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  • Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back

  • By: Joe Cosentino
  • Narrated by: Chase Johnson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

On Cozzi Cove at the New Jersey shore, handsome Cal Cozzi's seven bungalows are open for summer and love. Mario and Harold are brothers and college students who happen to look alike, but couldn’t be more different: Mario is searching for love, and Harold is searching for lust. Josh and Greg, a wealthy older couple, are matchmakers for their son, Christopher. When it comes to Connor, the maid, packed with muscles and a roving sponge, anything can happen. Opposites attract as wild Tim with the secret past meets shy Mark.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Feel good with a touch of heartbreak

  • By Erryn Barratt on 03-12-18

A Gay Fantasy Island

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

Joe Cosentino has created a gay fantasy island on the Jersey shore. Every summer, gay men from all walks of life vacation in Cal Cozzi’s bungalows for fun, romance, and self-discovery. Cozzi Cove has a magical influence on all the guests, and even on Cal himself. This book is full of humor, love, intrigue, and fantasy. I felt like I had an enchanting vacation on the beautiful beach that is Cozzi Cove. Chase Johnson did a good job at bringing the story to life.

  • Drama Cruise

  • A Nicky & Noah Mystery - Volume 3
  • By: Joe Cosentino
  • Narrated by: Brad Enright
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Theater professors and couple, Nicky Abbondanza and Noah Oliver, are going overboard as usual, but this time on an Alaskan cruise, where dead college theater professors are popping up everywhere, from the swimming pool to the captain's table. Further complicating matters are Nicky's and Noah's parents as surprise cruise passengers, and Nicky's assignment to direct a murder mystery dinner theater show onboard ship. Nicky and Noah will need to use their drama skills to figure out who is bringing the curtain down on vacationers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loads of laughs, a great cozy on water

  • By Cat on 10-01-17

Zany mystery with a heart

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

Reviewed: 09-08-17

Another fun book in the series! We follow the third adventure of now-fiances Nicky and Noah as they direct a murder mystery show on a cruise ship, and life imitates art as actors start dropping like flies. Joe Cosentino has not only crafted a fascinating murder mystery with twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the end, but also a laugh riot and a side of romance. Cosentino has a unique style that is different than anything else I have read. The book is full of hysterical one-liners, quirky characters, and off-beat situations, really pushing the envelope, yet never becoming cartoon-ish. The funniest parts are with Nicky and Noah's parents, who have surprised them by booking passage on the cruise. This is a great third book in the series. Brad Enright does a great job at bringing the characters to life and moving the story along.

  • Drama Muscle

  • A Nicky and Noah Mystery
  • By: Joe Cosentino
  • Narrated by: Chip Hurley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

It could be lights out for college theatre professor Nicky Abbondanza. With dead bodybuilders popping up on campus, Nicky, and his favorite colleague/life partner Noah Oliver, must use their drama skills to figure out who is taking down pumped up musclemen in the Physical Education building before it is curtain down for Nicky and Noah. Complicating matters is a visit from Noah's parents from Wisconsin, and Nicky's suspicion that Noah may be hiding more than a cut, smooth body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Comedy, mystery, and romance all in one!

  • By Cat on 05-08-17

Fun mystery that will keep you listening

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

Reviewed: 03-19-17

I loved this book when I read it, and loved it even more when listening to it with Chip Hurley's narration.

Joe Cosentino has such a unique and refreshing way of melding interesting characters, hysterical humor, and an intriguing mystery plot. It is over-the-top farce, yet grounded enough to make you care about the people and the situation. Settled in their relationship (or are they?), Nicky and Noah now try to solve the mystery of who is murdering the students and faculty in the PE department. Nicky is directing the body building competition, giving it an air of theatricality, and one by one, the cast keeps shrinking (and so does the faculty). My favorite characters were Noah's parents, who are hysterical. The mystery plot really adds up to a satisfying ending. Though I didn't guess it until very close to the end, the clues were all there -- just cleverly disguised with misdirection.

Chip Hurley does a masterful job at creating the colorful cast of characters, and capturing the humor in the story. It really brings the book to life. I didn't want to put it down!

  • 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 44
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

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

Fun mystery, full of wit, humor and romance

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

Reviewed: 08-11-15

What a fun book! Joe Cosentino sees the world through a fun house mirror, pushing the edge of reality, yet still creating characters with a real emotional core, and writing a mystery plot line that will keep you guessing till the end.

Taking place in the Theater Department of a small New England college, with diverse and colorful personalities of faculty and students, this book keeps moving at a fast pace. The writing is clever, succinct, absorbing, and full of surprises. Nicky and Noah find their colleagues keeling over dead one by one, and need to find who done it before one of them becomes the next victim. We find out lots of secrets in addition to who is the murderer.

I found myself rooting for Nicky & Noah’s budding romance, intrigued with trying to solve the mystery, and laughing out loud at the antics in this book. I can’t wait for the next book in the series!

The narrator, Michale Gilboe, does a fine job at capturing the wit and sarcasm in the writing, moving the story along at a nice pace, and creating fun and identifiable character voices.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • His Undoing: A Gay For You Erotic Short Story

  • By: Aria Grace
  • Narrated by: Fred Wolinsky
  • Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

When Mike found out he would be sharing a dorm with a former football star, he was terrified. He'd been bullied by jocks all his life for being scrawny and weak and didn't have high expectations of how it would go. To his surprise, Brett was a great guy that was easy to get along with and seemed to enjoy his company. When Mike learned that Brett was gay, it was a shock but it also explained the threatening letters that Mike had been receiving. Was Mike really at risk because of a jealous ex?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet and stimulating

  • By Harold S. on 12-10-14

Sweet and stimulating

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

Reviewed: 12-10-14

This was a sweet coming out story that was also tender and erotic. You really get to like the two main characters. The story skillfully avoids the cliche that it could have so easily fallen into. The sex comes from the characters and situation and is not artificially forced onto the story. The narrator gives a real naturalness to the first person narration, and you feel like he is a real person telling you his story. He does a nice job distinguishing the other voices as well. His emotional content is full of nuances. I enjoyed listening to this story and hope to hear more by this author and from this narrator.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Insanity Tales

  • By: Stacey Longo, David Daniel, Vlad V., and others
  • Narrated by: Fred Wolinsky
  • Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33

Here you will find twisted psyches, peculiar people, and demons of the mind and spirit. If you like your stories dark and scary, come take a stroll through this asylum, hearing ominous whispers or the shrieks of the unhinged echoing in your ears. You'll find yourself glancing nervously over your shoulder, or wondering about that odd-looking person at the bus stop - or even in the mirror. Come in, enjoy the trip, but step carefully, and watch the shadows, for you may never be the same again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy & Insightful - Scary Combination!

  • By DabOfDarkness on 01-14-15

Eerie and Creepy

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

Reviewed: 11-15-14

I love Jonathan Maberry, and saw that he wrote the introduction to this book, so I had to give it a listen. I was not disappointed. There are 9 horror stories of all different styles -- some disturbing, some creepy, some funny -- but all enjoyable, and nice to have the variety. I especially liked many of the unexpected twists. I will be looking for more from these authors.The narrator’s skills matched the diversity of the stories. He was able to present a wide range of styles, accents, and voices, each befitting the story. His voice was clear and easy to listen to. This is a great book for Halloween or any time of the year.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The League of Doorways (A Book of Vampires, Werewolves & Black Magic) (The Doorways Saga 2)

  • By: Tim O'Rourke
  • Narrated by: Fred Wolinsky
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

With a werewolf and a vampire for company, Zach Black makes his way across a vast apocalyptic wasteland in search of the box which contains the Heart of Endra. In the desert, they stumble across a mechanical man who tells Zach and his friends that if they want to reach the box, they will have to cross a desolate land inhabited by terrifying creatures, which have been smuggled from the other side of the doorways.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Creative beasties, betrayal, friendship!

  • By DabOfDarkness on 11-05-14

Another thrilling listen!

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

Reviewed: 09-26-14

Book 2 continues on a roller coaster ride of an adventure with ore fascinating creatures, characters, and surprises -- plus a mystery ensues. Fred Wolinsky's narration is top notch, just like the first book. The book really comes to life. I can't wait until the third book is out!

  • Doorways

  • (A Book of Vampires, Werewolves & Black Magic) (The Doorways Saga 1)
  • By: Tim O'Rourke
  • Narrated by: Fred Wolinsky
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

When Zach Black discovers a doorway, he enters a world similar, yet very different from his own. A world inhabited with vampires, werewolves, and zombies, Zach makes a journey like no other. With the help of a beautiful vampire named Neanna Cera and a werewolf called William Weaver, Zach's journey to save the person he loves takes him through the Doorways. But the Doorways have the power to change you - altering your appearance and abilities as you pass between them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure magic!

  • By Susan Keefe on 09-09-14

A thrilling story skillfully narrated

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

Reviewed: 08-07-14

Tim O'Rourke creates captivating characters, a fascinating new world, and a thrilling adventure story. He grabs you from the first moment, and takes you on a journey full of fun and exciting twists and turns. The book is brilliantly brought to life by narrator Fred Wolinsky. Each character has a unique voice and personality. His reading is full of passion and emotion, and you feel like the story is happening right before your eyes. I can't wait to hear the next two books of the trilogy!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Points of Origin

  • By: Darden North
  • Narrated by: Fred Wolinsky
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Small southern towns are not always sleepy—particularly in Larkspur, Mississippi, where homes burst into flames and lives crumble. It is the suspicious death of a young woman that costs premiere plastic surgeon Dan Foxworth his surgical dynasty, his life, and that of his wife. Devastated by the loss of both parents and unable to meet a bitter grandfather's expectations, Sher Foxworth tries to save an elderly woman from her burning home. Suddenly the accidental hero, his life is turned upside down by disturbing twists of fate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected

  • By Ralph on 07-03-14

An intriguing, multi-level story brought to life

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

Reviewed: 07-11-14

Any additional comments?

This book is hard to categorize, but it definitely kept my interest throughout. It is not really a mystery, though a lot of mysteries unfold. It is not really a romance, though several romances are central to it. It is not really a thriller, though it is full of excitement and twists and turns. It is the story of numerous lives in a small Southern town, that interconnect through various twists of fate, with each ripple in one person's life creating a tidal wave in another person's life. Before you realize it, you get drawn into the lives of these people, and become a fascinated voyeur.

The narrator moved the story along with perfect pacing and emotion, and created a unique voice and personality for each of the characters. It really brought the book to life! The audiobook version is definitely worthwhile, as the total is greater than the parts.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful