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Marius F.

Hastings, UK
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  • First

  • By: K.C. Wells
  • Narrated by: Gregory Salinas
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Growing up in a small town in Georgia hasn't prepared him for the more liberal life of a student at the university in Athens. Add to that the teachings of his parents and his church, and you have one shy young man who feels out of his depth. Working on his daddy's farm hasn't given him any chance of a social life, certainly not one like the clubs of Atlanta have to offer. Not that Tommy feels comfortable when he gets to sample it - Momma's lectures still ring loudly inside his head.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By Marius F. on 18-08-16

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 18-08-16

A feel good, romance although a tad too sugary in parts. Nicely defined characters and a good pace.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • How to Be a Normal Person

  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Derrick McClain
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

Gustavo Tiberius is not normal. He knows this. Everyone in his small town of Abby, Oregon, knows this. He reads encyclopedias every night before bed. He has a pet ferret called Harry S. Truman. He owns a video rental store that no one goes to. His closest friends are a lady named Lottie with drag queen hair and a trio of elderly Vespa riders known as the We Three Queens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Kallie Harris on 10-03-17

Hooked

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

Reviewed: 12-05-16

Quirky, warm, funny, mad, unexpected.
Loved it. This would be the third book of TJ Klune so I think it's safe to say I'm hooked.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Cover Up, Toronto Tales

  • Toronto Tales, Book 2
  • By: KC Burn
  • Narrated by: Tristan James
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Detective Ivan Bekker has hit rock bottom. Not only is he recovering from a bad breakup with a cheating boyfriend, he's also involved in a drug bust gone bad. Ivan had to kill a man, and his friend was shot and is now fighting for his life. Though Ivan is under investigation for his part in the shooting, his boss sends him on an off-the-books undercover operation to close the case. The timing is critical - this could be their chance to plug a leak in the department.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Isn't Easy!

  • By S. E. Errington on 05-08-14

Five stars or more

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

Reviewed: 03-01-15

The only comment I would make is regarding the performance. Sometimes it was difficult to notice that a new paragraph has started as narration just flows with no significant breaks.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bad Idea

  • By: Damon Suede
  • Narrated by: Charlie David
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Reclusive comic book artist Trip Spector spends his life doodling super-square, straitlaced superheroes, hiding from his fans, and crushing on his unattainable boss until he meets the dork of his dreams. Silas Goolsby is a rowdy FX makeup creator with a loveless love life and a secret streak of geek who yearns for unlikely rescues and a truly creative partnership. Against their better judgment, they fall victim to chemistry, and what starts as infatuation quickly grows tender and terrifying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Idea!

  • By S. E. Errington on 08-06-14

Could've been good

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

Reviewed: 14-11-14

What did you like best about Bad Idea? What did you like least?

I liked the characters but by the chapter 5 I was put off by the history of the comics that seem to unravel and I just lost interest. Definitely a gem for gay comics aficionados.

Would you recommend Bad Idea to your friends? Why or why not?

No. Because I didn't enjoy it.

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

Charlie David is excellent as always.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Probably not as I didn't finish the book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hot Head

  • By: Damon Suede
  • Narrated by: Charlie David
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

Since 9/11, Brooklyn firefighter Griff Muir has wrestled with impossible feelings for his best friend and partner at Ladder 181, Dante Anastagio. Unfortunately, Dante is strictly a ladies’ man, and the FDNY isn’t exactly gay-friendly. For ten years, Griff has hidden his heart in a half-life of public heroics and private anguish. Griff’s caution and Dante’s cockiness make them an unbeatable team. To protect his buddy, there’s nothing Griff wouldn’t do… until a nearly bankrupt Dante proposes the worst possible solution: HotHead.com, a gay porn website where uniformed hunks get down and dirty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hot and heartwarming!

  • By Mel Rawlinson on 31-01-18

Worth listening a second time

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

Reviewed: 12-11-14

Would you listen to Hot Head again? Why?

Despite the slow start ( I actually returned this book some time ago, being too bored by the bar scene at the beginning) this is a book I would listen again. Just because it feels good.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This is a difficult one. Can't choose. Really can't. Please don't make me.

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

I may sound like many other readers but Charlie David really breathes life into the characters and transports your right there next to them.

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

There were quite a few moments that moved me in different ways but I suppose the Thanksgiving dinner is one of my favourites.

Any additional comments?

I wish there are more books available by Damon Suede.

  • Tell Me It's Real

  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Michael Lesley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

Do you believe in love at first sight? Paul Auster doesn't. Paul doesn't believe in much at all. He's thirty, slightly overweight, and his best features are his acerbic wit and the color commentary he provides as life passes him by. His closest friends are a two-legged dog named Wheels and a quasibipolar drag queen named Helena Handbasket. He works a dead-end job in a soul-sucking cubicle, and if his grandmother's homophobic parrot insults him one more time, Paul is going to wring its stupid neck.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh-out-loud funny, frustrating, heart-warming

  • By Andy on 19-08-14

An absolute must of the genre

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

Reviewed: 13-08-14

What did you like most about Tell Me It's Real?

The humour. The writing is absolutely laugh out loud hilarious.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I'm just reaching chapter 5 and so far is Paul.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Definitely impossible to choose one. There are so many.

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

Yes and no. I force myself to read it in small chunks just to make it last and enjoy it longer.

Any additional comments?

I will buy the kindle version as well, to support the author. "The Bear, Otter and the Kid" is already next in my wish list.
An absolutely brilliant narrator as well, really brings the characters to life.

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    Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
    22 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • Strong Enough

  • By: Cardeno C
  • Narrated by: Aaron Pickering
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Spencer is surprised when he's approached by the gorgeous construction worker he's admired from the safety of his office window. Acting spontaneously for the first time in his thirty-eight years, Spencer takes Emilio home. When the casual hookup turns into the potential for love, Spencer realizes that if he wants to build a life with Emilio, he'll need to be strong enough to slay his personal demons and learn to trust again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A lonely to happy tale by the HEA master CC

  • By Amazon Customer on 15-05-15

Pure pleasure

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

Reviewed: 14-05-14

Would you listen to Strong Enough again? Why?

Very seldom you get a good narrator and a good story. Very often a bad narrator ruins a good story or a good narrator has wasted time reading a boring story.
I'm just 6 chapters in but I'm gripped: the combination author - story - story teller is perfect.

What did you like best about this story?

Nicely defined characters.

What about Aaron Pickering’s performance did you like?

Flawless performance, shame there's only one more book on Audible read by Mr Pickering.

  • All She Wants

  • By: Jonathan Harvey
  • Narrated by: Leanne Best
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

What happens when the girl next door becomes ‘that girl off the telly.’ There are some things in life you can always rely on. Living in the shadow of your ‘perfect’ brother Joey, getting the flu over Christmas, and your Mother showing you up in the supermarket. Then there are some things you really don’t count on happening: a good dose of fame, getting completely trashed at an awards ceremony, and catching your fella doing something unmentionable on your wedding day.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gimme, Gimme, Gimme!

  • By Mr on 07-05-14

Only for the British public

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-12

I strongly recommend to listen to the sample provided before buying this book. Listening to it, you might think you're hearing Cheryl Cole. If you like Cheryl, it's ok. If not, look for something else or buy the paperback.
The very thick accent of the narrator combined with heavy-drinking jokes that can only be understand by a British born and bred public, make this listening approachable only to a very exclusive audience.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Shadowlands

  • By: Charlie David
  • Narrated by: Charlie David
  • Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Shadowlands is a collection of heartfelt and sometimes heartbreaking short stories, from well-known actor and entrepreneur Charlie David, that explore the passion and pain of gay sexuality. Ancient myths are re-imagined with an exciting queer twist, masterfully depicting the charged, fragile relationships of urban life today.Story genres in this collection include romance, science fiction, fantasy/paranormal, horror, and poetry.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disapointing

  • By Marius F. on 10-06-11

Disapointing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-11

Couldn't go through all the stories but the first ones are in general morose, dark and depressing, dead lovers all over the place, deeply depressed surviving lovers on brink of suicide. If you're looking for some fun, gay literature look for something else.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful