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6 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Audiobook Book Brian Cherry coming of age Contemporary Enemies to Lovers Gay GFY/OFY Heat Index m/f m/m Mid level angst Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series Purchased Scorching/high heat

Black Balled Audiobook by: Andrea Smith and Eva LeNoir Narrated by: Joel Leslie

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Audible Link

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Blurb

Two dominant males, two worthy adversaries, in a business that takes no prisoners will soon learn that fate refuses to be ignored.
My name is Troy Babilonia, but I’m best known as Babu, a renowned literary critic with my own online column. I’m followed by thousands! I’m a living god in the literary world. I have no filter, and for that my flock of humble followers are forever grateful. If it weren’t for me, they wouldn’t know what to read. I have zero tolerance for weak-minded attention seekers, nor do I have respect for the self-proclaimed geniuses of the indie world. My advice to all indie authors is to never break the cardinal rule in this cutthroat business. Ever.
My name is L. Blackburn, and I’m an indie author. My extraordinary genius was loved and worshiped throughout the literary world until one egocentric critic tried to obliterate my career. It seems I broke some “cardinal rule”, and now I’m paying the price for it. But I don’t plan on going down without a fight.

Review

When an indie writer goes too far in the comments section of a snarky
reviewer who has made a career out of gleefully destroying writers, things
escalate into an unhealthy obsession between both men. Very different and
fun, performed by the always excellent Joel Leslie. I can’t express enough
just how unique the book is. This is a romance, but both men are self
absorbed, shallow misanthropes who don’t really change all that much. They
don’t become better people, they just fall madly completely in love. If
you like your leads to be nice this won’t be for you, but if you can get
down with quirky, dirty-sexy protagonists, you’ll dig this.

6 of 5 stars!

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Crime Wave Audiobook by Adam Carpenter Narrated by Joel Leslie

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Blurb

Jimmy McSwain returns to help his sister’s boyfriend fight a murder charge – and finds he may just have a lead on a cold case. Hell’s Kitchen private investigator Jimmy McSwain returns in a twisting tale of past sins and present-day vengeance.
Jimmy McSwain isn’t thrilled about taking a case for free – but when his sister fears her boyfriend, Rocky, is cheating on her, he has no choice. But the case takes a deadly turn when Rocky is standing over the body of a man he was just seen kissing, and he’s holding the gun. He begs Jimmy to prove his innocence. Meanwhile, as a sweltering heat wave claims New York City, a gunman with a thirst for blood is targeting Manhattan deli owners and has already claimed two victims. Jimmy knows a thing or two about those – 14 years ago his father was killed outside a deli, and it’s possible today’s killer could be linked to that unsolved murder, one that continues to haunt Jimmy.
Enlisting the aid of sexy NYPD Captain Francis X. Frisano, Jimmy finds himself torn between the two cases, as well as the heat simmering between himself and the hot cop. Suddenly a quiet summer has erupted into a full blown crime wave.

Review

Excellent second book in the Jimmy McSwain Files series. As there are
continuing subplots and character and relationship developments you should
definitely read the first book before this one. The mystery is intriguing
with surprising twists, there are sexy moments than build on the
relationship, and the characters are delightfully free of stereotypical
tropes. The characters are more like real people with quirks and unique
personalities than cookie cutter characters we get all too often. Joel
Leslie, one of my favorite narrators, brings the story to life, bringing a
nearly full cast feel to the performance. Highly recommended!

5 of 5 Stars

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A Walk Through Fire Audiobook by Felice Stevens Narrated by Kale Williams

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Audible Link

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Blurb

Years after running away from an abusive foster family, Asher Davis still
struggles with the guilt of leaving his foster brothers behind. He’s
climbed to unimaginable heights as a ruthless, high-powered attorney,
creating a life of power and control.

Blaming himself for the death of his parents, Dr. Drew Klein retreats into
a shell of loneliness, merely going through the motions of life. After a
disastrous, short-lived marriage, Drew leaves his lucrative medical
practice to set up a clinic for abused young men and women. The decision
has more repercussions than Drew could ever imagine when the dark and
sensual Ash Davis volunteers to help. Although Drew isn’t gay, Ash is
inexplicably drawn to him. He vows to simply bed him and forget him like
he’s done with every other man. However, Drew’s sweet and caring nature
and unexpected passion both stun and frighten Ash, who questions his right
to any happiness at all. And when Ash befriends an abused young man who
unwittingly draws the clinic into danger, threatening Drew’s safety and
that of his beloved grandmother, Ash discovers that there is nothing he
won’t sacrifice to protect the love he never thought he’d find.

Review

Here we have a story with a lot of potential- the meet cute is awesome:  Asher is the
lawyer for Drew’s wife during their divorce! Unfortunately, very little is
done with that set up, which is a shame 🙁     –  I thought there was a lot of
potential with that dynamic.
Instead, Drew, a doctor, winds up volunteering at a youth center where Ash
also volunteers.  I was disappointed that very little was done with
their respective careers at all. The two men get off on the wrong foot –
Drew is put off by Asher’s promiscuity – (there is a steamy scene where Drew
catches Ash in a casual sexual encounter), but over time he does see Ash’s
good qualities – like how passionately he cares for the kids under his watch and 
the sensitive side he hides from the world.
Ash has withdrawn from true intimacy with other people due to severe
sexual abuse he suffered from his foster father, while Drew is detached
from his feelings after the deaths of his parents years ago. Through their
friendship both men are slowly drawn out of their respective shells.

Drew, although recently divorced, is somewhat sexually ambiguous. He seems to be
going through the motions with his previous relationships, and had a
history of a few drunken three-ways in college.  So – while he’s “coming out
for Ash” –  it’s a much more believable set up than the average “gay for you”
– but there’s something of that in the set up.

Drew’s sweet grandmother takes a shine to Ash and is a lovable supporting
character who encourages the relationship. Drew’s friends don’t approve of
Ash and there’s a fair amount of slut shaming that I found frustrating but
felt very believable at the same time.
The sex is steamy and exciting; the pacing of the story is a bit slow but
the characters are very likable and their relationship very believable and
compelling. It’s always a big plus when you can understand why the
characters are in love.
There’s an interesting subplot of Ash looking for the foster brothers he
left behind that I hope will be continued in further books.

Audio

Kale Williams brings the cast to life beautifully. His deep, sexy voice
for Ash was a particular highlight.

Recommended with 4 of 5 stars

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4.5 stars 5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Audiobook Author Provided Beth Jumper Book Brian Cherry class difference Fated Mates Gay Heat Index Historical Homophobia Hurt/Abuse Hurt/comfort Insta Love Length m/m Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Morgan New Adult Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Opposites attract Paranormal Part of a Series Purchased Race/Species Difference Recent Past Shifter vampire Virgin

Author Spotlight: Cardeno C Until Forever Comes (Mates Book 2) Audiobook narrated by Charlie David

Blurb

Ethan Abbatt is a wolf shifter who can’t shift. Plagued by pain and weakness all his life, he hopes to find an honorable death by joining his pack mates in a vampire attack. Instead, Ethan learns two things: draining his blood releases his pain and his wolf, and he has a true mate—a vampire named Miguel.

Miguel Rodriguez is more than four centuries old. Strong, powerful, and vicious, he walks through life as a shadow, without happiness or affection. When a young shifter tells Miguel they’re true mates, destined to be together, Miguel sends him away. But Ethan is persistent, and Miguel can’t resist for long. Once Miguel gives in, being together comes naturally. The challenge is keeping themselves alive so they can stay by each other’s side until forever comes.

 

Review by Beth

I had read this book several years ago and once I started listening it all came back to me. It’s a good story. Ethan a weak wolf who has health problems is looking for a quick way to end it all. He meets Miguel and suddenly realizes he is his true mate and has a reason to live. Cardeno does a good job creating a world that is plausible. The interactions of all of the secondary characters are appropriate. Many situations made me want to Laugh, the humor was great! Just a nice easy read.

Story Rating: 4 Stars

 

Audio:

This is the first time I have listened to Charlie David as a narrator and let me say he definitely made this story! His accents, his delivery, and his levels of volume, (I think it’s the first story I have heard someone whisper) had me smiling and looking for reasons to listen more than I should. I will definitely look for more books done by him!

Audio Rating: 5 stars

Overall 4.5 stars

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Review by Morgan

Though this is book 2 in the series, but really it’s the prequel to book one. We meet Miguel and Ethan in the end of book one and this is their story.
Ethan is a shifter who can’t shift. He’s a runt and suffers from a debilitating condition that makes him weak, hardly able to run and makes him unlikely to even survive long into adulthood. So, he decides that the best way out of the bad situation he’s in is to volunteer to fight the encroaching vampires with some of the other young men from his pack. (Essentially a suicide mission for someone with no ability to shift.)
Miguel is an ancient vampire who “knows” shifters don’t mate vampires, even though he finds Ethan entrancing. Miguel is almost put down for being feral because his thirst is so strong that he nearly bleeds half a dozen humans trying to get his fill.
After a couple funny conversations Miguel and Ethan realize they are the solution to the other’s “problems”. Ethan has too much blood and being drained actually makes him healthier. Miguel’s endless thirst is only quenched by Ethan’s blood. (Which should be poisonous as vampires normally can’t drink shifter blood without dying.)
The rest of this super sweet story is Miguel and Ethan working out their mating and helping the other shifters with their human/land problems and then finally overcoming the bad seed vampire trouble in town.
**
I LOVE this book. I’ve read it and listened to it dozens of times. The chemistry between Ethan and Miguel is both really hot and so tender and sweet – the perfect combination!
Ethan is so funny and sincere – I love his simple take on life. Miguel is just jaded enough to have some rough edges that Ethan smoothens out very nicely.
I love a shifter book that actually has some shifting in it and I love the “tying” that Ethan does with his “monster cock” ☺
Charlie David does an amazing job with the narration. He’s funny and emotional and his southern accent is perfect. I could listen to this every day!
5 of 5 stars 

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Review by Brian

There’s a lot of interesting paranormal things going on here.
Ethan is a werewolf who’s never been able to shift, something that even
very young boys should be able to do. This essentially makes him disabled
in shifter society and he had his family have been ostracized because of
this. Not expecting to live long anyways due to his health problems, Ethan
joins the other young shifters in his pack on a poorly planned attack on
some vampires, expecting to at least die with honor. Instead Ethan meets
sexy vampire Miguel, who is his very unexpected mate, and everything
changes.
Ethan was a cute, likable lead. He’s funny and sweet, although I was a
little frustrated at how helpless and powerless he was. He generally was a
victim to be rescued every time the action picked up. His mate Miguel is
sexy, but I found his character to be drawn in broad strokes. He was
powerful and very old but I didn’t get a strong feel for his personality.
Luckily Ethan was outgoing enough he compensated for that really well.
The sex was hot, the romance moved along pretty fast, which isn’t
surprising in a true mates situation.
The shifter culture was explored enough to whet my interest for more.
Their society didn’t come off as a place you’d want to live, with false
beliefs about heterosexuality being believed to be necessary to maintain a
balance between their wolves and human nature, and the pack was
surprisingly naive about how to live among human society, but those
problems made the community a more interesting backdrop.
The conflicts between vampire and werewolf worlds were done well, although
I’d have liked to see even more of it. I haven’t read the first book in
the series but I had no problem following the story so it worked well as a
stand along.
Charlie David was an enjoyable narrator. He captured youthful and innocent
Ethan and exotic worldly Miguel both well.
4 of 5 stars

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Hidden Identity Audiobook by Adam Carpenter Narrated by Joel Leslie

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Audible Link

http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Hidden-Identity-Audiobook/B01E04IJN6/ref=a_listener__cco_1_10_i

Blurb

When Jimmy McSwain is hired to find missing heir Harris Rothschild, he finds that identities can be altered and lives can be changed – or taken with the simple pull of the trigger. Jimmy McSwain is a New York City private detective, operating out of Hell’s Kitchen, the rough and tumble neighborhood he grew up in. At age 14, he watched as his NYPD father was gunned down. Now, at age 28, and gay, Jimmy has never given up pursuit of whoever killed him. But a PI must make a living, and so he’s taken on the case of missing heir Harris Rothschild, whose overbearing father doesn’t approve of his “alternate” lifestyle.
Tracking down Harris is easier than expected, but the carnage that follows isn’t. With a shocking murder on his hands, and a threat coming from some unforeseen person, Jimmy’s caseload is suddenly full, and very dangerous.

Review

A fast paced gay noir mystery. The protagonist is a hunky gay New York PI
who is hired to find the missing gay son of a wealthy couple and gets
entangled in a murder mystery. Along the way he’s having hot sex and a
little romance while angsting over the murder of his father fifteen years
ago. It works well as a stand alone but there is a sequel Crime Wave I
have also reviewed.
Joel Leslie’s excellent narration gives each character a distinctive voice
that adds to the experience.

5 of 5 stars

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Author Spotlight: Cardeno C – Johnnie Audiobook (Siphon #1) Narrated by Greg Tremblay


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Dual Review Morgan and Brian!

Blurb

A Premier lion shifter, Hugh Landry dedicates his life to leading the Berk pride with strength and confidence. Hundreds of people depend on Hugh for safety, success, and happiness. And at over a century old, with more power than can be contained in one body, Hugh relies on a Siphon lion shifter to carry his excess force. 

When the Siphon endangers himself and therefore the pride, Hugh must pay attention to the man who has been his silent shadow for a decade. What he learns surprises him, but what he feels astounds him even more. 

Two lions, each born to serve, rely on one another to survive. After years by each other’s side, they’ll finally realize the depth of their potential, the joy in their passion, and a connection their kind has never known.

Audio Review by Morgan

(Previously Reviewed here:  http://kimichanexperience.com/johnnie-audiobook-siphon-1-by-cardeno-c-narrated-by-greg-tremblay/)

The book starts off with Hugh’s near death! Hugh, a lion shifter and Premier (head honcho) has so much energy in his body that he requires a Siphon (an extra being who can carry around the excess energy) to be near him at all times. When not near the Siphon or if the Siphon dies, the excess energy reverts back to the Premier and the overload is fatal. As a result the Siphon’s life is guarded zealously. But he’s not necessarily treated well, beyond that.

In this case the Siphon has been protected and yet ignored since birth, so much so that he doesn’t even have a name! His feelings of desperation and loneliness cause him to take measures into his own hands, and as a result he almost ends up killing both himself and his Premier.

Hugh finally takes notice of his Siphon’s depression and starts to fix things by first giving him a name (everyone has only ever called him the Siphon), Johnnie.

What happens next is the bonding of Hugh and Johnnie and the revelation that they can mean even more to each other as mates than simply Siphon and Premier.

There are hurdles: jealous shifters want to take the Siphon both for their own and to hurt Hugh. Neither Hugh nor Johnnie know how to handle their newfound relationship and neither does the pack.   But in the end we get a wonderful Cardeno happy ending that will bring tears to your eyes.

**

I just absolutely adore Cardeno C books! This is another wonderful new shifter series and I can’t wait for more! I loved the “energy” sharing twist and the very dark, dark beginning. It was quite a contrast to the very happy and light tenor the rest of the story carries.

Johnnie is wonderfully sweet and Hugh adorably clueless. Their love is tender and sincere, the sex is hot and the story moves so quickly you wonder where the time went.

I loved this book and highly recommend it to Cardeno fans, shifter fans, and fans of sweet love stories.

6 of 5 stars

Audio

Greg. Tremblay. Sigh.

I just love him!

He did another absolutely amazing job with this. He gives so much emotion to poor Johnnie and does a fantastic job giving Hugh just the right amount of robotic certitude (at first) then utter adoration as he discovers his deep love for Johnnie.

It’s always like diving into a movie when listening to Greg tell his tales. I know I’m going to be blown away when he’s listed as the narrator and he never disappoints. When I see his name it’s an auto-buy for me!

Having him read this story that I loved so much was simply paradise and I listened to it all right away and started listening to it for the second time immediately again, because it’s just that good.

6 of 5 stars

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Book Review by Brian

Cardeno C. is a master at sweet romance, and her fans will be happy with
Johnnie.
Our hero is a siphon, possessing a rare psychic ability to drain excess
energy from powerful people who are endangered by the excess energy they
generate. Since this gift is so rare and necessary, our hero has been kept
in lavish isolation, pampered and protected but kept so completely alone
that he doesn’t have friends or even a name.
This lonely existence drives the nameless boy to attempt suicide, which
catches the attention of his master, Hugh, who while thoughtless of him
before, is not unkind. Hugh’s attempts to understand and help the boy he
names Johnnie causes a love to blossom between them.
There’s a fair amount of angst at the beginning – our lead is suicidal
after all – but things start looking up and it overall makes for a happy
warm romance. It’s a really enjoyable read, although I’d have liked more
action.

4 of 5 stars

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Review for Drawn Together Audiobook by Z.A. Maxfield Narrated by Greg Boudreaux

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Blurb

Re-release of best-selling 2009 novel – What happens when Rory travels halfway across the country to meet the girl of his dreams? Certainly not what he expected.
Rory’s just a simple southern boy from St. Antoine’s Parish, Louisiana, but he knows what he wants – the girl of his dreams, reclusive and mysterious artist Ran Yamane. He’s loved her since junior high school, and now he has the chance to meet her. He chucks everything and travels 1,500 miles to Anime Expo in Long Beach just so he can tell her. He’s determined that nothing and nobody are going to stand in his way.
Turns out, Ran Yamane isn’t a girl, but he gets that a lot. People come to him with teddy bears and chocolates and disappointment by the truckload. He’s trusted fans in the past and paid the price. So when he meets Rory he is understandably wary, but resigned. He isn’t prepared for his magnetic attraction to the young man, Rory’s apparent willingness to overlook his gender, and the chaos that ensues when his number one fan (and psycho stalker) shows up to get revenge.

Review

This book had some of the best characters I’ve read in awhile. I left the
book more than a little in love with hunky Cajun leading man Rory. The
characters and their relationship just felt very real. It’s a rare book
where I really understand why the characters fall in love. These guys just
clicked and you can feel the connection. The action and adventure is
exciting and captivating. I now want to read all of Maxfield’s books and
Greg Boudreaux’s narration brought the characters to vibrant life. Highly
recommended.

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The Duke in Denial: Scandal in Sussex Audiobook by Alexandra Answorth Narrated by Joel Leslie

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Blurb

Sebastian Lewis never expected to become a duke. But with the sudden deaths of his cousin and uncle, Sebastian’s position changes. He is determined to fulfill his new responsibilities with grace, even if it means remarrying, and even if the attractions of women, so often lauded by poets, fail to interest him.
Captain William Carlisle, newly returned from India, is elated when he meets Sebastian. Nobody knows of his inclinations, but his harrowing experiences in battle have prompted him to reach for the type of companionship he longs for. He thinks Sebastian might feel an attraction as well, but to his dismay, he discovers that Sebastian is courting his sister, Dorothea.
After a semi-arranged engagement and a disconcerting romantic tangle with William, Sebastian escapes London to look after his manor, only to face mysterious thefts, a headless ghost, and the arrival of his fiancée, her brother, and his family. Sebastian’s new estate sits on the south coast, England’s most vulnerable location, and Napoleon has set his sights on conquering the area. Amid this growing turmoil, Sebastian must sort out his feelings for his fiancée’s brother and keep his home safe…and determine if he has the courage to reach for his own happiness in the process.
This is a gay regency historical romance.

Review

This is a regency gay romance, the period is well drawn, with a really
likable cast of characters and a romance I was rooting for very quickly.
Within a short time the lead characters had won me over to really liking
them and I listened intently to find out what would happen next. There’s
another book in the series focusing on another couple coming out soon, and
I look forward to returning to the beautiful world in this story.

5 of 5 stars

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Don’t Twunk With My Heart Audiobook by Renae Kaye Narrated by Joel Leslie – Review by Brian Cherry!

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Blurb

Kee Smith isn’t sure who he is anymore. He knows who he used to be—the ignored gay son who chose a blue-collar job just because no one expected it, the submissive bottom who enjoyed large, masculine jocks who put him in his place, the sleek, fashionable twink who partied all night. But after his ex-boyfriend hit Kee and called him names, Kee retired from the social scene.

Back after a year’s hiatus, Kee still doesn’t know where he fits. His friends say he’s a twunk—a twink who put on muscle and turned into a hunk—but Kee is searching for somewhere to belong. Instead of going back to his usual type, Kee hooks up with twink Tate Stevens—a fashion-industry professional who works the image hard. It proves to be the best decision he’s ever made, and not just because he’s starting to regain his sexual confidence.

With Tate, Kee can open up about his fears and confusion without ridicule. Tate has his own fears about putting on weight and getting old. It will take work to make a relationship of opposites succeed, but they begin to realize the compromises will be worth it if they can be together.

(Previously reviewed on this site by Morgan)

Review

 

This is a cute sequel to Loving Jay. There are interesting themes explored
of aging and body image in the gay community that anyone can relate to, as
well as dealing with a past history of abuse in a previous relationship.
The serious issues are balanced well with sweet romance and the support of
friends, which includes supporting characters Liam and Jamie from Loving
Jay which was really nice to revisit those likable characters. I’m looking
forward to reading future books in this series.

Audio

Joel Leslie’s narration brings the story to life dynamically.

4 of 5 stars

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Foxe Tail Audiobook by Haley Walsh Narrated by Joel Leslie – Review by Brian Cherry!

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Blurb

Gay teacher Skyler Foxe thought teaching English was murder. Wait till he falls into the real thing.

Skyler Foxe is a brand new English teacher in his hometown of Redlands, CA. He loves literature, loves his students, loves his friends, especially his best friend Detective Sidney Feldman. But he doesn’t love keeping his orientation a secret, afraid of the backlash in this conservative county. But will murder thrust him into unwanted limelight?

Who killed the principal’s son outside a gay dance club? And what’s the connection to James Polk High? Is the macho football coach or his mysterious and gorgeous new assistant coach involved? Can Skyler trust anyone at the high school when there seems to be conspiracies around every corner?

Review from Brian Cherry!

This is one of the most fun series I’ve ever read.

This is one of the most fun series I’ve ever read. The characters are all fun and engaging, the romance is steamy and really fresh and original. It subverts so many of the typical tropes of the genre and feels much more believable. The author creates not just a very likable cast of characters, but does the best friendships among gay men and a sense of community I’ve ever read.

Skyler, our hero, is a cute young teacher who stumbles onto a couple of mysteries. The main mystery is resolved, and a conclusion is reached, while the secondary mystery continues thru the next couple of book. By the time I’d listened to half the book I bought the whole series so that I continue listening without interruption.

Narrator Joel Leslie has read several books that I’ve listened to, and he is as always one of my favorite narrators. He gives each character their own distinctive voice that adds another dimension to the story. It’s easy to forget there’s just one guy doing the whole book.

Highest recommendation! 

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