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  • PopDaddy

  • Boy Meets Boy Meets Baby
  • By: Jeffrey Roach
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

PopDaddy is a novel from Southern writer Jeffrey Roach that recounts the heartwarming and hilarious tale of how he and his partner Ken started a family in one of the unlikeliest places. The book takes place in the early 2000s, when single parent adoptions were the only way for a gay couple to adopt a baby from Guatemala, and begins when the couple's best friend announces she's pregnant. Ken wants a baby too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A feelgood story

  • By Avid Reader on 10-02-17

A feelgood story

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

Reviewed: 10-02-17

What did you like best about this story?

It's a heartwarming story about two gay men's journey to fatherhood in the US (Texas) in the early 2000's. The author writes with a lot of humour, and captures the trials and tribulations of two brand new parents so well.

Have you listened to any of Kevin R. Free’s other performances? How does this one compare?

He's a new to me narrator and I enjoyed his voice and performance.

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

Yes, but RL obligations prevented that.

  • The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland

  • By: Joe Cosentino
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Cinder, a poor and beautiful young man who designs clothing, makeup, and hair for his stepmother and stepsisters, offers his clothing and slippers to a naked stranger in the woods, who turns out to be none other than Prince Charming. Follow Cinder and Prince Charming in this twist on the classic Cinderella tale as they discover their inner strengths and find their very own happily ever after.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Fairytales with Excellent Narration

  • By MaryD on 30-10-16

A fun take on the old traditional fairytales

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

Reviewed: 01-11-16

What did you like most about The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland?

I loved the same-sex spin on our childhood's fairytales, and of course Joel Leslie did a great job as always giving distinct voices to each character.

Joe's writing isn't for everyone, and I think you either love his sometimes over-the-top (slapstick-like) humour or you don't. This is so over-the-top that a it's probably a good thing it's not a marathon book to read or listen to.

Have you listened to any of Joel Leslie’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I'm a big fan of Joel's work as a narrator. I am in awe of his range of voices (males, females and children) and "dialects" (US, British, and Australian English).

Any additional comments?

If you want to listen to a few of your childhood fairytales tweaked and "gayified", then this is for you. :)

  • Absolution

  • The Protectors, Book 1
  • By: Sloane Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

After four years abroad, artist Jonas Davenport has come home to start building his dream of owning his own art studio and gallery. But just as he's ready to put the darkness of his past behind him forever, it comes roaring back with a vengeance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Sloane Kennedy books

  • By Jackie Thorogood on 28-08-17

Engaging m/m romance and wonderful narration

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

Reviewed: 01-11-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I'd recommend this for anyone who likes reading and/or listening to an m/m/m romance with a bit of a who-dunnit mystery, and who enoys a slow-build up and don't require non-stop graphic sex.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the slow buildup, and getting to know each of the three MCs and their backstories. The fact that it's told from all three's POV worked surprisingly well mainly due to Joel's excellent personalization as each character had his own distinct voice.

Have you listened to any of Joel Leslie’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I love Joel Leslie and his narrations. His vocal range seems endless; US English, British English, Australian English, females, males and children. It's another quality production from Joel, and I won't rate this against his other as each sets of characters demands different approaches and ranges.

Any additional comments?

I loved it, and can't wait for the next book, both from Sloane Kennedy and Joel Leslie!

  • Out of Nowhere

  • Middle of Somewhere, Book 2
  • By: Roan Parrish
  • Narrated by: Spencer Goss
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

The only thing in Colin Mulligan's life that makes sense is taking cars apart and putting them back together. In the auto shop where he works with his father and brothers, he tries to get through the day without having a panic attack or flying into a rage. Drinking helps. So does running and lifting weights until he can hardly stand. But none of it can change the fact that he's gay, a secret he has kept from everyone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spencer Goss, you're a star!!

  • By BevS on 22-07-16

Heartbreakingly sad but yet sooo good

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

Reviewed: 08-07-16

What made the experience of listening to Out of Nowhere the most enjoyable?

Spencer Goss' narration was so good, and I think he managed to convey Colin's anguish, pain and self-hatred perfectly, that perhaps doesn't come across quite so clearly in the written word only.

Rafe's patience and gentleness was instrumental in Colin's "healing", and Spencer's Rafe showed that.

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

The gentleness of Rafe, yet he shows Rafe has a steel core which helped him overcome his own demons and is needed when Colin reached the bottom.

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

This book made me cry (both when I read it and when I listened to it), yet when it was over I felt happy that Colin and Rafe were in a good place both individually and as a couple.


It's not an easy book to either read or listen to, but it's important as it shows how damaging (internalized) homophobia is or can be. Words can and do break people every day!

Any additional comments?

I really like Spencer Goss' voice, both his cadence, modulation and his ability to also do "normal" female voices {i.e. no falsetto. ;)}, and I look forward to listen to him again.

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  • Red Dirt Heart

  • Red Dirt, Book 1
  • By: N.R. Walker
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Welcome to Sutton Station: one of the world's largest working farms in the middle of Australia - where if the animals and heat don't kill you first, your heart just might. Charlie Sutton runs Sutton Station the only way he knows how: the way his father did before him. Determined to keep his head down and his heart in check, Charlie swears the red dirt that surrounds him - isolates him - runs through his veins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can I marry Joel Leslie's voice?

  • By Lusitania on 16-03-17

I've waited for this

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

Reviewed: 07-07-16

What made the experience of listening to Red Dirt Heart the most enjoyable?

Joel Leslie's narration is excellent, and he is so good at creating different voices to the different characters. Another plus with him is that he does believable female voices too (no falsetto screeching in his performances), so Ma sounds just right (to me).

What other book might you compare Red Dirt Heart to, and why?

Ariel Tachna's Lang Down Series, as that too is set in Austrialia with a US import (ie second MC), although the narration doesn't come close to Joel's (in my opinion). Mind you, I'm not Australian, English isn't even my mother tongue, but I've listened to enough audiobooks to know what I like when it comes to inflection, cadence and character differentiation. :)

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Won't say too much as it's kind of "spoilerish", except it involves a horse returning without it's rider.

Any additional comments?

I hope N.r. Walker decides to do the rest of the series in Audio too, and that she gets Joel to do the narration. It's one of my all-time favourite series, and I adore Charlie & Travis.

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  • Black Balled

  • By: Andrea Smith, Eva LeNoir
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

My name is Troy Babilonia, but I'm best known as Babu, a renowned literary critic with my own online column. I'm followed by thousands! I'm a living god in the literary world. I have no filter, and for that my flock of humble followers are forever grateful. If it weren't for me, they wouldn't know what to read. I have zero tolerance for weak-minded attention seekers, nor do I have respect for the self-proclaimed geniuses of the indie world. My advice to all indie authors is to never break the cardinal rule in this cutthroat business. Ever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A different, but fun story.

  • By Avid Reader on 20-06-16

A different, but fun story.

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

Reviewed: 20-06-16

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

Funny. Damaged MCs

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Troy's letter to his psychiatrist, re. his stepfather's reaction to finding him kissing a boy when he was young, made me teary.

Any additional comments?

I hadn't read the book, so the story was totally unknown to me when I started listening. With Joel Leslie's narration I was quickly drawn in and he kept me hooked to the very end.

Joel is (in my opinion) a gifted voice actor, and he masters a variety of voices both male and female. I've listened to a number of books narrated by Joel, and he has thus far not disappointed me.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this audiobook from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Crossing Borders

  • By: Z.A. Maxfield
  • Narrated by: Tobias Silversmith
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An old favourite book with a great new narrator

  • By Avid Reader on 03-06-16

An old favourite book with a great new narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-06-16

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.

  • Boys

  • By: G. A. Hauser
  • Narrated by: Russil Tamsen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Twenty-five-year-old Jag Huntington loves straight men. He can't help it. Something about their macho allure intrigues him. But Jag has never even managed to have a straight man as a friend. His best friend, Tyson Hopper, and Tyson's boyfriend, Howard Steinman, invite Jag out for a night with the gay boys and Howard's sister, Virginia. When Virginia brings her straight boyfriend, Carson Phelps, Jag's attraction to the 30-year-old stud is instant.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Opposites attract

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-09-15

Opposites attract

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

Reviewed: 02-09-15

What did you like most about Boys?

I like the MCs. Jag is out and proud, and Carson is quiet, unassuming and emotionally detached.

To me it's basically a story about not letting labels define who you are, and gender is not a defining factor when you find love.

Any additional comments?

I disliked Virginia, Carson's "girlfriend" at the start of the story, soooo much! I have a low tolerance level for immature, superficial, crass and obnoxious people, and to me she was all that. I guess she represent all the straight women who have "gay men fetish", and to me that's just wrong on so many levels.

I seriously wanted to slap Carson for being a selfish ba***rd before he finally grew a backbone!

I'm giving it 3 stars (3.5) because, Virginia!!!!

  • Walk With Me

  • Home Collection
  • By: Cardeno C.
  • Narrated by: Alexander Collins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

When Eli Block steps into his parents' living room and sees his childhood crush sitting on the couch, he starts a shameless campaign to seduce the young rabbi. Unfortunately, Seth Cohen barely remembers Eli and he resolutely shuts down all his advances. As a tenuous and then binding friendship forms between the two men, Eli must find a way to move past his unrequited love while still keeping his best friend in his life. Not an easy feat when the same person occupies both roles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This new audiobook version is outstanding

  • By Avid Reader on 02-09-15

This new audiobook version is outstanding

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

Reviewed: 02-09-15

Where does Walk With Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

With the new narrator it's jumped up to be among my favourites (which is saying something as I have close to 400 audiobooks, of which there are some brilliant ones).

What did you like best about this story?

Of the Homes series this is my personal favourite, and both Seth and Eli are lovable characters, the wedding disasters are hysterical, and I really like the slow buildup of their relationship.

Have you listened to any of Alexander Collins’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I presume he also narrates under the name Mark Westfield who narrates the THIRDS series, then yes (and they're brilliant too). He's a fantastic narrator in my opinion. He speaks clearly and with the right amount of animation, and he's using (appropriate) sound effects (eg. a "phone"-filter when narrating both sides of phone conversations) and the characters are easily distinguishable.

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  • Safe in His Arms

  • By: Renae Kaye
  • Narrated by: Randy Fuller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

In the late-night quiet of the caravan park shower room, Lon Taylor washes away the filth of the Western Australian mines. He's not looking for anyone, but when Casey offers, Lon doesn't turn him down. Welcoming the young man in his big, hairy arms, Lon provides a safety to Casey that he has never known, and Casey wants to stay forever. Still reeling from the breakup of his family years ago, Lon's not sure he's ready for the responsibility of the comfort and security Casey craves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A lovely story, but not the right narrator

  • By Avid Reader on 26-06-15

A lovely story, but not the right narrator

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

Reviewed: 26-06-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It's a good story, set in Australia, and if you can overlook / ignore the fact that the narrator isn't Australian and doesn't sound Australian at all, then yes.

Any additional comments?

I'm pretty sure there are good Australian voice actors/narrators out there, so why use an American? Randy Fuller is generally a good narrator, but it annoys me when dialogues between two (or more) characters from Australia don't sound remotely Australian. (An American saying "arse", "mate",etc. just sounds weird, imo)

3 of 3 people found this review helpful