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  • Beautiful

  • By: Mark Roeder
  • Narrated by: Joe DiNozzi
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Cory is the golden boy. He lives a charmed existence. That is until a disturbing revelation and an accident drastically alters his life. Suddenly, he is no longer sure if his friends and teammates will remain true or turn on him if they discover his secrets.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Sequel to Ugly

  • By Drew on 13-02-19

The Sequel to Ugly

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

Reviewed: 13-02-19

I have read all of Mark Roeder’s GYC books and I have enjoyed almost all of them, this one included. It’s a direct sequel to a previous book in the series called Ugly and while you can listen to this one on it’s own, you’ll get a lot more out of it if you listen to the first one.

This story (as well as ugly) takes place before, during and after the events of The Soccer Field Is Empty, one of Mark Roeder’s best books in my opinion, but the two main characters of Ugly and Beautiful are not in Soccer Field, so while you don’t have to listen to it to have the story make sense, you will get a better feel for all the characters and the town of Verona if you do so.

Another thing that I was really happy about was that Mark used the same narrator, Joe DiNozzi, for this story as with Ugly. I like this because it gives you a good sense of continuity.

I enjoyed the story and while it wasn’t one of my favourites in the GYC I was still very happy to buy it on audio.

  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

  • By: Becky Albertalli
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 672
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, read by Michael Crouch. Straight people should have to come out too. And the more awkward it is, the better. Simon Spier is 16 and trying to work out who he is - and what he's looking for. But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls into the wrong hands, things get all kinds of complicated. Because for Simon, falling for Blue is a big deal.... It's a holy freaking huge awesome deal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simon vs the homosapien agenda

  • By Linda on 18-01-18

Different From The Film

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

Reviewed: 13-02-19

When a good story is read by a good narrator it takes the joy of listening to a book to another level. I first listened to this book just before going to the cinema to see the film when it was released. Usually a film is a let down compared to the book, but this one wasn’t. But hey, that’s a whole other review.

The story was as easy to follow as it was so well written and narrated. There were plenty of laugh out loud moments, and quite a few chuckles thrown in for good measure.

I thought that the narrator Michael Crouch did a wonderful job, he had the perfect voice for the story, and that to me was the reason I gave this review five stars.

This is definately a book that you can listen to more than once. I've heard it twice and I suspect I'll be happy to hear it again at some point in the future.

  • Breaking Out

  • By: Angharad Jones
  • Narrated by: Alex Alvarez
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

Thanks to Paul Sturgess, his long-time family friend and benefactor, Mike Sloan has lived a comfortable existence during college as a record-breaking swimmer. He's looking forward to finishing his senior year, followed by graduate school, then a high-powered career. That's what he thinks anyway, before he meets Hank Schechter, the awkward, shy, new-transfer student swimmer. Mike senses a sensitivity to the withdrawn young man, and makes it his personal goal to bring Hank into the fold.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I have mixed feelings about this story.

  • By Lily G Blunt on 31-01-18

Different, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

If you like your books on a level and with a basic story line of boy meets boy, then this is not the book for you.

I have to admit, that it took me a while to get into the book. Although it is well written and expertly narrated, I found it a bit difficult to like any of the main characters for the first part of the book.

The story bounces around the relationships between Mike and Paul, Mike and Hank, Mike and Rachel, Hank and I’m sorry I forgot her name. For the most part the narrative works well, but there were little inconsistencies in the story that bugged me at times.

The thing is, I actually found myself getting more into the story as it went on. I found myself wanting to see how the relationships between the characters would pan out and if we would get a sense of closure.

I think the main thing for me was the way the narrator bought the characters to life, his voices were great, especially for Hank, the awkward loner guy who we find out has Aspergers.

All in all, I may not be able to give this book a five star review, however, I did end up really enjoying it. I would reconmend this book to anyone who likes a M/M book, but doesn’t mind a bit of M/F as well.

I was given this review book for a honest appraisal

  • Do You Know That I Love You

  • By: Mark A. Roeder
  • Narrated by: Dominic Carlos
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

The lead singer of the most popular boy band in the world has a secret. A tabloid willing to tell all turns his world upside down. In Do You Know That I Love You, Ralph, a young gay teen living on a farm in Indiana, has an aching crush on a rock star and wants nothing more than to see his idol in concert. Meanwhile, Jordan, the rock star, is lonely and sometimes confused with his success, because all he wants is someone to love him and feels he will never find the love he craves. Do You Know is the story of two teenage boys, their lives, desires, loves, and a shared destiny that allows them both to find peace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A lovely story well worth your time

  • By Drew on 03-05-18

A lovely story well worth your time

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

So, I've been a fan of Mark A Roeder's work for quite some time now and it all started with this book. I picked it out at random following link in the Kindle store. I am so glad that I did, since reading it opened up a whole world of characters and stories that I've really enjoyed.

Cards on the table, I wasn't sure about getting this book on audio as it really has been one of my favourite reads over the years and while I have nearly all the books on audio in the series, I have not enjoyed some of them as much as I could have, as the narrator hasn't been that good.

Thankfully that has not the case with this story, Dominic Carlos has done a great job in bringing this book to life.

If you have not read or listened to any of Mark A Roeder's books then it doesn't matter too much with this story as it's only the last part of the story that brings in characters that we've met before.

I would definately recommend you give this story a go

  • Good Bones

  • The Bones Series, Book 1
  • By: Kim Fielding
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Skinny, quiet hipster Dylan Warner was the kind of guy other men barely glanced at until an evening's indiscretion with a handsome stranger turned him into a werewolf. Now, despite a slightly hairy handicap, he just wants to live an ordinary - if lonely - life as an architect. He tries to keep his wild impulses in check, but after one too many close calls, Dylan gives up his urban life and moves to the country, where he will be less likely to harm someone else.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous!

  • By Lily G Blunt on 03-12-15

I love a well written werewolf story

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

Reviewed: 29-04-17

If you could sum up Good Bones in three words, what would they be?

Interesting and engaging

What about Nick J. Russo’s performance did you like?

Nick j Russo is one of my favourite narrators and I came to this story while searching for his other works. He has a great story telling voice and gives the characters he's voicing very clear and differing tones to their voices.

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

I could have done, but I generally listen to audio books on my commute to and from work, so I listened to this story over the course of a week. That said, I found myself sitting in the car park at work listening until the end of a chapter.

Any additional comments?

It was a great story and had two main characters that I grew to love. I have seen on Amazon that there are other books in this series available, I hope they come out in audio book form and that the author uses Nick to narrate again. I hate it when authors use different narrators for continuing books, because when you hear characters you've gotten to know using different voices it spoils the continuity and then overall enjoyment of the book.

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  • Winter Oranges

  • By: Marie Sexton
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Jason Walker is a child star turned teen heartthrob turned reluctant B-movie regular who's sick of his failing career. So he gives up Hollywood for northern Idaho, far away from the press, the drama of LA, and the best friend he's secretly been in love with for years. There's only one problem with his new life: a strange young man only he can see is haunting his guesthouse. Except Benjamin Ward isn't a ghost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • heartbreakingly angsty, I loved it!

  • By Mary on 10-12-18

A beautiful story

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

Reviewed: 29-04-17

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

The story was so endearing, There were some great laugh out loud moments and a few times I had tears of sadness or joy in my eyes

What was one of the most memorable moments of Winter Oranges?

When Ben wanted to know who shot J.R.

Have you listened to any of Nick J. Russo’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I bought the book because Nick J. Russo was the narrator. I've heard a couple of his other performances and I have to say that he is very good. A narrator can bring a book to life in so many ways, but a bad narrator can kill a story. Nick is the former. I'm sure I'd have enjoyed the story if I'd had read it in book form myself, but Nick gave his reading so much gusto I couldn't press stop on the player.

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

Yes, but I don't want to give any spoilers

Any additional comments?

This was such a great story and so well narrated. As I have said, I was looking for books narrated by Nick J Russo when I found this story. I am now currently listening to Marie Sexton's Trailer Trash and I am sure that I will be checking more of her audio books out in the future.

  • A Triumph of Will

  • By: Mark A. Roeder
  • Narrated by: Andrew Hornick
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

WWII. 1942. Will's brother is fighting the war in the Pacific, but Will is forced to remain behind. Will takes his brother's place in the academic world of Indiana University, where he meets two students and two soon-to-be-legendary men who will change his life forever. Will thought he was the only boy attracted to other males, but when he sneaks into Professor Kinsey's marriage course he realizes his mistake. Will meets Ben, who he suspects is not unlike himself.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating story. Shame about the narration

  • By Drew on 13-12-16

A fascinating story. Shame about the narration

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

Reviewed: 13-12-16

Any additional comments?

I am a big fan of Mark A Roeder’s novels and have bought all of them on my Kindle and all the ones that have come out in audio book form too.

There have been some stories that I have liked less than others, but in the main I enjoy each and every one of his books.

The great thing about listening to audio books for me is that they really help eat up the miles on a long car journey and help time pass more enjoyably when stuck in traffic.

The problem I had with this book is not the story. In fact I really enjoyed it when I read it. My issue is with the narration. It was awful. Really, really awful. The long monotone just went on and on, I don’t think the narrator had ever encountered a comma or full stop before. There was no variation in the tone of his voice between the narration of the story to the characters speaking with each other.

It was so bad that I have been unable to listen to the book while driving as I feared it may put me to sleep.

I don’t know how writers go about auditioning for performers of their books, nor how much creative input that they have with the audio book, but I would imagine that it would be quite a lot. If I were Mark I’d make more careful selections of narrators of his books as if this had been my first listen to one of his books I wouldn’t be inclined to try any others.

If I wasn’t such a fan of the author I would have asked Audible for a refund.

  • Something Like Lightning

  • Something Like..., Book 5
  • By: Jay Bell
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Kelly Phillips has been out and proud since he was a young teenager, and thanks to the gay youth group he frequents, he's never been short on friends or lovers. But when you have almost everything, it's hard not to focus on what's just out of reach: a best friend who would be Mr. Right if he wasn't already Mr. Straight. Or that handsome athlete at school who would be easier to wrangle if not for his angel wings. And then there's the guy who might be a perfect fit, maybe even a soul mate...if only he wasn't convinced he didn't need anyone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • not as good as the first 4 in series

  • By alex on 12-11-15

Well written. Expertly Narrated

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

Reviewed: 11-12-15

Okay, cards on the table, I have loved the first four Something Like books.

I like how they tell an organic story of people as they grow and deal with the world around them. Most of all though I like stories with characters that are well rounded and that I can if not exactly relate to, certainly ones that I can sympathise with.

Kelly Phillips is not that character. When we first meet him in Something Like Spring, we see him as someone who is in the way of the happiness of the books main character. We're not supposed to like him. The fact that he is snide and waspish doesn't help endear us to him.

When I found out that Something Like Lightning was about him I groaned, as it's hard to give time to a main character in a book that I dislike. In fact, it took probably the first quarter of the book for me to get into the story at all, and most of the main reason I stuck around was because I hoped that there would be some cameos from characters that we had got to know in previous books.

Well, that's not entirely true. You see, even though I really did not like Kelly, the story was so well written and so well read, I found myself actually enjoying it.

No, Kelly did not endear himself to me, I still don't like him. However, I did care about what was happening to those around him and ultimately found myself wanting things to work out well for him.

So, out of the Something Like series this has been my least favourite, but I am still glad that I stuck with it as I can think of few places (fictionally speaking) that I would rather be right now than Jay Bell's world.

If you've happened by this book then do yourself a favour and start at the beginning with Something Like Summer and enjoy some quality fiction as you go through each story. Make your own mind up about characters who you like and dislike.

  • Something Like Autumn

  • Something Like..., Book 3
  • By: Jay Bell
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

For some, love seems an impossible dream. Growing up gay in small-town Missouri, Jace Holden thought his chance would never come. When he meets Victor - a wild soul and fellow outsider - his chances of finding love go from bleak to a very uncertain, maybe. Bracing his heart, Jace chases after his desire, hoping for a warm hand to hold his tight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something like jase

  • By Stuart on 19-12-18

Feels like full circle

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

Reviewed: 11-09-15

What about Kevin R. Free’s performance did you like?

He tells the story well. However, some of the voices he uses for the characters do not seem to fit. For example, he reads Tim like a simpleton dimwit and you know when a character is a nasty piece of work because their voices are uber camp and waspish.

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

Yes. Clear your diary, you wont want to miss a moment of this story.

Any additional comments?

This story is much more than just another look at the events from "Something Like Summer". In fact they are just covered in the final third part of this book.

In this story we meet a young Jace about to make a life changing decision and then watch him grow up to be the man that we (and Ben) fall in love with.

However, for me the best thing about this story is that we see the real Jace and not the perfect person who everyone who meets him seems to think he is. He is flawed and he has doubts and he is human.

Team Tim or Team Jace? I couldn't choose.

All I know is that you need a box of tissues handy as by the end your eyes will not be dry

  • Something Like Winter

  • Something Like..., Book 2
  • By: Jay Bell
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

There are two sides to every story. When you're Tim Wyman, sometimes there are three. Tim hoped moving to Texas would mean a new beginning, but he soon finds himself falling into the same tired patterns. Until he meets recklessly brave Benjamin Bentley, who introduces Tim to a world of love, sex, and warmth. Certain that society won't understand what he and Ben have together, Tim struggles to protect their relationship, even if it means twisting the truth. Buried beneath his own deceptions, Tim must claw his way to the surface in the hopes of learning to fly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something Like...Awesome!

  • By S. E. Errington on 12-01-17

More than just a different POV story

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

Reviewed: 06-09-15

Any additional comments?

Everyone deserves a second chance, but due to choices or circumstances a lot of people don’t get that opportunity.

We all make mistakes and Tim, throughout his teen years made quite a few. In this story we see his point of view and the motivation behind his actions.

This story is so well written and has characters that have managed to get under my skin in a way that very few fictional characters do.