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  • Hexslayer

  • Hexworld, Book 3
  • By: Jordan L. Hawk
  • Narrated by: Tristan James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

Horse shifter Nick has one rule: never trust a witch. Nick has devoted his life to making his saloon a safe haven for the feral familiars of New York. So when a brutal killer slaughters a feral under his protection, Nick has no choice but to try and catch the murderer. Even if that means bonding with a handsome Irish witch. Officer Jamie MacDougal came back from the war in Cuba missing part of a leg and most of his heart. After his former lover becomes one of the killer's victims, Jamie will do anything to solve the case. Nick comes to Jamie with a proposal: after making a temporary bond, they will work together to stop the murders. Once the killer is caught, they walk away and never see one another again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another captivating installment in Hexworld

  • By Paisley on 11-05-17

Another captivating installment in Hexworld

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

Once again Jordan has crafted a wonderful and entertaining world with Hexslayer. I was immersed and submerged, and nearly drowned in the rich details and exciting plot twists.

The narration is excellent. There are a lot of characters and dialogue but I only found myself questioning who was speaking once or twice. That’s really good in my opinion. It’s too often I struggle with keeping characters straight when a narrator’s reading dialogue.

I did not give this story 5 stars, which is unusual for me when it comes to Jordan's books. I felt that there was not enough romance between the two main characters. I am not talking sex, I am talking about love or emotional connection. In the other Hexworld stories I found the two men to be deeply bonded and connected, and there wasn't that dynamic present in this one.

After pondering why I felt this way I think it was because of the ending. I won't divulge any spoilers, but I didn't receive the usual satisfaction I get at the ending of a romance novel. It ended too quickly after a major incident (well really a month had passed by) but that made it even less romantic. The end felt like almost an afterthought, or tacked on to give some small closure rather than the thought processes that led the characters to their final actions. I would have enjoyed a bit more insight into the feelings and thoughts that led to the final few paragraphs. Other than that it was awesome (as I expect in her stories) Jordan is a masterful storyteller--I am looking forward to seeing the Hexworld saga continue!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Everything I Know

  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • 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

Enjoyable, but not awesome

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

Reviewed: 04-27-16

Any additional comments?

I mostly love Josh L's audiobooks. She has a way of building love through everyday drama, as well as through the art of mystery and suspense. This is a contemporary romance - no crime drama or mystery involved here. Just an everyday type of drama that regular people deal with in the real world.

The narration is professional and entertaining. I had a bit of an issue with the plot holes. There were a few things that bugged me, and I felt like I wanted to argue with the story at times. I am not going to go into details because I would spoil things with too many specifics.

And here's a weird thing - I felt like Wes should have been the name for Conner's character, and Con should have been the name for Wes's character - I kept getting them mixed up. Thankfully the narrator was good enough to do the voices differently and consistently. Their names just didn't fit who they were. So weird to say, I know.

I also thought that Wes's character could have been developed more. Because he was kind of a dick to Con, and his motivations may have been solid, but the reader didn't see that really.

I am glad I listened to it and for the most part I was well entertained.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Keys

  • City of Keys, Book 1
  • By: Amber Kell
  • Narrated by: Derrick McClain
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

My name is Octavius Septimus Stalk, but my friends call me Oss. I live in the City of Keys, a town of gears, keys, locks, and wonder. Our forefathers banished magic long ago, bolted the doors and locked everything up tight to keep people out and the town's secrets in. Four Lock Lords control what information is left, and everyone else is left struggling to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is Fantasy done right, my friends!

  • By Belen on 06-11-16

An exciting blend of fantasy and romance!

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

Reviewed: 03-03-16

If you could sum up Keys in three words, what would they be?

Unique, sexy and fun

Who was your favorite character and why?

The story is told from Octavius’ point of view, and I found him to be a very likable character. His love interest, Thorne, is a sexy sidekick. They are an established couple as the story begins, so this allowed the plot to focus on other issues. I think that worked well because there is a lot to understand about the City of Keys and it’s happenings. Oss and Thorne are a great match, but since it is a first person narrative there were times I wondered what was going on in Thorne’s head.

What about Derrick McClain’s performance did you like?

Derrick McClain does a wonderful job of narrating the story. He is Oss, and his voice adds humor and passion in the right places. He acts out all of the characters in a unique way, and I found myself being able to keep track of who was saying what during the dialogues. There are a lot of characters in the story, so this aspect of the narration was important and well done.

Any additional comments?

Amber Kell created an unusual world in the City of Keys. I love fantasy and all the sub-genres that can go along with fantasy stories. Her creation is a steam punk world and it also has magic. So, it really is a blend of a few of my favorite kinds of fantasy realms. I think that one of the issues that goes along with reading (or listening to) fantasies is that the reader has to understand the world and the unique aspects of the author’s creations in order to feel comfortable and absorb the story without feeling confused. Sometimes I have to read parts of a fantasy book a few times to really get it. Thankfully this wasn’t the case with Keys. It did take me a few chapters to get into the flow of the story, and be able to visualize the world the author constructed. That was probably because it is a unique world with an interesting history, and allowing it all to digest in my brain took some time.

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  • Better Than Friends

  • Better Than Stories
  • By: Lane Hayes
  • Narrated by: Tyler Stevens
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

A Better Than story. When Curt Townsend, a successful young DC lawyer, attends his first gay wedding, he doesn't expect anything more than a great evening out spent celebrating two lucky guys willing to commit to each other. He certainly doesn't anticipate meeting someone like Jack Farinelli.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Kinda Lame

  • By layla on 05-11-15

I Enjoyed it More as it Progressed

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

Reviewed: 09-02-15

Any additional comments?

I started listening to this one a few times and stopped. I just could not get into it. It's narrated in first person and Tyler Stevens sounded so whiny as Curtis. Finally I made it through the first 20 mins and started getting into the story a bit. As I liked Curtis more the nasal whine of Tyler's narration was less nerve grating.I ended up enjoying the story very much overall. I have not read the first two books in this series and now I am intrigued to check them out.

  • Loving Jay

  • By: Renae Kaye
  • Narrated by: Dave Gillies
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266

One thing Liam Turner knows for sure is that he's not gay - after all, his father makes it very clear he’ll allow no son of his to be gay. And Liam believes it, until a chance meeting with James "Jay" Bell turns Liam’s world upside-down. Jay is vivacious and unabashedly gay - from the tips of his bleached hair to the ends of his polished nails. With a flair for fashion, overreaction, and an inability to cork his verbal diarrhea, drama queen Jay must have a screw loose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cute story

  • By Kindle Customer on 01-20-15

Loved this one so much!

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

Reviewed: 03-02-15

This audiobook was very entertaining. The narration was perfect (although none of my Aussie pals really sound like this at all) and that's important because it's written in first person.

It's funny and charming and completely adorable.

My first book from this author but certainly not my last!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dance with the Devil

  • By: Megan Derr
  • Narrated by: Paul Morey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

In a world of demons, goblins, witches, sirens, werewolves, vampires, and so much more, it can be difficult to determine who is guilty of what and why. Chris White is a detective who fearlessly investigates this supernatural world, himself a unique product of it. He will take any case brought to him, but has a particular affinity for helping those who inhabit the poor districts of his city. From strange rituals and runaway vampires, to fighting sorcerers and confronting a demon lord, this paranormal detective will face any challenge-even a dance with the devil.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A cosy read.

  • By Joycinta on 12-13-16

One of my fave M/M books - well done in audio

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

Reviewed: 02-24-15

If you could sum up Dance with the Devil in three words, what would they be?

Creative, sexy fun!
I was happily surprised by this audiobook. I loved this story in ebook and sometimes that doesn't transfer well into an audio version. I think that this story does do well in audio because the narration is great, and the world-building details are well written. It's a fantasy/paranormal gay romance. The way it is presented as "case files" for each chapter is a bit odd until you get used to it. The cases are not in order (the timeline moves back and forth so you need to pay attention to what case number it is to understand that fact) at first that bothered me when I read it - but once I figured it out it was awesome. It is imaginative, creative, sexy and filled with magic.

Which character – as performed by Paul Morey – was your favorite?

Chris White - he did the self-deprecating sarcasm well. Unfortunately I have listened to quite a few Paul Morey books and now the characters are starting to sound alike. When he did Sable's character I kept thinking about another book where a character sounded just like him.

Any additional comments?

If you find the timeline confusing just hang in there you will get used to it. I have read this story MANY times and I still love it because the characters are endearing and the creativity is off the charts.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Tell Me It's Real

  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Michael Lesley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846

Do you believe in love at first sight? Paul Auster doesn't. Paul doesn't believe in much at all. He's thirty, slightly overweight, and his best features are his acerbic wit and the color commentary he provides as life passes him by. His closest friends are a two-legged dog named Wheels and a quasibipolar drag queen named Helena Handbasket. He works a dead-end job in a soul-sucking cubicle, and if his grandmother's homophobic parrot insults him one more time, Paul is going to wring its stupid neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't read on a plane!

  • By Kindle Customer on 07-08-14

One of my all-time faves!

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

Reviewed: 11-05-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Tell Me It's Real to be better than the print version?

In some ways, yes. I think that the narrator does a fantastic job of bringing the characters to life. This is a long book and I never felt bored during the entire story. It's so funny and very heartwarming and sexy - the perfect book!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Tell Me It's Real?

When Vince and Paul are texting each other while Vince is snooping through Paul's house - the narration of this works really well.

Which scene was your favorite?

Oh, there are so many wonderful and funny scenes in this story but I love when they go out to dinner and the waiter hits on Vince, then Vince discovers Paul's deepest darkest secret, and then Paul's parents wander by and they think that Vince is Paul's dom. So freakin' funny!

Who was the most memorable character of Tell Me It's Real and why?

There are lots of wonderful characters, from the hilariously outrageous Sandy, to the yummy, yummy Vince, to Paul's fantastic parents, but Paul Auster takes the cake! Since the story is told in first person, from his point of view, he is very memorable indeed. One of my favorite characters in M/M Romance ever.

Any additional comments?

This is a great book and a really great audiobook too!

  • All Kinds of Tied Down

  • Marshals (Book 1)
  • By: Mary Calmes
  • Narrated by: Tristan James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 781
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 778

Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones has a reputation for being calm and collected under fire. These traits serve him well with his hotshot partner, Ian Doyle, the kind of guy who can start a fight in an empty room. In the past three years of their life-and-death job, they've gone from strangers to professional coworkers to devoted teammates and best friends. Miro’s cultivated blind faith in the man who has his back… faith and something more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • UST, Action and HOTNESS

  • By Belen on 08-30-15

Better than I expected

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

Reviewed: 10-28-14

Where does All Kinds of Tied Down rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top 10% but please see my additional comments about the narration below

What did you like best about this story?

I really enjoy the whole "Matter of Time" series and there are characters from MOT in this story. I really liked this story soooooo much better than I did Parting Shot. I was not a huge fan of that story (and I pretty much lurve EVERYTHING that MC writes really) so I had held off on this one.

Which character – as performed by Tristan James – was your favorite?

Ian

Any additional comments?

I have not read this book on my Kindle - only listened to the audio version. That is a bit unusual for me but I am glad I took a chance on this one.I am so glad I finally took a chance and tried it! The characters were great! Typical MC kinda fellas - beautiful, sexy, rugged men who are HOT in the sack. Interesting plot with a slow burn kinda build up, and lots of extra characters making it feel very full. Loved it! Tristan James was the narrator and I like him. My only issue was that I loved him in the Rhys Ford "Sinners" series, and when he was doing Miro's voice and (head voice especially) it sounded so much like Miki in Sinner's Gin that it kinda bugged me. Since this story is told from Miro's POV you really hear a lot of him, and I kept thinking about Miki St. John. Other than that I thought it was excellent.