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Beneath the Surface

An Inspector Tom Reynolds Mystery, Book 2
By: Jo Spain
Narrated by: Brian Tynan
Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

From top-10 Irish best-selling author Jo Spain comes the second novel in the Inspector Tom Reynolds series.

Ryan Finnegan, a high-ranking government official, is brutally slain in Leinster House, the seat of the Irish parliament. Detective Inspector Tom Reynolds and his team are called in to uncover the truth behind the murder. As the suspects start to rack up, Tom must untangle a web of corruption, sordid secrets and sinister lies.

At first all the evidence hints at a politically motivated crime - until a surprise discovery takes the investigation in a dramatically different direction. Suddenly the motive for murder has got a lot more personal...but who benefits the most from Ryan's death?

©2016 Joanne Spain (P)2016 WF Howes Ltd

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Oh, dear, what a shame about the narrator

I almost think this was the first time the narrator had actually read the book. I’m persevering, but his delivery is far from a professional standard and is testing my patience. Spoils a good story.

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  • Donna
  • Warrimoo, Australia
  • 30-07-2018

Confusing narration

This book was hard to follow due to the plodding and undifferentiated narration. I tried speeding it up but it was just confusing

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Right author, wrong narrator.

An audiobook needs both a great author and the right narrator. The narrator let this one down. His intonation doesn't match the text and the dulcet tones of the characters are often indiscernible. I put an end to the torment in chapter three. I love this author but this is one book I am happy to skip! it's a shame though...the story line intrigued me. And why, oh why change narrators throughout a series?!

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Oh dear gods, GET RID OF THIS NARRATOR<br />

I loved the first book. I grabbed the second in the series ready to be engrossed again, but found the journey has gone from sublime to horrific.
The narrator has precisely one voice, and drones it at every character. His delivery is so disjointed that you cannot follow the story due to the 'record skip' jarring. He inserts pauses mid-sentence, then runs sentences together.
All the time in that droning monologue.
I doubt I will finish the book, and will not buy any more with that narrator.

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  • Leonie
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • 19-01-2019

A good book ruined by dreadful narration

I usually enjoy books by Jo Spain but this one was a real chore to listen to because the narration was so appallingly bad. Spain’s good story, strong characters, interesting setting and plot twists were almost completely overshadowed by the narrator’s poor delivery, incorrect emphasis and incomplete and inconsistent character differentiation.

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  • Deirdre More
  • 15-03-2018

I'm a Jo Spain fan but ....

What made the experience of listening to Beneath the Surface the most enjoyable?

I loved the story and am a big Jo Spain fan so I bought the book even after reading the reviews about the poor narration. I have to agree. It was hard to differentiate between the characters and the gap in sentences spoiled the flow.Sorry to Brian Tynan but I'm glad Aoife McMahon is reading Book 3.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Brian Tynan?

Aoife McMahon

Any additional comments?

Maybe I'm wrong but I believe that instead of saying Aidan Blake at one stage, the narrator said Aidan Quinn.

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  • Jinglekitties
  • 09-12-2017

A good plot ruined by stilted wooden narration

The narration was irritating, stopping dead in the midst of phrases. Voices of characters inconsistent.

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  • Barry Taylor
  • 03-06-2018

NARRATOR

After reading several negative comments regarding the Narrator, I found him easy to listen to and would willingly listen to him again

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  • DartmoorDiva
  • 23-10-2017

Absolutely dreadful narration

This is my second Jo Spain book, the first was great. This was also a good story completely ruined by the awful narration. He would. Stop in the middle of. Sentences. Use a high pitched effeminate tone for a character with a deep voice... and said 'haitch' for 'aitch'. Argh!!! I haven't checked yet, but sincerely hope he isn't narrating any others in this series. Awful.

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  • Sinead Dee
  • 16-10-2017

Narrator voice too annoying

I just listened to my first Jo Spain book which I loved. Brilliant female narrator. I think she added to the book. But I actually couldn’t listen to this book, I was getting so annoyed. It was like the narrator was trying to articulate every word & that was the focus, as opposed to telling the story. He was good at accents on a more positive note. It might just be lack of experience. It simply wasn’t for me. I don’t know if the story is good or not, but as I loved With our Blessing, I know this Jo Spain can write.

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  • Mrs Ann E Davison
  • 26-04-2017

Very poorly narrated

A good story. A bit too political for me. The reading was very poor. Inflections often not correct. Spoiled the book.

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  • Liath
  • 04-12-2016

Awful reading

What did you like best about Beneath the Surface? What did you like least?

interestimg character interaction, and convincing political background. But the reader ... Flat intonation, sentences badly infected. Obvious hesitations before polysyllabic words. And my top three misreadings : a vet treating a "calf in cow". A Roman 'AmPI theatre' and people 'incarcerating' autumn leaves. I kid you not. This is just not good enough for a professional reading.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Brian Tynan?

Anyone. Shameful that such unprepared work could get to publication.

Any additional comments?

Make sure the readers have done the preparation! A real disservice to Jo Spain's novel.

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  • Jennifer Chennell
  • 13-03-2019

Narrator spoilt it

This was never going to be my favourite book in the series as I hate politics but that doesnt stop it from being a perfectly good book and a necessary read to prepare for the next, the problem is the narrator who was simply dreadful
He appeared to have literally no understanding of punctuation, either that or the copy he was reading from had none. He also had all the dramatic flair of someone reading a telephone book. Am utterly delighted to see Aoife McMahon is back for the next book so am off to purchase and followed by a begging email to Jo Spain to never let anybody else narrator for her again.

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  • Di D
  • 05-03-2019

Intriguing plot.

Enjoyed this story although it was a little more ‘political ‘than I thought it would be.
The main characters are so good very honest without being so complicated that they become the story rather than the crime.

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  • Georgina Gatfield
  • 21-02-2019

Reasonably engaging

A reasonably engaging story but hindered by a monotonous delivery. I preferred Spain's previous outing.