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  • Femme

  • By: Marshall Thornton
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Queeny cocktail waiter Lionel wakes up to find himself in bed with Dog, a straight-acting softball player, and the two embark on a rocky road to romance. A journey that requires coming out of the closet, going into the closet, a pair of red high heels, many pairs of red high heels, a failed intervention, a couple of aborted dates, and homemade pom-poms. Mostly, Lionel and Dog learn what it means to be a man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sassy and funny

  • By Jackie Thorogood on 17-07-17

Freaking awesome!

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

Reviewed: 14-09-17

Where does Femme rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Right on the top!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lionel is the star of the show. He is one-of-a-kind, dramatic, bold, often unfiltered approach to life!

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

He brought the emotions by the characters out so well. Perfect performance! Could not be better! Not to mention that he managed to keep two completely different voices throughout the book so masterfully- switching between dual POVs with different voices.

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

I wish I could be able to do it!

Any additional comments?

Oh my Gawd, I didn't see that coming...... and it hit me..... in just the right way. The story and writing were so freaking awesome! It’s a simple story, but I couldn’t get enough of it. Boy meets boy, boys have a one-night stand, and finally boys are wrapped up in each other like pretzels. It's a hilarious and incredibly populated by charming characters book . Yes, the humor is sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, but actually Femme is mostly about our expectations about who and what people are and how they should act. Very much about labels, about stereotyping! What is the deal with not liking femme guys? 'Yeah, for a lot of straight people it isn’t surprising. Lionel is clearly gay, and if you have a problem with gay guys, you have a big problem with Lionel. But, what about gay guys? Why do we.......? Femme guys scare us. They scare us because we are afraid of being like them. We are afraid of being obvious. And that is part of the whole being in the closet bull. Not liking femme guys is really about not liking ourselves.' I really need to brush up my femme side.

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  • The Lightning-Struck Heart

  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Michael Lesley
  • Length: 19 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

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 completely by accident. Of course, this catches the attention of a higher power, and Sam's pulled from the only world he knows to become an apprentice to the king's wizard, Morgan of Shadows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly hilarious

  • By Sarah Louise Smits on 18-01-16

No words!

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

Reviewed: 26-02-17

What made the experience of listening to The Lightning-Struck Heart the most enjoyable?

Well, this is one of those books that will either continuously make you chortle or weary you because of the massive stream of intense sex jokes/puns/codes/thoughts- slapping in your face. Being in Sam's mind or more precisely in his little-never-closed mouth will leave you no option for something in the middle.But, I was the apprentice to the King’s Wizard, after all.

What other book might you compare The Lightning-Struck Heart to, and why?

'Tell Me It's Real' and 'The Queen & the Homo Jock King' hold the same energy, I expected nothing less of this book. I would like to say that this book is the MOST ENJOYABLE , compering to the others I've just mentioned above.

Any additional comments?

The narrator, Michael Lesley, did a fabulous performance- nailed every singe voice! The differentiation of each of characters were maintained all the way through. I highly recommend the audiobook!

  • Wolfsong

  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Kirt Graves
  • Length: 18 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

Ox was 23 when murder came to town and tore a hole in his head and heart. The boy chased after the monster with revenge in his blood red eyes, leaving Ox behind to pick up the pieces. It's been three years since that fateful day and the boy is back. Except now he's a man, and Ox can no longer ignore the song that howls between them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Completely epic and awesome!

  • By Becky L on 26-10-16

Epic and Awesome!

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

Reviewed: 26-02-17

What did you like best about this story?

There is magic all around this book; not only in the shifters, and the moon, and the wolves songs, and colors. It's in the choices and changes we make, the family, the pack, and the bonds between us.
There is pain, healing, growing up and the struggle of finding your place, your people, and where you belong. Everything is colored by the full palette of colors. Green, blue, read , orange, violet...... Oh so greengreengreen! Green like relief. Green eyes. Green Creek. Green light. It felt green here. So very green.

What does Kirt Graves bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

LIfe!

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

Oh yes, but not possible!

Any additional comments?

TJ Klune is a great storyteller. His writing style is really amazed me. He use simple words and short sharp sentences in a way that make them look strong, powerful and deliver great emotion. His cast of characters is so numerous, and at the same time thoroughly and comprehensively presented.

  • Brute

  • By: Kim Fielding
  • Narrated by: K.C. Kelly
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Brute leads a lonely life in a world where magic is commonplace. He is seven and a half feet of ugly, and of disreputable descent. No one, including Brute, expects him to be more than a laborer. But heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and when he is maimed while rescuing a prince, Brute's life changes abruptly. He is summoned to serve at the palace in Tellomer as a guard for a single prisoner. It sounds easy but turns out to be the challenge of his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So lovely

  • By M. on 14-10-14

A heartwarming story!

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

Reviewed: 26-02-17

Where does Brute rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

right on the top!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Brute/ Aric is one of the most lovable characters I’ve read in MM romance. He is used to being treated as a beast of burden for his abnormal size ( a seven-and-a-half-foot tall) and mocked for his ugliness

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

Listening to the audio reminded me of the time when I was little and as if the rest of the world disappeared as long as the storytelling continued. Pure, innocent and magical!BRUTE was occupied all my attention. He is the giant, after all. One of those story written in a way so that you can enjoy while sitting on the couch with a blanket and a hot drink, and feeling warmed up. Comfort given, comfort received, and comfort shared

Any additional comments?

The author,Kim Fielding, did an excellent job again, with layering her characters in a way I emotionally connected to each and every one of them. Also, I was impressed by implementing these small stories ( legends, myths, morals) into the main one. Such as: the story of a bird, a sparrow Aric's mother kept in a cage, who did not know how to be free; the epic tale of Lorad and Lokad, the giants, who collapsed into the Great River and were drowned and gods turned the bodies to stone so that the giants could stand forever, guarding Tellomer from dangers from the sea.

  • Probation

  • By: Tom Mendicino
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

All it took to destroy Andy Nocera's seemingly perfect life was an anonymous tryst at an Interstate rest area. Sentenced to probation and thrown out by his wife, he spends his week as a traveling salesman, and his weekends at his mother's house where no questions are asked - and no explanations are offered. To clear his record, the State of North Carolina requires Andy to complete one year of therapy without another arrest. He attends his sessions reluctantly at first, struggling to comprehend why he would risk everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRILLIANT!

  • By Pavellit Off on 26-02-17

BRILLIANT!

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

Reviewed: 26-02-17

Any additional comments?

From page one I knew I had connected with the story, the portrayal of the damaged Andy, the protagonist, was an instant winner. Yes, it's been painful being part of his inner monologue- sad, but smart and engaging! . Yes, I felt his self-hate would become my own. But, in the process he finds a way to fix his broken soul. Thanks God!
The prose is so powerful to the extent that it sucks you mercilessly in the dark side of possibilities hidden within each of us, and holds you strongly to its very end. There’s an analytical and psychological quality to Mendicino’s writing, which is rare in the genre. The author dares to go deeper and deeper into the complicated nature of family, love and pursuing these sexual encounters, breaking your heart to pieces, and then put them back together. There is a humor,self-irony. And a passion. But most of all, there is a hope- what goes around comes around- and there is a future to move on with somebody else. Things have come full circle.

  • Gold Digger

  • By: Aleksandr Voinov
  • Narrated by: Alexander Masters
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Nikolai Krasnorada leads the life of a corporate nomad. Working for a gold explorations company, he's never put down roots, and he likes it that way. But when his CEO sends him to Toronto to strike a deal with LeBeau Mining, Nikolai meets Henri LeBeau, crown prince to the resources conglomerate and inveterate flirt. Sparks fly immediately, despite the business deal that threatens to go sour and Nikolai's own reluctance to give Henri false hope about him being Mr. Right.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Goodbye Special Forces :)

  • By Irene on 21-07-17

Powerful and hot!

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

Reviewed: 26-02-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Gold Digger to be better than the print version?

I don't know, but the audio-narration is so British and powerful!

What does Alexander Masters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Life!

Any additional comments?

I did not read Aleksandr Voinov’s Special Forces series yet, and I'll not make any parallels with its glorious predecessors. Apparently, there were some flashbacks of Vadim's past that I felt a need to know more, but it's all on my account.This’s not all about business and hot monkey sex, thought there are lots of them. This's just to begin with.The story is about Nicolay's exploration of a sexual relationship and developing a deeper bong and probably then a commitment. It's about his choice whether to betraying someone who’s been nothing but good to him. There is also conflict over the business dealings and a lesson about the father-son relationship.

  • Superhero

  • By: Eli Easton
  • Narrated by: Tristan Wright
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

It's not easy for a young gay artist like Jordan Carson to grow up in Jefferson, Wisconsin, where all anyone seems to care about in middle school and high school are the sports teams. But Jordan was lucky. He met Owen Nelson in the second grade, and they've been BFFs ever since. Owen is a big, beautiful blond and their school's champion wrestler. No one messes with Owen, or with anyone close to him, and he bucks popular opinion by keeping Jordan as his wingman even after Jordan comes out at school.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • All warm and melty reading!

  • By Pavellit Off on 26-02-17

All warm and melty reading!

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

Reviewed: 26-02-17

If you could sum up Superhero in three words, what would they be?

Understanding, accepting yourself!

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

Yes, I did it!

Any additional comments?

The journey from child to adult is a memorable one. No matter whether can be a gradual process or one that is very sudden, there is bound to be confusion, complexity and, of course, fun. The topic always triggered in me the most sensitive thread. Isn't it a natural ? When I think in this connection novels, my mind goes to the point that being a gay isn't easy, and growing up is one of the hardest parts about it. Finding your place in the world as a different can be complicated, painful, and frustrating, which is actually true, but but but Eli Easton's stoty make me feel mostly all warm and melty. Yes, there is a tragic painful moment, but it doesn't get in that angsty way of our 'Pin Man and Pencil Boy' romance.

  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

  • By: Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • Narrated by: Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship - the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most wondeful story I've read this year

  • By Lis on 14-09-17

The mysteries of the universe in someone’s hand!

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

Reviewed: 26-02-17

What did you like most about Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe?

Bringing up questions of identity (particularly in terms of sexuality and sexual orientation) and friendship (how the perspective and love of a good friend can make you look at yourself differently and motivate you to change for the better).

What does Lin-Manuel Miranda bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Life!

Any additional comments?

I absolutely love reading contemporary YA novels with a deep, complex and emotional plot, and with a very powerful narrative voice and prose. Frankly, everything has been delivered, but the story line was not engaging and moving enough. Although there are some exciting moments, the book focuses more on internal than external action. Told in the first person through the eyes of Aristotle, the novel portrayed the uncertainties of a aloof teen boy's journey into adulthood and self-acceptance in a distinctive, poetic and sympathetic way.

  • Changing Tides

  • By: Michael Thomas Ford
  • Narrated by: Blake Somerset
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

Marine biologist Ben Ransome understands the sea, especially the tiny, beautiful sea slugs he has studied and admired for most of his life. What Ben doesn't understand are people, and now, one of the most important people in his life - his 16-year-old daughter, Caddie - is coming to live with him for the summer. But the sweet, happy child he remembers has been replaced by a wounded, angry stranger who resents everything about her father. Caddie is determined to act out in every way, leaving Ben feeling more alone than ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A solid, rich and utterly compelling story!

  • By Pavellit Off on 26-02-17

A solid, rich and utterly compelling story!

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

Reviewed: 26-02-17

Where does Changing Tides rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

on the top!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Changing Tides?

I do not want to spoil it!

What does Blake Somerset bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Life,life,life!

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

Oh yes, but come on 15 hrs is not possible!

Any additional comments?

With some novels which switch usually the narrative between two characters you can lose the flow of the story. This novel is clever in the way that the three characters not only have completely different voices, but it deals with both straight and gay characters in equal measure, and in a fully fleshed and multidimensional way. Michael Thomas Ford uses many powerful detailed descriptions, additional stories and fabulous audio narration in Changing Tides that compliment to his characters grow and change over this long, hot summer.

  • The Queen & the Homo Jock King

  • At First Sight
  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Michael Lesley
  • Length: 17 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 79

Do you believe in love at first sight? Sanford Stewart sure doesn't. In fact, he pretty much believes in the exact opposite, thanks to the Homo Jock King. It seems Darren Mayne lives for nothing more than to create chaos in Sandy's perfectly ordered life, just for the hell of it. Sandy despises him, and nothing will ever change his mind. Or so he tells himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved. Loved. Loved it

  • By kindleaddict on 26-09-16

Job well done!

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

Reviewed: 16-08-16

The audio crushed me like a cigarette butt under the hill. The narrtor did a fabulous performance!