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  • One Giant Leap

  • By: Kay Simone
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236

Curtis “Launchpad” Larkin’s career as an astronaut has had its share of ups and downs. Alternately lauded as the single-handed savior of NASA and condemned as a reckless, hot-headed bully, Curt has been through the wringer of public opinion and come out on top. When he embarks on his final mission with NASA, Curt figures there’s no curveball that life has left to throw him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing book and an even better narration!

  • By Andrea Mitchell on 08-04-17

Amazing book and an even better narration!

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

Reviewed: 08-04-17

We love Kay Simone, we love this book and now we love this Audiobook, so so so so so so SOOOOO good! Seriously!


This is a story about Patrick Harte who works as a NASA engineer, and after he is called up to fill in as Chief Communications Officer on the current mission he finds himself living his dream and spending hours of time speaking to Commander Curtis Larkin, his childhood hero. Curt is on his last space mission, and unsure what is next for his life back on earth, but finding himself enamored by Patrick, finding himself pouring out his heart, his wishes and his dreams is not what he expected.

One Giant Leap is the ultimate slow-burn romance, the tingle of anticipation between these 2 men starts from the first time they ‘meet’. Even though they come from different backgrounds, ages, and experiences they love space, and connect early in the story over their amazement of all that is out there. It is lovely, and sweet. Kay Simone has created a unique story here, and even thought Curt and Patrick don’t physically meet till 80% through the book they have a connection that is powerful; they were made for each other. One Giant Leap is a long book and the audiobook is 10+ hours as well. But it never really feels long, Kay Simone builds anticipation in Curt and Patrick’s relationship. And adding the NASA aspect is truly fascinating, romantic in itself and exciting.

Now, granted we love this book – or anything Kay Simone writes, but adding Greg Tremblay’s narration is a combination that blazing. One Giant Leap features 12+ characters, both men and women with different nationalities, and Greg creates distinct personalities for them all. Never once did we feel confusion on which astronaut was speaking, or if we are listing to Patrick or Curtis, there is a seamlessness that Greg creates that truly feels like this is narrated by multiple people.

We are so excited that Kay Simone’s One Giant Leap is finally an audiobook – it is amazing! Greg Tremblay adds so much to the sizzling relationship between Curt and Patrick, bringing this amazing book to an amazing love-story. One Giant Leap is an Audiobook not to be missed!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Femme

  • By: Marshall Thornton
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

Queeny cocktail waiter Lionel wakes up to find himself in bed with Dog, a straight-acting softball player, and the two embark on a rocky road to romance. A journey that requires coming out of the closet, going into the closet, a pair of red high heels, many pairs of red high heels, a failed intervention, a couple of aborted dates, and homemade pom-poms. Mostly, Lionel and Dog learn what it means to be a man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Heels, Better Romance...

  • By HB on 07-02-17

Not to be missed!

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

This is our first Marshall Thornton book, and in all honesty we kind of like to read a book before listening to the Audiobook, but Femme was so good, we don’t miss not reading the book first.

This is a story of Lionel, a queeny waitress in a gay bar, that is fine with who he is, take it or leave it. After a drunken night he finds himself in bed with family-closeted Dog, a softball player, who is fine living his life half-in-or-out of the closet. These two men couldn’t be more different and although they keep finding themselves drawn back together.

Femme is a hoot, so funny; we couldn’t help ourselves form laughing out loud! On the outside these men are so different, but when they start peeling back the layers they both realize that they struggle with the same things, and want to same things for their lives. Through the laughter, Femme is a thought provoking book. Lionel and Dog struggle with being true to who they really are, coming out, and standing up for what is right.

Now let’s talk about the audiobook – so good! We love Joel Leslie, and he does an amazing job capturing Lionel and Dog. The book switches points of view, and Joel creates very distinct voices that keep both characters and others in the book, very easy to recognize. This isn’t your typical flowery romance, there are no grandiose declarations of love, but the relationship between Dog and Lionel is so real. With everyday struggles, and falling in love when you don’t even realize. And listening to Joel brings life to Femme makes you feel like it is a friend telling you a story.

Femme by Marshall Thornton is a fantastic book, but with Joel Leslie’s narration brings this story to one of the best audiobooks we have listen to this year!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Innocent Auction

  • By: Victoria Sue
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

It started with a plea for help and ended with forbidden love, the love between a Viscount and a stable-boy. An impossible love and a guarantee of the hangman's noose. Will Deacon fight for Tom? Will he risk the death sentence and take that fight from the stately halls of his English mansion to the horrors of Newgate Prison and the slums of London? Or will he realize that if he doesn't, death will be a welcome end to the loneliness of the sentence he is already living?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not to be missed!

  • By Andrea Mitchell on 07-05-17

Not to be missed!

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

This is actually the first audiobook we have enjoyed without reading the book first, and it was a great listen! Victoria Sue weaved a heart-aching love story and Joel Leslie adds so much to the story through his poignant narration.

Deacon, viscount Carlisle, lives his life in the upper echelon of society, but knows of the hardships of those less fortune than hm. What he is surprised to find is the underground auction houses, places where humans are bought and sold, and one night when going to pull his cousin our of one such place his find himself drawn to a young man on the auction block. Against his better judgement he purchases the young man, and sets him on a life on his country estate. 5 years later when the death of his father bring Deacon back to the country estate, he find himself meeting a very different person than the young youth he saved; Tom has grown up to be a man.

This book is great – we always like a historical romance, but the idea of the story is what makes it special. How Deacon and Tom have a relationship spanning over a years, but are re-introduced as adults is wonderful. The attraction they feel jumps off the page, and even with the trauma in Tom’s past life he sees Deacon only wants the best for him, even if it isn’t a life together. Life during this period is hard as well, sodomy is against the law, and life is treated as a commodity and The Innocent Auction heart-breaking shows what happens to those accused of the crime.

Victoria Sue creates characters that we fell in love with, that we rooted for and we cried with, but the real gem is the narration by Joel Leslie. Joel brings Deacon and Tom alive, gives voice to their heart-break and lets you fall in love along with them. Sometimes in m/m romance the characters all start to sound the same, but somehow Joel finds a way to keep everyone spate, and consistent through the whole narration.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Cronin's Key

  • Cronin's Key Series, Book 1
  • By: N.R. Walker
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 884
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 837
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 836

NYPD Detective Alec MacAidan has always been good with weird. After all, his life has been a string of the unexplainable. But when an injured man gives him cryptic clues, then turns to dust in front of him, Alec's view on weird is changed forever. Cronin, a vampire Elder, has spent the last 1,000 years waiting for Alec. He'd been told his fated one would be a man wielding a shield, but he didn't expect him to be human, and he certainly didn't expect that shield to be a police badge.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Adventure - Porn?

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-28-17

Confessions of a Romantic

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

Reviewed: 05-29-17

We don’t need to start by saying how much we love anything and everything but NR Walker, and the Cronin’s Key series is right up there. But, there is something that Joel Leslie creates, that brings this fantastic book to life. One of the best audio narrations we have heard in a while, so much we are downloading everything else Joel has recorded!

Cronin is a thousand year old vampire who has been waiting for his fated one, his mate, who shows up in the form of Alec, a NYPD detective that has always attracted the weird. There is other vampires, and a newly born one wanted to take over the world, and happiness of finding each other and the sad thoughts that they might not have forever together.

But, we love this story, so let’s talk about the narration. Joel has this husky quality to his voice that creates each individual voice for the characters. And his accents are out of this world. Reading this book, you feel the sexual tension between Cronin and Alec, but hearing it voices brings the tension, but the sweet heat they are both feeling for finding each other. Joel finds that caring between these two strong men, and their whispered words of love are so endearing. Our favourite scene in when Cronin first takes Alec to the Scottish fields, we could feel he love and tenderness between them.

So much good, but one sad thing, we have to wait for the other 2 installments in the Cronin’s Key series!!! But really, it is a great book, and a fantastic narration, we will patiently wait if the rest are a good as this one.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful