Once upon a time, in an alleyway in the slums of the City of Lockes, a young and somewhat lonely boy named Sam Haversford turns a group of teenage douchebags into stone....
When my ex walks into the resort bar with his new husband on his arm, I want nothing more than to prove to him that I've moved on. Thankfully, the sexy stranger sitting next to me....
After quitting his teaching job on the heels of a scandal, Beck Davis moves to the house his grandmother left him in Ames Bridge. He finds the town stifling....
Four original, unabridged, full-cast productions of Gail Carriger's most beloved fantasy short stories....
Deacon Reid was born bad to the bone with no intention of changing. A lifetime of law-bending and living on the edge suits him just fine....
Don't date your bodyguard. It was the one rule he had to break....
At 10 years old, Noah Jameson and Cooper Bradshaw collided midair when they dove for the same football. For three years they were inseparable...until one day....
Luca McGrath may be returning to Napa Valley, California, as a promising chef with dreams of starting his own restaurant and winery, but his heart still lives with the bad-boy son of a billionaire....
Gustavo Tiberius is not normal. He knows this. Everyone in his small town of Abby, Oregon, knows this. He reads encyclopedias every night before bed. He has a pet ferret called Harry S. Truman....
After trading the barracks for a fixer-upper rental, Navy SEAL Zack Nelson wants peace, not a roommate - especially not Pike, who sees things about Zack he most wants to hide....
How do you save a drowning man when that drowning man is you? Jake Moore's world fits too tightly around him. Every penny he makes as a welder goes to care for his dying father....
The night I rescued presumably straight Ethan Harris, I figured that would be the last time I saw him. However, he keeps finding his way back into my life - and into my bed....
When a cowboy meets the guy from the city, he can't know how much things will change....
Riley Hayes, the playboy of the Hayes family, is a young man who seems to have it all: money, a career he loves, and his pick of beautiful women. His father, CEO of HayesOil, passes control....
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Do you believe in love at first sight? Paul Auster doesn't. Paul doesn't believe in much at all....
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Dating is hard enough. Throw in an incontinent Chihuahua, an unrequited love affair, a severe case of social anxiety disorder, a dying father, and a man-eating hog, and it becomes darned near impossible. Still, it takes two to tango - and when Tom Morgan, a mild-mannered assistant bank manager with a debilitating case of shyness, meets Frank Wells, who is straight off the farm and even shyer than he is, sparks start flying.
Just when Tom and Frank's burgeoning love affair is rolling along nicely, Frank must return to Indiana to oversee the farm while his father battles cancer. Tom tags along to help Frank out and finds himself slopping hogs and milking cows and wondering what the hell happened to his orderly citified existence. And what's with all the chickens? Tom hates chickens!
With Frank's help, Tom grits his teeth and muddles through. Funny what a couple of guys can accomplish when they're crazy about each other. Not even 900 chickens can stand in the way of true love.
I don't think I have ever laughed so hard in my life. This book was fantastic. I am a sucker for anything funny, throw in a decent plot, and entertaining characters, and I'm hooked. Oh Tom and Frank, I don't know where to begin. I just think they both are utterly adorable. I can't recount the number of memorable moments that lightened my heart, or made me bust a gut. I LOVE FLAWED CHARACTERS. And these two were flawed beyond belief, but in cute, and meaningful ways. Another thing I loved about this book was the idea of comfort... we're always feeling our best when we're comforted by the familiar and such... So when someone who's very UNcomfortable stepping out of their comfort zone, is thrust into an environment WAY beyond his comfort zone, with a jerk named Stanley (I HATE that name. HA) it's bound for some hilarity.
I have to say I wanted more. Thanks John.
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Narration was kinda bad. But the story itself was great. Something Wonderful at that. Fell in Love with Tom, Frank, and His Father.
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Would you listen to Shy again? Why?
Yes. I plan to many times. It is a hilarious, but heartwarming story about two socially <br/> disfunctional people who find each other and fall in love under very stressful circumstances. It hit all of my emotional buttons.
What did you like best about this story?
The love story was great, Pedro is adorable, but the coup de grace was Stanley's comeuppance.
Which character – as performed by Tommy O'Brien – was your favorite?
Frank's dad, Joe.
If you could rename Shy, what would you call it?
I can't think of a better title at this time.
Any additional comments?
The narrator used just the right tones to express what each character was like and I hope we hear more from him. John Inman is great. Please publish all of his book in audio format.
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This is my second time listening to this book and that is a rarity for me. I loved it so much, I made both my Mom and best friend listen. the characters are so amazing and I absolutely love the animals having their own tiny voices. Or in Samson's case, not so tiny.
I love this book enough that I bought the audible version even after having read it twice on my kindle. Tommy O'Brian is an absolute genius at vocal inflections. He made it even funnier than I had in my head. If you've read it and loved it, I guarantee you will love the audio version even more. John Inman's humor is just to die for. But don't think this book is all laughs. It is nicely balanced with sexy, sweet and very touching moments with a dash of sadness that was handled perfectly. And Stanley's fate was perfect. Hehehe.
What a great story. There were surprises, regreats, and conflicts. I thought the author did a wonderful job of drawing me into the story to actually care about the characters.
Narration was fine as well.
Oh my where do I start, this book was so amazing that I just couldn't stop listening to it. Lol. I loved the whole story and it was almost all predictable for me but the ending for "Stumpy" was shocking for me. I also loved the narrators voice. He sounded just as sexy as the characters he was reading about. Yum. Lol. I just wish it would have been longer that's the only thing I didn't like per-say, was that it wasn't longer.
Like other reviews I agree this could have been two different books; one about two men with social anxiety and one about two men on a farm building a life. I generally enjoy John Inman books. His writing is witty and smart with enjoyable characters. And that is what I thought this book would be . . right up until near the end. OMG I hated what happened to Stanley so much I can't even tell you. Yes he was an a**hole throughout the story, but my god no one deserves that. And the reaction horrified me even more, they laughed and treated it like a joke!! WTF!! And as a parent I can tell you that no matter how much of a jerk your child is, that is NOT what you would want to happen to them. So honestly that is the whole reason for giving this story 3 stars. The narration was pretty good; not a lot of diversity of voices, but the pace, timing and emotions were there.
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This was a difficult topic for the author plus who to pick for the narrator with the right voice tenor. I thought that the narrator played just the right emotion for this topic of severe shyness but how can the correct narration happen when the story felt so lackluster. About midway through I felt this story was heading in a certain direction and it, and sadly, it didn't miss that direction. They were shy so they would have sex. They were shy so they'd room together. I just felt I didn't care for the characters after while and hoped the story would end. Sorry for the harsh critique but It's how I felt.
Any additional comments?
Well. I thought I would like this book more than I did, to say the least. There are a few things that just didn't do it for me: first off, the audio quality just isn't the best, not that the narrator wasn't good and even mildly funny. Second, and most importantly, the plot. It was just meh. It started off alright, even promising, but quickly petered out and just became tedious and rambling. The massive focus on Frank's brother being such an asshole just wasn't interesting, and maybe I've been reading some angsty books lately but his dickish nature just didn't seem to be as big a problem as it was made out to be. Seriously, just tell him to get out. Or maybe ignore him. <br/>My biggest qualm, though, was the romance. More like, what romance? I am on occasion okay with insta-love, if done well, but there was no spark, no draw in the MC's relationship. The sex scenes were mildly boring, and I found myself spacing out. It felt more like they both had social anxiety problems so why not get together? <br/>If you are interested in detailed descriptions of chihuahua poop and some mediocre 69-ing this is the book for you.
Shy is one of those books you can pick up quite happily if you have time to spare but put down just as easily. It's the literary equivalent of light entertainment, didn't make me laugh outright but coaxed the odd smile now and then. there is so many poop joke I started to worry John Inman has some kind of fixation on the other hand there is some moments that are really emotionally rich, almost beautiful. Tommy O'Brien is fairly competent if a little bit monotone sometimes I've definitely heard worse but it took the shine off the story a bit.
What would have made Shy better?
Despite a half-decent narration, unfortunately this book hits a lot of my pet hates: <br/><br/>1. improbable 1 dimensional characters, 2. it tidies everything up for the end too quickly for the requisite happy ending - including having a character killed-off in the most horrific manner imaginable which is passed off as a quasi-comedy comeuppance, 3. panders to modern fashions in over-diagnosing spoof medical conditions. 4. none of the main characters an ounce or resilience. <br/><br/>Despite these, I did get to the end but it really wasn't worth it.
Would you consider the audio edition of Shy to be better than the print version?
I haven't read the print version (stupid question Audible!)
What was one of the most memorable moments of Shy?
So many moments but the chicken shed keeps coming back to me "Why did the chicken cross the road, to get away from me!"
What about Tommy O'Brien’s performance did you like?
To start off with I thought I might find Tommy O'Brian's voice irritating or perhaps it was the way the story is written in the first person and with the world's most annoying Chihuahua! There is also a slight obsession with poop. Fortunately you get so caught in the story this ceases to be an issue :-)
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Laugh, so many times!
Any additional comments?
This book possible has the best comeuppance of any book I have ever read. If anyone ever got what was coming to them it was here. There were also lots of "awww" moments. Bit too much instalove perhaps but still awww :-)