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Leo Loves Aries

Signs of Love Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Rudy Sanda
Series: Signs of Love Series, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
4 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Summary

A new person will enter your life in the early year, Leo. Look past any moments of frustration they might bring and laugh - this could be the start of a thriving friendship.

Theo Wallace usually laughs at the horoscopes his mom sends. Still hung up on his ex-girlfriend and practically friendless, this one begs him to reconsider. Because a friendship that stuck, that thrived...well, that would be a reason to leave past pains behind and look to the bright future.

When his sister Leone challenges him to find her the perfect date for a spring wedding, Theo uses it as a chance to make new friends. Theo's ex-economics tutor and newest roommate, Mr. Jamie Cooper, seems to be a possible and convenient match. Real convenient. Like written in the stars, convenient. All he has to do is make sure this Jamie is good enough. Could really be "The One" for her and the friend for him. But watch out, Leo, the stars have a surprise in store....

Contains mature themes.

©2016 Anyta Sunday (P)2018 Tantor

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Loved the story, shame about the narrator....

Eek, dreadful. Had to dnf after 25%, and was so looking forward to the audio. This story was one of my absolute faves of 2016, but the narrator made Jamie sound as though he had a stick up his backside, so excruciatingly pompous and Theo was just wooden. No hint of the devilry and laughter the story seemed to suggest for him [and I have read the story 3 times], so disappointing. Unfortunately Mr Sanda was the wrong choice for this story, he's too monotonous, and I won't be listening to anything else he narrates. 😕

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Great story, disappointing narration.

The story itself is excellent! A lot of good banter that had me laughing out loud and the chemistry between the characters is scorching but unfortunately the narration put me off. Definitely recommend the story but perhaps choose to read it instead of listening to the audiobook version.

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Poor narration

The story was a nice slow burn with lovable characters. I'm going to buy part 2 for sure. But the narrator was horrible. Every sentence read in the same serious tone and you could hear he had to strain himself for Jamie's voice.

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  • Lost in a Book
  • 19-06-18

Amazing story with a sub-par narration.

I've learned a couple things since buying and listening to the audio...
1. I'm still just as in love with the story as I was the first 4 times I've read it.
2. Sub-par narration didn't take the enjoyment out of the story for me. Let's talk about the narration by Rudy Sanda. His voice for Theo was the most "enjoyable" of the voices used. The one for Jamie grated on my ears and didn't match *his* voice AT. ALL. Just because Jamie is responsible doesn't mean he should sound like frustrated 80 year old man. The voices for all the secondary characters were also not on par and even worse than Jamie's (ok, maybe not worse but tied for the worst). Still, I'm a fan of the story and that is the ONLY reason I stuck out the audio.

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  • Princess
  • 08-09-18

Great book with poor narration

I loved the story of the oblivious Lei and his amazing Aries. This friend's to lovers worked so well for me. I am so disappointed at the narration. Theo and Leone sound fine. Every other character, including the lovely Jamie, sound nasal, old, oddly cadence, ridiculous, etc.

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  • L. Antoine
  • 14-06-18

Love but

I love this series and was so excited to see it coming to audible that I ignored my other ongoing books to listen to one crazy Leo. It is fun and funny book; the romance is slow but so damn adorable.
That being said, I'm not sure I can finish it in audiobook format; the narration is just not right. Mr Sanda's narration doesn't not fit the characters or the pace. It will be hard to finish but maybe it will grow on me, I have to see.... I've never reviewed a book half an hour in. I'll have to get back to this

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  • Cassandra
  • 12-06-18

SO much fun!

I love this book and I'm VERY excited to see book 2 coming out soon.
Excellent narration too :)

(Don't wait, grab it now - you're going to have a ridiculous grin on your face the whole time you're listening)

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  • Annika
  • 07-11-19

Loved the story

🎧 Are you blind? The signals are all there.

I read this book back when it was first published and I absolutely loved it. I adored Theo and all his cluelessness and this book just brought me joy and happiness and sappy smiles. When I heard it was going to be made into an audiobook I was over the moon and it just couldn’t get here fast enough. So it was a brutal and long fall back down to reality when I realized my expectations were not met, far from it, but more on that later, let’s start with the story.

I loved the story, it’s sweet, fun and the characters are just great. There is a lot of banter and antics which is always a favourite of mine. The story is told from the clueless, but lovable Theo. He’s living with his twin sister Leone while attending college. Once a year their mother sends them the new horoscope for her Leos and this year promised shocking news and new bonds to be made – if they took a chance. Jamie, their new roommate seems to fit the bill on many levels…

I loved Jamie and Theo together and not only together, together but in general. They made sense, they fit. They started out as friends, or at least that was what Theo thought. I usually can't stand characters that are too stupid to live, but that was not the case here, Theo just missed a few signs that's all... okay, so he missed all of them - and then some. But he's just so adorable cute that you can't help but love him for it anyway – even when you want to smack him over the head with a pillow, or maybe with something hard to get though that thick skull. There was one blind person in this book and it sure wasn’t the legally blind Leone…
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🎧 Hairs tickled the balls of Theo’s toes as he ran his icy feet up Jamie’s shins. Jamie’s breath hitched
“Cold?”
“Hot, Theo. Really fucking hot.”
Theo loved Jamie’s dry sarcasm.

Their relationship is slow-burn. Everyone (but Theo) knows where it’s heading, can see and feel the tension, the connection between the two men. Their getting together is only a matter of time and questioning if the peanut butter war might have something to do with it. Anyway, this book wasn’t only about Jamie and Theo and their relationship, but about family and friends, letting go of the past and moving forward. There were some great characters in this book, especially Leone. She had a quiet strength and saw so much of the world, never letting her blindness hinder her in any endeavour.

This book was the first I listened to by Rudy Sanda and it will more than likely be my last. The story is told from Theo’s POV and Theo’s voice and the general narration, descriptions and whatnots, were all fine. I liked the voice, it fit Theo’s personality and there was the right amount of emotion to it to make him come alive. However that’s where all the good parts end. Sanda’s voice for Jamie was beyond bad. It was robotic, unnatural and sounded like it was an older man speaking. A lot of the times I spaced out when he was talking.

As for the rest of the voices in this book; they all sounded fake and made up. It made me think of kids playing dress-up, trying on different voices and accents that don’t sound quite right. None of the voices sounded natural, they all sounded forced to me. Some were, I’m sad to say, down-right cringe worthy. Sanda has a good voice (singular) for narrating, but I do believe he should avoid narrating books where different voices are required – or stick to using the voice he was born with.

The story itself is absolutely wonderful and funny and just great in every way, so if you haven’t already had the pleasure to read this book you definitely should – reading it mind you, note listening to it. The audio was not worth it, and in my opinion kind of destroyed the magic of this book. So this time around I would definitely say; eyes only!

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  • sabrine IDIHIA
  • 11-10-19

I couldn't stop listening

I loved this book so much. their is no big drama but still I was hooked with the evolution of the relationship..... granted Theo was a blind idiot for half of it but I still loved every word of banter, teasing and chemistry

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  • S. Wilcox
  • 07-10-19

A glorious book

One of my absolute favorite books! The narration is decent, but doesn't quite do justice to the perfection that is this book. I recommend reading it if at all possible but if you only do audio, then don't hesitate and listen to this one now! (Otherwise, go read it now!!!)

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  • Morgan A Skye
  • 05-08-19

Fun friends to lovers

This was really FUN! Anyta Sunday has given us a great story filled with real people and no caricatures. There is a lot of sexual tension and snarkiness and in the end we get a very HEA. (The steam is low in this, so you’ll appreciate the author’s “sequel” Leo Tops Aries!)

I loved the progression from “straight” to “explore” and thought the humor was the selling point in this romance.

Highly recommended!

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Rudy Sanda is a new-ish narrator and I really enjoyed his take on this humor-filled story. Some of his characters were a bit over-done and his voice for some sounded a bit old for their characters. He does a great job with keeping characters distinct and handles all the timing well. It was a good way to enjoy this story.

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  • ronnie smith
  • 23-07-19

Great story

Loved the story because I am a Leo myself. Awesome work with the story. Yes

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-04-19

great book

good book wish the romance was a little faster. I would recommend great main character