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  • On a Tuesday

  • By: Whitney G.
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Joseph Discher
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229

Charlotte Taylor has three automatic strikes in my book: 1) She hates me. She also claims that I'm a "domineering jerk with a huge, overbearing ego". (I do have something huge. It's not my ego, though.) 2) She takes our mandatory tutoring sessions way too seriously. 3) She's sexy as hell...and a virgin. At least those were her strikes before our study sessions started lasting longer than they were supposed to. Until one innocent kiss became a hundred dirty ones, and until she became the first woman I ever fell hard for.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A vivid, delightful and outstanding performance!

  • By Avephoenix on 09-01-18

Overall 4.5 stars. Great narration/story.

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

On a Tuesday was a witty and sometimes awkward and heartbreaking story written by Whitney G. and narrated by Erin Mallon and Joseph Discher. Don't let that description fool you though because it was a great listen.

Story: 4.5 stars
Grayson is a professional football player. One invitation to his seven-year reunion has him reliving the past, and seeing his ex, makes him wanting to learn the truth...maybe even wanting something in the future? However, Charlotte has her own reasons for hating Grayson. Not only that, but he is the last person she wants to see. Will they get on the same page?

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The banter between the two main characters kept me entertained and I didn't want to stop listening to the book. On top of that, the flashbacks gave us insight into the characters and what made them tick. I think there were a couple of times when it seemed a little much, but those were few and far between. The story flowed, the characters were likable, and the I found myself laughing several times. On the flip side, I also cringed more than once, but it wasn't because of the writing, it was the pain the characters were going through.

Narration: 4 stars
There are actually two narrators for this book, so I will review each one individually.

Erin Mallon: Erin brought her characters to life and was able to change her voice for each individual character. A couple of passages were monotoned, but she recovered quickly and was back in character quickly.

Joseph Discher: I had a few more issues with Joseph than I did with Erin, however, there were also times I thought he did better with the characters than Erin did. Each character had their own voice and their own personality.

Overall, I enjoyed this narration and I will definitely be giving this book another listen. The characters and the story flowed through the speakers and part of the reason I loved listening so much, was because Erin and Joseph brought their own twist to everyone in this story.

Overall: 4.5 stars
Wonderful story, great narration, and something if you wanted, you can listen to in one sitting. The audiobook is only about five hours long. I highly recommend this audiobook to everyone and suggest that you one click this book today. 4.5 stars!

  • The Eagle and the Fox

  • A Snowy Range Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Nya Rawlyns
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Josiah Foxglove is given a second chance when he takes over his family's spread in the shadow of the Snowy Range. A veteran of the Gulf War, he came back broken in body and spirit. Marcus Colton buried his long-time lover and best friend three years ago. Lonely and still grieving, Marcus finds solace in protecting Petilune, a pretty girl with learning difficulties, who will surely become a victim of abuse and neglect without his help. But that doesn't help him get through the long, dark nights.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Jennie on 11-01-17

4.5 stars for this intriguing story

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

This is the first time I've listened/read anything by Nya Rawlyns and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. After a bit of a rough and slow start at the beginning of the book, I found myself listening more intently and I didn't want to stop. I grumbled when I had to hit pause because I needed to know what happened next. This more than an MM romance. It's about letting go, moving on, finding a new path and love along with it. It has suspense, funny moments, and so much more. Let's break it down.

Story - 4.5 stars
I honestly wasn't sure what to expect when I began listening to this book. It was a little slow and I couldn't decide if I would like it or not, but I kept listening and really started to like the story and all of the subplots. There is a lot more to this story than meets the eye. Not only are the two main characters trying to figure out life in a small town, but they realize that they have feelings for each other. And that isn't everything. There are other forces at work in the town that leads to the police being called in to investigate. I really can't say much more without giving the plot away. The characters were brilliantly flawed and more like real life men than most characters you see in a book, which makes everything more real. At times the story was intense and I was desperate to know what happened. After a couple of chapters, the story picked up steam and didn't slow down. 4.5 stars.

Narration - 4.5 stars
Nick J. Russo transformed and really brought out the nuances of this story. He was able to breathe life into each character and make them different, and I think part of my enjoyment of the story might have been his interpretation of it. There was a time or two where he dropped character, but it hardly ever happened and I barely noticed. His voice was steady and his pace was perfect. I didn't struggle with his tempo or his pronunciations. I'd love to hear more of his narrations. 4.5 stars.

Overall - 4.5 stars
All in all, the story was great, the narrator enhanced it with his reading, and I thoroughly enjoyed it all. The story incorporates a lot of different elements making it fresh and intriguing, and the characters weren't your typically well-built book boyfriends. They were real. 4.5 stars.

  • Zen Alpha

  • By: Sionnach Wintergreen
  • Narrated by: Hugh Bradley
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

More than anything, struggling tech support specialist Bradley Evans wants an alpha male lover. He thinks he's found his perfect match, but when his domineering stockbroker boyfriend goes too far, Bradley wonders if his flexible, mindful neighbor might be just what he needs. Ward Linden teaches autistic middle schoolers and is sexy and kind; but he isn't quite the alpha Bradley's been looking for. Do nice guys always have to finish last? Bradley explores what it means to be alpha male in this steamy, humor-laced gay romance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First by this author

  • By GiniSue on 07-24-18

3.5 stars

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

Reviewed: 07-22-18

Sometimes what you really need and want in life is in the least expected package. That's what Bradley Evans discovered in Zen Alpha by Sionnach Wintergreen. This is an audiobook, so this review is going to be broken down into different sections.

Story - 3.5 stars
I liked the story, but it was short and I think that there were times that the story was rushed or not completely developed. I wanted there to be more, but not more of Bradley and his back and forth. Honestly, I wanted to slap him a time or two. And his ex-boyfriend, I understand why he was needed in the story, however, there was one part that I thought could be removed. That's just me though. But Ward...I loved him and his patience. I think he was more developed than Bradley and quite honestly, he made the story. I'll give the story 3.5 stars.

Narration - 3
This one was hard for me. The beginning sounded like it was recorded in the bathroom using a cell phone. It made some parts hard to understand. After a while, the recording either got better or I got used to the quality and I could understand everything that was said. The reason that I didn't rate this lower is that Hugh Bradley did bring the characters to life and you were able to differentiate between the characters. Narration gets 3 stars.

Overall - 3.5 stars
I'm going to give this whole audiobook 3.5 stars. The story was enjoyable, but rushed. The narration had some issues, but once you got passed those, it worked for the story. It's a short listen for anyone that wants a quick read or something that can be listened to in one or two sittings.

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  • With a Kick: Collection No. 1

  • By: Clare London
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

This collection includes the charming London-based novellas of the With a Kick series - A Twist and Two Balls and Slap and Tickle. Also included are two short stories featuring the characters in these titles.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great stories, amazing narration!

  • By Carra at Making it Happen blog on 07-13-18

Entertaining collection of stories

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

I have a new audiobook for those of you that like to listen to your books and if you like MM. With a Kick Collection #1, has two stories from the series along with two bonus stories about the couples that appear in the two main stories. It's quirky, funny, and I enjoyed listening to Joel Leslie bring the characters to life. I'm going to break down my review into 3 parts: story, narration, overall.

Story: 4 STARS
First, the story. I'm going to give the collection itself 4 stars. I liked the characters, the plot, and the story. You have characters that struggle in their own way, and you have the men who come in to rescue them, but it isn't as simple as that. They each of their own nuances and each situation is a little different. Everything revolves around this one ice cream shop that makes adult ice cream. I want to find one of those around me. The books do hint at a couple other characters and because I had to know what happened to them, I've already downloaded Collection #2. There were some parts of the stories where I thought they skimmed over content I thought would be better expanded upon and other times when I rushed, but overall, I really liked what I listened to and would recommend this collection to all MM fans.

Narration: 4 STARS
Joel Leslie is one of my favorite narrators. In fact, the main reason I opted to review this audiobook was because I saw that he was the one narrating it. His voice does bring the characters to life and he provides each character with their own accent and personality. That said, there were a few times when I had a hard time making out who was talking or telling the story because the accents melded together and didn't quite sound as distinct as they usually did. It doesn't happen often and only minorly distracted upon occasion. I give the narration 4 stars.

Overall: 4 STARS
The story was good and I found myself grinning at different points throughout the story. The narration brought the characters to life and I've found myself listening to the book a second time. If you like MM and you like audiobooks, I highly recommend that you one click this one today. If you aren't a fan of audiobooks, you should still pick up this collection of stories. I can't wait for part 2 to come out on audiobook.

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  • Cronin's Key

  • Cronin's Key Series, Book 1
  • By: N.R. Walker
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 909
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 861
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 860

NYPD Detective Alec MacAidan has always been good with weird. After all, his life has been a string of the unexplainable. But when an injured man gives him cryptic clues, then turns to dust in front of him, Alec's view on weird is changed forever. Cronin, a vampire Elder, has spent the last 1,000 years waiting for Alec. He'd been told his fated one would be a man wielding a shield, but he didn't expect him to be human, and he certainly didn't expect that shield to be a police badge.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Adventure - Porn?

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-28-17

the twists and turns make ensnares you

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

Reviewed: 06-28-18

I honestly wasn't sure what I was expecting when I downloaded this audiobook. I loved the author and the narrator, so I decided to give it a try. I'm so glad that I did. It was very different and the tweaks and twists given for ancient history are told in a way that it is plausible. Kind of makes you think. The characters were a bit over the top sometimes, but it went with the plot and that's what kept the story interesting.

Joel Leslie once again gave a wonderful performance and brought the characters to life.

I highly recommend this 4 star book today.

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  • Your Irresistible Love

  • Bennett Family, Book 1
  • By: Layla Hagen
  • Narrated by: Kasha Kensington, Aiden Snow
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619

Sebastian Bennett is a determined man. It's the secret behind the business empire he built from scratch. Under his rule, Bennett Enterprises dominates the jewelry industry. Despite being ruthless in his work, family comes first for Sebastian, and he'd do anything for his parents and eight siblings - even if they drive him crazy sometimes...like when they keep nagging him to get married already.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Intriging Concept, Mediocre Execution

  • By Rusty on 10-18-16

Great story and wonderful start to the series

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

Reviewed: 09-26-17

Would you listen to Your Irresistible Love again? Why?

Yes, because I like the story and the narration got better as the story progressed.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sebastian. I love the way he acts, is portrayed, and his description. He is the dream book boyfriend.

Have you listened to any of Kasha Kensington and Aiden Snow ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I haven't.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed. i think the emotional element was there and at times it was a fun read, but there was also drama and romance.

Any additional comments?

As with all of my audio book reviews, this will be split into two parts. The story and the narration. Irresistible Love by Layla Hagen is the first book in the Bennett Family Series. Sebastian is under pressure to find someone and get married. It's sort of a family joke, but at the same time, his parents would love to see him settle down...as they would all of his siblings. But he hasn't found anyone and doesn't know if he actually believes in love. Sure his parents found it, but he hasn't. Besides, he's too busy trying to run his business empire. Ava is going to help him make his next launch even bigger, now if she would only stop wanting him. Will they be able to stay away from each other, or will they both learn what it means to love?

Story: 4.5 stars
I liked the characters and the story progression, and I can't wait to read the other books in the series. It has a little bit of everything: romance, humor, emotion, etc. And you will love Sebastian. I kind of want him for myself. Good plot, well written, and enjoyable. 

Narration: 4 stars (overall)
This book had two different narrators. I'll start with Aiden Snow. The narrator seemed to embrace the character and made Sebastian come to life. His intonation was great and while there were a couple of spots he seemed flat, overall, he was great. I could definitely listen to his voice over and over again. The next narration was done by Kasha Kensington. As the story moved on, her narration got better, however, in the beginning I wasn't drawn in. She didn't bring Ava to life for me until several chapters in. Statements sounded like questions and some lines seemed more monotone. However, when she got more into the story, things began to change and improve. 

Overall rating: 4 stars
While I liked the story, I think there were parts of the narration that interrupted the pleasure of listening to this book. That's not to say it wasn't good, overall, it was. I highly recommend this book and the audio book. 4 stars. 

  • Deathless & Divided

  • The Chicago War, Book 1
  • By: Bethany Kris
  • Narrated by: Roberto Scarlato
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Lies and love. This is how a war starts. A life for a life. That's the mafia way. Damian Rossi owes his life to a man who is ready to collect. That payment comes in the form of an arranged marriage to the daughter of another leading family in the Chicago Outfit. He's ready to follow through, even if that means making sure Lily knows she's his.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They're Killing Off Each Other!

  • By Vicki on 01-17-17

Great story and narration. 4.5 stars!

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

Reviewed: 01-27-17

Where does Deathless & Divided rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would rank it in the top 5.

What other book might you compare Deathless & Divided to and why?

Any kind of crime/mobster book because of the mob family that is central to the book.

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

No.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Not sure.

Any additional comments?

Deathless and Divided is book one in the Chicago War Series by Bethany-Kris. Narrated by Roberto Scarlato. I'll start off my audio book review with saying that if you like mobster type books, you will love this one.

Book - 4.5 stars
Lily has been forced to come home, but what she doesn't know is that an arranged marriage awaits her. When Damian agrees to marry her, he wasn't expecting to feel such attraction for her. Neither one of them do. The story focuses on the couple, however, you also get to see the intricacies of the world Bethany-Kris has created. I loved the writing style and all of the characters. There were a couple of parts that I felt lagged here and there, but those were few and far between. I absolutely loved this story and will be searching for more books from the author.

Narration - 4.5 stars
A good narration can make or break a book, and this was one spot on. Roberto Scarlato was able to bring each character to life, making them each sound unique, which only enhanced the already wonderful story. I loved it. Many times a narrator will put in weird pauses and sound bland in spots, and while there were couple of pauses, they did not distract and I think I only heard one or two. Definitely one of the better narrators I've listened to.

Overall - 4.5 stars
The narration was wonderful, the story was exciting and full of action plus love (seriously, with that combo, how can you go wrong?), and you can tell the author has done her research. One click this story in either book or audio today! You won't be disappointed.

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  • Invisible

  • By: L.A. Remenicky
  • Narrated by: Trevor Thompson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

They found each other. Then the killer found them. Detective Jackson "Jax" McKenna walks into a psychologist's office and finds that the doctor bears a striking resemblance to his first love, Lainie, who disappeared 10 years ago after their disastrous first date ended in violence. Dr. Elizabeth Parker is really Elaine Wilson, Jax's Lainie. She's been in hiding since the night that changed both their lives. Jax discovers the truth when the killer lets Lainie know he's found her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Velvet voice.

  • By Janet T. on 12-27-16

Good story with a sinful narration

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

Reviewed: 11-21-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would. The story for the most part is enjoyable, even if there were times when it was repetitive. The narrator's voice held your attention and you wanted to keep listening.

Would you recommend Invisible to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes. While it did get repetitive, overall the story is good.

What about Trevor Thompson’s performance did you like?

The deep timbre of his voice holds you captive and you want to keep listening to his melodic voice.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not really. Although there were times when I felt anxious when she had been found.

Any additional comments?

Invisible by L.A. Remenicky is a story about Elaine, who is hiding from someone, and Jax, who has loved her for 10 years...even after she disappeared. Fate stepped back in and brought these two together, but something else lurks out there too. A killer has been set free and in hunting her. Can Jax save her? Will Elaine disappear out of his life again?

This is an audiobook review. So Let me break the book down into the two parts. First the story. 3.5 stars. There were parts of the story I think were slightly rushed. On top of that, the story was written from dual POV, but after getting one, you got the exact same scene from the other perspective. While at times that could be a good thing, too much of it becomes repetitive and it felt as if parts of the story were repeating again...not necessarily in a good way. That said, the story was enjoyable and I really liked how the characters interacted with each other. Jax wants to save the world, and Elaine definitely needs saving.

Next is narration. Can I just start out this part of the review by saying I love Trevor Thompson's voice? It's deep and sinfully sexy. 4.5 stars. I think his voice kept me pulled into the story and kept it interesting. I loved the way he read the book and his intonation was great. Trust me, you will love listening to his voice and will be looking for him elsewhere.

Overall: 4 Stars. Overall the story was enjoyable and the narrator was a perfect choice. I recommend that you pick up this audio book today.

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  • Black Balled

  • By: Andrea Smith, Eva LeNoir
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 258

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

Great story and narration. 4.5 stars!

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

Reviewed: 09-15-16

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

I would rank it in the top five of the ones I've listened to. Probably in the top 3.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Black Balled?

I think it was when Larson came over and Troy mistook him for someone else. After everything that happened, Larson dropped everything and decided not to get revenge. It was when he realized his feelings for Troy.

Which character – as performed by Joel Leslie – was your favorite?

This is a hard one because he made each character unique. I loved his Ida though.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Again, when Larson realized his feelings. But that wasn't the only time. I would also say Chicago, or the stick. I shudder at the stick. Poor Troy.

Any additional comments?

After reading both Black Balled and Hard Edit by Andrea Smith and Eva LeNoir, I have the urge to write this review like Babu would have. Don’t worry, after you read them, you will understand and hopefully life. Black Balled introduced us to Troy and Larson, and Hard Edit continues their funny and interesting story. Yes, this is an M/M story, and the dynamic between the two left me entertained and wanting more. FYI…I did listen to the audio book while I was trekking from Virginia to Missouri, so my review will be broken up into parts.

Troy and Larson did not have the most romantic of meetings, if anything they hated each other in the beginning. Troy, aka Babu, looks down upon indie authors and his review on Larson’s latest work was harsh and horrible. As a reviewer, I hope I am never that harsh. Yikes! Unable to hold back Larson responds to the review and from there, the two exchange emails and such back and forth…until a scandal explodes between them. Who is telling the truth? What will happen from here?

Story: 4.5 stars.
The authors were able to create characters you felt were real, who you wanted to get to know. Babu could be one of the reviewers with any of the blogs. Larson, could be an author you visit at a book signing. I feel I need to warn the readers though. You have to be able to have to read this book with an open mind and a sense of humor. As you know, I’m an indie author and part of this blog, and these books make light of a lot of things that happen in the Indie world, though, not in a bad way. I laughed about it all and kept nodding my head. I know these books aren’t for everyone, and that’s ok, but if you don’t mind the comedic way the authors portray self-publishing (they are Indies themselves and know this world), then I say give it a chance. And I absolutely adored Ida! I have to say, the supporting characters in this book added to the story and made it more real. In Black Balled, you felt the pain, the humor, frustrations, and everything else. There is more to both Troy and Larson than what you see on the surface. 4.5 stars and I recommend you one click today.

Narration: 4.5 stars
Black Balled was narrated by Joel Leslie. I’ve listened to Joel Leslie narrate stories before, and I have to say, this time was a wonderful performance. I love how he is able to give each character their own voice and make them individuals instead of sounding the same. There were a couple of slips in character, but not many. I could easily picture Troy and Larson in my mind, which his voice made them more real. 4.5 stars!

Overall: 4.5 stars
I loved the story and the narration. Overall 4.5 stars and I recommend you one click today!

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  • Red Dirt Heart

  • Red Dirt, Book 1
  • By: N.R. Walker
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292

Welcome to Sutton Station: one of the world's largest working farms in the middle of Australia - where if the animals and heat don't kill you first, your heart just might. Charlie Sutton runs Sutton Station the only way he knows how: the way his father did before him. Determined to keep his head down and his heart in check, Charlie swears the red dirt that surrounds him - isolates him - runs through his veins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved Joel Leslie - Kudos!

  • By Belen on 07-05-16

Great story with a good narrator! Must listen!

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

Reviewed: 09-01-16

Would you listen to Red Dirt Heart again? Why?

Yes. The story is enjoyable and the narrator's voice is easy to listen to. I liked how he brought to life the various characters in the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Dirt Heart?

I think the end when even though he is hurting, Travis goes to the kitchen and confesses to Charlie.

What does Joel Leslie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I loved how each character had a different voice. It made the characters more real than if i just read it myself.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! In fact, I practically did.

Any additional comments?

By now, all of you know how much I like to listen and review audiobooks, and this one was also an M/M. It’s my secret (or not so secret addiction). LOL. I can’t help it! So do you want to know all about Red Dirt Heart by N.R. Walker? LOVED IT AND I NEED BOOK TWO AND THREE STAT! This really don’t end on a cliff hanger, but you will want to know more about Charlie and Travis when the book ends.

Travis is visiting Australia in order to learn more about how farmers grow crops in different parts of the world. And the outback is vastly different from his country home in Texas. Charlie has come to terms with the fact that he will always be alone. He is also afraid that his employees will learn that he is gay. His fear is so great that he almost passes up an opportunity to be with Travis, but thankfully Travis has a mind of his own. Things are completely easy for these two, but they are learning.

So first my review for the story…4.5 stars. This book had feelings aplenty and the story line was great. Like it said, it didn’t completely leave you hanging, but you do want to know more about what happens between Charlie and Travis. Well written, the story flows from one chapter to the next. Nothing is rushed and the characters are fully developed. Not even the love story part of the book was rushed, which some M/M authors tend to do.

Now for the audio review…4.5 stars. I thought long and hard about this rating and floundered a bit between 4 and 4.5 stars. Honestly, in the beginning I was leaning more towards 3.5 stars. The voice starts off a little rough and I wondered if I would like Joel Leslie’s interpretation of the book, however, he was able to differentiate between the different characters and bring each one to life. There were a couple of times when his accents seemed to merge, but for the most part, by the end of the book, he had them down. His intonation was steady and flowed, and he didn’t have annoying long pauses where there didn’t need to be one. By the end of the book, he completely won me over. Each character was unique and he changed his voice to suit each one. He also read beautifully. Not once did it feel choppy or stagnant. My issue in the beginning had more to do with the voices and how he seemed almost unsure. He picked it up rather quickly though and after a couple of chapters I no longer had any issues. If I compare his reading to other audiobooks I have reviewed, I would say it was better than most, which is the reason I decided to give it the higher rating.

Overall…4.5 stars. The story is enjoyable and the reading done by Joel Leslie is entertaining. If you like M/M and you like audiobook, you have to check this one out. If you don’t like audio, but love M/M, check this one out.

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