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  • Starf*cker: A Meme-oir

  • By: Matthew Rettenmund
  • Narrated by: Alex Blue Davis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

What is a starf*cker? However you define it, Matthew Rettenmund, author of the acclaimed novel Boy Culture and the popular blog BoyCulture.com, readily admits to being one. The ultimate pop-culture enthusiast, he has been obsessed with celebrities ever since he was born. This hilarious, sexy memoir (arranged by memes) documents Rettenmund's affection - in the case of Madonna, it's pure mania - for movie, television, and music personalities.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious. Did not finish

  • By Ben on 04-25-18

Tedious. Did not finish

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

I thought it might get more interesting once he got past his childhood, but 12 chapters in he hadn't and I gave up.

  • Snowed In

  • By: Teodora Kostova
  • Narrated by: Dan Rider
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 41

Nate has been in love with Quinn, his brother's best friend, for as long as he can remember. Quinn doesn't believe in miracles, especially not Christmas ones. When he decides to win Nate back he knows it won't be easy. The last thing he expects is a health scare, a road trip and a vicious snow storm to work in his favor. In the end, a cabin in the woods turns out to be not only the shelter they desperately need, but also Quinn's very own Christmas miracle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intense, passionate and intriguing.

  • By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 11-28-16

Stupid story

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

Reviewed: 12-28-17

The central element of the story - what kept these two apart for so long - is stupid. It makes no sense at all. If that had been thought through and a more reasonable explanation provided perhaps I would not have viewed the rest of the story through a lens of 'Are you kidding?'

The narration was confusing because all characters sounded the same.

  • At the Corner of Rock Bottom & Nowhere

  • By: L. A. Witt
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

Blackjack dealer and stripper Adrian West has lived in Las Vegas long enough to be numb to beggars on the Strip. Their destitution is a sad, ugly part of reality in a city where people win or lose it all at the tables every single day. So he's at a loss to explain why the homeless man in the suit catches his eye. Why he can't just keep on walking like he always does.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Helping hand

  • By Juan Carrillo on 09-03-17

Ok MM romance

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17

A pretty well-written, though predictable, romance. Skip the trite epilogue if the inevitable HEA romance trope makes your teeth ache.

  • Ex Equals

  • By: L.A. Witt
  • Narrated by: Trip Warren
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

On his first day teaching math at a community college, Chris Reuben gets an unexpected and unwelcome blast from the past: one of his students is his former shipmate...and ex-boyfriend.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ruined by narration

  • By Ben on 12-26-17

Ruined by narration

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

Reviewed: 12-26-17

While nowhere near her best work, this story might have been OK but it was ruined by terrible narration. Actually it doesn't qualify as narration but rather a reading that lacked fluency, tone, mispronounced countless words and didn't even attempt characterisation

  • 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

Terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 12-25-17

Sadly this book was diminished by the narration which, strangely, was fine apart from the dialogue which was delivered in a robotic fashion. There was also no differentiation between character which was confusing. The story itself was good until the last few chapters which were unsatisfying in terms of resolving the events and emotions etc.

  • The Merchant and the Clergyman

  • By: Bonnie Dee, Summer Devon
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Curate James Fletcher is content shepherding his parishioners through the good and bad times of their lives. If he sometimes dreams of making a deeper connection with a man who truly knows everything about him, it is an impulse he ignores. Declan Shaw solves problems at his family's many business enterprises. Recently, he's considered ceasing his travels to pursue a few desires of his own. He'd love to explore his secret love of cooking and perhaps have a relationship with a man that lasts longer than a night.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Unmet potential

  • By Ben on 12-24-17

Unmet potential

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

Reviewed: 12-24-17

This story has potential to be interesting because of the plot & characters aside from the romance. Unfortunately the romance itself was predictable and boring.

The narration is pretty good. It's rare that an American narrator can get so close to getting British accents right.

If this were my first book from these authors there wouldn't be a second.

  • Marty and the Pilot

  • By: Harper Fox
  • Narrated by: Chris Clog
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

Marty Bell knows what it's like to be bullied. He was the shy, overweight kid at school, and those memories have helped turn him into an excellent teacher - though he's never spread his wings beyond the remote northern village where he grew up. The last thing he needs in his life is the reappearance of Devlin Surtees, leader of the gang who made his schooldays so tough. Dev is the glamorous village hero now, flying acrobatics planes and fighter jets for the RAF. He’s just as spellbinding, handsome and infuriating as Marty recalls.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • completely unredeemed pilot!

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-27-17

Unconvincing

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

Reviewed: 12-20-17

This story had potential. However, it

Sometimes it was unclear, in audio format, if the characters were thinking to themselves or actually speaking dialogue. If they were actually speaking or was beyond trite. Then it sometimes became clear that this was dialogue.

  • Forgetting Elena

  • A Novel
  • By: Edmund White
  • Narrated by: Ken Kliban
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

Combining glittering wit, an atmosphere dense in social paranoia, and a breathtaking elegance and precision of language, White's first novel suggests a hilarious apotheosis of the comedy of manners. For, on the privileged island community where Forgetting Elena takes place, manners are everything. Or so it seems to White's excruciatingly self-conscious young narrator who desperately wants to be accepted in this world where everything from one's bathroom habits to the composition of "spontaneous" poetry is subject to rigid conventions.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator not for me

  • By Matthew on 03-30-16

Unbearable narration

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

Reviewed: 12-18-17

Can't judge the writing as the narration was insufferable. I was worried when I saw his name as he ruined another book I tried to listen to. Never again. Such a shame.

  • Worth a Shot

  • By: Kim Dare
  • Narrated by: Joe Arden
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

Everyone knows that Tony Landon's dated dozens of different men and women since he joined the athletics department at the Falconer Institute of Training. Everyone who's ever gossiped with one of his exes knows that he's kinky, too. Donovan's reputation at the institute is different. The only reason people are pretty sure he's gay is because he drinks at the same pub as most of the gay and bi Falconer guys, and he's never actually said he's straight when he's brushed them all off.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Bored before I even began

  • By Ben on 12-18-17

Bored before I even began

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

Reviewed: 12-18-17

Boring. Gave up during chapter 3. Cliched and uninteresting story. The narrator's voice for the main character was irritating.

  • Illuminate the Shadows

  • Shatterproof Bond, Book 2
  • By: Isobel Starling
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

A Scotsman and an Englishman fall in love...after the most amazing week of his life. The charming, mysterious Samuel Aiken has turned Declan Ramsay's life upside down. Declan has experienced a remarkable change. He has come to terms with the fact he is bisexual, and he has fallen head-over-heels in love with his boss's son Sam. The lovers cannot hide from the looming presence of Sir James Aiken for long! Soon enough James makes his move, and Declan finds out what he will have to endure to stay with Sam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just as good, if not better then the 1st!

  • By TinkerMel on 09-03-17

Quite good but only half a book

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

Reviewed: 12-17-17

This would be a really good book, though it is not substantial enough to be a standalone volume, if it weren't for so very many sex scenes. They become boring and don't advance the story. Moreover, they are simply unbelievable. These two are apparently so overcome by lust that no matter the situation or the concerns they have sex, and consequently things go awry. It strains disbelief suspension and damages the story.