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  • Silent Strength

  • By: M.A. Innes
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Obi
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Eric knows what he needs...he just doesn't think anyone else will want it, too. He's finally reached his breaking point. There's only so many times he can put himself out there and get shot down. After a disastrous first date at a BDSM club, Eric is ready to walk away and push his desires to the furthest reaches of his mind - but then up walks Marcus. But just because the sexy older man is looking for a submissive doesn't mean he's looking to be someone's daddy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's good to know your hard limits

  • By Book Babe on 07-24-18

It's good to know your hard limits

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

Brutally honest review: I had to use my safe word and tap out on this one part way through. Here's the thing, I am completely aware that MA Innes books are taboo, boundary-pushing kink stories. I was curious enough (and a big fan of the Shaw Montgomery books) to give this one a try. Unfortunately I discovered that age play may just be a bit too much for me, and particularly when listening to it, because the story just feels so much more immediate and visceral when it's being narrated. I think it was a very compassionate story, told with care and respect. Kenneth Obi did a great narration. In spite of the fact that I couldn't finish it, I'm still happy to give it a good rating. Sometimes it's just good to test your own personal boundaries and perfectly okay to admit when something just isn't for you. If taboo romance and age play are your thing, definitely check this out.

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  • A Love Song for the Sad Man in the White Coat

  • By: Roe Horvat
  • Narrated by: Vance Bastian
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Simon had always expected love to feel different than this. Whether it was his Catholic upbringing or the poetry he’d read - Simon had thought that true love would be uplifting, fulfilling, that it would give a meaning to his loitering, and add joy to his leisure. But not this kind of love. This love was a flesh-eating monster, sharp-clawed and evil-eyed, ravishing his mind with medieval cruelty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I need to recover after this one

  • By Rebecca Azizov on 08-05-18

The best kind of heartache

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

From the moment this story begins, the sadness of its characters hangs over everything like a hot summer humidity. Every bit of happiness is earned by long trial, and somehow it never feels unbearable.The prose is beautiful and tender. I am a tremendous fan of Roe Horvat's writer's voice and his happy endings always feel deeply earned. I also found Vance Bastian's narration to be perfect, simple and clean so the story shines through. This book will cut you open right down to the bone and then gently stitch you back together. And you may be glad for every bit of it.

  • For Real

  • By: Alexis Hall
  • Narrated by: Paul Berton, John Hartley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255

Laurence Dalziel is worn down and washed up, and for him, the BDSM scene is all played out. Six years on from his last relationship, he's pushing 40 and tired of going through the motions of submission. Then he meets Toby Finch. Nineteen years old. Fearless, fierce, and vulnerable. Everything Laurie can't remember being. Toby doesn't know who he wants to be or what he wants to do. But he knows, with all the certainty of youth, that he wants Laurie. He wants him on his knees.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just picture me screaming into the abyss forever

  • By R_K_87 on 04-14-16

Nothing short of perfection

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

There's no way to properly review this book or audio, because it is in a class all it's own. For Real is a master class in m/m romance, a delicious foray into some light BDSM and an honestly lyrical love story. The narrators are perfectly chosen and add even more depth to Alexis Hall's prose, which I hardly believed possible. I will continue to sing/scream the praises of this book until my last breath. I'd put it in my top three favorite audiobooks of all time. Please do yourself a favor and just try it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Psycho Romeo

  • Ward Security, Volume 1
  • By: Jocelynn Drake, Rinda Elliott
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Obi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

Geoffrey Ralse is known for being the life of the party. He loves the club scene, hanging with his friends, and flirting with whomever catches his eye. He certainly isn’t going to stop living his life just because some would-be stalker starts sending him threats. But it all changes when Geoffrey is drugged and wakes up half naked in his own home with a new message from his stalker. He needs help, and there’s only one person he trusts....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting and Fun

  • By Bergy37 on 06-28-18

A perfect narration to an awesome book

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

Full disclosure: The Unbreakable Bonds and Ward Security books are auto buys for me. I really love the whole universe that Drake and Elliott have created, so I was actually of two minds when I heard they were going to make their first foray into audiobooks. On the one hand, I am a huge audiobook listener and it's thrilling to have a beloved series expand into new areas. However, there's always that chance that a narrator's interpretation will be so divergent from how it was in your mind that it may spoil it all. Thankfully, Kenneth Obi does a really lovely job, especially when considering how many important characters voices are established here. The heat between Geoffrey and Sven is hot but rooted in a friendship and trust that makes it all matter so much more. This was a great listen and I look forward to possible future adaptations of these excellent stories.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Murder on the Orient Express

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,250
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,543

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer. Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My first Christie

  • By Michael Andrew Kinkead on 08-06-17

Great story enhanced by incredible narration

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

Reviewed: 04-21-16

What made the experience of listening to Murder on the Orient Express the most enjoyable?

Dan Stevens has a gift for distinct character voices. He falls into none of the terrible traps that some male readers do when voicing women, and he is adept at switching between regional accents and cadences. I fell into the story and sort of forgot it was one reader, which is truly the highest compliment I would ever pay to a narrator.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Christie does such a wonderful job of fleshing out a wide variety of characters, filling the world with insightful detail. Poirot is a delightful protagonist, but upon reflection after the conclusion, I found that I really enjoyed Mrs. Hubbard once I understood her more comprehensively.

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

I wish there was a way to give credit to how much he truly transforms the story. He is such a careful reader, in the best possible way.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful