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Crossing Borders Audiobook

Crossing Borders

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Publisher's Summary

Two dudes walk into a bookstore.

Tristan knows he's got issues. His latest ex-girlfriend knows it too. He can't blame her for dumping him - even though she gets her brother to do it for her. Since he can't stop staring at said brother's package, he figures it's about time to put a label on those issues. He likes guys.

He heads to a local bookstore with what he's sure is a foolproof plan to find someone to show him what he's been missing. But who should crash his little adventure? Officer Michael Truax, who gave him a really expensive ticket back in high school for skateboarding without a helmet.

Michael has been trying to catch Tristan for years, to give him a second ticket. Suddenly faced with "Sparky" all grown up and looking to get laid, Michael's protective instinct kicks in - and presents him with an opportunity that's hard to resist. After all, the kid must know what he's getting into, so why not?

But when a man with a plan connects with a man with a hunger, the result is nothing short of explosive.

©2015 Z.A. Maxfield (P)2016 Z.A. Maxfield

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    Avid Reader 03/06/2016
    Avid Reader 03/06/2016
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    "An old favourite book with a great new narrator"
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    I've waited a long time for this story to come out in audio, and I loved ZAM's choice of narrator. Tobias Silversmith is a new (to me) voice and his narration fit very well with the story and the ages of the MCs. I know it's not the last time I'll listen to this story, and I'm also looking forward to listening to other productions with Tobias.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03/06/2016
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    "An old favourite book with a great new narrator"
    Any additional comments?

    I've waited a long time for this story to come out in audio, and I loved ZAM's choice of narrator. Tobias Silversmith is a new (to me) voice and his narration fit very well with the story and the ages of the MCs. I know it's not the last time I'll listen to this story, and I'm also looking forward to listening to other productions with Tobias.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Geraldine 19/05/2016
    Geraldine 19/05/2016

    bookhungry

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    "Wonderful book"

    This is one of my favourite m/m books, I love both Michael and Tristan, there is humour, sex, feels. It is a little insta love but so what, it's stands the test of time, and however many times I have read this it hasn't lost its charm. I was excited to see the book on audio, and I like Tobias Silversmith, he did a great job with Anne Tenino's Too Stupid To Live, and he didn't do a bad job, though I'm not sure he captured either m/c just quite right, a little too camp for Tristan and perhaps not old enough for Michael, which is weird as I think he caught Ian from TSTL, who is older, really well. Even so, I listened in one sitting and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this.

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  • Belen
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    22/05/16
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    "Sweet, insta-love, with hot sexy times!"
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    Okay, so here's the skinny. This was actually one of the first M/M stories I ever read, so it will always have a special place in my heart. I loved the whirlwind romance between nineteen year old Tristan and twenty-seven year old Michael.

    That being said, sometimes it's a good idea not to go back and revisit some stories.

    The intensity of the insta-love was jarring to me with this read. The same points I loved when I first read this years ago now make me cringe a little.

    But I still love the sex scenes, and the terrific family dynamics, and how much Michael and Tristan love each other and work to be with one another.

    The narration itself was good, except I really didn't like the voice used for Tristan. Tristan is described as a sort of punk-skater-boi with long hair who has been banging chicks left and right before he comes to terms with his homosexuality and the voice Tobias Silversmith uses is...delicate. Almost feminine. It didn't match up with my idea for how the character would sound and that took me a long while to stop trying to force my expectation of the voice and just enjoy the narration.

    I really liked Silversmith's range, tone, and emotion. Once I stopped trying to backseat-narrate I really enjoyed it.

    If you like a super-sweet insta-love romance with an age difference between lovers and some really hot sexy times you should check it out.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Lauren Prouty
    Virginia
    21/06/16
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    "Awful Narration - Ruins a Good Story"
    Would you try another book from Z.A. Maxfield and/or Tobias Silversmith?

    Yes, for Maxfield. I thought this book was perfection in kindle format. I was so excited to see it on audio - and then terribly disappointed when I heard it. Very very poor choice of narrator for this story. It was like he was reading a phone book. I'm not a big fan of Maxfield but I really liked this one (written version).


    What did you like best about this story?

    Interaction between Tristan and Michael.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tobias Silversmith’s performances?

    No, I actually avoid anything done by him. Sorry. I won't buy a book with him doing the narration - he's right up there with Jeff Gelder - I won't buy any of his audio performances either. Doesn't ANYONE listen to these guys before they choose them?


    What character would you cut from Crossing Borders?

    I wouldn't, great characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Again, loved the book and I guess I'll just have to do my own voice in my head when I read it. Too bad.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • SteveK
    The Woodlands, Texas
    03/07/16
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    "Great book, Skip the Audio Version"
    If you could sum up Crossing Borders in three words, what would they be?

    While new in Audio Books, this story was originally published over 10 years ago. I mention this only because some of the prominent issues in the story are no longer relevant, and there are a few pop culture references 1990's.There's great character development, intense chemistry, and both guys are really likable. Loved the humor woven into the story, especially from the younger siblings.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I actually purchased the audio book by mistake, having forgotten I'd read the book years ago. Totally wrong narrator for the story. This was one painful listen that I endured only because I remembered how really good the story was.


    If you could take any character from Crossing Borders out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I'd like to have thanksgiving with the whole family, wouldn't miss the chance for tofu duck for anything!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • SHEILA DUONG
    16/06/16
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    "Good book"

    Loved the story, read it before. The narrator just didn't bring the characters to life for me. He was great but I didn't feel it. I also thought he read it too quickly. It wasn't the speed on my device either.
    Overall a good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John
    10/06/16
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    "My ears!"

    Struggled to finish this audio book. I finally just had to stop on the 18th chapter. The narrator was horrible! The characters all sounded so snopish. Poorly read. Stay clear from listening to audio books from this nattator for sure!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    VALRICO, FL, US
    07/06/16
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    "The narrator makes everyone sound snobbish"

    The story was good but the narrator wad clippy & gave the carators a snobby old family vibe throughout.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ben
    29/05/16
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    "Disappointing"

    I was so excited to see a new release from ZA Maxfield. But so disappointed to hear it.

    It's hard to believe that this is written by the author of the fantastic St Nachos series. The characterization is thin, the voices of the main characters, especially Tristan, don't feel real at all. This may be partly because the voice of the narrator seems so inappropriate for these characters, but I suspect it is also the writing.

    I struggled on until the first sex scene, which could only have been written by a woman who has little familiarity with male bodies, and has certainly never had the kind of sex being described. It has all the cliches of the women's MM romance genre, put together in a checklist fashion, including the inevitable references to that magic button 'bundle of glans' they seem to treasure but appear never to have encountered. Most importantly though it has none of the passion to indicate that this is the life-changing best sex they have ever experienced, as they claim.

    Perhaps a good narrator could have rescued it, but I couldn't make it past about two hours of cringing.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jeffrey
    Austin Texas, United States
    28/08/16
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    "Tepid"

    This is my first Maxfield book. I tried it because I liked the cover art. The story was not great, but not bad, somewhere in between. Too many cliches and some of the narration was off-putting. It will not stop me from trying another some time. Oh ... What is "Crossing Borders" mean? I never understood the title. Oh well.

    Jeff

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • dlw58
    12/08/16
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    "Decent story but narration is atrocious"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Wow...this narrator is so awful. I've listened to a lot of M/M romance audiobooks, but I don't think I've heard one in a long time that was this painful and poorly executed. I will avoid this narrator in the future.


    What didn’t you like about Tobias Silversmith’s performance?

    Minimal voice changes for each character. Boring delivery. Stilted performance. I fell asleep multiple times...while drinking coffee.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    17/07/16
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    "couldn't get past the narration"

    I have read and enjoyed this authors other work, but this book was one of the few times I didn't finish due to poor narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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