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  • Nothing Special

  • Nothing Special Series, Book 1
  • By: A.E. Via
  • Narrated by: Aiden Snow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Detective Cashel "Cash" Godfrey is big, tattooed, and angry so people typically keep their distance. He's fresh out of the police academy, however, no one is looking to partner with the six-foot-four beast with a huge chip on his shoulder and an inability to trust. When Cash scans the orientation room he wasn't expecting to find sexy hazel eyes locked onto him. Eyes of the handsome Detective Leonidis "Leo" Day.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • True Love-Rubbish!

  • By John on 14-06-2019

True Love-Rubbish!

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

Reviewed: 14-06-2019

It's little wonder gay men are often maligned when they are represented by stories like this! A great story ruined!

  • How to Be a Normal Person

  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Derrick McClain
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Gustavo Tiberius is not normal. He knows this. Everyone in his small town of Abby, Oregon, knows this. He reads encyclopedias every night before bed. He has a pet ferret called Harry S. Truman. He owns a video rental store that no one goes to. His closest friends are a lady named Lottie with drag queen hair and a trio of elderly Vespa riders known as the We Three Queens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this!

  • By Laura on 10-04-2019

Pure Joy

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-02-2019

It was absolutely refreshing to listen to a story that was such great fun. I loved all of the quirky characters and their interactions with each other and found myself laughing out loud on so many occasions throughout the book. Great work TJ!

  • Q*Pid

  • By: Xavier Mayne
  • Narrated by: Rudy Sanda
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Archer, the AI at the dating service Q*pid, realizes humans don't always make the best choices, so it begins making some unconventional choices for them. Fox Kincade is the last of his group of friends to be single, so he's delighted when he discovers a new match in his Q*pid app. Instead of the woman he's expecting, he's paired with Drew Larsen. Drew and Fox have little in common - aside from the fact that they're both straight. Or so they thought. But as the guys get to know each other, they realize Archer might have the right idea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Fun

  • By John on 18-01-2019

Fantastic Fun

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

Reviewed: 18-01-2019

I bought this title on impulse but am so glad I did. It was one of the most enjoyable books that I've ever listened to. The characters are wonderful and the story is great. I haven't laughed so much in years! This book was so good that I listened to it twice in a row! If you want to relax, have a laugh and enjoy a great story, this one's for you.

  • Full Circle

  • By: Michael Thomas Ford
  • Narrated by: Blake Somerset
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

History professor Ned Brummel is living happily with his partner of 12 years in small-town Maine when he receives a phone call from his estranged friend - Jack - telling him that another friend - Andy - is very ill and possibly near death. As Ned boards a plane to Chicago on his way to his friend's bedside, he embarks on another journey into memory, examining the major events and small moments that have shaped his world and his relationships with these two very different, very important men.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A depressing tale!

  • By John on 17-12-2018

A depressing tale!

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

Reviewed: 17-12-2018

This was the most depressing book I've ever listened to. The book tries to add context to the changes in gay rights from the 60's to the 90's by linking them to historical events happening at the same time. While this was an interesting concept, the author's choice to do this by exploring the so-called friendship between the 3 main characters over this time period was flawed. No true friends would both betray and use each other in such a manner and continue to be friends. Exploring the attitudes and sexual habits of gay men during the time prior to the beginning of the AIDS epidemic was sad and shocking. The most horrific aspect of this story is allowing one character to profit from the deaths of those with AIDS. If you lived through it, don't read this book.

  • Let Love Live

  • Love, Book 5
  • By: Melissa Collins
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden, Marc Bachmann
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

For 26-year-old Dylan Hopkins, the answer is easy. He's become no one. Memories of the happier times are all he has left, as he finds himself meandering numbly through his now dull life. Though he cares about his work and family dearly, he has yet to let himself find love again. Afraid of letting go of what he once had, Dylan chooses to keep his heart buried, where it belongs, having died a long time ago.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Book Where Violence Wins

  • By John on 16-10-2018

The Book Where Violence Wins

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

Reviewed: 16-10-2018

This would have been a fabulous story apart from one glaring weakness and that is that every single character who commits violence against another, totally goes unpunished. Incidences of ongoing domestic violence and assault causing serious injury are important in the story because they help the reader to understand how the characters became who they are, however, allowing the perpetrators of such violence to be consequence free sends a mesage that violence is acceptable.

  • Caught!

  • Shamwell Tales
  • By: JL Merrow
  • Narrated by: Mark Steadman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Bow ties are cool...but secrets, not so much. Behind Robert Emeny's cheerfully eccentric exterior lies a young heart battered and bruised by his past. He's taken a job in a village primary school to make a fresh start, and love isn't part of his plans. But then he's knocked for six - literally - by a chance encounter with the uncle of two of his pupils. Sean Grant works in pest control, lives on a council estate, and rides a motorbike. Robert is an ex-public schoolboy from a posh family who drives a classic car.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Laugh from Beginning to End

  • By John on 11-06-2018

A Laugh from Beginning to End

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

Reviewed: 11-06-2018

It didn't take long for me to smile while reading 'CAUGHT!'. It's a wonderful, cleverly written story with with great characters who you immediately fall in love with. Mark Steadman does an excellent job in bringing these characters to life and making the book fun to listen to. I've already listened to 'CAUGHT!' twice! Love it!

  • Bulletproof

  • A Matter of Time, Book 5
  • By: Mary Calmes
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gelder
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Jory Harcourt doesn't have to go looking for trouble. Wherever he goes, it seems to find him - particularly when his partner, Sam Kage, is working undercover on a federal task force. After the recession forces him to close his business, Jory goes to work as a matchmaker and event planner. From there, it's only a matter of time before his big mouth and up-front attitude make him the rope in a tug-of-war between a trust-fund baby and a drug-smuggling criminal.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story Poor Reading!

  • By John on 03-03-2018

Great Story Poor Reading!

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

Reviewed: 03-03-2018

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The book was great to listen to because I have listened to previous two and love the characters.

What did you like best about this story?

The way Jory continually gets into trouble!

How could the performance have been better?

The performance was extremely poor when compared to the previous stories I've listened to. Almost dumped the book!!!!! Read too fast with little differentiation between characters!

Did Bulletproof inspire you to do anything?

I'd still like to listen to the next book in the series BUT only because there's a different reader!

  • A Matter of Time, Volume 2

  • By: Mary Calmes
  • Narrated by: Paul Morey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Three years ago, Jory Harcourt changed his name and shut the door on a past full of pain, only to emerge stronger on the other side. He has a new career, a great working partner, and a satisfying life - except for the hole in his chest left behind when police Detective Sam Kage walked out with his heart. Now Sam's back and he knows what he wants... and what he wants is Jory. Jory, who doesn't know if he can survive another breakup or losing Sam to his dangerous job, resists returning to the arms of the only man he has ever truly loved. But when a serial killer with a score to settle targets Jory, he will have to decide if love is worth the danger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Fun

  • By John on 03-03-2018

Awesome Fun

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

Reviewed: 03-03-2018

Would you listen to A Matter of Time, Volume 2 again? Why?

A great story because of the romance and excitement. I've already listened to it twice!!!!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jory is the best character because he is so open, accepting and funny. Also, he's always in trouble.

What does Paul Morey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Love the way he read the story. Gave every character their own voice BUT made Jory loveable and interesting.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Love coquers all!