• After the Fire

  • Through Hell and Back, Volume 2
  • By: Felice Stevens
  • Narrated by: Kale Williams
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

A single bullet destroyed the dreams of Dr. Jordan Peterson. With his lover dead, Jordan descends into an endless spiral of self-destruction that nearly costs him his friends, his career and his life. When Jordan finds himself working closely with the aloof Lucas Conover, the investment banker's mysterious past and unexpected kindness shocks him back into a life and emotions he'd thought lost forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love this story!

  • By Christina Wade on 08-11-17

Riveting narration. Intense, emotional story

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

If you could sum up After the Fire in three words, what would they be?

Intense, hopeful, loving

What did you like best about this story?

I love character driven stories. I love following characters as they struggle through and cope with what life throws at them. I love actually feeling and experiencing the emotions as they do. This book has that in spades. The plot was complex, branching out to involve more than just the relationship between Luke and Jordan, especially in the form of Ash. Indeed Ash and Drew play major roles in this story. I loved the follow through there with storylines from the prequel, A Walk Through Fire. I cared about all of the characters.

Which character – as performed by Kale Williams – was your favorite?

I would say Luke. Kale has such a smooth narrative style, and with Luke it really shines. Kale let Luke's somewhat dormant Georgia accent out here and there when most plausible, especially notalbe were the scenes when Luke was feeling lusty towards Jordan - sexxyyy! Kale is super talented. All of the characters were voiced distinctly and pretty much exactly as I thought in my head when I read the book. No caricatures, and nothing strained or over the top, he puts just the right amount of emphasis on the emotions in any given scene. Kale has become one of my favorite narrators.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I appreciated when Luke got rightfully pissed about Jordan’s drug use but didn’t drop Jordan for it. Rather, they discussed their issues, past and present until their souls were bare. It was great to see Jordan and Luke ultimately finding their own strength by being vulnerable with each other. The trust and love that built as the two gradually let down their guard and shared their burdens was indeed well earned.

Any additional comments?

I can't wait to hear Kale's rendition of the third wonderful book in this series, Embrace the Fire

  • Learning to Love

  • By: Felice Stevens
  • Narrated by: Derrick McClain
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

After 10 years away from home, bad boy caterer Gideon Marks has a lot to prove. Getting the holiday catering job at his childhood synagogue is the first step in demonstrating to everyone he didn't turn out to be the failure they predicted. What he doesn't count on is Rabbi Jonah Fine, his high school nemesis and secret crush, stirring up old feelings Gideon thought long gone and secrets he's buried deep for years.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not worth it, even as part of the Romance Package

  • By Evie22 on 01-29-18

Wonderful narration of an inspiring story of love

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

Reviewed: 07-27-17

If you could sum up Learning to Love in three words, what would they be?

Moving, inspiring, loving

What was one of the most memorable moments of Learning to Love?

Jonah telling Gideon how he'd always had feelings for him, and what lengths he was ready to go to in order to find him.

Have you listened to any of Derrick McClain’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Sure have. He captures the emotions and personalities of the characters very well. Gideon started out with a chip on his shoulder, which evolved to his vulnerability showing. Jonah was solid and steady, but had his own insecurities. Rabbi Ari Fine and all of the secondary characters were distinctly portrayed. McClain expressed all of the characters very well.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Gideon speaking to Rabbi Fine about himself, and his father

Any additional comments?

Felice Stevens always delivers interesting, authentic, raw characters; puts them through strife, and has them emerging stronger for it. This story also incorporates preconceived ideas about people and religion, and dealing with learning disabilites as a functioning adult. And love, lots of love. ♥

  • The Curse of the Blue Scarab

  • A Monster Mash-Up
  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Alexander Masters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 89

Who or what is responsible for the gruesome deaths of members of the secret society known as the Order of Osiris? Dr. Armiston, an irascible, confirmed bachelor who believes in medicine, not mysticism, is certain the deaths are only tragic accidents. The members of the Order of Osiris suspect something more sinister is at work.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious

  • By Chris R on 05-21-17

Great period mystery/excellent mix with The Mummy

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

Reviewed: 04-19-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Curse of the Blue Scarab to be better than the print version?

Not better, but perhaps somewhat easier to engage with do to the dry, slower cadence of the this story. Alexander Masters never fails to be fully engaging, and to completely animate all characters.

What did you like best about this story?

The methodical mind of Armiston, the very slow build of his attraction to Maxwell and how he ended up embracing it fully. I liked how the plot was complex yet very straightforward. Every word exuded atmosphere.

Have you listened to any of Alexander Masters’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've listened to a great many. The man is supremely talented and never fails to voice each character distinctly and unnerringly. He is an absolute joy to listen to - repeatedly.

If you could take any character from The Curse of the Blue Scarab out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Hah!! Hmm, I think I'd take Armiston's manservant, Byrd. He's intriguing in his own right, enjoys good food, plus imagine the gossip he has about the gentry!

Any additional comments?

You can't go wrong with Lanyon or Masters. In combination? The absolute cream of the crop.

  • Rescued

  • By: Felice Stevens
  • Narrated by: Charlie David
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 159

Ryder Daniels is all too familiar with rejection. His parents cut off contact because he's gay and his boyfriend left him, choosing drugs over love. When Jason Mallory's girlfriend gives him an ultimatum to get married, he shocks everyone by breaking up with her instead. Jason and Ryder build a friendship - until an unexpected kiss sparks the attraction they've been fighting.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet, sexy & a wonderful HEA!

  • By Belen on 03-25-17

Beautiful, in-depth story of discovering love

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

Reviewed: 04-16-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Rescued to be better than the print version?

No, not better, but Charlie David's superb narration took a fantastic story to new heights. Really elevated the enjoyability by giving actual voice to some unforgettable characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ryder. He had been hurt by many people who never should have hurt him. Yet, he was able to open up, be vulnerable, and ended up with wonderful partner in Jason because of his courage.

Have you listened to any of Charlie David’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. Charlie always brings a fresh and captivating presence to the stories he performs. His acting abilities are consummate, his delivery is smooth, nuanced - never over the top.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Rescued: Discovery and recovery of the heart.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended.

  • A Walk Through Fire

  • Through Hell and Back, Book 1
  • By: Felice Stevens
  • Narrated by: Kale Williams
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204

Blaming himself for the death of his parents, Dr. Drew Klein retreats into a shell of loneliness, merely going through the motions of life. After a disastrous, short-lived marriage, Drew leaves his lucrative medical practice to set up a clinic for abused young men and women. The decision has more repercussions than Drew could ever imagine when the dark and sensual Ash Davis volunteers to help. Although Drew isn't gay, Ash is inexplicably drawn to him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 🌟🌟 🌟🌟🌟<br />this was a great audio listen .<br />

  • By VHB on 03-11-17

A phenomenal performance of an impassioned story

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

Reviewed: 04-03-17

Would you consider the audio edition of A Walk Through Fire to be better than the print version?

Not better no, but a gorgeous comeplementary piece to be sure. Kale Williams' brilliant narration is stunning.

What did you like best about this story?

It's character driven and very true to the drama that makes up everyday life. Mr. Williams deftly gives each of the many characters a distinct and fitting voice.

Which scene was your favorite?

Probably when Ash lets down his walls and allows Drew to get truly emotionally close.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The hospital scene - wow.
Anytime Esther is speaking to Ash privately.

Any additional comments?

I read this wonderful, heart-wrenching book before listening to the audio. Kale Williams takes the golden words of Felice Stevens and increases their enjoyment value to the nth degree. Not to be missed.

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  • The Lost Prince

  • By: Harper Fox
  • Narrated by: Rusty Coles
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

Laurie and Sasha have built a bright new world together. Sasha is working for the Immigration Guidance Council, and Laurie is landing theatre roles he could once only have dreamed of. Best of all, they've spent the past two years enjoying the love they snatched from the jaws of Sasha's violent, dangerous past. But Laurie has a history too. He's on edge, his talents increasing beyond his ability to deal with them.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful, sadly awful

  • By AAHickman on 04-11-18

Simply magnificent story of love and atonement

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

Reviewed: 01-26-17

What did you love best about The Lost Prince?

This book has everything. At its heart is a strong love story between diverse, extremely compelling characters - Sasha and Laurie . There is sort of a role reversal when Laurie takes on the protection of Sasha - he has stalwart intentions but blunders it so badly with such misappropirated aplomb. They both care so fiercely for each other they don't always make the best decisions. I appreciate that the story took some unexpected twists such as Laurie falling into substance abuse issues as a coping mechanism, rather than being honest with Sasha. What Laurie thought were protections led to worse problems. I also like that the story ran the full gamut from happy career, happy home life, to turbulent upheaval, culture shock, emotional betrayal, and the action/adventure climactic scenes. The secondary characters are all clearly presented and very pivotal to the story. Such wonderful escapism for this reader.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lost Prince?

Hmm, so many. Many of them are reveals, so I can't be specific. I do like how intense both Laurie and Sasha are about their work, and in their feelings for one another. Although Laurie's intensity gets him into trouble at times -to say the least... I did love how when how all seemed hopeless, a figure from the past appeared to lend a very big helping hand. Laurie's sister Clara jad insights and interventions which were marvelous.

Anytime Laurie or Sasha called the other Ves'tacha ♥

What about Rusty Coles’s performance did you like?

Everything! He was able to voice each and every character uniquely and, in my mind, perfectly. Nobody sounded like a cartoon version, or unlike I imagined. It's an understatement to say he heightened the enjoyment of my favorite Harper Fox series. Took that enjoyment to the moon and back is more like it.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Laurie's about to take on the role of his life. But sometimes running away,,, brings your demons closer.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this audiobook and the prequel, A Midwinter Prince

  • A Midwinter Prince

  • By: Harper Fox
  • Narrated by: Rusty Coles
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

Laurence Fitzroy is trapped in a golden cage. The only son of a wealthy London baronet, he's struggling to escape his father's suffocating world. But Laurie is losing his fight. At 19 years of age, bright and imaginative, he's no match for the brutal Sir William. Laurie wants to be an actor - bad enough as far as Sir William is concerned, but, worse than that, he's gay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sublime performance. Gritty, emotional story

  • By Dianne T. on 01-12-17

Sublime performance. Gritty, emotional story

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

Reviewed: 01-12-17

Would you consider the audio edition of A Midwinter Prince to be better than the print version?

A well chosen performance artist will enhance a wonderful book every time. That is certainly the case here. Listening to it, I definitely felt as though the characters were actual people putting on a play in my ears. The narrator, Rusty Coles, did a superb and deft job of voicing each character distinctly and putting the perfect emotional inflection in all scenes.

What did you like best about this story?

The beautiful, flowing prose with which Harper Fox weaves her stories. The events in this story are unexpected, difficult to predict - yet surprising in the best way. The two characters of Laurie and Sasha are contradictions, yet are very much the same at heart. They make for convincing couple that I was rooting for all the way. I felt each moment of heartbreak, each triumph, each hug.

Which character – as performed by Rusty Coles – was your favorite?

Laurie. It's his story and he's in every scene. Coles voiced him just as I would have hoped.

If you could take any character from A Midwinter Prince out to dinner, who would it be and why?

It would be the detective from Interpol. He was a real stand up guy to Laurie and Sasha and imagine the stories he could tell. Confident and compassionate = sexy!

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  • Beauty, Inc.

  • Pennymaker Tales, Book 3
  • By: Tara Lain
  • Narrated by: Kale Williams
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

Chemist Dr. Robert "Belle" Belleterre loves flowers, green trees, his best friend Judy, and "his baby": the new face cream he developed to help put his father's small cosmetics company on the map. Sadly he gets no help from his alcoholic, gambling-addicted father, who loses Belle in a poker game to Magnus Strong, the CEO of Beauty, Inc., the largest American cosmetics company - a man infamous for his scarred ugliness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loooooooove this series! Adore this book!

  • By Scott Butterfield on 12-12-16

An entertaining spin on a favorite tale

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

Reviewed: 01-05-17

What made the experience of listening to Beauty, Inc. the most enjoyable?

Kale Williams' sparkling and entertaining performance. The storyline flows very well too, so the combination makes for an engaging overall experience.

What did you like best about this story?

Tara Lain's modern spin on a beloved, fantastical story is indeed magical. Even though some characters do despicable things to Belle, he remains optimistic and loyal.I liked the low anxiety level. Yes, there were some tense moments, and some people being jerks, but the romance between Belle and Magnus bloomed without major setbacks. This story was mostly about people making positive progess in life. The secondary characters of Leroy and Judy made wonderful friends for Belle.

What does Kale Williams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Wonderfully inventive voices for each and every character. Smooth narrative style. I didn't read the book first, but I felt each voice was a great fit for its represented character.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Don't want to spoiler, so I'll just say near the end, when Belle stopped Magnus from doing something life altering.

Any additional comments?

This story is meant to be a feel good, fun exploration of human nature and love. If you're looking for deep probing of human issues in a serious light, or action/adventure, this book isn't going to do it for you.

  • The Arrangement

  • By: Felice Stevens
  • Narrated by: Charlie David
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

Carter Haywood lives for the weekends - specifically the one weekend every month when he escapes real life, with all the pressures of work and caring for his special needs brother, to do whatever he wants, with whomever he wants. Sex is only a release; he's not looking for love, a relationship or even a second night with the same man, until he walks into a bar and finds someone who makes leaving it all behind impossible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone has some kind of baggage

  • By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 02-08-17

Wonderful, nuanced performance Provocative story

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

Reviewed: 01-05-17

What did you love best about The Arrangement?

Getting to know what made Carter and Reed tick, as individuals. Watching them progress in their relationship and in their comfort within their own skins. I really appreciate how Felice Stevens humanizes her characters in a fashion I can relate to. An example would be the sexy steaminess Carter and Reed radiated and craved, while still maintaining a strong check on other areas of their lives. Her inclusion of a child in the story makes the relationship dynamics even more interesting and powerful. Mr. David's spot-on performance is the crowning touch to this highly enjoyable story.

What other book might you compare The Arrangement to and why?

Not sure I like comparing books. The underlying theme is people believing they aren't quite worthy of a committed partner; that their life is too burdensome for someone to share. Then, the right someone comes along to push and challenge them. To truly love them.

What about Charlie David’s performance did you like?

Everything!! I read this book before listening to the audio, and Mr. David, in my mind, presented the voices of Carter and Reed perfectly. This is a very sensual story, and Mr. David has a smooth timbred voice, deep enough to be mesmerizing, but not sound at all "announcer like." He became the characters.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Well, I feel the author already has the perfect one with: "It wasn't supposed to get personal...until it did"

Any additional comments?

The story flowed well, and I felt the actions of the characters were well timed and plausible. The sex scenes are very erotic, they are important in demonstrating the evolution of the relationsip and while hot, are not there simply to titillate. At times I feel the story could have been tighter. Some of Carter's conflicting thoughts were repeated on page potentially more than necessary.

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  • Half Moon Chambers

  • By: Harper Fox
  • Narrated by: Tim Gilbert
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

A cop and a recovering addict - no chance for romance there. Yet Vince, a street-hardened narcotics officer, is having to reassess his life. Six months ago, he hit rock-bottom. A bullet brought him down, and his beloved partner Jack betrayed him. Badly disabled and in constant pain, Vince is flying a desk these days, and it doesn't suit him at all. His world is looking grim when he meets Rowan Clyde, sole surviving witness to a vicious drugs-related killing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sublime in every way

  • By Dianne T. on 12-17-16

Sublime in every way

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

Reviewed: 12-17-16

I spent and enthralling several hours caught up in Rowan and Vince's conflicted Newcastle world. This is one of my favorite books by Harper Fox. It's a lovely combination of sensuousness, grit, heartbreak, and determination - full of tense action, and much love. The audio performance by Tim Gilbert is nothing short of brilliant. Gripping, raw, and profoundly nuanced. Tim voiced both Vince and Rowan to perfection. I couldn't have given them better intonations in my head. He takes a gorgeously written story to new heights. It makes for an unforgettable experience -yet one I want to experience all over again.

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