Black Balled

  • by Andrea Smith, Eva LeNoir
  • Narrated by Joel Leslie
  • 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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A different, but fun story.

If you could sum up Black Balled in three words, what would they be?

Funny. Damaged MCs


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Troy's letter to his psychiatrist, re. his stepfather's reaction to finding him kissing a boy when he was young, made me teary.


Any additional comments?

I hadn't read the book, so the story was totally unknown to me when I started listening. With Joel Leslie's narration I was quickly drawn in and he kept me hooked to the very end.

Joel is (in my opinion) a gifted voice actor, and he masters a variety of voices both male and female. I've listened to a number of books narrated by Joel, and he has thus far not disappointed me.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this audiobook from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

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- Avid Reader

Brilliant collaboration!!

What did you like most about Black Balled?

I liked the originality of the storyline. It was intriguing as to how these two fiery and arrogant characters could get through the book without killing each other.


What did you like best about this story?

I loved the humourous emailing scenes and further on in the book I loved the fiery passion that developed between the two characters.


What about Joel Leslie’s performance did you like?

Joel's voice was amazing!! Not only did he showcase the arrogance of the two main characters fantastically but the tone of his voice was simply sublime to listen to. I was so glad I got the audio version of this book.


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed a lot at the sheer arrogance and connection between the two main characters. Their emails between each other were hilarious.


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- Kes Callaway

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-06-2016
  • Publisher: Andrea Smith