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  • Everything I Know

  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

Connor loves teaching. He loves working with kids, he loves feeling like he's making a difference. And the kids - and parents - seem to love him. Until the afternoon he makes a small error in judgment, and an angry father's thoughtless comments start the kind of rumor that destroys careers. And lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable, but not awesome

  • By Paisley on 04-27-16

Good to the last drop

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

Reviewed: 05-03-16

Any additional comments?

It's a Josh Lanyon story with an absolutely fantastic narrator. Need I say more?

  • Body Art

  • A Thriller
  • By: Jordan Castillo Price
  • Narrated by: Gomez Pugh
  • Length: 3 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 186

Does everyone have a certain "type" they end up with, whether they want to or not? If Ray Carlucci's ex is anything to go by, Ray likes his men gorgeous, rebellious, and chock-full of issues. But now that Ray is single again, he has a shot at a fresh start - a very fresh start, since his tattoo shop was gutted by repo men and he can fit all his belongings in the trunk of a taxi.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sexy and dangerous.

  • By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 06-07-15

Great short story

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

Reviewed: 05-03-16

Any additional comments?

Gomez Pugh is amazing! Anything he does is a must read. Not only that, but JCP is an amazing author. The two pair well together on everything they do.

  • Swordspoint

  • A Melodrama of Manners
  • By: Ellen Kushner
  • Narrated by: Ellen Kushner, Dion Graham, Katherine Kellgren, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,196
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,079
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,082

On the treacherous streets of Riverside, a man lives and dies by the sword. Even the nobles on the Hill turn to duels to settle their disputes. Within this elite, dangerous world, Richard St. Vier is the undisputed master, as skilled as he is ruthless--until a death by the sword is met with outrage instead of awe, and the city discovers that the line between hero and villain can be altered in the blink of an eye.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Witty, Deadly, Sexy Sword Fights and Manners

  • By Jefferson on 01-01-12

So-so

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

Reviewed: 05-03-16

Any additional comments?

I know a lot of people who really enjoyed this story. I don't think it was for me. I was bored for most of it and didn't like most of the characters. While I thought Ellen did a fantastic job of narrating it, I wasn't a fan of the background noises and other actors speaking some, but not all the parts. It would have been better to only have one narrator reading the story and no extra sound effects. But, that's just me.

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  • Nightingale

  • By: Aleksandr Voinov
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

In Nazi-occupied Paris, most Frenchmen tread warily, but gay nightclub singer Yves Lacroix puts himself in the spotlight with every performance. As a veteran of France's doomed defense, a survivor of a prison camp, and a "degenerate", he knows he's a target. His comic stage persona disguises a shamed, angry heart and gut-wrenching fear for a sister embedded in the Resistance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic WWII love story

  • By IslandWriter on 05-03-16

Fantastic WWII love story

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

Reviewed: 05-03-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Nightingale to be better than the print version?

There is no print version at this time. That said, the audiobook was fantastic. The story was great and the narrator was fabulous! He was so nice and easy to listen to, I hope to hear him do other books in the future.

Any additional comments?

While Aleks insists this is NOT a romance, there is a love story in it, which is beautifully told amid the backdrop of Nazi occupied Paris.

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  • GhosTV

  • PsyCop, Book 6
  • By: Jordan Castillo Price
  • Narrated by: Gomez Pugh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 336

For the past dozen years, Victor Bayne has solved numerous murders by interrogating witnesses only he can see - dead witnesses. But when his best friend Lisa goes missing from the sunny California campus of PsyTrain, the last thing he wants to find there is her spirit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At the risk of sounding like a broken record...

  • By ALLIE on 11-30-15

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 01-02-16

Would you consider the audio edition of GhosTV to be better than the print version?

Both are great.

What was one of the most memorable moments of GhosTV?

The red cord scene, of course. So freakin' sweet and awesome.

Which character – as performed by Gomez Pugh – was your favorite?

Vic.

If you could take any character from GhosTV out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Vic, Jacob and Lisa. I would love to just be with them as a friend.

Any additional comments?

Don't miss out on this fantastic audiobook. The narrator is perfect! The book is one of my faves!

  • Incursion

  • By: Aleksandr Voinov
  • Narrated by: Gomez Pugh
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

When the local authorities ask Kyle Juenger to hunt a shape-shifting Glyrinny spy, he can't refuse. After all, he can use the reward to replace his paralyzed legs with cyberware, and maybe even to return to his home planet. Besides, he hates the morphs - those invasive, brain-eating monstrosities whose weapons cost him his legs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping, personal, a fantastic collaboration

  • By Spifette on 09-12-15

Fantastic read!

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

Reviewed: 09-01-15

Where does Incursion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very near the top.

What other book might you compare Incursion to and why?

Not an M/M romance, but this reminded me of Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding because it's about a rag tag crew on a space ship taking jobs as they can. Yeah, like Firefly too. Only Incursion involves some nice gay romance, which the others are sorely lacking.

Have you listened to any of Gomez Pugh’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes and he's amazing in everything he does!

Any additional comments?

You can't go wrong with Aleks as a writer or with Gomez as a narrator. This book made me want more stories about these characters, which I hear might be a possibility in the future. :-)

  • Slide

  • Roads, Book 1
  • By: Garrett Leigh
  • Narrated by: Michael Lesley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

Shy tattoo artist Ash has a troubled past. Years of neglect, drug abuse, and life on the streets have taken their toll, and sometimes it seems the deep, unspoken bond with his lover is the only balm for wounds he doesn't quite understand. Paramedic Pete is warmth, love, and strength - things Ash never knew he could have, and never even knew he wanted until Pete showed him. But fate is a cruel, cruel mistress, and when nightmares collide with the present, their tentatively built world comes crashing down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect narration except for sound effects

  • By IslandWriter on 12-09-14

Perfect narration except for sound effects

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

Reviewed: 12-09-14

Any additional comments?

Series/Standalone: book 1
Genre/sub-genre: Contemporary/MM Romance
Book Format: audiobook
HEA/HFN: yes
Relatable characters: yes
Abuse/Rape: off screen
Violence: yes
Ratio of sex/plot: equal
Well written/editor needed: well written
Would I re-read?: yes
Personal thoughts: I liked this book. I'd read the ebook before listening to the audio. It's a bit dark, but I like dark stories. Though I almost wish the ending hadn't been just a summary of the following year. It makes it hard to see how/where book 2 will fit in. The narrator would have been perfect if he hadn't decided to add the sound effects of everyone sighing and taking deep breaths and such, even when it's written in the book. So he says he's going to take a deep breath, and then he takes the extra time to do it. It was a little irritating. But otherwise, I really enjoyed his style, and I thought he had a great voice for the two main characters and their friends.

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  • Rare

  • By: Garrett Leigh
  • Narrated by: Michael Lesley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

Paramedic Pete Adams lived through the year from hell watching his lover, Ash, fall apart, and the precarious balance between work and home is becoming more strained. His heart is always home, with Ash, but the dark side to his job is weighing him down. Tattoo artist Ash Fagin is recovering from a nervous breakdown triggered by revelations about his traumatic childhood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark and Intense, but worth the read.

  • By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 02-05-15

good story

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

Reviewed: 12-09-14

Any additional comments?

Series/Standalone: book 2
Genre/sub-genre: Contemporary/MM Romance
Book Format: audiobook
HEA/HFN: yes
Relatable characters: yes
Abuse/Rape: off screen
Violence: minimal
Ratio of sex/plot: equal
Well written/editor needed: well written
Would I re-read?: yes
Personal thoughts: I liked this book. Though I didn't read the ebook before listening to the audio this time like I did with the first book. The narrator was good, except when he added in sound effects like people sighing and whistling. If he had not done that, it would have been perfect.

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  • Somebody Killed His Editor

  • Holmes & Moriarity, Book 1
  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 605

Thanks to an elderly spinster sleuth and her ingenious cat, Christopher Holmes has enjoyed a celebrated career as a bestselling mystery writer. Until now. Sales are down and his new editor is allergic to geriatric gumshoes. On the advice of his agent, he reinvents his fortyish, frumpy, recently dumped self into the sleek, sexy image of a literary lion, and heads for a Northern California writers conference to try and resurrect his career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Somebody Killed His Editor

  • By Murphy Irene on 02-04-13

even better in audio!

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

Reviewed: 11-15-14

Any additional comments?

Series/Standalone: book 1
Genre/sub-genre: mystery/romance
Book Format: audio
HEA/HFN: yes
Relatable characters: yes
Abuse/Rape: no
Violence: not really
Ratio of sex/plot: equal/more plot
Well written/editor needed: well written
Would I re-read?: Yes
Personal thoughts: I read the print book years ago and liked it well enough, but for some reason, I enjoyed this even more in audio. The narrator is perfect for the MC and all the other characters.

  • The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks

  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Max Miller
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 368
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 370

His romantic weekend in ruins, shy 20-something artist Perry Foster learns that things can always get worse when he returns home from San Francisco to find a dead body in his bathtub. A dead body in a very ugly sportscoat - and matching socks. The dead man is a stranger to Perry, but that's not much of a comfort; how did a strange dead man get in a locked flat at the isolated Alton Estate in the wilds of the 'Northeast Kingdom' of Vermont? Perry turns to help from 'tall, dark and hostile' former navy SEAL Nick Reno.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • And the Spirits say...

  • By Donald on 07-07-13

Super spooky and subtly romantic

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

Reviewed: 11-15-14

Any additional comments?

Series/Standalone: standalone
Genre/sub-genre: mystery/romance
Book Format: audio
HEA/HFN: yes
Relatable characters: yes
Abuse/Rape: no
Violence: yes, but minor
Ratio of sex/plot: equal
Well written/editor needed: well written
Would I re-read?: YES
Personal thoughts: I would love to know more about these characters after this story takes place. I love this book because of the heavy mystery plot, and the fact that the romance is subtle, but there. I love the two MCs, and the whole 3-D cast of interesting characters that go along with them. The narrator does a fantastic job getting everything right.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful