Friday, February 26, 2016

Cardeno C. Audio Book Tour-Reviews & Giveaway: JESSE'S DINER, THE HALF OF US, SOMETHING IN THE WAY HE NEEDS and WHERE HE ENDS AND I BEGIN

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Jesse's Diner Audiobook
Jesse's Diner: Hope, Book 2

    • Written by: Cardeno C.
    • Narrated by: Paul Morey
    • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins 
    • Unabridged Audiobook

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Two men with a shared history and a mutual attraction must be honest with themselves and each other so both their dreams come true.
Quiet, unassuming Tanner Sellers spends his time running a diner in Hope, Arizona. Not particularly social, 22-year-old Tanner keeps to himself and enjoys his simple life, but he longs for someone to call his own. In his most secret fantasy, that someone is sexy Steve Faus. But Steve is his friend's father and mentor's widower and therefore off-limits.
Despite some challenges, 39-year-old Steve Faus has had a good life. He's extremely successful at work, has a great relationship with his college-age son, and lives in a wonderful town. Eighteen months after losing his partner, the one thing Steve lacks is someone to share his life with. If Steve is honest with himself, that someone is the young man he has known and cared about for years. Steve and Tanner want one another; all they need is a little push in the right direction to make both their dreams come true.

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Read my 4.5-star review of Jesse's Diner here on the blog

My Audio Review 

The audio book of Jesse's Diner is a great quickie listen--short enough that I can listen in one day while at work.  The narrator does a really good job of the voices for the different characters, and I especially liked the voice he did for Tanner.  I was surprised at the voice he used for Steve, for some reason I never associated the southern accent with Steve's character and I thought it made him come across as softer and more easygoing.

This was a great narration of the story, and I've already listened to it twice since I got it.  Definitely recommended, especially if you want something to fill in just a few hours of your time. 

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The Half of Us Audiobook
The Half of Us: Family Collection

    • Written by: Cardeno C.
    • Narrated by: Ezekiel Robison
    • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins 
    • Unabridged Audiobook


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Short-tempered, arrogant heart surgeon Jason Garcia grew up wanting a close-knit family, but believes he ruined those dreams when he broke up his marriage. The benefit of divorce is having as much random sex as he wants, and it's a benefit Jason is exploiting when he meets a sweet, shy man at a bar and convinces him to go home for a no-strings-attached night of fun.
Eight years living in Las Vegas hasn't dimmed Abe Green's optimism, earnestness, or desire to find the one. When a sexy man with lonely eyes propositions him, Abe decides to give himself a birthday present - one night of spontaneous fun with no thoughts of the future. But one night turns into two and then three, and Abe realizes his heart is involved.
For the first time, Abe feels safe enough with someone he respects and adores to let go of his inhibitions in the bedroom. If Jason can get past his own inhibitions and open his heart and his life to Abe, he might finally find the family he craves.

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 Read my 5-star review of The Half of Us on Goodreads!

My Audio Review

I have decided that if Ezekiel Robison were to read every single M/M romance out there, I'd buy every single audiobook he narrates.  He did an absolutely phenomenal job bringing this story to life, giving each character their own unique voice and clearly expressing their emotions.  I've only had this audiobook for two months and I have listened to it at least a half a dozen times already (yes, I'm serious).

The story itself was already my favorite from this author and a top recommendation for me, and now the audiobook is my favorite in my whole audiobook library.  Be aware if you're listening in public-when I say the narrator does a phenomenal job, that includes the super-hot and steamy intimate scenes which he paints a clear picture of with his voice.

Like I said, absolutely phenomenal!

Something in the Way He Needs Audiobook
Something in the Way He Needs: Family Collection

  • Written by: Cardeno C.
  • Narrated by: Ezekiel Robison
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins 
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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Controlled Asher didn't expect to fall for free-spirited Daniel, but they'll find what they desperately need in one another.
Police captain Asher Penaz's staunch professionalism bleeds into his home life, down to his neatly pressed attire and Spartan apartment. He enjoys being in charge and in control, so his sudden and powerful attraction to the lighthearted, free-spirited Daniel Tover throws him for a loop. In his entire life, Daniel has never gotten what he needs, so he moves to the next place, the next job, the next attempt to find something worth staying for, always landing at the top of his game, but never feeling like he belongs.
The chemistry between Asher and Daniel sizzles, but with all that fire comes the risk of getting burned. As both men struggle to learn themselves while getting to know each other, the lines of desire and control blur. If Daniel and Asher can walk through the flames together, they might find what they desperately need.

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Audio Review

This is the second audiobook narrated by Ezekiel Robison that I've listened to, and it just further cemented my opinion that he does an utterly amazing job bringing these stories to life.  He again gives each character their own qualities with his voice, making it easy to know who is thinking or saying something as the story progresses.  And with the main character of Asher showing up in The Half of Us, he also retained the same voice for the character which gave great continuity for me going from one book in the series to another.

We get the same brilliant interpretation of the story, and hearing the narrator's portrayal of the characters as the story unfolds really makes you feel like you're right there inside the book.

Yet again a truly amazing audio version, and highly recommended...and again, put those headphones in if you're listening in public because ALL the scenes are brought to life extremely well-including all the hot and sexy ones!

Where He Ends & I Begin Audiobook
Where He Ends and I Begin: Home Collection, Book 3

  • Written by: Cardeno C.
  • Narrated by: Alexander Collins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Series: Home, Book 3
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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Aggressive, physical, and brave, Jake Owens is a small town football hero turned big city cop who passes his time with meaningless encounters believing he can't have who he really wants: Nate Richardson, his best friend since before forever. Thoughtful, quiet, and kind, Nate is a brilliant doctor who has always known who he is and has never been able to shake his crush on loyal, courageous, straight Jake.
After a passionate night together, Nate realizes Jake isn't as straight as he assumed, but he worries that what they shared was a fluke, a result of too much closeness for too long. For Jake, the question isn't how they ended up in bed together because he has always known that Nate holds his heart; it's how he'll convince Nate that he wants and needs to stay there.

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Read my 4.5-star review of Where He Ends and I Begin on Goodreads!

Audio Review

I truly enjoyed the audiobook version of Where He Ends and I Begin.  The narrator did a really great job of demonstrating the intense emotion both Jake and Nate express for each other, and he really gives the listener a good visual of the scenes-especially the intimate scenes, which you'll want to have your headphones in to listen to if you're out in public.  Seriously.

As far as the recording goes, the voices did come across as deeper than my other audiobooks, deep and reverberating enough that I needed to adjust the bass settings in my car as I listened while driving.  But other than that, this is a great recording of the narration...it really gave life to the deep connection between the main characters and solidified my opinion that the two of them could never be without each other.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Cardeno C. - CC to friends - is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few "awwws" into a reader's day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno's stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever- after sunset.
Cardeno's Home, Family, and Mates series have received awards from Love Romances and More Golden Roses, Rainbow Awards, the Goodreads M/M Romance Group, and various reviewers. But even more special to CC are heartfelt reactions from readers, like, "You bring joy and love and make it part of the every day."

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3 comments:

  1. I just finished listening to Social Skills.

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  2. I'm listening to His for the Holidays!

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  3. I'm listening to Men Under the Mistletoe.

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