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Bloody Marvelous! Encore!

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

Reviewed: 2021-04-09

Narrators Hannibal Hills and Nick J. Russo delivered one bloody awesome third installment of the Dominus historical saga by JP Kenwood. This was by far the best audiobook in the series! Absolutely the best M/M historical fantasy, and should not be missed. Hannibals’ entertaining delivery with might and main was medicinal and surely restorative. Especially, after I barely survived the long-winded frustratingly unsatisfying second audiobook Games of Rome and oh boy, was I peckish and murderous. But, fear no more, this audiobook makes up for it in spades. Enough for two doggy bags!

I listened at 1.5 speed. I found the delivery uplifting and humoristic. I had more than a few spontaneous booming explosive bouts of laughter.

This had the feel of an epic fantasy. A stunning well developed setting with magic, extraordinary drama and tension, war, conquests, bloody viciousness and of course hot sex! The cast of characters the author created is now well-loved and/or well hated. We get to choose sides and are able to taste victory. Triumphus Victoria!!!

And then Nick J Russo comes in the year 2007 and pisses on my fire with “It seems we have found your dagger Gaius, whoever the hell you were?” Ripping me backwards into the present time and common sense. Forcing me to face the depressing reality of the fact that this story happened 2000 years ago and Gaius is dead, and no matter what happened, he will still be dead, like a doorknob, unless we move over to paranormal fiction, which I won’t mind either. *rubbing hands together, while thinking about vampires*

Congratulations to the author who managed to pull all those strings so expertly, creating what I baptize as the best M/M Historical fiction of the year!

Yes, I do recommend this series

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OK, will listen to book 2

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

Reviewed: 2021-04-06

Narrator Cam Walkers’ lame delivery was neither entertaining nor inspiring, but rather dull. Honestly, I’m sure it would improve with more experience and self-assurance. He has a stunning voice, he can maneuver between 3-4 voices, which I appreciated because I could differentiate mostly between characters. Unfortunately, his breathing and cadence need a bit more practice. I listened at 1.8 speed to improve the long pauses and prevent myself from looking for shards of glass pieces to cut my pulses. More expression of emotion would go a long way in reading sex scenes and encourage angst and deeper emotional tension and depth. My opinion is don’t be afraid to raise your voice to express and carry meaning over to the listeners.

The author wrote a well-rounded contemporary romance with interesting characters, whose development flowed naturally and stuck on me like new velcro. I was amazed by how much detail the author was able to pack in such a short book but still managed to not make it feel rushed or full of holes like old swiss cheese. (PUN intended) I am intrigued enough to listen to book two. The characters introduced in the last chapter have me captivated enough to meet them and brave the narrator.

Audiobook recommended, listen at your own risk.

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⭐️🌟⭐️ Loved it ⭐️🌟⭐️

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

Reviewed: 2021-04-03

Beat those tambourines in sibilation and amazement of this author and narrator team. Narrator John Solo gifted us the second book of the highly anticipated and colourful hubbub about surviving the deadly wilderness of Oestend. His delivery carried the energy, passion and turmoil the author so passionately wrote. His stunning performance culminated in the matchless creative writing by Marie Sexton.

The author introduced various sexual identities very subtly and so beautifully captured transexual people and how they experience themselves, their world and their lovers. As a transexual gender fluid person myself I love how the relationship between Dante and Cami grew into bilateral affection, although they each perceive themselves as opposites but enjoy each others’ bodies for what the other lover believes themselves to be. Dante loved Cami wholeheartedly and indulged Cami because he loved her.

The book has multiple storylines and it keeps the listener guessing. It has all the elements for an excellent movie. It has a fabulous plot and sequence of events. It is unpredictable with borrowed elements from aboriginal songs and culture. From a country, I cannot pinpoint. It has mystery and murder, love and perseverance. With a message of subtle osmosis to equalize rather than blundering tactless invasion and annexation.

I definitely recommend this audiobook.

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Fantastic pairing of narrators

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

Reviewed: 2021-04-03

Big explosive back slaps to the cupid who brought these two narrators; Dan Calley and Michael Dean together. Dark and brooding meets adventurous firecracker. They did not only complement each other, but also their characters. I hope to hear more audiobooks narrated by this team of superbros! I was giddy and overabundantly excited when I pressed play. I was not disappointed!

The originality of the protagonists’ personality traits and their naturally evolving idiosyncrasies unfolded beautifully. They pulled me into their worlds and I fell in love with the two men, their unique individuality and easy likeability.

I do recommend this audiobook, especially if you are in the mood to hear a unique pair of lovers.

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Others may like it more

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

Reviewed: 2021-03-29

I listened at 1.5 speed, the narration was quite good, but I didn’t like the characters nor did I like the fact that I didn’t hear John’s POV. We spent a-lot time in the Cabin and I can’t understand why the truth never surfaced. I felt like I invested my money into a fart in the wind. Not a happy camper at all.

Excellent Stuff

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

Reviewed: 2021-03-25

Absolutely excellent series!!!! Don’t skip it!! You wont be sorry! Gary Furlong at his best!

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 2021-03-13

Narrator John Solo lyrically delivered one of the most intriguing, post-apocalyptic, dark fantasies of the year. I have no clue on what planet this story was staged, and I have no clue where in the universe Oestend is, but listeners will be carried away to that place to enjoy the broad scope of creativity and highly imaginative, world-building. The blended tropes and historical native or indigenous elements like symbols, songs, and culture tied to the harsh farm life, created a feeling of deep connectivity to the same old story of land annexation, but in this case, the land and the spirit of the land exterminated the intruders one by one. We love the cover, it has a sexy cowboy yes, but also highlights the fantasy element, it is unique and eyecatching.

We had the privilege to hear John record book two, it was amaze-balls! The songs or chants he sang were soul-touching. Marie Sexton wrote them all from scratch, she is extremely talented. You can also listen to him record his audiobooks, on Discord.

We chose to put this one forward as Audiobook of the Month February 2021.
This audiobook is definitely a recommendation.

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Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 2021-03-07

Quick Review by Mel
I found the character voices:
Differentiable

I listened comfortably at the following speed:
1.2x

Three Descriptive Words:
Endearing, funny, and intriguing

Was the plot confusing or did it make sense?
It made absolute sense

Unresolved issues/plot holes?
No

Quality of world and character-building?
It is better to listen to the whole series to be able to fully enjoy this novella

Humor and Entertainment:
Thoroughly enjoyed it

Could you visualize the action?
Yip

How was the mood?
It was tensed

How deep was the emotional shit?
Hip hight

Was there a connection to the story?
Yes, I am a nurse and Ivie is one too

Cheers, what drink do you associate with this book/audiobook/movie?
Something with chocolate and pineapples

If I could change something, what would it be?
I would make it longer and have more LGBTQ characters in the series.

Would you recommend this audiobook?
Yes, don’t miss this one BDB lovers

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Sexy, twisted and original

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

Reviewed: 2021-03-06

Narrator Ian M. Walker not only delivered the memoir of the first Vampire, but also the most original version of it I have heard in a long time. With his old skool narration style and my player set to 1.7x speed, I thoroughly enjoyed the first two audiobooks of this series. I really hope to hear the rest of it soon, as it ended leaving me hanging. Cliffhangers are much worse than male genitals being described. It took me a while to get used to the narrator, but once I got sucked into the plot I totally loved it, and I forgot about the narrators’ shortcomings. He has this growly whispering voice going on. He does not do a wide range of different voices, but I was still able to enjoy the tale and fall in love with Gon.

The author wrote a whole wheelbarrow full of how sexual practices were freely enjoyed by their tribe. It was never described in detail.

For example, “he climbed underneath the blankets with him to have pleasure” compared to “and then he pulled his cock out and stroked it, looking up and inviting him to come over and lie with him under the same blankets. He squeezed his cock one more time, a drop of pre-cum falls onto the cave floor, he bent down and licked it up without losing eye contact” The latter is the erotic example!

The author explained that Gon had a husband and a wife, and the whole setup made sense, I bought it! I was able to connect to Gon and experienced his turning to a vampire just as horrifying as him. I enjoyed how he discovered what his limitations were and how he coped. The world-building was OK, and I enjoyed listening to this story back 30 000 years ago. Usually, the authors write a few words about how old the vampires are, but the story plays out in the present.

I decided to listen to this audiobook, specifically because one of the reviewers stated it has a little too much homo-erotica for me and too many descriptions of the male genitals. Obviously, I was on that shit faster than any fly could hit a warm dropping. I was not as impressed as said fly. I listened to book one and book two of the series, as they are unfortunately the only books in the series available on audio.

I have to say the murder and rape of underage kids were the darkest content found in book 2, Gon feeds on killers, so it was like a mini-interview before he fed on the murderer. I did not hear any homo-erotic content, nor did I hear about any genitals, either male or female, described in any detail. Why do people lie in reviews? What do they get out of it? Are they truly getting any satisfaction, 5 years later after the fact, they could be dead by now? Point is, one-star ratings get as much interest from me as five stars. I also noted five-star ratings which are just as false and misleading, so why leave the ratings. It is to sell books. To do the author a favor?

Weird review, weird times

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Holy Dark Hotness!

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

Reviewed: 2021-03-02

Hear ye-hear ye!

Bring a torch, nothing weaker than a Maglite and enter at your own risk. Let all the motherfuckers know from now on, this is what we call liberal. This is a whole new measuring stick on its own. It is so perfectly, sickly dark the narrator used a pseudo name to read this extraordinary LIBERAL dark fantasy. If I ever read another review saying it’s a “little liberal” I will spontaneously combust. Please listen to this and update yourself on the subjectivity of liberalism.

So yes, 3 weeks in on weaning the psych meds, and the symptoms are probably starting to show. I am so fucking impressionable right now, you can call me Play-doh. “Play-doh, do you want to be a copycat killer like the protagonist?” “Sure, where’s the lube and the scalpel? “

I swear this author has the ability to make a four-hour audiobook feel like an eternity. I LOVE IT! Talk about more bounce for your ounce and soda for your coke or ching for your bling. This shit was awesome! From page one, narrator *wink-wink* Ian Walker sliced the delivery with class and precision, we should call him Killer. Because he just fucking killed it! Or is it nailed it? “Killer do you want to narrate an audiobook about a psychopath who fucks like Devil?” “Sure, let me just change my name.” (Ps, I’m just joking, lots of narrators have different names for different genres)

Not going to say more. “Play-doh you are elaborating too much.” “I know, should I check Amazon for a surgical table, pliers and sutures?” *wink-wink*

I absolutely recommend this audiobook. Listeners, If you like something different, dark and very very hot! Go for it!

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