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  • Learning to Love

  • By: Felice Stevens
  • Narrated by: Derrick McClain
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

After 10 years away from home, bad boy caterer Gideon Marks has a lot to prove. Getting the holiday catering job at his childhood synagogue is the first step in demonstrating to everyone he didn't turn out to be the failure they predicted. What he doesn't count on is Rabbi Jonah Fine, his high school nemesis and secret crush, stirring up old feelings Gideon thought long gone and secrets he's buried deep for years.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not worth it, even as part of the Romance Package

  • By Evie22 on 01-29-18

McClain nails it.

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

Gideon and Jonah have had a special place in my heart since they first appeared in a holiday anthology a few years ago. I was one of the readers clambering for their full length story. Stevens did not disappoint. When I found out it was coming out in audio, with one of my favorite narrators, I was excited but cautious. Expectations and all. However, Derrick McClain nailed the performance. Gideon and Jonah lived up to the voices in my head. I can't give an audiobook higher praise.

  • Again

  • By: Mary Calmes
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

Six years ago, Noah Wheeler went to meet his boyfriend, Dante Cerreto, at the airport, and his world ended. Dante was kissing someone else and claimed to be in love. So Noah took his heartbreak and closed the door on the big picture of what he thought his life would be, focusing instead on the piece of the dream he got to keep, being a father. Six years later, Dante wants to make up for lost time, but he's going to have to take a crash course in communication and seduction. Noah's not going to fall in love just to be broken again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the narration!

  • By Belen on 07-02-17

Better than I hoped

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

Reviewed: 06-30-17

I have been waiting forever for Again to come to audio. All that anticipation could have meant disaster if it didn't live up to my expectations. I need not worry, however. Nick J Russo was the perfect choice for Noah. I will certainly be listening to this one time and again.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Boning His Mutt

  • By: Fel Fern
  • Narrated by: Derrick McClain
  • Length: 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

I'm Blue Barker. Submissive. Unattached wolf. Member of the Puppyville Pack. I thought I had the mate-thing in the bag, until I found my ex screwing around. Usually, I'm against one-night-stands, until I saw the drop dead gorgeous dominant wolf sitting at the bar. Jaime Topps has two conditions. One night. Two rules. And none of them involved remembering my name, but I'm going to prove him wrong.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Romantic, Gay, Werewolf Fiction

  • By Striker on 06-15-16

It is Shift Crack

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

Reviewed: 03-08-17

It is shifter crack. Own it, love it. McClain does a great job with the dialogue and prose alike. I can't say that I would have read this book if he wasn't narrating, but he kept me engaged.

  • Drama Queen

  • A Nicky and Noah Mystery
  • By: Joe Cosentino
  • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

It could be curtains for college theatre professor Nicky Abbondanza. With dead bodies popping up all over campus, Nicky must use his drama skills to figure out who is playing the role of murderer before it is lights out for Nicky and his colleagues. Complicating matters is Nicky's huge crush on Noah Oliver, a gorgeous assistant professor in his department, who may or may not be involved with a cocky graduate assistant... and is also the top suspect for the murders!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An in-the-buff zing to the small town murder story

  • By Vance Bastian on 08-18-15

Awesome Story. Adequate narration.

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

Reviewed: 09-04-15

Story Review:

The only two stories I have read from author Joe Cosentino were both heartfelt and heartbreaking. With Drama Queen, he proves that he can do humor and mystery with equal skill.

Drama Queen is the first book in his new Nick and Noah Mysteries series. A series of cozy mysteries with two Drama professors from a small Vermont college as the protagonists. Nick is a professor of directing and Noah one of acting. They don’t start out the story as a couple but do end up as one, in case you hadn’t guessed that much. However, this is not a story about their love. It is a story about the two of them working together to solve a murder.

Our story is filled with humor as the sometimes over the top antics of Nick and Noah get them closer and closer to the answer to the mystery. There is no subtlety in Nick’s character. I don’t think he knows the meaning of the word. His inner dialogue is entertaining and sometimes biting.

I chuckled a few times throughout the book. We know I am a tough sell on humor, so chuckling is a good thing 😉 I am ready for Nick and Noah’s next adventure.

Narration Review:

This is my first title narrated by Michael Gilboe. I have mixed feelings about the job he did with Drama Queen. While he certainly lived up to the books name, and did a pretty fabulous job on Nick, the rest of the characters lacked in my eyes. Some sounded robotic. Some just sounded wrong. He also lacked consistency on some of the non-point of view characters.

I will probably give him another shot if he narrated the second book in the series, but I don’t know that I would listen to him for anything outside this series.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Love Comes Silently

  • Senses Series
  • By: Andrew Grey
  • Narrated by: Max Lehnen
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185

Caring for a loved one with cancer is tough. Doing it alone is overwhelming - especially when that loved one is a child. But ever since Ken Brighton's partner left him, Ken has spent his days at the hospital with his daughter, Hanna, hoping for a miracle. Maybe the mysterious care packages that appear for Hanna don't qualify, but they bring a spark of hope into his and Hanna's tired life-and so does Ken's neighbor, former singer Patrick Flaherty.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • One of my least favorite narrators

  • By Heather on 06-24-14

My new favorite Andrew Grey

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

Reviewed: 12-21-13

What made the experience of listening to Love Comes Silently the most enjoyable?

I have read or listened to a LOT of Andrew Grey titles. I love that so many of his are available for audio. He is a go to comfort listen or read for me because his characters are real, they deal with adversity in a mature way, and they are relatively low-angst, while still offering a complete and rich story. Love Comes Silently is no different.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Patrick, of course. I love that he silently (hah!) does so many good things for Ken and Hannah. I love how he is with Hannah. I love how he is with Ken. My heart breaks for him as he thinks he isn't good enough for Ken to want.

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

This was my second one. I like it even better than the first. I listen to enough audiobooks that I have favorite narrators. I was a little disappointed when In Search of a Story was not by one of my favorites. Max Lehnen was an unknown but I quickly discovered his style is perfect for the story. Unlike many narrators, his voice is not distinctive and so he melts into the background and the story becomes the focus. That opinion was reinforced as I listened to Silently.

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

Cry of course. It is an emotional story.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A to Z

  • By: Marie Sexton
  • Narrated by: Mark L. Jones
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 175

Zach Mitchell is stuck in a rut. His college boyfriend left him ten years ago, but Zach still lives in the same apartment, drives the same car, and feeds his ex-boyfriend’s ungrateful cat. His Denver business, A to Z Video Rental, is struggling. He has annoying customers, eccentric neighbors, and an unfulfilling romance with his landlord, Tom. But things start to change when Zach gives a job to a combat boot-wearing punk with an attitude, Angelo Green.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good love story with plenty of steaminess!!!

  • By Justin on 01-31-13

Great story, horrible narration

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

Reviewed: 05-09-13

What did you love best about A to Z?

I LOVED this story. Sexton is one of my favorite authors in this genre. She gives us beautifully written love stories between 2 men with all the angst that goes with it and not more than is needed.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mark L. Jones?

Anyone... No seriously, he sounded BORED reading. Paul Morey, Sean Crisden, or Sawyer Allerde would have done SOOO much better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful