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Muttering Beduwen

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  • A Kind of Romance

  • By: Lane Hayes
  • Narrated by: Seth Clayton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216

Zeke Gulden is a ruthless Wall Street exec. His hard-edged, no-nonsense attitude has served him well in the cutthroat business world, but less so in his personal life. When he finds out his ex-boyfriend cheated on him with a coworker, Zeke can't let go until he finds a way to get even. However, his meddlesome father has other ideas. The new hire at the family-owned bagel store is somewhat colorful, but his dad is sure he's the perfect man for Zeke.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No great accents, but great story

  • By Morgan A Skye on 10-16-16

quality gay romance for once

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

Reviewed: 11-09-16

This book was such a pleasant surprise I found myself relating to both of the main characters the book was funny and had me laughing out loud at more than one point which for me is quite rare. I really liked the fact both characters were already out of the closet and both characters had flaws. I have not read the first book in the series but because of how much I enjoyed this one I will be going back and listening to it. This is the kind of writing we need more of in LGBT fiction real characters real depth and relatability. The narration was simply fantastic

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • SPQR XIII: The Year of Confusion

  • By: John Maddox Roberts
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

Caius Julius Caesar, now Dictator of Rome, has decided to revise the Roman calendar, which has become out of sync with the seasons. As if this weren’t already an unpopular move, Caesar has brought in astronomers and astrologers from abroad, including Egyptians, Greeks, Indians, and Persians. Decius is appointed to oversee this project, which he knows rankles the Roman public: "To be told by a pack of Chaldeans and Egyptians how to conduct their duties towards the gods was intolerable."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • please sir, i want some more

  • By mcmouse on 05-16-16

a great end to a very fun ride

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

Reviewed: 11-09-16

This is actually review for the entire series, I read all books in the series back to back because they were just that good. Decius is smart funny loves to eat and drink and is very tongue and cheek. The Mysteries in this series always fun and the great way to learn about ancient Rome. These books are a great way to learn about the latter years of the Roman Republic which I have always found to be a bit confusing. You get to see these characters that most of us have read about in history classes like Caesar and Pompey and Cicero as people not just dried names on a page. You also get to see some of their flaws as well as their achievements. This is one of the best series I've read in a very long time and it comes highly recommended.

I normally hate books that change narrators part way through series but for some reason I gave this series a pass i chalk that up to exceptional writing because regardless of narrator the humor and sarcasm which I love comes through loud and clear.

  • The Bushes

  • Portrait of a Dynasty
  • By: Peter Schweizer, Rochelle Schweizer
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean, Rochelle Schweizer
  • Length: 23 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

President George W. Bush leads our nation in a time of unprecedented peril. But how well do we really know him or his remarkable family, whose history often mirrors the history of America? Now, in the first full-scale biography of the Bushes, Peter and Rochelle Schweizer trace the extraordinary trajectory of their rise to power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Solid!

  • By Laura Thomas on 03-30-16

An interesting snapshot

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

Reviewed: 05-20-15

The Bushes: Portrait of a Dynasty is a book that got clearance from those mentioned that’s clear but the book does provide insight into a family has played a role in American public life for over 50 years. The authors make clear that what drives the family forward is loyalty and interpersonal relationships, this helps one understand statements and situations that may on the face of it may seem inexplicable that is the big takeaway here. While the book has bias, I would not put it on the level of hagiography

Robertson Dean kept my interest throughout and gave a solid performance

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dangerous Ground

  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Adrian Bisson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 126

Special Agents for the Department of Diplomatic Security, Taylor MacAllister and Will Brandt have been partners and best friends for three years, but everything changed the night Taylor admitted the truth about his feelings for Will. But it's complicated... Taylor agreed to a camping trip in the High Sierras - despite the fact that he hates camping - because Will wants a chance to save their partnership.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, great narration

  • By KC on 11-21-13

Skip this, and Lanyon altogether

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

Reviewed: 12-04-13

I have tried, tried and tried to like Josh Lanyon given the almost universal praise I see for his books everywhere. I have read 3 of his books and failed to like any of them. The people in his books seem so boilerplate, lack any real personality and defiantly seem to be part of a formula,that goes like this; take 2 jaded guys you know are attracted to each other make one considered how becoming romantically involved through in a mystery and a couple close calls and presto they fall in love and Lanyon turns out anther piece of gay detective fiction that gets a lot of buzz because he bothers to have any plot rather then just a love story. I have said it before I will say it again. If Lnyon's protagonist were straight his books would quickly end up in a bargain bin and be forgotten and rightly so.

the narration was perfectly forgettable, like the rest of the book

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today

  • By: Thomas E. Ricks
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 15 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457

A widening gulf between performance and accountability has caused history to be kinder to the American generals of World War II than to those of later wars. In The Generals we meet leaders from World War II to the present who rose to the occasion - and those who failed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Provocative

  • By Jean on 04-30-15

Good overview but pushes one pont of view too much

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

Reviewed: 01-03-13

The Generals does a good job of summing key army generals of the past 75 years. Thee sections pre Gulf War seem well researched. Where I begin to question the book is during the 1991 Gulf War and after. The sources used are a bit too close to the issues under discussion to be objective. Add to that the idea of armchair generalship when people like Spyder Marks and Barry Mcafree are quoted who seem to revel in critiquing wars on major networks; this section must be taken a large grain of salt. That being said the book seems to be a good starting point for further investigation

The Author pushes the idea of command relief throughout the book. While, a worthy idea it is unrealistic to expect it to be put in place any time soon. The evidence presented does cry out for greater accountability among the general staff.

The Narration is perfectly ordinary but I recommend taking the book in small sections, otherwise one person quickly bleeds into the next

  • Cut and Run

  • By: Abigail Roux, Madeleine Urban
  • Narrated by: Sawyer Allerde
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,100
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 952
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 955

An erotic gay romance, a suspenseful thriller.... A series of murders in New York City has stymied the police and FBI alike, and they suspect the culprit is a single killer sending an indecipherable message. But when the two federal agents assigned to the investigation are taken out, the FBI takes a more personal interest in the case. Special Agent Ty Grady is pulled out of undercover work. He's cocky, abrasive, and indisputably the best at what he does.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunned and surprised.

  • By Zion on 08-05-10

the gift that keeps giving

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

Reviewed: 12-09-12

Cut & Run is unexpected jewel.it features Ty and Zane two veteran FBI agents who have very different ways of solving cases. Ty is all instinct and hunches while Zane is all antithetical and logical. the mystery itself is good but at its core this is a book about two people and what happens between them. The authors have a way of making Ty and /Zane seem real. one thing i do like is that both are flawed. Too often in books about two people one is portrayed as a paragon, that is certainly not the case here. I also enjoyed the fact that both men know who they are. Sure their is as element of is he really into me, but both men know themselves. one other thing of note is the humor very few series can make laugh out loud like this one can.

the narration is near perfect for this kind of book and i wish he had stayed around to narrate the rest of the series. I don't find that Sean Criden is nearly as engaging. (he reads books 3 and 4)

In short the series has become an auto buy for me even though dreamspiiner press has stopped releasing the series in audio, it continues in ebook or paperback. take note that Abigail Roux took over sole authorship in 2012.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fatal Shadows

  • The Adrien English Mysteries
  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Chris Patton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 731
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 689

Someone's out to get Los Angeles bookseller Adrien English. His best friend has been viciously murdered, now he's getting weird phone calls and sinister gifts from a mysterious "admirer." The cops think he's trying to divert suspicion from himself - with the exception of sexy and homophobic homicide detective Jake Riordan. Is Riordan really such a great detective - or does he have a few secrets of his own? Is his offer to help Adrien on the level or is he out to nail his favorite suspect - to the wall?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Mystery, Well Read

  • By Tony Squared on 11-26-12

Why all the hype?

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

Reviewed: 11-25-12

I had high hopes for this book given reviews i had read elsewhere. Sadly for me the book just fell flat for me. the mystery was very much run of the mill, almost caned and picked off a shelf. i felt a distinct lack of empathy for the people in the book. I didn't actively dislike any just could not relate to them on an emotional level perhaps It's just a mark of the noir vibe the author was going for but I detected a note of smugness through out the work like Lanyon was toying with reader it felt at some points like he was trying to give a lecture in detective fiction. after thinking about it, much of the praise for the comes from the fact the protagonist is gay and not for the quality of the work itself;

the narration like the rest if the book is nothing memorable

3 of 10 people found this review helpful

Where He Ends and I Begin audiobook cover art
  • Where He Ends and I Begin

  • Home Series
  • By: Cardeno C.
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 151

Jake Owens, aggressive, physical, blunt and brave, is a football hero turned city cop. Nate Richardson, his best friend since before forever, is thoughtful, quiet, and kind, a brilliant doctor who has always known who he is and that Jake is the love of his life - and loyal, courageous, straight Jake has never had a clue. But Jake has been nursing his own case of the unrequiteds, and he’s never been as straight as Nate assumes. Nate may think their passionate explosion is a fluke, a result of too much closeness for too long, but Jake is bound and determined to prove to him otherwise.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable, yet enjoyable...

  • By Donald on 11-12-12

Cardeno C makes me long for a rent button

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

Reviewed: 10-22-12

OK we all love a guilty pleasure. my expectations for this book were relatively low and by the end i wish they had been lower by the end. The people have no real depth show no real growth and live in fairy tale land. Jake and Nate have known each other their whole lives and known they have loved each other just never admitted it to each other they are so perfect, if you think about it too hard the reader may gag. The only redeeming quality are what I'm going to dub the "love scenes" they are hot, but as far as a piece of literature it is just awful

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Caught Running

  • By: Madeleine Urban, Abigail Roux
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gelder
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 269
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255

Ten years after graduation, Jake "the jock" Campbell and Brandon "the nerd" Bartlett are teaching at their old high school and still living in separate worlds. When Brandon is thrown into a coaching job on Jake's baseball team, they find themselves learning more about each other than they'd ever expected. High school is all about image - even for the teachers. Brandon and Jake have to get past their preconceived notions to find the friendship needed to work together.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good and Bad

  • By Kimberly on 03-06-13

early work lacks later polish

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

Reviewed: 10-13-12

Like many I fell in love with Urban and Roux thanks to the cut and run series. This work feels like a High School attempt at a novel. They use stereo types as the basis for their characters and as result they have no depth. Roux in particular has since developed a biting wit and sarcasm that makes me laugh out loud. This trait has become even more apparent in her solo work. Unfortunately this work shows none of that.
The narration is like the rest of the work is completely forgettable.
The book is ok just not memorable in any way and i will most likely forget I own it a year from now

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Kingdom

  • Arabia & The House of Sa'ud
  • By: Robert Lacey
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 22 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

The Kingdom is the story of a country - a country of astonishing contrasts, where routine computer printouts open with the words “In the name of God,” where men who grew up in goat-hair tents now dominate the money markets of the world, and where murderers and adulterers are publicly executed in the street. By its own reckoning, this country is just entering the 15th century. The Kingdom is also the story of a family - a family that has fought its way from poverty and obscurity into wealth and power.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A solid effort

  • By Muttering Beduwen on 10-10-12

A solid effort

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

Reviewed: 10-10-12

Writing this review is very hard. I lived in Saudi Arabia for 10 years and was eager to read the sections on Abdual Aziaz early conquest of the kingdom and the dealings with I'quan, especially since the later topic was almost a taboo topic among the generation of Saudis old enough to remember them The book also does a good job at explaining the pivital role played the late king Fisal, love him or hate him he is critical to any history of the kingdom.

The problems with the book are two fold.the first is with the text, it almost too detailed. the names often run together even though I knew the major players I found myself rewinding and having trouble keeping track of who was being talked about. the second problem is the narration Fredrick Davidson reads in a dry laconic style which with a book this long it can become dull to listen for long periods.

While the the book was good and informative I find it hard to recommend the book to wide audience given the esoteric nature of the topic but for those interested in the kingdom this book is full of good tidbits and follows a logical pattern but for those looking for an introduction I recommend Lacy's 2009 follow up to this book inside the kingdom

3 of 4 people found this review helpful