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  • The Home Front: Life in America During World War II

  • By: Audible Original
  • Narrated by: Martin Sheen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,015
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,619

[Contains some explicit content] Narrated by award-winning actor Martin Sheen, The Home Front: Life in America During World War II takes listeners into the lives of Americans at home who supported the war effort and sustained the country during wartime. The war brought immediate, life-changing shifts; from the rationing of butter, to an explosion of war-related jobs, to mixed-signals about the role of women in society. Feel what living in the United States was like for everyday people during this disruptive and uncertain period of American history in the newest Audible Original series. Martha Little is the Executive Producer. Dan Gediman is the Series Producer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent! But incessant breaks with credits along the way.

  • By Bradley Justice on 09-11-17

FABULOUS AND FREE -- THANKS AUDIBLE!

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

Reviewed: 10-02-17

I'd exhaust my list of superlatives in describing this "talking history" of America during WWII. Even if you think you don't like history (those of you who don't, it's why we keep making the same stupid mistakes; Vietnam, Afghanistan etcetera, etcetera) I'd bet you'd like this audiobook. Highly recommended!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Heart's Invisible Furies

  • A Novel
  • By: John Boyne
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 21 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,662
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,490

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery - or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding. A Must listen.

  • By Keith G on 09-04-17

A WORK OF LITERARY GENIUS

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

Reviewed: 09-08-17

There are so many things about this novel that made me love it. First, it is indeed a saga; the audiobook runs for slightly over twenty-one hours without a dull moment. Next, the author’s strong, fully-developed characters, and direct, honest narrative make this a powerful, unforgettable story about post WWII Ireland. Another interesting aspect is the story unfolds in seven-year increments; e.g., 1945 to 1952 to 1959, etc. (I’ve my thoughts on why the author did this, but I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.)

I purchase three to five MM audiobooks monthly, and I’ve grown tired of the same ol’ same ol’ poorly edited, unimaginative, predictable gay romance tales that are dumped into the MM market by the truckload. The Heart’s Invisible Furies is tagged as contemporary fiction. I expected a mainstream novel. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that several characters as well as the MC, Cyril, are gay. It’s about time that MM fiction doesn’t include a “Gay or LGBTQ” warning label. The love scenes are behind closed doors; i.e., this is not MM erotica.

The summary tells you all you need to know about the plot, and I’ll not provide spoilers by giving you my synopsis of this beautifully written work of literary genius. The narration is fabulous from beginning to end. The characters, plot and subplots will capture your attention and keep you listening. A Heart’s Invisible Furies will make you smile, laugh, and weep; the dogma priests inflicted upon the Irish will disgust you.

The novel has a bittersweet but heartwarming conclusion. I know, I know … such sounds unlikely, but the author pulls it off magnificently.

The Heart’s Invisible Furies will go down as one of my all-time favorite novels, and has earned a permanent spot in my iPod so I can listen to it again, and again, and again. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting an MM saga that breaks away from the angst-ridden romantic canons of MM fiction; hey, gay couples are more than just the bedroom. Bravo John Boyne!

20 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • You

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,548
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,530

Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: she's gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and sexy beyond his wildest dreams. Joe needs to have her, and he'll stop at nothing to do so. As he begins to insinuate himself into her life - her friendships, her email, her phone - she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom-made for her. So when her boyfriend, Benji, mysteriously disappears, Beck and Joe fall into a tumultuous affair. But there's more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. This. Book.

  • By Em on 07-17-15

Yawn.

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

Reviewed: 07-21-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The narrator's performance was blasé at best.

What could Caroline Kepnes have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

She could've tried to make the main characters just a little likable. Both of the MC's were too odd for words, and therefore unbelievable. My greatest problem with this novel was it's predictability; I knew about a quarter of the way through the book that the main male character was going to kill both of the main female character's boyfriends, and then the main male character would kill the main female character. A better ending would've eliminated both of them.

Would you be willing to try another one of Santino Fontana’s performances?

No.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from You?

The ridiculous scenes set in the "cage" in the bookstore's basement.

Any additional comments?

This was an Audible "editor's choice" selection? Maybe the editors' rejects might give listeners better selections.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Housekeeping

  • By: Kim Fielding
  • Narrated by: K.C. Kelly
  • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 103

When Nicky Hauser walks in on his restaurant-owner boyfriend having sex with a waiter, Nicky loses his lover, his job, and his home all in one night. Although he’s nearly thirty, he’s never settled on a true career, and he has nothing to show for his years with Tom. Depressed and unable to find work, Nicky ends up couch-surfing with friends until he lands a house-sitting gig for a wealthy family.When Nicky’s clients discover that he loves to clean, demand for his services skyrockets.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A nice listen but not my favorite Kim Fielding

  • By Heather on 12-31-14

A Sugar-Free Love Story!

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

Reviewed: 12-06-14

What made the experience of listening to Housekeeping the most enjoyable?

The non schmyrpy writing--clear, clean and quick.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I enjoyed all the characters in this story, with the exception of that "ass-face" Tom.

What does K.C. Kelly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A wonderful voice and great oral interpretations.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Better than a Dyson!

Any additional comments?

"Housekeeping" will be one of my favorite novels of 2014. Highly recommended listening/reading.

  • Take

  • Temptation Series, Book 2
  • By: Ella Frank
  • Narrated by: Shannon Gunn
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 909
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 861
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 860

Take – verb: to reach for and hold in one’s hands or get into one’s possession, power or control. Logan Mitchell is a man who’s always been more than happy to take what he wants. It’s a philosophy that’s proven lucrative in both his business and personal life, and never was it more apparent than the night he laid eyes on Tate Morrison. After pulling out all the stops and convincing the sexy bartender to give him a try - he’s hooked.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • TEMPTATION SERIES: TRY - - TAKE - - & - - TRUST

  • By James on 06-20-15

As Great as Book 1!

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

Reviewed: 10-26-14

What made the experience of listening to Take the most enjoyable?

Several things: the writing, the story, the narration, and the characters.

What other book might you compare Take to and why?

Lee James' "Errors and Omissions: both are on the noir side, both have handsome, hot and randy main characters who are wrestling with relationships, and both have villains whom you love to hate. Last but certainly not least, both novels are compelling and incredibly well-written.

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

Yes. Shannon Gunn has a voice that's perfect for this series. He makes the characters come to life.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Tate's comebacks to Logan's smart-assed comments and arrogance always made me laugh. I got a little verklempt when Tate's blue-collar parents disowned him after he outed himself. The return of Logan's ex BF and the climax had me on the edge of my seat.

Any additional comments?

"Take" is an outstanding follow-up to "Try." Do not miss this series!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Boystown 6: From The Ashes

  • By: Marshall Thornton
  • Narrated by: Brad Langer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 46

The most unlikely person in the world asks Private Investigator Nick Nowak to investigate the un-suspicious death of a priest. It's winter 1984, Private Investigator Nick Nowak has allowed his life to fall to pieces: he's stopped taking cases, lost his apartment and works as a bartender at a sleazy bar tucked under the El. All he wants to do is lick his wounds after the death of his lover, Detective Bert Harker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Read

  • By BrotherBob on 02-06-19

Thornton Delivers Again!

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

Reviewed: 10-14-14

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

Absolutely.

What other book might you compare Boystown 6: From The Ashes to and why?

Marshall Thornton's Boystown novels are all noir, much like Lee James' "Errors and Omissions."

Which character – as performed by Brad Langer – was your favorite?

In all six novels of the Boystown series, Nick Nowak is my favorite. He's hot, horny, ruggedly handsome, hilariously sarcastic...and did I mention brilliant?

Who was the most memorable character of Boystown 6: From The Ashes and why?

Nick Nowak. Believe I covered the "why" above.

Any additional comments?

Listen to all six novels in the Boystown series.

  • Serenading Stanley

  • By: John Inman
  • Narrated by: Tyler Stevens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 100

Welcome to the Belladonna Arms, a rundown little apartment building perched atop a hill in downtown San Diego, home to the city's lost and lovelorn. Shy archaeology student Stanley Sternbaum has just moved in and fills his time quietly observing his eccentric neighbors, avoiding his hellion mother, and trying his best to go unnoticed... which proves to be a problem when it comes to fellow tenant Roger Jane.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A little too much

  • By Riva on 10-23-14

The Angst Ruined it.

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

Reviewed: 10-14-14

Would you try another book from John Inman and/or Tyler Stevens?

Yes.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The most interesting was the colorful supporting characters, and the humor. The least interesting was the main character, Stanley. His angst had him coming across as too stupid to live.

What about Tyler Stevens’s performance did you like?

You always knew which character was speaking without tag lines.

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

Maybe, but with a different publisher. This could have been a five star novel across the board; doubtless, some readers enjoy angst-ridden tales, but I do not. Maybe Dreamspinner Press needs to do some housecleaning within its editorial staff.

Any additional comments?

No.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Try

  • Temptation Series, Book 1
  • By: Ella Frank
  • Narrated by: Shannon Gunn
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,253

Sex. Logan Mitchell loves it, and ever since he realized his raw sexual appeal at a young age, he has had no problem using it to his advantage. Men and women alike fall into his bed - after all, Logan is not one to discriminate. He lives by one motto - if something interests you, why not just take a chance and try? And he wants to try Tate Morrison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible!

  • By Jenny on 03-31-15

I'll be Buying the Entire Series!

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

Reviewed: 09-24-14

What made the experience of listening to Try the most enjoyable?

The plot, the characters, the love scenes (kowabunga), and the narration.

What did you like best about this story?

Without a doubt, the two main characters: one of whom is a drop-dead gorgeous and "out" lawyer/partner of a prestigious firm, and the other a "straight," drop-dead gorgeous bartender wrestling with his deeply closeted homosexuality. (Contrary to some beliefs, you do not get up one morning and decide you're switching teams.) And the erotica will have you fanning yourself or spanking something...

Which character – as performed by Shannon Gunn – was your favorite?

Both the main characters.

Who was the most memorable character of Try and why?

Again, the two MCs. Their dialogues, anger, arrogance, frustrations and the love that slowly grabs both of them by their balls makes this a memorable listen.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • I Can See for Miles

  • By: Lisa Worrall
  • Narrated by: Chris Patton
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

After a kayaking accident took Josh Donald's sight, he's faced with learning to negotiate the world as a blind man. In short order, his boyfriend leaves him behind, making it clear he's not inclined to deal with special needs. Reeling from the blow, Josh flounders. In an attempt to help, Josh's friends take him to a camp for the blind, where he falls for the camp organizer, Charlie Cooper.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Had some MAJOR issues with this one

  • By Heather on 09-21-14

A Big Sigh!

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

Reviewed: 09-24-14

What did you like best about I Can See for Miles? What did you like least?

Most liked: pity wasn't part of the overall picture. I least liked some of the terminology and practices; e.g., "stick," when "cane," should've been used, and assisting the main character by grabbing his arm/elbow. Most blind people, myself included, abhor being guided that way. Simple physics: when I take your arm, I'm following a half step behind you, but when you take my arm, you're pushing me a half step in front of you. Do you see the problem with that?

If you’ve listened to books by Lisa Worrall before, how does this one compare?

N/A

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

For the most part.

Could you see I Can See for Miles being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No.

Any additional comments?

There are other authors; Andrew Grey being a prime example; who aren't fully familiar with disabilities, and misinform rather than educate non disabled readers. Write what you know, and not what you think you know!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Glen & Tyler's Paris Double-Cross

  • Glen and Tyler, Book 3
  • By: JB Sanders
  • Narrated by: Brian Rollins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

Glen and Tyler are young, in love, and the wealthiest human beings on the planet. But when Glen's brother calls from a jail in Paris - you guessed it - they're off to France to tangle with spies, neo-Nazis, evil world-spanning conspiracies, and French gangsters. Plus they have a romantic dinner, and find long-lost treasure. Really, it's a fun-filled, nonstop romp. In this third installment of the Glen and Tyler series, we meet up with our heroes a couple of years after their Scottish Troubles, a little more world-weary, a little wiser, and no less sarcastic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Wild Romp with Sanders!

  • By BMW on 07-29-14

Another Wild Romp with Sanders!

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

Reviewed: 07-29-14

Would you listen to Glen & Tyler's Paris Double-Cross again? Why?

I rated the first two novels in the series five stars. Paris Double-cross is no exception. You'll find yourself compelled to listen to all three books in the series again and again, due to Sanders' characters, dialogues, narration and plot lines. His wit is so fast and the whimsy so creative I finished Paris Double-cross and immediately went back to the beginning; the same was true for Honeymoon Adventure and Scottish Troubles. (I couldn't run the risk of possibly missing something.)

Who was your favorite character and why?

Of course, the main characters, Glen and Tyler are always my favorites. Then you have Glen and Tyler's bodyguards James and Kevin...hot, hot men. Tyler's grandmother is always armed with a good deal of snark. In Paris Double-cross, even the skinheads and fascist billionaires (redundant, I know) hold your attention.

What about Brian Rollins’s performance did you like?

I love Brian Rollins' incredible range of voices; you always know who's speaking, even when there isn't a tag.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A must-see magical mystery tour.

Any additional comments?

Although it's not necessary, I'd advise buying all three novels in the series and listening to them in order. In doing so, you'll immediately recognize the subtle references.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful