Matter of Time: Vol. 1

Narrated by: Paul Morey
Series: Matter of Time, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
Categories: LGBT, Literature & Fiction
4.4 out of 5 stars (912 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Jory Keyes leads a normal life as an architect’s assistant until he is witness to a brutal murder. Though initially saved by police Detective Sam Kage, Jory refuses protective custody - he has a life he loves that he won’t give up no matter who is after him. But Jory’s life is in real jeopardy, especially after he agrees to testify about what he saw.

While dealing with attempts on his life, well-meaning friends who want to see him happy, an overly protective boss, and a slowly unfolding mystery that is much more sinister than he could ever imagine, the young gay man finds himself getting involved with Sam, the conflicted and closeted detective. And though Jory may survive the danger, he may not survive a broken heart.

©2010 Mary Calmes (P)2012 Mary Calmes

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Many characters but very little story.

What did you like best about Matter of Time: Vol. 1? What did you like least?

Sam is a great character. His internal conflict is believable. Jory is a weak character who needs to get over himself. The lesser characters are nearly all well written but there are far too many of them. When we meet a secondary character we also meet his coworkers and most of his family. However, few of them contribute to the actual story line.The exciting thread of the book is supposed to be that hit men are after Jory. Apparently they are all bumbling idiots. Jory freely follows all his standard routines of home, work, and clubbing, but is seldom threatened by those who are chasing him.Jory's interactions with the people who love him, are bitchy at best.The narrator is great. He creates believable, likable voices for each character and accurately switches to the correct voices throughout the dialogs.

Would you ever listen to anything by Mary Calmes again?

Probably not.

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LOVE this story!

Would you consider the audio edition of Matter of Time: Vol. 1 to be better than the print version?

No not really - but it is not a bad performance. The voice of the storyteller was a little bit different in my head - younger sounding and lighter.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character, who also tells the story - Jory. He is weird, flawed and absolutely perfect at the same time. His personality is actualy the main reason why this is an amazing story. You cant help loving him and the way his mind work. It makes you listen to the story with a smile on your face.

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

Cant really tell you - nothing?

Who was the most memorable character of Matter of Time: Vol. 1 and why?

se above...

Any additional comments?

Best book by Mary Calmes by far - but you might want to wait until you can listen to all of the books in the "Matter of time" series - because this book is only the begining of the story.

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Time Out

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who likes characters that are shallow and vapid, who care nothing about endangering their lives, and who lives up to every 'Mary Sue' trope in the book.

Has Matter of Time: Vol. 1 turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, but it has made me resolve never to purchase another book by Ms. Calmes.

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

I love his characterizations and will usually listen to anything he narrates, but this story is so bad, even he can't save it.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

IMHO, I'd have to say no. I know Ms. Calmes has a large number of fans, but I am not amongst them.

Any additional comments?

The book had the potential to be so much better, but I have no compassion or love for any of the characters. Mr. Morey is the best thing about it.

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Love the story!!

What did you love best about Matter of Time: Vol. 1?

I loved the whole concept of the story. I loved how it showed the way true love should be..

What did you like best about this story?

Everything it kept me interested the entire time. I couldn't out it down.

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

The voices were great he really brought out the story..

If you could take any character from Matter of Time: Vol. 1 out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Jory's brother and Sam

Any additional comments?

Everyone should try this book. It took me a while I kept going back in forth reading comments but i took the plunge and glad I did. Mary Calmes is a wonderful writer and I love all her books. I can't wait for Volume 6 to be released to audio.

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Time is the answer...

I enjoyed the story for the most part. The backstory was a bit confusing. I am not sure if it was because of the main character Jory's ADD or what but I found myself lost on a couple of occasions and I had to go back to pick up the story. Perhaps it's my own ADD kicking in. Additionally, I found it difficult to relate to Detective Kage or even like him for that matter. However, as the end of book 2 drew to a close, I finally began appreciating Sam Kage. The ending was exciting and engaging with a typical cliff hanger...now I have to get started on Volume two.

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what? seriously?

Toxic relationship? Check. Gays that uphold traditional gender roles? Check. Least observant mob target ever (seriously, this was funny in the first act, but dear gods, what part of 'on the take' doesn't clue your bad guy senses)? Check. Completely unnecessary and prolific use of f---t to prove your character is a bad guy? Check. Completely unnecessary rape scene? Check. The tonal whiplash of this story made me seasick. The narrator's insistence that all the dudes Jory finds attractive talk like they've smoked a pack of cigarettes before speaking was weird. Gay guys he didn't find attractive lisped and straight ones all had a sinus infection. Chicks were all beautiful and all talked like they had a case of sexy laryngitis. Jory's easy public displays of affection and the way he let people paw all over him was really weird. The narrator took awkward pauses like he was reading to a third grade class and checking for comprehension between each sentence. By the time I realized I got suckered on the setup, I still held out hope for an interesting conclusion. Instead, nothing is resolved, the case is ongoing, and the relationship isn't even solid. This -sucked-.

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My all time favorite series!

I love this series. I have listened to all volumes several times over. Mr Morey is my favorite narrator for the series too. I find the characters engaging and the story captivating all of the way through. I really wish that Ms Calmes would continue on with these characters. I enjoy living in their world!!

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I love Jory & Sam...

Would you listen to Matter of Time: Vol. 1 again? Why?

Yes. I usually re-read this novel once every six months. Jory and Sam's story is just the right amount of angst, love, hate, sex, and danger. I love Jory's inability to listen and get into trouble, but I love Sam's inability to not chase after him. Great story!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Matter of Time: Vol. 1?

When Sam takes Jory to lunch with Maggie (Sam's girlfriend at the time) and gets into an argument with Jory to eat something before finally yelling "Just Eat something Baby!" and storming off. Poor maggie is like "Did he just call you Baby?" That scene is priceless.

Have you listened to any of Paul Morey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes! I love his voice! He can make a deep sultry tone and a lighter more feminine tone. It's always good to have a narrator "Play" the part and Paul Morey does that to a T.

If you could rename Matter of Time: Vol. 1, what would you call it?

So Jory...

Any additional comments?

Love ya Mary Calmes keep making those awesome couples! I love Logan and Jin too!

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Great book, great narration

Paul Morey did such an excellent job with his narration of this book as well as A Matter of Time Vol 2. Sam and Jory are a favorite couple and their characters really came through. I will continue to listen to the rest of the books in the series by Mary Calmes.

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outlandish, finger stayed in the back of my throat

the narrator was ok the story was a pain in the you know what. what's really funny is that it is so outlandish you can't put it down. the author's goal must have been to write the most foolish, over exaggerated story based on an egotistical character. my face hurt because one side of my lip stayed up. on to vol. 2, unfortunately I bought it. 😖

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  • Mark
  • 06-13-13

Entertaining story read by a great narrator

I've listened to this a couple of times and also had it in the car with my partner who enjoyed the story.

Good story line with humour and pathos - well recommended!

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  • Mrs. E. J. Curtis
  • 05-02-20

Interesting story

I really like this series though it feels like I shouldn't. Basically an oblivious twink has the ability to turn regular people into dominating psychopaths who all want to feed him.

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  • Polly
  • 04-11-20

Great story - poor theatrical props!

I love this author, but I have to ask what is with the cheesy music between each chapter? It was really off putting and gave the performance an almost farcical element. Please let’s not do this again, I have this book on my kindle and paperback and thought having it on audio so I can listen whilst doing housework would be really good - I’m not so sure now 🙁

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  • Becky L
  • 01-05-17

Enjoyable audiobook of a great story

I have already read this, so I was looking for another way to enjoy the book whilst I'm driving etc. and this did not disappoint. The two main characters personalities came across as completely different and embodied who I felt them to be in the book. I have listened to other books by Paul Morey, and to start with I wasn't sure if the voices would resonate too much with the other book characters for me to separate them but within about 10 minutes, he was Sam and Jory and maintained those personas throughout the book.

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  • Caz in Maspalomas
  • 07-23-16

A great read, errrr listen :-)

Would you listen to Matter of Time: Vol. 1 again? Why?

I don't normally go for books about gay guys when they are written by women. I know, sexist, but I have to say this was a great read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. About 3/4 of the way through I could tell what the ending would be but there were still a few twists and turns to come. I have given it 5* because I thoroughly enjoyed it and have purchased the second volume looking forward to more of the same. Only thing I missed was if Nick (the doctor) went off permanently with the guy our star offered him as a blind date. However, I can live with that. I guess Volume 2 might give us a clue with that and with what happens to the Cop, sorry detective lol. There are enough people in the story to keep up the momentum. Last comment, there was just enough sex detail in the story without being mindlessly crude. Thanks for that.

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  • elly gausden
  • 06-30-16

Good-ish story with caveats

Don't read this if you've ever had a controlling boyfriend. While the main character wants this, it's a bit close to the edge of being too much when not in the bedroom

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  • Dani
  • 08-10-18

One of the best series in it's genre

I have listened to this series at least 10 times. It never gets old. Absolutely love it!

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  • anon
  • 12-26-17

Shame about the...

the musical introduction to each chapter ruins this audiobook. dissapointing story having read the marshall series which i love.

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  • jim
  • 01-14-17

Undecided

Have bought book 2 but only to hope there is a happy ending for this couple. Sam is a bully and over bearing thug who discounts Jory as an adult. Why does the author make Jory a survivor when escaping those that want to kill him but pathetically weak when it comes to his love Sam? Gosh I hope Jory is a bigger person in the next volume.