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Hobbes: Unhuman Series, Books I-IV 

I - Inspector Hobbes and the Blood Inspector Hobbes, a monstrous police detective, investigates grave, ghoulish goings-on. A mad pseudo vampire with the dagger of Vlad Tepes is behind robbery, and murder. It is a funny tale with a troll, human sacrifice, blood and great cooking. 'I ought to tell you, dear, he can get rather wild when he's hungry.' 

II - Inspector Hobbes and the Curse Andy becomes infatuated with a dangerously beautiful woman during Hobbes's investigations into sheep deaths and the mysterious disappearance of pheasants, which are apparently connected to a rash of big cat sightings; and something horrible seems to be lurking in the woods. 'Love may be on the horizon but, beware; something wicked this way comes.' 

III - Inspector Hobbes and the Gold Diggers Unwelcome attention after foiling an armed robbery forces the Inspector away on holiday to the dangerous Blacker Mountains, where his accident-prone friend, Andy, stumbles across something shocking, before falling for an attractive widow. ‘I always knew you’d get ahead one day.’ 

IV - Inspector Hobbes and the Bones Trouble lies ahead for Andy. Is the apparently charming young woman who attempts to seduce him merely setting him up for blackmail, or is something even more sinister afoot? Hobbes certainly believes so, and, though he's not the sort to worry, he is getting worried. ‘I was grateful for having been born human.’ 

©2018 The Witcherley Book Company (P)2019 The Witcherley Book Company

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Hilarious, gentle mystery series

A rare find for me. A series of books (four titles released as one audiobook) both funny and intriguing. Blending a similar humour to the Discworld series with the quirkiness of the Rivers of London books. Whilst being adult fiction, there is nothing unsuitable for younger listeners. An excellent selection for a family road trip.
Narration is excellent, a range of voices and accents performed well. Speed of reading is spot on.
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Simple fun

Thoroughly enjoyable english mystery romps. I enjoyed it immensley. The characters are full of classic English whimsy and fun.

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  • Tango
  • 10-07-2020

Best Value on Audible

Narration is so PERFECT and the stories vastly entertaining. Individually, I might have wavered between a 4 and a 5, but 40 amazing hours of entertainment for one credit - hands down, Five Stars! After so long with these characters, I'd normally be ready for a break, but all I feel is an abiding sadness that there is no more. Quirky, likable characters, funny and somewhat snarky dialog, and clever, interesting plots - yep, this is a world I could just stay in. If you enjoy urban fantasy, you could think of this as English rural fantasy and when you add the humor, the brilliance of a character like Hobbs, and some great dog action, it's hard to beat! There is plenty of tension in the narrative, but nothing you couldn't enjoy with the whole family and I loved that. After reading this, I think I am in love with Wilkie Martin and major kudos to Tim Campbell's bringing the stories to beautiful life.

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  • Elisabeth
  • 25-11-2019

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Inspector Hobes and the Blood -While it took me a little while to get used to the humor it was worth it. It turned out to be a darned funny and quirky story. Warning, do not read while hungry because there is a lot of talk about food. Inspector Hobbes and the Curse-Most of the plot lines went to an easily predictable place. That said, it really doesn't matter because those plot lines involve the hilarious duo, Hobbes and Andy. Inspector Hobbes and the Gold Diggers-This is a fun series.

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  • Julesan
  • 06-10-2019

Sad for it to end!

I thoroughly enjoyed Books 1-IV. Unusual story line that had me laughing out loud. Great narration, fun characters, and a nice listen. I’m sad I came to the end.

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  • Frank Garcia
  • 25-10-2021

Sherlock Holmes Meets Hitchhiker's Guide

A truly marvelous tale with poignantly dry wit, brutally satisfying action, and *real* personality. I honestly can't sing high enough praises, I fell in love with every part of this collection. The story arcs are well-crafted, dialogue never feels boring, and the characters have--well, character! In addition, Tim Campbell delivers a masterful performance. Americans love a British accent, of course, but Campbell's skill is exemplary in remaining unpretentious and relatable. Enjoy with a nice pint of lager.

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  • Dave B
  • 17-11-2020

Excellent series!

First let me say that I really loved this series. That being said, I can’t stand Andy. He’s an inept buffoon with such stagnant character growth that it’s like someone wrote a story about Ron Weasley as a muggle surrounded buy incredibly interesting and creative characters. That sounds bad since he’s the narrator and main character, BUT the people he surrounds himself with make this a great series. Even though he’s the narrator and main character, he’s telling the story of these other awesome folk, he just happens to also be there...

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  • Magda
  • 21-07-2020

Inspector Hobbs and Andy

I found this story hilariously funny. Was chuckling out loud on many occasions. Recommend this as a light hearted book to enjoy.

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  • bethany bingamon
  • 06-08-2021

Thoroughly Enjoyable

The play on words can be quite funny, if sometimes a bit of a groaner, but who doesn't love an occasional Dad joke?

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  • TAB 13
  • 27-07-2021

Excellent all around...well most of the way.

I took a chance on this series and I'm glad I did. The stories were excellent. The performance was excellent. Most of the characters were also, (wait for it...) EXCELLENT. I say most because I did have a problem with one character. The lead character, Andy Caplet. Yes, I know, he is the Watson to Hobbes' Holmes. He's also the comedy relief. Unfortunately, I think the author went a little overboard with Mr. Caplet. I did not find his 'antics' funny or humorous. I found Mr. Caplet to be a pathetic, cowardly fool. He needs to be made a bit more mannish and have a least a modicum of common sense. But, if you can overlook, as I did, his stupidity, I really think you'll like these stories.

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  • Jennifer
  • 11-12-2020

Great series!

Fun stories! They remind me a lite of the Nursery Crimes series by Jasper Fforde.

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  • Georgy
  • 26-08-2020

1st 3 books very good, 4th is optional

Overall, this is a fun series, well fleshed-out, good humor (Asprin level). Main character is annoying but gets less so as he develops. Performance is good. The only reason for 3 stars is that the 4th book is definitely unnecessary and irritating. He should've stopped at the happy end... :(

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  • English Atheist
  • 17-03-2020

Terrible narrator

I have quit this book with 30 hours and 56 minutes left. I am just sick to my back teeth of the awful way the narrator pronounces his words. He is totally incapable of pronouncing anything with 'or' in it. Awful is pronounced offal, thought is thot, hairy is harry, walk is wok, hall is hol, caught is cot, ought is ot etc etc. It seriously goes on and on until it becomes an unfunny joke and you just ignore the story and wait for the next mispronounced word. Terrible. As for the story, I think I did laugh once,but in all honesty, it was no more than that, the story was full of holes and Andy was just too stupid and cowardly to be of interest. Seriously, give it a miss.

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  • Christina Schneider
  • 26-10-2019

Entertaining, witty and funny

Fun stories, superbly narrated. Although the „criminal cases“ of inspector Hobbes are not the most thrilling crime stories ever, the characters are just wonderful to hang out with! I definitely hope there’ll be another one.

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  • Kim
  • 17-10-2019

Tongue in cheek.

A light hearted and amusing collection of alternative crime stories. I found myself smiling at the puns despite expecting them. A good listen.

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  • Mr
  • 09-06-2020

Not for me

I only like writing positive pieces. So this will be short.
The side characters are more interesting than the main pairing. Hobbes is fine, shame a deep dive into his history isn’t more forthcoming.
Andy though is hard to take. Hero or anti hero? I’ve obviously missed the point because either way it’s almost impossible to feel empathy for the character and as he is the narrator of the tales he is a constant frustration. He offers little with his selfish outlook on life, a self serving moaner and a taker. Indescribably irritating.
Add the narrations self styled mispronunciation of every third vowel literally drove me to shouting at my poor phone.
I like to finish what I start but I really wish I hadn’t with this. So many hours wasted trying to let the book win me over. Nothing wrong with the writers tale as such and funny every now and again. But Andy makes this a production that I will never relisten too again. I enjoy replaying most books over and over. Delete.

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  • Andrzej Lengiewicz
  • 10-02-2020

Quite funny

Nice to listen and quite entertaining. Good if you're in the mood for something easy to listen when doing chores or driving. You need to know English people a bit to catch all jokes, but if you're not familiar with them it's not a big problem.

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  • Tamsin Jones
  • 13-04-2021

great story well narrated

great narration. totally absorbing. fun easy listen. recommend for those looking for light hearted escapism

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  • louisavamp
  • 18-11-2021

If you like fantasy you will like this

I like the stories didn't think I would at first the characters are likeable and the stories are good also 4 books for one credit

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  • Susi Moffat
  • 16-11-2021

Fantastic

I think of these books as an interesting twist on the Sherlock Holmes stories, although the stories themselves are highly original. The narration is excellent, the characters are intriguing, and the storyline is full of twists. They are amusing books for fans of detective stories and fantasy alike.

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  • Miss J T
  • 20-10-2021

Thoroughly enjoyable

I really enjoyed listening to these humorous who done it stories. I thought the narration was good and the accent just added to it's charm. I love the characters and will miss them - Wilkie please write some more!

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  • Hannah
  • 08-07-2021

I just really liked it.

Odd characters, odd situations but thoroughly good fun. I didn't think I'd like it but they were very easy to listen too and suddenly your on book 4!

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