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  • Nightingale

  • Autor: Aleksandr Voinov
  • Sprecher: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Spieldauer: 8 Std. und 26 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Sprecher
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Geschichte
    5 out of 5 stars 1

In Nazi-occupied Paris, most Frenchmen tread warily, but gay nightclub singer Yves Lacroix puts himself in the spotlight with every performance. As a veteran of France's doomed defense, a survivor of a prison camp, and a "degenerate", he knows he's a target. His comic stage persona disguises a shamed, angry heart and gut-wrenching fear for a sister embedded in the Resistance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great and poetic book about survival

  • Von Sunne Am hilfreichsten 09.06.2018

A great and poetic book about survival

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 09.06.2018

Just to make that clear in the beginning: This is really not a "Nazi-romance".

This is a book that happens to take place during WWII - and you can't write about this time without having Nazis in a book. And it's less a romance than a book about surviving during a bleak time in history in Paris and being gay.

Yves isn't a "hero" character, he's afraid, calls himself a coward. He's an opportunist but not always willingly. He starts a "friendship" with Oberst Heinrich von Starck, in the beginning solely based on the fact that it could be useful to have some high ranking German as a "friend". While he actually starts to like Heinrich as a person, he realizes also that these Germans are people, too. But his feelings never go further than mere respect for the person and maybe - if the situation would have been different - friendship. Their sexual relationship is something that happens out of the feeling of obligations from Yves side. He knows he is Heinrich's "mistress" and their sex revolves around Heinrich's needs.
Heinrich von Stark is a conflicted person, groomed to be rank, rooted deeply in his upbringing. He cares for Yves - I don't think he even sees how he is using his position of power to get what he wants from him. He is - deep, deep down - a decent but conflicted person. He tries to do things right, to make things right - in the end...oh wait...spoiler.... ;)
On the other hand - there is Falk, this German soldier whom Yves had saved from assault. Despite being not able to really communicate with each other, they enjoy each others company. Falk comes back again and again. The man is a poet and he falls in love with Yves. He is the opposite to Heinrich - he gives him space and loves him without expecting to be loved back.

So - while there is a romance in this book, in my opinion the main theme is survival, even on the cost of your ideals, your pricipales. A good example is the menue of the Palace, the place where Yves sings. It's changed to German and then later to English...just adjust to survive.

So - once again Aleksandr Voinov created a book with "non-hero" main characters and I couldn't do anything else but love it. The book is full of real atmosphere and honest emotions.
I loved it.

The narrator fits the character - I loved listening to it.

  • Skybound

  • Autor: Aleksandr Voinov
  • Sprecher: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Spieldauer: 1 Std. und 21 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Sprecher
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Geschichte
    5 out of 5 stars 2

The Third Reich is on its knees as Allied forces bomb Berlin to break the last resistance. Yet on an airfield near Berlin, the battle is far from over for a young mechanic, Felix, who's attached to a squadron of fighter pilots. He's especially attached to fighter ace Baldur Vogt, a man he admires and secretly loves. But there's no room for love at the end of the world, never mind in Nazi Germany.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Narration for an Amazing Short Story

  • Von Melanie Faber Am hilfreichsten 07.10.2015

A gem - what else can I say?

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 02.10.2015

The story made me FEEL it...everything, like I was part in it. I mean, I felt Felix's cold feet like I also felt the strange mix of emotions.
It was soooo good - and it didn't hurt that it ended a bit positive. Okay, I admit, I don't think that everything will be so easy as the end tries to make me believe. But it makes me hope that they actually will have a future.

The writing itself is beyond skilled, emotions transfered by masterful use of words, no unneccessary flowery language. The facts are straight, very well researched, just mere facts, showing humans, capturing this period perfectly.

I've read it several times before I've bought the audiobook (yes, it is soo good).
The narrator gives it a slightly different touch, a slightest hint of musing, while reading it myself I found Felix more pragmatic. Aaaand isn't that the added bonus? Because I like it both ways :D

  • Waiting for Rain

  • Autor: Susan Mac Nicol
  • Sprecher: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Spieldauer: 10 Std. und 17 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Sprecher
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Geschichte
    3 out of 5 stars 3

The village of Stamford, the quintessential chocolate-box English scene, seemed an impossible dream for foster kid Toby Prentiss. Now he's found a home among the haystacks and village fairs as the general manager for the Duck and Drake Hotel. With the fears and demons from his youth hidden away in this bucolic oasis, he's very protective of who he lets in. Until he stumbles across shirtless carpenter Rain Engel building the hotel's new custom-designed bar.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A bit overcrowded story but hot and entertaining

  • Von Sunne Am hilfreichsten 30.08.2015

A bit overcrowded story but hot and entertaining

Gesamt
4 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
3 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 30.08.2015

As an audiobook addict I’m always happy for new audiobooks – especially those I haven’t already read in print before. I knew the author from two other books, one I really liked and the other one was good but not a good fit for me. So I was kind of curious about this one.

Let’s talk about the narration first: It was okay for me. I liked the narrator for Toby’s voice. Rain was spoken with a slight accent, which sounded a bit odd sometimes. I have to admit I have no idea if it fits a South African Accent, it also could have been Scottish to me  - but I’m German and what do I know. But the tempo and the accentuations did work for me mostly. Matthew Lloyd Davies is definitely on the list of narrators I can listen to.

The book itself was somehow in between really good and okay. I liked the MCs, they were not perfect, acted sometimes very human. Unfortunately they also acted sometimes just a bit too stupid…..I’m looking at both, Toby and Rain here…
But there was a lot of stuff going on and sometimes it just felt crowded: A boss in love, both MCs having hang-ups over experiences in the past, sheep thief (and sheep phobia), gay bashing, missing father, etc.
The good chemistry Toby and Rain had going on suffered a bit because of this.
Thus said, the sex is hot, the two are good as a couple after a few hitches. Rain delivers the additional bonus of being a talented pole dancer. I also liked how most of the time they worked on the relationship. They were not stereotyped book characters but had their quirks and little human faults.
And did I mention that the sex was hot? Ups, sorry, I did.
Of the side characters I especially liked Lucas, who didn’t sit on his opinion from time to time.
What I didn’t like were some stupid moves like Toby’s not telling anybody about the harrasment, Toby getting a bit too emotional towards the end of the book, he cried a few times, and Rain letting his former boyfriend kiss him. Sorry, but this was the fifth book in a row with a kiss to be misunderstood – I’m so over this.

All together I enjoyed listening to it. It won’t make its way to my all-time favorites but it’s also a book I can imagine listening to a second time.

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  • Fall Down the Mountain (The Mountains)

  • Autor: P. D. Singer
  • Sprecher: Finn Sterling
  • Spieldauer: 7 Std. und 7 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Sprecher
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Geschichte
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Every night ski patrol Mark McAvoy relives the avalanche that took a life on his watch. Emotionally fragile and single by choice, he's aghast at his friends' taking charge of his social life. Hosting a potluck will at least provide him with a good meal. Invited to the potluck on a whim, Allan Tengerdie catches Mark's eye - and taste buds. This cuddly chef could be perfect for a lonely, too-thin skier; too bad Allan falls better than he skis.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid audiobook, good narrator

  • Von Sunne Am hilfreichsten 31.01.2015

Solid audiobook, good narrator

Gesamt
4 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
4 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 31.01.2015

Was hat Ihnen das Hörerlebnis von Fall Down the Mountain (The Mountains) besonders unterhaltsam gemacht?

Audiobook:

Narrator - good voice, well paced. I like it.

Story: Maybe a bit too smooth but solid.

I actually hadn't realized that it is part of a series but it wasn't a problem. I'm going to listen to the other books, too.

  • Living Again

  • Autor: Brynn Stein
  • Sprecher: Randy Fuller
  • Spieldauer: 6 Std. und 20 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Sprecher
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Geschichte
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Daniel Larson has walled himself off from any possibility of romance since his lover died violently five years ago in Afghanistan. The same bomb that ended his partner’s life took the lower part of Daniel’s left leg. The only support Daniel has, his Uncle Lawrence, is dead-set against anything homosexual, including Daniel. Now, a popular language teacher at the local university, Daniel's suffering from a car accident that broke his one good leg.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Only because of the narrator.....

  • Von Sunne Am hilfreichsten 10.12.2014

Only because of the narrator.....

Gesamt
2 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
4 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
1 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 10.12.2014

Würden Sie dieses Hörbuch einem Freund empfehlen? Wenn ja, was würden Sie ihm dazu sagen?

If your child suffers from missing limbs, missing part of the lungs or a heart disease, you probably might not want to read about another child going into surgery. Stay away from this book.


I bought the book because narrator Randy Fuller is a good one.

And while his reading was - as always - perfect, the book just lacked ...and to be honest, it started okay, average, not really special but okay. Unfortunately it went downhill from there.

Let's just put the most important issues here:

Both MCs are so guarded and reluctant to commit to anything, it really hurt. For grown men, who should be able to honestly decide stuff from time to time...well, they were just kind of tooooo chickenhearted. Then - they never talked (at least I got the impression because obvously weeks were passing without any discussions about their issues) and then on the other hand, they talked without solutions, just another "you don't trust me" with tears-moment. I'm not sure, but it would be interesting how many shiny eyes had been mentioned in the book. So it got more and more of the same issues and the repetition got boring.

Then Ethan...yes, he was adorable. So, this going to be serious: As someone with a kid with a heart problem, I really would have appreciated if anywhere in the blurb Ethan's problems had been mentioned a bit more clearly than "handicapped" and "medical condition".

I've found the whole set-up very sloppy. Ethan must be the exception from the rule because a child with his handicaps being as energetic as he is described??? Sorry, I have only experienced the opposite so far. Also, after a heart surgery transporting the kid back to his room??? Geez - I hope that my kid never needs one in the US if that is the usual way. My son had been in the ICU for a few days with his personal nurse.
So...while I liked Ethan, his character, actions and story didn't fit. In the end I was just annoyed.

Let's talk about Uncle Lawrence. Why was he even in the book? To add a villian? Geez, that was kind of useless. For that he wasn't present enough. The only thing I got to see because of him was that Daniel took far too long in my opinion to man up and show him the door. Why the **** did he even allow his uncle to pay for his nurse? And being afraid of him? Oh my...poor Jonah, your "spouse to be" is kind of a wuss...

I think if I hadn't loved the narrator, I wouldn't have finished. For me it defintely was the wrong book. Readers who love overly romantic, tearstained declarations, commitment-shy timid MCs who just think over and over again how much the other one already means to them...(yes, phrases like this have been used over and over again), sprinkled with a dose of adorable cute sick kid, they will love this book.

Würden Sie sich wieder etwas von Brynn Stein anhören?

Nein

Haben Sie vorher schon ein Hörbuch mit Randy Fuller gehört? Wie würden Sie beide vergleichen?

Nein, aber die Hörprobe hatte überzeugt.

Hätten Sie das Hörbuch am liebsten in einem Rutsch durchgehört?

Nein

  • Who We Are

  • Autor: TJ Klune
  • Sprecher: Charlie David
  • Spieldauer: 12 Std. und 42 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Geschichte
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Bear, Otter, and the Kid survived last summer with their hearts and souls intact. They've moved into the Green Monstrosity, and Bear is finally able to admit his love for the man who saved him from himself. But that's not the end of their story. How could it be? The boys find that life doesn't stop just because they got their happily ever after. There's still the custody battle for the Kid. The return of Otter's parents. A first trip to a gay bar. The Kid goes to therapy, and Mrs. Paquinn decides that Bigfoot is real.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it

  • Von Sunne Am hilfreichsten 20.02.2014

Love it

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 20.02.2014

I really really liked Bear, Otter and the Kid and this is the sequel...which I ABSOLUTELY LOVE AND ADORE!! It's better than the first book. I laughed, cried and blushed. Bear is hilarious to follow in his thoughts and one of my best moments was when he really blurted out everything and kid looks at him and comments that this must be the way Bear is thinking. Just saying...you need to read.

Charlie David is a great choice for it.

  • The Dark Tide

  • Adrien English Mysteries, Book 5
  • Autor: Josh Lanyon
  • Sprecher: Chris Patton
  • Spieldauer: 8 Std. und 10 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Sprecher
    5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Geschichte
    5 out of 5 stars 36

When a half-century old skeleton tumbles out of the wall in the midst of the renovation of Cloak and Dagger Bookstore renovation, Adrien turns to hot and handsome ex-lover Jake Riordan -- now out-of-the closet and working as a private detective. Jake is only too happy to have reason to stay in close contact with Adrien, but there are more surprises in Adrien's past than either one of them expects -- and one of them may prove hazardous to Jake's own heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a "classic" already

  • Von Sunne Am hilfreichsten 20.02.2014

This is a "classic" already

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 20.02.2014

Okay, this is for all five Adrien English mysteries:

This is one of the best series in the genre. You can't read only one of the books, they have a single well crafted and unique mystery plot in each one, but the love story spreads over all five books and is everything, from hot to bittersweet to heartbreaking and ...uff...in the end so good.

Chris Patton is the perfect choice for Adrien.

If I could give more than 5 stars, I would.

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  • Fair Game

  • Autor: Josh Lanyon
  • Sprecher: Sawyer Allerde
  • Spieldauer: 6 Std. und 49 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Geschichte
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

A crippling knee injury forced Elliot Mills to trade in his FBI badge for dusty chalkboards and bored college students. Now a history professor at Puget Sound university, the former agent has put his old life behind him, but it seems his old life isn't finished with him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Geschichte sehr gut, Sprecher mittelmäßig

  • Von S.H. Am hilfreichsten 31.01.2015

Josh Lanyon is a sure thing

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 20.02.2014

This story has a plot, well done MCs, is written perfectly and on top, the narrator fits. It shows that Josh Lanyon has his own hands in choosing the narrators of his books.
If you don't know him as an author, this is something you should change immediately.

Thrilling story, great romance with chemistry, great writing, can you wish for more?

  • My Roommate's a Jock? Well, Crap!

  • Autor: Wade Kelly
  • Sprecher: Jason Lovett
  • Spieldauer: 9 Std. und 21 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Geschichte
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Cole Reid has been a social recluse since he was 15, when he was outed by his high school baseball team. Since then, his obsessive behavior and sarcastic nature have driven away most of the population, and everyone else hates him because he's gay. As he sees it, he's bound to repulse any prospective friends, let alone boyfriends, so why bother? By the time Cole enters college, he's become a loner - but it's not a problem until his roommate graduates and the housing department assigns Ellis Montgomery to move in with Cole.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and entertaining

  • Von Sunne Am hilfreichsten 20.02.2014

Funny and entertaining

Gesamt
4 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
4 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
4 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 20.02.2014

Higly entertaining, very funny, cute and snarky MCs, and a good choice for the narrator. I really liked it.

  • Widdershins

  • Whyborne & Griffin, Book 1
  • Autor: Jordan L. Hawk
  • Sprecher: Julian G. Simmons
  • Spieldauer: 9 Std. und 15 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Sprecher
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Geschichte
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Repressed scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne has two skills: reading dead languages and hiding in his office at the Ladysmith Museum. After the tragic death of the friend he secretly loved, he's ruthlessly suppressed any desire for another man. So when handsome ex-Pinkerton Griffin Flaherty approaches him to translate a mysterious book, Whyborne wants to finish the job and get rid of the detective as quickly as possible. Griffin left the Pinkertons following the death of his partner, hoping to start a new life. But the powerful cult that murdered Glenn has taken root in Widdershins, and only the spells in the book can stop them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good, solid and a great start to a new series

  • Von Sunne Am hilfreichsten 01.01.2014

Good, solid and a great start to a new series

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
4 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 01.01.2014

So - first point - the narrator did a good job, I liked his voice and his understated way fits the book perfectly.

The book itself:
I liked it - I loved the whole setting, the characters, the storyline and the lovestory. Actually, everything was nearly perfect. Even the revelation that the at first glance "perfect" Griffin wasn't as perfect as one would think.

For me it dragged a bit in the beginning but I couldn't put my finger on where and why. Probably just a personal problem ;)

I have the feeling I should give it 5 stars because I wouldn't know what to change to make it better (oh, wait...one last real love scene at the end, that would have been nice).

But for me it missed the last "wow"-spark - I'm going over this review again when I have relistened to it in a few months.

So it's not 5 stars but it's also better than 4 stars. 4,5 stars then.