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  • Glitterland

  • Spires, Book 1
  • By: Alexis Hall
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364

Ash Winters is barely holding on, near drowning in his own darkness and fear. He lives a gray shadow of a life, sullen and cynical, unable to remember hope or happiness - much less the distant, fading glitterball of love. It has to be a sick joke of the universe that he finds himself hooked up with good-humored Essex boy Darian Taylor, a wannabe model in a sparkly jacket and a fake tan. Darian may not be an intellectual giant, but he's hysterically funny, and he's got the courage to challenge Ash to live again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why did I wait so long to read this?!!

  • By Toni H on 02-20-16

The last chapter of the book is not recorded!

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

What on earth? The last chapter of the book (32 pages) is not on Audible. Seriously? Does the author know this? The only reason I know this is because I bought both kindle and audible books. It's a critical chapter. I can't give a proper review when the audible version is sold incomplete. Good heavens.

  • The Witch's Brew

  • By: Brenda Cothern
  • Narrated by: Garrett Reins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

After his discharge, former Delta soldier Adam Travail just wanted to find somewhere to settle, a new home, where he could utilize his skills without the threat of his PTSD rearing its ugly head. The security position at the Chicago nightclub, The Witch's Brew, seemed like the perfect fit, and it was even better after he learned that everything he thought was fiction was, in fact, reality. Fighting his attraction to his new security employee was the least of Mikael Popov's problems when he is attacked several times in his club.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • oh dear...

  • By Robert Jackson on 01-29-19

oh dear...

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

Reviewed: 01-29-19

I've not read anything by Brenda Cothern and had no expectations here. I try hard to support writers of lgbt novels and stories. I grew up in a time where almost all lgbt characters...or at least the strong ones...died a horrible death. So kudos to the author for her repertoire of lgbt characters that are strong and life affirming.

I'm in no way qualified to review a book. That said, from my perspective I would have enjoyed seeing more character development. There were a number of background stories that went nowhere. Hopefully, they will be explored in future volumes.

I enjoyed the main character until the occurrence of a significant event at which point he turned into a whiny bitch. From my perspective that seemed a wee bit out of character. The story flew by and I look forward to reading a second volume of The Witches Brew.

  • Seven Summer Nights

  • By: Harper Fox
  • Narrated by: Chris Clog
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

It's 1946, and the dust of World War Two has just begun to settle. When famous archaeologist Rufus Denby returns to London, his life and reputation are as devastated as the city around him. He's used to the most glamorous of excavations, but can't turn down the offer of a job in rural Sussex. It's a refuge, and the only means left to him of scraping a living. With nothing but his satchel and a mongrel dog he's rescued from a bomb site, he sets out to investigate an ancient church in the sleepy village of Droyton.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievably beautiful

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-20-17

Magnificent!

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

Harper Fox is most certainly one of the best storytellers today. What I particularly love about her work is her extensive knowledge of the English language. She chooses precisely the right word to paint a picture which is easy to visualize in one's mind. The story is beautifully told by a third party narrator who switches back and forth between the two protagonists, Archie, and Rufus. There actually are two stories, and the story narrator subtly interweaves them through the main characters. Kudos to Ms. Fox for giving us yet another inspiring story.

Regarding the audible version of this book, Chris Clog continues to rock as a performer. I have seldom listened to anyone who can present as many uniquely voiced characters as he. The characters truly come alive as he transforms into them. I never once felt someone was reading a story, rather, the story was unfolding right at that moment. As with any of the other novels he has narrated, I was so enthralled by his performance it was difficult for me to stop for bathroom and dog-walking breaks. This is indeed a "must listen to" novel and performance.

  • His Consort

  • By: Mary Calmes
  • Narrated by: Scott Smith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

A new life in New Orleans is all Jason Thorpe had hoped: His quaint little store attracts a devoted staff, and his warm, loving heart grants him a loyal circle of friends. He's perfectly content, having left behind the chill of a confusing and danger-filled night in Washington, until he discovers something unbelievable lurking in the steamy darkness of the shadowy streets of the Vieux Carré, something that turns out to be terrifying and utterly mesmerizing. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Robert Jackson on 12-23-18

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 12-23-18

I have both read and listened to a number of this author's books and enjoyed every one. I must say, however, in my opinion this is one of the best. I was so enthralled with the story (and narrator) that I listened to the entire performance in one sitting (which includes bathroom breaks and taking out the dog). The protagonist, Jason Thorpe, is someone most of us have met in our lifetime...just a good guy with a good heart. I very much enjoyed the fresh and unique perspective on vampires (vampyr).

The narrator of an audiobook makes or breaks the book. Although sometimes whether one enjoys the narrator or not is a subjective experience I can not think of anyone who would not enjoy listening to Scott Smith. He adds so much to any story he narrates. His repertoire of unique voices for the characters in the story is amazing and he brings each character to life.

Although not a cliffhanger, the ending of the novel suggests a second book will be forthcoming. There are a number of potential stories involving the relationships between other characters and I hope in time Ms. Calmes will bring them to life.

Regardless, kudos to both author and narrator for job well done!

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  • How to Bang a Billionaire

  • Arden St. Ives, Book 1
  • By: Alexis Hall
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

If England had yearbooks, I'd probably be "Arden St. Ives: Man Least Likely to Set the World on Fire." I've no idea what I'm doing at Oxford and, until a week ago, I had no idea who Caspian Hart was. Turns out, he's brilliant, beautiful...oh yeah, and a billionaire. It's impossible not to be captivated by someone like that. But Caspian Hart makes his own rules. And he has a lot of them. About when I can be with him. What I can do with him. And when he'll be through with me. But now that Caspian's shown me glimpses of the man behind the billionaire I know it's him I want.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stunning performance of an amazing book

  • By Mo Sytsma on 02-01-18

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

Alexis Hall is hands down one of the best authors of his genre. He never takes himself too seriously and although very subtle, his sense of humor is manifest throughout this story. I love his use of the English language as he paints these delightful pictures with words that are fresh and colorful. That sounds ridiculous and is hard to explain but is the reason I have both read and listened to the narration of this novel several times.

The storyline is fun and the characters believable. You will immediately, absolutely and completely fall in love with the main character, Arden St. Ives. (I did periodically want to bitch slap him). I found myself laughing out loud through almost every situation Arden "falls" into. As much as this book made me laugh it also brought me to tears. Not hopeless-oh-my-god-why-did-I get-out-of-bed tears, but oh-the-poor-dear tears...for which there is almost always a remedy.

Finally, an audiobook is made or broken by the narrator. Joel Leslie is perhaps one of the best narrators out there. He excels in creating voices for multiple characters. The voice of each of his characters is unique and my mind is boggled at how the listener is led to believe there are actually several narrators even though it is just Mr. Leslie. Kudos to him.

This is book one in a three book series. It's just a delightful story of innocence, hope, learning to communicate, consequences, and unconditional love.

  • Cronin's Key III

  • By: N. R. Walker
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324

Twelve months after his change, Alec MacAidan is still getting used to his many vampire talents. While most vampires would give anything to have more than one supernatural power, Alec craves nothing more than peace and time alone with Cronin. But when Alec meets entities from outside this realm, he's left powerless in their presence. Zoan are half-lycan, half-dragon creatures that have slipped through time and reality, seemingly undetected by man and vampire. Or have they?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Food For The Imagination.

  • By Le Mont Bennett on 09-21-17

WOW!

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

Whenever I find something written by N.R. Walker I grab it because I know it's going to be brilliant. Combine that with the genius of Joel Leslie's narration and I promise you will never be disappointed. I have no idea how Mr. Leslie can so delightfully create the unique voice of each character, and maintain that voice for the entire series.

N.R. Walker is tremendously adept at telling a story. More so, she knows what her readers want and then delivers. She has this wicked sense of humor which is woven throughout her work, regardless of the theme. This series of three books has an underlying grand theme and then each novel has a unique story which builds upon the preceding book. Each of the three Cronin books is a stand alone work but it is much more fun to read all three and to read them in order. This author is one of a very few that I always buy the audio as well as Kindle version. I find myself re-reading and/or listening to the narrator time and time again simply because her work is that good.

There are so many possible storylines for the central characters that I hope the author continues the series. I can't imagine ever growing weary of reading about the adventures of Cronin and Alec.

  • Cronin's Key II

  • By: N. R. Walker
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396

With the battle of Egypt behind them, Alec and Cronin are enjoying the thrill of new love. Though fate doesn't wait long before throwing them back into the world of weird. They know Alec's blood is special, though its true purpose still eludes them. And given Alec's inability to be changed into a vampire, Cronin is free to drink from him at will. But the ramifications of drinking such powerful blood starts a ripple effect. With the help of Jorge, a disturbing vampire-child with the gift of foresight, Alec and Cronin face a new kind of war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic listening

  • By Jackie Thorogood on 08-22-17

WOW!

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

Whenever I find something written by N.R. Walker I grab it because I know it's going to be brilliant. Combine that with the genius of Joel Leslie's narration and I promise you will never be disappointed. I have no idea how Mr. Leslie can so delightfully create the unique voice of each character, and maintain that voice for the entire series.

N.R. Walker is tremendously adept at telling a story. More so, she knows what her readers want and then delivers. She has this wicked sense of humor which is woven throughout her work, regardless of the theme. This series of three books has an underlying grand theme and then each novel has a unique story which builds upon the preceding book. Each of the three Cronin books is a stand alone work but it is much more fun to read all three and to read them in order. This author is one of a very few that I always buy the audio as well as Kindle version. I find myself re-reading and/or listening to the narrator time and time again simply because her work is that good.

There are so many possible storylines for the central characters that I hope the author continues the series. I can't imagine ever growing weary of reading about the adventures of Cronin and Alec.

  • Cronin's Key

  • Cronin's Key Series, Book 1
  • By: N.R. Walker
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 962
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 910
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 910

NYPD Detective Alec MacAidan has always been good with weird. After all, his life has been a string of the unexplainable. But when an injured man gives him cryptic clues, then turns to dust in front of him, Alec's view on weird is changed forever. Cronin, a vampire Elder, has spent the last 1,000 years waiting for Alec. He'd been told his fated one would be a man wielding a shield, but he didn't expect him to be human, and he certainly didn't expect that shield to be a police badge.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Adventure - Porn?

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-28-17

WOW!

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

Whenever I find something written by N.R. Walker I grab it because I know it's going to be brilliant. Combine that with the genius of Joel Leslie's narration and I promise you will never be disappointed. I have no idea how Mr. Leslie can so delightfully create the unique voice of each character, and maintain that voice for the entire series.

N.R. Walker is tremendously adept at telling a story. More so, she knows what her readers want and then delivers. She has this wicked sense of humor which is woven through her work, regardless of the theme. This series of three books has an underlying grand theme and then each novel has a unique story which builds upon the preceding book. Each of the three Cronin books is a stand alone work but it is much more fun to read all three and to read them in order. This author is one of a very few that I always buy the audio as well as Kindle version. I find myself re-reading and/or listening to the narrator time and time again simply because her work is that good.

There are so many possible storylines for the central characters that I hope the author continues the series. I can't imagine ever growing weary of reading about the adventures of Cronin and Alec.

  • Silver & Black

  • By: Tyler May
  • Narrated by: Guy Locke
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 161

Brian Silver is CEO of the world's largest coffeehouse chain in the world, Silver Coffee. Growing up in a wealthy family, Silver had it all: money, fame, and any man he wanted, but that was never enough. Silver wants more. Greyson Black is a coffeehouse barista in one of the Silver Coffee chains in downtown Manhattan. Greyson is finishing school and determined to find the best path for his life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastical tale...

  • By Donald on 04-08-16

WOW!

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

Having never read a book by Tyler May I did not have any expectations other than the storyline sounded interesting. But once I started listening to the stellar narration by Guy Locke and the story started at just the right point I was indeed hooked. It is rare that I find a book, audio or kindle, so interesting that I read or listen to the entire book in one sitting. However, I could not stop listening. For real, I actually listened to the entire book in one sitting...for 12 hours.

The characters were very interesting and you could feel and see them grow throughout the story. There were times I laughed out loud and times that I literally cried. The crying part surprised me because I generally do not emote while reading or listening. As a gay man I have read lgbt books that go on and on from one romantic sexual encounter to the next. Sometimes to the point of asking myself...where is the story? This is not the case with this book. The story is such a surprise and not at all what I was initially expecting. So much so that when I thought I had it figured out and was saying to myself...well this is sweet, then there is a plot twist and I said...oh hell no I am not reading any more of this, and THEN another plot twist and I could not stop listening. Good grief.

I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good read and does not mind being surprised and surprised again. I love it when the author takes the time to develop characters and plots and even though it was a 12 hour audiobook there was not one dull moment.

This book is 1 in a series of 3. At the time of this review, books 2 and 3 were not yet published but it appears book 2, which is called Levy, is getting ready to be released. I will most certainly purchase it. Kudos to the author as well as the narrator for a job well done.

  • Fake Out

  • Fake Boyfriend Series, Book 1
  • By: Eden Finley
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese, Iggy Toma
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385

Maddox - The reason I rarely go home is three simple words: I'm a liar. When the pressure to marry my childhood sweetheart became too much, I told her I was gay and then fled to New York like my ass was on fire. Now, five years later and after a drunken encounter, I find myself invited to her wedding. And I have to bring my boyfriend-the boyfriend who doesn't exist because I'm straight. At least, I think I am. Meeting the guy I'm bribing to be my boyfriend for the weekend makes me question everything about myself.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So Funny!!

  • By Mandi on 09-07-18

This would make a great movie!

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

I originally bought this book because of Alexander Cendese, who is one of the best narrators of audio books. I was immediately pleased with my decision because the story was brilliant. I wasn't familiar with Eden Finley but I will tell you the writer has a delightful sense of humor which shows throughout the story. The novel was well thought out. I particularly enjoyed how everything was credible, all very believable. Without getting bogged down in an extensive history of the characters, the author gave us enough information to understand and truly appreciate them and the story. I rarely laugh out loud while listening to an audiobook, but throughout the entire story the author had the character say things that would make me laugh so hard my dog would run into another room. This book so kept my interest I didn't want to put it down. I actually listened to the entire six-and-a-half-hour novel in one sitting. In this crazy world we live in, it's nice to be able to listen to a great, fun, love story. I really can't wait for book two.

The narrator, Alexander Cendese, has a voice that is perfect for telling a story. This is so important in an audiobook. I have passed up on audiobooks because the narrator's voice was a bit too shrill or so annoying I couldn't focus on the story. That's never been the case with Mr. Cendese. Kudos to the author and narrator for a job well done. I highly recommend this.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful