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Opposites

Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
Series: Opposites, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
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Summary

In the year 2081, our planet has survived global warming on an apocalyptic scale. When the dust settled and the water receded, Dr. Anthony Smith, along with the few survivors of GWI, started society anew. Having come to the conclusion that injudicious breeding played a huge role in the destruction of Earth as we knew it in the 21st century, he worked closely with other survivors to isolate the Dionysus gene: the gene has the ability to manipulate human DNA to ensure that all male children be born gay, and all female children be born lesbians.

A new society was born.

In the year 2300 Dr. Smith's descendants are ushering in the 24th century, having maintained control of the government that still rules society. Twins, Aiya and Aiyan, are preparing to meet their matches and take control of House Gaeland, the current ruling House. But not everything is as it seems.

Love is love, it knows no gender and doesn't conform to restrictions or boundaries. Aiyan has found his soul mate in Kaden, the prince of House Devi, whom he will eventually marry. But when the person Aiya falls in love with tests the boundaries put in place after GWI, all hell breaks loose. And in the midst of one secret unraveling, another will emerge. There is a growing anomaly that threatens to destroy over 200 years of progression. This anomaly is known as Opposites.

©2013 TM Smith (P)2016 TM Smith

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Opposites

Opposites by T.M. Smith
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Opposites is the first book I have read/listened to by T.M. Smith and I really enjoyed it. T. M. Built an amazing world that was complex but easy to follow. The concept of two mothers and two fathers was unique and amazing.
The narrator, Greg Boudreaux, was new to me also. He is now on my narrators to watch for. This is a wonderful series and I look forward to reading/listening to more.

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Whilst I enjoyed the premise of this story I was very confused with all the characters involved.
They all seemed to be introduced all at once and I have to say it was hard to keep track, I commend the author for being able to.
That said it is an enjoyable listen, the narration was great, I will be listening to book 2..

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  • Cat
  • 02-10-16

Sexy post-apocalyptic romance.

Opposites is an erotic post-apocalypse story where to keep the world from over populating a scientist invented genes where people were born gay. The houses made matches, and inside those matches, births were chosen to assure a perfect world and keep the genes gay. But there is an anomaly called Opposites that was beginning to become more frequent.
Opposites a very intriguing story with a great concept. The characters are all interesting, and there are quite a few of them, as we meet the parents and the main characters of this story.
Greg Boudreaux or Tremblay is one of my very favorite narrators. If I see his name, it goes right on my wish list. He made, an already sexy story come to life and even hotter if that is at all possible.
But enough of my rambling...go buy a copy and listen for yourself!
If you like post-apocalyptic stories, a new world, prearranged marriages, and super sexy romance with some hot man-sex, you will love this!

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  • Morgan A Skye
  • 12-10-16

Interesting and compelling, great narration

I have a (perhaps) unique perspective on this in that I listened to the novellas before the original novel. This helped me in that there are a LOT of characters and a LOT of world building going on – especially in the beginning. I can’t say I always kept track of who was who – I’m a far more visual person than auditory so my mind would wander a bit – but having the wonderful Greg Boudreaux narrating means that each character was unique and easily identifiable.

I found the concept of this story captivating and the romance(s) both really sweet and super sexy!

Usually I shy away from anything remotely “dystopian” as I tend to find them terribly pessimistic and dour, but this was almost like an entire other world and far less “doom and gloom” than the typical.

If you’re looking for a somewhat complicated, but rewarding and unique look at the future – and you really like some steam in your romances – this is the story (series) for you.

I think that listening to this is an amazing experience because Greg is such a tremendous performer. He really adds to the overall enjoyment by giving depth and emotion to the characters and making the story really pop up and feel multi-dimensional.

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  • Beach Bum Books
  • 28-11-16

Good start to an unusual post-apocalypic mythology

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

The narrator elevated what might have been a confusing storyline, with an extremely large cast of characters, by the judicious application of accents, including performing credible female voices.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Opposites?

The switch from an atmosphere where most of the characters displayed mindless acquiescence to the status quo to that of questioning their places in society and their own belief systems via a series of unexpected conflicts.

What about Greg Boudreaux’s performance did you like?

Another excellent performance, especially with the large cast. Each voice was reasonably unique and made following the narrative easy.

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

I found it easier to follow by listening to just a couple chapters at a time since much of the first half of the book was devoted to set-up, back story, and description.

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  • Carra at Making it Happen blog
  • 08-10-16

5 stars and a Top Recommendation for Opposites!

Let me start off by telling you that I don’t normally read or listen to stories in the dystopian genre. I just have a really hard time getting into them, and usually find my attention drifting. With Opposites, that was so very not the case, and actually the…opposite…was true (sorry, couldn’t resist!). Take the world as you know it, where gays and lesbians are a clear minority, and reverse it—all the way to the point where heterosexual barely even exists. Can you imagine such a world? T.M. Smith did, and it is brought to life perfectly here in Opposites-so well in fact, that as you read it becomes very easy to become immersed in it and believe that somewhere this world really can be found.

This story is very much character driven, and those characters are as unique as the world in which they live. Their individuality is detailed and distinct, making them come alive in these pages…and the further into the story I got, the more wrapped up in them I became. Emotions between couples are clearly intense, and this shows not just in their interactions with each other-both in and out of the bedroom-but also with the other couples, families and other supporting characters. I was particularly drawn to Aiyan and Kaden as well as Raven and Tanis.

With Aiyan and Kaden, they are drawn to each other like powerful magnets from the moment they lay eyes on each other. Their match is unusually powerful, as is the relationship Aiyan shares with his twin sister Aiya. Aiyan and Kaden together define sensuality, and their intimate scenes are wild and a bit…destructive ;-)

When it comes to Raven and Tanis, angst and turmoil rules as Raven becomes torn between his duties and his feelings for Tanis, making their relationship especially tumultuous—and turning them into my favorite couple of this story even though much of this book is centered on Aiya, Aiyan, and their spouses.

With the drama introduced when the Opposites anomaly is thrown into the spotlight at House Gaeland, it sends events spiraling into unforeseen territory and you couldn’t have dragged me away from this story at any point (and heaven help anyone who might have thought about trying). In the end, we are left with questions and unrest, and it will have you desperately seeking the next book in the series just like I was.

While I might not normally care for this genre, Opposites blew that out of the water and was a 5-star read for me—and is my absolute top recommendation in the M/M dystopian genre (and the dystopian genre in general). I highly recommend this to any fan of LGBT romance in general, and if you’re a dystopian fan as well, then you’re going to be twice as happy. This story is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and some very naughty sexual content.

Audiobook thoughts: Greg Boudreaux does a smashing job with the narration of this book. His character voices are distinctive and consistent throughout the story, and they are also consistent with the two novellas from this series that he also narrated, The Library and The Cellar. It’s the mark of a truly talented narrator when I can hear a character’s voice and know exactly who is speaking without having to be told in the story. He brings this world and these characters to life beautifully, making it very easy for me to clearly picture everything in my head. 5 stars for this performance, and this is one audiobook-and series-that I’ll be listening to again and again! *Note-I do suggest that you read the book before listening to it.  There are a lot of character POV changes, and from my perspective it helped me to have a general idea of what was going on before listening.

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  • Dennis
  • 07-10-19

GOOD BUT DISAPPOINTING

As in the first book you have the perfect MM audiobook 8 hours of sex. killing people. sex, horse back riding, sex, killing more people, sex, horse back riding back to the palace, sex, fighting with the elders, sex and having dinner and the reader threw off the cliff. It has a great storyline, plot this series has e everything a great MM would want to read. There is massive flaw the listener is throw the cliff and hoping they can find the next audiobook in the series if they do do not expect the books to pick up after other they want and the listener is left trying to figure what is happening or the listener is totally lost. I tried to search on Amazon, Greadreads and Bookbud to find the sequence of the books and I could not or I find one try to buy it and when it went to Amazon I get a dead page.
So good luck with this series it would be an awesome series to read or listen to.

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  • Esther A
  • 17-08-19

Spectacular Story!!

I really enjoyed this story a lot more than I thought I would. Great world building of a post-apocalypse future world. I love that there are so many fascinating characters especially Aiyan and Kaden who are the main focus. I love them right from the start, their attraction and connection are instant and I love watching their relationship unfold. The narrator did a spectacular job with this one especially with so many different voices of all the different characters. I can't wait wait to listen to more of this seris. I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy of this audiobook.

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  • cheryl_cajun
  • 16-08-19

Thank you for the audio,

Thank you for the audio, I voluntarily give this an honest review. set in the future where if your straight you are defective, a scientist has alter the dna of people. four family have reign in the new empire, but what will happen when one is an opposite to the normalcy that is there world? fall the path of Aiyan and Kaden and will Aiya marry the woman chosen for her or the man she secretly falls for? Greg Boudreaux made this was very interesting listen. love the dept and detail of this scifi, romance.

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  • Irish
  • 23-06-19

Unique Look at the Future

This is a book unlike any other that you have ever read! A future world where every person is either gay or lesbian, and being straight is considered an abnormality!
In 2081, the world succumbed to Global Warming. One of the scientist that survived (one of the only few thousand), decided that the destruction of the planet and society was due to Injudicious Breading which lead to over population, war, un-natural climate change, etc. To counter-act this, only homosexual marriages should be allowed, and then an arrangement between a man and a women is formed for the purposes of procreation.
This is the story of House Gaeland, a large family that is formed when two families are united by the marriage of two of their males. The Opposites/Heterosexual people/Outkasts kidnap one of the men in the main family, and the story of how the family works to get him back.
This book was absolutely amazing! It is truly unlike anything I have ever read before, and unlike what I had read by the author previously! However, there are aspects of the author that did stand out. The characters, and their personalities (while there are a bunch of characters) are done so in a way that is fun, and each is unique. The "science" aspect of the book was done so in way that is easy for people without a background in sciences to understand and follow.
The narration was wonderful and truly brought the book to life! Overall, its not one to miss!

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  • Karen
  • 10-06-19

Didn't care for the MC's. Narration was great.

Story:
Based on the cover and the blurb I had expected the story to focus on one couple, Aiyan and Kaden, with maybe a strong secondary character in Aiya. It goes far broader in scope though, and features seven main characters, all but one of whom fall in love with someone from among these seven. The book becomes even more crowded when taking into account all the parents that are never far from our young heroes and heroines.
Everyone gets about equal attention from the author, with slightly more time in the spotlight for Aiyan and Kaden, but because there are so many characters to follow up on, I feel as if we don’t get to truly know any of them. All the characters’ interactions, though well-written, remain almost superficial, making it very difficult to get into the story or care about what happens to them next. There’s too little time for self-reflection or internal dialogue and what dialogue there is among the group or pairings isn’t necessarily very revealing or meaningful.
When things get physical, we stay with the couple in question for a longer time, which struck me as somewhat unbalanced in the grander scheme of things. I’d have preferred it if the writer had taken more time to actually build these relationships on an emotional level too.
A lot of attention to detail has gone into the world-building and the story is certainly set in a highly unique universe, giving the reader a thought-provoking perspective. Still, there are some things that struck me as a bit strange. A futuristic society, with great biological advances, falls back into an almost medieval way of living but keeps quite modern sounding idioms that don’t fit the atmosphere of this alternate universe. The main characters are nearly all of royal rank or at least quite high up in society, but servants seem to be scarce, leaving all the menial work for princes and princesses to do themselves.
I don’t care much for Aiya who seems very passive and a stereotypical damsel in distress. Outside of a physical attraction there doesn’t seem to be much to bind her to her chosen significant other. Once Aiyan learns more about who his sister loves he reacts like an absolute boor. For twins with a supposedly strong connection, they don’t communicate well at all and don’t trust the other with their secrets. Aiyan, and some of the others, are shown to be bloodthirsty and vengeful, leaning towards gratuitous violence rather than attempting to keep up any sort of justice system. The book ends on a cliffhanger of sorts.
I really couldn’t get into this story, I tried, but it’s not for me.

Narration:
Greg Boudreaux did a great job narrating this story. It can’t have been easy with the multitude of main and secondary characters, several of whom had distinctive accents.

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  • Diane
  • 29-12-17

Great start to a new series

The beginning of this book was difficult for me to follow. The author had too many names that are similar so I would get lost on who was who & w/whom. But, the amazing Greg Boudreaux did help as he did a great job w/the different voices & accents. The first half didn't really have much of a plot, its Aiyan & Kanden jumping each other at every turn. And boy are they rough on the furniture, yes you will have to read it to understand what I mean. Also, I'm not sure exactly how old any of them are. Sometimes I get the feeling they are in their late teens and other times they appear to be full grown adults. I probably won't read the next books in the series, I will probably wait until they are out in audio as Mr. Boudreaux makes it easier to keep track of people. Or maybe not :