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  • Scythe

  • By: Neal Shusterman
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,872
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,868

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: Humanity has conquered all those things and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life - and they are commanded to do so in order to keep the size of the population under control. Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe - a role that neither wants. These teens must master the "art" of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immortal until you're Gleaned

  • By G. Grimsley on 06-27-17

A Surprisingly Emotional Tale of Death

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

My niece is the reason read this book and I could not be more pleased. In the pages of this book lays a haunting truth and begs a thousand questions whose answers are both terrifying and necessary. If a world has conquered death what then would motivate you to better yourself or the world? If our technology surpasses our humanity what then would it mean to be human?

This beautifully woven tale offers a glimpse into a horrifying future. Rowan and Citra take of the personifications of love, hope, faith and courage and through their strength the spark of rebellion and testifies to the indomitable spirit of the human being.

The journey of Rowan and Citra is worth taking and I cannot wait to see where it takes them.

  • A Knight in Shining Armor

  • By: Jude Deveraux
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,052

Once upon a time...as a fair maiden lay weeping upon a cold tombstone, her heartfelt desire was suddenly made real before her: Tall, broad of shoulder, attired in gleaming silver and gold, her knight in shining armor had come to rescue his damsel in distress.... Hailed worldwide as one of the most romantic novels of all time, Jude Deveraux's dazzling best seller "will capture your heart - and hold it" ( Daily Herald, Chicago) with its breathtaking tale.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Whiny heroine

  • By Kris on 04-22-16

The Best Book Ever

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

I have read this book countless times over several years and weep at its beauty every single time. Now hearing this much beloved book so elegantly done brings all the emotion to the fore. I cannot reccomend this beautiful book highly enough so I had to give it all the stars..LOL..

It is a timeless story of a great and glorious love that dares a reader to believe that such love exists. A story that begs that the soul of the one you love will find you even when time and unimagined obstacles stand between you. Love will endure.

  • The Master Will Appear

  • By: L.A. Witt
  • Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

Dr. Mikhail “Misha” Budnikov takes one look at fellow fencer Ryan O’Connor and instantly knows his type. The undisciplined hothead is all ego with no finesse and even less control. In short, Misha’s pet peeves personified. To put the arrogant kid in check, Misha challenges him to a sparring match, which he predictably wins. Not so predictably, Ryan asks him to be a mentor and show him how to fence. Startled by the moment of humility, Misha agrees. What begins as fencing lessons becomes something much hotter, and before they know it, Misha is giving Ryan an entirely different kind of education. Dominance, submission, pain, pleasure—at the hands of an older, experienced man, a whole new world is opening up for Ryan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narration peeve

  • By SassiKassi on 08-01-18

Came for the Narrator Stayed for the Story

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

This book was an utter surprise. I've read some of L.A's other works but I admit to giving this one a chance because Michael is one of my favorite narrators.

Having said that I will admit that this story was so engaging that as soon as I was done I wanted to listen to it all over again.

There is enough angst to make it interesting and enough heat to make you want to invest in ice and a fan.

In stories where there is a Dom/Sub age gap it can very quickly make the younger sub into a trite character but as the relationship it is the give and take between the MC's they learn from each other.

When Misha, a much older man agrees to teach a younger Ryan to fence the give and take becomes apparent. Both have to learn to trust that the other is what they need and rather than the insta relationship instead it builds a relationship and it's a joy to see.

The narration is amazing, the story unfolds like a dream with great pacing and slow reveals that will both engage and carry you to a building crescendo. So glad I gave this a chance.

  • Snow Falling

  • By: Davidson King
  • Narrated by: Philip Alces, Joel Leslie
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

After running from a past destined to kill him, Snow has been hiding on the streets. Tell nobody your name. Tell nobody your secrets. Trust nobody! These are the rules of the streets. His entire life changes when he saves an eight-year-old boy from a violent end. Christopher Manos is one of the most powerful crime bosses in the country. Don't ask anyone to do something you aren't willing to do yourself. Secrets can get you killed. Trust nobody! These are the rules he lives by. When his eight-year-old nephew disappears, he never expects the boy's savior to end up being his own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You don’t want to miss out

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-06-18

Falling for Snow

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

I have to admit to only giving this book a chance based on Joel Leslie being the narrator. I will however, be looking for more from this author if this is any indication of their stellar writing ability.

This book had it all, romance, intrigue, murder and mayhem. The dual narration brought the words to life in a way that made a full Peter Jackson film play in my mind while listening.

I loved Snow from the beginning his courage in the face of such overwhelming odds when you everything to loose and nothing to gain and doing it because you know it's the right thing to do is truly heroic. Conversely watching the boss of a renown crime family was beautiful.

Christopher and Snow the price and cost of secrets. Those kept to protect yourself and those kept to protect the ones you love and cannot do without. Christopher's beloved nephew, Simon or "8" is kidnapped and Snow comes to his rescue. There is no hesitancy to do so and it sets the stage for all the life altering, scary as heck stuff that follows.

I will advise anyone who wants to listen to this to do so when they have time to listen to it all at one time. I made the mistake of starting this 2 hours before "bedtime" and I ended up staying up until almost 2 am before I had to force myself to turn it off because there's this thing called work that I had to go to the next morning.

I base whether or not a book is worth buying on whether or not I see myself reading it or in this case listening to it again. In this way I can tell you that I very definitely will so if you are wondering if this is worth a chance, a credit or your cash it is. It really is.

The story and narration are stellar, the passion and beauty of the story is phenomenal and the character, development and pacing are all incredible. So go click buy and then let Joel and Phillip woo you with the power of their voices :)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hudson's Luck

  • A Forever Wilde Novel
  • By: Lucy Lennox
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 319

Don't ever accidentally fall for the straight guy. Especially when he's trying to pry your family's business right out from under you. I should know. Because when Hudson Wilde walks into my family's pub and begins babbling so adorably, I can't help but fall just a little bit in love. But I'm looking for Forever Man, and the sexy American is certainly not him. He's so confused about what he wants, even choosing something from the dinner menu throws him into a fuddle. But those eyes...how can I resist? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love this family

  • By Annika on 07-18-18

I need a Wilde Child

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Where do I even start with this one Hudson is the oldest Wilde child who has helped raise 9 of his siblings and has forgone his own heart's desires for security and safety. This need doesn't just go for his job but also for his heart and the rest of his life. He is charming, handsome, slightly OCD and utterly convinced of his heterosexuality.

Enter Charlie. The man who throws the entirety of Hudson's safe, orderly and sedate life into utter and complete chaos.

Each of these beautiful men have secrets and play things so close to the cuff that it causes problems that threaten to tear the foundations of their risky relationship asunder before it has a chance to get good footing.

You will love the play between Hudson and Charlie and the passion between the two of them may have you reaching for ice and a fan because the heat between these two is more intense than the Texas summers (which is pretty intense if you don't live her and now it for the truth..lol) Michael Pauley's narration is stellar as always and his irish accent makes me smile.

Lucy and Michael are a heavenly match of words and performance give it a listen and I promise you'll think so too.

  • The Solstice Prince

  • Realms of Love series, Book 1
  • By: SJ Himes
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 152

Rescued from slavers, healer novice Jaime Buchanan finds himself alone and free in Pyrderi, a kingdom of magic, mythical creatures, and a culture as open and kind as his homeland was cruel and close-minded. Despite his rescue, Jaime is not left without scars, both mental and physical. Traumatized by his experience and hiding his gift, Jaime struggles to earn his place in the kitchens of Angharad Palace, the heart of Taliesin City. His former life as a student of the healing arts leaves him at a disadvantage in the kitchens, and his damaged state is becoming more apparent by the day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure Fluff

  • By DKauffman on 05-07-18

Love's Healing Touch

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

It is a rare and beautiful thing when you come across a work so full of love and passion. Once discovered it burrows and takes residence in your heart.

As a reader I have a few books that no matter how many times I read them still have and retain always the power to move me. When my life gets dark I fall on them to strengthen me. I have added this beautifully told story to that list.

I have been a lover of SJ Himes' ability to tell a beautiful story full of love and magic and Maxim and Jamie's story did not disappoint. Having this story performed by Joel Leslie whose power of narration has become the hallmark by which all other narration is judged brought such depth and feeling to a story I had already fallen in love with.

Jamie's quiet strength challenges a reader to look beyond the horrifying bleakness of circumstance and through the survival of things that would fell lesser find instead a means to soar above. Hounded and enslaved, beaten and heartbroken at the sudden loss of a beloved father, Jamie finds himself sold into slavery and headed for certain death. Not because he is a criminal but instead because his healing gift marks him for death.

Fate steps in and Jamie finds himself being rescued and fear keeps him quiet about his gift. A chance meeting with the stunning Prince Maxim forever alters the narrative of Jamie's story and together Prince and healer find a love magical and able to heal each other.

Such a beautifully done work and so glad for the chance to see it performed by such an amazing talent. All the thumbs up. All.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Splinter

  • Significant Brothers, Volume 1
  • By: E. Davies
  • Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

After zero-gravity heroics left astronaut Nicolas Rogers injured, his new job as a park ranger seems perfect. Being a caretaker of his corner of the Smoky Mountains makes him almost okay with having to be on Earth. More importantly, this deep in the woods, Nico's practically a hermit at a remote ranger station. Sure, he has good friends in nearby Knoxville, but he's otherwise free from petty drama and broken hearts...until Deen enters his world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smoky Love

  • By Shandara Majere on 06-03-18

Smoky Love

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

The first time I read this book I couldn't imagine how it could ever get better but when Ed announced that Greg was doing the narration I knew it had.

This beautiful story of love found between two men so dissimilar on the surface unfold in such a way you want to take it all in at one time.

Nico is astronaut whose time among the stars is cut short by an injury sustained in the process of saving one of his crew members. Deen is a world famous singer whose self destructive behavior finds him in a position so compromised that only a month removed from the ever watchful eyes of an adoring public will save him and it does. Beautifully so.

Finding love in the smoky mountains was not what Deen had sought when he ran but finding it doesn't just save him it saves Nico too.

This is a low angst story written by a master wordsmith and performed by one of the shining stars in the field of narration. I hope that he performs the other books in this amazing series. The Significant Brothers series is simply and honestly a joy to read and will leave your heart lightened and longing for the next book and Splinter is an excellent introduction. Enjoy!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Clang

  • The Riley Brothers, Book 2
  • By: E. Davies
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Summer barbecues and his brothers' renovations keep blacksmith Jackson Riley happy, but he's missing one thing: a relationship. Chase helps him with his dating profile and catches Jackson's eye instead. When they trade skills and time, the embers are stirred into a flame of passion. Jackson wants a family tattoo - something Chase's skilled hands can deliver. But Jackson worries when Chase asks him to forge a sword. What could he need protection from? Tattoo artist Chase MacLeod can't stop running from his past. When he thinks he's escaped, a letter arrives that throws everything off.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely couple

  • By T. Walters on 10-10-18

I want a Riley Brother

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

These brothers are amazing and this second story covers Jackson and Chase. In the telling of this story the heartache of betrayal is interwoven with the realization of just how that betrayal has shaped behavior. Chase hides his secret self showing only parts of it to those he trusts and what starts out as friendship becomes more. Jackson is patient, strong and loving and so far from anything that Chase has ever experienced it throws him for a loop....at first....but when he accepts that this beautiful man could actually be his he pursues it with gusto, but some habits die hard and it only takes one to show him that he wants what is real for what is feigned. When Chase goes all in he's a force to be reckoned with and how is Jackson to supposed to fight him off when all he really wants is to be is the shelter from the storms that have tossed Chase around so much that his heart and soul are bruised and battered. Love doesn't always conquer all but when it does it is a joy to watch unfold.

  • Fit to Be Tied

  • Marshals, Book 2
  • By: Mary Calmes
  • Narrated by: Tristan James
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502

Deputy US Marshals Miro Jones and Ian Doyle are now partners on and off the job: Miro's calm professionalism provides an ideal balance to Ian's passion and quick temper. In a job where one misstep can be the difference between life and death, trust means everything. But every relationship has growing pains, and sometimes Miro stews about where he stands with his fiery lover. Could the heartstrings that so recently tied them together be in danger of unraveling?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • High Octane Thrill Ride!

  • By Belen on 12-13-15

All the Love

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

I wish I could accurately describe how much I love Moro and Ian but there's just so much.

In this second installment we are dragged through every facet of emotion. Love, fear, dread, desolation, horror, anger and pain. The villainous Craig Hartly kicks down our boy's happy life throwing it all into a tailspin that threatens not only their happily ever after but their lives as they have known it.

The journey is harrowing but so worth taking. Hop on, buckle up and enjoy!!

  • Depth of Field

  • Last Chance, Book 1
  • By: Riley Hart
  • Narrated by: Tristan James
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172

Shane Wallace has made a decent life for himself in Last Chance. He built his own home on his mom's property to take care of her, owns an automotive repair shop, and when he wants to get laid, Portland isn't too far away. Not too shabby for the boy who spent his childhood getting bullied and feeling alone. Shane's content to leave his past behind him...until one of his childhood tormentors comes back to town. Maxwell Sullivan never planned to step foot in Last Chance again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome 💕💕

  • By Kate M on 09-27-17

Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

This book is more than one of those enemies to lovers kind of books. It has so much heart and it has true depth (forgive the pun) it draws you in and shows you how hard this kind of relationship can be. But it doesn't shrink away from the elephant in the relationship. it shows the progression, the acceptance and the fear.

It also shows the truth of mental disease and how hugely that affects those who love someone with mental health issues.

It's beautifully told and the narration is amazing!!