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  • Live Long and…

  • What I Learned Along the Way
  • By: William Shatner, David Fisher
  • Narrated by: William Shatner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 30

After mulling over the lessons he's learned, the places he's been, and all the miracles and strange occurrences he's witnessed, he arrived at one simple rule for living a long and good life: don't die. It's the only one-size-fits-all advice, William Shatner argues in Live Long and..: What I Learned Along the Way, because everyone has a unique life - but, to help us all out, he's more than willing to share stories from his unique life. With a combination of pithy humor and thoughtful vulnerability, Shatner lays out his journey from childhood to peak stardom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done and interesting story by William Shatner

  • By Thomas N. Gilmore on 09-20-18

Shatner Forever!

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

This book is just like the man himself, unapologetic and yet humble and empathetic, Bill is us. Me. The book is somewhat repetitive of prior works, but also in that repetition is a message that some things in life, especially the ones we wish we could do over or have a different outcome are worth repeating. Mulling over. Wondering over. Bill mulls, wonders and sighs, especially about the end of dear friend Leonard's life. Tragic. Finally a man who found that his own mother still to this day angers him far after her death. That resonated with me as did many things in this book did. He still works at a very advanced age. I admire that. He still writes books for us, even better. Bill was a spokesperson for Priceline. Now he is a spokesperson for others in our generation and advanced decade of life. I hope to see his one man show someday. Live longer and prosper further Mr. Shatner and please write more books.

  • Boy Erased

  • A Memoir
  • By: Garrard Conley
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality. When Garrard was a 19-year-old college student, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to "cure" him of homosexuality; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed to every day of his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful memoir

  • By Paul Bube on 08-11-16

Heartfelt, Mournful, Powerful

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

This book may be a rare instance when it might be best to read the epilogue before the rest of the book in order to realize the real emotion behind the body of the work. The author's writing style is very sophisticated, but to a few seems off-putting. Off-putting because it seems to lack the kind of anger that the events warrant to most of us. The epilogue makes it very clear what the writer's real feelings are even if the body of the text does not. This has caused confusion with some reviews of this book.

What is also not realized and confusing to some is the back and forth between periods of time. It seems odd and confusing to some, but in doing so the author is allowing us inside of his mind probably more than we deserve. Remember that this book is written and published about twelve years after the actual events. He admits that he is not even able to write this book for at least ten years as what happened to him was too painful to wish to recall, much less write.

When he finally does write, the text is forensic, incisive, surgical and to the best of his recollection, exacting. But it is not chronological because that is not how it seems to the sufferer of the horrid events which stream through the writer's mind ill-at-ease from one moment to another far removed in time and never in order. Neither should the book read in that manner.

The body of the text if not outright angry is most definitely scathing. Small words and phrases used in retrospect to deride and criticize the many who mindlessly and purposely hurt him and countless others with their phony self-serving pseudo-religious ex-gay rhetoric.

In the end only one person, other than the author himself, survives and in fact flourishes. The author's mother. An angel. A saint. Oddly enough, the father seems to love the son and in fact probably to present day dwells in a pit of horrid guilt that he caused this much harm and terror to his son, whom he truly does love. The words that the father just wants his son even now to be happy and the son's belief in the father's wish seems to ring true. I would wish all involved in that family full peace and happy reconciliation.

  • Blueshift

  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 213

The members of the Polaris Project knew what they were giving up when they volunteered to fly to the star named Angel-21, but the allure of being the first explorers to leave the Solar System far outweighed the risks. As it turned out, the most dangerous thing they faced wasn't the mission, it was the homecoming. Eight hundred years have passed, and Earth is nothing like they thought it would be.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not my cup of tea.

  • By shirley on 07-11-18

Survival!

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

Some readers/reviewers did not survive Joshua Dalzelle's excellent tale of isolation and survival. It was not, after all, Omega Force or the intrepid Black Fleet. Right, but it was not supposed to be. Mr. Dalzelle stretches his wings in another sci-fi direction and I for one say, "Huzzah!" Seriously. This is a superb and very well written tale, the theme of which is touched on by a few sci-fi motion pictures of the last few years but not nearly with this kind of gut-wrenching "Oh no!" outcome. Will there be Blueshift #2? One can hope!

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  • Kidnapped by the Pirate

  • By: Keira Andrews
  • Narrated by: Cornell Collins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

Nathaniel Bainbridge is used to hiding, whether it's concealing his struggles with reading or his forbidden desire for men. Under the thumb of his controlling father, the governor of Primrose Isle, he's sailing to the fledging colony, where he'll surrender to a respectable marriage for his family's financial gain. Then pirates strike and he's kidnapped for ransom by the Sea Hawk, a legendary villain of the New World. Bitter and jaded, Hawk harbors futile dreams of leaving the sea for a quiet life, but men like him don't deserve peace. He has a score to settle with Nathaniel's father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By SassiKassi on 04-24-18

Nearly Perfect

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

There are a few pirate genre gay romances out there, but this title tops the list. Great read! Fun story. Predictable, but nonetheless satisfying. The only head-scratcher may be that if one looks at the Audible cover art, Nathaniel is easily recognizable as the young man in the text, but Sea Hawk is not. The cover art representation of Sea Hawk does not resemble the voice and age that seems described of the Sea Hawk inside of the actual book and text. The man inside is much older than his cover art representation. A bit if a misdirect, so one star off, so nearly perfect. At any rate, would love to have a sequel for Kidnapped.

  • Deflowered

  • My Life in Pansy Division
  • By: Jon Ginoli
  • Narrated by: Jon Ginoli
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

"We're the buttf--kers of rock-and-roll, We want to sock it to your hole!" With these words written in a notebook, Jon Ginoli sets off on a journey of self-discovery and musical passion to become the founding member of Pansy Division, the first out and proud queercore punk rock band to hit the semi-big time. Set against the changing decades of music, we follow the band from their inception in San Francisco, to their search for a music label and a permanent drummer to their current status as indie rock icons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Did It His Way

  • By Jeffrey on 08-18-18

Did It His Way

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

Reviewed: 08-18-18

A well written book with even better narration. Unlike many celebrities far more famous than he, Mr. Ginoli well-represents his own book with excellent vocal narration. The book is flush with the "everyday" goings-on of a musically very narrowly focused sub-genre punk band. Like all such titles, there is a fair amount of band name dropping of obscure punk bands over a number of decades. There is otherwise nothing flashy about Pansy Division or the book's details, how can there be? Their record sales are self-admittedly paltry or worse. This book has garnered little notice which is consistent.

Neither will we ever be seeing Pansy Division inducted into any music halls of fame, including gay versions if there are any. That is clearly not Ginoli's wish or goal. So one is left with admiring Ginoli's own hard fought self-pride in his accomplishments which are always uncompromisingly faithful to how he and his mates have always perceived themselves as the,oops, I can't print that self-characterization as well as music lyric here. You'd best just read it or listen to it for yourself because in the end, it well represents who they are and who they want to be and more power to them!

  • A Destiny of Dragons

  • Tales from Verania, Book 2
  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Michael Lesley
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 680
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 647
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 645

Once upon a time, the wizard’s apprentice, Sam of Wilds, got his happily ever after in the arms of his cornerstone, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart. A year has passed, and while Sam’s been captured five or six more times since then, things are pretty great. Until they're not.... Because Vadoma, the leader of the gypsy clan and Sam’s grandmother, has come to the City of Lockes with a dire prophecy written in the stars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic book with awesome narration

  • By J. John on 12-03-17

I Worship This Series

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

Read the title. All you need to know. TJ Klune forever. This series satisfies every kink (or nearly so) and the narrative itself is worth the trip.

  • American Pharoah

  • The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner's Legendary Rise
  • By: Joe Drape
  • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,053
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,780
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,775

History was made at the 2015 Belmont Stakes when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown, the first since Affirmed in 1978. As magnificent as the champion is, the team behind him has been all too human while on the road to immortality.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • review

  • By Ellen on 05-17-18

Bla Bla

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

The trouble with with American Pharoah is that the owner is not likable at all and the whole industry is over the top disgusting. But the worst part is that Justify just made AP irrelevant.

  • City Boy

  • Hot Off the Ice, Book 1
  • By: A. E. Wasp
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

When a blown tire leads directly to mind-blowing sex with a white knight named Dakota, pro-hockey player Bryce Lowery discovers he is most definitely gay. Being with Dakota opens up a whole new world. Bryce can’t imagine life without him. But he refuses to be Bryce's dirty little secret. If he wants to keep Dakota, he's either going to have to come out publicly or retire and walk away from millions of dollars. Bryce Lowery feels like the answer to all of Dakota's prayers. But is Dakota willing to leave the only life he's ever known?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 3.5 Stars

  • By Belen on 04-28-18

Tepid at best

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

I'm all for hot M/M romance. I love hockey and that's the problem. The sport could have been anything. Nothing set it apart in so far as the sport of hockey being a good motor to drive the thing. It could have been golf or basketball or bowling. The narration tone was great, but the over-the-top sexual banter tone was off-putting, a lot, a real lot. That the and sex is way too vanilla for that kind of overblown enthusiasm and that despite the hockey player was a neophyte. It came too easy and I had to stop listening. It just didn't work for me. There are other hockey based M/M romances out there, I'll move on.

  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

  • By: Becky Albertalli
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,622
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,370

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: If he doesn't play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone's business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he's been emailing with, will be compromised.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing, powerful, joyful book!

  • By Jeff on 04-10-15

Simon vs. What?

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

An odd story. The title alone is intriguing until it never is explained and that makes no sense to me. I think the story tries to do too much. It's attempt at diversity is awkward at best and does not work for me really. The movie "Love, Simon" cannot fix it and has its own issues. Overall, a nice try that never materialized on both counts. The narration, however, is very good.

  • The Hunger Gays

  • By: Nathan Alexander
  • Narrated by: Iggy Toma
  • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26

Nathan Alexander’s Hunger Gays follows the story of young Aspen Summers who has grown up in a world where young men are rounded up by the government and forced to participate in the deadly MvM match, an annual tournament where there can only be one champion - or one survivor. The feared event not only forces young men into public expressions of sexual domination and submission, but also serves as a reminder that nothing, not even the will of one man, is stronger than the will of the government.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good But Not Great

  • By Jeffrey on 04-16-18

Good But Not Great

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

As a parody, the book's idea is excellent. The beginning and middle are excellent. The final chapters are hopeful of an excellent ending, but that never comes. The final dramatic outcome is betrayed with no closure of anything, really. It just ends and leaves one thinking that the author lost interest or time or whatever. I should have given it only 2 stars overall, but gave one back because it was a dedicated gay novel with lots of fun sexuality and did turn its origins upsidedown.