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  • His Cocky Valet

  • Undue Arrogance Series, Book 1
  • By: Cole McCade
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

Ash Harrington's life is out of control. At 23 years old, he's suddenly the head of a multibillion dollar global corporation he is in no way equipped to run. His father is dying. His mother's run away. He's spent his entire adult life playing fast and loose with his life and his loves, but when he's dragged into a position of responsibility with the fate of the company on his shoulders, he goes spinning into freefall. And Brand Forsythe is the only man to catch him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much more than expected.

  • By Mainely Stories on 01-02-19

So much more than expected.

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

Joel Leslie - WOW. You killed this. There was no point when I didn't entirely believe that there were multiple people talking in this story! If it wasn't edgy enough, you added so much tantalizing emotion that it became impossible to listen while driving or doing anything other than listen. Well done. This is a performance that was much more than narration! Bravo

Composer Cole McCade - Although I heard good things about this story at the time it was published in spring of 2018, I also knew that this was a quick 'action/reaction' to the behavior of a self-described 'best-selling' author previously unknown to me.

I dare say that I've read enough that I don't imagine there are too many best-selling authors who are unknown to me, at least with name recognition.

There were a few medical details that weren't quite right but as the author proclaimed, this was intended to be satire. I won't provide specifics as not everyone would be pulled out of the story by unlikely events.

I've seen the word gobsmacked in stories and have never used or heard the word used in real life. I was gobsmacked. This story was emotion-packed and provocative. I wouldn't have expected this to have so much of an own-voices flavor but this only adds to the performance art presented by this extremely talented duo, wordsmith McCabe and actor Leslie.

I listened to this on audible and now I will buy the book. It's that good.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Leo

  • By: Mia Sheridan
  • Narrated by: Maxine Mitchell, Joe Arden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,259

Evie and Leo met in foster care as children and formed a bond of friendship. As they grew, their bond turned to love, and they vowed to make a life together when they turned 18 and were no longer a part of the system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I WAS RIVETED TO EVERY WONDERFUL WORD

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 05-25-15

A heartbreaking second chance story.

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

Archer's Voice by this author is one of my all-time favorite stories so this seemed like a sure thing.

The storyline was interesting although It didn't take me long to figure out what was going to happen. The characters were interesting. Unfortunately, the story carried on much too long. It could have been shortened by at least a third, to 20 chapters, and better engaged the reader.
The narrator had a good performance but was handicapped for a story that was tedious at times.
I like the author's vision and she is an excellent storyteller. I wish she had a strong editor for this book.

  • Changing Lines

  • Harrisburg Railers Hockey, Book 1
  • By: RJ Scott, V.L. Locey
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

As the youngest of the three Rowe brothers, Tennant has always had to play against his brothers’ reputations. To get out of their shadows, he accepts a trade to the Harrisburg Railers. Jared Madsen is Tennant’s new coach and the sexiest thing on which he’s ever laid eyes. Jared Madsen’s hockey career was cut short by a fault in his heart, but coaching keeps him close to the game. Nine years his junior and his best friend’s brother, he knows Ten is strictly off-limits, but as soon as he sees Ten’s moves, on and off the ice, he knows his heart could get him into trouble again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great start to the series

  • By Kirst on 07-31-18

Recognition

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

Sean Crisden is rapidly becoming one of my favorite voice actors, more than a story narrator.  The reader/listener will soon forget that he is reading the story to you and fall into the pages of the book.  His characters are realistic and there is nothing that pulls your attention from the story which, to me, is the mark of an expert voice actor/narrator.
The cover designed by @MeredithRAuthor is perfect and I absolutely recognize Mads and Ten!

Sports romance is hot, a favorite of mine and authors Scott and Locey are well known for their mastery of sports/hockey stories.  Add in the age gap, the dynamic of older brother's best friend and the taboo nature of a relationship between a hockey player and the coach and you have the recipe for a great story.
This story has meat with multi-generational complex family dynamics involving both main characters.  Tennant has always been compared or at least compared himself to his pro hockey star brothers so his move to an expansion team was a big one and not favored by his family.  He needed to spread his wings and not just in his sport.  Coach Jared Madsen is raising a teenage son and his attention is split between his team and his son's development as a young man and a hockey player in the family tradition.  He has no time to devote to more than a coach-player relationship with his former teammate's brother although his mind and heart return to Ten.
This was a great start to the Harrisburg Railers series and the characters we meet here are interesting and a bit fun as well.  This, again, left me wanting much more.

The sizzle rating is 'hot' - "4 out of 5"
My rating for the narrator is 4.5, exceptional!
The story 4.5 stars - a top pick!

  • A Reason to Believe

  • By: Diana Copland
  • Narrated by: Jack LeFleur
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631

Detective Matthew Bennett doesn't believe in ghosts. So when the spirit of a murdered child leads him to her body, he's shaken to the core - and taken off the case. Unable to explain his vision, or to let go of the investigation, Matthew turns to renowned medium Kiernan Fitzpatrick. Though he has doubts about Kiernan's claims to communicate with the dead, Matt is nevertheless drawn to the handsome psychic, who awakens feelings he thought were long-buried.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Addictive listening

  • By A.R. on 01-03-13

Superb performance of a stirring romantic suspense

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

My appreciation to the author for including this in the Romance Package!
Jack LeFleur, WOW! I have favorite narrators and Mr. LeFleur will now join them as he brought this story to life with impeccable timing, cadence, and emotion.
This story, somehow, was my first by this author although I'm familiar with her name. It is rather exciting to look at her body of work in anticipation of some wonderful entertainment ahead.
The main character is a police detective who lost his partner nearly two years previously and in the course of the funeral, was inadvertently outed by his partner/lover's mother. Since that time, in addition to his own grief, his standing within his team has been lost and he has been on desk duty. No tolerance to be found.
The story is a mystery, a captivating, thrilling, emotional romantic suspense with a ghost, a cable-TV medium, a murder and so much action, passion, and sizzle that I frequently had the hairs standing up on my arms.
Well done!

  • Damaged Like Us

  • By: Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese, J. F. Harding
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 822
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 820

Maximoff Hale is a force of nature. A ship unwilling to be steered. Headstrong, resilient, and wholly responsible - the 22-year-old alpha billionaire can handle his unconventional life. Born into one of the most famous families in the country, his celebrity status began at birth. He is certified American royalty. When he's assigned a new 24/7 bodyguard, he comes face-to-face with the worst case scenario: being attached to the tattooed, MMA-trained, Yale graduate who's known for "going rogue" in the security team - and who fills 1/3 of Maximoff's sexual fantasies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The narration really did the story justice!

  • By Christy Baldwin BBU on 09-30-17

Long and too much focus on that paps and craziness

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

There were a lot of words, scenes and descriptions that didn't add to the story. The plot and the journey were weak.

  • The Quarterback

  • By: Mackenzie Blair
  • Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614

Matt Lancaster is the star quarterback at Bodine College, a small Southern Division II school with an ultra-conservative dean of athletics. Matt is also very much in the closet, and he thinks he’s kept his secret well hidden, until his best friends take him to a happy endings massage parlor and request a male masseuse for him. In walks Trevor Kim, a gorgeous, pierced, tattooed fellow Bodine student who does massages - without happy endings - to pay for school after his family kicked him out for being gay. Trevor takes one look at Matt and breaks all his own rules about mixing business with pleasure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • love love love

  • By Rebecca on 04-20-18

Superb performance!

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

This was much more than a salacious sports novel. Sweet and unbelievably sexy quarterback Matt and Asian college student/masseuse/barista Trevor are unbelievably lovable. The characters primary and secondary, friends and family, are all interesting, complex with intriguing personalities! What happens when the quarterback of a Div 2 college in the deep south has a boyfriend? The quarterback, whose father is a homophobic, unethical poser?
There was so much to love in this story. This was absolutely one of the most sensuous, sexy, toe-curling love stories in my recent memory. So.so.so good!
The voice actor brought this story to life and added so much color and passion. Well done, Sir!

  • Red Fish, Dead Fish

  • Fish out of Water, Book 2
  • By: Amy Lane
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

Two months ago, Jackson Rivers got shot while trying to save Ellery Cramer’s life. Not only is Jackson still suffering from his wounds, the trigger-man remains at large - and the body count is mounting. Jackson and Ellery have been trying to track down Tim Owens since Jackson got out of the hospital, but Owens' time as a member of the department makes the DA reluctant to turn over any stones. When Owens starts going after people Jackson knows, Ellery’s instincts hit red alert.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Includes bonus audio!

  • By Belen on 03-18-18

Almost continuous action - Strong delivery!

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

I listen while driving and read in the evening. Greg Tremblay absolutely brought the story to life seamlessly with a performance that added to the story. I think that, in this case, the audio version more completely engages the reader.
I loved both main characters. Jackson because he has never really had things go his way yet he perseveres and Ellery because he is equally determined to take care of Jackson.
The title is somewhat of a tribute to analogies based on observations of the fish tank of Jackson’s childhood, “the big fish”, “the little fish”, the one thrown back to lure the big fish. I enjoyed the book so much that I fell asleep reading and woke up in the middle of the night when I dropped my kindle to finish reading. 
This is an incredibly intense story with an intricate and complex plot requiring the full attention of the reader. The action is almost continuous with seemingly unconnected plot points converging in an unanticipated fashion. I didn’t read the earlier story in this series but didn’t find that too much of a disadvantage. 
Jackson Rivers was a police detective who wasn’t held back by the blue line when he discovered crimes committed by police officers including one who got away. Now he is a private investigator working with a top law firm and his lover/partner to finish the investigation that he started while in uniform. 
Together Jackson and attorney Ellery Cramer are trying to find a serial killer. They know who it is but they need to prove, first that there is a serial killer and that a former police officer is responsible for the murders of ‘dirty but pretty’ young men and women. 
The supporting cast contains some truly evil characters, some truly wonderful allies as well as disinterested, disengaged authorities with misplaced focus on the investigators rather than the investigation.
Jackson’s focus is on protecting the few people in his inner circle, the family of his heart, while finding the killer of young people whose lives have a similarity to his own youth. Ellery’s focus is on convincing Jackson that he is loved, that he has worth and that he isn’t going anywhere. 
In addition to the tense action-filled drama, I welcomed the sweet and sometimes sappy but oh so sexy interactions. Ellery keeps reminding Jackson that “I deserve you.” he whispered. “The good and the bad. Don’t take that away from me. “

  • Call Me by Your Name

  • A Novel
  • By: André Aciman
  • Narrated by: Armie Hammer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,731
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,122

Call Me by Your Name first swept across the world in 2007. It is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. During the restless summer weeks, unrelenting but buried currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them and verge toward the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing.

  • By Nico L. on 10-07-17

Remember when you wanted everything?

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

What made the experience of listening to Call Me by Your Name the most enjoyable?

The beautiful, lyrical presentation by Armie Hammer. I think that this story with long periods of reflection, introspection, and indecisiveness on the part of Elio could have become tedious for the listener. Although André Aciman has an extraordinary command of the language and can bring the reader/listener to the experience, this sort of writing style is difficult to deliver such that the listener remains fully engaged.
Mr. Hammer's pacing, cadence, and lyrical delivery were stunning!

Who was your favorite character and why?

We speak of complex characters or well-developed characters but in this case, the best you can say is that the characters are both, perhaps all, in a period of self-discovery. I had no favorite. Sometimes I loved each, sometimes I was entirely disappointed.

Which scene was your favorite?

The first coming together almost had a feeling of foreboding and I couldn't understand why.

Who was the most memorable character of Call Me by Your Name and why?

I think that Elio, despite his equivocation, knew what he wanted but didn't think that he could have it and thus his denial created a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Any additional comments?

In this case, more than any other in my experience, the book as read, the story as delivered by Mr. Hammer, and the movie are all entirely different experiences, each of great value.

  • Under the Boardwalk

  • By: Felice Stevens
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Beneath the famous Brooklyn landmark, love is hidden but not denied: All his life, Alexi Kharpov has dreamed of traveling to exciting places instead of working at his family’s frozen custard stand on the famous Coney Island boardwalk. Every year is the same until a gorgeous man picks a spot in front of his stand to sing, captivating him with his beautiful voice. After two summers of listening, it might finally be time for him to cross that boardwalk and take a chance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heart-melting romance

  • By Momma Becky on 03-15-18

Romance on Coney Island set to music

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

A coming of age story steeped in culture and the sights and sounds of New York. This author writes about what she knows, life in multi-cultural NYC. This is the story of two young men who watch each other for an entire summer season near the Boardwalk on Coney Island.
Alexi - of a conservative Russian family works at his family's frozen custard stand. He can't wait to have enough money to travel, to go somewhere and see the world. He doesn't feel that he can possibly come out in light of his conservative family and homophobic attitudes.

Cam, a singer, and musician, on the other hand, has done plenty of traveling and is now is looking for stability and to settle down. More than anything he wants to make connections.

These two young men watch each other for an entire season before making contact the following year. In the meantime, the attraction between the two silently grows. When they do finally connect and their relationship develops, they realize that despite their love, they want entirely different things from life.

You can count on a satisfying conclusion and this story is no different.

After reading the story, listening to the performance of narrator Nick Russo adds an entirely different dimension and allows for increased appreciation for the personalities of main and secondary characters. Mr. Russo is one of my favorite narrators and a strong motivating factor when making a purchase decision.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Body and Soul

  • Twist of Fate, Book 3
  • By: Lucy Lennox, Sloane Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 249

Escaping the international modeling scene to design my own fashion collection is the first step to shucking my bobble-headed supermodel reputation and proving to the world I'm more than just a pretty face. But the minute I have to accept roadside help from the sexy man next door, I feel like the airhead people think I am. And what's worse, the man clearly doesn't think I'm worth the time of day. But despite trying to ignore my attraction to the mysterious doctor, I can't help but be drawn to him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Be Still My Heart

  • By S Wilgus on 03-26-18

Oz and Jake Oil and Water Unforgettable Memories

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

Would you listen to Body and Soul again? Why?

Absolutely, in fact, I've listened to parts of this story multiple times and this is after reading the bookI do love the work of these authors, I'll admit it. Sloane Kennedy is known creating families of the heart with angst, passion, recovery from pains of the past. Lucy Lennox for humor, tense and passionate encounters and mending relationships. Put these two authors together and the story is a work of art - full of laughs, characters you want to know and love.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Body and Soul?

There were so many memorable moments - when Oz was describing how his Jag has the "snow tire option" if he could only find the button...Too much!!!

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

In the same way that I have favorite authors, I have favorite voice actors. Some narrators do just that, narrate or read the story and there is nothing wrong with that but you never lose yourself in the story. There are a few who bring the characters to life, with all of their quirks and colorful personality, in the performance. These performers have a gift. The reader becomes part of the story and knows the characters, sometimes intimately. You forget that this is a single actor reading a story. Such is the talent of Michael Pauley. I thought I'd lose it when OZ is describing how his Jag ended up in the snowbank. You could absolutely see Oz explaining this to macho Jake.If this were a competition - He would have my vote.