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  • The Alpha King

  • By: Victoria Sue
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

The Kingdom of Askara has been torn apart by conflict for centuries, where humans exist as subservient beings to their werewolf masters. Legend says it will only be able to heal itself when an Alpha King and a pure omega are mated and crowned together, but a pure omega hasn't been born in over a thousand years. Luca is an Alpha-heir eagerly awaiting the choosing ceremony on his 25th birthday and the gifts granted by whichever omega he mates.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a great to listen to

  • By Jackie Thorogood on 02-07-17

Much better than expected!

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

Reviewed: 17-03-19

The summary of the book itself read like a dream, a combination of all my guilty pleasures. I really wanted to listen but admit I was hesitant to buy as Joel Leslie narrated the story. I'd only heard one of his narrations (Hidden In darkness) and hated it unfortunately, with the main characters sounding so fake and forced, like the main male leads from Everyone Loves Raymond. So I went into his dubious but Joel Leslie is AMAZING here! The main characters have beautiful voices and every single sub character has their own individual accent or tone that helps you identify them, give them their own character. He even differentiates between regions so you instantly know the different dialects and that is such a skilful thing to do. I would even say the way he works this piece is one of the most varied and talented reads I've ever listened to (and I've listen to a lot). Maybe Hidden in Darkness was just a bad day for him or maybe I just didn't gel with it but his read of this story, Alpha King is astounding and so beautiful I cannot fault him. Will definitely try his other reads.
As for the story itself, it was everything I loved in a shifter story. Wolves, mates, omegas, alphas, a strong omega that stands against adversity without being obnoxious or overpowering. Luca and Kit were beautifully real and flawed and sweet and I loved every second of this story. Kudos to the author and to Joel Leslie they made an excellent team and if you like shifter/omega stories you must listen to this.

  • Personal Entanglement

  • Thorne and Dash, Book 2
  • By: Silvia Violet
  • Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Several months ago, Thorne hired Riley as an escort. They fell hard for each other and ultimately made their relationship personal rather than professional. Every moment they spend in bed is pure bliss, but good sex can't solve all their problems as they struggle to make things work between them. Thorne convinces Riley to move in with him, but their differences in age and income weigh more heavily on Riley once they share a home.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Consider this an extended epilogue...

  • By HyperLittleNori on 12-03-19

Consider this an extended epilogue...

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

Reviewed: 12-03-19

Consider this an extended epilogue to the first book.Greg did an amazing job as always and the story was good but don't come into it expecting new twists or turns. It reads like an epilogue to the first, which is good as there was so much more I wanted to see from these two and their new relationship. I loved the domesticity and the getting used to being a couple rather than two very headstrong independent men. It was everything I'd hoped for to finish off the first story. And did I say Greg was amazing? Yes. He hits the nail on the head as always.

  • Professional Distance

  • Thorne and Dash, Book 1
  • By: Silvia Violet
  • Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Thornwell Shipton is wealthy, uptight, closeted, and an incurable workaholic. A tragic love affair left him terrified of relationships, so he tells himself sex is better scheduled and paid for. Riley Dashwood is young, easy-going, and comfortable in his own skin. He's a passionate baker and an aspiring chef, working as an escort to save up for culinary school. When Thorne hires Dash, it's lust at first sight. After a few scorching nights together, both men start to wonder if what's between them is more than physical.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant

  • By Ross on 06-01-17

A character driven masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 06-03-19

I loved this story so much. It's a story that's all about the characters really and that's what I love best. Both are real and have their own flaws and positive points and you instantly get a connection for both. The way their relationship blooms is so subtle and beautiful (and steamy). Greg of course reads wonderfully and I heartily recommend anything he reads.

  • Hotline

  • Murmur Inc.
  • By: Quinn Anderson
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 8

Zack never intended to become a phone sex operator, but with half a college degree and a smart mouth, his options were limited. It helps that he has a knack for thinking on his feet and a willingness to roll with whatever his clients throw at him. Sure, he gets his fair share of creeps and unconventional requests, but it pays the bills, and he's in no danger of breaking his one rule: never fall for a client. Until a man named "John" starts calling, and Zack finds himself interested in more than a paycheck.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • honest review

  • By HyperLittleNori on 30-12-18

honest review

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

Reviewed: 30-12-18

First off, I love Russo. He could read the dictionary and get me engrossed. Always brings characters to life with a lovely reading voice. I am new to the author though and while I was a tiny bit disappointed with this I would definitely read another of theirs. The story has a lovely easy going pace with an air of domesticity and everyday life that I liked. Very refreshing. It was fun and easy to listen to particularly with this narrator. Where I think it lacked was that we had this slow build, which again I like and probably the dramatic or intriguing portions of the characters only really got introduced in the last hour? It ended up feeling like a very top heavy story. If there had been another hour or two with us seeing the characters developed more, like some sort of conclusion or even a hint of one with Zach's parents or a little glimpse of John's background it would have balanced out better. As it was you are left sort of like you've been built up for some interesting development and it ends? So yes, very top heavy story but a lovely easy read/listen and I will listen again and look for more of the author. Also needs to be said again, Nick J Russo - always recommend.

  • Sweetwater

  • By: Lisa Henry
  • Narrated by: Dorian Bane
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Elijah Carter is afflicted. Most of the townsfolk of South Pass City treat him as a simpleton because he's deaf, but that's not his only problem. Something in Elijah runs contrary to nature and to God. Something that Elijah desperately tries to keep hidden. Harlan Crane, owner of the Empire saloon, knows Elijah for what he is - and for all the ungodly things he wants. But Crane isn't the only one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A beautiful story of finding strength...

  • By HyperLittleNori on 03-11-18

A beautiful story of finding strength...

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

A beautiful story of finding strength and rising up after being beaten down after so long. Lisa is one of my favourite authors and this does not disappoint. She writes angst/heartache with such stunning accuracy that draws you in, yet what makes her my favourite is that she always delivers on the ending. It's always worth it and you never feel cheated, you always get what you need to feel satisfied, to make the heartache worthwhile for us and the characters she inevitably makes you fall in love with.

The way she showcased the world and the time were just immaculate. She didn't paint a rose-tinted picture of the west like many authors do, she didn't shy away from the difficult opinions, views and actions people of this time possessed. She didn't sugar coat it which I liked. She kept the gritty, even with the characters you liked, which made them so much more real. It gripped me from start to finish and even though Grady and Elijah don't interact much for the first half of the book, the world building, and the building of Elijah's character and Dr Carter's the whole world was so engaging I honestly didn't care. Yeah I longed for the moments when they came together but that's just what a good author does. My heart swooped with Elijah's when it did, and plummeted at the 'bad' parts in all the right ways. Just a stunning story from beginning to end that I actually looked forward to getting into my car and starting the commute to listen to more to.

The narrator did an amazing job. It must've been hard to decide how to read for a deaf character but I think he did it well, portraying how sometimes Elijah would be more coherent than others, it just made sense, since he wasn't deaf from the start. The characters all had their own voice, I really loved his take on Grady's in particular. And his voice of Crane's had the ability to make you loathe the character before he'd even really done anything. Was just perfection. His tone and accent really brought the feel of the story to life and couldn't recommend his read of this story more. 5 stars!

  • Kill Game

  • Seven of Spades, Volume 1
  • By: Cordelia Kingsbridge
  • Narrated by: Wyatt Baker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Homicide detective Levi Abrams is barely holding his life together. He’s reeling from the fallout of a fatal shooting, and his relationship with his boyfriend is crumbling. The last thing he’s prepared for is a serial killer stalking the streets of Las Vegas. Or how he keeps getting thrown into the path of annoyingly charming bounty hunter Dominic Russo. Dominic likes his life free of complications. That means no tangling with cops—especially prickly, uptight detectives. But when he stumbles across one of the Seven of Spades’s horrifying crime scenes, he can’t let go, despite Levi’s warnings to stay away. The Seven of Spades is ruthless and always two moves ahead. Worst of all, they’ve taken a dangerously personal interest in Levi and Dominic. Forced to trust each other, the two men race to discover the killer’s identity, revealing hidden truths along the way and sparking a bond neither man expected. But that may not be enough to protect them. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the story, shame about the narrator....

  • By BevS on 27-05-18

The perfect blend of mystery and emotion

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

Reviewed: 28-09-18

The perfect blend of mystery and emotion. Cordelia has outdone herself again. I have waited a long time to be able to read/listen to this as I haven't been able to afford it for a while. It was worth the wait. As ever, the author weaves a delightful story that perfectly balances the personal lives/relationship of the two main characters and the thriller/mystery genre. It's not just a trashy romance novel (which don't get me wrong, I love as well) this is a real story and I'm so excited that I still have the rest of the books to come. The two main characters both have their own flaws which make them seem more real and their relationship I feel begins very naturally. Such an engaging read I was gripped right from the start and I came to the end with a sense of dismay.

Really hope the narrator records the other books as Wyatt Baker really expressed the emotions of all the characters so well. I really felt drawn into the story and Cordelia's world by him and would love to hear more as it makes the books so accessible to me.

Definitely recommend if you're looking for a well-developed story, engaging characters and that something a bit different.

  • When All the World Sleeps

  • By: Lisa Henry, J.A. Rock
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Daniel Whitlock is terrified of going to sleep. And rightly so; he sleepwalks, with no awareness or memory of his actions. Including burning down Kenny Cooper's house - with Kenny inside it - after Kenny brutally beat him for being gay. Back in the tiny town of Logan after serving his prison sentence, Daniel isolates himself in a cabin in the woods and chains himself to his bed at night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the most exquisite stories I've listened to

  • By HyperLittleNori on 28-09-18

One of the most exquisite stories I've listened to

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

Reviewed: 28-09-18

THE STORY: The characters were beautifully flawed and all the more realistic and engaging for it. They were real people that you couldn't help but become involved with. I felt for both of the main characters and found myself falling in love with them both. I've been a fan of Henry's for a long time but her co-author is equally as good. Together they weave a slightly disturbing tale that grips you right from the start. The world building with the town is palpable, you really feel you are there and empathise with every character. Daniel is capable of dangerous things when he sleep walks, the way both authors write his dreamlike state, his nightmares and even the moments when he realises or wonders what he has done when he wakes is eerie. I was gripped from beginning to end and the ending I felt was just perfection. I will definitely read again and again. Cannot recommend enough.

THE NARRATOR: I felt the narrator was so professional. He had the most beautiful, soft, engaging reading voice for the prose, really set the mood in the more eerie scenes, the romantic scenes and the soft quiet moments. Just perfection. He handled the accents very well, very tastefully I feel and they were not at all overpowering. He gave each character their own voice and I immediately just felt drawn into the world by him. Will certainly look at other things he has narrated.

  • Axel's Pup

  • By: Kim Dare
  • Narrated by: Chris Clog
  • Length: 20 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

As the landlord of The Dragon's Lair and leader of The Black Dragons Motorcycle Club, Axel Carmichael has seen it all and done it all. He's a respected and experienced dom. Nothing shocks him anymore, and nobody catches him off guard. When Bayden rides up to The Dragon's Lair on a bike worth more than most men earn in a year, and immediately demonstrates that he has far more attitude than sense, it's easy for Axel to write him off as a silly little rich boy who's about to get himself killed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great performance!

  • By Loulou on 10-02-19

My favourite in the genre by far!!!

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

Reviewed: 28-04-17

If you could sum up Axel's Pup in three words, what would they be?

I loved the book itself by Kim Dare, the characters are so perfectly flawed and engrossing and enthralling and the world the author builds grips you from the start, instantly making you want to learn more. The story isn't broken with it either, you find out pieces of the world as you go so naturally and i love both the main characters. Hope there is a sequel one day!!! The reader really brings them to life, the accents are spot on and so stunning you almost think they're two different people reading. I couldn't fault his voice for this book, i was tentative to listen because i loved the book so much but he really did it justice! This story knocks any others even remotely similar out of the park, the perfect mix of steamy scenes, storyline and intimacy between two men without making either of them effeminate or weak or any of the other cliches that some less talented authors do. Just perfect. All of it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Probably Axel, he's just the perfect top/Dom (whatever you want to call it). He's rough without being a total arse you can't relate to and the voicing was just spot on for him. Loved immensely! The reader gave me chills in some of his parts.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Probably just after the 'punishment'. Where they really connect and realise all that's important.

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

Same as above, i think that's why i liked it.