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  • Murder Takes the High Road

  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146

Librarian Carter Matheson is determined to enjoy himself on a Scottish bus tour for fans of mystery author Dame Vanessa Rayburn. Sure, his ex, Trevor, will also be on the trip with his new boyfriend, leaving Carter to share a room with a stranger, but he can’t pass up a chance to meet his favorite author. Carter’s roommate turns out to be John Knight, a figure as mysterious as any character from Vanessa’s books. His strange affect and nighttime wanderings make Carter suspicious. When a fellow traveler’s death sparks rumors of foul play, Carter is left wondering if there’s anyone on the tour he can trust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Probably my favorite from this author!

  • By Lark Knitter on 10-09-18

Agatha Christie on the road

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

Reviewed: 04-30-18

Would you try another book from Josh Lanyon and/or Gary Furlong?

Of course, I have found I can never pass by anything Lanyon writes - its always enjoyable. Gary Furlong is new to me and he did a good job I could easily tell which character was talking.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

No it was fine as is. It was just what I wanted - an escapist light read.

Which character – as performed by Gary Furlong – was your favorite?

Carter

Was Murder Takes the High Road worth the listening time?

Yes, it was.

Any additional comments?

This was, as I said, a light read and it was fun. It seemed to be a cross of And Then There Were None and If Its Tuesday It Must Be Belgium - cute.

  • His Mossy Boy [Being(s) in Love]

  • By: R. Cooper
  • Narrated by: Christopher Patton
  • Length: 20 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

Years ago, a very intoxicated Martin nearly died in the woods outside Everlasting, and a beautiful creature saved him, although Martin’s done his best to forget it. He spends his time in a haze of weed as he avoids his emotionally abusive mother - and the way he feels about men. Martin is already a weirdo in his isolated small town; he doesn’t need a sexuality crisis, too. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • FANTASTIC

  • By Santy O. on 03-02-18

Long and Winding Road

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

Reviewed: 03-16-18

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not really. Just too long and it seemed to take forever for any action to move the story forward.

Would you recommend His Mossy Boy [Being(s) in Love] to your friends? Why or why not?

You just asked that question above.

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

Chris Patton is a fantastic narrator but I don't think he was a good choice for this book.

Did His Mossy Boy [Being(s) in Love] inspire you to do anything?

Fall asleep I'm afraid.

Any additional comments?

Its such a shame. I wanted to like this mostly because of Chris Patton. And its a shame I would've rather have heard him narrate the final (?) Adrien English story - So This is Christmas because while Kale Williams did a good job with the Monet Murder series you couldn't tell who he was speaking for in the Adrien English story. I finally gave up and I finally gave up with the Mossy Boy story. Wish I could've switched the narrators to the other book and I think things would've been much better.

  • So This Is Christmas

  • The Adrien English Mysteries, Book 7
  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Kale Williams
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

Arriving home early after spending Christmas in jolly old England, amateur sleuth Adrien English discovers alarming developments at Cloak and Dagger Books - and an old acquaintance seeking help in finding a missing boyfriend. Fortunately, Adrien just happens to know a really good private eye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Jake and Adrien!

  • By Viv on 12-16-17

Narrator ruined it for me

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. Probably not their cup of tea.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I enjoyed the story.

What didn’t you like about Kale Williams’s performance?

I had to give up listening to the book (since I already read the book, and enjoyed that very much) because I couldn't tell who was speaking. There was no difference between Adrien and Jake (however, I know the characters so well I could surmise who was speaking but it ruined the listening experience to the point I saw no point continuing). Well, at least when I read the book I can "hear" Chris Patton speaking.

Did So This Is Christmas inspire you to do anything?

Not listen to any more Kale Williams recordings. He's a "reader."

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  • Dangerous Ground

  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Adrian Bisson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 126

Special Agents for the Department of Diplomatic Security, Taylor MacAllister and Will Brandt have been partners and best friends for three years, but everything changed the night Taylor admitted the truth about his feelings for Will. But it's complicated... Taylor agreed to a camping trip in the High Sierras - despite the fact that he hates camping - because Will wants a chance to save their partnership.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, great narration

  • By KC on 11-21-13

Will and Taylor - a great combo

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

Reviewed: 08-25-17

Would you listen to Dangerous Ground again? Why?

I do listen to this series all the time. I seem to re-listen to my favorites in a bit of a cycle.

What other book might you compare Dangerous Ground to and why?

Probably the Cut and Run series with Ty and Zane.

What about Adrian Bisson’s performance did you like?

He does very well with the voices of Will and Taylor - they are distinct and likeable. Perfect for each character. Some of the side characters (in the series) don't come off too well (like Will's brother) but he captures the two MCs perfectly. (I just bought Point Blank and I'm interested in comparing the two narrators).

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I didn't have the time to do that but listen to it day after day when I had time.

Any additional comments?

Adrian Bisson is not my favorite narrator but I've heard the whole series and I think he did a fine job for the two leads.

  • Real Vampires Take No Prisoners

  • By: Amy Fecteau
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Matheus believes that getting Quin back will help him deal with the pressures of a vampiric war, but his hopes crumble after his soulmate fails to remember him. The tattered remnant of their mystical connection appears to drive Quin's erratic suicidal behavior, threatening their bond and their very existence. While Matheus pines for his former love, a hurt and betrayed Alastair must watch the man he loves chase another. Feeling inadequate as a leader, Matheus searches for a way to make Quin remember him, no matter the cost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great series

  • By Scott on 05-24-18

Real Vampires Turn You Every Which Way But Loose

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

If you could sum up Real Vampires Take No Prisoners in three words, what would they be?

A wild ride.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Real Vampires Take No Prisoners?

When Matheus and Quin FINALLY get together after one hell of a slow burn.

What does James Patrick Cronin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Well, you can't blame a guy but his voice was a little different for the third book. I get the impression he did the first two books one right after the other. At first I didn't like his take on Quin in the first two books but I came to love (adore it) and as for Matheus he was so totally spot on. The third book, it was like he was trying to remember what they sounded like and Matheus sounded so much harder, losing his boyish voice. Even Alistair was a tad different but his secondary characters were the same and very good. He did the female voices extremely well and I only know of one other narrator who has that knack. I wish Mr. Cronin did more m/m books because he is simply wonderful. He does snark so well!

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

I'm not gay! Well maybe I'm gay...ok I'm gay.

That's Matheus. It was a real arc for Matheus and learning who he really was. (And how strong he really was.)

Any additional comments?

This is has been one of my FAVORITE books. I have laughed, chuckled and there are some beautiful moments captured, some real truths - all beautifully done. The cruelty of the laboratory scenes really horrified me - and it goes on every day here in America - not with vampires but with animals. Also the cruelty that Matheus endures really got to me (but then Quin took care of that in the first book...gotta love the guy). Killed me when Matheus was attacked with baseball bats by some goons in the first book and when Quin saved him saying - I'm here love. - or words to that effect. Ahhhhhhhhh romance. The author is fabulous.

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  • Who We Are

  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Charlie David
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452

Bear, Otter, and the Kid survived last summer with their hearts and souls intact. They've moved into the Green Monstrosity, and Bear is finally able to admit his love for the man who saved him from himself. But that's not the end of their story. How could it be? The boys find that life doesn't stop just because they got their happily ever after. There's still the custody battle for the Kid. The return of Otter's parents. A first trip to a gay bar. The Kid goes to therapy, and Mrs. Paquinn decides that Bigfoot is real.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you loved the first, you will love the second

  • By Boys like Boys on 10-26-13

The crazy train continues

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

What made the experience of listening to Who We Are the most enjoyable?

Well, while I preferred Sean Crisden's spot-on take on the voices I could see where Charlie David actually excelled at times.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bear. This is where Charlie David did a great job with Bear's runaway thoughts.

What about Charlie David’s performance did you like?

I think he made the "dinner scene" one of THE funniest parts of any book I've ever heard. I played that scene over and over to hear Charlie's mortified laughter - downright hysterics - as to what is slipping out of Bear's mouth. If he wasn't having a good time performing that scene then I don't know what. I love to hear a narrator laugh when the page just says "he laughs." He's one of the few who does this, Greg Tremblay as Cole McGuinnes comes close.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh, cry - I ran the gamut with this book. And sometimes I got annoyed with all of Bear's busy thoughts - was ready to hand him a valium - or take one myself - but then he wouldn't be Bear.

Any additional comments?

And I'm sure I'm one of the few but I detest the character of "the kid." And to me, its a shame he's the lynchpin of the books but I get it - with no him there would be no Bear. Very few writers write a kid very well - the only one who does IMO is Nick Wilgus - he listens and he hears what a true kid is all about (and is still interesting). His little boys just break my heart and bring me joy. "The kid?"...well, he's what's keeping me from reading/listening to the third book - its all about him.

  • When the Dust Settles

  • Timing, Book 3
  • By: Mary Calmes
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222

Glenn Holloway's predictable life ended the day he confessed his homosexuality to his family. As if that wasn't enough, he then poured salt in the wound by walking away from the ranch he'd grown up on, to open the restaurant he'd always dreamed of. Without support from his father and brother, and too proud to accept assistance from anyone else, he had to start from scratch. Over time things worked out. Glenn successfully built a strong business, created a new home, and forged a life he could be proud of.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great character voices!

  • By Belen on 01-22-17

Not on par with first two Timing books

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

Reviewed: 03-20-17

What would have made When the Dust Settles better?

I adore Sean Crisden (the first two installments with him narrating are absolutely sublime), but for whatever reason he started off the book like he was in a race for time. I even had to stop the book and double check it was him narrating.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Probably Josh Lanyon's "So This is Christmas" when it comes out.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Like I said, Sean Crisden is usually spot on but he started out like he was reading a phone directory and that is so not his usual style. He is usually a performance artist - but not for this book.

What character would you cut from When the Dust Settles?

Sounds strange, but I'd cut out Stef and Rand - they are so much on the periphery in this story I would rather have had a book 3 on the two of them and their baby - felt like I was missing a lot of stuff. I never liked Glenn so this book really didn't interest me to begin with and that Mac was gay...I dunno, there was no lead up to that in the other two stories.

Any additional comments?

Just wish the narrator had slowed it down.

  • Try

  • Temptation Series, Book 1
  • By: Ella Frank
  • Narrated by: Shannon Gunn
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,144

Sex. Logan Mitchell loves it, and ever since he realized his raw sexual appeal at a young age, he has had no problem using it to his advantage. Men and women alike fall into his bed - after all, Logan is not one to discriminate. He lives by one motto - if something interests you, why not just take a chance and try? And he wants to try Tate Morrison.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • If you like m/m erotica, it's a great book - but not the best audiobook.

  • By Katherine Pantinas on 10-09-16

Try it you'll like it (you'll love it)

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

Reviewed: 07-18-16

Would you listen to Try again? Why?

I've listened to it many times. Its a great story - predator (Logan) and prey (Tate)...but Tate ends up turning the tables on Logan.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Logan. Because for all his strengths it was actually Tate who was stronger. But they are beautifully matched.

Which character – as performed by Shannon Gunn – was your favorite?

Logan - pitch perfect voice.

If you could rename Try, what would you call it?

Try is perfect. Can't top it...no pun intended.

Any additional comments?

Try and Take (Book 1 & 2) are about the best love stories going. They are wonderful. I think I'll listen to it again!

  • Control

  • By: Cardeno C., Mary Calmes
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315

Vy Aleknos is the leader of a hawk shifter flock. Openly gay since he was a teen, Vy is proud and self-assured on the outside, while secretly worrying he'll be forced to spend his life alone because two males can't be mates. When bear shifter Robert Cimino appears in Vy's small town, Vy realizes his concerns were unfounded - he has a male mate, and a sexy, dominant one to boot. Robert is a bear shifter who refuses to shift.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Story...

  • By Donald on 01-28-15

The Best

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

Reviewed: 07-07-16

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

Only because its Greg Tremblay doing the narrating. This is one of his best works and if you aren't aroused, moved, or dying laughing - whatever - you are made of stone. He went above and beyond with this one.

What other book might you compare Control to and why?

Timing, Sunset, A Matter of Time - so many of both Cardeno C's and Mary Calmes works - too much to choose from.

Which character – as performed by Greg Tremblay – was your favorite?

Vy - or as Robert called him affectionately "Little Bird" - cracked me up

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

When Vy is so upset that Robert doesn't know he's his mate.

Any additional comments?

Just so many great scenes. One of the funniest is Robert trying to deal with one of the kids - who has hero worship issues going with Robert. When the kid shows up Robert has to do this "no you don't" "no you aren't" sing song voice that is just so funny.

  • Serendipity Kit

  • By: Connie Bailey
  • Narrated by: Peter B. Brooke
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29

Christopher "Kit" Britten drifts through life, partying with friends and spending his parents' money. He hasn't told them he's gay, but he's told all of his five sisters, and to keep from being harassed about responsibility, he works part-time for one of them. When she sends him on an errand and his shiny red Ferrari breaks down in one of Houston's seediest locals, he pushes it to the nearest garage. That's where he meets Romy O'Keefe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Youthful and Fresh

  • By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 02-05-15

What a Wonderful Surprise!

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

Reviewed: 06-21-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, its one of those little gems you're so happy to discover.

What did you like best about this story?

Loved the two MCs and I have to tell you I don't laugh much when reading but I had a smile on my face through so much of it - made me feel good.

Have you listened to any of Peter B. Brooke’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I haven't but he did a very good job on the voices - loved Romey's (sp?).

Who was the most memorable character of Serendipity Kit and why?

Kit of course. He was the life of the party...or in this case, story. He is such a sweetheart...but naughty, too.