake with my buddies.

I think we all remember a "Roman" if we're lucky to have one in our lives and maybe just maybe we all strive to be a little more like "Roman" in hopes of being a better "being" ;-)

Thanks for taking me back to those wondrous "Roman-esque" years.

I've listened to this audio many times since I've bought it, to the point where I think I may owe both Eli Easton and Matthew Shaw some more money...

;-)

So as I stated in the title if I slow down and put a little magic back into the world around me maybe just maybe I'll quicken into an "Alaskan Husky".

pj

  • Blood Oath

  • By: Christopher Farnsworth
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,092
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,089

The ultimate secret. The ultimate agent. The President's vampire. Zach Barrows is an ambitious young White House staffer whose career takes an unexpected turn when he's partnered with Nathaniel Cade, a secret agent sworn to protect the President. But Cade is no ordinary civil servant.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous summer read

  • By Carol on 06-24-10

Great story all the way around!

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

Reviewed: 04-27-15

Cade rocks!

Can't help but love Zac😎

Bronson Pinchot brings everything to life.
Our Heros are flawed but Heros nonetheless!

  • Frog

  • By: Mary Calmes
  • Narrated by: K.C. Kelly
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346

Weber Yates's dreams of stardom are about to be reduced to a ranch hand’s job in Texas, and his one relationship is with a guy so far out of his league he might as well be on the moon. Or at least in San Francisco, where Weber stops to see him one last time before settling down to the humble, lonely life he figures a frog like him has coming.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ah Weber, if only . . .

  • By Riva on 09-19-14

A repeat listen !

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

Reviewed: 10-04-14

I have this as a repeat listen. A story to return to like comfort food.

The voice actor was great!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Druid Stone

  • By: Heidi Belleau, Violetta Vane
  • Narrated by: Ian Ruane
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 229

After inheriting a hexed druid stone, Sean starts reliving another man's torture and death...every single night. And only one person can help. Cormac Kelly runs a paranormal investigation business and doesn't have time to deal with tourists like Sean. But Sean has real magic in his pocket, and even though Cormac is a descendant of legendary druids, he finds himself out of his depth...and not because Sean's the first man he's felt anything for in a long time. The pair develop an intensely sexual bond, but are threatened at every turn when Sean's case attracts the unwelcome attention of the sidhe lords of ancient Ireland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Imagination Run Amok -- In A Good Way!

  • By Keith on 11-24-12

just this side of agonizing

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

Reviewed: 05-13-14

Each time Sean recallibrates his emotional position in relation to Cormac, he analyzes the same paths over and over and over again. I was stuck in traffic when Sean comes back and finally get to the point where he takes a bath, but all the recriminations to that point seemed overkill. Since it gave me time to drift I started to re-hash similar arguments made previously with regards to Sean's mother.

There just seemed to be a lot of re-hashing that didn't serve any real purpose..

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hero

  • By: Perry Moore
  • Narrated by: Michael Urie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,065
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,751
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,761

In the story comic book legend Stan Lee calls "spellbinding" and "totally original," Thom Creed has secrets. For one, like his father, he has super powers. Also, he's been asked to join the League—the very organization of superheroes that spurned his dad. Then there’s the secret Thom can barely face himself: he's gay. But becoming a member of the League opens up a new world to Thom. There, he connects with a misfit group of aspiring heroes, including Scarlett, Typhoid Larry, and Ruth, a wise old broad who can see the future. Like Thom, these heroes have things to hide....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Give it a listen!

  • By Robert on 10-25-10

Perry and Mike thank you, Thom ... way to go buddy

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

Reviewed: 12-29-13

Stan Lee says it in his prologue ... a good story manages to speak to us the reader or listener on some recognizable and shared level.

Between Mr. Moore's writing and Mr. Urie's myriad of voices I was walking along with Thom and simultaneously remembering my own world with B-52 bombers flying low altitude-below-radar exercises against a backdrop of lava rock out-cropping sporadically dotting an in-land seas of wheat fields and where county-wide rivalries in basketball are tradition.

I found myself remembering wind-sprints, running the lines, climbing the peg board, posting up and playing one on one when our zone wasn't good enough; learning that I liked being on a team and hoped to god that I didn't come off as being queer or gay....

On the flip side to that...

Our town, with its sole single caution light was a singular testament to the size of the town and just how far into rural wheat and ranching country one could get....

That rugged and rural space is what houses the memories of riding hell bent for leather on our bikes to get to the tracks as a freight rolled through, and when we got older daring each other to sit under the bridge support beams when a freight came through...

Thanks Perry
Thanks Mike
and to Thom, way to go buddy...

pj


  • Black Sun Rising

  • Coldfire Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: C. S. Friedman
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 23 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,168
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,069
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,083

The Coldfire trilogy tells a story of discovery and battle against evil on a planet where a force of nature exists that is capable of reshaping the world in response to psychic stimulus. This terrifying force, much like magic, has the power to prey upon the human mind, drawing forth a person's worst nightmare images or most treasured dreams and indiscriminately giving them life. This is the story of two men. They are absolute enemies who must unite to conquer an evil greater than anything their world has ever known.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Different Take

  • By Syndane on 05-27-12

Great twist -- very likable bad-guy....

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

Reviewed: 07-02-13

I was introduced to Gerald Tarrant and Damian Vryce maybe 2007 or 2008 and have enjoyed the dialog between the two ever since. When I saw that it was in audio form I decided to chance it.

I've seen other reviews where this trilogy was characterized as tedious, maybe I was spared that because I had already read the trilogy, more than once.

There is a sense, at least to me, of earned respect given by each character. The mix of frontier mentalities with the canonical structure of the Church made for a great backdrop for Tarrant and Vryce.

There is a slower pace to this story that is a wonderful change from my other genres where things are always on the move or blowing up, etc.

Another thing that I enjoyed, is that it the characters where not truly black or white, all had their faults, all had their strengths.

Then there is Tarrant, how could I not love, him... arrogant, powerful, but always, well almost always true to himself...

In the previous statements I wanted to say that all the main characters have a dark side and a side that strives for the goodness of the light; with Tarrant he has his dark side, and then his maybe-no-so-dark side... ;-)

I didn't get to the point where I had to write in the margins of my copy of this book; for that try reading "My House has Two Doors" by Han SuYin, but I can see where one might have to double back a couple times to see if he or she missed something. Really not easy with an audio file..

My two cents for what it is worth..

pj

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Night Watch

  • Watch, Book 1
  • By: Sergei Lukyanenko
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,097
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,106

Night Watch is a world as elaborate and imaginative as Tolkien or the best Asimov. Living among us are the "Others", an ancient race of humans with supernatural powers who swear allegiance to either the Dark or the Light. A thousand-year treaty has maintained the balance of power, but an ancient prophecy decrees that one supreme "Other" will rise up and tip the balance. When a young boy with extraordinary powers emerges, will the forces of the Light be able to keep the Dark from corrupting the boy and destroying the world?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lyrical, haunting and engrossing!

  • By 9S on 01-09-11

Have gone through 3 out of 4 now !!!

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

Reviewed: 10-02-11

It is hard to write a review of something that took me so by surprise. We've been taught that something of ourselves is brought into play when a story has been shared or experienced, be it written or in audio format. If something of the story resonates with me then I normally find the story and the experience to be a good one.

With that said, I thoroughly enjoy this story.

This story brought back memories of Slavic and Baltic exchange students I'd known. Not the "Otherness" part but the everyday human part.

For me, Sergei Lukyanenko, has given us a story where the events in our heroes (both Light and Dark) lives are part of 9 to 11 ball pattern in juggling.

... and at some time or another he has thrown a ball either so high that we forget that it was in the pattern or pocketed the ball when we weren't looking, and when the time is right; pop, there is another ball in the pattern.

That the story is engaging, for me, is the best way to put it, not always comfortable and sometimes very hectic, but never chaotic.

And very beautiful ....

... but then your idea of beauty and mine may very well be different, and then again, that very difference is an important theme, voice, lyric in this story.

I hope this helps.





3 of 4 people found this review helpful