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  • Acrobat

  • By: Mary Calmes
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493

Forty-five-year-old English professor Nathan Qells is very good at making people feel important. What he's not very good at is sticking around afterward. He's a nice guy; he just doesn't feel things the way other people do. So even after all the time he's spent taking care of Michael, the kid across the hall, he doesn't realize that Michael's mob muscle uncle and guardian, Andreo Fiore, has slowly been falling in love with him. Dreo has bigger problems than getting Nate to see him as a potential partner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Riva on 01-15-14

If you need a comfort listen

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

If you are not looking for anything complicated and just need a comfort read/listen then Acrobat fits the bill.
This was more of a character driven story rather than situation driven as Nate, our 45 year old professor starts to see what has been under his eyes for so long.
One of the things I loved about Acrobat is the fact that we have a mature protagonist even though Nate can be kind of clueless at times. Just because you are over 30 doesn't mean you cannot still seek love, or a good old hook-up.
I'l admit my rating is based on the fact that this wasn't a deep and meaningful story full of allegory, symbolism, and metaphor; it's a nice easy read for those times when the world ails you. This is a solid comfort read.
Sean Crisden's narration fits.

  • The Fall

  • Love in O’Leary Series, Book 1
  • By: May Archer
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese, Iggy Toma
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Small-town police officer Silas Sloane knows every resident of O'Leary, New York. He's earned the love and respect of its citizens, though living under the small-town microscope grates on him. But though he's good at his job, there's one thing he's not good at: commitments...until Everett Maior, widower and O'Leary's newest citizen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • May I have some MORE Please?

  • By Clayton L Lovell on 02-22-19

A comfort listen.

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19

O'leary, sadly doesn't exist in the real world: an accepting kind of place. Fall isn't high literature but rather a comfy robe and good tea or coffee to curl up with and just enjoy.
The angst level is low. The steam just right; driving the tale where necessary but not so much and often that you lose the story in sex.
I hope we see more of the town of O'leary.
The narration rocked.

  • Shadow Scars

  • Rogue Wolf, Book 1 - Haven City Series
  • By: Zoe Perdita
  • Narrated by: Adam Epstein
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 54

Conner, a rogue wolf and murder detective, isn't looking for a lover when he moves to Haven City. He wants to solve crimes and keep to himself - unable to trust anyone since his pack betrayed him six years before. But Seth Alwen, his new partner, is different. He excites the wolf's animal instincts - waking up the passion Conner buried long ago. Seth's not only beautiful and alluring; he's also haunted by the death of his former partner. And despite his better judgment, Conner aches to relieve the man of his guilt.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Whew!

  • By HaloLove on 06-06-15

interesting premise but

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

Reviewed: 02-26-19

I found I was skipping forward often because the sex to plot ratio was way to high. I don't mind sex scenes when they add to the plot and/or character development but that was not the case here.
Connor, also, is unforgiving and not particularly likeable; we get much griping about how he can't trust Seth because Seth fails to disclose that they are going to interview hunters while keeping his own secrets. Hypocrisy, thy name is Connor.
As as romance I found this lacking. Seth and Connor didn't read as developing a romantic relationship but rather as F-buddies, not even friends with benefits. Your mileage may vary but I'm not likely to get the sequel.

  • Connections in Death

  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

When recovering drug addict Lyle Pickering is found dead of an overdose, it looks like a tragic accident. But his sister Rochelle knows better, and so does Lieutenant Eve Dallas. Lyle was murdered, and the evidence points directly to his old street gang. As Eve and husband Roarke track the killer through the city's dive bars, drug dens and strip joints, another body is discovered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Connections in Death and others

  • By Dianna Boyce on 02-14-19

Connections abound

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

The title says it all for this foray into the world of Lt Dallas.

Connections abound.

Like many of the Dallas series what should (from the villains POV been an easy "sell" gets overturned because Dallas and company look deeper) .

From the stand point of being part of the In Death series this is a good outing. From the stand point of character growth and development this one hits is out of the park. I admit I read the In Death series as much, if not more so, for the joy of watching Dallas mature, developing connections of her own that deeply root her to her city; connections, rather than her origin story point which was basically single minded copness. Dallas now, is deeply connected to the city because of the people she is connected with.

Another wonderful aspect, showcased very well in this book, is the plethora (in joke here) of other characters that fill the world. In Death remains the story of a full and vivid world with a great many characters who are the top (or near top) in their respective fields who interact to help each other rather than tear each other down. This wold has all the fundamentally people being fundamentally people but many of those people are strong enough to build up other around them. It a jot seeing competent people being competent without the fall back of "miscommunication" which is often the staple of tales within the generalized romance genre.

When do I get the next one? Just asking because I'm like Oliver with this series.... "Can I have some more, please, JD?"

  • The NightShade Forensic Files: Under Dark Skies

  • By: A.J. Scudiere
  • Narrated by: Bill Murphy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Eleri Eames didn't think she'd ever be allowed to work for the FBI again, so the special FBI division of NightShade seems like an amazing opportunity. But all too soon, her chance to start over starts to disturb her. When the FBI offers Donovan a chance to leave his job as a medical examiner and try his hand at something new, he takes a chance on the NightShade division. Somehow, he has to try to escape from his shadows, but can he trust Eleri with the truth?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Solid, capable characters for the win.

  • By Kindle Customer on 01-08-19

Solid, capable characters for the win.

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

I grabbed this on impulse as I serious needed something new to listen to: I'm very glad I did.

Solid procedural tale underpinned by competent law enforcement personnel at multiple levels, local, State, and Federally. This part by itself being one of the reasons I do enjoyed the story; too often the trope of incompetence in law enforcement gets trotted out with only the heroes showing any real skill

The possibly paranormal aspects are introduced slowly, and with a deft touch. The female lead agent isn't the "standard" ball-busting, manlier than Chuck Norris trope, either.

The investigation believable, complete with believable time lines. I give this 5 across the board because it is such a solid storytelling with all the elements nicely balanced.

  • Mad Dogs 1 & 2

  • A Mad Dogs Volume
  • By: Brenda Cothern
  • Narrated by: Michael Vasicek
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Includes Mad Dogs books 1 and 2! In Sixth, Brian Hay's only dream in life was to be part of America's elite, yet unacknowledged, Delta Force. But what starts as a routing operation turns into much more. In Deployed, four geological scientists go missing in the Swiss Alp's when they apparently wander into Arimaspi territory, and it's up to the Mad Dogs to retrieve them. Author note: This book contains M/M adult sexual situations.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ditch the trumpets.

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-29-18

Ditch the trumpets.

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

Hopefully I'll make it all the way through but just starting and already the "section breaking" but military brass is ruining what would be a good listen; particularly as some of the sections are rather short. It is almost impossible to slip into listening mode when you get a trumpet blast every 3-5 minutes. (9 minutes in and 3 trumpet breaks already)

  • The Girl Who Sees

  • Sasha Urban Series, Book 1
  • By: Dima Zales, Anna Zaires
  • Narrated by: Emily Durante
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 134

I'm an illusionist, not a psychic. Going on TV is supposed to advance my career, but things go wrong. Like vampires and zombies kind of wrong. My name is Sasha Urban, and this is how I learned what I am. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-18-18

I really should not have started listening to this

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

I made it to 11 minutes before the creepy male privilege vibe of Darien with the implied blackmail, the underlying idea that he might be planning untoward advances towards Sasha when he asks the staff to leave the room, and the comment describing his voice as having a predatory edge had me cringing.
Context: today Dr Ford is being questioned by the Senate Judiciary committee about allegations of sexual assault... The writers of this piece (hopefully) unconsciously echo the message that a pretty woman (or any woman) should bow to the wishes of a male...Sasha's comments even admit to the idea that Darien might be about to propose something untoward as though it's the perfectly normal response.
Sorry, we need to remove the idea that women are things to men from the narrative... Attempted blackmail within 10 minutes of the start of the story isn't a good start.

5 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Splinter

  • Significant Brothers, Volume 1
  • By: E. Davies
  • Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

After zero-gravity heroics left astronaut Nicolas Rogers injured, his new job as a park ranger seems perfect. Being a caretaker of his corner of the Smoky Mountains makes him almost okay with having to be on Earth. More importantly, this deep in the woods, Nico's practically a hermit at a remote ranger station. Sure, he has good friends in nearby Knoxville, but he's otherwise free from petty drama and broken hearts...until Deen enters his world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smoky Love

  • By Shandara Majere on 06-03-18

Comfort read for the win.

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

If you need a soft, gentle, angst-free read/listen then Splinter is the book for you.

Davies has a wonderful take on the almost trope-y Rock-star needs an image rehab, goes somewhere (in this case the Smokey Mountains), meets sexy other, flirt a bit, smile a lot, fall in sex, dive into love; complete with the Rock-star has to go back to the big wide world... But love concurs all.

Splinter is not a deep read but it's the type of tale made for curling up with a book, hot chocolate (or other beverage of choice), pull up a warm blanket and just relax into nice. There isn't enough nice in the world, sadly, so enjoy this simple, uncomplicated, comfort-read.

Add Greg Boudreaux for narration and you'll have a pleasant time of it all.

  • Shadow Land

  • A Harbinger P.I. Novel, Book 5
  • By: Adam J Wright
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

When a child goes missing, his mother asks me to help. After all, she believes he was taken by a monster and that’s my field of expertise. The search leads to the storm drains of Dearmont; not a good place to be when you’ve seen as many horror movies as I have. Turns out the monstrous kidnapper is also responsible for the mysterious disappearance of a patient from a psychiatric hospital nearby. And as I investigate further, I'm pushed into the waiting arms of an old nemesis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good continuation of the series

  • By hank on 10-22-18

My name is Merlin. ..

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

This series just keeps getting better and better. A very spooky villain as a backdrop to a tale of experimentation and the affects of those around said.
The Authurian ties get stronger but they are not the be all of the tale.
In hunting Mr Scary to the Shadow lands Alec and Felicity stumble on the remains of a black cabal experiment that touches the lives of the Martin family, the mother of whom hires Alec to find her missing son.
Now the wait is in for the next book.
Love Greg Tremblay's narration as he beautifully voices Alec.

  • Graveyard Shift

  • By: Michael F. Haspil
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281

Alex Menkaure, former pharaoh and mummy, and his vampire partner, Marcus, born in ancient Rome, are vice cops in a special Miami police unit. They fight to keep the streets safe from criminal vampires, shape-shifters, bootleg blood dealers, and anti-vampire vigilantes. When poisoned artificial blood drives vampires to murder, the city threatens to tear itself apart. Only an unlikely alliance with former opponents can give Alex and Marcus a fighting chance against an ancient vampire conspiracy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for the sequel!

  • By Dave on 07-28-17

That's a new view on Urban Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

This, for me, is both a new author, and new narrator, but the tease was interesting enough for me to give it a go. Neither disappointed.

Haspil has tweaked the urban fantasy tropes on Vampires and Lycanthropes enough that this didn't read/feel like the average urban fantasy tale that is dominating the market. Alex, as the main focus, isn't even Vampire or 'thrope. .. he' undeader; a Mummy.

The supernatural have always been here... behind the scenes, and various governments have known, and "policed" the 'Nats.... Now that synthetic blood is available the Vampires have revealed themselves. ... that doesn't mean they're nice and sparkly, even the ones supposedly on the side of "light" Grey abounds as back ground conspiracies, plots, and plans swing in motion. Alex, and Marcus, and old wet-work team now work for the police but maybe old skills are ,Ore appropriate to the now.

Kramer voices the cast beautifully, and distinctly, and right now I cannot wait for the next book. ..

ps: I hate cliff hangers.