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Harry Taylor

Bournemouth, UK
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  • Sin and Tonic

  • Sinners Series, Book 6
  • By: Rhys Ford
  • Narrated by: Tristan James
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Miki St. John's best friend, Damien, is back from the dead, and their new band, Crossroads Gin, is soaring up the charts. Miki’s got a solid, loving partner named Kane Morgan - an inspector with the SFPD whose enormous Irish family has embraced him as one of their own - and his dog, Dude, at his side. It’s a pity someone’s trying to kill him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Please stop trying to do accents. Please.

  • By Kallie Harris on 14-11-18

Full redemption

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

I have listened to all in the series and enjoyed each in varying degrees. I was glad to see this story when it was recently added. The whole series takes Mickey and Damien along with the Morgan Clan and the rest of the new band from deep despondency and depression thro to a new hope and a ‘new song’ at the end of this book.
I really enjoyed the way it is read and performed too. Each ‘voice’ being easily recognised with their own characters. I will now go back to the first in the series and listen to them all again

  • The New Odyssey

  • The Story of Europe's Refugee Crisis
  • By: Patrick Kingsley
  • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 29

Europe is facing a wave of migration unmatched since the end of World War II - and no one has reported on this crisis in more depth or breadth than the Guardian's migration correspondent, Patrick Kingsley. Throughout 2015 Kingsley travelled to 17 countries along the migrant trail, meeting hundreds of refugees making epic odysseys across deserts, seas and mountains to reach the holy grail of Europe. This is Kingsley's unparalleled account of who these voyagers are.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The story we do not hear

  • By KittyB on 14-05-16

I’m so glad that I read this

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

Reviewed: 22-08-18

The first non fiction I’ve read for some time. It is well written, highly informative, and while very factual has a human face.
It could have simply been a series of statistics but is not. It leaves you feeling you’ve been with the author and his ‘subjects’. The reality of the tragic events portrayed are plain to see yet the solutions are clearly only for the few brave politicians we have.

  • The Quarterback

  • By: Mackenzie Blair
  • Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

Matt Lancaster is the star quarterback at Bodine College, a small Southern Division II school with an ultra-conservative dean of athletics. Matt is also very much in the closet, and he thinks he’s kept his secret well hidden, until his best friends take him to a happy endings massage parlor and request a male masseuse for him. In walks Trevor Kim, a gorgeous, pierced, tattooed fellow Bodine student who does massages - without happy endings - to pay for school after his family kicked him out for being gay. Trevor takes one look at Matt and breaks all his own rules about mixing business with pleasure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the story all the way

  • By Harry Taylor on 02-05-18

Loved the story all the way

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

It’s great to have an affirming story written with humour emotions and sufficient potential trauma as well as read in a way that so well fit in with the book. I laughed loads much to the amusement of people around as I listened on my head phones. Also shed a few tears of emotions too

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  • Dirty Heart

  • Cole McGinnis Mysteries, Book 6
  • By: Rhys Ford
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31

Former LAPD detective Cole McGinnis's life nearly ended the day his police partner and best friend Ben Pirelli emptied his service weapon into Cole and his then-lover, Rick. Since Ben turned his gun on himself, Cole thought he'd never find out why Ben tried to destroy him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Last of the series 😭.....

  • By BevS on 15-07-18

Rounds off the series

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

Reviewed: 20-02-18

This I assume to be the last in the series. It really wraps all of them up and provides a nice way to explain odd things in previous books. Written in the same amusing style. Really enjoyed this one

  • Someone to Keep Me

  • Collars & Cuffs, Book 3
  • By: K.C. Wells, Parker Williams
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

18-year-old Scott Keating knows a whole world exists beyond his parents' strict control. But until he gains access to the World Wide Web, he really has no idea what's out there. In a chat room Scott meets "JeffUK". Jeff loves and understands him, and when he offers to bring Scott to the UK, Scott seizes his chance to escape his humdrum life and see the world. But when his plane touches down and Jeff isn't there, panic sets in.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable part of a series

  • By Harry Taylor on 11-11-17

Enjoyable part of a series

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

I’m not into BDSM stuff but found it very informative and the romance is great. A bit samey to the first two in the series and I maintain my criticism of the narrator. Manchester is almost home territory to me and to listen to an American try to speak with a Mancunian/ North West England accent is painful even tho he’s obviously trying hard. As a whole it did fill out a bit more of the story of Collars and Cuffs

  • Trusting Thomas

  • Collars & Cuffs, Book 2
  • By: K.C. Wells
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Christmas is a time for goodwill to all, but Collars and Cuffs co-owner Thomas Williams receives an unexpected gift that chills him to the bone. A Dom from another Manchester club asks Thomas for his help rescuing an abused submissive, Peter Nicholson. Thomas takes in the young man as a favor to a friend, offering space and time to heal, but he makes it clear he's never had a sub and doesn't want one.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Story let down by wrong accent

  • By Harry Taylor on 09-11-17

Story let down by wrong accent

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

Reviewed: 09-11-17

I enjoyed the story. It’s the second in the series that I’ve listened to. However the American accent is a dead loss. Surely there was an English guy available!

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  • Shelter the Sea

  • The Roosevelt, Book 2
  • By: Cullinan Heidi
  • Narrated by: Iggy Toma
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Emmet Washington has never let the world define him, even though he, his boyfriend, Jeremey, and his friends aren't considered "real" adults because of their disabilities. When the State of Iowa restructures its mental health system and puts the independent living facility where they live in jeopardy, Emmet refuses to be forced into substandard, privatized corporate care. With the help of Jeremey and their friends, he starts a local grassroots organization and fights every step of the way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A moving continuation

  • By Harry Taylor on 19-08-17

A moving continuation

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

Reviewed: 19-08-17

Of the first volume. Yes this is a gay romance but much much more. The reader continues to be superb. In fact this is a case of the reader adding to the story in giving greater depth and feel. Like Heidi Cullinan's other books there is an element of campaigning for cause but don't let that put you off listening. I found it highly emotional

  • Carry the Ocean

  • The Roosevelt, Book 1
  • By: Heidi Cullinan
  • Narrated by: Iggy Toma
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

High school graduate Jeremey Samson is looking forward to burying his head under the covers and sleeping until it's time to leave for college. Then a tornado named Emmet Washington enters his life. The young man with a double major in math and computer science is handsome, forward, wicked smart, interested in dating Jeremey - and he has autism. When Jeremey's untreated illness reaches a critical breaking point, Emmet is the white knight who rescues him and brings him to The Roosevelt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What's Normal!!!

  • By Harry Taylor on 05-08-17

What's Normal!!!

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

Reviewed: 05-08-17

The reader captures the three main individuals in this story brilliantly. One is the crude jock who has more empathy than you could imagine. The second is the anxious depressive who's afraid to venture forth. The third is Autistic and I feel is the best portrayed of all by the reader. It is about what turns out to be a gay couple but I hardly noticed that bit apart from the rather blunt factual way Emmet talks about sex but then that is his autism not gratuitous sex.
When I did my teacher training we had a book called The Normal Child to study. I only remember the opening sentence after nearly 50 years. It read. There is no such thing as a normal child! Heidi Cullinan just says it better. I've got more touchy feelly in my older years and have learnt to laugh and weep easier. Her books and characters have made me do both with gay abandon

  • Fever Pitch

  • Love Lessons, Book 2
  • By: Heidi Cullinan
  • Narrated by: Iggy Toma
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 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

Aaron Seavers is a pathetic mess, and he knows it. He lives in terror of incurring his father's wrath and disappointing his mother, and he can't stop dithering about where to go to college - with fall term only weeks away. Ditched by a friend at a miserable summer farewell party, all he can do is get drunk in the laundry room and regret he was ever born. Until a geeky-cute classmate lifts his spirits, leaving him confident of two things: his sexual orientation and where he's headed to school.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoughtful and moving

  • By Harry Taylor on 09-01-17

Thoughtful and moving

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

I love the writing of this author. The characters draw you in along with the story line. Real empathy of the author with young gay guys and the real problems they face.i was talking to a young student recently and his story was so like one of the characters here that o had to tell him about the book. I told him nOthing is new

  • Enjoy the Dance

  • By: Heidi Cullinan
  • Narrated by: Iggy Toma
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Kindergarten teacher Spenser Harris has carved a quiet, stable future out of his tumultuous past, but his world turns upside down the night a homeless teen appears on his doorstep - a boy whose story mirrors the one Spenser has worked so hard to overcome. The decision to shelter Duon is easy. What's tricky is juggling the network of caregivers in Duon's life, especially TomAs Jimenez.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good for the most part

  • By Alexander Sutherland on 04-01-17

A great third book

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

Reviewed: 07-12-16

I listened to this twice as I missed part first time round and glad I did. I felt at first that it was a bit flat about a third of the way into it. I still feel that but it really seemed to pick up steam again.
It's particularly interesting listening to it in the light of the recent Republican victories in 2016 and also being a Brit living in UK. It became a real campaign story pushing the needs of minorities in a thought provoking way. I found myself moved towards the end. The descriptions of how the main participants felt were thought provoking and well written. The author conveys well the feelings of 'not beLonging'.