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Absolution Audiobook

Absolution: The Protectors, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

After four years abroad, artist Jonas Davenport has come home to start building his dream of owning his own art studio and gallery. But just as he's ready to put the darkness of his past behind him forever, it comes roaring back with a vengeance.

The only thing keeping ex-cop Mace Calhoun from eating his own gun after an unthinkable loss is his role in an underground syndicate that seeks to get justice for the innocent by taking the lives of the guilty. Ending the life of the young artist who committed unspeakable crimes against the most vulnerable of victims should have been the easiest thing in the world. So why can't he bring himself to pull the trigger?

After years of fighting in an endless, soul-sucking war, Navy SEAL Cole Bridgerton has come home to fight another battle - dealing with the discovery that the younger sister who ran away from home eight years earlier is lost to him forever. He needs answers and the only person who can give them to him is a young man struggling to put his life back together. But he never expected to feel something more for the haunted artist.

Cole and Mace. One lives by the rules, the other makes his own. One seeks justice through the law while the other seeks it with his gun. Two men, one light, one dark, will find themselves and each other when they're forced to stand side by side to protect Jonas from an unseen evil that will stop at nothing to silence the young artist forever.

But each man's scars run deep and even the strength of three may not be enough to save them.

Note: Contains m/m/m scenes and is intended for mature audiences.

©2016 Sloane Kennedy (P)2016 Sloane Kennedy

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    Cyndi Michigan 12-08-16
    Cyndi Michigan 12-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Pleasant Surprise!!"

    I bought this book because it was a whispersync deal and I liked the cover. I never even read the synopsis so I had no idea it was a M/M/M romance. I have read a few M/M but usually dnf and up until this book there was only 1 I had finished and loved. There are just certain things I don't like in m/m romance and I've found that most of them have all of those things but this one did not! I listened to this one straight through! I enjoyed the characters, all 3 of them were so different and I loved that. I think it made their attraction to each other seem so easy and natural (I mean natural like it couldn't be any other way, it just made perfect sense and it was there from the very first time they met). The only downfall for me was the insta-love. I absolutely felt the pull between them, I felt the attraction and I felt like I could see them falling in love one day but.... the first week. I can not wrap my head around being in love when you barely know each other and that was what was happening here. If the story would have been a little longer with a little more time for scenes that helped show the progression of their relationship I think it might have been a 5 star read for me. The story was action packed with lots of baggage and lots of sexy scenes. I can't wait to check out book 2!

    The narrator does a great job doing all 3 voices so different that I never once was confused about who was talking and that isn't easy for me normally with single narrated audiobook! I didn't think his voice was perfect for the characters but that's just casting.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Tams (TTC Books and more) 10-26-16 Member Since 2017
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    "The narration is as intense as the story."
    What made the experience of listening to Absolution the most enjoyable?

    The narrators ability to take on many different characters, and give each one their own distinct personality.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Absolution?

    When Jonas finally, fully opens up to Cole and Mace. Emotionally, physically, mentally... he lets down every barrier and truly lets them love him.


    What about Joel Leslie’s performance did you like?

    Is that a trick question? Everything! I will say that he's an Auto-buy for me i enjoy his talent just that much. For this book particularly he was able to take 2 strong, overbearing, alpha male types and stay true to their character while not overloading the voicing with testosterone. It really worked, which was also my favorite aspect of the storyline.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I just really enjoyed it. So much so that I'll probably listen to it over and over again.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a new Author to me, I've not read any of her books. As I said, I get everything Joel Leslie narrates because I enjoy his talent so much. It was amazing to listen to how he brought Kennedy's story to life. There are two alpha males in this threesome, but for whatever reason, it works. I love that Kennedy found a way to write these characters, Cole and Mace, and Leslie was able to convey that in the voicing that stayed true to their personality and characterization. Each man wants to be in charge, but for different reasons. Each man brings something different and valuable to the relationship and they when to bend, so it flows well. I'll definitely be looking for more books by this Author, highly recommend this lovely listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 12-31-16
    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 12-31-16 Member Since 2014
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    "One of the best Trio love stories ever"

    This book ranks as my second favorite polyamory (menage) story behind Bound by Law by S.E. Jakes. It was one of the most angst filled books I’ve ever read and I loved it! I enjoyed the narration, but I was the only one in our group read that liked the narrator. I found him easy to listen to and was able to follow the various voices quite easily,

    Mace Calhoun was a hired mercenary with an assignment to take out Jonas Davenport, a gay pedophile who supposedly used his art to lure young artists and molest them. In the course of his surveillance, Mace began having doubts about Jonas’ culpability, so Mace began insinuating himself into Jonas’ life for more tangible proof of his crimes against little boys. Mace learned that Jonas was still recovering from the murder of his roommate, which he was an eyewitness too. Soon Mace and Jonas became attracted to each other. Just as their attraction was peaking, Mace’s plan was discovered by an ex-navy seal Cole Bridgerton, who was the older brother of Jonas’ murdered roommate.

    When it was revealed that someone was after Jonas, Mace & Cole teamed up to protect Jonas and that’s when the three of them came to rely on each other. The three men had such baggage and were so emotionally damaged. It was a group of drowning men barely holding to each other to keep from drowning. It was an emotion plot, and I felt for all three equally. I really applaud this author for not making one character “more” important in the trio. Despite having different needs, I felt like Mace, Cole and Jonas were equally important members of their triad. Each person had chemistry with the other so any two of the trio could have been a hot couple. The author balanced them really well and thus I never saw them as anything but a threesome.

    I wish the rest were available in audio because I would have gone right into the next book. It appears that there are at least 2 more books in this series so I am planning to read them as soon as I can.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    April Blanks 05-07-17
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    "wow."

    first time reading a audiobook and it being Sloane Kennedy it was a amazing experience. the narrator did a awesome job. the only problem I saw was the narrator said the wrong chapter that's marked . but overall I'm really impressed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jesi Lea Ryan Madison, WI USA 01-02-17
    Jesi Lea Ryan Madison, WI USA 01-02-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Good story, great narrator"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jonas felt the most real to me. I worried that his character would be a "damsel in distress", while the big men protected him, but fortunately, that didn't happen. He had his own agency, and that was nice.


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

    I love listening to Joel Leslie. He does a good job with character differentiation, and he is easy to listen to. He doesn't do any weird pronunciations, so it is easy to most past listening to immerse yourself in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    It was good. I will probably check out the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sybney 11-28-16
    Sybney 11-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the best stories EVER"

    I loved the narrator voice and speed and the story was will written. easily one of the best books I've heard on this site.

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    MotherWhoLovesGayRomance 11-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful!"

    I think this has to be one of the best books that I have listened to. I really hope they keep this series going. It was a menage with m/m/m. I thought it had some great action, angst, love, and suspense. This book was a must listen to and must read.

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    Amazon Customer 10-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "good"

    I was highly entertained by this book. It took me a bit to get into it, but it picked up after a little ways in. the narrator brought all if the characters to life.

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    Cat Missouri 10-13-16
    Cat Missouri 10-13-16
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    "Absolutely Riveting!"

    Absolution is my first book by Sloane Kennedy but won't be my last. This story hooked you from the beginning and has so many surprises I kept looking up and finding myself saying WTF? NO! Huh? and many other things. My hubby questioned me until I lifted my hair, showed him my earbud, he shook his head and walked away. I don't want to give away any of the story, so I am not gonna do a run down.
    All I am going to say is I loved all of the characters, the plot, the twists, the drama, angst, and the sex scenes as well. Absolution is a grade-A perfect book for mystery/suspense lovers that like lots of heat.

    Joel Leslie is one of my favorite narrators, and he really brought this book to life. Each character had a very discernable unique voice and personality. Now that's talent.He brought out the action, the fear, the panic, and the passion.

    If you like romantic suspense, hitmen, hot, angst, men that have survived horrific pasts, military men, artists, drama, twists and turns and hot, passionate man-sex this is definitely for you. I highly recommend you get this one in audio!

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    Pomma Pacific Northwest 09-27-16
    Pomma Pacific Northwest 09-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Emotional, heart wrenching.... and healing Love"

    Loved this story! I listened to audio book after reading this book. Joel Leslie awesome!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Jackie Thorogood
    8/28/17
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    "Love Sloane Kennedy books"
    Where does Absolution rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It has to be up in single figures. I really enjoyed the whole book, I've read and listen too.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Absolution?

    Sloane Kennedy books, grab you, I cried laugh, feel like I've been in the spinner. How can I pick memorable moments? This was a entertaining, enjoyable book.


    What about Joel Leslie’s performance did you like?

    Joel Leslie is a true star with outstanding understanding of the characters, truly a outstanding Narrared


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

    I couldn't do this book in one sitting. Because it's very emotional. But if I really have to, yes I could.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend wonderful written, by an azaming author. Listening to this was breathtaking.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Morgana
    Worcestershire, UK
    8/28/16
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    "Great story, great performance"
    What made the experience of listening to Absolution the most enjoyable?

    I'd already read the book but when I saw that this was available on audio I couldn't resist. I'd really enjoyed the book, but as an audio addict I knew I'd enjoy having it narrated to me as I commute to and from work.

    Having the characters brought to life by audio doubled my enjoyment of what is already a wonderful story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the characters - they're all messed up in their own way but together they make sense.


    Which character – as performed by Joel Leslie – was your favourite?

    Mace. Oh God, that voice sent shivers through me. So perfect.

    I've searched out and purchased another audio by him I loved his performance that much. The only other narrator I did that for was Sean Crisden and that opened up a load of doors to author's I'd not read before so I hope this does the same!


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

    I wish that I could - no time for that sort of luxury - but I found I couldn't wait for my next trip in the car so I could listen for 45 minutes or so.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy this book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mary
    Sussex
    9/7/16
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    "Entertaining and Diverting"

    I loved this story. The building relationships between Jonas, Mace and Cole is well developed. Their past haunts all of them and this pulls them together. The only thing I wasn't sure about was the speed they fell in love, but as the story went on I felt it worked well.

    For me the amazing narration by Joel Leslie really pulled me into the various emotions that Jonas, Mace and Cole go through and raised it to 5 stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MRS M D ATTENBOROUGH
    Nottingham UK
    10/1/17
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    "outstanding narration of an outstanding book!"

    OH MY GOD!!!

    This book is AMAZING!!!! Not least because of the amazing, totally amazing narration by Joel Leslie!

    This book is written in the first person, from all three guys point of view. I didn't know that going in, and it threw me somewhat at first, but by god the man has some skill!! Three voices throughout the whole book, changing with each chapter, and character.

    The story itself is quite dark, gritty and carries some triggers, but Sloane Kennedy pulls this first in the series beautifully!

    I have book two to listen to next. I hope to work my way through the whole series in audio because I don't like to READ first person, multi point of view books, but I cannot, simply CANNOT fault the narration of this book!

    5 star book
    with 5 star narration!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Avid Reader
    Norway
    11/1/16
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    "Engaging m/m romance and wonderful narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I'd recommend this for anyone who likes reading and/or listening to an m/m/m romance with a bit of a who-dunnit mystery, and who enoys a slow-build up and don't require non-stop graphic sex.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the slow buildup, and getting to know each of the three MCs and their backstories. The fact that it's told from all three's POV worked surprisingly well mainly due to Joel's excellent personalization as each character had his own distinct voice.


    Have you listened to any of Joel Leslie’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I love Joel Leslie and his narrations. His vocal range seems endless; US English, British English, Australian English, females, males and children. It's another quality production from Joel, and I won't rate this against his other as each sets of characters demands different approaches and ranges.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved it, and can't wait for the next book, both from Sloane Kennedy and Joel Leslie!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lindsay crook
    9/26/16
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    "Brilliant!!"

    I loved this audio the narrator really brought the story to life.I loved the book but this was even better you get to feel all the emotions of each character..I listened to it all in one sitting I just couldn't turn it off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs C
    9/16/16
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    "Loved this..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Absolution to be better than the print version?

    I loved the audio edition but nothing compares to the written story. Although, I did find the audio useful for sunbathing, I can't read on my kindle in the sun, so the audio version came in handy.


    What other book might you compare Absolution to, and why?

    This is my first audio book that I have listened to and I loved it.


    What about Joel Leslie’s performance did you like?

    Joel has quite a calming voice and it took some getting used to, mainly because he's American and I'm English. After the first chapter I got used to it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • BevS
    East Anglia, U.K.
    9/12/16
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    "Sorry Joel, no more audio from you..."

    ***This story may contain triggers for some listeners***

    This audio book was gifted to me by the author. I'm sorry to say that although the story is OK, the narration IMHO is not. Joel Leslie's interpretation of Jonas was fine, cos that must be within his normal range of voice. His narration of Mace however...well, it sounded exactly like his attempt to voice Law Castille in Jez Morrow's 'Force of Law'...poor. Mr Leslie obviously can't narrate the imagined voices of deep, commanding 'alpha' men as he adopts a raspy, wavering, barely there tone which irritates...so why does he bother?? I didn't listen far enough into the audio book to hear what his narration of Cole was like I'm afraid.

    As for the story....my Goodreads review April 2016. Have you heard the one about the gay guy, the bisexual and the straight ex Navy Seal?? No?? Well, I suggest you read this story, and prepare to suspend disbelief AND accept a humongous amount of sometimes eye-rolling drama. What could be included in the story was...insta-love, drunken parents, teen abuse, a vigilante squad, death, human trafficking...you name it, it was there BUT for all that, it was a decent enough read and I was happy that there was a HEA for the 3 stars of the story - Jonas, Mace and Cole.

    Have to say this series has improved as it's progressed, but if Joel Leslie is the series narrator, I won't be listening to any more.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Redbird
    9/2/16
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    "Eye rolls aplenty!"

    2.5 stars

    This audio book was entertaining, but didn’t love it. There were too many things that made me uncomfortable about the story, the issues covered, and the way they were handled.

    Being an M/M/M romance/thriller, we had three MC’s, Mace, Jonas and Cole, and we got alternate chapters from each POV. The plot began as intriguing, and I was interested in Mace’s mission and Jonas, the man he was sent to kill. However, what distracted me immediately from the story was the narration of Mace’s voice. The man sounded like he’d been swilling whisky, smoking cigars and was about to cry with each word spoken. The narrator did MILES better with Jonas and Cole, but Mace’s melodrama and constant pained angst was completely annoying and hammy.

    There are some very nasty subjects mentioned in this story, paedophilia, child rape, and murder, for starters. And this is my main issue with the story. The way both Cole and Mace ‘handled’ Jonas, knowing he’d been abused, made me feel really uncomfortable. For the first 60% of the story there was no sex. It was a slow burn thriller, however, both men were still physical with Jonas, as in touching him, pressing him to the wall, controlling him with their bodies. Anyone who has researched how to deal with abuse victims knows NEVER touch without the person giving permission. Mace and Cole’s behaviour came across as major triggers in my opinion. They were a little more sensitive when it came to the sex scenes, however by the time we got to M/M/M sex at 65% in the story, the plot had become so ‘soap opera’, far fetched and melodramatic that I just couldn’t take the sex scenes or their admissions of ‘I love you’ every five seconds, seriously.

    The narration actually made me laugh out loud during the sex scenes, and really, I’m sure that wasn’t supposed to be the desired effect.

    The M/M/M relationship was instantaneously true love, which I found completely unrealistic, seeing as Cole had said he had never even been attracted to a man before and suddenly he’s in love a two *major eye roll*.

    Unfortunately, i should have gone with my gut feeling. This book was not for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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