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  • Beach Reading

  • Beach Reading, Book 1
  • By: Mark Abramson
  • Narrated by: Roy Wells
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

Gay tourists are arriving in San Francisco by the planeload for the party of the decade at the Moscone Center, a tribute to a late disco star. On the same night as the dance festival, an infamous evangelist plans to bring his nationwide crusade against gay rights to the Civic Auditorium a few blocks away. Tim Snow finds himself caught in the middle when his activist friends plan a protest. For Tim, the fun and the intrigue are about to begin.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The narrator was AWFUL! I didn't finish it

  • By Sugarpucker on 09-10-14

Beach Reading: Book 1 (Serial Killer Mystery)

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

Reviewed: 11-18-16

Where does Beach Reading rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I really enjoy the investigations of murder mysteries. This story surprised me because it was so interesting. It does have some paranormal aspects.

What did you like best about this story?

Naturally the progression of the investigation and the main character's growing confidence.

What does Roy Wells bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I did not enjoy the narrator as much as I have in other books but it was a passable narration.

If you could take any character from Beach Reading out to dinner, who would it be and why?

The main character's aunt.

  • The Sculptress

  • By: Minette Walters
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

Everyone knows Olive Martin, the huge and menacing woman who was found five years ago with the carved-up bodies of her mother and younger sister. Everyone knows how she pleaded guilty to murder at her trial. And everyone knows not to anger the Sculptress even now that she is safely locked in prison for a minimum of 25 years.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, poor narration

  • By Kathy on 05-09-13

Sculptress

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

Reviewed: 09-18-15

What made the experience of listening to The Sculptress the most enjoyable?

I think the narrator was great, but the story was riveting to me.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, it did. There were two mysteries going on at the same time, the old mystery and the new one created by the writer.

Which scene was your favorite?

Hard to say, the love story was lovely. But several scenes from the investigation and subsequent reveal were also.

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

A different kind of locked room mystery.

Any additional comments?

This is a kind of timeless mystery that still leaves you wondering. I really like this author's work.

  • Cards on the Table

  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

Fifty years ago, a glamorous Hollywood party ended in murder - the only clue a bloody Tarot card. Timothy North is trying to find out what happened that long ago summer's night, but when a Tarot card turns up pinned to his front door, the only person Tim can turn to for help is his ex-lover, Detective Jack Brady.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vintage Lanyon

  • By Kathleen on 01-07-15

Cards on the Table by Josh Lanyon

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

Reviewed: 11-25-14

Would you listen to Cards on the Table again? Why?

Yes, I already have listened to it a couple of times. It is one of my favorite short stories by Josh Lanyon. I really enjoy his work, and I think this is one of his best.

What did you like best about this story?

There are really two things. First is the mystery and how it gets solved and the second is the relationship.

What does Sean Crisden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Yes, I think it does. I am partial to audio books over reading but I have read this book so many times I have practically memorized it. Hearing it in audio is really a treat.

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

It made me laugh and feel sad at certain points. However, the fact that there is always hope that makes the book fun and interesting.

Any additional comments?

Josh Lanyon is one of my favorite authors so I am very biased about his work, that said, I really did enjoy this book in the audio format.

  • Criss Cross

  • PsyCop, Book 2
  • By: Jordan Castillo Price
  • Narrated by: Gomez Pugh
  • Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463

Criss Cross finds the ghosts surrounding Victor getting awfully pushy. The medications that Victor usually takes to control his abilities are threatening to destroy his liver, and his new meds aren't any more effective than sugar pills. Vic is also adjusting to a new PsyCop partner, a mild-mannered guy named Roger with all the personality of white bread. At least he's willing to spring for the Starbucks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book and this series!

  • By IslandWriter on 11-15-14

Criss Cross: PsyCop, Book2

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

Reviewed: 11-25-14

Where does Criss Cross rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is very good. I think in a lot of ways asking this question is trying to compare apples and oranges. I love the book and the author. It is a very good audio of the book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Criss Cross?

When Victor's body gets taken over by the ghost of his old doctor so that the doctor and help him put Roger out so that Vic can escape.

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

Yes, I listened to the first in the series and it was great, also.

If you could rename Criss Cross, what would you call it?

I don't know, it kind of describes part of it. The problem with his partner, Roger really gets caught up in the mess with the Criss Cross Killer.

Any additional comments?

I love the PsyCop series and am so glad they are being put on audio.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Among the Living

  • PsyCop, Book 1
  • By: Jordan Castillo Price
  • Narrated by: Gomez Pugh
  • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639

Victor Bayne, the psychic half a PsyCop team, is a gay medium who's more concerned with flying under the radar than in making waves. He hooks up with handsome Jacob Marks, a non-psychic (or "Stiff") from an adjacent precinct at his ex-partner's retirement party, and it seems like his dubious luck has taken a turn for the better. But then a serial killer surfaces who can change his appearance to match any witness' idea of the world's hottest guy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect narrator for one of my favorite books!

  • By Jesi Lea Ryan on 08-17-14

Among the Living@ PsyCop, Book 1

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

Reviewed: 11-25-14

Where does Among the Living rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is right up there with the rest of the books I have listened to.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Among the Living?

I think when Victor zaps the succubus. He gets his bearings and goes all cop!

What does Gomez Pugh bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think he brings an understanding of Victor's lameness and Jacob's finesse. It is so clear in the audiobook.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but life interferes a lot. It is one I re-read and listen to so I can get the feel again if I have to leave it.

Any additional comments?

The Psycop Series of Jordan Castillo Price is one of my favorite series and I am so glad they are coming out on audio.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Going Up

  • By: Amy Lane
  • Narrated by: Paul Woodson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 143

Every dreary day, Zach Driscoll takes the elevator from the penthouse apartment of his father's building to his coldly charmed life where being a union lawyer instead of a corporate lawyer is an act of rebellion. Every day, that is, until the day the elevator breaks and Sean Mallory practically runs into his arms. Substitute teacher Sean Mallory is everything Zach is not - poor, happy, and goofily charming. With a disarming smile and a penchant for drama, Sean laughs his way into Zach's heart one elevator ride at a time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Going Up

  • By Murphy Irene on 04-08-14

Going Up

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

Reviewed: 04-08-14

Would you listen to Going Up again? Why?

Yes, it was a fun and happy book. It had a Happy Ever After ending that I like.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The lead character and his love interest.

What does Paul Woodson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The enthusiasm for life and change. The fun of learning how to be a friend and lover.

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

Learning to live.

Any additional comments?

This was a really fun book and I have listened to it several times.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Isle of Wishes

  • By: Sue Brown
  • Narrated by: Max Lehnen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

After a whirlwind vacation on the Isle of Wight, where he found the love of his life, Sam Owens sends Liam Marshall home to Michigan to tie up loose ends so they can be together forever. When all communication with Liam goes silent, Sam worries. Fearing the worst, he enlists the help of his brother, British Metropolitan police officer Paul Owens, to help him find Liam and get him back safely in time for their wedding. Paul has little difficulty digging into this mystery across the pond. Paul is also good-looking and openly bisexual, all of which adds to the dismay of Wisconsin Detective Olaf Skandik.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Isle of Wishes

  • By Murphy Irene on 04-08-14

Isle of Wishes

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

Reviewed: 04-08-14

Would you try another book from Sue Brown and/or Max Lehnen?

I don't know. I buy romance because I want a happy ever after. Real life is a lot harder to find HEA.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

If the couple had developed a plan of action to make a HEA.

Which character – as performed by Max Lehnen – was your favorite?

Both of the lead characters were sweet.

Did Isle of Wishes inspire you to do anything?

No

Any additional comments?

I don't like to do spoilers but maybe does not appeal to me and I wish they would let you know that when the book is described.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Deadly Wrong

  • By: Victor J. Banis
  • Narrated by: Guy Veryzer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

The police say "involuntary manslaughter" but a tragic accident turns out instead to be murder, plain and simple. And San Francisco Homicide Inspector Stanley Korski, on leave from the force and his unrequited love for fellow detective Tom Danzel, walks right into a murderer's web of treachery. Wrong, Stanley. Deadly wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deadly Wrong

  • By Murphy Irene on 06-02-13

Deadly Wrong

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

Reviewed: 06-02-13

Where does Deadly Wrong rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is the second in Victor Banis' Deadly series and it is one of my favorites of his. It makes up for the ending on Deadly Nightshade and continues the series. I don't do spoilers but it is fun and Stanley is a hoot in it. Also, this vocal performance is much more in line with the characters. While I love the book Deadly Nightshade I did not particularly like the narrator. This really enjoyed this narrator and would highly recommend the book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Stanley

What about Guy Veryzer’s performance did you like?

I truly enjoyed it.

If you could rename Deadly Wrong, what would you call it?

Couldn't

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Somebody Killed His Editor

  • Holmes & Moriarity, Book 1
  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 622
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 582
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 579

Thanks to an elderly spinster sleuth and her ingenious cat, Christopher Holmes has enjoyed a celebrated career as a bestselling mystery writer. Until now. Sales are down and his new editor is allergic to geriatric gumshoes. On the advice of his agent, he reinvents his fortyish, frumpy, recently dumped self into the sleek, sexy image of a literary lion, and heads for a Northern California writers conference to try and resurrect his career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Somebody Killed His Editor

  • By Murphy Irene on 02-04-13

Somebody Killed His Editor

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

Reviewed: 02-04-13

What did you love best about Somebody Killed His Editor?

I love comic mysteries. This narrator was really able to bring out the comic elements and still make the characters real.

What did you like best about this story?

I really enjoy series. I liked the fact that this was the start of a comic mystery series.

Which scene was your favorite?

The beginning of the book when the MC when fighting for his life on the bridge. It was funny and scary at the same time.

If you could rename Somebody Killed His Editor, what would you call it?

How Kit and JX restarted

Any additional comments?

I always like anything Josh Lanyon does, but this narrator really brought out the best in this book and made me laugh throughout the whole thing which I did not do when I read it. I smiled a lot but did not laugh out loud like I did with this narrator.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Talker

  • By: Amy Lane
  • Narrated by: David Kaplan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 111

Tate "Talker" Walker has spent most of his life hiding his scars under a bright punk facade, and until he sat next to Brian Cooper on a bus, it worked. But Brian has spent his whole life being the invisible man, and he's used to looking below the surface. What he sees in Talker is a fragile and lovable human being. Brian is outwardly straight, but Talker is desperate for love, and when Talker's behavior leads to some painful consequences, Brian is forced to come out of his closet—in dramatic fashion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good High School Gay Story

  • By N. Houghton on 04-09-12

Talker

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

Reviewed: 02-04-13

Would you listen to Talker again? Why?

I really enjoyed this book. It will be one of my re-reads/relistens.

What did you like best about this story?

I always enjoy books that shows how folks learn to communicate with each other.

What about David Kaplan’s performance did you like?

You really felt what the characters were feeling. He did a great job.

Who was the most memorable character of Talker and why?

I liked both MC's, they were both struggling with growing up and loving.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoy all of Amy Lane's books.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful