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  • Dead to Me

  • Cold Case Psychic, Book 5
  • By: Pandora Pine
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Psychic Tennyson Grimm was kicked out of his house and disowned by his religious parents when he came out to them as gay and psychic. The last thing Tennyson’s father said before the teenager boarded a Greyhound bus to Boston was that his son was dead to him. Flash forward 13 years later: Tennyson couldn’t have been more surprised when he woke to find the newly dead spirit of his father sitting on the end of his bed. David Grimm had one request of his estranged son: Go to Kansas and reunite with his mother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent as always

  • By MaryD on 16-01-19

Excellent as always

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

Reviewed: 16-01-19

Such a great story with so much in it. Family drama and reconciliation (in a manner of speaking).
Michael Pauley gives life to all the characters. I love gruff sounding Ronan. I always miss these stories when I finish them and can’t wait for the next one.

  • Charlie's Rainbow

  • Rainbow Key, Book 2
  • By: Victoria Sue
  • Narrated by: Darcy Stark
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

Eventually being diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder as a child, "difficult" didn’t even begin to describe the nightmare of Charlie’s life. Escaping the drug-induced limbo he existed in and running from his alcoholic mother and despotic grandfather, he finally finds some peace and a home on Rainbow Key. Noah is also running, even if he doesn’t realize it, and the guilt he feels over his brother’s suicide chases him no matter where he goes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charlie gets his HEA

  • By MaryD on 12-01-19

Charlie gets his HEA

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

Reviewed: 12-01-19

This is the second book in the Rainbow Keys series. It is a stand-alone story Charlie is in book one and in my opinion you’d miss some background (and a great story). Charlie has had a very hard start in life. Noah on the other hand had a perfect childhood, up to a his brother’s suicide. He now carries the guilt with him. Charlie never thought he could be with anyone. Then they meet and we have that wonderful push pull laden with anxiety that Victoria Sue does so well.
Darcy Stark portrays both Charlie and Noah so well. He has given both Charlie and Noah the perfect tone of voice. I can clearly imagine them through his narration. I look forward to Ben’s story.

  • A Light in the Darkness

  • In Darkness, Book 2
  • By: Alice Winters
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Felix and Lane are trying out their new normal. No more car chases, no more drug lords, and no more kidnapping bad guys. But when Felix's brother wants to repair their relationship, he brings with him a secret that could cost all of them their lives. Lane isn't complaining because the thrills of life-threatening situations are right up his alley. They may think they have a handle on the situation, but what they do not know is that someone has been working them from the shadows. Forcing them to do exactly what he wants as he drives them closer to his sick game of life and death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as the first book

  • By Book addict on 13-01-19

Brilliant sequel

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

Wonderfully exciting story again. The pace picks up towards the ends so dramatically and I just couldn’t stop listening. I had to know what happens next to Felix and Lane.
Exceptional narration by Joel Leslie. He has the ability to enhance the moment increasing the mood so you can visualise and feel what is going on.
Definitely on my listen again list.
I do hope Alice Winters has more books planned and Joel will narrate them.

  • Hidden in Darkness

  • In Darkness Series, Book 1
  • By: Alice Winters
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

When Felix lands a job taking care of a man recovering from severe injuries, he thinks his life may have just turned around. Anything has to be better than the place he's leaving. There's something about Lane that draws Felix to him and makes him question if this place could finally become a home for him. But when someone begins stalking Felix, he is left to question who Lane is and what actually happened to him. Together, Felix and Lane will be forced to see just how far they will go to protect each other. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant story, expertly performed

  • By Dee Slate on 16-10-18

Excellent and exciting

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

Reviewed: 30-11-18

Wow what an exciting story and so amusing in my places. Excellent narration by Joel Leslie. Can’t go wrong with a great story and brilliant narration.

  • Brandon Mills versus the V-Card

  • Prescott College, Book 2
  • By: J.A. Rock, Lisa Henry
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

When Alex and Brandon are drafted onto the Phi Sig Academic Challenge team, they start spending time together. But as the competition - and their relationship - heats up, Alex’s determination not to die a virgin clashes with Brandon’s vow of lifelong celibacy, forcing them to examine what’s truly important to each of them about love.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Adorable Brandon and Alex

  • By MaryD on 20-11-18

Adorable Brandon and Alex

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

Reviewed: 20-11-18

Brandon and Alex are two of the most adorable characters I have read in a long time. Their hesitant romance had a perfect sense of realism that I could imagine it all happening. Brandon is first introduced in the first book, Mark Cooper vs America. It is not necessary to listen to the first book but I highly recommend it. It covers Mark and Brandons freshman year and the antics of pledging to a fraternity. Joel Leslie Australian accent for Mark is superb. But I digress. This story made me laugh and cry, root for Brandon and wanted to hug both Alex and Brandon. The excellent side characters, namely Blake, wonderful. How he manages to get stuck everywhere I will never know.
I bow down in worship to Joel Leslie’s talent. So many accents and characters. All of them unique. Masterful portrayal of Blake, so much so he almost stole the show. But Joel Leslie never left that happen he gave both Brandon and Alex their voices and enhanced their personalities. Perfect second book with perfect narration. Bravo

  • Be Still My Heart

  • Four Kings Security, Book Two
  • By: Charlie Cochet
  • Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

When an attempt is made on Laz’s life, Red is determined to keep him safe. Laz may not be a client, and Red is still off duty, but Laz is one of their own, and nothing means more to the Kings than family. While an investigation is underway, Red and Laz are growing closer, but can they find a way to help each other heal and take a chance on love, or will their fears and insecurities cost them more than their future together?  

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too much annoying drama

  • By Book addict on 30-11-18

Be Still My Heart is such a perfect title.

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

Reviewed: 20-11-18

I must confess that I had not listened to book 1 before listening to Be Still My Heart. It does not affect the story at all but maybe I would have understood the who each of the Kings were. This in no way interfered with my enjoyment of this book. The combination of Charlie Cochet and Greg Boudreaux is heavenly. Reds description of the events causing his PTSD with the emotions proved by Greg Boudreauxs narration brought tears to my eyes. I was pleasantly surprised that there was not as much angst as I thought there would be. Red becomes a bodyguard to Laz after there is a threat to his life. Because of this they live together and their romance naturally develops. Mixed into this is the investigation into who wants to kill Laz. These two strands compliment eachother so well. The twist at the end is great. I also liked how the parings for next books are set up in the epilogue.
The narration by Greg Boudreau is masterful. Each character is so distinctive, not only through their unique voices but their personalities and spirit. I did not want to stop listening until the end of the story. I can not wait for the audiobook for book three.

  • Seti's Heart

  • By: Kiernan Kelly
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Cursed by the god who shares his name, Seti was an Egyptian king who lost everything: his name, his kingdom, even the man he loved more than anything in the world. For centuries he's waited in a dusty, forgotten sarcophagus, until Logan came along. Logan is a graduate student who stumbles upon Seti in the basement of a museum and accidentally awakens him. He doesn't want to be accused to theft, but who's going to believe in a mummy coming back to life?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What a mummy

  • By MaryD on 13-11-18

What a mummy

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

Reviewed: 13-11-18

What can I say, this story is a little far fetched and I think I would have liked it more if there was more humour, what there was I loved. After all Seti has woken after 5000 years in a tomb for unpetting the god of the underworld. I would have liked some more scenes, or at least more from the existing scenes, where Seti gets flummoxed by the modern world. The chemistry between Logan and Seti is hot. He’s one sexy mummy. My favourite secondary character was Osiris especially the way Joel Leslie portrays him. Wonderful the way he uses modern terms made me laugh. Joel gives Seti a lovely sexy accent and plays up confusion at aspects of the modern world beautifully. Well worth listening to.

  • Archie's Accidental Kidnapping

  • Hounds of the Hunt, Book 1
  • By: Toni Griffin
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

 

Long nights hunting supernatural beings means little time for love in Adze's life. He and his pack mates are what protects Melbourne and Australia, from the things that go bump in the night - very real spirits and demons who prey on humans.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun different shifter story

  • By MaryD on 13-11-18

Fun different shifter story

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

Reviewed: 13-11-18

This is a very easy almost simplistic story. There is not much flesh to it. No background as to why the hellhounds are patrolling the earth hunting down other errant beings.it feels like a back story is missing. There is some attempt to fill in bits of information but it is intermittent. Having said all that it is still an enjoyable story. The team of rowdy Hellhounds transform into human but do their hunting in as massive black hounds. Archie is targeted and the hellhounds take him to protect him. Now that’s where it gets a little more interesting. Archie keeps Adze on his toes and makes him work for the right to be his mate. It certainly is different from usual shifter stories. One I think will either be loved or hated.
Joel Leslie’s narration makes the story for me, I have a feeling that it’s the narration that makes it much more fun than if I had just read it. Archie comes across as such a feisty person, ready to put his mat in his place. Joel Leslie excels at making a group of characters distinct from each other pulling out character traits that makes them stand out.

  • Mark Cooper Versus America

  • Prescott College, Book 1
  • By: Lisa Henry, J. A. Rock
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Mark Cooper is angry, homesick, and about to take his stepdad's dubious advice and rush Prescott College's biggest party fraternity, Alpha Delta Phi. Greek life is as foreign to Aussie transplant Mark as Pennsylvania's snowstorms and bear sightings. Studious Deacon Holt is disappointed to learn Mark's pledging Alpha Delt, his fraternity Phi Sigma Kappa's sworn enemy. Mark is too beautiful for Deacon to pass up an invitation for sex, but beyond sex, Deacon's not sure. He wants a relationship, but a difficult family situation prevents him from pursuing anything beyond his studies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Completely recommend this book

  • By MaryD on 11-11-18

Completely recommend this book

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

This story is so amusing. The antics spoiled Mark gets up to whilst pledging for a fraternity are entering. There is a very serious side about how far everything goes and the pain that causes which makes the story so much more complete. Mark however meets his match in Deacon, who manages to keep him on the ground.
Joel Leslie’s Australian accents sounds superb to me and he always brings out the depth of emotions which makes the listening experience perfect.

  • Blood from a Stoner

  • By: L. A. Witt
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Greg Dawson’s not sure which he regrets more - becoming a vampire or becoming a software engineer. Then relief comes from an unexpected source - Zane Webber, the hot programmer Greg’s been fantasizing about for two years. Zane lets him feed, but kind of forgets to mention he’s got some weed in his system. The next thing Greg knows, he’s high as a kite...and he likes it. He wants more. That chemistry draws them back to each other again and again. Except how much of that high is secondhand weed, and how much is the electric and undeniable chemistry between him and Zane? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A sweet and spicy short to make you smile

  • By Lisa Hughes on 10-01-19

Perfect story and narration

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

Wonderful story and concept, such a different way to think about vampires, I throughly enjoyed it. Nick J Russo’s narration was excellent as usual, bringing both characters to life, if I can say that!