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The Farmer's Son audiobook cover art

Great Narration for the cheesy but loveable story

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

Reviewed: 01-30-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Farmer's Son to be better than the print version?

Yes, the narration really enhances the story and brings it to life in a way it did not come to life with words alone.

Would you be willing to try another book from G. A. Hauser? Why or why not?

Sure, if i liked the story description enough, i would buy another

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene in the truck where they first admit to having feelings for one another and then do something about it that takes them both by surprise.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I could have if i had the time to listen to it all at once, but i don;t usually have the time to do that.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

A Casual Weekend Thing audiobook cover art

Great story, narrator's voice nearly ruins it all.

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

Reviewed: 08-12-15

Would you listen to A Casual Weekend Thing again? Why?

I would not. I would read the story instead. The narrator's voice and cadance are a cross between Mo Racca and Emo Phillips. The grating nasal quality is horrific. Despite the above average story, it is nearly destroyed by this narrator.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cristopher. He's likable, under pressure, and absolutely ready for love. He doesn't crack under the stress of the story and still makes the choice to be happy.

Would you be willing to try another one of Andy Babinski’s performances?

No. Not ever.

If you could take any character from A Casual Weekend Thing out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Doug. He needs to know eople can like him for the man inside and despite his past. I would be happy to make him my friend.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Bad Idea audiobook cover art

What a fantastic, realistic boook.

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

Reviewed: 03-10-15

Where does Bad Idea rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The book was one of the best books I've gotten in a while in the m/m romance genre the story was real, the emotions were true, even if the body parts were exaggerated.

What other book might you compare Bad Idea to and why?

Zero at the Bone and Few Josh Lanyon books come to mind with the trueness of the emotion

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration at times is like speed bumps on a smooth highway. Charlie David is normally more than competent but there are dozens of glaring mispronunciations. Someone needs to introduce him to an audio dictionary so he can hear the words pronounced properly.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The conclusion, which I will not spoil for anyone. But you'll be satisfied. For once neither half of the couple has to die or get a terminal illness to finish the book.

Any additional comments?

Buy the book. Get the Kindle copy and read along, it helps cover the word bloopers.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Finding Zach audiobook cover art

Too many Cliches can spoil a story.

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

Reviewed: 07-19-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend it to someone who was looking for something to listen too that wasn't too challenging

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The plight of the main character was intriguing, but it the storytelling did more telling than showing. I wish fewer m/m romances relied on the horrible tragedy cliche and this one certainly does. A lot of the dialogue is predictable and it is achingly apparent that the author knows the mechanics of gay sex, but she doesn't quite get the passion one hopes would be present in a reuniting of old friends who become lovers.
The least interesting thing though was the lack of development Zack gets to experience in the book. It is obvious he was never fully broken by his experiences and torture from the first chapter when he frees himself. We see it again and again but we are constantly told he isn't healed yet. This give the author artificial obstacles to overcome. Even when the pair finds a certain peace, we don't get enough of that in favor of conflict.

Did Paul Morey do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

He did to a point. Sometimes a male voice, one as deep as Morey's doesn't do a convincing woman be he certainly made them unique. But that is the ONLY flaw in his reading. He made some pretty flat dialogue fairly interesting. that's a mark of a professional.

What would have made this romance irresistible?

The fact that Zack does not ever allow his "always and forever" to reverse roles EVER in the book leaves me cold. He hasn't healed not even when being loved and cherished. That would have given me a complete story. This one feels unfinished. Complete love making would have been preferable. Not every m/m relationship is about dominance and submission. That fact that David gives up this role and never questions it is not very realistic.

Any additional comments?

Maybe women need to think that two men must suffer and they must fight physically with one another, but that isn't true. Some m/m relationships never require physical violence to get stronger. Some m/m relationships start and end in love not torture. A few do, but they are not as frequent or as heart rending as this story makes them out to be. The plot is easy to follow, and it isn't bad, I just wish the author had trusted her characters to tell the story a little more and relied less on bullet points to hit. I wanted to love this story, it certainly has all the parts it needs to be amazing. But somewhere it became a plot point counter instead of the story it had the potential to become.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful