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  • Beautiful Boy

  • By: Grace R. Duncan
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205

Malcolm Tate hung up his flogger when his submissive sought out another Dom and landed in the hands of a serial killer. Convinced his lack of dominance sent his sub away, Mal has spent two years blaming himself for what happened. But when his best friend finally convinces him to go back to the local dungeon, Mal's grateful. Especially when he wins beautiful, submissive, firmly closeted Kyle Bingham in a charity slave auction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful is the only word for it.

  • By Maghan Melton on 05-25-16

OK, But Not Great

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

The author gives a warning at the outset of the story that the BDSM depiction is of a flavor that might not agree with everyone's idea of what BDSM should or should not be and that is what I indeed found. The "sweetness" of the story cannot for me make up for my flavor of BDSM not matching the story. The sub hates deprivation, but wants to please his Master. The master is an admitted sadist who craves depriving the sub for long stretches. Not my thing. Also, the sub is cartoonishly self-deprecating to the point of ridiculousness and it becomes annoying when by 75% of the story gone, it's still there and even more annoying. The drama at the end is predictable as is the outcome. The voice tone for the sub was excellent, but the voice tone for the dom felt awkward and odd and I never could get used to it.

  • Daddy Wanted

  • Rent-a-Dom, Book 1
  • By: Susi Hawke, Piper Scott
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

Toby Andrews is a busy, forgetful, scatterbrained musician with ADHD, a precocious dog named Ruffles, and a bad rep for partying too hard. When Toby’s actions put an all-important contract with a large label in jeopardy, his manager sarcastically suggests the omega needs a keeper who'll redden his bottom if he steps out of line. Toby is intrigued, so when he sees an ad for a discreet company called Rent-a-Dom while scrolling his social media page, he impulsively sends a request for a Daddy Dom to help him stay on track.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome!

  • By Allison's Book Corner on 10-18-18

Good But Not Great

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

What I liked: This is the audible equivalent to a short story so it gets into the story very quickly sans dragged out build up. Loved the daddy-vibe D/S aspects although the D was a bit too patronizing for my tastes, it's still not a deal breaker. The sexual presentations were very nicely spiced with spanking, excellent and I wanted more, more, more, more of that. Nick Russo is a superb narrator, his interpretations of voice and inflection spot on!

What I did not like so much / detracted: Two main niggles. First, though forewarned by the site synopsis, I have never read a fiction with MPreg. My gut reaction was not good at first. I enjoyed it some at first until things got to TMI (too much information) territory and entirely was unattractive for me. To it's credit, the book does not try and otherwise indoctrinate you to what must be a giant MPreg universe. So the question remains, would the book work without MPreg? Unqualified yes. The authors could have expanded other aspects to take its place . Will I read another MPreg book? No, I will not.

My second niggle is that I am not a fan of dropping real-world celebrity names. It felt very gratuitous and even lazy. I prefer authors/stories that create their own celebrities and help us to learn to celebrate them and the authors talent to create them.

Minus one star for the celebrities, minus one for MPreg. Will I read another title by the authors? Maybe, maybe not.

  • The Platinum Age of Television

  • From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific
  • By: David Bianculli
  • Narrated by: David Bianculli
  • Length: 23 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way. In tracing the evolutionary history of our progress toward a Platinum Age of Television - our age, the era of The Sopranos and Breaking Bad and Mad Men and The Wire and Homeland and Girls - he focuses on the development of the classic TV genres.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Exhaustive, Exhausting, Superbly Narrated

  • By Jeffrey on 11-03-18

Exhaustive, Exhausting, Superbly Narrated

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

This title is not a story so that category rates very low. It is a reference book read by its author who by the way is a superb narrator and should read other titles for a living in my opinion. If I ever hear another reference to "Your Show of Shows" I am going to be sick, it came up too many times to count. The exhaustive and exhausting endless lists of actors and writers is over the top too much. Too little of inside stories that though they are there, stop far short of being satisfying. I guess it tries to do too much and 23 hours is ridiculous, but I made it through. So did this title make me want to watch something I may not have before? No. Nothing. Oh, and the stuff in the book about Bill Cosby, Louis C.K. and Kevin Spacey in the context of recent allegations and Cosby's conviction? The author handled Cosby's allegations pre-trial perfectly in my opinion and the book was released far in advance of the other two alleged incidents as it was not the purpose of a book like this to render moral opinion one way or the other.

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  • Ever After

  • A Gay Fairy Tale
  • By: Christina Lee, Riley Hart
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

As next in line for the Evergreen crown, Prince Merrick Davendall’s future involves ruling, marriage, and producing an heir of his own. But he’s long been tormented by desires that are far from princely. Especially when the beautiful Cassius is promoted to be his new valet, and Merrick is struck by a longing like never before - a longing to know him far beyond royal and servant.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ever After: Adorable and Infuriating

  • By Paula on 09-21-18

Ever Angst

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

90% of this tale is romantic angst, but it has a good heart and ends well ... Ever after and such. The narration is top-notch and is likely the best part of the tale unless it is the cover art which for all intents and purposes looks like something from Disney which is appropriate as most of what Disney has done along the lines of fairy tale romance is very sugary to say the least.

  • 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
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Revealing, yet Repetetive

  • By Isaac on 10-12-18

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 471
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 442

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not What I’d Hoped

  • By JayJay on 06-22-18

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.

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  • Blueshift

  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 299

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!

Overall
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 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

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 744
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 711
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 708

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

Overall
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.