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Bradley Joseph

Chicago, Illinois
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  • His Consort

  • By: Mary Calmes
  • Narrated by: Scott Smith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161

A new life in New Orleans is all Jason Thorpe had hoped: His quaint little store attracts a devoted staff, and his warm, loving heart grants him a loyal circle of friends. He's perfectly content, having left behind the chill of a confusing and danger-filled night in Washington, until he discovers something unbelievable lurking in the steamy darkness of the shadowy streets of the Vieux Carré, something that turns out to be terrifying and utterly mesmerizing. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Robert Jackson on 12-23-18

New Fan of Author

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

A new view of the vampire culture. This story adds a fantastic new realm to the vampire world we all seem to adore. I love the fact that a gay vampire couple is simply a day to day occurrence with no shock. The greatest aspect of this story is how the author writes this story as if choosing a same-sex partner is of no importance. It is simply what we choose.
(Even if it is a vampire...)
I enjoyed the escape from the normal love story. There are reviews that complain about the main characters late arrival. I don't think the story would make sense any other way. I immediately fell in love with the main character and felt a heroic affection for him. I will be reading more of her work.
The Narrator NEVER disappoints. Everything Scott Smith reads us is Amazing!!

  • Openly Straight

  • By: Bill Konigsberg
  • Narrated by: Pete Cross
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 716
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 715

Rafe is a normal teenager from Colorado. He's been out since 8th grade, accepted by his peers & championed by his progressive parents. And while that's important, all Rafe really wants is to be a regular guy. To have his sexuality be a part of who he is, but not the headline, every single time. So when Rafe transfers to an all-boys' boarding school in New England, he decides to keep his sexuality a secret - not so much going back in the closet as starting over with a clean slate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful story

  • By Jacob on 04-09-18

Slow, I Couldnt Finish This

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

This is only my second negative review. I found myself forwarding after the 5th chapter. I was hoping for something exciting. I was hoping for something to catch my attention. Nope.
I couldnt follow this story, it seemed to run on and on, never going anywhere. The details in every scene are too much. The rabbit trails of every detail are exhausting.
Bravo for writing any full length book, but Whew, I was relieved when I decided to give up on this story.
Narrator was good. I'm looking forward to hearing him on a different story.

  • This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story

  • By: Kheryn Callender
  • Narrated by: Ron Butler
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Nathan Bird doesn’t believe in happy endings. Playing it safe to avoid a broken heart has been his MO ever since his father died and left his mom to unravel - but this strategy is not without fault. His best friend turned girlfriend turned best friend again, Florence, is set on making sure Nate finds someone else. And someone does come along: Oliver James Hernández, his childhood best friend. After a painful mix-up when they were little, Nate finally has the chance to tell Ollie the truth about his feelings. But can Nate find the courage to pursue his own happily ever after? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good with some clunky parts

  • By Mario R. Sengco on 11-08-18

Couldnt Finish it

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

I dont like giving a bad review, but I have to be honest. I simply could not get into this story. I tried several times and eventually gave up.

  • They Both Die at the End

  • By: Adam Silvera
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch, Robbie Daymond, Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,348

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They're going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they're both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There's an app for that. It's called The Last Friend, and through it Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure - to live a lifetime in a single day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tear jerker Performance

  • By Spaceman Stan on 09-14-17

Surreal, Different, and Worth It

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

I typically go for the happy endings and the Happily Ever Afters. I decided to read this after looking 9ver the reviews. This book puts an otherworldly spin on life. The title says it all, but the bulld up to the end is a pretty mesmerizing ride. It's one of those books that makes you think; "if this were me, I would..."
The writer does a great job of telling the story while also explaining the past.
I would say this is dark, but it's really not.
So, if you're like me, and just want something different with a gay twist. This is your book.
It is not my favorite, but I finished it in 3 sittings. It is well worth the purchase.

  • To My Future Number 1 Fan

  • By: L.A. Witt
  • Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Struggling actor Adam Jacobsen was ready to pack up and leave Hollywood when a stranger gave him the encouragement he needed. Five years later, he’s made it, and when he wins his first major award, he dedicates it to the man who said “It could be you.” Brian Stewart is stunned by the acceptance speech, and so are Adam’s fans. Immediately, both men find themselves swept up in a media frenzy. Everyone wants to know the man who gave Adam that much-needed boost - including Adam. When the guys finally meet again, a single talk show appearance isn’t enough.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Read

  • By Bradley Joseph on 01-17-19

Good Read

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

This is a fairytale Romance. No great scandal. PLENTY of explicit love scenes, and the villian?? well the evil villain is the paparazzi.
I found myself yelling at the speaker, wanting to shake some sense into Bryan. All together, this is a feel good book set in todays hectic world of our precious Hollywood royalty.
The story gives an inside look at how we bombard celebrities and rob them of their privacy.
The moral here is simple, but sums up the secret to happiness.
" It doesnt matter what anyone else thinks, choose a life that makes YOU happy. "
This story begins and ends with nothing left to desire. I found myself settled with the ending, not needing a sequel. After all, Happily Ever After is all we really need, right?
You will not regret this purchase.
I'm glad I read this, and will read this author again. The narration was done as well as the book. There are many selections from both, and one of those will be my next purchase.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Social Intercourse

  • By: Greg Howard
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch, Will Damron
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

When Beck’s emotionally fragile dad starts dating the recently single (and supposedly lesbian) mom of former bully, Jaxon Parker, Beck is not having it. Jax isn’t happy about the situation either, holding out hope that his moms will reunite and restore the only stable home he’s ever known. Putting aside past differences, the boys plot to derail the budding romance between their parents at their conservative hometown’s first-ever Rainbow Prom. Hearts will be broken, new romance will bloom, but nothing will go down the way Beck and Jax have planned. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh outloud funny.

  • By Raul Leon on 11-05-18

Best of 2018... Hilarious with Southern Charm

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

I Literally just started this book. (chapter 3)
I felt compelled to write a PRE review.  Yes im THAT EXCITED... This is literally where I grew up. I swear, I think I wrote this book...
If you are from South Carolina, (Pee Dee or Coastal region particularly) Love the Golden Girls, and know the importance of the CAROLINA GAMECOCKS vs CLEMSON TIGERS GAME???
READ THIS!!!  Final review to come... 

F I N A L   R E V I E W 

Well well, the remainder of this story did not disappoint. If your a "Southern" Gay, you must have this on your bookshelf.  Truly it should be on the coffee table. The performance was OUTSTANDING, the writing was BRILLIANT, the story was as sweet as a glass of Tea under a Magnolia Tree.  

This book is a fantastic view into the life of the "Southern" Gay High School Boy.  You will leave with some additions to your tool chest of sassy reports.  I am completely biased because if I had been born about 20 years later, I would have been this main character.  All the way down to the actual streets he talks about.  However, you don't have to be born and raised in the PeeDee region of South Carolina to appreciate this story. (for me that was an added bonus!!)  

GENERAL SUMMARY (without the hometown influence making my view cloudy):

If you love a lighthearted tale of Gay Youth?  If you appreciate a subtle "Tyler Perry" moral value?  If you enjoy a book that will force you to smile and laugh in spite of yourself?  You will LOVE this Book.  

The fact that the entire book and almost every scene channels one of the four Golden Girl Characters is simply the whipped cream on this already fabulous Cheesecake.  ...and If you know that Blanche has to go to her bedroom to get the whipped cream anyway, You're already a fan!!

This is the Best Title Ive purchased this year!!


To Mr. Howard, 

BRAVO my friend.  What about a sequel?  Take Beckett and Jax to college.  I can easily see Beckett being a Clemson Cheerleader supporting Jax as he rises within the ranks of the team.  I do believe, those nearby Universities could use a little Diversity in the Upper SC Region.  I'm sure there's a tabernacle near Greenville that should be brought into the Light.  I would love to see Beckett reaching out to his new friend (that dowager he met in church) for some help showing the campus and community what a true Christian looks like. ( I just immediately felt like she was "Old Money.")  [snickering]  Again, BRAVO friend, BRAVO!!  



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Restless Spirits (Volume 1)

  • By: Jordan L. Hawk
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

After losing the family fortune to a fraudulent psychic, inventor Henry Strauss is determined to bring the otherworld under control through the application of science. All he needs is a genuine haunting to prove his Electro-Séance will work. A letter from wealthy industrialist Dominic Gladfield seems the answer to his prayers. Gladfield’s proposition: a contest pitting science against spiritualism, with a hefty prize for the winner. The contest takes Henry to Reyhome Castle, the site of a series of brutal murders decades earlier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A thrilling supernatural mystery!!!

  • By Neta_BER on 07-31-18

Mystery with a Gay Twist

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

This was slow to begin with, but the story was worth the wait. If you enjoy 19th century stories, paranormal stories, or gay romance, this is your book.

  • What If It's Us

  • By: Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera
  • Narrated by: Noah Galvin, Froy Gutierrez
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 895
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 894

ARTHUR is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it. BEN thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things. But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them? Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated. Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I expected more

  • By Jasmine Torres on 10-16-18

Perfect Young Gay Romance

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

If you want a lighthearted Young Gay Romance story? This is it... Noah Galvin is phenomenal, PERFECT voice for this character. The performance here is outstanding. If you're a Gay Millennial, this is for you. For me, it brought back the First Crush, First Kiss, and First Relationship memories... I will definitely look for the Sequel...

  • Hero

  • By: Perry Moore
  • Narrated by: Michael Urie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,791
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,803

In the story comic book legend Stan Lee calls "spellbinding" and "totally original," Thom Creed has secrets. For one, like his father, he has super powers. Also, he's been asked to join the League—the very organization of superheroes that spurned his dad. Then there’s the secret Thom can barely face himself: he's gay. But becoming a member of the League opens up a new world to Thom. There, he connects with a misfit group of aspiring heroes, including Scarlett, Typhoid Larry, and Ruth, a wise old broad who can see the future. Like Thom, these heroes have things to hide....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Give it a listen!

  • By Robert on 10-25-10

BRAVO!!! BRAVO!!! [Standing Ovation]

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

This was in Incredible journey of life, love, family, and truth. The performance made the entire story come to life. This Narrator is now, by far, my favorite. Immaculately written and read... This is different than anything I've ever read. Hero embodies all the wonderment that a book could possibly fit between the covers...
B R A V O !!!! [STANDING OVATION!!!]

  • The Shack

  • By: Wm. Paul Young
  • Narrated by: Roger Mueller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,889
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,007
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,041

Mackenzie Allen Phillips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation, and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later, in this midst of his great sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack one wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change his life forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Soul Changing

  • By LucySue on 12-30-16

Changed my Life

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

"Read this book" is what someone told me. I would give anyone that same advise. I have the paperback beside my bed with a worn cover, highlights, post its, and notes in margins. The Lord used this book to reintroduce Himself to me. I was able to see Him in my life and understand who He made me to be. I was reintroduced to God through these pages. The movie is good, but doesnt begin to do the book justice. This book changed everything for me. I found this at a time when I was questioning so much. I KNOW that Godbsent this to me.
My personal relationship with God is what it is today because of this book...
Read IT!!!