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  • Losing Control

  • By: Riley Hart
  • Narrated by: Jack DuPont
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

On the surface Ben seems to have it all: money, influence, good looks. He smiles and jokes in all the right places, but it's all a façade. Inside he's a wreck, and it's only getting worse. With his congressman father using Ben's recent kidnapping for his own political agenda and Ben still struggling to get over the only guy he's ever loved, he feels like he's losing his grip on reality, and he's quickly spiraling out of control. Then he meets Dante, an enigma of a man with as much self-hatred as Ben has.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ben's and Dante

  • By Pat Johnson on 03-05-17

Questionable accents, but great story.

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

Reviewed: 06-23-19

The narrator made the Italian man (Dante) sound more Latino and Slovakian than Italian, and it was mildly irritating.

  • Looking for Home

  • More than Friends, Book 9
  • By: Aria Grace
  • Narrated by: Tim Todd
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

Evan was heartbroken when Nick left him two years ago to live a party life. He focused on his job as a truck driver and put his own needs on the back burner. Georgie is a favorite at Paddles, providing personal entertainment to anyone looking for a sexy femme boi. When they meet at a party, it doesn't seem like more than a superficial connection. Neither expect to find actual happiness from each other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Journey from Loneliness to Love

  • By Michael Adam Reale on 01-21-17

Another great story ruined by a negative stigma...

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

Reviewed: 06-08-19

Even though one of the topics touched on in this book of the series is HIV, this author continues to use the term "Clean" to denote HIV status. This is incredibly ignorant and demeaning to people living with HIV.

  • Hands On: M/M Romance

  • More than Friends, Book 5
  • By: Aria Grace
  • Narrated by: Tim Todd
  • Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 100

Patton is new to town and hasn't met a lot of people outside of the salon he works at as a massage therapist. He wants a relationship but he's quick to fall in love and even quicker to scare away most men he's interested in. When he meets an outgoing bartender named Caleb, he is immediately attracted but isn't sure he can date someone that has to flirt for tips all night long. Unfortunately, that's not the worst thing Caleb does to make a living.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hands On

  • By <Stacy> @SoCalBookReviews on 02-09-18

Another story ruined by a negative stigma...

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

Reviewed: 06-05-19

Authors really need to educate themselves, and stop using "Clean" when referring to HIV status. The perpetuation of this horrible stigma implies that people living with HIV are "Dirty" or "Unclean".
It really is sad, because this is otherwise a fairly good series. Up to this point, the author has used the proper term of "Negative" and I'm not sure what prompted this horrendous change.

  • Home the Hard Way

  • By: Z. A. Maxfield
  • Narrated by: Shannon Gunn
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 135

Dare Buckley has come home - or at least, he's come back to Palladian, the small town he left as a teenager. After a major lapse in judgment forced him to resign from the Seattle PD, Palladian is the only place that'll hire him. There's one benefit to hitting rock bottom, though: the chance to investigate the mystery of his father's suicide.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Frustratingly close to excellent

  • By Ben on 11-09-16

Really good story, told with horrible narration

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

Reviewed: 05-27-19

This narrator is probably one of the worst I've ever heard on Audible.
Even though he has a few different inflections for his voice, he doesn't seem to stay consistent with who has which voice. Plus, his way of almost yelling at you while he's voicing an exciting part of the story is so offputting that it seriously detracts from the experience.
Clearly, this story would have been so much better with a different narrator.

  • Masked Destiny

  • By: Mark A. Roeder
  • Narrated by: Guy Veryzer
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Masked Destiny is the story of Skye, a high school athlete determined to be the Alpha male. Skye's obsessed with his own body, his Abercrombie & Fitch wardrobe, and keeping those around him in their place. Try as he might, he's unable to ignore the world around him, or the plight of gay boys who cross his path.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What happened to Hermione?

  • By Rusty GingerBear on 05-22-19

What happened to Hermione?

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

Reviewed: 05-22-19

This was a chore to continue for about half the book. It got better in the last half, but still had issues.
I enjoyed the supernatural aspects to the story, but it seems like they were just peppered into the story to add a modicum of interest.

  • The Truth as He Knows It

  • Perspectives, Book 1
  • By: A. M. Arthur
  • Narrated by: Guy Locke
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297

Officer Noel Carlson isn't out to anyone in small-town Stratton, Pennsylvania, so a relationship is out of the question. That doesn't stop him from wanting one, though. When a night-shift call brings him face-to-thonged-butt with a hired stripper whose girl-party gig went terribly wrong, Noel takes pity on the guy and lets him go. But he can't get the encounter out of his mind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi Marie on 11-08-18

Yet another story ruined by negative stigmas...

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

Reviewed: 05-15-19

Use of the derogatory term "Clean" to denote HIV status is demoralizing to people living with HIV and further perpetuates a ignorant stigma.

Other than that, the story was good and delved into some pretty tough subject matter and situations. I was hoping more would happen to the woman who assaulted Jody, but that story arc was left unfinished. Hopefully, she'll get what's coming to her in Book 2...

  • Overexposed

  • In Focus Series, Book 4
  • By: Megan Erickson
  • Narrated by: Marc Bachmann
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

Levi Grainger needs a break. As a reality show star, he's had enough of the spotlight and being edited into a walking stereotype. When he returns home after the last season of Trip League, he expects to spend time with his family, only to learn that his sister is coming back from her deployment in a flag-draped casket. Devastated, Levi decides the best way to grieve will be to go off grid and hike the Appalachian Trail - a trip he'd planned to do with his sister.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Yet another story ruined by negative stigmas...

  • By Rusty GingerBear on 05-11-19

Yet another story ruined by negative stigmas...

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

Reviewed: 05-11-19

The huge problem with this book is the use of the term "Clean" to denote a negative HIV status. Not only does this perpetuate a horrendous stigma, but it also insinuates that people living with HIV are "Dirty" or "Unclean"

This author has continued to show her ignorance by using this horrendous term.

Unfortunately, that terrible faux pas ruined an otherwise pleasant story. Hopefully, the author won't continue to enforce negative stigmas and alienate people.

  • Focus on Me

  • In Focus Series #2
  • By: Megan Erickson
  • Narrated by: Marc Bachmann
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

Colin Hartman can now add college to his list of failures. On the coast-to-coast trek home from California, Colin stops at a gas station in the Nevada desert and can't help noticing the guy in tight jeans looking like he just stepped off a catwalk. When he realizes that Catwalk is stranded, Colin offers a ride. Riley intended only to take a short ride in Colin's Jeep to the Grand Canyon. But one detour leads to another until they finally find themselves tumbling into bed together.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator was a 'NO-GO' for me

  • By HaloLove on 07-02-16

Tough issues, told with care and raw emotion

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

Reviewed: 05-08-19

I really enjoyed this book, and loved the tie in with Book 1 of the series.

Be prepared for a wild rollercoaster of emotions and feelings because this book will touch parts of your heart in the deepest way.

  • Trust the Focus

  • In Focus, Book 1
  • By: Megan Erickson
  • Narrated by: Marc Bachmann
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 147

With his college graduation gown expertly pitched into the trash, Justin Akron is ready for the road trip he planned with his best friend, Landry, and ready for one last summer of escape from his mother's controlling grip. Climbing into the Winnebago his father left him, they set out across America in search of the sites his father had captured through the lens of his Nikon.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Trust The Focus

  • By <Stacy> @SoCalBookReviews on 02-21-18

Another story ruined by negative stigmas...

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

Reviewed: 05-07-19

There were one or two pronunciation errors that were easily overlooked, and the only one that really sticks in my head is the mispronunciation of labret when discussing piercings.

The huge problem with this book is the use of the term "Clean" to denote a negative HIV status. Not only does this perpetuate a horrendous stigma, but it also insinuates that people living with HIV are "Dirty" or "Unclean"

Unfortunately, that terrible faux pas ruined an otherwise pleasant story. Hopefully, the author won't continue to enforce negative stigmas and alienate people.

  • Kage Unleashed

  • By: Maris Black
  • Narrated by: J. F. Harding
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 854
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 802
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798

In a battle of the heart, who will be the first to submit? My name is Jamie Atwood, and I am an idiot. Against all odds, I got the attention of Michael Kage, the hottest MMA fighter on the planet. To say he rocked my world would be an understatement. He transformed me completely, made me depend on him, and made me love him. And the sex? Let me put it this way: I'd never been with a guy before I met Kage, but I'd gladly spend the rest of my life on my knees for him. He is my obsession and my addiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Trilogy and Great Narration!

  • By Cyndi Marie on 12-18-16

Another story ruined by negative stigmas

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

Reviewed: 04-24-19

I really enjoyed the 1st book in this series, and was excited to start the 2nd. That was, until the author used "Clean" to denote their negative HIV status, which only serves to perpetuate a negative stigma on people living with HIV.
Inferring that people are "Dirty" because they have an STI is a blatant slap in the face, and continuing to use this stereotype shows a severe lack of empathy and intelligence.