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  • 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 16
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

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 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting story, not a fan of narration

  • By DJR on 11-09-18

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 485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462

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 785
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 747

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 27
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

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.

  • Until September

  • By: Chris Scully
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

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 754
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 717
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 716

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.

  • Cut and Run

  • By: Abigail Roux, Madeleine Urban
  • Narrated by: Sawyer Allerde
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,090
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 942
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 945

An erotic gay romance, a suspenseful thriller.... A series of murders in New York City has stymied the police and FBI alike, and they suspect the culprit is a single killer sending an indecipherable message. But when the two federal agents assigned to the investigation are taken out, the FBI takes a more personal interest in the case. Special Agent Ty Grady is pulled out of undercover work. He's cocky, abrasive, and indisputably the best at what he does.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunned and surprised.

  • By Zion on 08-05-10

Disappointing narration ruined a great book

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

I've read the cut & run series several times, it's that good. When I was forced to start listening to books instead of reading, I was really looking forward to hearing the series. But this narrator doesn't do the book justice. He just reads... no emotion, no emphasis, definitely not a voice actor. The barely discernable voice change for the different characters was awful. He made Ty's voice too breathy, not anywhere near how its described in the book.

I'm still giving it 5 stars because it's simply my favorite m/m series. I'd buy the audio book again if it published with a different narrator like Joel Leslie or Tristan James.

  • Red Dirt Heart 4

  • By: N.R. Walker
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 116

Moving from a Texas ranch to an Australian Outback station was a life-changing decision for Travis Craig. Though it wasn’t really a decision at all. Something in his bones told him to go, though he had no clue as to why. Until he met Sutton Station’s owner, Charlie. Loving Charlie shouldn’t have been easy. The man was stubborn and riddled with crippling self-doubt. No, it shouldn’t have been easy at all. Yet somehow, falling in love with Charlie was the easiest thing in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Love This Series! 🎧❤️

  • By Belen on 04-02-18

Thank you for ending series so completely

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

I've enjoyed Travis and Charlie's story so much and enjoyed it even more when narrated by Joel Leslie. I'm very grateful Ms. Walker took the story so far into the future to get a complete and satisfying ending. I also was thrilled the last book was from Travis's POV. It added depth to the series.

  • 40 Souls to Keep

  • By: Libby Drew
  • Narrated by: Charles Carr
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

Seven years ago, Jase awoke with the mystical power to heal people - and no memory of his past. The only clue to his identity is the number 40 tattooed on his arm. Driven by a mission he doesn't understand, Jase follows his visions to those he's meant to save. He is convinced that the 40th person he's drawn to - a little girl named Macy Pearl - is the key to finally learning the truth.… Social worker Lucas Jacobson has made a promise to protect Macy, orphaned when her parents were murdered. So when Jase shows up in Naples claiming he's there to heal the child, Lucas is wary, despite his attraction to the enigmatic stranger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This One Surprised Me

  • By Bosco on 06-10-18

Refreshingly different

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

Enjoyed the concept, explained well and very entertaining.

Not a fan of the narration but it wasn't bad either. Others some awesome narrator's in this genre to live up to. I'd give narration a solid 4 stars.