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A Dangerous Thing

An Adrien English Mystery, Book 2
Narrated by: Chris Patton
Series: Adrien English, Book 2
Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Suffering from writer's block and frustrated with his tentative relationship with hot but closeted LAPD Homicide Detective Jake Riordan, gay bookseller and mystery writer Adrien English travels to northern California where he finds a body in his front drive. By the time the sheriffs arrive the body has disappeared, and Adrien once again finds himself playing amateur sleuth. But when the game turns deadly, Adrien turns to Jake. Jake may be confused about some things, but keeping his lover alive is not one of them - no matter what the cost.

©2012 Josh Lanyon (P)2013 Josh Lanyon

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Another great story!

Adrien English, mystery book store owner and amateur sleuth, heads off to the country to clear his head about Jake, only to find more bodies. Archaeologists, pot, missing managers, and unimpressed police abound. Adrien is a well-drawn character and the mystery intriguing. Excellent narration by Chris Patton. Couldn’t tear myself away!

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  • Paul Luthi
  • 02-04-2013

A Seamless Transition from the First Book

Josh Lanyon really outdid himself this time. This book is simply great. The story was so compelling I listened to the whole thing in one day! The book made a perfect transition from Fatal Shadows. If you haven't listened to Fatal Shadows yet, I recommend buying both and listening to them in order.

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  • Donald
  • 05-10-2013

Number 2: Very Enjoyable...

Number two in the series and I must admit that the mystery plot was a bit less obvious than the first book and the budding relationship between Adrien and Jake was tantalizing, to say the least. The twinge of jealousy from Jake was a welcomed surprise and certainly opened the door for hope. On a side note, I have been more careful checking my mailbox since reading this story! Another great tale by Josh Lanyon and again Chris Patton’s narration was excellent and added to the story. Looking forward to reading the next in the series! Recommend!!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-03-2013

A wondefull follow up to Fatal Shadows

Chris Patton's narration is even better in the second book of the Adrien English series. The was a very enjoyable listen of one of my favorite series.

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  • KC
  • 06-07-2013

Fantastic narration, awesome mystery

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

YES! I've recommended both audio and book to several friends and they've all enjoyed it. The mystery is great, i really like the setting and absolutely adore the characters. A Dangerous Thing is an all time favorite of mine, and the narration is perfect while somehow still getting better and better with each book.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked best two things: the mystery, and the character arc. One of the reasons i like this book best out of the series is that the two main characters get to spend a lot of time together, figuring things out, both personal, and mystery-wise. I love the dynamic and the sense of humor.

Have you listened to any of Chris Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I first listened to Chris Patton in Fatal Shadows, the first Adrien English mystery, and fell in love with his amazing voice and narration skills. He's exceeded my expectations and beyond, and he keeps getting better and better.

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

Yes! It made me laugh many many times, and also sigh happily often, and be on the edge of my seat, and more. There's no moment with no reaction in this book. Josh Lanyon's books always elicit a wide range of emotions.

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  • Nic
  • 26-12-2013

Continuing to love this series!

"Aren't you the guy who told me a cop's gut instinct is one of his best tools?"
"You're not a cop, baby. You're a bookseller. You don't have a gut instinct. You have knack for nearly getting yourself killed."

I love the blend of quick wit and humour with the intrigue of the murder mystery. But as good as the mystery is, of course I'm really only reading to see to the evolution of the relationship between Adrien and Jake.

I adore Adrien! He's the sort of guy I would love to have as a friend and as a friend, I want him to be happy. His admission (to himself) of love for Jake is painful because we know loving Jake won't be easy. Oh, but the first kiss with Jake - just beautiful!

I have been continuing to 'read' this series by listening to the audio version......Chris Patton does a stellar job of narrating this series. I loved the way he voiced Adrien - his inflection, his tone, the quality of his voice - and the sexy, gruffness of Jake is perfect!

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  • Sharon
  • 30-07-2014

A dangerous thing - definitely recommended

I was lucky enough to win a copy of this and I have spent the last couple of driving trips listening to the story. I was so lucky.
Firstly, I have all of Josh's books both as ebooks and in print as well. I'm now going to add audio books to my collection. When driving long distances listening to an ebook is a great way to pass the time. The story is interesting and Chris Patton does a great job at narrator.
I can't recommend this author, this story or this format highly enough.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-06-2019

Best series ever

I love this slow burn romance/mystery series so much. I’ll never get sick of listening to it

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  • Gold'1
  • 26-04-2019

AMAZING narration is what made the story!

I enjoyed listening to the narration and Chris Patton is probably why I keep coming back to listen to this story over and over. I love this series! I really do but what keeps it from being the BEST ever is the fact that the conflict between Adrien and Jake are left open in some sense and there just isn't enough closure in the scenes. Lanyon leaves too much unsaid and it seems a rug is pulled over some of the resentment that Adrien feels towards Jake and essentially, he "allows" Jake's behavior to just simply be. I often wondered if the writer's opinion of man on man kissing became apparent in the scene between Jake and Adrien when Jake told Adrien that he could see all his pores up close "unlike the soft skin of a girls". There just wasn't any closure to alleviate the insult and it was frustrating as hell. The first time scene which is a big milestone for the two is turned into some sort of joke with the use of sunscreen as lubricant. Suncreen? Really? After all the amazing and heavy heart-string tugs of angst these two go through, this is the comfort the anticipating readers are finally rewarded with- a Forest Gump type of offer to "f**k", sunscreen lubricant, and the clumsy bumping of heads. This story has so much more potential on top of how great it is already. I wished Lanyon would go back and clarify or add additional details so that so much isn't left up the imaginations of the readers. Other than the non-closure issues, the story is really, really good b/c I seem to keep coming back to listen; despite its short comings.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-04-2018

Great Story!

I loved this story! Chris Patton did an awesome job with the narration, I found myself laughing out loud from all the little jabs and quirky conversations between Jake and Adrien with an E... Their relationship is so complicated and yet you find yourself hoping for a future for them. Another excellent chapter to the Adrien English series by Josh Lanyon. Now on to the next one, Great job!!!

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  • AllAboutThoseBooks
  • 12-03-2018

Engaging

The narrator is quite good, although I prefer it when the voices are more different. The story is engaging, although I didn't find it as original as the first book in the series. The character of Adrian, from whose POV the story is told, is likable and worthy of respect. I have no idea though, what it is he sees in Jake. It's not that Jake is unlikable, is more that at this point a) we still don't know much about him. He's like a well developed side character--still fairly 2 dimensional. B) He either doesn't get Adrien like we do, is a total player douchecanoe, is in complete denial about Everything, or some mix of the above. Consequently, it's hard to ship A and J. That means the book has to stand on its own as a mystery in a series of mysteries...and it does.

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  • Josie
  • 22-08-2013

Wonderful Story

I love Josh Lanyons audiobooks. The Adrien English ones superbly narated by Chris Patton. This is the second Adrien English story and I enjoyed it as much as book 1, Fatal Shadows.

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  • Teddy
  • 16-05-2018

Entertaining enough

Not bad story but loses points for the overly descriptive, and quite unnecessary sex scenes.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-06-2016

Excellent rendition of the novel

I love Josh Lanyon's Adrien English novels and since getting into audio books have been buying the sudio versions of novels I've already read and enjoyed in pixels and print.
The narrator Chris Patton really brings the characters alive and they don't ring false in the way they're portrayed. The speed of the narration is good and Patton doesn't just 'read' the book - you get good, dramatic delivery and I found myself smiling at humorous parts in the same way I would when reading.
Always recommend these books/ this author and if audio's more your thing then I can definitely recommend this book.