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  • 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 241
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 237

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

It spoiled me for all others...

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

Absolutely love everything about the Verania series. Especially love Michael Lesley's narration.
The only drawback was when I went to listen to the next romance on my list; it was dull and boring. This series has spoiled me and shown me what a great author and narrator combo can produce.

This is a must listen for anyone interested in the genre, and even those who might not be. Its that good.

Hands down, the most joyful, dramatic, heart wrenching, humorous adventure story available.

Thank you TJ Klune.
Can't wait for the next one!

  • A Matter of Time, Volume 2

  • By: Mary Calmes
  • Narrated by: Paul Morey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561

Three years ago, Jory Harcourt changed his name and shut the door on a past full of pain, only to emerge stronger on the other side. He has a new career, a great working partner, and a satisfying life - except for the hole in his chest left behind when police Detective Sam Kage walked out with his heart. Now Sam's back and he knows what he wants... and what he wants is Jory. Jory, who doesn't know if he can survive another breakup or losing Sam to his dangerous job, resists returning to the arms of the only man he has ever truly loved. But when a serial killer with a score to settle targets Jory, he will have to decide if love is worth the danger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's not you...

  • By Donald on 04-12-13

Narration is horrendous, story is great

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

I'm so glad I read this book years ago. I enjoyed it so much, I purchased the audio. Very disappointed. Narrator is droll, speaks way, way, way too slowly and pauses, sometimes for several seconds between sentences, YES SENTENCES. Sometimes even in the middle of sentences. It was truly awful. I'll never purchase a book narrated by him again.
I loved this book when I read it. Jory is a wonderful, energetic, weird person. Mary Calmes managed to bring to life a personality I've met before but could imagine quite well. Unfortunately, the narrator's voicing of Jory made him seem dull, boring and ... old. Just old. I hated it. I did listen to the whole thing but I was intensely disappointed in the narration.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

  • Sinners Series, Book 3
  • By: Rhys Ford
  • Narrated by: Tristan James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415

Lieutenant Connor Morgan of SFPD’s SWAT division wasn’t looking for love. Especially not in a man. His life plan didn’t include one Forest Ackerman, a brown-eyed, blond drummer who’s as sexy as he is trouble. His family depends on him to be like his father, a solid pillar of strength who’ll one day lead the Morgan clan. No, Connor has everything worked out - a career in law enforcement, a nice house, and a family. Instead, he finds a murdered man while on a drug raid and loses his heart comforting the man’s adopted son.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of the series to date, in my opinion.

  • By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 12-21-14

Highly recommended

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

I absolutely love Tristan James as a narrator. However, I could only bring myself to give this 4 stars for performance because the audio had dozens of places that sounded like narrator was in a tunnel. It was very distracting and pulled me from the story. Other than that, I highly recommend this series. Rhys Ford's characters are well rounded and the story line is a great balance of emotion and action.

  • Til Death Do Us Part

  • Vows, Book 1
  • By: Addison Albright
  • Narrated by: David Gilmore
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Henry and Sam Miller-Greene are living the dream. They love their careers - which afford each of them opportunities to travel to exotic locations - they love their home, Sam's caring family, and each other. They disagree on the subject of adoption, but are fully committed to each other in marriage ...'til death do us part. The dream is shattered when Henry's plane crashes and he's presumed dead. But four people - Henry, two other men, and a child - survive undetected on a remote, small, and insignificant island. Will Sam and Henry's love be able to survive as well?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm guessing better to read than hear

  • By DJR on 11-11-18

I'm guessing better to read than hear

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

While I enjoyed the storyline, it was extremely heard to listen to. Narrator sounded like a grandpa and spoke too slowly. The tone always seemed extremely serious, lacking emotion. Because the author's verbiage tended toward the rational and formal, the narration fed into that and really ruined the experience. I've put it on my list of books to read in the future but would never listen to it again

  • Murder Takes the High Road

  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

Librarian Carter Matheson is determined to enjoy himself on a Scottish bus tour for fans of mystery author Dame Vanessa Rayburn. Sure, his ex, Trevor, will also be on the trip with his new boyfriend, leaving Carter to share a room with a stranger, but he can’t pass up a chance to meet his favorite author. Carter’s roommate turns out to be John Knight, a figure as mysterious as any character from Vanessa’s books. His strange affect and nighttime wanderings make Carter suspicious. When a fellow traveler’s death sparks rumors of foul play, Carter is left wondering if there’s anyone on the tour he can trust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done!

  • By BrotherBob on 01-01-19

Interesting story, not a fan of narration

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

Not the best Josh Lanyon book I've read but definitely worth reading. It was a bit slow throughout the entire story. The mystery/intrigue was good, as usual for author.

Unfortunately, I'm not a fan of the narrator. He paused too long between sentences, like it was a paragraph. Sometimes he even did it with compound sentences which threw me out of the story. Will say his voice, ennunciation and volume were all pleasant, though.

  • Whiskey and Wry

  • Sinners, Book 2
  • By: Rhys Ford
  • Narrated by: Tristan James
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478

He was dead. And it was murder most foul. If erasing a man's existence could even be called murder. When Damien Mitchell wakes, he finds himself without a life or a name. The Montana asylum's doctors tell him he's delusional and his memories are all lies: he's really Stephen Thompson, and he'd gone over the edge, obsessing about a rock star who died in a fiery crash. His chance to escape back to his own life comes when his prison burns, but a gunman is waiting for him, determined that neither Stephen Thompson nor Damien Mitchell will escape.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent 2nd installment

  • By Riva on 01-29-14

Unique story

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

When I came across this series, I was more interested in the second book than the first but I always read series in order. I was right too. The first book was good! The second was great! I loved the concept, the uniqueness of the story. And Rhys Ford does has a great recipe for romance, perfect amount of intrigue, scintillating sex scenes, realistic relationship development, and complex characters.

And Tristan James... well, he just packaged the whole story together expertly. Great narration voice, excellent character voices and accents. He is one of my favorite narrators and he knocked it out of the park with Whiskey and Wry.

  • Bear, Otter, and the Kid

  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 779
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 781

Three years ago, Bear McKenna’s mother took off for parts unknown with her new boyfriend, leaving Bear to raise his six-year-old brother Tyson, aka the Kid. Somehow they’ve muddled through, but since he’s totally devoted to the Kid, Bear isn’t actually doing much living. With a few exceptions, he’s retreated from the world, and he’s mostly okay with that - until Otter comes home. Otter is Bear’s best friend’s older brother, and as they’ve done for their whole lives, Bear and Otter crash and collide in ways neither expect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it! This was a re-read for me.

  • By Heather on 07-19-14

Narration spoiled story... again

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

I should know better than to listen to Sean Crisden but he was exceptionally bad his narration of this really great story. I couldn't tell the difference between the kid and any female character. They all sounded nasally and high pitched. He whispered some of responses and I had to turn the volume up several notches to make out what he was saying in some scenes. And that's a real shame because TJ Klune is one of my favorite authors. It's the only reason I listened to another Crisden narration. However, of all her books, this one repeated itself a little more than necessary. A few times, Bear's internal monologue went on and on and on and on. It's probably true to life as I can debate things in my head for hours, but in a novel, I felt a few scenes were just too long.

  • Sunset

  • Pact Arcanum, Book 1
  • By: Arshad Ahsanuddin
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

The three metahuman races exist in careful balance, working to maintain a fragile peace. Nick and his fellow Daywalkers successfully master their natural bloodlust. The Sentinels, armed with both magic and steel, repress their warlike instincts. And even some Nightwalkers, normally their natural enemies, have deserted the Court of Shadows to join the triple alliance. Nick Jameson is deeply involved with two such Nightwalkers - handsome Lorcan and powerful Rory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Read the second book first!

  • By Jessica on 10-07-17

Don't give up, it gets better

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

Slow and vague to start. It seemed a quarter into the story before I understood the story's world and even further before the relationships solidified. But the story is worth it. Enjoyed the fact that the violent parts didn't go into gory details but enough to visualize.

Greg Trembley did a great job again narrating. easy to tell difference in characters.

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  • Until September

  • By: Chris Scully
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

As a teenager, Archie Noblesse clawed his way out of the poverty, heartache, and abuse of the reservation and left his family behind. Desperate to shake the shadow of his past, he reinvents himself as Archer Noble, an outspoken blogger and controversial author who lives only for himself. But when his beloved sister dies, Archer is saddled with guardianship of his niece and nephew.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving story with great narration

  • By Morgan A Skye on 06-27-16

Wish I could give it 4.5 stars

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

I'd give it 4.5 stars if I could. It was a unique romance that delved deep into the characters. Enough going on to keep you interested besides just the love story.

  • Fish & Chips

  • By: Madeleine Urban, Abigail Roux
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 727

Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett are back on the job, settled into a personal and professional relationship built on fierce protectiveness and blistering passion. Now they’re assigned to impersonate two members of an international smuggling ring—an out-and-proud married couple—on a Christmas cruise in the Caribbean.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I miss the original narrator

  • By Jennifer on 12-18-11

Still only average narration

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

Love the series, not impressed with narration. Sean Crisden is just a bit better than the prior narrator. I wont listen to anything narrated by Crisden unless it promises to be a great story. While his voices are good, his regular narration is unemotional and sounds like he'd rather be at the dentist than narrating a book.

For those that haven't read the cut and run books yet, keep going. Every book gets better.

Still gave it 5 stars because author shouldn't be held responsible cor bad narration. Book is excellent.

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