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  • Time's Convert

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,040
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,906
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,900

Set in contemporary Paris and London, and the American colonies during the upheaval that exploded into the Revolutionary War, a sweeping story that braids together the past and present. On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life, free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Distracting and disappointing narration

  • By LKF on 09-19-18

Needs more....

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

Let me start by saying I love Deborah Harkness' stuff! All of it. Including this new story. That said, this story is like a dish that you smack your lips and say, "Needs more salt." This is a good book, but it needs more conflict, or action, or foreshadowing. Or all of the above. Can't wait for her next effort!

  • The Blueprint

  • By: S.E. Harmon
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese, Sean Crisden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

Kelly Cannon is satisfied with his life. He has friends, a wonderful family, and a great job. But his love life has reached a new level of pitiful. Why? Well, his heart decided to break all the rules. Don't fall in love with a straight guy. And definitely don't fall in love with your best friend. NFL standout Britton "Blue" Montgomery has pressure coming at him from all sides. When Kelly admits he's in love with Blue, bonds are tested, and Blue has to decide what's really important.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Every Gay Guys Dream

  • By Jerry Perdue on 07-21-18

Predictable, but pleasantly so!

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

Ok. Heavily tatted hipster geek twink "out" to the world falls for hunky macho "straight" football star friend who, it turns out, likes him some Mr. Goodbar... in every way. Typical gay fantasy, but fortunately isn't too overwrought to enjoy as light entertainment. Could've used a bit more conflict, but turned out to be blessedly short.

  • Deadly Assessments

  • Fred, the Vampire Accountant Series, Book 5
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,283
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,215

 Drew Hayes presents the fifth book in the Fred, the Vampire Accountant series. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I ❤️ Debra

  • By Sarina A. Neer on 08-22-18

Series gets better with each installment!

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

Fred grows into himself in this book. He remains basically a wimpy dracula, but at least he grows some fangs and has a truly engaging adventure as a new leader of his clan.

  • History Is All You Left Me

  • By: Adam Silvera
  • Narrated by: Tom Picasso
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 418

OCD-afflicted Griffin has just lost his first love, Theo, in a drowning accident. In an attempt to hold on to every piece of the past, he forges a friendship with Theo's last boyfriend, Jackson. When Jackson begins to exhibit signs of guilt, Griffin suspects he's hiding something and will stop at nothing to get to the truth about Theo's death. But as the grieving pair grows closer, listeners will question Griffin's own version of the truth - in terms of both what he's willing to hide and what true love means.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It Hurts. So You'll Like It.

  • By B.A. Wilson on 12-02-17

Couldn't finish this!

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

Sorry, but couldn't suspend belief enough to accept the level of patience and maturity these kids showed. I understand that most stories are youth oriented these days, but the kind of acceptance and wisdom shown by these characters only comes with life experiences or to truly old souls! Maybe I'll come back to this if I run out of other books to listen to, but this is highly unlikely.

  • Paragon

  • An Icon Story, Book 1
  • By: Riley Tune
  • Narrated by: Chistopher Boucher
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

Hero or villain. A choice that every Icon, a person born with powers, eventually has to make if they don’t want to live a life of mediocrity. For most Icons the decision is easy. Just do what your parents did. Then, there is Hunter Monroe. A powerful young Icon born from the unimaginable union of a hero and villain. Seventeen years later Hunter is seen as a half-breed abomination by some, and as a certified powerhouse by others. With his time at Purgatory Academy, the premier institute for Icons, coming to an end, Hunter must embark on a two year internship with a supergroup.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Start

  • By Tanx on 08-06-18

Great beginning!

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

This is a very promising start to what will hopefully be a thrilling series. Drew Hayes has some competition here!

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  • Going Rogue

  • Spells, Swords, & Stealth Series, Book 3
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,920
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,720
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,712

Adventuring is a costly affair, and while the tolls are often paid in blood, gold can drain away just as quickly. The party's trek out of Solium and across the lands of Alcatham has left them with only a handful of gold between them. Fortunately, they have drawn near Camnarael, Alcatham's capital, where all manner of quests - and rewards - await. But all is not as expected in the capital.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great continuation of the series

  • By david on 03-17-17

Another Winner!

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

The parallel stories continue to be a bit bothersome; however, Hayes began tying them together nicely in this installment. Previous characters are developed and new characters are introduced. I finished this book in a third of the time I took with the others, if that is any indication of how enjoyable it is. This narrative has the potential to become a long and engaging one and hopefully it will be. I highly recommend!

  • George

  • By: Alex Gino
  • Narrated by: Jamie Clayton
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl. George thinks she'll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte's Web. George really, really, really wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can't even try out for the part...because she's a boy. With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvelous Story!

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-24-15

A must read!

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

Reviewed: 06-28-18

This book is a window with a view most people never see, much less understand. If you consider yourself a people person, or "open minded and accepting", then you should read this. If you don't, get over yourself and whatever ideas you have about "appropriate" gender identification, and learn something new and real about people. Just read it!

  • Split the Party

  • Spells, Swords, & Stealth Series #2
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,496
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,224

Fleeing from a vengeful king has sent the former NPCs across Solium's borders, into the kingdom of Alcatham. As wanted fugitives, they head to the small farming village of Briarwillow, hoping to blend in, lay low, and avoid trouble at all costs. Unfortunately, Briarwillow has problems all its own, and its troubles quickly become theirs. If they hope to survive long enough to escape, they'll have to tackle an all-but-forgotten mystery buried at the town's border as well as seek the wisdom of a mysterious group of mages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great follow up!

  • By M. D. Baines on 05-13-16

Enjoyable Followup

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

Drew Hayes work grows on you! This is not cutesy fantasy. There is just enough violence and gore to be convincing, but not so much as to seem egregious. Like the Super Powereds series, this is a series I hope Hayes will continue for some time to come!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bear, Otter, and the Kid

  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 799
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761

Three years ago, Bear McKenna’s mother took off for parts unknown with her new boyfriend, leaving Bear to raise his six-year-old brother Tyson, aka the Kid. Somehow they’ve muddled through, but since he’s totally devoted to the Kid, Bear isn’t actually doing much living. With a few exceptions, he’s retreated from the world, and he’s mostly okay with that - until Otter comes home. Otter is Bear’s best friend’s older brother, and as they’ve done for their whole lives, Bear and Otter crash and collide in ways neither expect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it! This was a re-read for me.

  • By Heather on 07-19-14

Overwrought!

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

This is a problem with so many gay themed novels. The drama is so extreme that it starts to seem like you're stuck in someone's tired old fantasy and it becomes hard to believe. Plus, the characters are blush-worthy! Bear is an annoying coward who contradicts himself so often you wind up wishing he'd exit stage left and find himself locked outside the backstage door. As smart as the kid is supposed to be, his long-winded dialogue shows far too much maturity and sophistication than his 9 years can possibly have bestowed. And, I refuse to believe that big ol' bruiser Otter "gave himself" to a much smaller, wimpy young drama queen like Bear! You have been forewarned.

  • Call Me by Your Name

  • A Novel
  • By: André Aciman
  • Narrated by: Armie Hammer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,350
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,796
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,773

Call Me by Your Name first swept across the world in 2007. It is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. During the restless summer weeks, unrelenting but buried currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them and verge toward the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing.

  • By Nico L. on 10-07-17

Not terribly impressed

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

Reviewed: 03-16-18

This is a story about a profoundly (and ridiculously) affecting summer fling. If you like poetic, adolescent angst from a narrator who sounds like a teenaged twitching virgin with a serious crush, this is your book! The only redeeming feature for me is that at least he eventually honestly and correctly rationalizes the reality of his immaturity. And, it ends poignantly with the sad, middle-aged realization of what might have been that most people who've lived long enough and had to make tough choices usually have to accept. I didn't quite get why the protagonists didn't wind up together other than to manipulate the audience into a dissatisfyingly bittersweet mood! I hope a sequel will find them finding their way back to each other....