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  • The Last Thing He Needs

  • By: J. H. Knight
  • Narrated by: Michael Stellman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

Rookie cop Bobby McAlister doesn't belong in Tommy's harsh world, but Tommy can't push him out. As their unlikely friendship turns into a tentative relationship, they weather the daily storm of Tommy's life with a lot of laughs and more than a few arguments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great performance by Michael...

  • By BevS on 16-01-19

Great performance by Michael...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-01-19

As it's been nearly 5 years since I originally read the book, I thought I'd take a listen to the audio - wonderfully read as usual by Michael Stellman. No, he doesn't really do character voices but at least he's not boring or monotonous...his storytelling voice has 'life' in it. Everything I said about the story in my old review still applies, and it was a joy to listen to although I still wanted to smack [or worse] the kids pathetic excuses of a father and stepmother, and make sure they could never put any more children through what these kids went through.


*** Book Review ***


Oh the feelz, lots and lots of love, angst, anger, there was EVERYTHING in this story!! Yes, I feel that the author has manipulated me into loving it, she's pushed all of my buttons with this one...abandoned kids, policemen AND people who should never have been parents in a million years BUT it was an absolute joy to read, and I'm sorry I can only give it 5 stars.

Not going into great detail cos there are quite rightly some fabulous reviews for this one. I have to admit I fell in love with the O'Shea family, some of whom were right little devils BUT everything they did (whether legal or not) was to keep the family together, they only had themselves to rely on....no-one else.

Tommy, the eldest of the 'kids' quite rightly had problems with authority, after all 'authority' in the guise of social services had done absolutely nothing for them in the 7 years he'd near enough singlehandedly looked after his younger brothers and sisters. Eventually, he realised that Bobby McAlister, a rookie cop that he remembered from high school, was showing more than a 'professional interest' in him, he actually wanted to date him and help him with the kids.

There were laughs, there were tears...this was such a lovely, feel good read and highly recommended!!

  • The Bones Beneath My Skin

  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

In the spring of 1995, Nate Cartwright has lost everything: His parents are dead, his older brother wants nothing to do with him, and he's been fired from his job as a journalist in Washington, DC. With nothing left to lose, he returns to his family's summer cabin outside the small mountain town of Roseland, Oregon, to try to find some sense of direction. The cabin should be empty. It's not.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent as usual

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-01-19

Sorry to say, not a big hit with me...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-19


Well TJ, you chose very wisely in asking the awesome Mr T to narrate this story...I'm just sorry that I didn't love it [the story] as much as I'd hoped I would.

I liked the inclusion of Big Eddie and Benji from Into This River I Drown, and of course the mention of Green Creek, BUT I can't honestly say that this story was a big hit with me, and it took forever to get into. I didn't like Nate very much at all...and I have to say that for an investigative journalist, he was pretty clueless sometimes. He spent most the story in a huge pity party for one, and didn't take a lot of notice of what was going on around him. Alex was just...scary, and yes, I get that he was protecting Art and couldn't take any unnecessary chances, but growly and gruff for the whole of the read surely wasn't necessary??

My favourite character was of course the wonderfully named Artemis Darth Vader. Greg's interpretation of Art was just amazing cos he's pretty good at female voices anyhoo, but he really got on board with the highs and lows of Art's 'life', and the enthusiasm with which he voiced Art's new-found fascination with [and appreciation of] bacon was a joy to listen to :-).

All in all, I'd award 5 stars for Greg's narration and 4 stars for the story. My fave sci-fi type read of TJ's is still BURN.

  • The Remaking of Corbin Wale

  • By: Roan Parrish
  • Narrated by: Chris Chambers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Last month, Alex Barrow's whole life imploded - partner, home, job, all gone in 48 hours. But sometimes when everything falls apart, better things appear almost like magic. Now, he's back in his Michigan hometown, finally opening the bakery he's always dreamed of. But the pleasure of opening day is nothing compared to the lonely and beautiful man who bewitches Alex before he even orders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magical and marvellous

  • By MaryD on 06-09-18

Character voices OK but otherwise fairly dull...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-12-18

I adored Corbin & Alex, but was otherwise quite disappointed by the narrator's flat delivery of the story...other than for the actual characters themselves. Chris Chambers' general pitch and tone was low and monotonous [which unfortunately reminded me of Paul Morey and Robert Nieman...not good at all ๐Ÿ˜”]. 2.5 stars rounded up. I understand Gareth and Orin will eventually get their own story.

  • Ravensong

  • Green Creek, Book 2
  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Kurt Graves
  • Length: 20 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20

Gordo has found himself once again the witch of the Bennett pack. Green Creek has settled after the death of Richard Collins, and Gordo constantly struggles to ignore Mark and the song that howls between them.ย But time is running out. Something is coming. And this time, itโ€™s crawling from within.ย Some bonds, no matter how strong, were made to be broken.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Claire on 08-01-19

Another superb performance from Kirt...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-12-18

All I can say is that Kirt's narration of this monster audio is just as brilliant as his narration of Wolfsong. The only quibble I had was the fact that Patrice's accent seemed to vary from N'Awlins to the West Indies...but a very minor point indeed. Fab-u-lous!! 5 well-deserved stars.

***Book Review***

5 stars from me ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ. Enjoyed this one so much more than Wolfsong, and I thought that was stunning!! There was humour [thank goodness ๐Ÿ˜], I loved the interactions between Gordo and the rest of the guys at the garage, there were plenty of feels and the love...the second chance love between Gordo and Mark was there on every page for all to see, even if it took Gordo quite a while to get with the programme and forgive Mark and the rest of the wolves for leaving him behind...๐Ÿ˜‰. There were tears too from this reader [it's a TJ story...what can I say?? ๐Ÿ˜ข], and so much disgust for Michelle Hughes [traitorous b***h that she is] that I can only hope she and Gordo's dad, the hated Robert Livingstone [who the heck invited him to come back?? ๐Ÿ˜ฒ], burn in the fires of hell...the sooner, the better. Methinks Robert won't find it easy to tear the big timber wolf and Carter apart either ๐Ÿคฃ....

  • Alpha Heat

  • Heat of Love, Book 2
  • By: Leta Blake
  • Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Urho Chase is a middle-aged alpha with a heartbreaking past. Careful, controlled, and steadfast, his friends dub him old-fashioned and staid. When Urho discovers a dangerous side to Xanโ€™s life that he never imagined, his world is rocked, and heโ€™s consumed by desire. The carefully sewn seams that held him together after the loss of his omega and son come apart - and so does he. But to love each other and make a life together, Xan and Urho risk utter ruin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A solid story with fantastic narration

  • By ReaderLoves on 03-12-18

Great narration of a wonderful love story....

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-18

What a whopper of an audio. I loved the story, but Michael's wonderful narration was the icing on top of the cake!! A distinct voice for each character [I particularly liked Caleb], the pacing and the delivery was excellent!! Can't wait to see where Leta goes with this series. 5 stars.

  • The Rebuilding Year

  • By: Kaje Harper
  • Narrated by: Gomez Pugh
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

A few excruciating minutes pinned under a burning beam cost Ryan Ward his job as a firefighter, the easy camaraderie of his coworkers, his current girlfriend, and damn near cost him his left leg. Giving up, though, wasn't an option. He fought and won the battle back to health, over a painful year. Now, choosing a new profession, going back to school, and renting a room from the college groundskeeper should be simple. Until he realizes he's falling in love with his housemate and things take a turn for the complicated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice performance from Gomez....

  • By BevS on 07-10-18

Nice performance from Gomez....

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-18

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ from me...well 4.25 stars actually. I ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™ the story and Gomez Pugh's narration was really good [I'd only previously listened to him doing the Psycop series]. I don't care that this is a double GFY... I only care that these two men found each other, grew to love each other and started to build a life together ๐Ÿ˜. I have no idea if book 2 Life, Some Assembly Required will make it to audio too, but I've bought it and book 3 Building Forever from Smashwords anyhoo.

***edit January 2019***

Kaje has confirmed that Gomez will indeed be narrating books 2 & 3 this year.

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  • Fool of Main Beach (Love in Laguna)

  • By: Tara Lain
  • Narrated by: K.C. Kelly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Merle Justice wants to reach for the stars, but itโ€™s tough to get respect when playing a teenybopper vampire on TV. Then he meets a famous director anxious to give him all he thinks he wantsโ€”and maybe a bit more. Everythingโ€™s looking up until a life-threatening encounter with some homophobes on Main Beach puts Merle face-to-face with a Sasquatch-sized hero in a pink puffer coat.ย ย 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not KC Kelly's best IMHO....

  • By BevS on 03-10-18

Not KC Kelly's best IMHO....

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-18

4.25 stars from me. As far as the story goes, I adored Tom right from the start and had to wonder whether Merle would be able to see clearly enough into his future that he could ignore everything anyone said about Tom being 'slow'...particularly Hollywood people, who are obviously not known for their kindness ๐Ÿ˜•. Luckily, he finally came to his senses and decided he would rather be with someone who made him happy and actually loved him ๐Ÿ’œ, than a hanger-on who was just there for the prestige and publicity. Nice to catch up with Billy and Chaz, and Ru and Gray, and Tom's sister Lily gradually grew on me, although I can't honestly say I liked Merle's parents that much, and the less said about the Henry's, the better ๐Ÿ˜  .

The reason I've only given 4.25 stars is I had a problem with KC's narration unfortunately. I listened to the first story in the series Knight of Ocean Avenue, and loved the narration BUT I didn't care for his 'Ru' voice at all...it sounded like a constipated parrot, and put me off listening to Ru's story. Move on down the line, and we have both Chaz and Ru in this story and KC keeps muddling his voices up for the two of them. When Chaz is not on page, Ru gets his [Chaz's] 'voice' and when they're both in the same scene, Ru becomes the constipated parrot again ๐Ÿ˜‰.

  • Red Fish, Dead Fish

  • Fish out of Water, Book 2
  • By: Amy Lane
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Two months ago, Jackson Rivers got shot while trying to save Ellery Cramerโ€™s life. Not only is Jackson still suffering from his wounds, the trigger-man remains at large - and the body count is mounting. Jackson and Ellery have been trying to track down Tim Owens since Jackson got out of the hospital, but Owens' time as a member of the department makes the DA reluctant to turn over any stones. When Owens starts going after people Jackson knows, Elleryโ€™s instincts hit red alert.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The superb Mr T strikes again....great narration.

  • By BevS on 29-09-18

The superb Mr T strikes again....great narration.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-09-18

Another fabulous piece of work from the awesome Mr Tremblay. 4.5 stars from me. The story has improved, but the characterisation he brings to Jackson, Ellery, Jade and Mike is tremendous, and his 'Lucy Satan' [Ellery's mum] is to die for...so droll and snarky. I loved Jade's Ellery 'stick up his ass' Cramer Esquire performance ๐Ÿ˜„, but there were some truly horrendous scenes in this story, thanks to that sadistic psychopath Tim Owens. The 4 little extras at the end of the main story were good too, although I still won't bother with Racing for the Sun. I now have a little wait it seems for the audio adaptation of book 3, A Few Good Fish, so patience Beverley please....

  • Fish out of Water

  • By: Amy Lane
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

PI Jackson Rivers grew up on the mean streets of Del Paso Heights and he doesn't trust cops, even though he was one. When the man he thinks of as his brother is accused of killing a police officer in an obviously doctored crime, Jackson will move heaven and earth to keep Kaden and his family safe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The great Mr T strikes again....superb narration.

  • By BevS on 05-09-18

The great Mr T strikes again....superb narration.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-18

I'll be honest here and say I haven't read an Amy Lane story since 2016, when she seemed to be having trouble being nice to any person of colour, and Riptide actually came out and said she'd gone too far and would be asked to re-write certain sections of one of her stories. I am NOT a person of colour but I was disgusted with her condescending attitude and vowed I wouldn't read any more of her work which was a huge shame as I count some of her stories amongst my all-time faves. Of course Riptide themselves have since been shown to be bigoted in their approach to authors and employees of colour and race, and even it has to be said, certain classes of queer folk and once my pre-orders with them are published, I'm done with them for good!!

The ONLY reasons I listened to this story were 1) the wonderful Mr T and 2) it's a whodunit/thriller and I wondered whether Ms Lane would cope. Imagine then my astonishment when I discovered that she had actually included some people of colour in her story AND she wasn't being mean to them or treating them as second class citizens. I don't think gobsmacked is too strong a word to use BUT I can only assume that the criticism she received a couple of years ago affected her sales and she's had to re-think her attitude. About time too!!

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  • Leaning into Forever

  • Leaning into Series, Book 7
  • By: Lane Hayes
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Geordie De La Rosa is a legend among wine lovers in Napa Valley. His ultra-fabulous style paired with a penchant for leading impromptu sing-a-longs has made him a star attraction at Conrad Winery. Co-owning a well-respected winery was never Geordieโ€™s aspiration but he likes the niche heโ€™s made for himself. He wonโ€™t deny that his job and his friends have helped ease his heartache and grief after the death of his longtime partner.ย 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely not my favourite Mr Russo read....

  • By BevS on 05-09-18

Definitely not my favourite Mr Russo read....

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-18

Loved the story, my favourite of the series but somehow Nick's narration just didn't work for me this time around. I was glad that he changed his interpretation of Geordie from the snippet we got in Leaning Into the Fall, but unfortunately it must be one of those 'It's me not you' things.