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  • Jackdaw

  • By: K. J. Charles
  • Narrated by: Cornell Collins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

Jonah Pastern is a magician, a liar, a windwalker, a professional thief...and for six months, he was the love of police constable Ben Spenser's life. His betrayal left Ben jailed, ruined, alone, and looking for revenge. Ben is determined to make Jonah pay. But he can't seem to forget what they once shared, and Jonah refuses to let him. Soon Ben is entangled in Jonah's chaotic existence all over again, and they're running together - from the police, the justiciary, and some dangerous people with a lethal grudge against them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fly me to the moon

  • By VHB on 01-31-18

Gorgeous book, beautiful narration

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

Reviewed: 02-21-19

Possibly my favorite KJC book. It doesn't matter how often I read or listen (and I adore listening) to this book, I am always finding new things to love. The scene in the bar at the end is masterful and so very funny. The only other single scene I've enjoyed so much is in A Gentleman's Position when everyone plays out David's plans. I am always brought to happy tears by the end of this book as well.

Audio: I love this narrator, I love how distinct his voices are, and the emotion he puts into his portrayal. Plus, he has a wonderful voice. I admit his choices are some times questionable, but I'm also assuming he was either given no direction for the voices or given bad direction.

  • Brandon Mills versus the V-Card

  • Prescott College, Book 2
  • By: J.A. Rock, Lisa Henry
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

When Alex and Brandon are drafted onto the Phi Sig Academic Challenge team, they start spending time together. But as the competition - and their relationship - heats up, Alex’s determination not to die a virgin clashes with Brandon’s vow of lifelong celibacy, forcing them to examine what’s truly important to each of them about love.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • so funny

  • By trish on 06-23-18

Leslie's narration is next level

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

I loved this book when I read it, but Joel Leslie brought this book to life for me. This may be his best narration of all those I've listened to.

Alex is adorable and sweet and everything you'd expect from a kid who grew up surrounded by love. I believe cinnamon roll definitely applies. Brandon, he breaks my heart, and I spent the whole book wanting to make things better for him. This is a difficult book as Brandon was sexually assaulted by a teacher as a twelve year old and the affects of that have completely and understandably taken over his life. But they find each other and make each other's lives so much better. This is not a "love fixes everything" story though, it is a story that shows how the love of those around you can give you the desire and courage to fight for yourself. I was teary at many points.

Plus all the fun characters from Mark Cooper vs. America are present and they are too loveable to not want to spend more time with them.

An absolute win for me in all the ways.

  • Off the Ice

  • Hat Trick, Book 1
  • By: Avon Gale, Piper Vaughn
  • Narrated by: Kirt Graves
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

Despite a flourishing career as a defenseman for the Atlanta Venom, Tristan Holt knows he can’t play hockey forever. One day he’ll retire and finish his business degree. But he doesn’t count on a very inappropriate attraction to his standoffish sociology professor, Sebastian Cruz. Sebastian has his sights set on tenure, and he can’t afford to be distracted, especially not by a sexy student with a body straight out of Sebastian’s dreams. No matter how much Tristan tempts him, that’s one line Sebastian won’t cross. At least, not until summer classes end.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quick Spicy Sports Rom Read With Some Complexity

  • By Sophia Rose on 05-30-18

The hockey was fun and I liked the narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

2.5 stars for the story, r/u to 3 because I liked the narrator.

This was extremely meh to me. They started out sounding like teenagers and Sebastian is in his 30s! I could maybe give the age thing to Tristan because elite athletes are not expected or encouraged to grow up, ever, but not to a 30+ y/o professor. Beyond that they took so many risks it was ridiculous. I don't watch pro sports other than it being on when I'm around and I know tons if players and details about their lives. This acts like well-known players can do anything they want in public and no one is going to notice. Yeah, no. Other discrepancies in reality bugged me as well.

Ironically, the one thing I did like about this was it made me understand the excitement of hockey, a sport I'm extremely dismissive of because of the fighting that used to be standard. I realize that has changed, but it still bugs me that it was condoned. But this made me ask if we had a minor league team we could go watch because it actually sounded like fun.

So, romance ... 2? Hockey ... 4. Narrator ... 4.

  • The Gods of Guilt

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,678

Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • God of Scribe

  • By Big jim Picotto on 03-12-15

Forgot how much I enjoy Connelly

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

It's been awhile since I've read a Connelly book and I forgot what I was missing. Great story, good mystery, and it was nice to see where Mickey Haller was in life. I like that Connelly neither crowns or destroys either side, law enforcement or defense attorneys, but shows both their sides. People aren't pillars either way, it's nice to read the reality.

Audio: I really enjoyed this narrator, he had a very good range of voices and he read with a great emotional tone. I hope he reads more of these, more books in general, because I would enjoy listening to them.

  • Damaged Like Us

  • By: Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese, J. F. Harding
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 932
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 878
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 877

Maximoff Hale is a force of nature. A ship unwilling to be steered. Headstrong, resilient, and wholly responsible - the 22-year-old alpha billionaire can handle his unconventional life. Born into one of the most famous families in the country, his celebrity status began at birth. He is certified American royalty. When he's assigned a new 24/7 bodyguard, he comes face-to-face with the worst case scenario: being attached to the tattooed, MMA-trained, Yale graduate who's known for "going rogue" in the security team - and who fills 1/3 of Maximoff's sexual fantasies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The narration really did the story justice!

  • By Christy Baldwin BBU on 09-30-17

One of the most ridiculous & inaccurate books ever

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

If it wasn't for the narration I doubt I would have finished this. Everyone is beyond perfect, beyond beautiful, beyond intelligent, beyond caring, beyond outstanding in everything they do, they are beyond beyond. I spent most of the time trying not to laugh at it all. The "if you do something to this family member I'm going to maim/kill you" asides were ridiculous. Normally books like this get chucked into the "not in a million lifetimes" pile immediately, but the quality of the narrators and the way they totally bought into the ridiculous amused me more than it annoyed me. I might even keep listening to the other books, if they have the same narrators.

I'll definitely be looking for more from both of the narrators.

  • Femme

  • By: Marshall Thornton
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

Queeny cocktail waiter Lionel wakes up to find himself in bed with Dog, a straight-acting softball player, and the two embark on a rocky road to romance. A journey that requires coming out of the closet, going into the closet, a pair of red high heels, many pairs of red high heels, a failed intervention, a couple of aborted dates, and homemade pom-poms. Mostly, Lionel and Dog learn what it means to be a man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Heels, Better Romance...

  • By HZ on 07-02-17

The narration made this great

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

I loved Lionel and Dog, they were such sweet characters overall, that it would be difficult not to love them. I don't think I would have put up with some of what Dog pulled though. Once, maybe? The second time, no. But overall I enjoyed their story and the ending was everything I hoped it might be. There are some editing issues, including incorrect names used for a secondary character, which is really unfortunate. I have the feeling some people will be bothered by some of the language used, and it also felt like it dated the book somewhat, as in it had a different era vibe to me in a lot of ways even if the tech was current.
Overall, a good read, that points out the importance of communication, without being a "big misunderstanding" and without hammering you over the head. I look forward to reading more by this author.

Audio: This is a case where the narrator took a very good story and made it great. Leslie caught both Lionel's and Dog's voices perfectly. He made me live the characters and their story even more. Fantastic.

  • Heart of the Steal

  • By: Roan Parrish, Avon Gale
  • Narrated by: Iggy Toma, Kirt Graves
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Responsible, disciplined William Fox channeled his love for art and his faith in the rules into being an FBI Art Crimes agent. Right and wrong, justice and injustice - the differences are clear, and Will has spent his career drawing a line between them. Maybe his convictions have cost him relationships, but he’s not willing to compromise what he knows is right. Until the night he meets Amory Vaughn. As the head of his family’s philanthropic foundation, Vaughn knows very well that being rich and powerful can get him almost anything he wants. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The beginning made me stop.

  • By Anonymous User on 12-02-18

Never thought I'd say this

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

But Iggy Toma was the weaker narrator for me on this. Kirt Graves kept Amory's accent consistently, and did it better. Sadly the more emotional chapters were done by Toma. It was still good, but this didn't need two narrators (something else I never thought I'd say) and I would have given it five stars if Graves had been the sole narrator. I will be looking for more of Graves' work.

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  • Mark Cooper Versus America

  • Prescott College, Book 1
  • By: Lisa Henry, J. A. Rock
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

Mark Cooper is angry, homesick, and about to take his stepdad's dubious advice and rush Prescott College's biggest party fraternity, Alpha Delta Phi. Greek life is as foreign to Aussie transplant Mark as Pennsylvania's snowstorms and bear sightings. Studious Deacon Holt is disappointed to learn Mark's pledging Alpha Delt, his fraternity Phi Sigma Kappa's sworn enemy. Mark is too beautiful for Deacon to pass up an invitation for sex, but beyond sex, Deacon's not sure. He wants a relationship, but a difficult family situation prevents him from pursuing anything beyond his studies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh out loud

  • By Reeverse on 02-17-18

Read it and then listen!

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

I've loved this book from the start, Mark is an adorable "angry bunny" and Deacon is exactly what he needs. Like so many of Rock's and Henry's collaborations this manages to be all the things, sweet as honey, funny as Hell, and hot AF. I will be re-reading or re-listening to this for all time.

Audio: Amazing. I don't always love Leslie's narrations but he was absolutely spot on with this one. His voice for Mark was fantastic and he managed to make a somewhat large cast of secondary characters distinct. Well done.

  • Alpha

  • Tamed & Trained Series, Book 2
  • By: R. Phoenix, M.A. Innes
  • Narrated by: JJ Jenness
  • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Zain was just a dog walker. It was an unconventional job for a werewolf, even a brand new one, but he liked dogs and they liked him. It only seemed to make sense... right up until the point a vampire called him in to take care of his human pup. When his life collided with Liam and Caleb's, none of them were prepared for the directions it could take. Especially Zain. But between the sexy pup and the vampire's creativity, the power struggles pitting dominance against submission - and acceptance - the two might be too intriguing to just walk away from.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • love the direction this series in going in

  • By Shannon on 09-17-18

It was okay

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

2.5 stars. I was given the audio without expectation of a review.

The story was okay, although more editing is needed. I like how they became three, and how Zain smooths everything out between Caleb and Liam.

The audio. Well ... the narrator cannot and should not try to do accents. His voice for Liam made me think of Schwarzenegger in the early 80s films he's done, it was bad. He did well with other voices, but, as I never read this I don't know if the sentences are often that short or if it was just his delivery.

Overall, I'd suggest getting the book through KU.

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  • Into the Drowning Deep

  • By: Mira Grant
  • Narrated by: Christine Lakin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 859
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 806
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 801

Seven years ago the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a mockumentary bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a tragedy. Now a new crew has been assembled. But this time they're not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life's work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart, this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Excellent book by Mira Grant

  • By SharonNM on 04-13-18

Good suspense/horror

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

Properly horrifying, but I found the ending a little lacking. I have to admit it is probably appropriate however. Great take on a more likely "reality" of mermaids/sirens. Also managed to make a lot of great points about what mankind has done and is doing to the world without being heavy handed.

Narrator: I don't love the narrator, but she does a decent job with most of the accents. I found the men, unless they spoke with accents, pretty one note, and some of the women a little high pitched for comfort. But overall, it is a good listen.

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