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Absolution

The Protectors, Book 1
Narrated by: Joel Leslie
Series: The Protectors (Kennedy), Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (68 ratings)

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Summary

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.

The only thing keeping ex-cop Mace Calhoun from eating his own gun after an unthinkable loss is his role in an underground syndicate that seeks to get justice for the innocent by taking the lives of the guilty. Ending the life of the young artist who committed unspeakable crimes against the most vulnerable of victims should have been the easiest thing in the world. So why can't he bring himself to pull the trigger?

After years of fighting in an endless, soul-sucking war, Navy SEAL Cole Bridgerton has come home to fight another battle - dealing with the discovery that the younger sister who ran away from home eight years earlier is lost to him forever. He needs answers and the only person who can give them to him is a young man struggling to put his life back together. But he never expected to feel something more for the haunted artist.

Cole and Mace. One lives by the rules, the other makes his own. One seeks justice through the law while the other seeks it with his gun. Two men, one light, one dark, will find themselves and each other when they're forced to stand side by side to protect Jonas from an unseen evil that will stop at nothing to silence the young artist forever.

But each man's scars run deep and even the strength of three may not be enough to save them.

Note: Contains m/m/m scenes and is intended for mature audiences.

©2016 Sloane Kennedy (P)2016 Sloane Kennedy

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Great story, great performance

What made the experience of listening to Absolution the most enjoyable?

I'd already read the book but when I saw that this was available on audio I couldn't resist. I'd really enjoyed the book, but as an audio addict I knew I'd enjoy having it narrated to me as I commute to and from work.

Having the characters brought to life by audio doubled my enjoyment of what is already a wonderful story.

What did you like best about this story?

I love the characters - they're all messed up in their own way but together they make sense.

Which character – as performed by Joel Leslie – was your favourite?

Mace. Oh God, that voice sent shivers through me. So perfect.

I've searched out and purchased another audio by him I loved his performance that much. The only other narrator I did that for was Sean Crisden and that opened up a load of doors to author's I'd not read before so I hope this does the same!

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

I wish that I could - no time for that sort of luxury - but I found I couldn't wait for my next trip in the car so I could listen for 45 minutes or so.

Any additional comments?

Buy this book!

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Love Sloane Kennedy books

Where does Absolution rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It has to be up in single figures. I really enjoyed the whole book, I've read and listen too.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Absolution?

Sloane Kennedy books, grab you, I cried laugh, feel like I've been in the spinner. How can I pick memorable moments? This was a entertaining, enjoyable book.

What about Joel Leslie’s performance did you like?

Joel Leslie is a true star with outstanding understanding of the characters, truly a outstanding Narrared

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

I couldn't do this book in one sitting. Because it's very emotional. But if I really have to, yes I could.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend wonderful written, by an azaming author. Listening to this was breathtaking.

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fabulous

I think this was my first book by this author and my first MMM book. Loved the suspense part of the story. Great character development. Loved all 3 of them together. I have since gone and read most of her books but still reread this one and I would relisten to it again now as well. I enjoyed that they are all broken in some way but not so over the top like in all this author's later books in this series. Audio was great - enjoyed this narrator.

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Entertaining and Diverting

I loved this story. The building relationships between Jonas, Mace and Cole is well developed. Their past haunts all of them and this pulls them together. The only thing I wasn't sure about was the speed they fell in love, but as the story went on I felt it worked well.

For me the amazing narration by Joel Leslie really pulled me into the various emotions that Jonas, Mace and Cole go through and raised it to 5 stars.

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Raw, emotive, powerful

I've loved Sloane's stories for ages and this one is a great series opener. such honesty and raw emotion is packed into this story. I liked the idea of a beyond the law group who seeks justice and as you can expect there is darkness and danger outside the law. this story is confronting and powerful but you can't really deny that this lust to love trio opens their hearts to love healing each of their wounds 💖 Great performance by Joel. I love his voice 😍

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Absolution

Fantastic start to the series narration only added to the overall enjoyment of the story.

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as good as the ebook

The story is always full stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook. I can't listen to an audiobook without knowing the book, that's not possible for me. The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. It took me a little bit, to come into the narrator, but at the end, it worked. I only have to take a few breaks between. I'm just not yet finish with the book, I’m over the half, but I listen enough to give a review. PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!! To my ratings: 5* - very very good it's like an A+ 4* - very good and will be often re-listening it's like an A 3* - it's more then a one-time-listening. it's like a B

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Jonas, Mase and Cole

Wow these 3 men had been through the ringer before knowing each other. The heartbreakingly sweet book that brings these 3 men together is beautifully done. Perfect narration

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a bit quick and easy

I loved this story but I was sometimes surprised by the pacing. Not much mystery or thrills. Nice characters. Flawless narration.

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outstanding narration of an outstanding book!

OH MY GOD!!!

This book is AMAZING!!!! Not least because of the amazing, totally amazing narration by Joel Leslie!

This book is written in the first person, from all three guys point of view. I didn't know that going in, and it threw me somewhat at first, but by god the man has some skill!! Three voices throughout the whole book, changing with each chapter, and character.

The story itself is quite dark, gritty and carries some triggers, but Sloane Kennedy pulls this first in the series beautifully!

I have book two to listen to next. I hope to work my way through the whole series in audio because I don't like to READ first person, multi point of view books, but I cannot, simply CANNOT fault the narration of this book!

5 star book
with 5 star narration!

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  • 🎧 Cyndi Marie 🎧
  • 08-12-16

Pleasant Surprise!!

I bought this book because it was a whispersync deal and I liked the cover. I never even read the synopsis so I had no idea it was a M/M/M romance. I have read a few M/M but usually dnf and up until this book there was only 1 I had finished and loved. There are just certain things I don't like in m/m romance and I've found that most of them have all of those things but this one did not! I listened to this one straight through! I enjoyed the characters, all 3 of them were so different and I loved that. I think it made their attraction to each other seem so easy and natural (I mean natural like it couldn't be any other way, it just made perfect sense and it was there from the very first time they met). The only downfall for me was the insta-love. I absolutely felt the pull between them, I felt the attraction and I felt like I could see them falling in love one day but.... the first week. I can not wrap my head around being in love when you barely know each other and that was what was happening here. If the story would have been a little longer with a little more time for scenes that helped show the progression of their relationship I think it might have been a 5 star read for me. The story was action packed with lots of baggage and lots of sexy scenes. I can't wait to check out book 2!

The narrator does a great job doing all 3 voices so different that I never once was confused about who was talking and that isn't easy for me normally with single narrated audiobook! I didn't think his voice was perfect for the characters but that's just casting.

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  • Tammy
  • 26-10-16

The narration is as intense as the story.

What made the experience of listening to Absolution the most enjoyable?

The narrators ability to take on many different characters, and give each one their own distinct personality.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Absolution?

When Jonas finally, fully opens up to Cole and Mace. Emotionally, physically, mentally... he lets down every barrier and truly lets them love him.

What about Joel Leslie’s performance did you like?

Is that a trick question? Everything! I will say that he's an Auto-buy for me i enjoy his talent just that much. For this book particularly he was able to take 2 strong, overbearing, alpha male types and stay true to their character while not overloading the voicing with testosterone. It really worked, which was also my favorite aspect of the storyline.

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

I just really enjoyed it. So much so that I'll probably listen to it over and over again.

Any additional comments?

This is a new Author to me, I've not read any of her books. As I said, I get everything Joel Leslie narrates because I enjoy his talent so much. It was amazing to listen to how he brought Kennedy's story to life. There are two alpha males in this threesome, but for whatever reason, it works. I love that Kennedy found a way to write these characters, Cole and Mace, and Leslie was able to convey that in the voicing that stayed true to their personality and characterization. Each man wants to be in charge, but for different reasons. Each man brings something different and valuable to the relationship and they when to bend, so it flows well. I'll definitely be looking for more books by this Author, highly recommend this lovely listen.

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  • Morgan A Skye
  • 03-09-16

Hooked on this series!

Oh man this was good! I’m not usually one for dramatic suspense but this one had me HOOKED! I obviously knew Mace won’t end up killing Jonas, but the reason why wasn’t apparent for a good long while and in the meantime I kept worrying for our boys!

I loved the way all three members of this triad were equal and that virtually nothing happened without the other there. This is a true equal relationship where they all fell in love together at the same time. It’s remarkably well done.

The angst is painful and hard to read. I think Mace’s story hit me the hardest. As a parent there is NOTHING as hard to live through (or imagine) than the death of a child and Mace’s guilt in this is gut wrenching.

I appreciated the imperfect way that things ended for our guys. I liked the work around the author gave us for solving some of the trickier problems, and the way that some issues just can’t be readily fixed.

Cole’s father and his situation was a nice side story as was the leading in to the next story with Ronan. I’m already hooked and his story hasn’t even started yet! (But you can bet I’m reading it next!)

This was a wonderful book – sweet, sexy, tense, dramatic, romantic, suspenseful and sappy. Just perfect!

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Joel Leslie gave us another outstanding performance. He manages to differentiate the MCs and the other guys in Mace’s group. (I love, love, loved Mav’s voice!) He does a good job with the female characters and the children as well. He has a great sense of timing and emotion and moves the story along at a good pace, too. He definitely added to the overall enjoyment of this story.

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  • Evie W
  • 25-08-16

A definite hit

This was my first Audible experience and I must say it was amazing. I had already read Absolution but was offered the chance to listen and review for free. Can't pass up on that :)
Being able to hear the voices gives another level of meaning to the story. You can just feel it more. I was not disappointed and will definitely do more audio in the future.

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  • Ezinwanyi
  • 31-12-16

One of the best Trio love stories ever

This book ranks as my second favorite polyamory (menage) story behind Bound by Law by S.E. Jakes. It was one of the most angst filled books I’ve ever read and I loved it! I enjoyed the narration, but I was the only one in our group read that liked the narrator. I found him easy to listen to and was able to follow the various voices quite easily,

Mace Calhoun was a hired mercenary with an assignment to take out Jonas Davenport, a gay pedophile who supposedly used his art to lure young artists and molest them. In the course of his surveillance, Mace began having doubts about Jonas’ culpability, so Mace began insinuating himself into Jonas’ life for more tangible proof of his crimes against little boys. Mace learned that Jonas was still recovering from the murder of his roommate, which he was an eyewitness too. Soon Mace and Jonas became attracted to each other. Just as their attraction was peaking, Mace’s plan was discovered by an ex-navy seal Cole Bridgerton, who was the older brother of Jonas’ murdered roommate.

When it was revealed that someone was after Jonas, Mace & Cole teamed up to protect Jonas and that’s when the three of them came to rely on each other. The three men had such baggage and were so emotionally damaged. It was a group of drowning men barely holding to each other to keep from drowning. It was an emotion plot, and I felt for all three equally. I really applaud this author for not making one character “more” important in the trio. Despite having different needs, I felt like Mace, Cole and Jonas were equally important members of their triad. Each person had chemistry with the other so any two of the trio could have been a hot couple. The author balanced them really well and thus I never saw them as anything but a threesome.

I wish the rest were available in audio because I would have gone right into the next book. It appears that there are at least 2 more books in this series so I am planning to read them as soon as I can.

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  • Beach Bum Books
  • 07-09-16

A good book, an outstanding voice performance

What made the experience of listening to Absolution the most enjoyable?

The unique voices, along with expert delivery and pacing, made this audiobook a cut above others I've listened to in this genre. The narrator's interpretation and rendition of dialog and narrative passages was riveting and made this story hard to put down.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Absolution?

At the point where the three main characters came to a realization their fates were aligned in totally unexpected ways was the high point of this novel. What followed from that was engrossing, immensely sensual, and had me completely invested in them as a unit rather than as individuals.

Which character – as performed by Joel Leslie – was your favorite?

I can't honestly pick one character above another, yet Mace's revelation about his past was especially gut-wrenching, yet, in truth, each man tread a perilous path toward recovery and healing.

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

What it did was fully engage me. The writing had me invested in each character as an individual at first, then later—as events unfolded—their survival as a unit became paramount.

Any additional comments?

I had read Absolution prior to listening to the audiobook. I am delighted to share how the narrator elevated an already good book into one that became even more memorable through an excellence performance.

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  • Lusitania
  • 25-08-16

Heart and panty melting!

The title of this book says it all. Who wouldn't want to be set free from the guilt of past actions, sad memories, traumas or experiences? Sloane Kennedy manages to tell the story of three men who in their way have something to overcome and they do it while discovering love for each other. As a woman I never thought that the description of three men having sex would be so arousing! As a reader I feel I am going through the emotions of each character as they tell the story from each of their point of view. I read the book before I had a chance to listen to the story on Audible and I wasn't sure what to expect. Joel Leslie manages to give each character their own voice and I really couldn't stop until I was able to listen to the whole book in the space of 24hrs. I really cannot wait for the other books in this series to be released. Well done Sloane for the amazing writing you do and great choice of narrator for these books.

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  • kp
  • 27-08-16

LOVED IT!!!

What did you like best about this story?

Having read and loved Absolution I couldn't wait to listen to the audio version of this book! I was certainly not disappointed! Hearing the great job Joel Leslie did with the characters just made me love this story even more! Can't wait for the rest of this series to be available in audio!

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  • Cat
  • 13-10-16

Absolutely Riveting!

Absolution is my first book by Sloane Kennedy but won't be my last. This story hooked you from the beginning and has so many surprises I kept looking up and finding myself saying WTF? NO! Huh? and many other things. My hubby questioned me until I lifted my hair, showed him my earbud, he shook his head and walked away. I don't want to give away any of the story, so I am not gonna do a run down.
All I am going to say is I loved all of the characters, the plot, the twists, the drama, angst, and the sex scenes as well. Absolution is a grade-A perfect book for mystery/suspense lovers that like lots of heat.

Joel Leslie is one of my favorite narrators, and he really brought this book to life. Each character had a very discernable unique voice and personality. Now that's talent.He brought out the action, the fear, the panic, and the passion.

If you like romantic suspense, hitmen, hot, angst, men that have survived horrific pasts, military men, artists, drama, twists and turns and hot, passionate man-sex this is definitely for you. I highly recommend you get this one in audio!

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  • Racheal Yunk
  • 25-08-16

The Power of Three

I absolutely love this book! I have read this book already but to put a voice to the characters brought it more to life for me.

The raw emotion that is felt between the characters of Jonas, Mace and Cole is so intense and I was able to feel it through the narrators voice!

Three lost souls searching for love and a way to forgive themselves of their horrible pasts come together sharing, their strengths, weakness, fears, and love!

Mace a once cop struggling with a past that has made him hard and at unable at times to see the good in people only the absolute bad.

Jonas kicked out at 14, struggled living in the streets suffered at the hands of some horrible people. Now as an adult never let's anyone close to him in fear of what they may take from him.

Cole former Navy lost his family the day his sister was brutally murder, his mother slowly died of a broken heart/illness and he lost his father to alcohol! Just wants some the pain to go away and wants to start to life again but doesn't know how!

Lies and betrayal bring these three men together but will love keep them together once the dust settles?

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