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  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

  • By: Becky Albertalli
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,038
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,752
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,757

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: If he doesn't play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone's business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he's been emailing with, will be compromised.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Crouch should be getting another award

  • By T. N. Taylor on 03-15-18

Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

This is a terrific story. It's full of friendship, family, and lots of heart. It's easy to love Simon and impossible not to feel both his joy and his pain. I appreciate the great characters and the excellent narration. I highly recommend this one and am adding it to my comfort listens. Excellent!

  • Dead Weight

  • Cold Case Psychic, Book 4
  • By: Pandora Pine
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 49

Cold Case Detective Ronan O'Mara is looking forward to starting a new life in his new home, but when a strange house warming gift appears on his doorstep, he has no idea that it marks the start of a series of events that will put his life, and the lives of everyone close to him, in danger. When murders similar to those committed by dead serial killer Rod Jacobson start occurring around Boston, Ronan is certain he has a copycat killer on his hands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great listen!!

  • By Amanda McCoy on 11-20-18

Wonderful in audio!

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

This series is a favorite, and I'm really enjoying being able to listen to it on audio. The performance of this talented narrator makes an amazing story even better. While I especially love how he brings Tennyson to life, I also think he does a great job with all the characters. This story is especially heartbreaking and creepy to me, but it still has the funny moments and sexy interludes I love in the series. While I cried for Mark, Carlie, and Tony, I cheered for Greeley's growth and confidence. Ten, Ronan, and their chosen family are the kind of people I'd love to know. The author has given them so many great stories, and I'll be listening to this one again.

  • In the Ruins

  • Metahuman Files, Book 2
  • By: Hailey Turner
  • Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 47

Captain Jamie Callahan knows the Metahuman Defense Force frowns on fraternization. For once in his life, he’s breaking all the rules. Having Staff Sergeant Kyle Brannigan on his team and in his bed is worth the risk of being found out. When a mission comes down requiring Alpha Team to go undercover in order to infiltrate a criminal alliance, Jamie knows it won’t be easy. Putting his family’s name on the line is nothing compared to the role the MDF wants him to play.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator is the icing on an already great cake

  • By jaimilyn on 10-25-18

I couldn't stop listening!

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

The universe presented in this series is a scary place, with a chemical used in bombs that can either kill a person or give him or her a new power. Kyle and Jamie have each been turned into metahumans in separate attacks, and now work together with others like them to try to make the world safer. These two are wonderful together - smart, sexy, and devoted to each other. Their team is like family to each other, and I love all their interactions. The plot is horrifying and brilliant, and it almost seemed that I was watching a movie rather than listening to a book during especially action-packed scenes.
The narrator took an amazing story and made it even better. He brought the characters to life so well, I never had to wonder who was speaking.
This book is excellent. I haven't read or listened to book one, but this one still held my interest from beginning to end. I do plan on listening to both books in order soon to get the full effect of a great story, and I hope that more of the series will be on audio soon.

  • Dead Reckoning

  • Cold Case Psychic, Book 2
  • By: Pandora Pine
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

When the spirit of a young male prostitute comes to psychic Tennyson Grimm asking him to find the john who brutally murdered him, Tennyson can't say no. Only able to communicate through the use of images, rather than words, getting any information out of the young man is frustrating and slow going. Cold Case Detective Ronan O'Mara has been on a roll solving cases since he and Tennyson last teamed up to solve the Michael Frye case. Unfortunately, the red-hot romance that had blossomed between them during that investigation is now off in a ditch.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable

  • By Annika on 09-07-18

Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

I'm a huge fan of this series, so I was especially excited when the audiobooks started to become available. This book in particular was a difficult one for me. The victims appearing to Tennyson were gay kids who'd been thrown out by their families and forced into becoming teen prostitutes living on the street. The murderer was taking advantage of their vulnerability and torturing them before killing them. Ten and Ronan, going through a difficult time after the events of book one, had to come together to catch this monster.
The narrator did a terrific job with this story full of interesting characters. Each of them had a very distinct voice, and their differing personalities were clear in his performance. I recommend this series as both a great read and a very compelling listen.

  • Found in Beaumont

  • Lone Star Brothers Series, Book 1
  • By: Susi Hawke
  • Narrated by: John Solo
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

Two broken omegas and one hard-edged alpha…three men who are stronger than they think...especially when they trust each other enough to be vulnerable. A pair of omegas who are everything to each other...not only are they best friends, they’re also lovers. In all the years that they’ve been on the streets fighting to survive, they’ve had one end goal: to one day find an alpha strong enough to love both of them equally. Since his return to civilian life, Beaumont has yet to reconnect with society. Instead, he spends his nights running from nightmares and memories of war. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Found in Beaumont

  • By Stacy Thompson on 09-27-18

This was great!

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

I really enjoyed this story. Beau was exactly the alpha that hopeful Gideon and suspicious Lukas needed. He started off as a bit of a stalker, but he was just so sweet and protective, I forgave him for that - especially when he saved Gideon and Lukas from a horrific attack. Beau offered the omegas a home, a family, and an alpha who cared about them more than anything. Gideon was sweet and loving, expecting the best even though his life had not given him that so far. Lukas wanted to make sure Gideon was safe, and he never really hoped for more than the two of them to stay together. Beau had a battle on his hands getting Lukas to trust in him, and his patience was impressive. I loved Beau's brothers, and I'm excited to learn more about them in future books.
The narration was excellent, as I expected. I hope the series stays with this narrator. All around, this was a great audiobook!

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  • The Haunting of Timber Manor

  • Memoirs of the Human Wraiths
  • By: F E Feeley Jr
  • Narrated by: Tony Stone
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

While recovering from the recent loss of his parents, Daniel Donnelly's estranged aunt turns over control of the family fortune and estate, Timber Manor. Daniel's need for family compels him to visit. Timber Manor has grown silent over the years. When Daniel arrives to begin repairs, strange things happen. Nightmares haunt his dreams. Memories not his own disturb his waking hours. Alive with the tragedies of the past, Timber Manor threatens to tear Daniel apart. Sheriff Hale Davis grew up working on the manor grounds and vows to protect the young man who captured his heart.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • good way to spend a day

  • By Shannon on 08-10-18

Good mystery, audio needs editing

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

This was a terrific story with characters I cared about quickly. Daniel and Hale were each really good men who were even better together. The haunted house aspect was truly creepy, and I got chills listening to several scenes.
The narrator did a great job with the voices and emotion of the story. There were several words he mispronounced, especially sachet, that took me out of the story each time I heard them. His occasional restarts of sentences weren't edited out. It also seemed that some that some of the narration came through a transistor radio. And near the end, at least one chapter was missing while an earlier chapter repeated. I'm going to have to get the ebook to see what I missed, at least until this audio version is (hopefully) re-edited and corrected.
I will definitely read or listen to more from this author, who tells an engrossing story. I will also listen to this narrator again, since I did enjoy his portrayal of the different characters.

  • The Amorous Attorney

  • A Nick Williams Mystery, Volume 2
  • By: Frank W. Butterfield
  • Narrated by: Brian Rollins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

Jeffrey Klein's love affair is heating up, and Nick has to chase him down because, frankly, he needs a lawyer to set up his new business. After finding Jeffrey shacked up in a compromising position, Nick has to deal with his own personal mess when it comes to saying good-bye to an old flame. After receiving a telegram asking for help, Nick and Carter end up flying south of the border, down Mexico way. When they get there, they find a corrupt politician, a flirtatious police captain, and a woman terrified of an uncertain future and what it holds for her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't miss this series!

  • By Clau on 09-06-18

So good!

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

Nick's lawyer Jeffrey has lost his heart - and possibly his mind. Nick and Carter go to Mexico to find him, and things get wild. I am really enjoying this series. I adore these men and their friends, and I love going on another adventure with them. This is a well written story, and it is read by a talented narrator who performs it exactly as the time period calls for. Mixed in with the fantastic humor are moments of sadness, along with the unfairness of the time, when gay men and women aren't free to love openly without being labeled deviant and criminal. I'm thrilled that there are so many stories already written in this series (and more to come), and I just hope that means I can expect more audiobooks to take me on further adventures with these characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Alpha Ablaze

  • Waking the Dragons, Book 2
  • By: Susi Hawke, Piper Scott
  • Narrated by: Colin Darcy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Paranoid inventor and draconian expert Sam is a conspiracy theorist who lives on the fringes, preferring to keep a low profile while he does what he knows best: study the ancient draconian culture he knows isn't a fairy tale. Aided by his intuitive ability to create gadgets and harness sound waves, Sam changes identities and addresses as often as he changes his clothes...all in a lifelong quest to evade The Man. When he accidentally wakes a "sleeping" dragon who insists they are mates, Sam's carefully structured world shifts sideways.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great addition to the series!

  • By Mari Cardenas on 09-05-18

Love and Humor

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

This is book 2 in the series and continues the story of the "frozen" dragons waking up after thousands of years to the world of today. Sam turns out to be the heartsong, or mate, of the dragon Blaze. Blaze is a fun-loving laidback guy most of the time, so he is the perfect match for the uptight and paranoid Sam. Sam has had a difficult life, and it is great to see Blaze smooth some of Sam's rough edges and love him whether he is grouchy or not. Several parts of this book are laugh out loud funny, and other parts hurt my heart. I am frustrated with the dragons, especially Cory, for being way too trusting of the one who is missing from their group. Overall, I found this to be very engrossing and entertaining. I think the performance of the narrator is good, though I am one of those who finds Sam's voice to be annoying. With the multiple characters inhabiting this world, I never felt confused about who was speaking, so I consider that a narration win. I'm excited about book three, which seems like it might be less humorous and possibly more painful. This series is great!

  • Traitorous Toys

  • Cozy Corgi Mysteries
  • By: Mildred Abbott
  • Narrated by: Angie Hickman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Fred’s dream bookshop is becoming a reality, and Christmas is only days away. The toy store beckons Fred and her friend Katie, who dash in out of the cold during a shopping spree to discover handmade toys, cuddly stuffed animals...and a dying man on the floor. When Katie’s desperate attempts to save the man end in her being taken in for his murder, Fred once again dons her detective hat. But as quickly as clues point to one person, new discoveries shift the spotlight to another.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • enjoying this series

  • By DPiazzi on 08-29-18

I love Fred and Watson!

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

I read this book and loved it, so I was thrilled to listen to the audio version. I was not disappointed at all. The talented narrator did a great job and made a wonderful story even better. I love this series, Winifred and her grumpy dog Watson, as well as many other characters make me laugh, and the mystery is interesting but not too dark. (The murder victim might disagree, of course.) I enjoyed this and look forward to more Cozy Corgi audiobooks!

  • Ben's Beginning

  • New Beginnings, Book 2
  • By: Leona Windwalker
  • Narrated by: Matt Standley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Filled with guilt and self-recriminations over his identical twin Sol's kidnapping and abuse, Ben seeks counseling, which reveals he too has scars from his own suffering during the ordeal. He desperately tries to make amends with Sol, Seth, and his foster parents and to make himself a better man. Meeting sweet, funny, gorgeous Marty at the Crab Derby seems like fate is finally smiling on him; then he returns to college in Atlanta and spies Marty at his favorite local coffee shop. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I love Marty.

  • By HockeyfanT on 08-22-18

I love Marty.

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

3.5 stars

In this story, Ben was trying to cope with the guilt he felt after the events in book one. Ben met Marty, who I loved. Ben thought Marty was a girl, and he was very attracted. When he learned that Marty wasn't a girl, Ben was shocked at how little that mattered to him. He still wanted to be close to Marty. Meanwhile, as in book one, psychos showed up to try to ruin everything. This was the point where I wanted to shake Ben and tell him to stop being so damn clueless! He put himself in danger over and over, and he didn't learn from it. He was a good guy, but I found myself yelling at him as I listened to this story during my commute.
Thank goodness for Marty. For me, he stole the show. Whether he was feeling feminine or not, he was a big personality with a wonderful heart. I enjoyed the scenes with Marty and Ben spending time together, with or without their family members. It was nice to see more of Seth and Sol, too.
The performance was still just okay for me, though I do like the narrator's voice. I just wish he would loosen up and show more emotion. I'll try other books he performs to see how I feel about those.