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  • The Bureau

  • Volume 1
  • By: Kim Fielding
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

This collection contains the first three Bureau novellas: Corruption, Clay White, and Creature

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really good!

  • By Jessica on 07-18-18

Most Enjoyable Read

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

Kim Fielding is a classic storyteller, and these tales are among her best. Having read the three works separately in the past, it's only in enjoying them together in one volume to do I see the recurrent themes of redemption and good versus evil. I think my personal favorite is Kim's re-imagined Frankenstein. Talented narrator Joel Leslie brings his particular brand of magic to each character, making The Bureau: Volume I a book I'll go back to again and again.

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  • All Kinds of Tied Down

  • Marshals (Book 1)
  • By: Mary Calmes
  • Narrated by: Tristan James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 762
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 759

Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones has a reputation for being calm and collected under fire. These traits serve him well with his hotshot partner, Ian Doyle, the kind of guy who can start a fight in an empty room. In the past three years of their life-and-death job, they've gone from strangers to professional coworkers to devoted teammates and best friends. Miro’s cultivated blind faith in the man who has his back… faith and something more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • UST, Action and HOTNESS

  • By Belen on 08-30-15

It's The Whole Package

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

Reviewed: 10-26-17

I often get the good law enforcement story or the good sexy as hell romance story. Rarely have I read an author do them both equally well. This is it. Makes me happy to know that it's a part of a series. I definitely want to see what these guys get up to!

  • Rattlesnake

  • By: Kim Fielding
  • Narrated by: K.C. Kelly
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212

A drifter since his teens, Jimmy Dorsett has no home and no hope. What he does have is a duffel bag, a lot of stories, and a junker car. Then one cold desert night, he picks up a hitchhiker and ends up with something more: a letter from a dying man to the son he hasn't seen in years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story and performance

  • By Riva on 02-27-16

Master Storyteller

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

Reviewed: 10-09-17

Reading Fielding's books are the cure for whatever ails me. Always. The woman can spin a yarn.

  • Giovanni's Room

  • By: James Baldwin
  • Narrated by: Dan Butler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,061
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 970
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 972

Set in the 1950’s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin’s now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Baldwin: sensational. Butler: great. One caveat.

  • By Music Man on 06-28-14

Beautiful and heartbreaking

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

Reviewed: 04-12-16

One of those books where you get to the end and immediately start over again.

It's a story about the importance of accepting who you are and loving yourself. My favorite quote from the book is "Perhaps he is a fool or a coward but almost everybody is one or the other and most people are both."

  • A Dangerous Thing

  • An Adrien English Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Chris Patton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460

Suffering from writer's block and frustrated with his tentative relationship with hot but closeted LAPD Homicide Detective Jake Riordan, gay bookseller and mystery writer Adrien English travels to northern California where he finds a body in his front drive. By the time the sheriffs arrive the body has disappeared, and Adrien once again finds himself playing amateur sleuth. But when the game turns deadly, Adrien turns to Jake. Jake may be confused about some things, but keeping his lover alive is not one of them - no matter what the cost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Seamless Transition from the First Book

  • By Paul Luthi on 04-02-13

Adrien has grown on me

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

Reviewed: 03-24-16

In the first of the series, I struggled with finding Adrien likable. I've changed my mind. Maybe it's his complicated relationship with Jake, maybe I can see a vulnerability that wasn't there before. Whatever, I am looking forward to the next in this series.

The story was engaging, and there was a good balance of mystery to romance ratio. I also feel like Josh Lanyon is revealing more of herself through Adrien the writer.

I'm dying to see where Adrien and Jake go with their story. It's tenuous enough that anything could happen!

Chris Patton is a gift! He's one of the best things about English.

  • Fatal Shadows

  • The Adrien English Mysteries
  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Chris Patton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 702

Someone's out to get Los Angeles bookseller Adrien English. His best friend has been viciously murdered, now he's getting weird phone calls and sinister gifts from a mysterious "admirer." The cops think he's trying to divert suspicion from himself - with the exception of sexy and homophobic homicide detective Jake Riordan. Is Riordan really such a great detective - or does he have a few secrets of his own? Is his offer to help Adrien on the level or is he out to nail his favorite suspect - to the wall?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Mystery, Well Read

  • By Tony Squared on 11-26-12

Came for Josh, stayed for Chris

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

Reviewed: 03-17-16

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

I'd recommend it to the extent that I have a thing about reading a series completely. But I struggled to finish it. There were a lot of threads to follow. I got confused and stopped caring about who did it.

Would you recommend Fatal Shadows to your friends? Why or why not?

Josh Lanyon is one of the best out there. I still have more of her work to read, but I can't say that this was her finest effort. Maybe it was my difficulty in feeling sympathy for Adrien English. He was a bit of a tool. Why people felt pulled to his acerbic personality was the real mystery. I hope I warm to him.

Which scene was your favorite?

I did like the coffee klatsch that Adrien held at the bookstore with the other writers. It rung true, and was really funny to me.

Was Fatal Shadows worth the listening time?

Five hours and twenty five minutes. Sure. I wouldn't ask for my money back. It wasn't poorly written, and where I thought the story flagged, the narrator kept me invested. Perhaps it was just a little over-complicated, maybe it could have been a little tighter. I just can't gush over it.

Any additional comments?

I liked the narrator, Chris Patton. He didn't camp up the gay voices, and the women's voices weren't comically breathy. They do that sometimes. It drives me up a wall.

  • Stranger on the Shore

  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Jeremy York
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395

Twenty years ago little Brian Arlington was kidnapped from his family's Long Island estate and was never seen again. The trail went cold, but investigative journalist Griff Hadley has always thought there was more to the story - much more. When the Arlingtons' patriarch invites him to stay at their estate to research his true crime book, Griff can't say no. It's the story of a lifetime. But not everyone is happy about Griff's presence. Relatives and staff alike regard him coldly, including Pierce Mather, the Arlingtons' attractive lawyer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly the most enjoyable mystery romance I've ever read! Quintessential Lanyon!

  • By Christopher P. on 09-19-15

I couldn't put it down.

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

Reviewed: 03-07-16

Would you listen to Stranger on the Shore again? Why?

I sure would. There were lots of plot twists and turns. I thought I knew the final outcome, but it turned out to be loads more interesting. I like The Great Gatsby, so I really love it when someone else mentions it or any author from the Lost Generation.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Stranger on the Shore?

Griff meeting Chloe on the stairs and she realizing half way up that Griff was gay. It struck me as a funny scene.

Which character – as performed by Jeremy York – was your favorite?

Pierce Mather, easily. Commanding, masculine, his shit was tight. Very attractive voice.

I have to say here that the voices of Chloe, Diana, and Clotilde's roommate were kind of annoying. Too breathy. They sounded like airheads, when their characters were anything but. And Odell's voice. I didn't like what I thought the voice actor was implying.

Who was the most memorable character of Stranger on the Shore and why?

Again, Pierce Mather with his Zion tattoo. His college past was inexplicable. Kinda wanted to know more about him. He seemed wound so tight, but picked the complete opposites in terms of people to fall in love with. Vulnerable, Griff. Presumably non-conservative Rastafarian Roberto. Crazy. I think that I might be able to understand Griff based on what we know about him. Pierce, not so much. So I think about Pierce more often.

Any additional comments?

I've read The Great Gatsby twice. I like how Griff was reluctant to discuss the book with others for fear that they didn't "get it". I feel that way about my favorite books, too. The author made me want to read The Great Gatsby again.

  • Purgatory

  • A Novel of the Civil War
  • By: Jeff Mann
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

During the Civil War, two young soldiers on opposite sides find themselves drawn together. One is a war-weary scholarly Southerner who has seen too much bloodshed, especially the tortures inflicted upon the enemy by his vicious commanding officer. The other is a Herculean Yankee captured by the rag-tag Confederate band. When these two find themselves admiring more than each other's spirit and demeanor, when passions erupt between captor and captive, will this new romance survive the arduous trek to Purgatory Mountain?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sins of War: Confession, Penance, & Expiation

  • By James on 05-04-15

A Whole New Experience

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

Reviewed: 02-20-16

I've read dozens of m/m pieces, the vast majority written by women. This story has a distinctively masculine flair. Jeff Mann's work is both beautifully lyrical and gritty in its realism. If forced to find fault, I'd say that it's a very long tale. Even so, the length does nothing to dampen my desire to tackle the sequel! It's fine work and an overall joy to read.

  • Then the Stars Fall

  • By: Brandon Witt
  • Narrated by: Andrew McFerrin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 555
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 520
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 517

The death of his wife four years earlier left Travis Bennett a shell of the man he used to be. With his dog by his side, Travis raises his three children, manages his business, and works as a ranch hand. But every day, every minute, is an aching emptiness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet Romance

  • By Donald on 10-02-15

Splendid.

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

Reviewed: 11-06-15

Very well written, and the narrator really brought it to life. I reared up too many times to count. I'll recommend this to all my friends.

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