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  • 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

Generally good but...

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

The (quite hot) romance between the two main characters develops convincingly and that’s good but Shane’s mother is a ludicrous concoction of neuroses and ends up being not just unrealistic but aggravating. I just couldn’t care after a while. If you skip over her it’s a better experience.

  • Summer Half

  • By: Angela Thirkell
  • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

A captivating comic novel from Angela Thirkell's much-loved 1930s Barsetshire series: trainee barrister Colin Keith makes an ill-advised foray into teaching at Southbridge School. To his parents' dismay, Colin Keith - out of the noble but misplaced sense of duty peculiar to high-minded young university graduates - chooses to quit his training for the Bar and take a teaching job at Southbridge School.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Have Taught College English...

  • By Douglas on 08-24-16

Pleasing comedy of bygone England

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

Essentially a comedy of manners with stock characters, enlivened by the school setting and occasional wit. The narrator gives a finely modulated performance, adroitly catching both female and male voices. The novel does not rise above the ordinary but it’s an entertaining piece nonetheless. Excellent bedtime or mid-afternoon listening.

  • Cleansing Flame

  • Rekindled Flame, Book 2
  • By: Andrew Grey
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Life has been grinding Dayne Mills down for almost as long as he can remember. First, he lost the love of his life in an accident that also left him with a permanent injury, and then his mother passed away a year later. When his house burns to the ground, it's the last straw. If it wasn't for kind and handsome firefighter Lawson Martin offering him a hand up and a place to stay, he doesn't know what he'd do.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed the narration!

  • By Belen on 07-29-17

Too repetitive

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

The premise is fine as are the main characters potentially, but the story fails to get beyond a couple of basic motifs: a wants b, b also wants a but is afraid he’s not good enough for a. And so it goes on...and on. Cue accident and hospital bed scenes. Disappointing.

  • The Little Library

  • By: Kim Fielding
  • Narrated by: Andrew McFerrin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

In an attempt to manage his overflowing book collection, Elliott builds a miniature neighborhood library in his front yard. The project puts him in touch with his neighbors - for better and worse - and introduces him to handsome, charming Simon.  While romance blooms quickly between them, Elliott's not willing to live in the closet, and his best career prospects might take him far away. His books have plenty to tell him about history, but they give him no clues about a future with Simon.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another great one from Kim Fielding!

  • By Morgan A Skye on 07-26-18

Enjoyable light romance

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

Flows along pleasantly with minimal obstacles between the professor and the hot ex-cop, save for the hardly unexpected prejudices of his parents from the Middle East. All the action is quite realistically depicted. The appealing concept of the little library is an inventive twist and the author has the academic world down with great accuracy. Good narrator. Perfect bedtime listening.

  • A Daring Ride

  • The Bullriders, Book 2
  • By: Andrew Grey
  • Narrated by: John Solo
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Simon "Frizz" Frizzell sneaks away to the rodeo on weekends, and it’s not until after he wins a buckle that he tells his parents about his bull-riding. He knows they won’t approve of his choice of sport, but his parents own a Christian bookstore, and he couldn’t possibly tell them the whole truth: He’s gay. And so are some of his rodeo friends, like Dante and Ryan, and Jacky - a young man he wishes could have been more than a one-night stand. When Simon sets his sights on his dreams, he finds work with Dante and Ryan, and bumps into Jacky on the job.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Daring Ride

  • By Stacy Thompson on 08-21-18

Just couldn’t finish it

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

Starts very promisingly but then just flogs a dead horse over and over until I couldn’t bear to go on. Such potential in the characters and the setting but, oh dear, painfully repetitive and psychologically unconvincing. Pity but there it is.

  • Someone Worth Saving

  • By: Ruthie Luhnow
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Reed: I've spent my whole life causing trouble for my parents, but this time I went too far. After the scandal I caused nearly ruined my mom's political career, they decided to do something drastic - and that's how I ended up in on a ranch in Ely, Wyoming, a zillion miles from civilization. But it's not like I care that I have no friends, my family despises me, and I totally ruined my life in a really public way. And I definitely don't cry myself to sleep every night. The good news? The ranch hand, Brady, is super hot. I mean, I only want to get him in bed to prove I can.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a beautiful, deeply moving book...

  • By Clau on 04-03-18

City meets Country

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

The storyline is a familiar and understandably popular one, here lifted out of the ordinary by the skills of the reader who manages to do multiple voices so convincingly that he deserves an award. While Brady and Reed are on occasion slightly irritating, the other characters are perceptively drawn, like the ghastly Republican politician mother or go

  • Cowboys Don't Ride Unicorns

  • By: Tara Lain
  • Narrated by: K.C. Kelly
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

Cowboy Danny Boone - a name he made up one drunken night and has regretted ever since - harbors a big past and yearns for a small future. A short, bright career as a champion bull rider almost ended in his death when his homophobic father discovered Danny was gay. Now Danny longs for a plot of land he can build a ranch on, enough money to make up for some of the education he missed, and, secretly, a beautiful femme who likes to top - a combo rarer than a unicorn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite authors and a new favorite voic

  • By Mainely Stories on 08-29-17

Good story hot bull rider

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

Reviewed: 03-27-18

Only negative is the way the narrator voices Laurie, he sounds like he’s on drugs or brain dead.

  • Lost Treasure

  • By: Kate Sherwood
  • Narrated by: Jem Matzan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

When Kyle Champlain's grandmother, Molly, passes away, he returns to Wetlake, Canada, to settle her estate. Kyle spent his summers in Wetlake as a child, and now he has the chance to renew his acquaintances with some old friends, including Ryan Summers, before going home to Chicago. But when Kyle tries to pressure Ryan into a business decision, their renewed friendship - and any possible attraction - is almost immediately on the rocks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent narrator and satisfying story

  • By James on 03-06-18

Excellent narrator and satisfying story

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

Jem Matzan is a superb reader. His voicing of Sean is perfect. Hope to hear more of him. The gently nostalgic story gradually unfolds amid an atmospheric lakeside setting, the scene of an earlier childhood romance. Kyle is a little bit of a jerk (no wonder with parents like his!) but makes the right choices in the end and everything comes together, so to speak.

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  • The Only Guy

  • The Guy, Book 2
  • By: Skylar M. Cates
  • Narrated by: Matt Baca
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

Aaron Weiss knows how to escape. Years ago, he ran from a romantic disappointment and impulsively joined the Army. Now, he's forced to take a medical discharge, and readjusting to life at home proves a challenge. Jesse Ross knows how to hide. He realizes he's an oddball, and that he's an outsider within his own family. He also knows his secret love since childhood, Aaron, only wants his good-looking, favored older brother. Yet Jesse could never completely abandon his intense feelings for Aaron.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good series.

  • By Kelly on 07-19-15

Kind of irritating, unfinishable

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

Reviewed: 01-18-18

It starts very well but the hospital scene and its aftermath is really daft. And repetitive. I just couldn’t take more of Aaron. Pity because Jesse is a great character and Matt Baca is a good narrator.

  • Setting the Hook

  • By: Andrew Grey
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

William Westmoreland escapes his unfulfilling Rhode Island existence by traveling to Florida twice a year and chartering Mike Jansen's fishing boat to take him out on the Gulf. The crystal-blue water and tropical scenery isn't the only view William enjoys, but he's never made his move. A vacation romance just isn't on his horizon.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Light romance

  • By James on 01-15-18

Light romance

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

Reviewed: 01-15-18

Low stress, light and happy romance guaranteed to please. Slightly lacking in complexity and depth but the setting is well imagined and the characters basically hold up. The reader does a fine job.