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  • Swan Song

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 34 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,473

Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply an Amazing Story

  • By Amanda H. on 06-21-12

I get it, but did I want it in the first place?

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

When I first started 'Swan Song', I wasn't sure what to expect, but now that I have, I would like those 34 hours back. There are a few characters who are okay. I felt zero emotional attachment to any of the protagonists. It happens sometimes, but the villains of this long novel are completely one note. SPOILERS: The supernatural demon, face-changing guy was a ill-conceived rip-off of Randall Flagg from Stephen King's The Stand. But 'Friend' lacked all the dynamic charm of Mr. Flagg. In my opinion, the structure of the story also resembled many aspects of The Stand as well as Stephen King's The Dark Tower series. You never know exactly who or what he is, but he's inept, idiotic, and weak. The characters of Maclin and Roland are horrible! I had zero sympathy for these fiends. As one-note villains, they did their jobs.

As for Swan, one of the MC's, it took me over half the recording to quit thinking of Ms. Swan from MAD TV, but that was my own mind conjuring that. But I think the MC's name was a bit distracting in places.

Sister was the most fleshed-out character, and my favorite.

There is only one LGBT character, and he's a complete evil stereotype. That's the writer's decision, but I did take offense.

The ham-fisted Biblical references got on my nerves.

  • Rescued

  • By: Felice Stevens
  • Narrated by: Charlie David
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 157

Ryder Daniels is all too familiar with rejection. His parents cut off contact because he's gay and his boyfriend left him, choosing drugs over love. When Jason Mallory's girlfriend gives him an ultimatum to get married, he shocks everyone by breaking up with her instead. Jason and Ryder build a friendship - until an unexpected kiss sparks the attraction they've been fighting.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet, sexy & a wonderful HEA!

  • By Belen on 03-25-17

Sweet story

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I loved the fact that Jason 'the straight guy' was the pursuer, but about 3/4 of the way through the book, Jason had this odd episode of doubt. It seemed to be more of a temporary plot device than the natural flow of the story. Oh, I despised the character of Astrid Daniels. I was wanting to go to New York and slap her.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

It was still enjoyable despite the blip with Jason's character.

  • Violence Begets...

  • By: PT Denys
  • Narrated by: Bryant Sullivan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

After a tragic accident devastates his family, 16-year-old Rick St. James starts his junior year of high school without any friends in a suburb of Salt Lake City, Utah. When he meets Kevin Vincent, he's too distracted by the promise of new friends to see that Kevin has secrets of his own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful and Heart wrenching...

  • By Donald on 10-03-15

Heartbreaking and Devastating

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

Reviewed: 04-27-17

Where does Violence Begets... rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Emotionally, I've never been so moved by an Audiobook before. Mr. Denys crafts a thoughtful and intense story filled with heartbreak, abuse, and the horrors of when that abuse comes from within the home.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kevin, the lost soul.

What about Bryant Sullivan’s performance did you like?

Bryant Sullivan's performance was incredible!

If you could rename Violence Begets..., what would you call it?

"Hard to Listen" or "Prepare for Annihilation"

Any additional comments?

Many times, I wanted to bust into this book and deal with the two fathers. It wouldn't have been pretty in the least.

  • Out of the Pocket

  • By: Bill Konigsberg
  • Narrated by: Joshua Swanson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 128

Star quarterback Bobby Framingham, one of the most talented high school football players in California, knows he's different from his teammates. They're like brothers, but they don't know one essential thing: Bobby is gay. Can he still be one of the guys and be honest about who he is? When he's outed against his will by a student reporter, Bobby must find a way to earn back his teammates' trust and accept that his path to success might be more public, and more difficult, than he'd hoped.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No truer words were spoken...

  • By Donald on 04-16-12

Awesome story, except for the love interest.

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

Reviewed: 04-27-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Out of the Pocket to be better than the print version?

Yes.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Out of the Pocket?

When that little weasel who outed Bobby finally got busted, I was happy.

What about Joshua Swanson’s performance did you like?

I loved Bobby's voice. He was All-American and conveyed an innocence.

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

The story of Bobby's father and his mother's confusion over his sexuality. It would've been perfect, if not for the thrown together love interest.

Any additional comments?

The only thing I didn't care for was the love interest.

  • Fair Game

  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Sawyer Allerde
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577

A crippling knee injury forced Elliot Mills to trade in his FBI badge for dusty chalkboards and bored college students. Now a history professor at Puget Sound university, the former agent has put his old life behind him, but it seems his old life isn't finished with him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Listen

  • By T.W. Spencer on 11-17-10

An okay listen

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

Reviewed: 04-27-17

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I wasn't a fan of the end, but it was a nice diversion.

Would you ever listen to anything by Josh Lanyon again?

Not sure.

  • Faking It

  • Metropolis, Book 1
  • By: Devon McCormack, Riley Hart
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350

Gary should be living it up in his South Tower unit of Metropolis, but he's having a hard time adjusting to his newly single status. It's not easy to walk away from five years with his ex, who he discovered was cheating on him with some North Tower twink. After a night out partying, licking his wounds, he goes to bed alone. When he wakes the next morning, there's a naked guy in his bed. Not just any guy. A stud from North Tower. But hot as he is, what the hell is he doing in his room?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Feels

  • By Shandara Majere on 04-04-17

Smarmy and Basic

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

Reviewed: 04-27-17

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I couldn't sympathize with any of the characters. Gary was unrealistic. Derek was completely unlikable. And Travis, eh. I kept hoping a serial killer would show up at 'Metropolis' and take out about 3/4 of the characters, starting with Derek.

Has Faking It turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not at all.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Stay with Me

  • By: S. E. Harmon
  • Narrated by: Michael Stellman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 324

Private investigator Mackenzie Williams' newest client is everything he's looking for in a guy--charming, beautiful, intelligent, and successful. There's only one itty bitty problem: the guy's not exactly gay. In fact Jordan Channing is looking for a PI to follow his fiance. The smart thing would be to thank Jordan for his time, turn Mr. Perfect away (don't let the door hit you on the rump, thank you very much), and forget he exists.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Story...

  • By Donald on 02-11-15

Was not a fan.

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

Reviewed: 04-18-17

What would have made Stay with Me better?

I didn't care for the MC. The writing was fine and so was the narration. The way that Mackenzie met his very forgettable leading man wasn't remotely realistic. Sure this is a romance, but walking up to a random car and striking up a conversation while on a stakeout? I was rolling my eyes.

What three words best describe Michael Stellman’s voice?

Sexy.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It's not terrible, but just wasn't compelling to me.

  • The Harbinger

  • By: Keegan Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Michael Ahr
  • Length: 29 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 150

It starts as a whisper, barely audible. Rumors. Paranoia. Conspiracy theories. Subterfuge. Like lightning, the plague moves across the globe, leaving few alive. But the end is only the beginning. Primarily set in Memphis, four loosely-connected strangers, caught up in their lives, find their worlds annihilated by the swiftly-moving plague. Alex Connelly is a wealthy young executive. Kirk Foster is a self-absorbed aging gay man. Meredith Brinkley's ongoing war with breast cancer takes a turn for the worse. Logan King is a closeted baseball jock.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A good story that could have been great.

  • By Derrick on 06-08-18

A DIVERSE EPIC... Not for prudes, but not erotica.

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

Reviewed: 04-18-17

Where does The Harbinger rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

First, I felt the need to defend the author against the lies and misinformation being spread by 'basic' people. Scanning the reviews on this new title, I was shocked by the misleading review by a listener named 'Ebony.' She called this gay porn, but that's untrue. Interestingly and perhaps very telling, the listener had zero problems with the heterosexual intimate scenes. Sure, people start 'getting busy', but the love/sex scenes fade out before anything hardcore happens. I've read more explicit scenes in Jackie Collins books. So don't believe the blatant lies!

This isn't a quick-fix book. It is an epic novel that actually has character development. Mr. Kennedy builds an incredibly descriptive world within a nightmarish scenario. But at the core of this book is the humanity of the characters. Instead of stale archetypes, these are realistic, flawed characters. I've read some hideous apocalyptic books, written by authors who sound like right-wing gun nuts or ghoulish teenage boys, but this, by far, is superior. I would put this up there with Stephen King's The Stand and Sarah Lyons Fleming's Until the End of the World.

I commend Mr. Kennedy for including two major gay characters and having the testicular fortitude to stick to his guns. Keep railing against the haters!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kirk! As one of the lead characters, not only is he tough, he's also realistic. I would almost call him an anti-hero. Instead, you have a tough, short gay man who is a one-man killing machine. I love characters who speak their minds and he has no time for any BS. I also loved Lauren, Empress, Alex, Ammon, Beulah, and Nina.

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

Michael Ahr did an amazing job!

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

The end is only the beginning.

Any additional comments?

This is a more intelligent offering than the normal shake-and-bake apocalyptic books.

11 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • As You Are

  • By: Ethan Day
  • Narrated by: Jason Frazier
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 133

Danny owns a used textbook store just off campus, and while Julian has done his level best to make Danny fall for him, all his hard work appears to have been in vain. Danny doesn't seem to view Julian as anything other than that--a roommate and friend. So when new guy in town Andy Baker asks him out on a date, Julian can't think of a good reason to say no.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The narrator alone is worth buying this audiobook!

  • By Morgan A Skye on 02-17-15

Sweet Tale and Wonderful Narration!

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

Reviewed: 03-02-15

What did you love best about As You Are?

Julian is a typical twenty-something guy and he is very identifiable. Danny is gruff and sexy. A Sweet tale. Excellent narration by the sexy Jason Frazier!