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Bad Idea

Narrated by: Charlie David
Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
4 out of 5 stars (149 ratings)

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Reclusive comic book artist Trip Spector spends his life doodling super-square, straitlaced superheroes, hiding from his fans, and crushing on his unattainable boss until he meets the dork of his dreams. Silas Goolsby is a rowdy FX makeup creator with a loveless love life and a secret streak of geek who yearns for unlikely rescues and a truly creative partnership.

Against their better judgment, they fall victim to chemistry, and what starts as infatuation quickly grows tender and terrifying. With Silas’s help, Trip gambles his heart and his art on a rotten plan: sketching out Scratch, a "very graphic novel" that will either make his name or wreck his career. But even a smash can’t save their world if Trip retreats into his mild-mannered rut, leaving Silas to grapple with betrayal and emotions he can’t escape.

What will it take for this dynamic duo to discover that heroes never play it safe?

©2013 Damon Suede (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press

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Great for a comic book lover but too long for me

Let me start out by saying Damon Suede is an absolutely awesome writer. Anyone who can weave into a story that “unicorns are just weaponized ponies” has some kind of paranormal muse whispering in his ear. This book is beautifully written, especially if you are a comic book fan or movie geek. He gives shout outs to, Marvel, DC, and other obscure comic book publishers, as well as, Bruce Campbell, The Tick and other obscure pop cult icons. There is some amazingly detailed background on all things comic, movie and TV geek. On the romance side, the MC get together fairly early in the book, so very little angst and a lot of very hot smex. The story is mainly about their rollercoaster ride of a relationship. Charlie David does a fantastic job as usually in bringing the characters to life and drawing the reader into these characters.

That said, I’m afraid I am NOT that into comics or the movie and TV industry and was kind of bored with it at about hour 8 of the 14 hour narration. Although that stuff is interesting, 14 hours of it gets REALLY old. There is really nothing happening in the story except interesting industry knowledge and the two MCs living their geek dream and trying to communicate with one another. Which is sweet, but again 14 HOURS!! I'm afraid I like a little more drama in my romance books. I would say if you want a really intriguing, well written listen about the comic and movie industries (there is even some gaming stuff) and a just OK romance, it is worth a credit.

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Fantastic

Brilliantly written. beautiful and sexy. my only complaint is a minor one with Charlie David. He does superbly well but every once in a while mispronounced a word and it can be a bit jarring. But overall a great book. I look forward to many more books by Damon Suede.

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Great Story Marred

Would you listen to Bad Idea again? Why?

Yes. Story has the making of an actual novel

Who was your favorite character and why?

Protagonist is creative yet flawed.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The man cannot pronounce basic English, e.g., bodice, pollen, unrequited. Pleasant voice, but grotesque pronunciations every 20 minutes.

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Entertaining listen.. except

I read the book and loved it so decided to listen since it had been a while. I loved the story and my favorite characters is Silas. He is so sweet and lovable.
The narration was... odd. He did a very good job for the most part but he repeatedly mispronounced words. Not just the difficult words but simple ones too. It was just weird from a professional narrator. It would not stop me from listening again.

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underwhelming

basic story, nothing really exciting about it. I was not a fan of sounds given to auxiliary actions of objects. did we really need the sound of the door closing to be written or the sound of paper falling.

I fast forwarded the book so I can be done. Charley David has a good voice but he could not save this book.

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Enjoyable, but frustrating.

Charlie David has an amazing voice and performs the characters fantastically, but ... and this is a huge but for me, he didn't spend enough time preparing for this. There were too many words that were mispronounced, easy words that shouldn't have caused anyone confusion unless possibly English wasn't their first language. Pollen is NOT Poe - len and that is just one example of many, even if he didn't know how to pronounce it he should have been able to tell what the word was from the text.

Part of the narrators job is to make sure they know what is being said before it is recorded. He completely failed in this aspect and it's so frustrating because if he hadn't this would easily have been a five-star performance.

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What a fantastic, realistic boook.

Where does Bad Idea rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The book was one of the best books I've gotten in a while in the m/m romance genre the story was real, the emotions were true, even if the body parts were exaggerated.

What other book might you compare Bad Idea to and why?

Zero at the Bone and Few Josh Lanyon books come to mind with the trueness of the emotion

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration at times is like speed bumps on a smooth highway. Charlie David is normally more than competent but there are dozens of glaring mispronunciations. Someone needs to introduce him to an audio dictionary so he can hear the words pronounced properly.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The conclusion, which I will not spoil for anyone. But you'll be satisfied. For once neither half of the couple has to die or get a terminal illness to finish the book.

Any additional comments?

Buy the book. Get the Kindle copy and read along, it helps cover the word bloopers.

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I've had better.

What would have made Bad Idea better?

I think this author is pretty talented, but his overuse of euphemisms for male genitalia is very off-putting, at least to this female reader. I also felt this book was pretty dull. There wasn't nearly enough action or angst for my liking. I bought this because I enjoyed the writing (minus the euphemisms) in Hot Head, but this wasn't nearly as good.

How could the performance have been better?

I seriously don't understand why everyone has such a hard on for Charlie David. He's the most irritating narrator in this genre, in my opinion. Every time he says "shone," but pronounces it "shawn," I want to slit my wrists. Also, his "southern" accent is like nails on a chalkboard for me (i.e. someone who knows what an Alabama accent actually sounds like). I've returned most of the books I've purchased that were narrated by him, but I decided to keep this one so I could leave a review. Feel free to say it wasn't helpful just because I don't fall down at his feet to worship at the Charlie David alter.

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Yuck!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, because sophomoric prose and tired cliches like this is why the world doesn't take gay literature seriously.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The creative process behind the comic book idea the characters are working on even though the romance between them is trite and boring. Go write that comic instead!

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator could pronounce words correctly...just, you know, for a start....

Could you see Bad Idea being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No names

Any additional comments?

I'm getting a refund...

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Good geeky love story

I was leery after reading some reviews decrying the length of this book and excess of geeky detail since I thought Hot Head had too much background detail. I thought this story, Bad Idea, had more balance in how the setting details were incorporated. The story moved at a consistently appropriate pace. Two geeky specialty artists figure out a way to share several passions and the results are good in and out of bed.

The narrator has good delivery too, except for the jaw dropping number of mispronunciations on top of some odd dialectical choices, like mixing Minnesota with NY for a good ol boy. If you play a drinking game for the odd words, use low alcohol content beverages and sip cautiously. Wouldn’t want you to poison your carroted (carotid) artery with gregarious (egregious) alcohol.

(Detail free assessment but potentially spoilerish)
There’s a big breakup scene where things are said that I didn’t think were recoverable. But thanks to the both Silas and Trip having good, kind, adult friends and allies (something that makes a book extra good for me), when they spent time apart and pining, they were not alone for long and got good advice and thought about where and why things went wrong. Normally I don’t like lovers to be “apart and pining” but they had a solid foundation of togetherness already and needed to think & learn without continuing to damage each other, so it actually worked here.

(Spoiler) In the big brouhaha, Trip runs back to his jerk boss. It turns out that when permanent change us imminent, our brains work overtime to make us go back to what we’re used to, have one last hit, even if the devil we know is clearly worse than the angel ahead. But having run back once with eyes finally open, I, as a reader, now believe Trip is over his user boss, but like a junkie, that last hit wiped out a lot more than one part of his life. That Trip got to fix this error in judgement was a Hanukah miracle in midsummer. /end spoilers

As to the steam, there are a couple hot m/m scenes, mostly frontloaded but I didn’t find it as steamy as Hot Head (which had really fabulous sex scenes). There is still “adult” material throughout due to the horny demon hero, but less detail on page. Where I thought some of the story in Hot Head was weak compared to the steam, Bad Idea had more robust story crafting. At least, I think so. I also appreciated the shout out to the Romance genre and some of the heavy hitters therein.

I recommend the story. The audio is recommended with caveats. Good voicing, mostly, but I coped by writing down many of the mispronunciations and odd dialectical choices. I got 25 before I ran out of post-it note space. (condescension as condensation, cojones as co-Jones instead of co-Ho-ness). At least it was fun. And I wouldn’t mind getting a copy of the graphic novel …

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  • S. E. Errington
  • 06-08-14

Great Idea!

What made the experience of listening to Bad Idea the most enjoyable?

Without a doubt, the twists and turns between Silas and Tripp and their developing relationship

What other book might you compare Bad Idea to, and why?

Hot Head, by the same author

What about Charlie David’s performance did you like?

Charlie David's performance was excellent and he really brought the characters to life

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If only! But a with a story of this length, just not possible

Any additional comments?

Possibly the best narrator I've listened to - so far! Highly recommended and I will definitely return to this book

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  • Marius F.
  • 11-14-14

Could've been good

What did you like best about Bad Idea? What did you like least?

I liked the characters but by the chapter 5 I was put off by the history of the comics that seem to unravel and I just lost interest. Definitely a gem for gay comics aficionados.

Would you recommend Bad Idea to your friends? Why or why not?

No. Because I didn't enjoy it.

What does Charlie David bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Charlie David is excellent as always.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Probably not as I didn't finish the book.