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  • Honestly Ben

  • By: Bill Konigsberg
  • Narrated by: Dan Bittner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317

Ben Carver is back to normal. He's working steadily in his classes at the Natick School. He just got elected captain of the baseball team. He's even won a full scholarship to college, if he can keep up his grades. All that foolishness with Rafe Goldberg the past semester is in the past. Except...there's Hannah, the gorgeous girl from the neighboring school, who attracts him and distracts him. There's his mother, whose quiet unhappiness Ben is noticing for the first time. School is harder, the pressure higher, the scholarship almost slipping away.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than the first book in the series!

  • By Jim S on 05-09-17

Should be on all school curriculums.

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

Wow, Ben is more self-aware at 16 then I am at 50somethingish. What a great book. I think it should be on all school curriculums. If for no other reason than to give them ideas of some of the questions they could be asking themselves. The expectations might be a bit high though, not everyone can be Mr. Magenta (you'll have to read it to find out). This is a continuation of Rafe's and Ben's relationship and the major growth that Ben must go through to get there. High prices to pay for a huge realization. I found myself envying Ben for figuring things out at such a young age. Perhaps if we all went through that at a younger age so many of us wouldn't be still trying to figure out who we are.

This story is very well done. The characters are well fleshed out and each unique in their own way. The discrepency between the idealism of youth and the mindset and generational differences of, ahem, older folk and teens are portrayed through several of Ben's relationships. The behaviours and dialogue were consistent. The pace and flow of the story are perfect. It would have been so easy to become as confused as Ben if the story wasn't laid out the way it was. I can't speak to the editing because I listened to this book.

I wish I had read this with a book buddy because there are so many things I would love to discuss with someone else.

This story was narrated by Dan Bittner, who did an excellent job in portraying Ben's confusion and his process of discovery. I had no difficulty in identifying who each character was even between the female cast which is rare.

  • Thunder and Lightning

  • Death and Destruction, Book 6
  • By: Patricia Logan
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Jarrett Evans and Thayne Wolfe have been partnered in the ATF for nearly two years and their love and commitment to each other have grown over time. Now faced with one final challenge, the boys are headed to Arizona to help Thayne’s mom, stumbling headfirst into a brand new case. When a man is shot on Dot’s sister’s ranch, their informal investigation leads to the Native American reservation bordering the property.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • NEXT!!!!

  • By Vicki on 03-17-19

NEXT!!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19

Well, that summed up a bunch of stuff. I'm glad that the series isn't over yet, though. I can't wait to see what's next for Thayne and Jerrett. Come on, Michael Pauley, get moving on that narration!! Oh and maybe work on your Mexican accent. When you say more than just a few words it starts sounding Irish to me. But I love you anyway. <3

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  • Salt Magic Skin Magic

  • By: Lee Welch
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Lord Thornby has been trapped on his father's isolated Yorkshire estate for a year. There are no bars or chains; he simply can't leave. His sanity is starting to fray. When industrial magician John Blake arrives to investigate a case of witchcraft, he finds the peculiar, arrogant Thornby as alarming as he is attractive. John soon finds himself caught up in a dark fairy tale, where all the rules of magic - and love - are changed.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magical fantasy. I loved it!

  • By Cat on 03-15-19

Fantasy at it's finest.

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

What an amazing story. The world was so rich and colourful. I felt as if I walked the paths that John and Lord Thornby walked. I could hear the voices in the walls and feel the pelts they handled. The characters were dynamic and came alive for me. The writing was masterful and well paced. The story-line was creative and intriguing, both beautiful and horrible. Definitely going in my reread pile.

Narrator Joel Leslie lifted it to off the chart levels. The sarcasm rolled off of Lord Thornby's tongue (as did other things) and I could practically feel the spittle flying from his father's mouth as he ranted at his son.

  • Human Omega: Discovered on the Slave Planet

  • Pykh Series, Book 1
  • By: Eileen Glass
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

It's all a matter of opinion, but Carter's day is going pretty badly. He's an engineer captured by bug aliens, now depending on his large, muscled, naked cage mates for food and warmth. They seem sentient, so that's good. But they're also handsy. Which is...complicated. The military isn't looking for him. Slaves taken by the bug race never come back. Yet, Carter is very much alive, and if he wants to stay that way, he'll need to trust Pykh and Siel, two affectionate aliens with claws, teeth, and size.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such Perfect Voices For These Characters!

  • By Jennifer on 02-20-19

Don't let the description fool you this story is n

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

Reviewed: 03-13-19

I am so glad that the 2nd book in this series is out in just a few more days. While it doesn't end with a cliff hanger it does end with a burning desire to know what happens next. The world building is creative and fascinating. The characters are unique and so loveable (in an anthropomorphic way). The pov is from all 3 MC's, each having a very different concept and understanding of the lives they are living. And of course, bringing different skill sets and interpretation to both the situation and their relationship. I absolutely loved it.

This book was narrated by John Leslie. As per usual, his talent and skill set take this story above and beyond expectations. I would definitely recommend listening to this story.

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  • Bleed: An MM Shifter Romance

  • Flesh and Bone, Book 2
  • By: Joel Abernathy
  • Narrated by: Kirt Graves
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Vengeance. My purpose, carved deeper into my soul than the names carved into my flesh. Dominic. The man who took everything from me, my own personal devil in shifting flesh. Ursache. My pack. The high-born family of wolves I’ve sworn my life to protect, even if my dying breath is pledged to another. Mason…My everything. Friend, confidant, enemy, lover. Most dangerous of all, he would become the reason I lived if I let him. He is the one thing I won’t allow Dominic to take from me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a m z i n g !!!!

  • By Rebecca Azizov on 03-04-19

I love this series.

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

OMG. This series is phenomenal!!! The characters are so well developed and even when they are unlikable they are loveable, well, the ones that we're supposed to love are anyway. The grief, suffering, and guilt are believable as are the dialogue and behaviours. The storyline and themes are also well developed and fascinating as is the interaction between characters, in particular, Nicolae and Mason. I loved reading about the characters from book 1 and how they have changed and grown and the impact they have on the lives around them.

I listened to this book which was narrated by Kirt Graves. He does a phenomenal job with the emotions and accents needed in this story. I'm sure it was a bit of a challenge switching so seamlessly from a Russian to a Southern accent as needed. If you even remotely like listening to books then this is definitely the way to go.

Please check the tags in Goodreads as there are many potential triggers.

  • Slip and Slide

  • Death and Destruction, Book 3
  • By: Patricia Logan
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

ATF special agents, Thayne Wolfe, and his partner, Jarrett Evans, have gotten into sticky situations in the past but nothing prepares them for the daunting task of being loaned out to a coal mine in West Virginia where Jarrett's grown up. Investigating a deadly mining explosion may be the end of them yet. In one of the most beautiful places on earth, Jarrett is familiar with the territory, growing up working in a nearby mine for a couple years before joining the Marine Corps just after high school.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 6 Stars!

  • By FancyFace on 04-22-18

Going deep in West Virginia

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

Lots of action in and out of the bedroom while Thayne and Jarrett check out a mining "accident" in West Virginia. We get to meet some of Jerrett's family in this one.

  • Flash and Bang

  • Death and Destruction Series, Book 2
  • By: Patricia Logan
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

If running from a hit man wasn't scary enough, ATF Agent Thayne Wolfe has a new challenge in his life, and this one may be even more dangerous than the last. He has to figure out how to work with his reckless new partner, a handsome former Marine who seems to have a death wish.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good series so far

  • By Aerielle on 12-12-17

Tear up the sheets and shoot up the streets

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

Jarrett and Thayne take on a militant militia group who like to make things go bang. My only complaint is the repetition of the inner dialogue on how they feel about each other.

  • Death and Destruction

  • The Death and Destruction Series, Book 1
  • By: Patricia Logan
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

Forced to go into witness protection, ATF Special Agent Thayne Wolfe is less than thrilled. The state's attorney needs him to testify against one of the most ruthless and notorious arms dealers in the world. Expecting boredom and lots of daytime television, he instead ends up with a ridiculous new job, a stupid new name, and the world's most annoying shadow. Jarrett Evans is tasked with keeping Wolfe alive long enough to put Mills Lang and his crew away for the rest of their miserable lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting characters, easy to listen to.

  • By R Keebler on 09-10-17

Excellent narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

A very exciting start to a new series. I love reckless macho men who can heat up the sheets with one another and take out the bad guys. Well, 1 out of 2 ain't bad. ;)

  • The Fall

  • Love in O’Leary Series, Book 1
  • By: May Archer
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese, Iggy Toma
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Small-town police officer Silas Sloane knows every resident of O'Leary, New York. He's earned the love and respect of its citizens, though living under the small-town microscope grates on him. But though he's good at his job, there's one thing he's not good at: commitments...until Everett Maior, widower and O'Leary's newest citizen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • May I have some MORE Please?

  • By Clayton L Lovell on 02-22-19

Another great series to add to my favourites.

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

Reviewed: 02-26-19

Looks like I have found another series to add to my favourites. This story was great. Full of dynamic characters and their complicated relationships. There is a mystery element to the story but it is not the focus. In fact, even though Sy is a policeman we get most of the information about crime in the area from the residents. I loved watching Si and Ev, and several other characters grow with the story and the phases they went through. The dialogue was realistic as were the characters actions.

I listened to this book, narrated by Iggy Thomas and Alexander Cendese. I'm not a fan of dual narrations because I find it difficult to keep track of the characters when they are read by two different readers but I loved the way both narrators were able to move the story along with their pacing. And the emotions being experienced were felt through the words. If you like audio versions of stories this is a good one to listen to.

  • Where There's Fire

  • A Panopolis Story
  • By: Cari Z.
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Making a name for myself as a Villain in Panopolis is hard work. Six months ago, my boyfriend broke me out of jail. Now he's spending most of his time defending our turf against other Villains he accidentally freed along with me. And my new psychic powers are not only impossible to control, but they're also giving me migraines.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ... someone is bound to get burned

  • By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 04-27-17

Super villains, Super heroes, Super good!!!

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

Reviewed: 02-25-19

Oh, what fun. If you ever decide to visit Panopolis make sure you take your autograph book and your pocketbook. Because you will be billed for any contact with the heroes but the bad guys might sign for free.