Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Insight by Santino Hassell

Posted January 4, 2018 by B. in Gay Romance, LGBTQ, Listen Up!, Paranormal Fiction, Rating A Tags: , , , , ,

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Audiobook Review: Insight

Author:  Santino Hassell
Narrator: Greg Boudreaux
Audio Speed: 1.0x
Series: The Community #1
Genre: Paranormal suspense, LBGTQ, m/m romance
Source: Tantor Audio

3/10/2018 Edited to Add: Please note, this review was written and posted prior to the occurrences brought to light in recent days ( The book was read and reviewed in good faith and as presented at the time. The posting of this review in no way condones the actions of author.


Being part of the Black Family has always been its own punishment for Nate. As the only openly gay guy in his tiny Texas high school, in addition to his family’s sketchy reputation, he was always an outcast among outcasts. After the presumed death of their mother, Nate and his brother, Theo, ought to have been as inseparable as identical twins are supposed to be, but that didn’t work out, either. But when Nate’s world is turned inside out by visions of Theo’s murder, he heads to New York for answers and discovers a secret society of fellow psychics, conspiracy theories, and more murders. Meeting Trent, a gorgeous, compassionate, protective Engineer along the way—who’s also the one person who’s ever given Nate a sense of peace—must be fate. If only he can find enough faith in himself to believe it.

Having enjoyed the entire The Community series by Santino Hassell, I admit to being a little worried about how the audiobook would turn out. Much to my delight, I really liked this version of Insight, and found that everything that initially drew me in was not only undiminished by the performance, but that even more details revealed themselves through listening. Based on a fascinating premise—an attempt at world domination with a psychic twist—there’s an awful lot to keep track of in Insight, but the narration made doing so a pleasure, and I was able to happily surrender myself to the story the author originally created.

Although he’s appearing under a different name here, I already own several titles read by Greg Boudreaux. As was the case with the others, I found his performance to be extremely enjoyable. Nate’s Texas twang wasn’t too overdone, and tended to deepen believably when he was upset or excited. The other characters were treated similarly, with Mr. Boudreaux’s inflections and tones shifting and softening almost delicately sometimes, making each character sound unmistakable and distinct.

I absolutely recommend the audiobook version of Insight for any fan of paranormal suspense, m/m romance, or if you simply like Mr. Hassell’s stories. Mr. Boudreaux treats the material very well, and I can’t fault his handling of so many different characters as they cross paths and advance the narrative. I’m excited to see if the same will continue to hold true for the next in the series.

My Ratings:
Story: A
Narrator: A
Overall: A

Review copy provided by Tantor Audio

About the Book:

Growing up the outcast in an infamous family of psychics, Nate Black never learned how to control his empath abilities. Then after five years without contact, his estranged twin turns up dead in New York City. The claim of suicide doesn’t ring true, especially when a mysterious vision tells Nate it was murder. Now his long-hated gift is his only tool to investigate.

Hitching from his tiny Texas town, Nate is picked up by Trent, a gorgeous engineer who thrives on sarcasm and skepticism. The heat that sparks between them is instant and intense, and Nate ends up trusting Trent with his secrets—something he’s never done before. But once they arrive in the city, the secrets multiply when Nate discovers an underground supernatural community, more missing psychics, and frightening information about his own talent.

Nate is left questioning his connection with Trent. Are their feelings real, or are they being propelled by abilities Nate didn’t realize he had? His fear of his power grows, but Nate must overcome it to find his brother’s killer and trust himself with Trent’s heart.