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  • Agent Bayne

  • PsyCop, Book 9
  • By: Jordan Castillo Price
  • Narrated by: Gomez Pugh
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 159

After years of frustration as a PsyCop, Victor Bayne reports for duty at the Federal Psychic Monitoring Program. As a fledgling agent, he’s ready to smoke out a few ghosts and be home each night in time for dinner. But is he prepared to add a professional dimension to his romantic partnership with Jacob Marks? Jacob has already established his territory in the Program - he’s competent, he’s respected, and he’s pretty much fearless. The last thing Vic wants to do is screw up in front of him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this series!!!!

  • By Patricia on 02-25-18

9 books, dozens of shorts, and still 100$ on board

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

I am so in love with this series! Usually by book nine of any series, I am ready to tap out, but PsyCop keeps getting better and better. Not only am I still 100% in, I'm more in love with these characters than ever. I listened to the audio, and I swear Gomez Pugh is the medium and he channels the real Victor Bayne from another dimension. His dry delivery of JCP's humor is brilliant! I loved seeing more of Dead Darla. I hope we will continue to see her from time to time in future books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hemovore

  • By: Jordan Castillo Price
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184

Mark Hansen thought working as artist’s assistant would be glamorous, especially if that artist was a vampire. Black tie events, witty repartee, gracing the pages of the local style section. Didn’t happen. Not even once. Jonathan Varga is an enigma. True, he’s quiet, generous, and scrupulously polite. But he has zero social life, refuses to be interviewed or photographed, and insists he can only consume feline blood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New take on the Vampire Lore.

  • By M. Childers on 11-22-17

Holy crap, this is incredible!

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

Reviewed: 10-19-17

Seriously, can you get a better combination than JCP and Joel Leslie? Both were phenomenal in this book. JCP's writing is alway spot on, and her characterization is detailed and real. Keep listening to the new novella at the end, because it is super emotional and will give you all the feelz.

Joel voiced the characters perfectly. His interactions between Mark and Murray were hilarious. It almost sounded like two different voice actors. So good. I also appreciated his subtle handling of Jonathan's accent. It could have come across very Bela Lugosi, making it campy, but he didn't. It was just right.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Black Balled

  • By: Andrea Smith, Eva LeNoir
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 246

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

I feel like I have met these people before

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

Reviewed: 01-10-17

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

I rated this a 4 star, but it is a solid 4 star. Good story, interesting characters, humorous, excellent narrator. My only issue is that at times the MC's, especially Babu, were hard to like. I have met sanctimonious reviewers like him before, and it was a little hard for me to warm to him. That said, I came to enjoy the back and forth banter between the two men, and the ending was satisfying.

What about Joel Leslie’s performance did you like?

I love Joel Leslie. He is an incredible actor with a versatile voice. You know a narrator is good when you forget you are listening to a reading and you become absorbed in the characters. I have listened to several of his books now, and I am consistently happy.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Absolution

  • The Protectors, Book 1
  • By: Sloane Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368

After four years abroad, artist Jonas Davenport has come home to start building his dream of owning his own art studio and gallery. But just as he's ready to put the darkness of his past behind him forever, it comes roaring back with a vengeance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasant Surprise!!

  • By Cyndi on 12-08-16

Good story, great narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-02-17

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jonas felt the most real to me. I worried that his character would be a "damsel in distress", while the big men protected him, but fortunately, that didn't happen. He had his own agency, and that was nice.

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

I love listening to Joel Leslie. He does a good job with character differentiation, and he is easy to listen to. He doesn't do any weird pronunciations, so it is easy to most past listening to immerse yourself in the story.

Any additional comments?

It was good. I will probably check out the next book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • PsyCop Briefs, Volume 1

  • By: Jordan Castillo Price
  • Narrated by: Gomez Pugh
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

Victor Bayne sees dead people for a living...and he sees them off the clock, too. After all, ghosts don't confine their appearances to a psychic medium's work hours. From the macabre to the mundane, from titillating to tender, these PsyCop shorts feature stolen moments between the novels. Get a glimpse of Vic's life with Jacob between cases, from both men's viewpoints.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So glad to see more of these guys!

  • By Morgan A Skye on 01-11-17

JCP + Gomez Pugh = Magic

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

Reviewed: 01-02-17

Where does PsyCop Briefs, Volume 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The PsyCop series in audio is the most consistently enjoyable series I have listened to. The combination of JCP's characters and storytelling mixed with Gomez Pugh's voice always hits the spot.

What did you like best about this story?

I love the small, stolen moments between Vic & Jacob.

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

The humor in the PsyCop books always makes me laugh out loud. It balances out the darkness of the stories beautifully.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Persistence of Memory

  • Mnevermind Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Jordan Castillo Price
  • Narrated by: Seth Clayton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

While forgetting your problems won't solve them, it does seem like it would make life a heck of a lot easier. Daniel thought so once. Now he knows better. He and Big Dan have always been close, which makes it all the more difficult to break the daily news: the last five years were nothing like his father remembers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even better in audio. Fantastic narrator choice!

  • By Mtsnow13 on 11-21-16

Loved it!!

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

Reviewed: 12-22-16

What made the experience of listening to The Persistence of Memory the most enjoyable?

I loved this book when I read it previously. Listening to it in audio reminded me of what a brilliant story this is.

What did you like best about this story?

JCP can do no wrong. I'll follow her down any rabbit hole she leads me. Truly one of the best storytellers writing today.

What about Seth Clayton’s performance did you like?

Seth Clayton was the perfect narrator for this book. His Aunt Pipsy and Larry were a delight. I like that he treated Elijah's voice so well. It will be interesting to see what he does with Elijah in the second book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Finding Love

  • The Perfect Size for You
  • By: Lily G. Blunt
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

A male escort takes on an inexperienced client and breaks the first rule of rent boys: don't get attached. After updating his Rent Boy blog profile, well-endowed porn star Ty receives a text from a sexually inexperienced client. Andy, the client, asks Ty to provide him with the necessary know-how so should he ever get a date with the guy he's attracted to, he'll be fully prepared. Little does Ty know that this hookup will lead to a friendship that will subsequently change his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet and sexy

  • By Jesi Lea Ryan on 08-10-16

Sweet and sexy

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

Reviewed: 08-10-16

I tend to avoid sex worker stories because so many of them involve people who turn to the work out of desperation, and not 100% freewill. That feels icky to me. I was happy to find this is not the case with Ty. He comes off as a guy who likes sex and is perfectly happy to turn it into a business. In fact, I had to chuckle a bit at him updating his advertising.

Andy is a shy guy who hires Ty so he can learn what to do before he asks his crush out. Ty takes things slow, and as a result, he finds himself thinking of Andy as a friend. And eventually more than a friend. It actually was a very sweet story. For such a short book, there was a lovely slow-built to the romance.

The narration was good, but then Sean Crisden always is.

Lily G. Blunt is a new author to me, but based on what I've read here, I will definitely check out some of her full-length novels.

** I received this audio book free in exchange for an honest review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Who Knows the Storm

  • The Vigilante, Book 1
  • By: Tere Michaels
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Young
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

In a dystopian near future, New York City has become the epicenter of decadence - gambling, the flesh trade, a playground for the wealthy. And underneath? Crime, fueled by "Dead Bolt", a destructive designer drug. This New City is where Nox Boyet leads a double life. At night, he is the Vigilante, struggling to keep the streets safe for citizens abandoned by the corrupt government and police. During the day, he works in construction and does his best to raise his adopted teenaged son, Sam.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great start to a series

  • By Riva on 03-15-15

Diary of a Bibliophile Review

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

Reviewed: 07-04-16

The M/M world needs more books like this.

I love a good plot. And I love M/M books. But I’ve been in a slump lately because it feels like I’ve been reading the same three plot lines over and over again. I needed something different, and Tere Michaels did it.

Set in a dystopian, near-future New York, WHO KNOWS THE STORM is the story of those trying to make a life for themselves in the city ruins after an epic storm. As someone who has economics and history, I found the story incredibly believable. Most of the population has left. For those who have stayed, mafia and drug dealers now rule. Corruption is wide-spread and deep. Think New Orleans if the world hadn’t flooded money into rebuilding and the looters were put in charge. Think Detroit.

And it is this believably that makes the story feel real. That and the characters. Michaels does a wonderful job with fleshing out her characters into three dimensional people. Nox (the Vigilante) is trying to raise his adopted son, Sam, in this poverty stricken and corrupt world. Worker by day and neighborhood patrol by night. Makes him sound like some sort of super hero, but no, it never comes to that. He has a do-gooder streak in him that is both endearing and stifling for his kid, but really he is just a man who is trying to keep his home safe.

Cade has a position of privilege in the city. As a high-end prostitute at one of the big casinos, he’s a local celebrity. When he agrees to deliver a letter to Sam for one of his clients, he crosses paths with Nox. I’m picky when it comes to characters in the sex industry. I like to read them when the characters are consenting adults in control of their bodies. I don’t like stories where they are forced to be with despicable people or are abused. Even worse, I hate to read about characters who have to sell their bodies because they have no other choice. In Cade’s case, he is there because he wants to be. He is young and gorgeous and, thanks to his job, he’s rich. I’m cool with that.

Nox’s relationship with Cade is not a schmoopy romance, and thank god for that! Their romance is almost as gritty as the story, and it fits beautifully. The sex is hot, but not the main focus of the story. The author doesn’t try to artificially amp up the drama. It all feels natural, a subplot to the dramatic story. Readers of Tere Michael’s other books may be caught a little off guard by how different this book is, but I strongly recommend giving it a try.

I listened to this book in audio, and the narration was perfect. Jonathan Young’s voice gave the story a dark, natural feel. I see he has done several other M/M audio books, and I’d happily listen to him again.

Overall, I give this book….
Plot – 4 ½ bookmarks
Characterization – 5 bookmarks
World Building – 5 bookmarks
Narration – 5 bookmarks
Romance – 5 bookmarks (but keep in mind that it is a subplot)
Dream Cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) – Scott Adkins (Nox), Sam Claflin (Cade), Tyler Posey (Sam), Zoey Deutch (Rachel)

  • Soundless

  • By: Richelle Mead
  • Narrated by: Kim Mai Guest
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 112

For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom. When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink, and many go hungry. Fei's home, the people she loves, and her entire existence are plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading description of the book

  • By Michael Ngo on 01-22-16

This review kills me to write

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

Reviewed: 01-02-16

Richelle Mead is one of my favorite authors of all time. She has an amazing ability to craft character chemistry. Unfortunately, this novel just lacked in this area. I liked the story and the setting. I just didn't feel anything for the characters. Fei lacked personality. Li Wei might have been better, but only marginally. Fei's sister, Zhang Jing was two dimensional. We were supposed to care about her and the village people up in the mountain, but I just didn't. The girl and her dad who ran the restaurant in the town were pretty cool, but they didn't get much screen time.

The plot was interesting enough. I liked the premise anyway. There were a few holes that never quite resolved themselves, like what triggered Fei's hearing to return. The King and the people keeping the village in enslavement were never fully realized. I felt they were evil for evil sake, which does't make for an interesting story.

The narrator was really good. She was convincing and rode the line between and accent and good pronunciation well. I would listen to her again.

So while it kills me to say this, Soundless was a disappointment. If only because I know the author is capable of so much more.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Criss Cross

  • PsyCop, Book 2
  • By: Jordan Castillo Price
  • Narrated by: Gomez Pugh
  • Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454

Criss Cross finds the ghosts surrounding Victor getting awfully pushy. The medications that Victor usually takes to control his abilities are threatening to destroy his liver, and his new meds aren't any more effective than sugar pills. Vic is also adjusting to a new PsyCop partner, a mild-mannered guy named Roger with all the personality of white bread. At least he's willing to spring for the Starbucks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book and this series!

  • By IslandWriter on 11-15-14

Diary of a Bibliophile Review

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

Reviewed: 08-26-15

The thing I like about this series is how unique it is. The writing is witty and inventive. I just love the world that the author has built. Victor is an unlikely hero. He is a mess, literally and figuratively, and he has a bit of a drug problem. Sometimes I have a hard time picturing him doing any actual police work. But somehow it works!

Jacob, on the other hand, is the very definition of Hero with a capital “H”. I don’t know why, but I was suspicious of him in the first book. He is just too perfect, too much of a police department Golden Boy. My opinion of Jacob has changed a lot through this book. I don’t know what I read in the first book that raised a red flag with me, but it’s gone now. Jacob can’t help it if he is a good guy. Victor desperately needs someone to love him like Jacob does. And he obviously has good taste in men, because I loved Crash as much as I love Victor. (Please tell me Crash gets his own story.)

The plot of this story is fast-paced. The ghosts around Victor are creepy and obnoxious. The humor is smart. What’s not to love?

Gomez Pugh's narration is wonderful. He really captures Vic's voice perfectly. :)