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Spectred Isle

Green Men Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Ruairi Carter
Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
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Archaeologist Saul Lazenby has been all but unemployable since his disgrace during the War. Now he scrapes a living working for a rich eccentric who believes in magic. Saul knows it's a lot of nonsense...except that he begins to find himself in increasingly strange and frightening situations. And at every turn he runs into the sardonic, mysterious Randolph Glyde.

Randolph is the last of an ancient line of arcanists, commanding deep secrets and extraordinary powers as he struggles to fulfill his family duties in a war-torn world. He knows there's something odd going on with the haunted-looking man who keeps turning up in all the wrong places. The only question for Randolph is whether Saul is victim or villain.

Saul hasn't trusted anyone in a long time. But as the supernatural threat grows, along with the desire between them, he'll need to believe in evasive, enraging, devastatingly attractive Randolph. Because he may be the only man who can save Saul's life - or his soul.

Contains mature themes.

©2017 KJ Charles (P)2018 Tantor

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  • 17-09-2018

A new KJ Charles audiobook to savor

I adore KJ Charles and have read all of her works. Favorites include The Charm of Magpies series, Think of England and now this, Spectred Isle. Even though I have read them as ebooks, it is always amazing to me how much is enhanced with the audio version. The narration took a good story and detailed characters to the next level. I don't like recapping the plot, but the highlights include MCs that have strengths, flaws and tragic pasts. The setting in post WW I England has the upheaval of the Great War as part of a very well done bit of world building that includes magic and mysteries. The m/m romance is strong, but not the insipid instant love that plagues so many m/m stories. The narrator does a good job with the main characters, particularly Randolph as the snarky aristocrat. One negative is that his women voices weren't great. But that is a minor quibble as there are very few women in the book. He does pull of the sex scenes well, which is where most narrators fail so that is a big plus. I did not know they were making this as an audiobook so was absolutely delighted to find it. It lived up to my expectations and then some. Definitely recommended.

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  • 14-11-2018

MM Magic & Mayhem

Enjoyable beginning to a new series. KJ Charles is a brilliant writer, and weaves character and plot together seamlessly as usual. I'm hoping that the magic system will be better defined here than it was in the Magpie books [my one complaint there was that some of the magic abilities/inabilities felt like 'because plot reasons']. So far it seems to be. We'll see if that holds up when the rest of the series comes out.

Oh, I have a sneaking suspicion that Delingpole was involved in all the nastiness. Stating that here, for the record, before the other books are out.

As for the narration, I found it quite enjoyable. Much as I like Cornell Collins (aka Matthew Lloyd Davies), some of Charles' works are better-suited to other narrators. Ruairi Carter's voice is nicely suited to the feel of this series, and I hope he narrates future volumes.

#MM #Magic #Twenties #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Mary
  • 12-11-2018

Lovely

A very enjoyable book. I would advise listening to 'The Casebook of Simon Feximal' before you listen to this title as it will make more sense if you do. The narration was super.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-09-2018

Wonderful story, clearly narrated, but not sure the narrator’s voice “fit” for me

I adore this book, and the audiobook is well-produced, clearly read, and the narrator does a decent range of voices. As a matter of personal preference I found the voices a little too “light” and chipper in places - Saul in particular was higher and more airy than the stiff-upper-lip-desperately-trying-to-hold-it-together tone I had imagined, but it didn’t spoil my overall enjoyment. I think the narrator’s voice for the (sort-of) prequel for this book, The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal, fit the tone of the text better, but again: didn’t spoil the book overall, and this narrator reads clearly and accurately.