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  • Zero G

  • By: Dan Wells
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller, Margaret Ying Drake, Josh Hurley, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,838
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,311

Twelve-year-old Zero is traveling with 20,000 people for 105 years to colonize a new planet. Everyone is in stasis, so they'll be safe during the trip, but when Zero's pod malfunctions it wakes him early, like 105 years early. At first he's excited to be the only one awake - he has the entire ship to himself, so he can go anywhere and see and do and eat anything he wants - but when a family of space pirates show up, trying to hijack the ship and kidnap the colonizers, Zero has to think fast and find a way to stop them all on his own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Passengers movie with space pirates

  • By Kingsley on 12-07-18

Perfect and so much fun!!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

I recommend this to everyone! Mark Watney, space pirate, look out - Zero is in charge now. :D

The whole story was perfectly narrated and i loved Zero. He was adorable!! I am soooo glad we get an ending with Zero being recognized as a hero. Hurray! If you don't have this, get it!

  • The Bride's Brother

  • By: J.P. Oliver
  • Narrated by: Randi Johnson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Is it wrong to be attracted to the groom in a wedding? Or, I thought he was the groom! No, this guy is open and single and...into me? Is he into me? He'd be the first for quite some time. I have to admit, seeing all these weddings come and go can be a bit much when you go home all by yourself. But is it ethical to date a client's brother?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Confused party planner

  • By Lovinghotbooks1 on 01-22-19

MM version of a Hallmark movie w/ great narration

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

A complimentary audio was provided in exchange for an honest review.

This was exactly the book I expected and refreshingly easy to listen to and enjoy. It's not a story that should be taken seriously because the drama isn't really dramatic. The Bride's Brother, Hunter, is gay but in the closet to everyone but his sister. As the blurb says, when Hunter accompanies his sister to see the wedding planner, Toby, Toby thinks Hunter is the fiancé, and he's <i>flirting</I> with him! Of all the nerve, right? LOL. Yeah well, Hunter isn't one to give up easily and once the misunderstanding is cleared up, these two waste no time getting to know each other. They toss out the possibility of love <I>extremely</I> early which is an eyebrow raising moment for me, but in the end I just went with it because this is sort of like a Hallmark movie - heavy on the fluff and silly drama that isn't really important simply there to build the story around. :)

Hunter's sister, sigh. Well, I'm not sure what her deal is because we don't get to meet her fiancé or know much about <i>him</I> or their relationship. Basically he is a billionaire and she doesn't love him, only marrying him to please her parents...and to have access to all that money. The story is centered around her and the planning of her wedding, and it wasn't until close to the middle/end that her bridezilla routine made an appearance. Up until then I was just confused about her attitude and not sure why the story had to be written this way. It could just have easily been a love match and the story wouldn't have had to change.

Overall this was a very light read romance with two MCs who are cute and hot for each other. The narration was excellent. Once again Randi Johnson did a great job with the narration, bringing life and levity to the story - making me laugh at the silliness that is Toby and his handling of Julia's crazy thoughts and demands. Randi's voice reminds me of another narrator (John Steinkamp) I have somewhat recently been introduced to and I highly recommend both narrators.

If you are looking for an MM version of a Hallmark movie, you won't be disappointed with The Bride's Brother. I do recommend this and give the story 4 stars and the narration 5 stars.

  • Twice Bitten

  • By: Preston Walker
  • Narrated by: Randi Johnson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

When Alistair Hall lost his mate, he lost everything. To cope with the heartache, he’s thrown himself into supporting his pack. Finding strength in his work helps him forget, until he comes face-to-face with a complicated omega who could change his mind about everything. Matthew Norris sells fantasies - a jaded omega peddling shallow dreams at Hearts Connected. He doesn’t believe in love, but if it makes money, he can pretend. When a chance encounter puts him in the path of an irresistible alpha, Matthew begins to question his outlook on life...and on love.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall, I enjoyed this story. Great Narration.

  • By Georgiana on 01-06-19

Narrator was Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

A complimentary audio was provided via Audiobook Boom in exchange for an honest review.

Narration - 5 stars. Randi Johnson is a new to me narrator and I thought he did a wonderful job. The *story* was a problem for me, but the narration was spot on. Randi was able to bring different voices to each character and that is possibly the #1 checkbox for a good story. But not only did Randi change his voice, he brought real life to the characters. I hate monotone narration, which are dry and boring. I want emotion and inflection, a voice that goes up and down and sounds like a real person speaking. Randi Johnson did all of that and I know that it was his narration that allowed me to continue with this story.

Story - 3 stars. I can see what the author was trying to do with this story and it wasn't a bad story, it just wasn't well edited, plotted out. I felt that the story was all over the place. It started off great: the two MCs, Alistair and Matt, are so completely opposites of each other and have a very sweet meet cute moment. I love a nice, short, harmless romance, with good characters and a predictable plot. These types of stories serve a real purpose in the genre - it helps us readers recharge our drama/angst battery and put a smile on our face. :) And Twice Bitten did that, up to a point. As I said, the beginning worked but then as the characters start to date and then be intimate, I was confused about the world they lived in.

Alistair is a werewolf, and Matt (according to the blurb) is an omega. But then Alistair reveals himself to Matt as a shifter and Matt is confused and surprised. Why? If Matt is an omega, doesn't he know about werewolves? Can he not shift? That isn't explained in Twice Bitten. This is book 2 in the series so perhaps I needed to read book 1 to get the full world building, I don't know. But I was confused about this aspect to them personally and to their relationship.

While there are more examples I could give about confusing content, I will leave you with this last one. When Alistair and Matt have been together for a while and when Matt becomes pregnant, their relationship goes on a sort of downward spiral. They are shocked and not ready, but still want to be with each other. The part I was confused about, or maybe more shocked, is how Alistair didn't share with Matt his past relationship and what happened. Matt wants to be close to Alistair and he wants answers to something someone told him (don't want to give away too much), but Alistair isn't sharing and I thought he would have. Yes it was a hard time in his life, but his secrecy was pushing Matt away and he could have shared a part of the story without going into all the detail yet if he wasn't ready.

I highly recommend this narrator. As for the story, it wasn't great for me but I did enjoy it. The characters were good, just could have been fleshed out more. Matt is burned out by his match making site, so it made him kind of jaded in the love department. But when he sees/meets Alistair, his cynicism is thrown out the window, lol. These two waste no time getting together and that was refreshing to see. Yes they had their relationship hiccups but in the end everything works out.

  • The Consumption of Magic

  • Tales From Verania, Book 3
  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Michael Lesley
  • Length: 18 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 448

Sam of Wilds faced the Dark wizard Myrin and lived to tell the tale. Granted, the battle left him scarred, but things could be a hell of a lot worse. It’s not until he reunites with Morgan of Shadows and Randall that he realizes just how much worse things could be. Because the scars have meaning and hint at Myrin’s true plans for Sam and the Kingdom of Verania. With time running out, Sam and his band of merry misfits must travel to the snowy mountains in the North and the heart of the Dark Woods to convince the remaining dragons to stand against Myrin. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utter perfection.

  • By Janice Birnie on 05-03-18

brilliant!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

so much good. I am soooo Sam right now. ;)

I have read this before and still wasn't prepared for that ending. thankfully i have read the next book so i know what is coming. whew!

  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

  • By: Marlon Bundo, Jill Twiss
  • Narrated by: Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jeff Garlin, and others
  • Length: 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,509
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,719
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,657

HBO's Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents the story of a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny. Meet Marlon Bundo, a lonely bunny who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence - the Vice President of the United States. But on this Very Special Day, Marlon's life is about to change forever....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This story is cute, but let's be honest.

  • By João on 03-19-18

wish it was longer!! so cute!

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

loved the narration. loved the story. wish it was longer bc the production was adorable! !

  • The Perfect Match

  • By: Matt Burlingame
  • Narrated by: John Steinkamp
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Leaving his life in New York City behind, 33-year-old Ira Hughes has moved back into his childhood home to help care for his ailing father. His overbearing mother quickly guilts him into looking after her interests in the family curio shop. That means dealing with her business partner, Colton McCabe, the bully who made Ira's teen years a living hell. Ira is now forced to confront painful memories from his past. As he watches his father fight for his life, and his relationship with his mother becomes even more strained, he begins to find unexpected comfort in his time with Colton.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Becoming addicted to this author and narrator

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-10-18

Becoming addicted to this author and narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

A complimentary audio was provided in exchange for an honest review. *If you are interested in a copy of your own, please let me know and I will pass along their contact information.*

Let me start by saying I am quickly becoming addicted to this author and narrator. There is a special chemistry between author Matt Burlingame and narrator John Steinkamp; like peanut butter and jelly. :D They just belong together.

The story behind The Perfect Match is not easy because it deals with bullying and the all the suffering the recipient deals with, even in to adulthood. And it wasn't trivial bullying, no. Colton tormented Ira severely and Ira suffered through it alone. He wrote about what Colton did to him in his diary/journal and the dread and pain he went through just getting up in the morning to go to school. I really felt what Ira was going through because I suffered through bullying in school and it was hell. I couldn't wait to graduate and get OUT. And for whatever reason, Colton decided to pick on Ira, and Ira didn't tell anyone how bad it really was. Partly because Ira's parents thought Colton was a dream child who could do no wrong. When Ira finally moves away and grows up, he goes to counseling to deal with his childhood and it seems he has come to grips with it. But now that his father's health has deteriorated, Ira comes back home and sees Colton again.

Colton doesn't have the same feelings about what Colton did to Ira as a kid. Colton claims it was all harmless kid fun. Ha, yeah - Ira doesn't feel that way and is really struggling to come to grips with the Colton he knew as a kid, and the Colton who is now an adult and business partner to Ira's mom. Ira can't help but bring up all the tortures Colton did to him and while Colton acknowledges he was a shit to Ira, he thinks Ira should get over it. I didn't like that at all. Colton was abusive towards Ira, and now Ira is having to deal with Colton because of his mother's store. That was very hard to listen to because I have no desire to be around those who hurt me in school. Talk about torture!

Ira can't help but be afraid that Colton is playing an act and will turn in to kid Colton once again, and that is the crux of this story. Colton wants to be friends with Ira, doesn't want his past to define who he is now, and hates that Ira keeps bringing up the past. But Ira is struggling with letting go. How do you forgive someone who hurt you like that? Isn't this the same relationship dynamic that an abused spouse/partner suffers? Would an adult victim - SHOULD and adult victim, forgive and forget what their abuser did to them? I really had a hard time letting go of myanger towards Colton.

Not a lot of time passes from when Ira comes back to town and Colton and Ira become a couple. It happens over the course of a few weeks, which is very fast and unrealistic for me. HOWEVER!!! as the story is going along and Ira and Colton spend time together, and as I see Colton struggle with what he did as a kid, everything that transpired over the course of those weeks felt...good. One half of my brain was like, yeah right, and the other half was saying, it's ok to trust him. Very weird feeling. I didn't want Ira to suffer anymore and from Colton's actions and admissions, Ira sees that Colton isn't playing a trick on him and it's ok to trust him with his heart.

I found this to be a very serious story with a mix of holiday romance. Their path to an HEA was far from easy and I do think Ira and Colton will continue to need to work on their relationship simply because of their shared past. Would I recommend this story? You betcha! It was well written and I felt what the characters were feeling, not just between Ira and Colton, but between Ira and his mother and father, and Colton and Ira's parents. For being such a short story it packed a lot into it and I do recommend this. Ira and Colton manage to find their way and it was very sweet to see that. I still find it hard for myself to forgive Colton what he did to Ira, but they both decided to move on and not let the past get in their way.

The narration was excellent and I think I've mentioned before that John Steinkamp's voice isn't what one would consider a traditional narrators voice. But I very much enjoy it and it fits so well with the characters Matt Burlingame has created. I think this is my third by this duo and I look forward to them each time because I know they are going to be great. 4 stars all around!

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  • Cruel Candy

  • Cozy Corgi Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Mildred Abbott
  • Narrated by: Angie Hickman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Winifred Page and her corgi, Watson, move to Estes Park to hit the Reset button on life. Fred is about to open her dream bookshop, and the only challenges she anticipates are adjusting to small-town life, tourists, and living close to her lovable mother, Phyllis, and hippie stepfather, Barry. When Fred steps into her soon-to-be-bookshop for the first time, she expects dust bunnies and spiders...not the dead body in the upstairs kitchen.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice story

  • By stlblue1 on 07-11-18

Cute and Fun!

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

A complimentary audio was provided in exchange for an honest review.

This is different from my usual reads and I had fun listening to it. I'm all for cute and entertaining, and this certainly fit the bill. The murder mystery was a little bizarre. Why would the killer wait till now to do what they did? They had all those years to kill, and then decided to do it where the murder would be discovered. I liked the characters though. They were well done and, aside from Fred (and others) focusing on her height (5'10" isn't that weird folks), I thought they were realistic.

I am a cat lover myself and can say dogs are cute (small ones) from a distance but I would never want one in my home OR place of business, especially a place that sells food. That didn't strike me as realistic but I just went with it. Fred as a amateur sleuth worked for me, and I did enjoy hearing her commentary with Watson about finding clues and his obsession with treats.

As for the narration, it was good. I don't listen to a lot of female narrators and was worried about that, but Angie Hickman has a good voice and I thought it was very well suited to this story. The audio could have benefited from a male narrator to handle the step-father and cute cop, but Angie handled the male voices well. I would (and am) listen to Angie Hickman again.

I give the story 3 stars and the narration 3.75.

  • Traitorous Toys

  • Cozy Corgi Mysteries
  • By: Mildred Abbott
  • Narrated by: Angie Hickman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Fred’s dream bookshop is becoming a reality, and Christmas is only days away. The toy store beckons Fred and her friend Katie, who dash in out of the cold during a shopping spree to discover handmade toys, cuddly stuffed animals...and a dying man on the floor. When Katie’s desperate attempts to save the man end in her being taken in for his murder, Fred once again dons her detective hat. But as quickly as clues point to one person, new discoveries shift the spotlight to another.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • enjoying this series

  • By DPiazzi on 08-29-18

Entertaining and I look forward to the rest!

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

A complimentary audio was provided in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed this more than book 1, which isn't to say I didn't like book 1. I did. But book 2 was better. 😊 The murder made more sense, and I enjoyed seeing Fred investigating. Plus her run ins with the rude and mean female police offer from the bottom of the roster were anger inducing but I enjoyed them because one of these days, Fred will have her revenge. 😈😈😈

The narration once again was great and I no longer feel the need for a male narrator for the male characters.

I do not know Fred's romantic life will lead her, but I am enjoying the ride. Now if only these people will stop killing each other there might be locals to attend the wedding, lol. 😁

4 stars for story and 4.5 for narration.

  • In the Wreckage

  • Metahuman Files, Vol. 1
  • By: Hailey Turner
  • Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

After surviving a horrific chemical attack that turned him into a metahuman, Captain Jamie Callahan got a second lease on life. For three years he’s been working for the Metahuman Defense Force and leading Alpha Team - all against the wishes of his family. The job requires his full dedication, so it’s no surprise Jamie doesn’t have time for a relationship. An enticing one-night stand with a gorgeous stranger shows Jamie what he’s been missing. When a mission to take down a terrorist cell brings that same stranger - Kyle Brannigan - back into his world, Jamie’s life gets complicated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic audio!

  • By Amanda V on 04-25-18

I really, really enjoyed this!

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

A complimentary audiobook was provided in exchange for an honest review.

To start I need to say that the sci-fi genre isn't really my thing, and while technically I don't think this wouldn't fit the parameters of science fiction, it does snuggle up to it. ;) Now, having said that, I really, really, really enjoyed this!

FYI, there was A LOT of sex which I was ready to fast forward because OMG, these guys are like bunnies; I was totally over the looooooong sex scenes, but the relationship between Kyle and Jamie was great! Insta-love for sure (which, ugh and why??) and their instant trust and bond was far fetched for me, but overall I dug their relationship.

What really sold me on this story was the level of detail and just information I was given showing me this new world. If you've read the THIRDS Series by Charlie Cochet, this is so very much of that same ilk. I couldn't get enough of these guys or the team!

The narration was so super stellar! So many accents in rapid succession is amazing! I am blown away by Greg Boudreaux's talent and can't wait to listen to the next audio productions for this series. The narration deserves 5 stars because it was just brilliant and pulled these characters together for me. There were so freakin' many voices!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now, a little bit of plot synopsis. :D Jamie is a Metahuman which you could call a side effect to a chemical attack. Those who survive develop fantastical abilities such as telepathy, super strength, telekinesis, and so much more. But it's rare for a Metahuman to result from the attack and since most people end up dying, scientists have been trying to come up with a vaccine. Enter those who wish to stop a vaccine from being developed as well as those who wish to use the science for their own nefarious purposes. Jamie's team from all appearances is the TOP and they are sent in to help rescue scientists believed to be in danger due to their work.

Kyle and his brother Alexi are new to the team and Kyle is the sniper (I can't remember what role Alexi plays beyond team member). What makes things interesting is Kyle and Jamie met at a bar one night and had an amazing round of sex, something they both needed and despite being strangers felt something immediately for the other. I rolled my eyes for this part, but didn't let it deter me. When the two men discover that they are going to be working on the same team, Jamie puts a stop to any future possibilities of them getting together. Not only are they team mates would could make things weird, but Jamie is Kyle's superior, and that's a BIG grey area. But, when things during a mission go bad (big bad), Jamie can't help but think he made the wrong choice, because death is never far from their lives and he thinks he should be able to enjoy time with Kyle while he can.

Hurray! The two decide to become a thing, and with the help of their team mates, are able to hide their relationship from the Brass. But still, things are not going well in the world and the team is called in once again to take out the enemy. OMG, the situation was tense because I didn't know what was going to happen to Kyle. (view spoiler)

I give this 4.25 stars and the narration 5.

Good job! Can't wait for book 2. :)

  • Hearts in Ireland

  • World of Love
  • By: J. C. Long
  • Narrated by: John Steinkamp
  • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Now that his mother is gone, all Ronan Walker has left are the wonderful stories of her youth in Ireland, and he’s drawn to the land of his ancestors. There, he meets Fergal Walsh, who works at Ronan’s aunt’s bookstore. A love of literature facilitates a fast friendship between the two men, and even though Ronan cannot deny the potential - and his desire - for more, he cannot see a future for the two of them when he leaves Ireland. Fergal must persuade Ronan to give school in Dublin a chance - and convince Ronan his heart has already found its home.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Broome's Books Review

  • By scarletsptember on 07-21-18

This is a very sweet and romantic story.

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

A complimentary audio code was provided in exchange for an honest review.

This is a very sweet and romantic story. Ronan is extremely depressed after the death of his mother, and he travels to Ireland - his mom's homeland - and he spends time with his mother's family and friends. This is a short story but it didn't feel that way. Ronan's love of his mother, his grief and anger over he death, his decision to go to Ireland, meeting the family and then Fergal - the spacing of the storyline was perfect. It takes an amazing talent to pack a lot into a short page count, and not to make it feel rushed to too full.

John Steinkamps narration was perfect for these characters; his range of accents really worked for this and I loved the inflections in his voice; it felt very natural, just as if he was having a conversation. Sometimes when I listen to an audiobook, the narration comes across as very flat and frankly dull - without life - but John's voice just seems to naturally have this flow to it and it's like he doesn't even have to try. I definitely look forward to more books narrated by John, and J.C. Long.

This is my first book by J.C. and if Hearts in Ireland is an example of JC's talent, I am going to be a big fan.

To give a (very) brief summary of the story, Ronan is basically looking to find himself. He's been lost since his mother became ill (I think even before that). He put off going to grad school (he was going to be a teacher), and he is stuck being a bartender (which he hates) and when his mother dies, he shuts down; doesn't go to work, barely eats, doesn't shower or take care of himself. It was very emotional and I felt so sorry for Ronan. But when he makes it Ireland and spends time with his mother's family, and when he meets Fergal, Ronan starts to wake up and decides it's time to figure out what to do with his life. The expected fight between Fergal and Ronan is tough to see, but I never questioned it. Ronan wasn't sure what he was doing - was he going back to America, was he going to stay in Ireland, was he going back to college, was his relationship with Fergal simply a result of Ronan's grief over his mother. So many things in Ronan's life were uncertain. I just loved seeing Ronan discover himself and finally figure out what he wanted to do. It was just a very lovely story and I would love to read more about these characters again.

4.5 stars for the story; 5 for the narration.