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  • PsyCop Briefs, Volume 1

  • By: Jordan Castillo Price
  • Narrated by: Gomez Pugh
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

Victor Bayne sees dead people for a living...and he sees them off the clock, too. After all, ghosts don't confine their appearances to a psychic medium's work hours. From the macabre to the mundane, from titillating to tender, these PsyCop shorts feature stolen moments between the novels. Get a glimpse of Vic's life with Jacob between cases, from both men's viewpoints.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So glad to see more of these guys!

  • By Morgan A Skye on 01-11-17

Great glimpse of those moments between the novels

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

Reviewed: 02-05-17

What did you love best about PsyCop Briefs, Volume 1?

We all know that in a multi-volume series there is stuff that happens between books. The relationship grows, interactions become more fluid, things get more complex. To have an entire volume of "briefs" -- short stories, vignettes, alternate narrators-- is such an indulgence. Here's this world that we love enough to stick with it through several novels and then there's more! And so once you have the briefs, you get to re-read the novels and have them be changed and thus seen through new eyes and a more fleshed-out backstory.

Plus, occasionally, there is just a sweet slice of life that satisfies our desire to know more but wouldn't really fit into a larger narrative.

What was one of the most memorable moments of PsyCop Briefs, Volume 1?

All of the briefs, my favorite is one of the earliest that Jordan Castillo Price gave her readers, and that is Thaw.

First time to see Vic happy and playful. First time to see Vic and Jacob just being a couple with nothing bad going on around them.

Which character – as performed by Gomez Pugh – was your favorite?

Vic. OMG, Vic.

I have listened to other audiobooks narrated by Gomez Pugh and I find him to be an excellent voice actor. He handles various accents well. He may be the best male narrator I've heard when it comes to performing women's voices. But hand's down, it's Vic.

The character of Vic and the voice of Pugh is a perfect meld.

  • Down the Rabbit Hole

  • Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny
  • By: Holly Madison
  • Narrated by: Holly Madison
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,092
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,358

The shocking, never-before-told story of the bizarre world inside the legendary Playboy Mansion - and finally the secret truth about the man who holds the key - from one of the few people who truly knows: Hef's former number-one girlfriend and star of The Girls Next Door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Mean girls", magicians, mansions, and more!

  • By Brianna Gallagher on 06-24-15

Tedious and Self-serving

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

Reviewed: 03-06-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The author reads the work and she does a good job. The problem is with the story the author has to read. If this were farce or satire, it would be so clever. But it becomes clear that she really does believe the spin she puts on things. It is repetitive and more than little disgusting.

What was most disappointing about Holly Madison’s story?

Holly Madison herself.

What about Holly Madison’s performance did you like?

She does a very nice job reading. Her voice is good.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disgust -- both in myself for falling for the hype, thus giving the author any of my money and disgust in the author herself and her need to spin a tawdry tail into some sort of tale of self-worship.

Any additional comments?

If you (like me) have a passing moment of curiosity about what life was like for the women who lived in the Playboy Mansion, then just google and read the various Wiki accounts. You will get all the information but save yourself having to listen to a really crass self-serving delusional account of how someone with nothing interesting about herself makes a living out of selling both her self and her story. There is nothing in this story that you didn't live through listening to a self-absorbed delusional acquaintance tell you how the world is full of mean people who disliked her because she is just a poor little naive sweet thing.

God, what a waste of my money and my time. I can't get my money back but I certainly didn't keep listening after about an hour. I feel dirty. Save yourself and give this one a pass.

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