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  • Spectred Isle

  • Green Men Series, Book 1
  • By: KJ Charles
  • Narrated by: Ruairi Carter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20

Archaeologist Saul Lazenby has been all but unemployable since his disgrace during the War. Now he scrapes a living working for a rich eccentric who believes in magic. Saul knows it's a lot of nonsense except that he begins to find himself in increasingly strange and frightening situations. And at every turn he runs into the sardonic, mysterious Randolph Glyde, the last of an ancient line of arcanists, commanding deep secrets and extraordinary powers as he struggles to fulfill his family duties in a war-torn world. The only question for Randolph is whether Saul is victim or villain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A new KJ Charles audiobook to savor

  • By BR on 09-17-18

A new KJ Charles audiobook to savor

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

I adore KJ Charles and have read all of her works. Favorites include The Charm of Magpies series, Think of England and now this, Spectred Isle. Even though I have read them as ebooks, it is always amazing to me how much is enhanced with the audio version. The narration took a good story and detailed characters to the next level. I don't like recapping the plot, but the highlights include MCs that have strengths, flaws and tragic pasts. The setting in post WW I England has the upheaval of the Great War as part of a very well done bit of world building that includes magic and mysteries. The m/m romance is strong, but not the insipid instant love that plagues so many m/m stories. The narrator does a good job with the main characters, particularly Randolph as the snarky aristocrat. One negative is that his women voices weren't great. But that is a minor quibble as there are very few women in the book. He does pull of the sex scenes well, which is where most narrators fail so that is a big plus. I did not know they were making this as an audiobook so was absolutely delighted to find it. It lived up to my expectations and then some. Definitely recommended.

  • Wanted, a Gentleman

  • By: KJ Charles
  • Narrated by: Greg Patmore
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Act the first: the offices of the Matrimonial Advertiser, London, where lonely hearts may seek one another for the cost of a shilling. Act the second: a pursuit to Gretna Green (or thereabouts) featuring a speedy carriage, sundry rustic, a private bedchamber. In the course of which are presented romance, revenge, and redemption, deceptions, discoveries, and desires - the particulars of which are too numerous to impart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A ridiculously good audio book

  • By Chris on 09-14-17

KJ Charles does it again!

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

Reviewed: 11-30-17

Shorter than her other books, Wanted, a Gentleman still hits all of KJ Charles strengths. An opposites attract romance, a strong storyline and some thoughtful emotional development of characters come together in her inimitable style. The narrator has good flow and each character's voice is distinct. What always stands out in her books is that the main characters are not "perfect" neither physically or as people. There are flaws, average looks and complex personal histories that make the attraction and emotional connections forged between characters deeply satisfying. If you like a little depth to your m/m romances, you will like this author.

  • Tramps and Thieves

  • Murder and Mayhem, Book 2
  • By: Rhys Ford
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

Retiring from stealing priceless treasures seemed like a surefire way for Rook Stevens to stay on the right side of the law. The only cop in his life should have been his probably-boyfriend, Los Angeles Detective Dante Montoya, but that's not how life - his life - is turning out. Instead, Rook ends up not only standing in a puddle of his cousin Harold's blood but also being accused of Harold's murder...and sleeping with Harold's wife.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mmm Mmm Good

  • By Belen on 11-12-17

Easy listen with a great narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-25-17

Greg Tremblay is one of my favorite narrators and I could listen to him read almost anything. Luckily, this is a good story combined with good narration. The sequel to Murder and Mayhem shows detective Dante and reformed burglar Rook in the first stages of a real relationship with real issues and fears following them. Also following them is a violent criminal who is focused on Rook. The story suffers a little from repetitiousness of the police characters going over possible motives but adding in more depth through side characters Camden and Burns make up for it. Archie remains a cantankerous delight. All in all an easy listening experience showcasing the great partnership between a Tremblay and author Rhys Ford.

  • An Unsuitable Heir

  • Sins of the Cities, Book 3
  • By: K.J. Charles
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

On the trail of an aristocrat's secret son, enquiry agent Mark Braglewicz finds his quarry in a music hall, performing as a trapeze artist with his twin sister. Graceful, beautiful, elusive, and strong, Pen Starling is like nobody Mark's ever met - and everything he's ever wanted. But the long-haired acrobat has an earldom and a fortune to claim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a climax!

  • By Imagine Reviews on 11-25-17

Series ends on a high note

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

Reviewed: 11-25-17

The final installment of the Sins of the City gives interesting characters, a nice narration and resolution of the mystery in KJ Charles' inimitable style. There is instant attraction between trapeze artist Pen and private investigator Mark that shows how gender fluidity can be beautiful. Pen struggles with being misunderstood and opens up to Mark's compassionate understanding. However, an unwanted title forces Pen to play the gentleman and violence follows in his wake. The mystery begun in the first book has a satisfying conclusion. You also get to catch up with Clem, Rowley, Nathaniel and Justin from the first two books of the series which is fun. The whole series is narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davis who does a fine job in character voice and development. I am beyond thrilled KJ Charles is getting turned into audibles and hope more of her books get the attention they deserve.

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  • The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal

  • By: K. J. Charles
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

I have been Simon Feximal's companion, assistant, and chronicler for 20 years now, and during that time my Casebooks of Feximal the Ghost-Hunter have spread the reputation of this most accomplished of ghost-hunters far and wide. Here is how my association with Feximal came about. I dare say it may not be quite what you expect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • KJ Charles is magic

  • By BR on 11-24-17

KJ Charles is magic

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

Reviewed: 11-24-17

A Gothic supernatural romance is not my usual cup of tea. But I have never been disappointed in KJ Charles so I gave it a try. And was well rewarded with a great narrator telling creepy supernatural stories set in pre-WWI England. Main character Robert Caldwell has written countless published stories of the great ghost hunter Simon Feximal, now he shares stories to his editor that give the intimate background of the two men as long time partners. Robert's compassionate (and passionate) love for a difficult man makes this more than the average m/m romance. And Simon as a man hardened by the evil he fights, is a hidden true romantic adding more emotion than expected. Edwardian Britain is well described adding a nice atmosphere to the proceedings. Gary Furlong is a narrator I haven't heard before and will now keep an eye out for because of his great performance. My dearest hope is that he will be tapped as narrator for Spectred Isle as it is set in the same supernatural world. Quite frankly I look forward to anything audible puts out for KJ Charles if it continues to be of this quality.

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  • Think of England

  • By: KJ Charles
  • Narrated by: Tom Carter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

England, 1904. Two years ago, Captain Archie Curtis lost his friends, fingers, and future to a terrible military accident. Alone, purposeless, and angry, Curtis is determined to discover if he and his comrades were the victims of fate, or of sabotage. Curtis's search takes him to an isolated, ultra-modern country house, where he meets and instantly clashes with fellow guest Daniel da Silva. Effete, decadent, foreign, and all-too-obviously queer, the sophisticated poet is everything the straightforward British officer fears and distrusts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • an unexpected delight!

  • By BR on 11-11-17

an unexpected delight!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

I found out this favorite KJ Charles book came out as an audiobook by happy surprise. Any offering by KJ Charles by Audible is a delight, but this delivers on great narration, good characters and strong chemistry. The main character Archie is a wounded war hero trying to determine if his accident was caused by treachery and finds an unlikely ally in the bohemian Danielle. Set against a very British house party, the two discover dark secrets and a strong attraction. I found Archie's quintessential British chap to have a compelling storyline in self discovery as he slowly adapts to an understanding of himself as attracted to men. The period prejudices are a little startling to hear but are important to the plot so not there just for shock value. Danielle acts as a quicksilver foil to Archie's self realization, and the sex scenes show how opposites can fit together in the end. All this is managed with a deft touch by Tom Carter as the narrator. Am hopeful it is the start of a series and even more hopeful that other books by Charles, particularly the Charm of Magpies series, will also get audible versions.

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  • Dim Sum Asylum

  • By: Rhys Ford
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266

Senior Inspector Roku MacCormick of the Chinatown Arcane Crimes Division faces a pile of challenges far beyond his human-faerie heritage - snarling dragons guarding C-Town's multiple gates and exploding noodle factories. After a case goes sideways, Roku is saddled with Trent Leonard, a new partner he can't trust, to add to the crime syndicate family he doesn't want and a spell-casting serial killer he desperately needs to find.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting and delicious...can't wait for more!

  • By danielle on 08-02-17

For Rhys Ford and Greg Tremblay fans

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

Reviewed: 08-09-17

Rhys Ford mixes magic, police, San Francisco, crime families and m/m romance in a fast paced book. Detective Roku gets a new partner and a bizarre new mystery full of magical creatures on the same day. The investigation takes them into the dark corners of Chinatown with complications added by Roku's crime lord grandfather. The two detectives bond slowly and the romance is pretty low key but satisfying. Roku has a lot of charm and a lot of personal baggage. Rhys Ford is always a fun read and her partnership with narrator Greg Tremblay continues to produce great audiobooks. He is a favorite of mine and he does his usual stellar narration with unique voices, great accents and an emphatic (but not overdone) reading. All and all another win for Rhys Ford and Greg Tremblay.

  • An Unnatural Vice

  • Sins of the Cities, Book 2
  • By: K.J. Charles
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

In the sordid streets of Victorian London, unwanted desire flares between two bitter enemies brought together by a deadly secret. Crusading journalist Nathaniel Roy is determined to expose spiritualists who exploit the grief of bereaved and vulnerable people. First on his list is the so-called Seer of London, Justin Lazarus. Nathaniel expects him to be a cheap, heartless fraud.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Opposites Attract

  • By ShannonVM on 10-10-18

K. J. Charles does it again

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

K.J. Charles is an auto buy for me ever since the Magpie series. That remains the favorite, but I definitely enjoyed the second installment of the Sins of the Cities series. While the first book in the series had a gentleness between the two main characters, in this book there is friction and sparks. Following an enemies to lovers storyline, the cynical psychic Justin rubs the crusading journalist Nathaniel the wrong way. But that doesn't stop them from wanting to rub each in other ways (sorry, easy joke). The initial attraction grows to something more when danger follows them in the fog polluted streets of Victorian London. One of my favorite things about K. J. Charles is that her characters are not without flaws and issues. Justin is, to me, the more interesting as someone who will do whatever he can to keep his precarious social position as his protection from poverty and the streets. Nathaniel struggles to put aside his self righteousness but does so once he sees Justin's reality is less privileged than his own. The sex scenes work well as does the eventual solid partnership they form together. The narrator does his usual great job of giving unique voices to each character. In a nutshell, a fun listen that is well worth a credit. The biggest problem I have is the wait until the final book coming out in October.

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  • A Rare Book of Cunning Device

  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,161
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,155

Exclusive to Audio! Somewhere amongst the shadowy stacks and the many basements of the British library, something is very much amiss - and we're not talking late returns here. Is it a ghost, or something much worse? PC Peter Grant really isn't looking forward to finding out....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • such a delight.

  • By C. H. Dye on 04-30-17

Narrator is an all time favorite

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

Reviewed: 06-23-17

The story is so short it is really more of a premise, but it is still a delightful listen. We get more of our favorite apprentice wizard constable and learn of the rivalries amongst librarians. But really, for me, it is all about Kobna Holbrook-Smith's beautiful voice and narration style. The story was too short for him to show off all the accents he pulls off effortlessly so do take a listen to some of the other Peter Grant audiobooks. Start with the first 'Midnight Riot' and Kobna will guide you into this well done world of magic mixing with modern London policing and topped with the interesting Peter Grant with his quick wits and dry humor. I can't wait for more.

  • Conspirator

  • Foreigner Sequence 4, Book 1
  • By: C. J. Cherryh
  • Narrated by: Daniel Thomas May
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340

Cajeiri is the young son of the powerful leader of the Western Association-and he has become a target for forces bent on destroying his father's rule. For Cajeiri is the first ateva to understand the humans living among them-an understanding that threatens his own race.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heroe's Homecoming!!!!!

  • By Professor on 09-24-12

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 03-20-17

A favorite of the whole series. As the only interpreter between humans and the alien atevi, Bren observes the many parallels between the species. But he also sees up close how culture and biology separate the two species and those insights make for a fascinating story. This is a fun book in the series because we also learn about cultural differences between atevi ethnicities and Cherryh descriptions of the Edi people add a lot of texture to a fairly politic part of the series arc. This is not the book to start if you haven't read the series, you really must start at the beginning. But for fans it has a great deal of the best parts of any Cherryh story, the complex characters. Ilisidi, Banichi and Jago stand out. Cajeiro is as precocious as ever. None of this would work without a first rate narrator and Daniel Thomas May continues to be phenomenal. I am re-listening in anticipation of the upcoming release of a new book and am reminded all over again why I have loved this series for all these years.