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  • Team A.L.P.H.A., Book 1
  • By: Susi Hawke, Crista Crown
  • Narrated by: Peter B. Brooke
  • Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

 

Preston Tierney, the omega son of a prominent senator, has been taken by a secret group with an ax to grind. Party boy Preston was just out looking for a good time until he was grabbed - plucked right from a party in the middle of a crowd. When he wakes up, he finds himself caged like an animal in a remote cabin far from home.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sexy short read

  • By Nica Flor on 08-21-18

Clichéd from story to narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

The narrator ruined the story, but he didn't have much to work with. Overuse of clichéd terms like Boomer, Boss boy, Big guy, Tweedledee and tweedledummer, and the narrator sounding like a 1950s TV-version of a NY gangster, and the use of tootsie rolls as the magic to get one to do what you want, and the misuse of the cliché "cold as a witches tit" into "Witches tittie", and the overused fart joke and how a kick to the balls would leave a guy singing soprano resulted in me me not finishing the story. I just couldn't do it. Life is too short to bear what's not required even when my hard-earned $ is spent. Additionally, the writing was amateurish, at best. He wrote, Like gust of a storm of wind" or some such eleven-year old attempt at simile. And this was another story where both men knew they found their mate immediately and acted on it, though Noah wanted to wait a bit for sex; Preston didn't. Guess which won. And the author stayed consistent by using the typical language of one person "completing" the other. Sigh. This is my first and last try of this author.

  • Then She Was Gone

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,586
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,537

Fifteen-year-old Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenage golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone. Now her mother, Laurel Mack, is trying to put her life back together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love all Lisa Jewell's books.

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-21-18

Meanders into melodrama

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

This book starts out as one thing and then becomes monologues of primarily 2 awful characters who listeners/readers are to pity or, unbelievably, sympathize with by the end of the tale. And the author took too long, much longer than needed, to get there. The writing was fine, and the narrator did fine.
Poppy is the most advanced 9-yr-old ever. And overwhelmingly most of the book is told and not shown through extensive narratives and inner monologues. This story was not the best. Quite average. It wasn't hard to finish, necessarily, but it also wasn't memorable or one I was anxious to listen to.

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  • The Ploughmen

  • A Novel
  • By: Kim Zupan
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 962
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 884
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 874

At the center of this searing fever-dream of a novel are two men - a killer awaiting trial and a troubled young deputy - sitting across fromeach other in the dark, talking through the bars of a county jail cell: JohnGload, so brutally adept at his craft that only now, at the age of 77, has he faced the prospect of long-term incarceration; and Valentine Millimaki, low man in the Copper County sheriff's department, who draws the overnight shift after Gload's arrest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great language and performance

  • By Villarreal on 11-06-17

A harsh lullaby

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

4.5 overall
This was the best character study of sorts. This is a character study without most of it being delivered in internal monologue, which is a big plus. I don't generally gravitate to character studies and didn't choose this book knowing that it was one. And, in hindsight, I think the book is more than a character study. It's also a story about a type of friendship, about some of life's hardest existential questions and them going unanswered while life continues. It was also a bit of a mystery. I didn't always know where it was going. And, early in the book, I was a bit lost b/c the story moved from the past to the present w/o making that clear. This is a character study of a man who did bad things showed with a degree of sympathy few writers could illicit. The writing was exceptional, the sort that proves the fact that writing is a gift bestowed upon some from an unknown (to me) but powerful source. I stand in awe.
And the narrator really brought the 2 main characters—John (criminal) and Milllimaki (law enforcement)—to life. It was a fantastic listen. I couldn't stop. At one point, I wondered how much longer the book had, and I guessed about 2 hours. And I was surprised to see that it was only about 12 minutes remaining. I don't know where the time went. I was completely immersed.

  • Soul of the Wolf

  • The Novels of Ravenwood, Book 2
  • By: Judith Sterling
  • Narrated by: Rebecca McKernan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

A Norman loyalist, Lady Jocelyn bristles when ordered to marry Wulfstan, a Saxon sorcerer. A man of magic and mystery, Wulfstan has no time for wedded bliss. He fears that consummating their marriage will bind their souls and wrench his focus from the ancient riddle his dying mother begged him to solve. He's a lone wolf, salving old wounds with endless work, but Jocelyn stirs him as no woman ever has. Their attraction is undeniable. Their fates are intertwined. Together, they must face their demons and bring light to a troubled land.  

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable; Over-the-top

  • By Kd on 10-08-18

Predictable; Over-the-top

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

This story had the requisite runes, riddle with similar riddle language, a stone site, magic, etc. Sigh. For a time, the quest to consummate their relationship was interesting and not entirely predictable. But then 3 major arcs of the story, including the culminating moment, near the end of the story, was predictable as well as the answering quest guiding point. And, of course, it was an immediate attraction. And Jocelyn is the loveliest and Wulfstand the most beautiful man ever and his sister the sweetest, etc. etc. Sadly the story is also replete with several common over-the-top "romantic" phrases, including actually using the phrase "smoldering eyes." Seriously. The story has 3 mini sex scenes with only 1 being intercourse near the end. And the location of the final act, Jocelyn's virginity ending, was ridiculous. Plus, they were the briefest and most over-wrought sexual moments in written history. Once again, the book didn't live up to the book sample.

  • A Watched Pot

  • By: Mr. Blue
  • Narrated by: David Morley Hale
  • Length: 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Graham is trying his hardest to save his marriage. When his wife, Cressida, invites two new friends over for dinner he offers to cook even though he has no experience with vegan food. Something troubles Graham about the couple, but he can’t quite put his finger on it. He takes a journey into Facebook to find a terrible truth which creates a sinister consequence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A short entertaining read

  • By cosmitron on 10-04-18

Pure Enjoyment

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

Every aspect of this brief gem was fantastic. This tale about a marriage was one of the best audiobooks I've heard in a while. I had to re-listen to get the best part and that need is part of what made it so good. The writing was all it needed to be and nothing it shouldn't have been; no extras. And the performance took the story to the highest level. I want more of this author and narrator. I"m convinced that it was more than 1 narrator. The performance was too good. More, please.

  • Gay Erotica - 10 First Time Stories (Gay Bundle, Book 2)

  • By: Ricky Hard
  • Narrated by: John York
  • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

 

Ten steamy man-on-man and threesome stories. This bundle has everything you could want to get you going, including spanking, bikers, doctors, firemen, sex toys, bondage, cowboys, and more!  

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By Kd on 08-16-18

Boring

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

More like a 2.5; they were ok.

These 10 stories all seem the same. Slight exceptions were 3 men vs 2, being the penetrator in 1 story, and the position when being pentrated/bottomning. So there just wasn't enough variety for me. The stories weren't bad, necessarily. But after the first 2 or 3 stories, I had been-there-done-that with the other 8.
A caveat: I don't know if it was the stories or if my taste has changed over the years. I'm almost 48 years old and have listened to plenty of erotica since becoming an Audible member several years ago. So it's possible that it takes more now for me to like a story or that it takes something different now. I'm unsure. So other listeners may have a very different experience with these stories.

  • Back In the Game

  • A Dating By Numbers Novella
  • By: Meghan Quinn
  • Narrated by: Luci Christian, Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Single dad and hockey star, Calder Weiss has put his love life on the back burner for the past five years, raising his daughter and keeping up with the demands of his profession. But all that changes the minute Rachel Perry runs into him in the most unlikely of places, right outside the men's bathroom. Vibrant and enchanting, she captures his attention, making it impossible for him to walk away without scoring her number. Their connection is immediate, their attraction palpable, and their relationship undeniable. But Rachel isn't the only girl in Calder's life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • My bad; overall a 2.75

  • By Kd on 07-02-18

My bad; overall a 2.75

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

My overall score and story score are both more like 2.75.
I chose poorly. I thought the book would be cuter than it was, based on the book excerpt. The author tried to be cute, but it didn't work for me. I really didn't enjoy the texting between Rachel & Calder. I already didn't like listening to text messages, but then it included the phone messaging sound too. I thought there would be a greater part for Calder's daughter. But his 5 yr old daughter, Shay, had a very small role, rarely seen even though she lived with her dad. Her small parts had her sounding older than 5 & included her asking Rachel if her dad is a good kisser. Really?!
The story wasn't all wine and roses; there was a bit of conflict. It was reasonable & not manufactured, thankfully.
The male narrator can't do cutesy bc his voice is too deep. I preferred the female narrator as both Rachel, the kindergarten school teacher, and Calder Weiss, the star shortstop for a Colorado hockey team.
There weren't many aspects of the story that I enjoyed. But I can say that it was good that the attraction between Calder & Rachel seemed real. And the short book didn't focus on hockey; there was 1 short game w/ little detail. Rachel & Calder jumped into bed quickly. The one scene was hot. There was more sex talk.
Still, w/ the few pluses, my overall experience is closer to the negative part of the evaluation spectrum.

  • My Secret Life: Volume Three Chapter Six

  • By: Dominic Crawford Collins
  • Narrated by: Dominic Crawford Collins
  • Length: 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

My Secret Life, the anonymously written erotic memoirs of a Victorian English gentleman who refers to himself simply as 'Walter' is one of the most idiosyncratic and sexually obsessed books ever written. In this vast autobiographical confessional the author recounts, in meticulous detail, his sexual exploits throughout the course of a life devoted entirely to the pursuit of carnal pleasure. Through this compelling exploration of the author's sexual behaviour we are left with a uniquely entertaining insight into life behind the closed doors of Victorian society.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing happens

  • By Kd on 07-01-18

Nothing happens

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

This is the synopsis: This happens and that happens. This happens and that happens. This happens and that happens. The vague end.
Unfortunately, after the brief happenings, it all goes nowhere. It uses some sexual terms of body parts and sexual acts, but it's only telling, not showing. In the brief happenings, you don't get to know anyone or anything. You only get a small sense that 2 people did some things you could've just as well done without knowing and don't care afterwards.
Seriously. Don't bother with this one.

  • Silent Lies

  • By: Kathryn Croft
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish, Rosie Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,335
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,330

Mia Hamilton lived the perfect life with her husband, university teacher Zach, and their two-year-old daughter. But everything changed when Zach committed suicide on the same night one of his students vanished. Five years later, just when Mia is beginning to heal, stranger Alison walks into her life, saying her husband didn't kill himself. Fragile, slight Alison leads Mia on a path into Zach's past, and Mia begins to think she never really knew her own husband.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!!!!!!!!

  • By dijjer on 12-27-17

A bit riduculous

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

Reviewed: 06-30-18

A British story about the death 5 yrs earlier of Mia Hamilton's husband, Zach, who's also the father of young Freya. The story quickly jumps 5 yrs ahead to Freya at age 7 and then back, 5 yrs ago, to review what led to Zach's death.
The story flips between past and present, which isn't my preferred means of a book unfolding. And it had too many incomplete plot points. Plus, Mia behaves quite unethically as a private practice counselor, which was off-putting. At least she seems to be somewhat aware of her ethical issues.
It was clear early on that I wasn't going to love this book. Still, I listened in order to find out if I was right, but the journey to the end was a bit bland. I was mildly engaged when the story focused on the present but not when it was in the past. Most of the main characters were suspicious, and no one was likeable. Yes, people and life have complexity. But this story was written with fake complexity so that the ending is a complete let down. So the cherry on top of the mess was the ending, which provided some answers along with new questions in order to get folk to buy the next book. I couldn't be less interested.
Plus, the narrator was bad as Freya, Mia and Zach's 5 yr old daughter.

  • The Unremembered Girl

  • By: Eliza Maxwell
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,174
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,169

In the deep woods of East Texas, Henry supports his family by selling bootleg liquor. It's all he can do to keep his compassionate but ailing mother and his stepfather - a fanatical grassroots minister with a bruising rhetoric - from ruin. But they have no idea they've become the obsession of the girl in the woods. Andoned and nearly feral, Eve has been watching them, seduced by the notion of family - something she's known only in the most brutal sense. Soon she can't resist the temptation to get close.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Simpsons on 11-14-17

Quite Memorable

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

Reviewed: 06-30-18

The cast of characters in Blackwater, TX include Evangeline (aka Eve), Mary (sister to Henry & Del & daughter of Mrs. Dussett), Jonah & Aunt Helen (neighbors), Deputy Brady (Jonah's brother), 5ft 4in minister Livingston (Mrs. Dussett's husband), Deputy Del & his wife, Alice, and Henry, a moonshiner. There are about 3 others who become peripheral main characters, but I don't want to give anything away.
Two themes stood out to me as I listened to the gritty lives around a TX swamp: (1) Hurt people, hurt people and (2) Mama is always right.
The story took right in and held me there. I was quite struck by Evangeline aka Eve. And lordy, I love Mrs. Caroline Dussett. There are few things more enjoyable to watch than a usually docile woman showing fierce parts of herself, often hidden and expected to stay that way. I still think about Henry like we grew up together, me wanting for him all the beauty life has to offer. The best stories are like life, a mix of bitter with sweet. Nice epilogue.
All the things that ran through my head: WTH! Noooo! I knew it! Well, I didn't see that coming. What?! Life. I love her. Uh oh! Where have you been all my life (asking the book)? Will there be a sequel?
The story doesn't end with a cliffhanger. There's a nice epilogue. But another book could pick up where it leaves off. I'll be waiting to see.