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  • Going Overboard (Anchor Point) (Volume 5)

  • By: L.A. Witt
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Second-class petty officers Dalton Taylor and Chris Ingram have been best friends since coxswain’s school. Now they’re stationed together in the harbor patrol unit of NAS Adams. They’re content as friends, but secretly, they both ache for more. Neither makes a move, though; while Dalton is out and proud, Chris is closeted - even from his best friend. Then another coxswain’s negligence nearly drowns Dalton. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sizzling Friends to Lovers Romance and a Hot Sitch

  • By Sophia Rose on 11-15-18

The one

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-18

This is the one. This is, thus far, my favorite of the Anchor Point series. Real world (for the military) problems, real world drama, real world consequences. Well developed characters considering the length of the novel, good story. It made me think of things I had witnessed and experienced in my career. Unfair things; hurtful things. Things that destroy lives when the chain of command goes wrong. I listened to the entire book in one sitting. Good job. Good narration as well. The narrator voiced the characters quite well and in an enjoyable manner.

  • The Cooking Gene

  • A Journey Through African-American Culinary History in the Old South
  • By: Michael W. Twitty
  • Narrated by: Michael W. Twitty
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

Southern food is integral to the American culinary tradition, yet the question of who "owns" it is one of the most provocative touchpoints in our ongoing struggles over race. In this unique memoir, culinary historian Michael W. Twitty takes listeners to the white-hot center of this fight, tracing the roots of his own family and the charged politics surrounding the origins of soul food, barbecue, and all Southern cuisine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Important to listen to

  • By Anne on 07-01-18

Incredible book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-23-18

If you love culinary history, this is a phenomenal book to add to your collection, either in print or audio format. In fact, after this listen, I may very well purchase the print edition. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It brought back so many memories from my own childhood that I simply could not shut it down. I am not African-American, but I did grow up poor in the Deep South, so I share many common experiences with the author regarding food and family. Chitlins? Yeah, I feel him on that one. My daddy loved chitlins. They're horrible, and I hope never to see (or smell) them again. Grits? It wasn't breakfast without grits. Collard greens? Not just for New Years. Mama said, "Whoever eats the most greens, eats the most dirt," when she got tired of washing them. I never found any dirt. And just for the record, my granny occasionally wore an acifidity bag. Not sure it ever prevented a cold, but if it did, it was because it kept everybody at a good distance. Those are just a few examples of common experiences shared by many people who grew up in the South. The author's recounting of such commonalities caught my attention, and helped make the book such an engaging listen. But it is with the divergences that he reaches the true heart of his work.

What makes "The Cooking Gene" an important book, and what held my attention throughout, was the recounting of the personal experiences and ancestral memories shared by most African-Americans, experiences that we of mostly European ancestry will never fully understand except on an intellectual level. How could we? Our culture does not include the recollection of such a horrible cultural degradation as slavery on such a massive scale, nor is every aspect of our daily lives touched by its aftermath. The author expresses the experience quite well and with great, often heart-wrenching, empathy.

This book is a must-have, not only due to the subject matter, but also because of the author's inspired reading of his own work. I do not believe any professional narrator could have done it nearly as well. He has a beautiful reading voice, and knows how to use it to the fullest advantage. You'll be hooked by the end of the first paragraph.

  • Risky Behavior

  • Bad Behavior, Book 1
  • By: L. A. Witt, Cari Z.
  • Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

It’s day one of Darren Corliss’ career as a detective, and not only has he been assigned a notoriously difficult partner, but the guy might also be a pill-popping dirty cop. Internal Affairs needs proof, and Darren gets to be their eyes and ears whether he wants to or not. Detective Andreas Ruffner doesn’t play by the rules, and he doesn’t play well with others. With bodies piling up and a list of suspects who are way above his pay grade, the last thing he needs is a wet-behind-the-ears kid for a partner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action pack

  • By bre on 02-23-18

Tell me a story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-16-18

I love romance, especially M/M, but give me a story to go along with it, specifically, a story with some grit, and some teeth, and a good dose of reality. I want to see real men leading real lives, and dealing with the missteps and misadventures of attempting to forge a relationship through it all. These authors succeed spectacularly with this series. Not only is the story of Andreas and Darren irresistibly romantic, it portrays the day-to-day difficulties and dangers and general aggravation of life as a police officer quite well. This makes for a totally believable police procedural, with the romance placed firmly in its proper perspective. Kudos to the authors. This is no mean feat. I also like the fact that at least one of these authors obviously has spent some time on a gun range, and is familiar with the weapons about which she is writing. I haven't seen that enough over the years, even with bestselling authors (e.g.: Stephen King's constant stupidity of putting safeties on revolvers. In my 20 years in law enforcement, I have never seen a revolver with a safety). Thank you, ladies, for knowing your stuff. You call a magazine a magazine (not a clip), and at least one of you knows how to hold a gun. Good job.
I would like very much to see these authors team up again and create another near-perfect partnership like Andreas and Darren. Awesome.

Now, the narrator. Great job. Performing a narrative is no simple task, and it requires a special talent to do it well. The narrator of these books does it quite well. Each character has their own unique voice, and I seldom had difficulty differentiating them. Andreas' cynicism and sarcasm, Darren's enthusiasm and youthful self-assuredness, Captain Hamilton's world-weariness, all come through in the narrator's voice. He seldom steps out of character. Job well done.

Great story, Great series.

  • Valley of the Dolls 50th Anniversary Edition

  • By: Jacqueline Susann
  • Narrated by: Laverne Cox
  • Length: 17 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

At a time when women were destined to become housewives, Jacqueline Susann let us dream. Anne, Neely, and Jennifer become best friends as struggling young women in New York City trying to make their mark. Eventually, they climb their way to the top of the entertainment industry only to find that there’s no place left to go but down, into the Valley of the Dolls

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible Narration...

  • By Christiona D Toney on 11-08-18

Don't think I can take it

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-18

This is something I have never done before, but here we go. At this point, I am one quarter of the way into Jacqueline Susann's great novel of self-discovery and triumph of the human spirit, and I'm not sure I can finish the listen. The narrator, Laverne Cox, is, quite frankly, horrible. She's making me crazy. She swallows audibly, she smacks her lips; it's awful. That's a real shame, too, because "Valley of the Dolls", is a true classic. I was really looking forward to this listen, as I had seen the movie when it was initially released, then read the book several years later. This 50th anniversary edition of "Valley...", should have been a diamond in the crown of a great author. Instead, it is just a lump of coal. I understand what Ms. Cox was attempting to achieve. She was trying to present the personas of the false sophisticate, new money class of New York upper crust society. She failed. So sad. This was NOT a credit well spent, but since I spent the credit, I intend to try and finish it. Maybe in small doses...

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  • The Downs

  • By: Kim Fielding
  • Narrated by: K.C. Kelly
  • Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

As the son of a wealthy man, Enitan Javed has spent his life frivolously - drinking, fighting, and making love. But after his father dies, Enitan is unjustly accused of murdering him and is given the harshest sentence possible. Judged irredeemable, he is banished to the Downs. As even young children know, nothing lives in the Downs except demons who delight in torturing the condemned. Brutalized by the men who transport him to his fate, Enitan has nothing left but his thirst for vengeance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully narrated by K.C. Kelly!

  • By Belen on 10-12-16

Great story, beautifully read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-23-18

A truly captivating story, focused on the questions of injustice and the need for vengeance. A very different kind of MM romance, set in a dark world of danger and death. Exceptional world building, engaging characters. Beautifully descriptive narrative, which is, in itself, a rare commodity in modern literature.

  • Black Hawk Down

  • By: Mark Bowden
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,080

Ninety-nine elite American soldiers are trapped in the middle of a hostile city. As night falls, they are surrounded by thousands of enemy gunmen. Their wounded are bleeding to death. Their ammunition and supplies are dwindling. This is the story of how they got there - and how they fought their way out. Black Hawk Down drops you into a crowded marketplace in the heart of Mogadishu, Somalia with the U.S. Special Forces and puts you in the middle of the most intense firelight American soldiers have fought since the Vietnam war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Of Military Writing...

  • By Joshua on 11-06-16

Better than the movie

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-15-18

I now have a much better understanding of the events surrounding this incident. The movie glosses over a lot, necessarily due to time constraints, and I had never mustered the patience to actually read the book. Listening to the story was the perfect solution. I come away with an entirely new perspective on the battle and the circumstances surrounding it.

The narration was nearly flawless as well. Alan Sklar does an incredible job, and his voice matches the narrative almost seamlessly. A very enjoyable listening experience.

  • Rescued

  • By: Felice Stevens
  • Narrated by: Charlie David
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 163

Ryder Daniels is all too familiar with rejection. His parents cut off contact because he's gay and his boyfriend left him, choosing drugs over love. When Jason Mallory's girlfriend gives him an ultimatum to get married, he shocks everyone by breaking up with her instead. Jason and Ryder build a friendship - until an unexpected kiss sparks the attraction they've been fighting.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet, sexy & a wonderful HEA!

  • By Belen on 03-25-17

Mildly entertaining

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

A pretty standard love story, mildly entertaining. I would have looked to have seen more of the dog rescue operation, but that was only there to prop up the love story, also pretty standard for the genre. Maybe I've been spoiled by the few well written political thrillers and police procedurals I've found in this genre. Anyway, the story was enjoyable enough that I made it to the end.

The narrator was quite good, better than some I've heard recently. He does a good job with voices. I had no trouble recognizing o e character from another. Overall, this one was worth the time on a lazy day.

  • Frankenstein: Prodigal Son

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,372
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,369

He is Deucalion, a tattooed man of mysterious origin, a sleight-of-reality artist who has traveled the centuries with a secret worse than death. He arrives in New Orleans as a serial killer stalks the streets, a killer who carefully selects his victims for the humanity that is missing in himself. Deucalion's path will lead him to cool, tough police detective Carson O'Connor and her devoted partner, Michael Maddison, who are tracking the slayer but will soon discover signs of something far more terrifying: an entire race of killers who are much more - and less - than human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A modern masterpiece

  • By AmeliaD on 06-08-18

A modern masterpiece

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-18

"Frankenstein: Prodigal Son", a true modern masterpiece of by one of the preeminent masters of suspense, a must-read for anyone with an interest in this genre. The narrative is, frankly, beautifully crafted. Detailed, descriptive, completely engaging, it grabs onto your psyche and never lets go. The most logical and frightening continuation of Mary Shelley's classic, it totally engages the reader on a visceral level. I think Mrs. Shelley would be proud.

Christopher Lane's narration of this modern classic is very near to perfection. Smooth and erudite, almost hypnotic, he has absolutely captured the spirit of the work. Listening to his reading is an undeniable pleasure. Even more impressive than his general narration is that he has almost perfectly captured the myriad accents and dialects found in the region of southeastern Louisiana, particularly in New Orleans itself. It is difficult enough for non-natives to reproduce even one of these regional dialects; very few in the entertainment industry accomplish even that. For Mr. Lane to have mastered several of these speaks to a remarkable talent. Do not bypass this novel, this series. Reading Dean Koontz's "Frankenstein" is a singular experience. Hearing it performed is a sensory delight.

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  • On Point

  • Out of Uniform, Book 3
  • By: Annabeth Albert
  • Narrated by: J. F. Harding
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264

Pushing 30, with his reenlistment looming, decorated navy sniper Maddox Horvat is taking a long look at what he really wants in life. And what he wants is Ben Tovey. It isn't smart, falling for his best friend and fellow SEAL, but 10 years with Ben has forged a bond so intimate Maddox can't ignore it. He needs Ben by his side forever - heart and soul.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • stalking skills

  • By Gyrithe on 12-26-17

Gotta love these guys...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-18

...because they're crazy. Another good listen of a book I enjoyed reading. And this one was a more enjoyable listen than a read. J. F. Harding did a wonderful job narrating Ben and Maddox's story. He isn't the best at doing female voices, but that's always tough for a man with a deeper voice, so I can overlook that. In general, his was a fine performance, well read in a strong, pleasantly masculine voice well suited to the two main characters. Another win for a good author, and for this narrator as well.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Off Base

  • Out of Uniform, Book 1
  • By: Annabeth Albert
  • Narrated by: Tyler Stevens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479

After trading the barracks for a fixer-upper rental, Navy SEAL Zack Nelson wants peace, not a roommate - especially not Pike, who sees things about Zack he most wants to hide. Pike's flirting puts virgin Zack on edge. And the questions Pike's arrival would spark from Zack's teammates about his own sexuality? Nope. Not going there. But Zack can't refuse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By Doug Corbin on 05-18-17

Really like this series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-18

I really enjoyed reading this series, more than I thought I would, now enjoying listening. This is a surprisingly good coming out story, with engaging characters and a more or less realistic storyline. Zack's fear of coming out and its consequences could have been better and more deeply expressed, especially in Zack's experience with his parents, though considering the probable strictures of the format and the focus of the story, it was handled quite well despite its only being lightly examined.

The narration by Tyler Stevens was quite good as well, though I didn't particularly care for the voice he gave to Apollo. Was that a hint of Brooklyn I heard in the voice of a native Californian of Greek heritage? Oh, well. Not enough of a foible to take away a star. The story was otherwise read quite well. All in all, a good listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful