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  • Insomniac City

  • New York, Oliver, and Me
  • By: Bill Hayes
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Bill Hayes came to New York City in 2009 with a one-way ticket and only the vaguest idea of how he would get by. But, at 48 years old, having spent decades in San Francisco, he craved change. Grieving over the death of his partner, he quickly discovered the profound consolations of the city's incessant rhythms, the sight of the Empire State Building against the night sky, and New Yorkers themselves, kindred souls that Hayes, a lifelong insomniac, encountered on late-night strolls with his camera.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyed every precious moment

  • By Patrick on 11-03-2018

enjoyed every precious moment

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

Reviewed: 11-03-2018

this beautifully and heartfelt novel is just absolute bliss from start to finish, it made me laugh and cry and I felt I was totally accompanying Hates through his journey - heaven............

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • First Person

  • By: Richard Flanagan
  • Narrated by: David James
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27

Kif Kehlmann, a young penniless writer, is rung in the middle of the night by the notorious con man and corporate criminal, Siegfried Heidl. About to go to trial for defrauding the banks of $700 million, Heidl offers Kehlmann the job of ghostwriting his memoir. He has six weeks to write the book, for which he'll be paid $10,000.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First person: An acute analysis of the age of the second rate

  • By Brad on 17-12-2017

very hard work in all the wrong ways

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-2018

didn't enjoy this story at al, the main character had no redeemable features, neither did the story line...

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • All I Love and Know

  • By: Judith Frank
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

For years, Matthew Greene and Daniel Rosen have enjoyed a quiet domestic life together in Northampton, Massachusetts. Opposites in many ways, they have grown together and made their relationship work. But when they learn that Daniel’s twin brother and sister-in-law have been killed in a bombing in Jerusalem, their lives are suddenly, utterly transformed. In dealing with their families and the need to make a decision about who will raise the deceased couple’s two children, both Matthew and Daniel are confronted with challenges that strike at the heart of their relationship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a realistic contemporary gay romance

  • By Patrick on 11-03-2018

a realistic contemporary gay romance

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

Reviewed: 11-03-2018

a realistic, moving and beautifully narrated gay love story with strong characters, realistic storyline and narrative and just a thoroughly enjoyable read...

  • Halfway Home

  • By: Paul Monette
  • Narrated by: Topher Payne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Halfway Home centers around the story of thirty-four year old Tom Shaheen, an actor living with AIDS in southern California who has been forced to retire, because of his illness, to an isolated beach house. Tom's peaceful existence is shaken to the core when he receives a sudden and unexpected visit from his brother, Brian, a former high school football hero who, well-loved and athletic, was Tom's exact opposite while growing up.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gay fiction writers of today take note!

  • By Patrick on 19-08-2017

Gay fiction writers of today take note!

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

Reviewed: 19-08-2017

Today's fiction writers take note please - this is brilliant fiction which just happens to have a strong central character who is gay. It is a beautiful story which is layered, characters are complex and multidimensional and most of all it is a realistic plot.

I am so tired of listening to gay fiction which seems like I am stuck in a cheap B grade gay soap opera - thus reading this beautifully written story restored my faith in gay writers, although that said it was written and published in1991....

a beautifully written and performed story, and I adored every precious moment.....

  • Brideshead Revisited

  • By: Evelyn Waugh
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

The wellsprings of desire and the impediments to love come brilliantly into focus in Evelyn Waugh's masterpiece - a novel that immerses us in the glittering and seductive world of English aristocracy in the waning days of the empire. Through the story of Charles Ryder's entanglement with the Flytes, a great Catholic family, Evelyn Waugh charts the passing of the privileged world he knew in his own youth and vividly recalls the sensuous pleasures denied him by wartime austerities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a true classic read by a veteran performer

  • By Patrick on 19-08-2017

a true classic read by a veteran performer

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

Reviewed: 19-08-2017

I just adored every second of this experience, a bit of a sad story in some ways but that just makes it more realistic - the characters and story make it a memorable and colourful experience which transforms one to another time!

I read this classic in my teens 35 years ago and it seemed beautiful and memorable then, and listening to this in my early 50s it is memorable and beautiful for totally different reasons - and the fact that it is read soo beautifully and masterfully by Jeremy Irons (whom I saw in the original BBC series) adds a further layer and beauty to this experience.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tiny Beautiful Things

  • Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
  • By: Cheryl Strayed
  • Narrated by: Cheryl Strayed, Steve Almond (Intro)
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 104

Life can be hard: your lover cheats on you; you lose a family member; you can’t pay the bills. And it can be great: you’ve had the hottest sex of your life; you get that plum job; you muster the courage to write your novel. Sugar - the once-anonymous online columnist at The Rumpus, now revealed as Cheryl Strayed, author of the best-selling memoir Wild - is the person thousands turn to for advice. Tiny Beautiful Things gathers the best of "Dear Sugar" in one place and includes never-before-published columns and a new introduction by Steve Almond.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life Changing

  • By Anonymous User on 06-01-2019

practical wisdom and insights

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

Reviewed: 10-08-2017

This was just a stunning read - I am an experienced social worker of 25 years and I just so enjoyed the reality checks, practical wisdom and insights offered by Ms Strayed. The way she responds to readers is that unique and finely balanced approach of not being patronising or avoiding the issues but addressing it in a way which shares insights and skills with the broader audience.

this tiny beautiful book has many gems to offer those open to receiving them - I recommend this wholeheartedly.

  • Safe in His Arms

  • By: Renae Kaye
  • Narrated by: Randy Fuller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

In the late-night quiet of the caravan park shower room, Lon Taylor washes away the filth of the Western Australian mines. He's not looking for anyone, but when Casey offers, Lon doesn't turn him down. Welcoming the young man in his big, hairy arms, Lon provides a safety to Casey that he has never known, and Casey wants to stay forever. Still reeling from the breakup of his family years ago, Lon's not sure he's ready for the responsibility of the comfort and security Casey craves.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • totally let down by every aspect of this stroy

  • By Patrick on 06-08-2017

totally let down by every aspect of this stroy

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

Reviewed: 06-08-2017

This was such a disappointing listen on every level - the characters, the storyline and the way it unfolded was so predictable and like a gay trashy soap opera.

Extremely disappointing in every respect - especially the narration.

  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

  • By: Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by: Jim Broadbent
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof, or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking - to save someone else's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best ever audiobook.

  • By Qwerty1 on 06-07-2014

a great story and beautifully narrated!

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

Reviewed: 06-08-2017

This is a lovely story beautifully read and performed - the characters, the storyline and the way it unfolds and the occasional twist makes it a good read...

  • When Breath Becomes Air

  • By: Paul Kalanithi
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 696
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 696

The New York Times number-one best seller. At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade's training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • When breath becomes air

  • By Carol on 09-07-2016

Powerful and authentic memoir

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

Reviewed: 28-07-2017

This is a powerful, authentic and heart wrenching memoir from the first to the last page, it is a beautiful reminder of what it is to live and die and all the essential stuff in between.

Cannot recommend it highly enough - essential reading for all...

  • Something Like Summer

  • Something Like..., Book 1
  • By: Jay Bell
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

The hot Texas nights were lonely for Ben before his heart began beating to the rhythm of two words; Tim Wyman. By all appearances, Tim had the perfect body and ideal life, but when a not-so-accidental collision brings them together, Ben discovers that the truth is rarely so simple. If winning Tim's heart was an impossible quest, keeping it would prove even harder as family, society, and emotion threaten to tear them apart. Something Like Summer is a love story spanning a decade and beyond as two boys discover what it means to be friends, lovers, and sometimes even enemies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I keep coming back!

  • By Harry on 31-12-2018

Disappointing on every level!

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

Reviewed: 27-07-2017

This is my first Jay Bell book - (and apologies to the author) and I was planning on reading the complete series - this was based on the summary and the reviews which said it was a believable and heartfelt story with strong characters etc but my mistake I didn't listen to the sample...

This was disappointing on every level, it was like listening to a badly written gay soap opera set in a high school and the characters and the plot lack any credibility or realness - and the narrator sounds like he is in high school too, which of course is appropriate given the story.

Sadly I am one of those people who listens to a book till the end, eternally optimistic that it will redeem itself in some way - but this is 9 hours f my life I wont get back ;?!

Just don't go there unless you are into this kind of storyline.