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  • Foxe Hunt

  • The Skyler Foxe Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Haley Walsh
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

High school English teacher Skyler Foxe finally hooks up with gorgeous assistant football coach Keith Fletcher. But is the man what he seems to be? Skyler still has his doubts when he spies Keith in some shady circumstances. And there are still some unanswered questions as to what exactly is going on at the high school. Who thought high school could be so sinister?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even better than book one!

  • By Blake on 07-26-15

Even better than book one!

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

Reviewed: 07-26-15

I really enjoy these books. Walsh has a great gift for dialogue and as these books progress she only makes you care more and more about the characters. Skyler can be an infuriating romance flip-flopper - but he's so damn adorable you can't help but get sucked in. This time the sex scenes are a lot more prominent and they are damn hot. Walsh doesn't just write pulp story lines that thinly connect sex scenes, however - these books are way more satisfying than that. They are a delightful, guilty pleasure that is sure to remind you of your own crazy friends. The narrator manages to make the most of the comedic qualities of the book - he has great timing and each of the over-the-top one of Skyler's friends are rendered with specificity and energy. If you like a 'dead read' kind of narration - this isn't for you - but he's perfect for the energy of the material. Walsh writes great sensual scenes but by the end of the book I was totally wrapped up in the story and found that I'd really become attached to these characters. Can't wait for the next book to come out in audio.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Saving Mim

  • Charlie Kadabra, Last of the Magicians, Book 1
  • By: Nan McAdam
  • Narrated by: Joel Froomkin
  • Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Charlie Kadabra feels like the biggest loser ever born. A foster kid, abandoned as a baby, picked on by the bullies at school, he thinks his life stinks, until he tries to save the little rabbit and accidentally blows up his science teacher, who’s a robot! Running for his life, he follows the new girl, Emily, through a shiny curtain in the woods, and lands in the magical world of Mim. Charlie discovers he is the last of the Magicians, who are guardians of the land of Mim. Can Charlie find all the jewels of power for the Magician’s staff his father left him in time to save all his new friends from Dr. Pi’s destruction? This humorous fantasy tale will delight readers of all ages as they find out, there is a little Charlie in all of us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Making kids believe in themselves!

  • By Blake on 05-26-15

Making kids believe in themselves!

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

Reviewed: 05-26-15

I thought this book was adorable. My kids loved it - and so did the grownups listening along. It's got tons of adventure (that never gets too scary) that my boys thought was great fun. The voices - especially Fen, the giant magic bunny, are so colorful and engaging. It totally brought the characters to life. For the 7 to 10 range this is a delightful fantasy story about a normal boy who has to find the bravery within himself to save a magical world. It was a great message about the potential within all of us to help others... but a whole lot of fun along the way.

21 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Come to Dust

  • By: J. S. Cook
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

In the frigid winter of 1891, with the nation still reeling from the Barings bank crisis, Inspector Philemon Raft returns from an involuntary sabbatical and is tasked with solving the kidnapping of highly placed peer Alice Dewberry. Thrust into a sordid underworld where the upper classes indulge in disreputable overseas investments designed to fatten their pocketbooks, Raft finds himself at loose ends without his companion, Constable Freddie Crook.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterpiece Mystery meets M/M romance.

  • By RJ on 05-09-15

Smart, Sophisticated and Sexy

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

Reviewed: 05-10-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Come to Dust to be better than the print version?

Yes - I think that the performance of the narrator brings the books very vividly to life. If you love big epic narrations like Game of Thrones or the Star Wars books... this is on that scale. The characterizations are specific and spot on. It was like listening to a great radio drama on the BBC. I hope the rest of the series is recorded soon as well by the same team.

What other book might you compare Come to Dust to and why?

I can't really compare JS Cooks writing to any other m/m writers off the top of my head... She is really creating a depth and complexity of plot and characters that really harken back to novels like Jane Eyre or Dorian Grey. That with a little dash of Dr. Who intrigue as well. If you're a fan of British costume drama and you love well-drawn gay leading characters, you'll love Inspector Raft.

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

Incredible versatility. The characterizations are so numerous - but they are all very specific and really help you follow the many plot lines. I thought his portrayal of Cholmedely and Jeremy Hoare were my favorite. If you're a Jeremy Brett Sherlock fan you can really hear that influence in Hoare.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Fighting every crime... except the one of his heart.

Any additional comments?

This is a strong, solid piece of detective fiction... not a pulp bodice-ripper at all.

32 of 32 people found this review helpful