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  • Out of Body

  • By: Suzanne Brockmann
  • Narrated by: Jason T. Gaffney, Kevin Held
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Henry's been in love with his best friend, Malcolm, since college, but after he kisses Mal on Halloween night, things go desperately wrong. Awkward turns to just plain weird when Mal mysteriously vanishes. And weird gets freaky when Henry starts to wonder if he's being haunted by Mal's ghost. Henry's other friends think he's losing it - that Mal's just run from conflict - but freaky turns to full-on crazy when, with the help of a "spirit guide", Henry casts a spell that allows him - and only him - to see and hear Malcolm, who's been right there in his house the entire time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Banter

  • By danielle on 01-09-19

Great Banter

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

So I love outrageous romance plots. I blame that on watching soap operas with my mom at a very young age. So if there is amnesia, freaky Friday syndrome, ghosts, werewolves, time travel, etc I have to give it a read/listen. This book did not disappoint!
I really liked that even though this was a dual perspective narrative both narrators spoke their own dialogue. That is extremely rare for most audiobooks and it definitely made the overall experience fun. The banter and sarcastic asides made me laugh out loud. The audible book cover says “soon to be a movie” and I can’t wait to watch!!

  • Twisted and Tied

  • By: Mary Calmes
  • Narrated by: Tristan James
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217

Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones finally has everything he ever wanted. He's head-over-heels in love and married to the man of his dreams, his partner Ian Doyle, he's doing well at work, and all his friends are in good places as well. Things are all tied up nicely, until they're not. Change has never been easy for Miro, and when situations at work force the team he's come to depend on to break apart, and worst of all, his and Ian's individual strengths put them on two separate paths, he's pretty certain everything just went up in smoke.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Mary Calmes and Tristan James!

  • By Buscatlady on 07-19-18

Miro and Ian 4ever! But.....

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

So let me start this with my usual caveat. If I listen or read a book it gets 5 stars because ratings are an author’s livelihood. And I want authors to keep writing. This is the final installment in Mary Calmes’ Marshall series and you absolutely must read them in order. Miro is probably my favorite Mary Calmes character. Tristan James does an amazing job embodying her characters. I have relistened to these books multiple times. That being said.......(spoilers)

So I will start with the positive:
Ian and Miro continue to be adorable
Eli and Miro become best buds
Sam Khage continues to be badass
You get some Vault series tie-ins
Chickee Baby is awesome
There are some very cute scenes that I absolutely love reading/listening to over and over again.

Now for the rest:
The final book felt rushed. I read this first before I listened and it felt rushed. When you listen it will still feel rushed and a little bit random. This book is the finale, and I had hoped for a really good showdown. Craig Hartley, the continuous villain of the series, ends with a whimper rather than a bang. Most of the book feels like an existential crisis to remove Miro from the action and even when the Hartley drama is ended, the final drama that randomly dissolves one of Miro’s best friend Janet’s marriage made me say “Why?”. I mean seriously, Why? This is the friend who supposedly spent years trying to get pregnant and went through serious issues but somehow after the child is born and months old her supposedly loving husband becomes an egregiously stupid, bordering on abusive, mama’s boy. Plus Min suddenly goes from dating a coffee drinking performance artist to being engaged to a Hollywood reality show mechanic from Thanksgiving to March. The last chapter really feels like a “Hurry and wrap this thing up” :(

If you have read the series then you will know that Miro (and this is part of his charm) is a kind of oblivious, biased, and an unreliable narrator. He’s a wonderful, loveable, and heroic guy but definitely a bit clueless. So when you are reading the series you kind of have to take his perspective with a few tablespoons of salt. The first three books do a great job keeping that cognitive dissonance in check but this last book, Miro’s internal monologue was giving me whiplash. I think my problem is it felt like the author was definitely telling rather than showing, and on top of it the scenes themselves felt scripted. Okay I have said my piece about the book.

Now onto the narration. I have my favorite narrators and Mary Calmes’ books introduced me to several of them. Tristan James, especially for the first 3 books of the Marshall series gets top marks. But.....Again this book feels rushed. He absolutely changes the side character voices (Most crushingly, the villain, Craig Hartley loses the wonderfully creepy melodic tone to his dialogue with Miro) And often Miro and Ian are indistinguishable when they are talking. All in all I wish both the author and the narrator had spent another month or even year to knock this book out of the park like the other three previous books.

  • Forget Me Not

  • The Unforgettable Duet Series, Book 1
  • By: Brooke Blaine
  • Narrated by: Charlie David
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

 Get ready to experience the heartbreakingly beautiful love story of Ollie and Reid in USA Today best-selling author Brooke Blaine's The Unforgettable Duet. Three sugars, two creamers. That’s how you took your coffee every morning at Joe’s Grab ’N Go. But you don’t remember that. You don’t remember anything. Anything, that is, except me....That day...and the tragedy that catapulted us together. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Sweetest Guy Finds Love

  • By danielle on 12-04-18

The Sweetest Guy Finds Love

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

I am so happy to see this book become available on audible and I love Charlie David. Great book and amazing narration, I can’t wait for the next part of the series. This is a really fun amnesia plot that continues into the next book.

  • The Lightning-Struck Heart

  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Michael Lesley
  • Length: 19 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,819
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,733
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,726

Once upon a time, in an alleyway in the slums of the City of Lockes, a young and somewhat lonely boy named Sam Haversford turns a group of teenage douchebags into stone completely by accident. Of course, this catches the attention of a higher power, and Sam's pulled from the only world he knows to become an apprentice to the king's wizard, Morgan of Shadows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely brilliant

  • By Rain on 12-23-15

Best audible book!

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

So I have hundreds of audiobooks in my library and I have a lot of the classics and some amazing narrators in my top ten list. This book shot straight to the top, Michael Lesley (narrator)and TJ Klune (author) make an amazing combination of sarcasm, sincerity, and snark. So gay, fantasy, and fairytale retelling is a fairly narrow genre but I have recommended this series to pretty much all of my friends. There are 3 more books in this series and they are worth a listen but this is the only book that can mostly be read as a stand alone.

  • A Wish Upon the Stars

  • Tales from Verania
  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Michael Lesley
  • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 243

Nearly a year ago, blinded by grief and betrayal, Sam of Wilds made a desperate decision to follow the Great White into the Dark Woods. Now, he emerges to a world changed. The City of Lockes is a prison. The King has been locked away in the dungeons. The Kingdom of Verania has fallen, and the Dark wizard Myrin sits on the throne. But soon after his return, Sam learns of a resistance fighting in his name, led by a courageous knight, a defiant prince, a pissed-off unicorn, and a half-giant who wants to smash everything in sight. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best series ever. Seriously.

  • By Jen on 11-29-18

Finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

This is the final chapter of Sam’s tale and I have been waiting for what feels like 5ever ;) Michael Lesley is awesome and amazing. Now comes the spoilers...this is the final showdown. The good guys angst....so much angst! Sam and Ryan just angst at each other until they realize they have to marry each other. I love all 18 hours of this chapter but there are a couple edit issues. Around the 8 hour marks there will be repeats and it happened a couple of times earlier as well.

  • Vows Box Set

  • By: Addison Albright
  • Narrated by: David Gilmore
  • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Join Henry, Sam, and an appealing supporting cast as they ride a roller coaster of emotions when their lives are derailed before coming back on track, leaving Nash as collateral damage in the novel, 'Til Death Do Us Part, novelette From This Day Forward, and short story Okay, Then. Nash takes an unusual path to his own happily ever after in To Love and to Cherish.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great concepts and wonderful characters

  • By danielle on 11-24-18

Great concepts and wonderful characters

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

So two caveats:
1) This was a romance package read for me so while I do spend money I did not use a full credit to listen to this book.
2) I rate all books that I actually finish listening to and do not return with 5 stars because the rating system is actually binary and anything less than a 5 effects an authors appearance on searches and hurts their livelihood so I give 5 stars and then give my critiques in the description.

That being said I enjoyed this audible download but the audio is a problem.
This is bundle of 2 books and 2 short stories. The plot of the first book is m/m romance meets Robinson Crusoe. Sam and Henry are a married couple that are separated when Henry is lost in a plane crash.I love the glimpses of relationship we get between the separated couple and the descriptions of survival on a deserted island. ...to be continued

  • A Light in the Darkness

  • In Darkness, Book 2
  • By: Alice Winters
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 74

Felix and Lane are trying out their new normal. No more car chases, no more drug lords, and no more kidnapping bad guys. But when Felix's brother wants to repair their relationship, he brings with him a secret that could cost all of them their lives. Lane isn't complaining because the thrills of life-threatening situations are right up his alley. They may think they have a handle on the situation, but what they do not know is that someone has been working them from the shadows. Forcing them to do exactly what he wants as he drives them closer to his sick game of life and death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This series only gets more hilariously amazing!

  • By danielle on 11-14-18

This series only gets more hilariously amazing!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

First of all....how to opine about Joel Leslie? He is an amazing narrator and the banter back and forth that is essential in this series is right up his alley. The first book is very action packed and the plot is convoluted due to deep undercover and police corruption issues. The second book is much more domesticated, same page, and too curious for their own good sort of tale. I loved the sarcasm, continued expansion of family members closeness and even possible future spawn (gasp!) the story meanders wonderfully and then gets Super Dramatic for the last few hours. Be prepared to want to yell at the characters as they awkwardly go out to investigate alone the equivalent of “what’s that noise?” in a horror movie and confront obvious villains.

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  • Big Bad Beast

  • Pride Series, Book 6
  • By: Shelly Laurenston
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Kane
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 867
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 799
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800

Ric Van Holtz is more than he seems, nothing you expect-and everything you want...When it comes to following her instincts, former Marine Dee-Ann Smith never holds back. And this deadly member of a shifter protection group will do anything to prove one of her own kind is having hybrids captured for dogfights. Trouble is, her too-cute, rich-boy boss Ric Van Holtz is making it real hard for Dee to keep her heart safe. He's wanted the fiercely independent she-wolf from day one, but he never expected their teamwork to be so explosive.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Some great narration!

  • By Candateshia Pafford on 06-10-14

Charlotte Kane rocks my world!

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

This entire series is narrated by one of my favorite female narrators. She does an amazing job with both male and female characters which I find to be a rare talent. Shelly Laurenston writes a humorous and expansive world. Each book is laugh out loud and romantic. I bought all of these books before they were part of the audible romance package. So this series is totally worth a listen especially if you are a romance package member. And even if you aren’t each stort is totally worth a credit.

  • The Distance

  • The Firsts & Forever Series, Book 11
  • By: Alexa Land
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232

Twenty-four-year-old Jessie thinks he has fellow street racer Kai all figured out. The tall, dark-haired Hawaiian might be gorgeous, but he's also arrogant, angry, and a total menace when he gets behind the wheel. So why does an argument with Kai lead to the hottest sex of Jessie's life?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By SassiKassi on 09-30-16

Jessie gets his love story!

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

First I will talk about this book and then I will talk about the how badly I want the rest of this series to be available on audible. Currently only books 9,10,&11 are available on audible. These books can be stand alone but there are amazing couples that I want to hear vs read since Greg tremblay is my favorite narrator!
I fell in love with Jessie in book 8 and I honestly love that Greg tremblay was able to really embody his joyful spirit. I initially started the first and forever series because it was narrated by Greg tremblay and all 3 available books were part of my romance package. Jessie is an amazingly fun and zany character and it is wonderful that he finds someone who truly enjoys his playful and spontaneous nature. There are so many hilarious and over the top antics that involve Nana Dombruso this was absolutely one of my favorite in the entire series. This is probably one of the lightest stories in the series so if you want to read out of order I recommend starting with this book.

Now to the second part of this review. PLEASE PUT THE REST OF THIS SERIES AUDIBLE & PLEASE LET GREG TREMBLAY KEEP NARRATING THEM!!!! This was a true hidden treasure as part of my romance package. I came for the Greg tremblay and stayed for the huge cast of amazing characters. This is one of the few series that I actually bought all of the missing books on kindle and I will definitely buy the rest of the books if they become available on audible. If you like Lucy Lennox, Mary calmes, Aimee Nicole Walker, & Charlie Cochet you will enjoy this series.

  • All I Believe

  • By: Alexa Land
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245

Nico Dombruso has learned to keep the world at arm's length after being badly burned by his last relationship. Even so, he decides to let himself enjoy a summer fling while on vacation in Italy. It's just sex after all, so what's the harm? He gets so much more than he bargained for when he meets gorgeous, mysterious art dealer Luca Caruso. The connection between them is undeniable, and for the first time in years, Nico starts to consider the possibility of trusting his tattered heart to someone again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outrageous Fun

  • By Alex on 06-04-16

More please!!

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

I downloaded this book via the audible romance package because I saw it was narrated by Greg tremblay and fell in the love with the whole cast of characters in the first and forever series. Nico and Luca were adorable and I enjoyed all of their sweet nicknames and romantic gestures. I really hope that Greg tremblay will narrate the entire series. For some reason there are only 3 out of the sixteen book series available and I can only hope the rest will be quickly forthcoming.