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  • Red Dirt Heart

  • Red Dirt, Book 1
  • By: N.R. Walker
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

Welcome to Sutton Station: one of the world's largest working farms in the middle of Australia - where if the animals and heat don't kill you first, your heart just might. Charlie Sutton runs Sutton Station the only way he knows how: the way his father did before him. Determined to keep his head down and his heart in check, Charlie swears the red dirt that surrounds him - isolates him - runs through his veins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved Joel Leslie - Kudos!

  • By Belen on 07-05-16

I adore the book, not the narration

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

Reviewed: 01-28-17

What did you like best about Red Dirt Heart? What did you like least?

I bought RDH1 because I loved reading it, but the narration just did not work for me. There are other narrators who are better suited to perform stories set in Australia. I just could not even get through the first chapter...so disappointed

What didn’t you like about Joel Leslie’s performance?

It sounded contrived.

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  • The Half of Us

  • Family Collection
  • By: Cardeno C.
  • Narrated by: Ezekiel Robison
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232

Short-tempered, arrogant heart surgeon Jason Garcia grew up wanting a close-knit family, but believes he ruined those dreams when he broke up his marriage. The benefit of divorce is having as much random sex as he wants, and it's a benefit Jason is exploiting when he meets a sweet, shy man at a bar and convinces him to go home for a no-strings-attached night of fun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm in love with this audio!!

  • By Belen on 12-05-15

A great narrator for a great book.

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

Reviewed: 12-05-15

Would you listen to The Half of Us again? Why?

Absolutely! I have read the story a few times, but Robison brought a whole new life and dimension to the book and characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Without a doubt, Abe. He is such a sweet, kind, and understanding guy (perhaps too kind and understanding...)

Have you listened to any of Ezekiel Robison’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, this was the first, and it won't be the last.

If you could take any character from The Half of Us out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Abe, of course!

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend The Half Of Us narrated by Ezekiel Robison, buy it and see for yourself why he is a new fave narrator of mine.

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  • Forever Promised

  • Promises, Book 4
  • By: Amy Lane
  • Narrated by: Paul Morey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

Crick has been home from Iraq for five years, Jeff and Collin are finally married, and Shane and Mikhail are quietly making lives better for the dispossessed teenagers who come their way. Everything is right in Deacon's world, but nothing ever stays the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Phenomenal Series End...

  • By Donald on 07-21-15

A satisfying ending to a superb series.

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

Reviewed: 06-11-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely! The story was well crafted and the narration was very good, oh and Amy Lane...need I say more?

Who was your favorite character and why?

At this point in the series, I loved them all but the short list is Crick, Mikhail, Shane, Benny, and, well that will have to do.

Have you listened to any of Paul Morey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This performance was very good, I did have issues with his narration in one of the other books in the series but this one was well done.

Who was the most memorable character of Forever Promised and why?

See above.

Any additional comments?

Get the whole series, you won't regret it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Making Promises

  • Keeping Promise Rock, Book 2
  • By: Amy Lane
  • Narrated by: Paul Morey
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

All Shane Perkins ever wanted to be was a hero. But after a career-shattering decision to go down fighting, Shane comes home from the hospital to four empty walls, a pile of money, and a burning desire for someone to miss him the next time he gets hurt in the line of duty. He ends up an officer in the small town of Levee Oaks, and, addicted to the promise of family, he makes an effort to reconcile with his flighty, troubled sister. Kimmy makes her living as a dancer, and her partner steals Shane's breath at first sight.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Journey to take...

  • By Donald on 05-30-13

If I had to choose a best friend? Mikhail.

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

Reviewed: 06-05-15

What did you love best about Making Promises?

It would have to be Shane and Mikhail, they were such engaging characters just trying to forge a future together.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Making Promises?

It is hard to pick just one because there were many great moments in the book, but if I had to choose one, it would be Mikhail's mother preparing Shane for her own death.

Have you listened to any of Paul Morey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is one of his best performances, for narrative style as well as consistent characterizations.

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

Um, Mikhail's mother's death...

  • American Love Songs

  • By: Ashlyn Kane
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

Jake has too many wild oats to sow to fall in love - or so he claims. Besides, he's much too busy with his band, the Wayward Sons, to go looking for romance. His reticence has nothing to do with his embarrassing crush on Chris, the band's lead singer and Jake's erstwhile best friend. But that was before enigmatic wanderer Parker McAvoy signed on as the band's new lead guitarist. He can only deny his attraction to sweet, dorky Parker for so long before the urge to do something about it becomes impossible to ignore.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Somewhere in the Middle

  • By Liana on 06-17-12

Loved the paperback, loved the audio performance!

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

Reviewed: 06-01-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I am a big fan of Ashlyn Kane and read the paperback of American Love Songs years ago. When I felt like re-reading it, I chose the audiobook and was very happy with my decision.

What was one of the most memorable moments of American Love Songs?

Parker's accidental audition is one and the ongoing blog posts primarily by Jake.

What about Sean Crisden’s performance did you like?

Crisden did a good job with vocal characterizations and maintained the various "voices" well throughout the story.

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

Moved? Not really, but I did find that Parker wanting to keep his relationship with Jake a secret was "less than kind".

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend American Love Songs, and will most certainly listen to is again.

  • Living Promises

  • Keeping Promise Rock, Book 3
  • By: Amy Lane
  • Narrated by: Paul Morey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

Six years ago, Jeff Beachum comforted a frightened teenager outside an HIV treatment clinic, and Collin Waters has remembered his kindness ever since. Now, after six years of crushing on the kind, brown-eyed sweetheart of his dreams, Collin is feeling adult and together enough to make his move. Too bad fate, which has never been kind to Jeff, has something else in mind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Journey of Promise Rock Continues...

  • By Donald on 05-30-13

Love the story, tolerated the narration

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

Reviewed: 05-18-15

What did you love best about Living Promises?

The continuing story of the members of the Promise Rock books.

What aspect of Paul Morey’s performance would you have changed?

I cannot count the number of times Morey made a mistake with a character's name and having read the book, I know this was an editing error.

If you could take any character from Living Promises out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Carrick James, without a doubt. I can only imagine what dinner with him and his complete lack of filter would be like.

Any additional comments?

Overall, a good listen.

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  • Promises

  • By: Marie Sexton
  • Narrated by: Mark L. Jones
  • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 391
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369

Jared Thomas has lived his whole life in the small mountain town of Coda, Colorado. He can't imagine living anywhere else. Unfortunately, the only other gay man in town is twice his age and used to be his teacher, so Jared is resigned to spending his life alone... until Matt Richards walks into his life, that is. Matt has just been hired by the Coda Police Department, and he and Jared immediately become friends. Matt claims he is straight, but for Jared, having a sexy friend like Matt is way too tempting.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I don't regret my purchase

  • By Boys like Boys on 10-26-13

I loved the book but...

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

Reviewed: 05-14-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Nope, a big disappointment because of the narration

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jared, for sure!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Bad pace, characterizations (everyone sounded the same).

Any additional comments?

Buy the book, please.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ugly

  • By: Mark A. Roeder
  • Narrated by: Joe DiNozzi
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Julian is ugly. He knows it. Everyone knows it. He is also a boy with secrets. He's gay, his family owns the local funeral home, and he's not certain which secret he more desperately desires to keep. Julian is a wallflower, but tries out for the soccer team to please his father. Beyond all hope, he makes the team - and there he meets boys who change his life forever and a coach he suspects is trying to kill him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I cried and laughed all the way.

  • By Lifesavr on 04-13-15

Average at best

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

Reviewed: 04-30-15

What did you like best about Ugly? What did you like least?

The overall story was compelling and important.

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

The excessive references to how gorgeous the other guys were and how ugly he was got old fast. The audio quality was poor, whenever the narrator spoke, I could hear something like feedback / a background hum when he spoke which made listening irritating.

How could the performance have been better?

See above

Do you think Ugly needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, the arc was fine as is.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • One Small Thing

  • By: Piper Vaughn, M.J. O'Shea
  • Narrated by: Finn Sterling
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

"Daddy" is not a title Rue Murray wanted, but he never thought he'd have sex with a woman either. Now he's the unwitting father of a newborn named Alice. Between bartending and cosmetology school, Rue doesn't have time for babies, but he can't give her up. What Rue needs is a babysitter, and he's running out of options. He's on the verge of quitting school to watch Alice himself when he remembers his reclusive new neighbor, Erik.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyed Finn Sterling's narration

  • By Belen on 11-14-15

Such a fun story

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

Reviewed: 04-18-15

If you could sum up One Small Thing in three words, what would they be?

Made me smile

What did you like best about this story?

Great narration and a fun story

Which scene was your favorite?

Lunch at the Charcoal Pit

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

I had many laugh out loud moments and that is always good

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended!

  • Social Skills

  • By: Sara Alva
  • Narrated by: Andrew Eiden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248

Music is the only form of communication Connor Owens controls. No matter how badly he wishes to fit in, friendly banter and casual conversations have never been his thing. College is yet another social universe he has no clue how to navigate - until he meets Jared, a football player with chestnut eyes and a cocky grin that holds the power to shatter his self-imposed prison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is one amazing book!!!!

  • By T. Amburgey on 09-22-14

Awesome book and narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-26-14

What did you love best about Social Skills?

Alva did an excellent job creating characters with depth and real emotion and I am not just speaking about Connor and Jared. Connor’s mother, a two-dimensional character on the surface, had very subtle traits that drove her behavior toward the various Owens family members. Connor’s sister exhibited empathy and emotion that caught me off guard, but that also made perfect sense once the big picture was exposed, and Rebecca showed herself to be a steady and reliable confidant for Connor.

Have you listened to any of Andrew Eiden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

As for the narration, I have found myself a new favourite narrator in Andrew Eiden. Almost every character was done in a distinct and consistent fashion with one exception. Connor’s pit bandmate, Ray, sounded an awful lot like Jared, but aside from that, an excellent job. Eiden’s narrative voice was clear, the pace perfect, and the gaps due to editing were minimal and so it was rare that I got pulled out of the story for these all too common reasons.

Any additional comments?

I was well and truly sucked into their world and loved to see the power play between Connor and Jared, especially and the story progressed and I could track the slowly shifting power from Jared to Connor. This does not mean that Connor all of a sudden became a confident, outgoing guy, but rather demonstrated an increase in his confidence and an unwillingness to continue to live his life as he was before, while Jared seemed to shrink in on himself as he slowly came to terms with being gay.

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