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  • Leaning Into Touch

  • Leaning Into, Book 4
  • By: Lane Hayes
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Josh Sheehan is unlucky in love and now...newly unemployed. He's not sure what to do next, but he's sure he should give up on romance. Especially after last time. His friends warned him that falling for the hunky Irishman was a bad idea. Josh can't help feeling torn even though he knows it's best to move on. But when an unexpected dose of family drama blindsides him, Josh finds himself leaning on the one man he's supposed to forget. Finn Gallagher is driven by success. He makes no secret that building a name for his tech company is his number one goal. Finn left home a decade ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 stars = I freaking LOVED this audiobook!!!

  • By Angela S Goodrich on 06-06-18

Another great installment in this series!

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

I have come to love this little group of friends.... Josh, Grant, Nick, Eric, and Zane. I was really looking forward to this story because Finn intrigued me. I wanted to know more about the sexy Irishman that Nick and Eric thought was up to no good.

I loved Josh and his big heart. I loved that he was patient with Finn and all his demons. And Josh's dad was a hoot! Would love to know more about him and Lars. I will definitely continue on with this series, especially in audiobook. Nick Russo knocked it out of the park with this one. I've never heard him do an Irish accent before, but it was swoonworthy. <3 <3 <3

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Decluttering at the Speed of Life

  • Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff
  • By: Dana K. White
  • Narrated by: Dana K. White
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 684

While the world seems to be in love with the idea of tiny houses and minimalism, real women with real families who are constantly growing and changing simply can't purge it all and start from nothing. Yet a home with too much stuff is a home that is difficult to maintain, so where do we begin? Add in paralyzing emotional attachments and constant life challenges, and it can feel almost impossible to make real decluttering progress.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best decluttering book out there

  • By G. Wright on 02-28-18

Definitely a new fan of Nony!!

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

Quite possibly the best book on decluttering that I have ever read. Not to mention, she's funny so it makes the subject matter that much more entertaining.

This author gets it. She's a mom. She has family and a busy life and other obligations. She doesn't have 2 weeks to dedicate to doing nothing but decluttering the entire house. You do what you can with the time you have, and as long as you are getting stuff out of your house, you are making progress.

I love her concept of determining your clutter threshold. And her process of starting with trash and easy stuff, then moving on to the things that require decisions. And starting with the visible areas, that was a big "aha" moment for me, and it makes so much sense. I loved this book and am planning to go back and purchase her first book. Plus, she has a podcast that I've already subscribed to!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

  • By: Marlon Bundo, Jill Twiss
  • Narrated by: Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jeff Garlin, and others
  • Length: 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,142
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,375
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,313

HBO's Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents the story of a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny. Meet Marlon Bundo, a lonely bunny who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence - the Vice President of the United States. But on this Very Special Day, Marlon's life is about to change forever....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This story is cute, but let's be honest.

  • By João on 03-19-18

Stink bugs are temporary. Love is forever.

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

This is the sweetest story!! I highly recommend the audiobook with its all-star cast of narrators.

  • September

  • Pride and Joy, Book 1
  • By: Robert Winter
  • Narrated by: Kale Williams
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

David James is smart, successful, handsome...and alone. After the death of his lover, Kyle, from cancer, he buried himself in his law practice and the gym. At 48, he is haunted by his memories and walled off from the world. When David injures himself working out, he’s assigned to Brandon Smith for physical therapy. The vibrant young therapist is attracted to David and realizes he needs a hand to get back into dating. What begins as a practice coffee date escalates to friendship, passion, and maybe something more.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It was ok

  • By Annika on 03-08-18

Wow, what an emotional ride!!

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

I really enjoyed my first read from Robert Winter. Very well written and lots of feels! Combine that with a May-December romance and an older MC and you've got a winning combination for me :)

My heart ached for David and his grief over Kyle. I can't imagine losing someone and then trying to find love again without feeling so guilty. And I enjoyed Brandon and his determination. He didn't back down every time David put up walls and tried to push him away.

This is my first time listening to Kale Williams and I thought he did a good job. I enjoyed his narration and will definitely look for more of his books in the future.

  • The Palisade

  • Lavender Shores
  • By: Rosalind Abel
  • Narrated by: Kirt Graves
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

Confident businessman Joel Rhodes sees the small California town of Lavender Shores as nothing more than a business opportunity and a final stepping stone to the position he's been working toward his entire life. It was supposed to be just one night in town to close the deal, and sleeping with one of the local men, no matter how gorgeous, meant nothing more than a few hours of fun. Andrew Kelly is perfectly content with the life he has in his hometown. So much so that the only thing missing is someone to share it with.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful Romance

  • By Theatre Misfit on 09-16-17

I really enjoyed my time in Lavender Shores!

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

Reviewed: 09-22-17

The story was very sweet, the sex was very hot, and I loved all the supporting characters. Andrew's family was hilarious! I look forward to the rest of the series, but I will wait until they are released on audiobook. Kirt Graves did an outstanding job narrating this one. He is quickly becoming one of my Top 5 favorite narrators :)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Femme

  • By: Marshall Thornton
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

Queeny cocktail waiter Lionel wakes up to find himself in bed with Dog, a straight-acting softball player, and the two embark on a rocky road to romance. A journey that requires coming out of the closet, going into the closet, a pair of red high heels, many pairs of red high heels, a failed intervention, a couple of aborted dates, and homemade pom-poms. Mostly, Lionel and Dog learn what it means to be a man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Heels, Better Romance...

  • By HB on 07-02-17

I really enjoyed this one!

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

Reviewed: 06-30-17

The characters, the writing, the narration, all of it! I liked Lionel and Dog together, even more so because of their differences. I adored Dog's mom and sister, the softball team, and especially Lionel's friend Carlos and Frida the Fiesta. I loved the overall message that it's so hard to be ourselves because we are too busy being the person we think everyone wants us to be. Bonus points for the LOLs at butch clothes shopping for V-Bar, Lionel's decompression after his first day of work, and pizza-sexual. Joel Leslie's narration was just icing on the cake. He nailed it!!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Sorting Will

  • The Crow Creek Series, Volume 4
  • By: Nya Rawlyns
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Will Halliday is determined to stake his claim on furthering his career and developing a veterinary practice out west. With help from Ben Kincaid, a friend with benefits, he sees the move as going to a better life, not running from narrow-minded colleagues and past disappointments. The problem with that new life is that it's looking more like self-imposed exile than liberation. Drawn together, Will, Sam, and Ben tangle with their explosive emotions and the ties that bind them to secrets, lies, and promises made in the heat of the night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRAVO!!

  • By Frankie Irwin on 11-11-17

Great narration from Nick Russo!

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

Reviewed: 06-21-17

For the first chapter or two, I thought I was at a bit of a disadvantage reading this as a standalone. I felt like I was missing everyone's back story.... Ash, Oak, Ben, etc. I felt like they had all this history together and I was completely in the dark.

So I decided to go back and listen to books #1-3 in the series, but soon discovered that those are not available as audiobooks. And since I almost exclusively listen to books instead of reading, I was pretty bummed. But I understand the cost of producing audiobooks, so I can't fault the author.

I decided to continue on with Sorting Will and just pay extra attention to the subtext between characters so I could figure out the dynamics. Sam is an old childhood friend of Ash. Oak is Ben's first love, but now Oak is with Ash. Ben is still pining after him, but that doesn't stop him from jumping between the sheets with Will, his longtime friend with benefits. Ben would like to try to be more to Will, to get over Oak, but Will knows he can never fill Oak's shoes and turns him down.

Once I figured all that out, I really enjoyed the story quite a bit. I actually preferred the relationship between Sam and Will, without adding Ben into the mix, but that's just my opinion.

As far as narration, Nick Russo did an amazing job as always. You can always count on him to give a great performance.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Where We Left Off

  • Middle of Somewhere, Book 3
  • By: Roan Parrish
  • Narrated by: Spencer Goss
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445

Leo Ware may be young, but he knows what he wants. And what he wants is Will Highland. Snarky, sophisticated, fiercely opinionated Will Highland, who burst into Leo's unremarkable life like a supernova...and then was gone just as quickly. For the past miserable year, Leo hasn't been able to stop thinking about the powerful connection he and Will shared. So, when Leo moves to New York for college, he sweeps back into Will's life, hopeful that they can pick up where they left off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of an amazing series!

  • By AAHickman on 04-03-17

All the stars for Leo!

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

Reviewed: 03-25-17

Okay, I can kind of understand why Where We Left Off isn't getting the same amount of love as the previous books. It is different than the first two. I'm not sure I would even call it a romance since Will spends 80% of the book saying he doesn't want a relationship. I would say this is more of a "coming of age" story for Leo. And I love "coming of age" stories!

And I really really loved Leo! My heart hurt for him over and over again as he pursued Will. I was almost in tears during the first chapter when Will shot him down. Not to mention the Tiramisu Incident. My heart was in pieces. I wasn't sure Will could be redeemed in my eyes after that. Will isn't a very likable guy. I get that he has his reasons for being the way he is, but he really makes it difficult to warm up to him.

I loved Leo's group of friends at NYU. Especially Milton. I was cracking up when he finally met Will.

The narration for the audiobook was incredible. I adore Spencer Goss. I know he doesn't narrate many books, but I'm so glad he stuck with this series. <3 <3 <3

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Last of the Summer Tomatoes

  • By: Sherrie Henry
  • Narrated by: Paul Morey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Kyle Jackowski, typical sullen emo teen, struggles to find a way to deal with his sexuality and finds himself in trouble with the law... again. But instead of being sent to a juvenile detention center like he expected, he is given a chance to commute his sentence by working on a farm for the summer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An innocent love story at it's best.

  • By Orlando on 01-20-15

Okay story, poor choice of narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-08-17

The storyline was enjoyable, if a bit predictable. But Paul Morey as the narrator was not the right choice. He is not a bad narrator in general, but this is a coming of age story and he sounded way too old to be voicing these characters.

  • Crime Wave

  • By: Adam Carpenter
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Jimmy McSwain returns to help his sister's boyfriend fight a murder charge - and finds he may just have a lead on a cold case. Hell's Kitchen private investigator Jimmy McSwain returns in a twisting tale of past sins and present-day vengeance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5 stars!!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-20-17

Terrific murder mystery with a side of romance!

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

Reviewed: 02-14-17

4.5 stars! Why aren't more people reading this series??

It's very well written, the characters are likeable, the mystery is intriguing, and the narration (if you go the audiobook route) is fantastic.

Crime Wave finds our favorite PI, Jimmy McSwain, tailing his sister Meaghan's boyfriend because she thinks he's cheating on her. What Jimmy uncovers turns out to be a whole lot more complicated than a cheating boyfriend.

I really enjoyed this one. We get to know Jimmy's family better and we get to see more of NYPD Captain Francis X. Frisano. I'll be curious to see where that relationship goes in book #3 since it sounds like Jimmy's ex will be back in town soon.

My only complaint is that Stage Fright isn't already available in audiobook. You can bet I'll be watching for it on Audible!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful