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  • The Bones Beneath My Skin

  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207

In the spring of 1995, Nate Cartwright has lost everything: His parents are dead, his older brother wants nothing to do with him, and he's been fired from his job as a journalist in Washington, DC. With nothing left to lose, he returns to his family's summer cabin outside the small mountain town of Roseland, Oregon, to try to find some sense of direction. The cabin should be empty. It's not.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another amazing story

  • By Aerielle on 12-13-18

slow burn

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

Reviewed: 02-22-19

What I loved most about this story was all the Easter eggs I found throughout it.
Roseland, Big Eddy, Green Creek, Abby. The mention of the storm in Roseland (we all know what angel did that it you've read Into This River I Drown ;) )

While I enjoyed Looking that and the characters, I have to say this book has a very slow start and I actually got quite bored and almost gave up.
It wasn't until I hate chapter 10 (audio chapter) that things really picked up for the story, and for me.

Artemis Darth Vader is quite the character. She's sweet, intelligent but at the same time naive. She tells it like it is and thinks it's polite because people should know the truth.

Alex reminded me a bit of Cavalo from W+S. he was all gruff and flannels and guns.

Nate, IDK about Nate. He's sad, lonely, and confused but he's sweet. He's made some mistakes in his life, but that didn't stop him from doing what he felt was right.

I think my other favorite part of this audio was when Kurt was doing a rendition of the guy on the radio, Scott Cooper I believe was his name. He was a conspiracy theorist with his own radio show and man did Kurt do that so well.

5* for Easter eggs and Artemis
3* for the slow pace
4* for the narrating

  • Vanilla Clouds

  • By: Roe Horvat
  • Narrated by: Vance Bastian
  • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Sex and chocolate are the two pleasures Michał enjoys most in life. His sex life has been nonexistent for some time, though. After a particularly bad hookup, he keeps mostly to himself. That leaves chocolate. Luckily, he works surrounded by the most delicious, extravagant produce in Gothenburg. Beside his job at the chocolaterie, his main source of excitement is his online friend, Magnus, whom he stubbornly refuses to meet in person. A customer turns up at the chocolaterie one day - tall, shy, and charming. If Michał can step out of his overly safe shell, there might be not only chocolate, but sex, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Sweet Treat

  • By Karentwilson on 01-26-19

Cute

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

I downgraded the performance part of the review, but I don't think the narrator was necessarily bad, I just didn't think the story translated well to an audiobook.

The beginning of a story usually sets the tone for the book, this one starts out with a series of private messages/emails. When you're reading the story, you can physically see the screen names written down on paper (screen). When listening to an audio you have to rely on the narrator. For the first part of this book, I kind of had no idea what was going on, or who was who, it was just a name said and some dialogue after. I could barely understand what he was saying.

It sounded very droll and robotic. Again, not fully the narrators fault, it's how the story read. Though maybe some flair could have been added somehow to keep it not so monotonous.

From then on, I had a feeling this may not be a good story. I'm glad I kept listening though because thankfully the rest of the story wasn't heavy on messaging.

I am also wondering where the accents were, this story was based in Sweden, but it was all very American English sounding except for a few names of streets and places, etc... I was slightly disappointed in that.

That all being said, this really did turn out to be a lovely story. It was sweet and Magnus was a pleasant surprise. I may have been saying in my head "that's Magnus ya fool! Open your eyes!" I may have also stopped to make some hot chocolate (yes, I melted real chocolate ;) )

  • Ravensong

  • Green Creek, Book 2
  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Kurt Graves
  • Length: 20 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 224

Gordo has found himself once again the witch of the Bennett pack. Green Creek has settled after the death of Richard Collins, and Gordo constantly struggles to ignore Mark and the song that howls between them. But time is running out. Something is coming. And this time, it’s crawling from within. Some bonds, no matter how strong, were made to be broken.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as it gets

  • By N Florida on 12-07-18

You are a wizard

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

((I found myself talking like Rico the other day. I had a good laugh about it when i realized it))

I loved this book, of course I did. Gordo is my favorite grumpy a-hole to ever have grumped.
I did have a few issues with it though. 1st- Gordo is supposed to be some next level witch/wizard (I still almost peed myself at the "You are a Wizard Harry part (Ox)) even according to his father. If that's the case, why haven't we seen him do more amazing spells? Why couldn't he hold his wards against stupid Dane? Why can't he break his fathers curse? Seems to me all we got was fire-hand (or Firefist if this was Deadpool, HA!) and ice/rose wall... I just really expect more out of him by now, he's 40 years old-ish, darnit! He should be, like, Dumbledore level by now :p

My second issue is with the audio narration. All the female characters seem to bleed together at some point. They don't always sound the same, but a lot of times they do, especially Elizabeth and Meredith.
What's up with this feral Alpha wolf and Carter? I am so freaking curious it's not even funny.
Why does Gordo know him (even though he doesn't know he knows him yet)? I need answers!!

  • Hush

  • By: Tal Bauer
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 19 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

A devastating terrorist attack in the heart of Washington, DC, and the arrest of the terrorist leads to a trial that threatens to expose the dark underbelly of America's national security. The Russian president is gravely injured and fixated on revenge, while a gay Russian dissident is arrested and put on trial in Judge Tom Brewer's courtroom. With the world's attention fixed on Tom and this case, secrets from his past explode during the course of the trial, which place him at the very center of the case and make him the only man who can try to stop the world's slide into war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Please!

  • By M.M.Rowley on 05-03-18

crushing hard on Tal

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

This story was beyond amazing, just like his executive series and Joel does a brilliant job at delivering these characters and giving them another dimension.

  • Shirewode

  • The Wode, Book 2
  • By: J Tullos Hennig
  • Narrated by: Ross Pendleton
  • Length: 20 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Years ago, a pagan commoner named Rob of Loxley befriended Gamelyn Boundys, a nobleman's son, against seemingly insurmountable odds-and with horrific consequences. His home razed by order of the Church, Rob was left for dead, believing his sister, Marion, and his lover, Gamelyn, had perished. But Gamelyn yet lives. Guilt-ridden by his unwitting betrayal of Loxley, one of the last bastions of the Old Religion, Gamelyn rides off to seek absolution in the Holy Land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • epic

  • By ~Stephanie GooglyEyes on 01-20-18

epic

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

Reviewed: 01-20-18

I love this series so freaking much. It is smartly written, I would almost think this was the original tale written so long ago. I really hope the rest comes out on audio. These stories and this narrator are life

  • 'Tis the Season

  • By: Alex Jane
  • Narrated by: Michael Fell
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

Aaron has spent the past 10 months alone. When he meets a sad, yet strangely familiar man on a cold Halloween night, he impulsively invites him home. But the intimate connection they share lasts only until morning. Aaron wakes up alone - wracked with guilt and devastated to have lost his chance. Or so he thinks. Thanksgiving brings Aaron another shot at happiness, but letting go of an old love and accepting a new one isn't as easy as everyone keeps telling him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A highly emotional, well narrated story!

  • By Carra at Making it Happen blog on 11-15-17

healing for the holidays

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

Reviewed: 12-19-17

What did you love best about 'Tis the Season?

What I liked most about this book was, although they were a 1 night stand with the potential to be insta-love (especially because of the length), it didn't go that way. In fact, the MC's both have deep rooted issues that they need to come to terms with. They actually had to fight a little for each other.







4.25*

What was one of the most memorable moments of 'Tis the Season?

I found their fake names, and the fact they still used them at the end, pretty endearing. It turned into this cute little joke between them, and maybe a few family members.

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

Michael Fell did an EXCELLENT narration job, he truly brought these characters to life giving them, well, their own character. In fact, he took a book that I already liked and gave it another dimension.

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

There's quite a bit of angst in this read, but the part that hit me hardest was the end. The graveyard visit and the fact that Dylan/George was so accepting and understanding was what really did me in.

Any additional comments?

This was a nice, short but well written, holiday story. One that makes you feel hopeful and happy for the holidays.

  • To Touch You

  • Mates Collection, Book 4
  • By: Cardeno C.
  • Narrated by: Charlie David
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

By not relying on anyone except himself, Salvatore Rossi escaped a dead-end existence and reached the height of corporate success. But just when he has everything he always wanted, fate throws Salvatore a challenge he can’t solve alone, and a young wolf-shifter comes to his rescue. Since childhood, Yoram Smith’s family was certain he would grow to become alpha and save their beloved pack from its slow demise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • i love this series

  • By Keith b miller on 11-20-17

I'd give up forever

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

Reviewed: 12-15-17

Charlie David does a fantastic job narrating.
He's got a nice deep voice but yet he can change the tone and depth to give each character their own "personalities".

The story itself is actually kind of sad.
Yoram finds his True Mate at a very young age, 7 to be exact. Only problem is, his mate was 30 at the time. Even then Yoram knew and tried to protect his mate, even from his own family.

Fast forward 7 more years and Yori goes to visit Sal oy to be shot down, again.
Sill, Yori doesn't give up "taking care of his mate" .

Sal may not know about true mates an bonds, as he has been turned into a vampire but Yori's uncle, Miguel. So he isn't quite sure why human blood just isn't enough for him. Even after getting blood bags donated by an anonymous gifter, he still resists. He knows who it's from, but all he can remember is that child that showed up in his office, and he cannot reconcile between the two.

So when his donations stop coming for a few months, he gets a little nervous and finally decides to bite the bullet and make a trip to the Pack lands.

I think this is why I liked this story so much...
it wasn't really instantaneous love/lust...it was spread over two decades. I like how Yori pits it though, with all the turmoil of the old pack Alpha, Sal would have never been accepted and Yori would have been thrown from pack, therefore never becoming alpha.

CC never let's us down though, we ALWAYS get our HEA. This one was a great one too. I loved that Sal was helping to update the pack in technology and education, to keep them moving forward and being a self sufficient pack.

  • A Destiny of Dragons

  • Tales from Verania, Book 2
  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Michael Lesley
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 810
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 776
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 772

Once upon a time, the wizard’s apprentice, Sam of Wilds, got his happily ever after in the arms of his cornerstone, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart. A year has passed, and while Sam’s been captured five or six more times since then, things are pretty great. Until they're not.... Because Vadoma, the leader of the gypsy clan and Sam’s grandmother, has come to the City of Lockes with a dire prophecy written in the stars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic book with awesome narration

  • By J. John on 12-03-17

phenomenal

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

Reviewed: 11-20-17

I expected nothing less from this wonderful duo.
The second book was a great follow up to the first and I cannot wait to delve into book 3. Bet your sweet bippy I'll be reading it before listening to it.

For those that don't follow Michael, do know that due to his upgrade in audio/sound, Kevin does sound a bit different. It took a minute to get used to, but it really took nothing away from the story.
Jesus just as pervy as ever.

  • Ink and Shadows

  • By: Rhys Ford
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 185

Kismet Andreas lives in fear of the shadows. For the young tattoo artist, the shadows hold more than darkness. He is certain of his insanity because the dark holds creatures and crawling things only he can see - monsters who hunt out the weak to eat their minds and souls, leaving behind only empty husks and despair. And if there's one thing Kismet fears more than being hunted - it's the madness left in its wake.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Scary, creepy, but oh-so-engaging!

  • By Belen on 01-30-16

detailed and ...

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

this story is very detailed and imaginative. I don't think it's for everyone. There is a lot of gore, pain, drug use and addiction. It's really not a romance, but it does seem like an opening into many relationships, romantic or otherwise.

Heavy on PNR and almost otherworldly. It's based in America mostly, but with an immortal and fae veil that intertwines with the mortal world. I love what Rhys did with the Four Horseman and Hope, Peace, Faith and Charity.
I'm really curious to see where that will go and how the 8 will play against (or with) each other.

  • The Winter Courtship Rituals of Fur-Bearing Critters

  • Granby Knitting, Book 1
  • By: Amy Lane
  • Narrated by: Philip Alces
  • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 230

Rance Crawford is an alpaca rancher, fiber mill owner, and self-proclaimed grumpy bastard. When sweet, charming tenderfoot Ben McCutcheon moves onto Crawford's rural road, Rance is very aware that Ben makes it a grand total of two gay men in their tiny town, and even though he is instantly, painfully smitten, any move he makes could be simply chalked up to being hard up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Querky romance for a great series starter.

  • By Heather on 10-03-14

cute

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

Reviewed: 10-28-17

super cute winter time story. Opposites attract and he fact that Rance is a gumpy ole man who likes to knit is just a bonus

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