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  • Mad Lizard Mambo

  • The Kai Gracen Series, Book 2
  • By: Rhys Ford
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Licensed Stalkers make their living hunting down monsters and dangerous criminals, and their lives are usually brief, brutal, and thankless. Despite being elfin and cursed with a nearly immortal lifespan, Kai didn't expect to be any different. Then Ryder, the High Lord of the Southern Rise Court, arrived in San Diego, and Kai's not-so-mundane life went from mild mayhem to full-throttle chaos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Book addict on 09-04-19

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

An action packed sequel with lots of critters. Black dogs, shady people, threats, Dragons, explosions and Kai Gracen. This book has everything.

Some more reveals, a step towards accepting a relationship. Dragons - Sorry Kai, I like Dragons!
Love this series.

The narration - well it's Greg Tremblay and if you've not tried one of his audios then you're missing out.

  • The Weight of It All

  • By: N.R. Walker
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 57

After being dumped by his long-term boyfriend for being overweight, Henry Beckett decides to make some drastic changes. In a vain attempt at getting his boyfriend back, Henry does the most absurdly frightening thing he can think of. He joins a gym. Reed Henske is a personal trainer who isn't sure he'll ever be ready to date again. He's sick of guys who are only interested in the perfect body image, never seeing him for who he really is. As Reed tortures Henry with things like diet and exercise, Henry enamors Reed with recipes and laughter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very entertaining p, A much audible

  • By Jackie Thorogood on 04-10-17

Love this story

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

Love this book, such a strong personality and feel good vibe. Also it was released at the right time for me when I too was mid weight-loss battle.

The narration; it's not an Australian voice actor but the main character Henry comes across well even if his Reed sounded a trifle odd.

I'd recommend it.

  • Switched

  • By: N.R. Walker
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Israel Ingham's life has never been easy. He grew up in a house devoid of love and warmth. Nothing he ever did was good enough. The fact that Israel is gay just added to the long list of his father's disappointments. Then a letter from Eastport Children's Hospital changes everything. A discovery is made, one of gross human error. Twenty-six years ago, two baby boys were switched at birth and sent home with the wrong families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By NiRo on 03-12-18

Hmm

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

Enjoyed the book, it's all Israel discovering who he is; dealing with his family and the sudden attraction he feels to his best friend. I want a friend like Sam!

As an audio though, listening for too long a time is tiring. Not the best Australian accent and an overwrought performance. Seriously, all that emotion in packed into every sentence! Character voices are a bit odd, combined with the accent deeper ones don't sound natural and the women... are there really no Australian narrators out there?

  • In From the Cold: The I Spy Stories

  • I Spy Something, Volume 1
  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Alexander J. Masters
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Espionage was always a game, but now British spy Mark Hardwicke wants to retire and settle down with ex-lover Dr. Stephen Thorpe - if Stephen will have him. Unfortunately, Stephen has other plans - and so do the terrorists who want Mark dead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I was hoping for

  • By Leyanne on 25-02-14

An American doing British

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

While I've previously enjoyed the story in written form, I found the audio version hard going. The 'British' accent used sounds like a life-less theatre performance and in no way suits the character, it made him very hard to connect to.
Also I really REALLY hate the effect used for flashbacks, the first time it happened I thought my headphones were malfunctioning, it's unpleasant and echoey.

  • Think of England

  • By: KJ Charles
  • Narrated by: Tom Carter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 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 18

England, 1904. Two years ago, Captain Archie Curtis lost his friends, fingers, and future to a terrible military accident. Alone, purposeless, and angry, Curtis is determined to discover if he and his comrades were the victims of fate, or of sabotage. Curtis's search takes him to an isolated, ultra-modern country house, where he meets and instantly clashes with fellow guest Daniel da Silva. Effete, decadent, foreign, and all-too-obviously queer, the sophisticated poet is everything the straightforward British officer fears and distrusts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Story is amazing....the narration not so much.

  • By BevS on 19-11-17

A favourite story, aeragely presented

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

Reviewed: 18-05-18

Possibly my favourite KJ story. A country house intrigue with straightforward somewhat naive gentleman Curtis and the colourful clever da Silva, with some appealing side characters.
The narration is comfortable listening rather than good. There's often a touch awkwardness about it and pronunciation, punctuation could be just a touch off. The character voices weren't the best - the young buff Wesley sounded unavoidably like the Thunderbird's Parker!

  • Rattlesnake

  • By: Kim Fielding
  • Narrated by: K.C. Kelly
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

A drifter since his teens, Jimmy Dorsett has no home and no hope. What he does have is a duffel bag, a lot of stories, and a junker car. Then one cold desert night, he picks up a hitchhiker and ends up with something more: a letter from a dying man to the son he hasn't seen in years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-02-19

Slow relaxing listen

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

Reviewed: 12-07-16

Gentle story of two men slowly opening up to each other and bonding.
Learning to trust, starting to live, no longer drifting through.
Risks getting lost among more demanding books but it makes a lovely breather. Characters to care about without 'must read' urgency.

Audio adds to the experience, laid-back and suiting the setting it brings the warmth of the story alive.

  • In the Middle of Somewhere

  • Middle of Somewhere, Book 1
  • By: Roan Parrish
  • Narrated by: Robert Nieman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

Daniel Mulligan is tough, snarky, and tattooed, hiding his self-consciousness behind sarcasm. Daniel has never fit in - not at home in Philadelphia with his auto mechanic father and brothers, and not at school where his Ivy League classmates looked down on him. Now, Daniel's relieved to have a job at a small college in Holiday, Northern Michigan, but he's a city boy through and through, and it's clear that this small town is one more place he won't fit in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect voice for a brilliant book

  • By Meph666 on 16-09-16

enjoyed

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

Reviewed: 12-07-16

Interesting characters, a slow simple story but very hot. Great first book.

I really enjoyed the audio, no over dramatised voices it was kept simple which suited the first person narration. A good match.

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,875
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,517

My name is Peter Grant, and until January, I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant original story great narrator

  • By valb on 05-08-11

Great narration, pity about the book

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

Reviewed: 07-05-16

This started off so promising - interesting detail, wry humour, magic in the air. Unfortunately I can't say I liked it, there's too much detail in places that ruin the momentum of the story, the magic training was forensic which was an interesting approach but not inspiring. Worst of all is the misogyny that runs rampant through the story, at first it due to the pov and delivered with enough self-depreciation to be mildly amusing but when it enters the larger plot the message isn't a positive one and ruined what might have been a promising new series for me.

The audio though, Holdbrook-Smith does an impressive job. If you are going to pick this up I'd recommend listening over reading, he manages to inject the humour without over dramatizing and brought the main character to life. Even for the driest bits he held character. Where I stumbled when reading the audio held my attention, he set the cadence for the parts of the story I read and is the only reason this book got any stars from me.

  • Crossroads

  • By: Riley Hart
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

After divorcing the woman he'd been with since he was 17, Nick Fuller is starting over. He owns the restaurant of his dreams, and he's determined to meet new people, find new passions, and experience life to its fullest. Easier said than done - that is until he meets his new neighbor, Bryce Tanner. Neither man has ever wanted another guy, but there's a connection between Nick and Bryce from the start - a spark they can't deny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great read

  • By Caz in Maspalomas on 30-05-16

Improve by Audio

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

Reviewed: 07-05-16

Found the story 'okay' easy reading but a trifle ridiculous, an extra star for the sex not immediately being porn-star easy though. Characters are both likeable, banter is fun, families trope overkill.

Listening to the book made the difference. Seriously made a difference. Raised it a whole two stars. This is one definitely improved on by getting audio.

  • Stories Beneath Our Skin

  • By: Veronica Sloane
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Santasier
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

Tattooing might have once been Liam's passion, but he left it all behind along with ugly memories when he went to college. When his uncle's health fails, Liam must come home at last to say his goodbyes. His days are spent at the hospice, leaving his nights to rake over the past. To fill those empty hours, he takes a job at Great Sin Ink. The close knit friendship of the workers there both intrigues and shakes Liam, who has spent the last four years keeping everyone at arm's length.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Oh hell no

  • By mee on 22-04-16

Oh hell no

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-04-16

Loved this story and was thrilled to see it now has audio. But no can do, really disappointed.
The narration is good, clear and easy to listen to, but the character voices are simply awful.

Goose I can't think of a suitable comparison but I could get passed it. Ace though; shrimpy half-welsh Ace - he sounds like a big bearded pirate, I was waiting for a rousing roar of Arrrrrrrrr and a shiver me timbers! It's frightful. Being Welsh I was worried he'd get an accent that would bother me, but that wasn't attempted, this... walk ye plank my matie! Walk. Ye. Plank.

The book is a favourite comfort read of mine and I'd recommend it; interesting characters, fun interactions and a lot of heart. But make sure you listen to the audio sample all the way through before buying because Long John Ace killed it for me, I couldn't keep listening.

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