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  • 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 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

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
  • Love the Dragons

  • By T. Walters on 08-27-18

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 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

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.

  • Sol's Solstice

  • New Beginnings, Book 1
  • By: Leona Windwalker
  • Narrated by: Matt Standley
  • Length: 3 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Sol is used to flying under his family's radar, unless focusing unwanted attention away from his more outgoing, older twin. The day comes when he pays a steep price for attempting to shield his brother. Running for his life, he is nearly run down by a car driven by Seth. Can Seth help Sol find his way back from the darkness?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected

  • By HockeyfanT on 08-22-18

Not what I expected

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

From the blurb, I thought there would be more focus on Sol and Seth and their new relationship. Instead, Sol was constantly fighting for his life, and Seth was trying to save him. I enjoyed Sol and Seth together, I just wish there had been more focus on them as a couple. The characters were well written, and it was easy to hate Sol's parents and the other church members. Based on this one, I had to wait a bit to read Ben's story. I wasn't sure I would be able to like him as a lead. (I'll post that review separately.)
The narration wasn't bad, but it was a bit wooden. I'd like to hear this narrator loosen up, then I think I could easily enjoy his voice.

  • Tormented Souls

  • By: Autumn Winchester
  • Narrated by: Stacy Gonzalez
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

After months of my monsters attacking me in my dreams, I come to know I am not normal. I am not human. I don’t know what I am, but whatever it is, my parents want me dead. They see me as a threat, a target. When the monsters from my nightmares manifest in real life, I will do anything in my power just to stay alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sucked me in...

  • By Claire on 08-15-18

Interesting, but the heroine was annoying

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

The description of this book grabbed my attention, and the sample left me wanting more. The idea of the story was interesting., and some of the characters were awesome. Unfortunately, the main character just wasn't likeable. I understand that she was only eighteen, and she did do some growing throughout the book, but I just couldn't really care what happened to her. I didn't think she treated all the people who were willing to give up their lives for her with the respect and appreciation they deserved. Her immaturity went too far, and I found it difficult to believe that she was the best hope for the world. On the other hand, the narration was really good, and I will be likely to pick up more from this narrator.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Not so Vanilla

  • By: Morgan Noel
  • Narrated by: Piers Ryman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Bartholomew's life is perfect. He's got a job he loves; he's in a committed relationship with his loving boyfriend who appreciates his neurotic tendencies, social anxiety, and general awkwardness. It's not "white picket fence and Golden Retriever" perfect, but their nice little apartment in the city and the cat they rescued from the shelter come pretty close. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Donut

  • By JEYCEE on 07-20-18

Fun and Sexy

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

This story was amusing and sexy. Though Mew occasionally annoyed me with his habit of being scandalized by everything, I still thought he was funny and cute. Kyle was sweet and loving to Mew, though his desire for something wild did show through. And Adam was unapologetic about being hot, horny, and interested in Mew. The fact that Kyle and Adam had lost their virginity to each other in high school didn't help with Mew's insecurities, but he didn't want to admit that out loud. Experiencing the three men spending time together was greatly entertaining. An added bonus was the put-upon cat. The narrator did a great job bringing all three men to life, and he made an already enjoyable story even better.

  • Hearts in Ireland

  • World of Love
  • By: J. C. Long
  • Narrated by: John Steinkamp
  • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Now that his mother is gone, all Ronan Walker has left are the wonderful stories of her youth in Ireland, and he’s drawn to the land of his ancestors. There, he meets Fergal Walsh, who works at Ronan’s aunt’s bookstore. A love of literature facilitates a fast friendship between the two men, and even though Ronan cannot deny the potential - and his desire - for more, he cannot see a future for the two of them when he leaves Ireland. Fergal must persuade Ronan to give school in Dublin a chance - and convince Ronan his heart has already found its home.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Broome's Books Review

  • By scarletsptember on 07-21-18

Romance in Ireland

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

Ronan's mother left Ireland to settle down in America with her husband, and her son only knew her homeland from her stories and books. She planned to take Ronan to visit the country she loved, but they never got around to it. Now that she's gone, a grief-stricken Ronan decides to visit his mom's family and get to know Ireland.
Ronan's Irish relatives are excited to have him visit, and they welcome him immediately. When he meets Fergal, Ronan begins to have feelings he's not ready for, with his life in its current state of confusion. The two men become closer and closer, with Ronan unable to decide what he wants. There are times Ronan needs to be shaken a bit, but it comes from his indecision about his future, not from a desire to cause pain. Meanwhile, Fergal is kind and sexy, and he really is just about perfect.
I really enjoyed this story, which brought to life the places in Ireland where Ronan spent his time. I want to visit those same places. The narration was great, and I especially loved the way Fergal was portrayed. I'm quite happy with the time I spent experiencing this audiobook!

  • The Unexpected Heiress

  • A Nick Williams Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Frank W. Butterfield
  • Narrated by: Brian Rollins
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14

Nick Williams, heir to a vast fortune, lives with his lover, Carter Jones, in the Eureka Valley neighborhood of San Francisco in an unassuming bungalow. Little do the neighborhood ladies, who do their daily marketing on Castro Street, know that just down the street their neighbor is the richest homosexual since possibly Alexander the Great. His no-nonsense secretary Marnie Wilson keeps things together at the office in the Tenderloin. To her frustration, Nick is always turning away clients. He doesn't really need the money, after all. In The Unexpected Heiress, Nick is called in to see his lawyer and friend, Jeffrey Klein, whose mystery client, under contract to Metro, was just arrested at the Kit Kat Club on Polk Street but somehow got off with a bench warrant. Jeffrey wants to know who in the police department worked things behind the scene for the star of the upcoming blockbuster It Was Raining Then. Meanwhile a late night phone call from his estranged father sends Nick into a tailspin and a family secret, along with a lot of other things better kept hush-hush, are all splashed on the front pages of the daily newspapers. It ain't pretty. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love Nick!

  • By HockeyfanT on 07-14-18

I love Nick!

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

I am so glad to have experienced this audiobook. Despite sad events and hostility, the story actually had me laughing out loud several times. Nick is unapologetically out and proud, during a time when that wasn't acceptable. Thankfully, he's much too rich to care. Nick loves Carter and taking care of his friends. He's a good man with a sharp wit, and I couldn't love him more. The narrator was terrific at portraying Nick as a man in charge of his world, and he did an excellent job with the other characters as well. I hope other books from this series are soon made into audiobooks as well. Until then, I'm going to be buying several e-books to keep up with Nick and Carter!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Texas Wedding

  • Texas Series, Book 7
  • By: RJ Scott
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 34

With the life-changing prospect of a yes vote from SCOTUS on the issue of same-sex marriage, Riley and Jack realize they have decisions to make. Add in some distressing family news and the very real possibility that old secrets may resurface, and this audiobook in the Texas series pulls together as many threads as the boys can manage to handle. But through all the ups and the downs, children, family events, laughter, and tears, there is nothing as special as the forever love between these two men.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love and Marriage...

  • By Lily G Blunt on 08-08-18

Back to Texas with Riley and Jack

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

This series is a favorite, and Jack and Riley are much beloved. It was wonderful to revisit them in this story that takes place around the SCOTUS ruling on marriage equality. Although Jack and Riley are already married, they want to share a big celebration on their ranch with their children and all the people they love. Meanwhile, so much is going on. Jack is working on new plans for the ranch, both men are doing their best to deal with the challenges of parenthood, other couples we've grown to love are still loving life together, and family reign supreme.
This story was so satisfying, and the narration was well done by a performer I always love listening to. Excellent audiobook!

  • A Love Song for the Sad Man in the White Coat

  • By: Roe Horvat
  • Narrated by: Vance Bastian
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Simon had always expected love to feel different than this. Whether it was his Catholic upbringing or the poetry he’d read - Simon had thought that true love would be uplifting, fulfilling, that it would give a meaning to his loitering, and add joy to his leisure. But not this kind of love. This love was a flesh-eating monster, sharp-clawed and evil-eyed, ravishing his mind with medieval cruelty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I need to recover after this one

  • By Rebecca Azizov on 08-05-18

The narrator made a wonderful story even better!

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

I read this book in December 2017 and posted this review:

"This beautiful and painful tale is a romance, even though Simon and Matěj have a complicated relationship from the start. When Matěj leaves though, this becomes Simon's story of merely existing without really living. This man breaks my heart, when he tries to literally outrun his pain, when he hurts others with his inability to let them in, and when he let's go and breaks down. It's good that that part of the book remains focused on Simon, because seeing Matěj's devastation at the same time would be overwhelming. When the two come together again, will they be able to heal the deep wounds that are now part of their souls? I recommend that you read it and see for yourself. This story is very much worth your time and tears. I love it, and Simon and Matěj will stay in my heart."

I loved the story, and I was so excited to experience the audiobook. I was not disappointed at all. The author's words, combined with the soft and soulful voice, brought me to tears - and occasionally to laughter. As I listened to the tale of these two men who could be so perfect together if only Matěj could just let himself believe, I ached for Simon. When they saw each other again and Simon kept his feelings in check, I understood, but still I hurt for Matěj. Meanwhile, I came to care for the chosen family surrounding these two complicated men, even more than when I read the words myself.
I recommend this audiobook, with its beautiful story and its wonderful narrator, wholeheartedly. I know that it will be one I listen to again and again.