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The Hitman's Guide to Staying Alive Despite Past Mistakes

The Hitman's Guide, Book 2
Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo
Series: The Hitman's Guide, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Jackson

Now that Leland’s decided to give up his life as a hitman and take a walk on the mild side, we’ve been enjoying a simple life of taking down bad guys the legal way. I didn’t know he would be just as reckless as a PI, but it’s not my fault if I happen to enjoy helping him hunt down the occasional criminal. If only I could keep the house from being overrun by Leland’s gun shrine - or stop him from making our cases “more exciting” by terrorizing people into confessing. Overall, life seems perfect, right?

Wrong.

We’ve been called in to investigate a suspicious murder committed by someone claiming to be the Sandman. When we find a note on the victim’s body, we realize that this could ruin our lives forever.

Leland:

I wasn’t involved in the murder. It might look like my writing and my note, but I wouldn’t do that to Jackson -especially after I promised him that I wouldn’t take a hit ever again. At least, not without telling him. I’m finally starting to learn that we’re stronger together, and I’m not going to jeopardize that.

Luckily for both of us, this copycat doesn’t know who he’s dealing with. Game’s on, fake Sandman. You think you can mess with me? Well, maybe you can, but that’s beside the point, because I will protect Jackson no matter what, even if I almost drown him in the process. (Really, that wasn’t my fault. He should learn how to swim better.)

This audiobook contains: Disco ball piñata, camping with Sasquatch, an acrobatic housekeeper named “Mr. Cleanyface”, a questionable massage table, weapons everywhere, Jackson’s nemesis - the fence, a turkey showdown, aerial silk antics, a reappearance of Blow-up Randy, over-the-top body armor, too many hitmen, and so many emotions that Leland’s chest might explode. This is the second book in a series - while you could listen and enjoy it on its own, you really should listen to The Hitman’s Guide to Making Friends and Finding Love for maximum enjoyment. 

©2019 Alice Winters (P)2020 Alice Winters
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More hitman hilarity!

Reformed but unrepentant hitman, Leland, hasn’t quite got the hang of Jackson’s routine private investigator work, preferring to scare confessions out of suspects rather than waste time collecting evidence! When Leland’s past threatens to endanger not only them, but also friends and family, he and Jackson need all of Leland’s 200+ guns to save the day. This second book in the Hitman Guide series is as fun and enjoyable as the first, largely thanks to Leland’s irrepressible and intentionally embarrassing chatter and antics. 🎧 The always hilarious Michael Ferraiuolo delivers the zany lines and scenes with his usual panache!

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story = 4 1/2 stars

Definitely read The Hitman's Guide series in order - Leland's background from the first book is relevant in understanding what is happening plot wise in The Hitman's Guide to Staying Alive Despite Past Mistakes (and book 1 is hilarious as well). The reader could manage reading this as a standalone, but it is really a much more enjoyable story reading in order.

Leland is still a crazy funny OTT character that loves messing with people. He's all about crazy antics and poor Jackson just gets dragged along for the ride. The story is filled with constant humour, and banter between Leland and basically whoever he is conversing with. Even the serious moments don't feel that serious because.......Leland! Lots of action happening as well due to the PI/Hitman angle. I really hope there is more Leland and Jackson to come, as I'm loving their story so far.

The narrator is SO good performing these characters. I smiled and laughed listening to his performances (especially of Leland). He really nails the performance of Leland.

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omg i think i peed laughing

So damn funny. my fave seean that i felt was thee funniest was when the boys were at the kitchen tabe haveing an overly salted dinner. omg thankfully i read the book 5 times or i wouldn't have been prepared for this. i made damn sure i also wasn't drinking or i could have drowned. if you haven't read anything from Alice Winters your a looser and deserve to have Leyland fuck you up. but for us intelligent creatures this is funnier than Leylands first book. i would love more in the series as long as Michael farri fabulous reads it. loved it ! And have recommend this series and author to mm lovers on fb. so i back up my love butand not in the naughty way.

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  • White Wolf
  • 26-05-2020

Hilarious

This series is amazing! I could not keep from laughing out loud And despite how depressed I may have felt when not listening to it, it all faded away at the hilarity in these books!

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  • christi l harris
  • 25-05-2020

So much fun!! Use a credit.

Leland and Jackson are my favorite couple! Laugh out loud funny, snarky and endearing. Michael ferraiuolo did a great job, he brought so much to these characters. The secondary characters, especially Henry were wonderful. This was a funny, satisfying listen. So many feels and it was so fun listening to Leland handle it all.

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  • BlueRose
  • 03-05-2020

Where do they find the energy?

3.5 to 4 Blue Roses
4 Blue Flames

Narrator Michael Ferraiuolo returns to narrate a bold, cheeky romantic comedy, which is also a smartly plotted “hitman gone good ” story. His narration style and unique voices give characters perfect personalities for the comedic scene, the author was trying to convey. This author/narrator duo is making magic by complimenting each other beautifully, and this is why their work is usually an instant see-click-buy-listen for me.

I have mixed feelings about this one, it was not a favourite for me, I loved the first book more. Leland irritated the crap out of me. He was overbearing and just too much to digest. Really, there is something wrong with Jackson. Where does he get the energy to keep up with him? I swear, they must be smoking or popping something. They just go on and on without loosing any fucking steam. They exhausted me.

This story is full-blast engaging. Leland has a child-like sense of humor which I also found very sad, because he had so little love in his life. I don’t mind it at all, as long as I only have to hear him in the audiobooks. If I knew him in real life, I have no clue whether I will play along like Jackson, or run away as far as I can.

Some listeners might not like the long unending joking jokester, but it’s an experience not to be missed. It hits you from all sides, because we hear how Leland was treated, while raised by a psychopathic killer. From a psychiatric point of view, Leland turned out quite all-right in my books. Which brings me back to tipping my hat to Jackson.

Yip, I recommend this audiobook. Good luck, eat all your breakfast plus a banana, you know,,, for energy.

Happy Listening

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  • Snider29
  • 01-06-2020

Epic follow-up

I can never say enough good things about this series. LOL funny!! Can't wait to see if there is more

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  • Thorn
  • 21-05-2020

Laughter!

Could not stop laughing I absolutely love it! one of my favorite books out there!

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  • Lisa L Teetz
  • 11-05-2020

Amazing!

I never wanted this book to end! I loved every single word from beginning to end. It is impossible to explain what is so phenomenal about this book, you have to experience it for yourself. Alice Winters has created one of my favorite characters ever in Leland...I am completely in love with a Hitman! This had everything I wanted and more...humor, snark, wit, charm, emotion, epic storytelling... it was exceptional! Jackson and Leland are back with their friends from the first book as well as some new characters that were a wonderful addition, especially Castle who i hope gets his own book one day.
I cannot imagine anyone but Michael Farriaoulo narrating this story. He just is Leland and Jackson. He adds so much to the story with the way he interprets and narrates this book. He brings the inflections, the feelings and the humor front and center. I laughed out loud, I kept going back and reslistening to parts, I will immediately listen to this again. Everyone needs to experience this audiobook!

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  • Sue C
  • 01-05-2020

excellent!

Did the story keep me engaged: yes
Did I feel an emotional connection to the characters: yes
Would I listen to it again: yes

• Story is entertaining, dialog amusing and characters likeable. If you go into this book expecting general silliness and nothing particularly deep you won't be disappointed.
• Michael Ferraiuolo does a fantastic job on the narration, his sweet, snarky always enthusiastic Leland is spot on and Jackson comes across as perfectly wrapped around Leland's little finger. 😊

Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • MMB
  • 13-07-2020

Loved from beginning to end

I could not contain my amusement I chuckled throughout this book. Michael Ferraiuolo really brought the characters to life in both books.

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  • Mercedes
  • 28-06-2020

Awsome!!

The ever best series you could audio! Thank's God there will be another story coming as I haven't got enough of Leland and Jackson!

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  • W.F.
  • 25-06-2020

Juvenile and Ridiculous

Folks, I sincerely tried to get into this audio but what came across as hilarious , OTT -over the top- , soapy, quirky in The Hitman's Guide to Making Friends and Finding Love, book 1 , here in book 2 , came across as OTT annoying, repetitive, insufferable and idiotic without trying to be.

Leland and Jackson are caricatures of the characters the were in book 1 . Their banter is the same joke over and over again.

Not even the talented Michael Ferraiuolo , with his perfect comedic timing , clear and precise narration could save , for me, this audiobook. He can only work with the material he is given.

Very rarely or almost never , do I DNF an ebook/audiobook but when I either fall asleep or get annoyed, every single time I tried to listen to this one, that should tell me something. TOD Chapter 3.

#Audible #DNF #SaveYourAudibleCredit #KindleFire #ListenedOn2020

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  • Delano
  • 23-04-2020

How can it be just as good as 1

I love this book, Leland doesn’t need a gun his wit can slay anyone. And Michael Ferraiuolo Narration is perfect as always. I’ve listened to this twice now already.

Oh and Castle, please say he has a book with Jer Bear lol xx

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  • Emma Burbidge
  • 21-04-2020

The past comes back...with a vengeance!

I love these characters created by Alice Winters and brought to life by the very talented Michael Ferraiuolo (one of my favourite narrators). This continues from the story in the first book, although it could, in theory, be read as a stand-alone. I love the quirkiness of Leland as he settles into helping his boyfriend Jackson at his Detective Agency. This story has all the hilarity and thrilling hi-jinks that I've come to expect from these books. Highly recommended entertainment for lovers of action-adventure contemporary MM romance.

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  • Book addict
  • 13-06-2020

A little too much snark, but still good

I do love Alice Winters’ books, but sometimes she verges on too much snark and banter. She’s still very good at bringing depth in and making characters have more dimension which is great in a world where most comical satirical type books are a little too light. However, for me the balance was too skewed to the banter. Still love her writing style and the story, though.

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  • Mrs. E. J. Curtis
  • 07-06-2020

Great story

The story and characters  are engaging and the narrator has very distinctive voices for each character, always a plus for me.

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  • Mari Cardenas
  • 29-05-2020

Leland is so ridiculously funny and I love him so

5 Stars!

So, I had read this book on KU after I finished The Hitman's Guide 1 and I loved it almost as much as that one, especially that last chapter, so of course, I had to get it in audio as soon as it came out.

Leland has got to be one of my favorite characters ever. He's just so ridiculously funny and charismatic. I was laughing so much during the book at his antics. I usually listen to audiobooks late at night to avoid interruptions, but it wasn't easy to stifle my laughs at 3am because I didn't want to wake up everyone here. Jackson was just so perfect for Leland. He was steadfast and supportive, going along with every one of Leland's schemes. He really stood no chance once he was in Leland's hooks, no matter how much Henry wanted to steer him towards the new guy at the precinct. Hahahahaha!

Henry is the perfect father figure for both of them and Jackson's mom is the perfect villain, LOL. 

The narration was perfection, Michael Ferraiuolo has this knack for comedy that suits Leland to a T and his Jackson's voice had me swooning all over the place.

Hitman's Guide II was just amazing, fun and interesting and hilarious and intriguing and I swear I could read/listen to Leland and Jackson's adventures and never get tired of them. 

Frankly, this is now one of my top series ever and if you have the chance to listen to the audiobooks, you really have to. There's just nothing like listening to Michael performing these amazingly hilarious books by Alice Winters.

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  • HelenMK69
  • 12-05-2020

Such a fun filled book.

I haven't laughed so much since the last Hitmams Guide.
Alice Winters knows how to make her characters come to life and Michael really added the final touches.
Comedy is written throughout this book, with loving touches and maybe a few deaths. You really can't describe this book, it's one you have to read or listen to, to really appreciate it. Having read and then listened to them, I have a big silly grin on my face. I probably look a little manic just like the MC. Such a great book/audio.

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  • NiRo
  • 30-04-2020

Entertaining and hilarious!

I love this series. The characters are well rounded and instantly loveable. I re listened to the first book to remind myself of the story and during both books I embarrassed myself by snort laughing in public. Can’t recommend them enough. Really hope there’s a book three, maybe for Castle? 🤞

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  • Katie townsend
  • 26-04-2020

fun flirty intense and mysterious

being back with jackson and leland was such a fun hilarious mysterious flirty place to be

alice Winters once again took us on a fun and mysterious adventure alongside Jackson and leland with another incredible storyline that you did not want to put down and asking for more

Michael ferraiuolo performance was beautiful and he brought leland and jackson to life beautifully and how i imagined they would sound like and has you laughing form one page to the next