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  • The Stranger Times, Book 1
  • By: C. K. McDonnell
  • Narrated by: Brendan McDonald
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (127 ratings)

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The Stranger Times

By: C. K. McDonnell
Narrated by: Brendan McDonald
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STOP PRESS! The Stranger Times wins the 2023 British Fantasy Award for Best Audio Work!

There are dark forces at work in our world (and in Manchester in particular), so thank God The Stranger Times is on hand to report them . . .

A weekly newspaper dedicated to the weird and the wonderful (but mostly the weird), it is the go-to publication for the unexplained and inexplicable.

At least that's their pitch. The reality is rather less auspicious. Their editor is a drunken, foul-tempered and foul-mouthed husk of a man who thinks little of the publication he edits. His staff are a ragtag group of misfits. And as for the assistant editor . . . well, that job is a revolving door - and it has just revolved to reveal Hannah Willis, who's got problems of her own.

When tragedy strikes in her first week on the job The Stranger Times is forced to do some serious investigating. What they discover leads to a shocking realisation: some of the stories they'd previously dismissed as nonsense are in fact terrifyingly real. Soon they come face-to-face with darker forces than they could ever have imagined.

The Stranger Times is the first novel from C.K. McDonnell, the pen name of Caimh McDonnell. It combines his distinctive dark wit with his love of the weird and wonderful to deliver a joyous celebration of how truth really can be stranger than fiction.

©2020 C.K. McDonnell (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

A filmic romp with great characters, a jet-propelled plot, and a winning premise. (Eric Brown)

I tore through The Stranger Times. Like an entertaining collision between the worlds of Mick Herron and Charlie Stross, it's a novel that proves ancient eldritch horror is no match for old-school journalism. (CHRISTOPHER BROOKMYRE, bestselling author of Fallen Angel)
There are weird happenings in Manchester; good job the drunk and dysfunctional journalists of The Stranger Times, a newspaper dedicated to paranormal and the unexplained, are on hand . . . terrific, easygoing fun. (Robert Millen)

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Fun romp

I’m a big Michael Marshall Smith and Terry Pratchett fan, and I love weird characters in unusual circumstances so this was right up my ally. I wouldn’t say the plot is surprising but it’s a fun romp with a few laugh out loud moments and a lot of very engaging dialogue. Light fun fast paced and quirky.

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Give it a go - quirky and funny

I gave this audio book a go, simply because I saw an online review comparing the author's style to that of the late Sir Terry Pratchett.

I was not disappointed, never will an author be like Sir Terry, but this author i believe is in the same league.

The story was original, the characters were relatable, story kept its pace through out the entire book.

Whilst is was never a suspenseful 'whodunit' novel, it was incredibly enjoyable and I await the next book eagerly.

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Brilliant!

I haven’t laughed so much while reading a book in a long time. But the best thing about this book is the characters; they deserve their own show! It’s a must read.

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Love this.

A beautiful blending of the rivers of London series with the humour of Terry Pratchett

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A brilliant read that morphs into excellence on audio

This book is just a marvel! McDonnell writes so wonderfully with humour, yet also an urgency that’s so well paced you simply cannot remove yourself from the world he’s created! Meanwhile McDonald’s narration of some 10 well fleshed out characters turns this into one of the greatest audiobooks you could possibly endure! It’s quite astonishing how well he is able to embody each character and make their voice not only true but elevated somehow from the page.

Bravo to all involved, this is an absolute gem of a novel and I can’t wait to read more in the stranger times world! Vincent Baincroft is a character-de-force that permeates your psyche in a myriad of ways, including the unexpected!

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loved it

great Charecters, great narration ,will be back for the second instalment can't wait to see where we go 👍

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Don't normally write reviews .... but ...

After reading and adoring Ben Aaronovitch series of Rivers of London I was grieving when finished. Stumbled upon this a year later and have loved it. Narration is excellent, totally absorbing story, great characters. Have now powered through and finished up to book three and am just purchasing no. 4. Only hoping there will be a 5, 6, 7 .......... x

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Brilliantly funny

The characters are as fantastic as the world they inhabit. Absolutely loved them, the story and the narration. Straight to the next in series. Thrilled to have found a new author of this calibre.

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Great read 5 stars

I loved this book - entertaining, unpredictable, funny and narrated well. if you liked Rivers Of London then you will love this book too.

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Strange times indeed

Sorry for the cliched title but I’ve a headache. This is a wonderfully fun audiobook for fans of Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series. I’m hoping this series is just as promising.
Highly recommended.

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