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  • How My Gay Uncle F'ed up Christmas

  • The Legend of Sodomy Cat
  • By: Nicholas Black
  • Narrated by: Rich Camillucci
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

In this coming of age story a tragic accident leaves Trevor looking for a place to call home. And now that his parents are gone the only one he can turn to is his uncle Gary - the legendary fetish-porn producer. Surrounded by new friends, a new school, and an environment that he could never have imagined, Trevor finds that the past he thought he knew was a well-constructed lie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Work against Prudishness, but not super Gay

  • By Jon on 12-22-18

Amazing Work against Prudishness, but not super Gay

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

Fantastic narration and voice with the great self-reflection of a teenage boy, a smart, sweet, nubile cheerleader with amazing blue-green eyes and a brilliant, entertaining story filled with sex, truly omnisexual in orientation, that does not steal the limelight from the loving morality of non-judgement for anything not harmful and condemning of anything that harms others. Hilarious images and dialogue.

  • Christmas Kitsch

  • By: Amy Lane
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

Rusty Baker is a blond, rich, entitled football player in a high school full of them - just the type of oblivious jock all the bullied kids hate. And he might have stayed that way, except he develops a friendship with out-and-proud Oliver Campbell from the wrong side of the tracks. Rusty thinks the friendship is just pity - Oliver is very bright, and Rusty is very not - but then Oliver kisses him good-bye when Rusty leaves for college, and Rusty is forced to rethink everything he knows about himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5+ I-loved-every-word Stars!

  • By Belen on 12-18-15

Perfect dialogue and narration of a fun story of real places

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

I love Nick Russo’s narration: great voices, intonation and emotion.
Amy Lane’s story is filled with great detail of real places and super interesting characters that are so real in their quirks and personal interplay- a really wonderful love story that feels like someone’s possibly real life story. I will be listening to this audiobook many more times for sure.

  • Winger

  • By: Andrew Smith
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

Ryan Dean West is a 14-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids. He’s living in Opportunity Hall, the dorm for troublemakers, and rooming with the biggest bully on the rugby team. And he’s madly in love with his best friend Annie, who thinks of him as a little boy. With the help of his sense of humor, rugby buddies, and his penchant for doodling comics, Ryan Dean manages to survive life’s complications and even find some happiness along the way. But when the unthinkable happens, he has to figure out how to hold on to what’s important.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sporty-Dead Poets Society

  • By Amy on 04-03-14

Amazing narrative voice

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

Ultimately and painfully this is an amazing story that is, in fact, LGBT.
The voice of the protagonist is clever, witty and hilarious. It quintessentially captures the voice of any boy at the physically and emotionally disorienting and pivotal age of 14.
I personally identified with the avoidance of verbal profanity while it so repetitiously f-bombs his personal thoughts, or how the endless description of every girl being hot, because 14 year old boys gay or straight are still struggling to elaborate on these new and overwhelmingly powerful feelings of sexual attraction. So hot pretty much describes it all.
Any mother or father who has raised a rather bright boy through their 14th year, or any guy gay or straight will love the story, its infatuations, friendships and both the funny and the messed up sh—-, that happens in high school and jr. high.
I cannot recommend this story enough.

  • One Man Guy

  • By: Michael Barakiva
  • Narrated by: Michael Chernus
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243

When Ethan gets Alek to cut school and go to a Rufus Wainwright concert in New York City’s Central Park, Alek embarks on his first adventure outside the confines of his suburban New Jersey existence. He can’t believe a guy this cool wants to be his friend. And before long, it seems like Ethan wants to be more than friends. Alek has never thought about having a boyfriend - he's barely ever had a girlfriend - but maybe it’s time to think again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very YA, cute and sweet

  • By Riva on 04-16-15

High Energy Summer School Excitement and Romance

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

Michael Barakiva spins an exciting story filled with the entertainment and energy of Manhattan through the eyes of awkwardly cool and geeky skateboarders and honor students drawn together in the post marriage-equality world of a summer school romance.
Michael Chernus brings the same rapid high energy narration to the story, making the dialogue and descriptions of Manhattan magic a first crush can so sparklingly see in the early summer energy of June. The voices and accents Michael Chernus brings to the narration weave so perfectly with the excitement and wonder Michael Barakiva wrote in an incredibly entertaining, hip, sweet, love story.
I have listened to it now at least 10 times, still discovering new scenes and images each time.
I hope both of these men choose to use their talent in new works yet to be created.

  • Spooning Leads to Forking: A Gay Teen Romance Story

  • By: B. A. Smith
  • Narrated by: Willis Miller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Dylan and Michael are two high school boys attempting to figure out their attraction to one another and happen to fall in love along the way. They explore their sexuality together through a series of games until they push their competition too far one day, and their game turns deadly. Spooning Leads to Forking is a coming-of-age story about two teens coping with being gay while growing up in a small town like Gallant, Montana. Despite the challenges, they discover love through humor, family, mistakes and, ultimately, forgiveness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious, raucous, brawling, graphic, gay teen romance

  • By Jon on 05-13-18

Hilarious, raucous, brawling, graphic, gay teen romance

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

Reviewed: 05-13-18

Amazing rapid Kerouac-esque rhythm, millennial sexual revolution, teenage gay liberation in a neo-Rosanne family setting replete with alcoholic low life loving parents, teenager gay lovers in a brawling sexual exploration similar to War of the Roses’ lovers’ quarrel, great contemporary writing with very sympathetic awkward teenagers in obsessive love that just happens to be gay because both of the love-crazed characters are late-teen boys. Definitely graphic and hilarious bawdy sexual romance: truly unique and enjoyable!

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  • Joys R Us

  • By: Kim Fielding
  • Narrated by: Alex Freeman
  • Length: 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

Reece is a practical, orderly man; a financial analyst who considers most holiday events wasteful. But his sister coerces him into standing in line overnight for this year's must-have toy. Supplies prove smaller than expected, and Reece gets trampled in the resulting stampede. Toy store manager Angel tends to Reece's wounds. When Angel discovers Reece's cynical attitude, he invites Reece to spend Christmas Eve with him. With Angel's guidance, maybe Reece can finally understand the joy of the holiday - and maybe even find love as well.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, okay narration - iffy sound

  • By Morgan A Skye on 08-08-16

Brief and sweeter than sex

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

A very enjoyable Christmas story with characters who happen to be gay, who care about children and others from their chosen and biological families. Great voice listening to Alex Freeman, and a fun contemporary story by Kim Fielding that is so short but so inspiringly sweet with a perfect sprinkling of sexy gay men over it all.

  • Unwrapping Hank

  • By: Eli Easton
  • Narrated by: Tristan Wright
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

Sloane loves a good mystery. He grew up as the son of two psychiatrists, so he finds most people tediously easy to figure out. He finds his way to Pennsylvania State University, longing for a rural experience, and ends up being lured into joining a frat by Micah Springfield, the hippest guy on campus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Gift That Keeps On Giving

  • By Libros Lover on 12-05-15

Great Romance and coming out story

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

Reviewed: 01-18-18

I love Eli Easton’s stories and writing voices. The vocabulary is varied, descriptive and always interesting.
Unwrapping Hank may be my favorite yet. I love the characters, locations and interplay between perspectives and narratives.
Tristan Wright is so enjoyable to listen to due to the the attention and energy poured into his narration of each character which holds my interest so strongly I don’t want to pause listening to the entire audiobook.
I hope for more to come in the future !

  • A Prairie Dog's Love Song

  • By: Eli Easton
  • Narrated by: Michael Stellman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 93

Ben Rivers always was a showman. He won awards in 4-H and rodeo competitions from the time he could walk, and he’s happiest in the spotlight. So when he got the chance to be a star - in porn - he took it. He still loves Montana and everything about being a cowboy, but when news of his alternate identity leaks out, he figures he’s lost the town’s goodwill forever. Clyde’s Corner would never accept an openly gay cowboy, even a hometown boy born and bred.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not my favorite Eli Easton but it was decent

  • By Heather on 11-19-14

Great Story, wish it were longer

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

Reviewed: 01-16-18

I hope Eli Easton considers expanding this story longer. It was very enjoyable, and there are so many details to become added narratives from other gay cowboys to descriptions of life in Vegas, to more missed opportunity flashbacks, and horse, cattle and pornstar dramas.
Michael Stellman has perfect voice and narration. I would love to hear him work with the narrators from Sarina Bowen’s Escape from Paradise.
I love Eli Easton and Michael Stellman’s audiobooks and will continue to buy all each of them produces.

  • Body Heat

  • By: Devyn Morgan
  • Narrated by: Kevin Chandler
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Though he lives as an openly gay man in DC, Nick decides to revert to his closeted alter ego when he returns home to Colorado. Someday he'd come out to his family - in six months, maybe. Or six years. Now he steels himself to survive a back-country camping and hunting trip with his brother and friends. But Nick forgets he isn't out East anymore when he kisses his hot skiing instructor just as his brother arrives! If the awkward silence on the drive up is bad, the constant stream of gay jokes by his brother's friends is worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Buildup

  • By Jon on 07-10-17

Excellent Buildup

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

Super enjoyable imagery and narration of a story that builds up in speed as it unfolds. Getting to know the two characters was like going on a date. Or two, as the details of their lives and personalities are revealed in the dialogue between them. Waiting for the eventual hook up between them was well worth the wait, and for those of us gay men who love skiing, snow camping, tech and integrating our boyfriends into our families and friends we have spent our lives in the snow with, it is an even more enjoyable performance. Kudos to Devyn Morgan and Kevin Chandler for recounting real life romance I have lived and crave more of yet still.

  • Superhero

  • By: Eli Easton
  • Narrated by: Tristan Wright
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291

It's not easy for a young gay artist like Jordan Carson to grow up in Jefferson, Wisconsin, where all anyone seems to care about in middle school and high school are the sports teams. But Jordan was lucky. He met Owen Nelson in the second grade, and they've been BFFs ever since. Owen is a big, beautiful blond and their school's champion wrestler. No one messes with Owen, or with anyone close to him, and he bucks popular opinion by keeping Jordan as his wingman even after Jordan comes out at school.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • WOW! So cute!

  • By Candateshia Pafford on 06-02-14

Beautiful Boyhood Angst, Believable Inspiration and Integrity

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

Reviewed: 06-21-17

The story is like a perfect after banquet dance: so enjoyable, too brief, leaving one deliciously craving for more, punctuating how exciting and sweet it was.
The superhero boyhood interest in the story tells so well that camaraderie many of us felt as gay teens: what it's like to fall in love with your best friend, and the ache integrity and loyalty can cause both to feel.
Straight boys can fall in love with gay friends but if they are straight, they are still straight despite the love.
The narrator and author play so well together, like Penman and Pencilboy. I am grateful to have enjoyed this.
I will seek out more of both men's work.