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Fatal Shadows Audiobook

Fatal Shadows: The Adrien English Mysteries

Someone's out to get Los Angeles bookseller Adrien English. His best friend has been viciously murdered, now he's getting weird phone calls and sinister gifts from a mysterious "admirer." The cops think he's trying to divert suspicion from himself - with the exception of sexy and homophobic homicide detective Jake Riordan. Is Riordan really such a great detective - or does he have a few secrets of his own? Is his offer to help Adrien on the level or is he out to nail his favorite suspect - to the wall?
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Someone's out to get Los Angeles bookseller Adrien English. His best friend has been viciously murdered, now he's getting weird phone calls and sinister gifts from a mysterious "admirer." The cops think he's trying to divert suspicion from himself - with the exception of sexy and homophobic homicide detective Jake Riordan. Is Riordan really such a great detective - or does he have a few secrets of his own? Is his offer to help Adrien on the level or is he out to nail his favorite suspect - to the wall?

©Copyright 2012 Josh Lanyon (P)2012 Josh Lanyon

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    HaloLove 12-28-14
    HaloLove 12-28-14 Member Since 2015

    🌺 Lover of Amazing Stories 🌺

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    ""Anything to get me in handcuffs?" LOL"
    Any additional comments?

    I read this story a few months back and recently listened to the audio of books 3-5 in this series.

    So, of course I needed to listened to this was one and was once again completely enraptured in Chris Patton's voice. He is such a fantastic performer.

    The sexy roughness as Jake (that sexiness went beyond the call of duty in book 5, my favorite so far), and of course the sweet almost innocent sounding Adrien English is all performed so beautifully.

    Even the other characters are performed wonderfully.

    His voice just adds magic to an already amazing story!

    LOL. I think I wrote this in another review, Adrien literally just walks into danger...no matter how hard he tries not to.

    This truly is a great mm romance mystery series. Just need to finish with book 2 now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chattybunny Canada 11-12-14
    Chattybunny Canada 11-12-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Good narration of a great book!"
    Would you listen to Fatal Shadows again? Why?

    Yes. I have listened to it more than one. It is a good mystery and a great start to the series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Adrien is a great narrator but there is something about Jake that makes you fall in love with him.


    What does Chris Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    My favourite thing about Chris Patton's narration is the way he voices Jake. It is so spot on...and really adds to the character. I read the book before I listened to it and it was fun hearing how Patton interpreted the lines.


    Who was the most memorable character of Fatal Shadows and why?

    Hmmm. Well Claude was the most eccentric but Adrien is such a great narrator that it is his voice that stays with you


    Any additional comments?

    This whole series is very enjoyable and the narration is well done. I would highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis San Jose, CA 07-25-14
    Dennis San Jose, CA 07-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "The beginning of everything"
    Where does Fatal Shadows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    All 5 of the Andrien English mystery/romances rank among my top 20 favorite audiobooks.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fatal Shadows?

    The second murder by the person in the skull mask was daring and well-paced.


    What does Chris Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Patton brings a clear personality to each of the characters based on the verbal cues written by Lanyon.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nic Australia 12-26-13
    Nic Australia 12-26-13 Member Since 2015

    Nic

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    "Great start to the series!"

    It took me a while but I finally 'read' my first Adrien English mystery! I'm not sure why I waited so long particularly with all the rave reviews about the series. And really, being Josh Lanyon, it was always going to be a hit!

    I say I 'read' the book because I actually listened to the audio version from Audible. I do own the Kindle version but when I saw that Audible had the first three books for only $1.99 each I could not resist. It was one of the best decisions I have made - I was totally prepared to Whispersync back to the written version but found I LOVED the audio version.

    The story is narrated by Chris Patton who did an absolutely fabulous job. Yes, he had a wonderful, quality story to work with but he so totally did justice to the book! His voice and style seemed to match the story and he lent a perfect voice to Adrien. His strength is his ability to perfectly capture the emotion of the story and I loved the way his inflections and tone replicated what was happening. For example, if he narrated the words "he grumbled" then the dialogue was actually grumbled. Dectective Riordan had a deeper, sexy voice and even the women were well done - Lisa, Adrien's mother being voiced fabulously!

    I really enjoyed the whole story and the mystery. I liked the descriptive style of the story and loved Adrien. Maybe a touch more romance wouldn't have gone astray but with another four books to go in the series, I am sure it will get there!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Giselle GRANT, MICHIGAN, United States 12-03-13
    Giselle GRANT, MICHIGAN, United States 12-03-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A series sure to become a classic"
    If you could sum up Fatal Shadows in three words, what would they be?

    murder, snark, sexuality


    What did you like best about this story?

    The series builds, with a perfect balance of murder/mystery and a tense yet developing gay romance.


    What does Chris Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Christ Patton is perfect for this series. The voice he gives each character is distinct and feels natural. He makes a perfect Adrien. Chris has a way of bringing out Adrien's sense of humor, sarcasm that I sometimes missed by reading the book too quickly.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?


    Any additional comments?

    I love the trouble finding, situational sleuth, Adrien English. His character has great dry humor, vulnerability, likeability, I feel both sympathetic and irritated by him in turn. Jake, I feel like I can understand his issues, but I still want to kick his arse out of the closet anyhow. As the first book of the series, I know this will all take time, and the series isn't one big HEA, there are plenty of realistic relationship hurdles, breakdowns, and inevitable restarts. Each story is fast paced, at times nail biting, other times very sensual, and often surprising. Nothing really stereotypical here, no chicks with dicks, no fluff, just enjoyable, murder mystery with two MC's that are like fire and gasoline. A must read, and a stand out in the m/m genre.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Romance Fan NYC, NY 01-17-13
    Romance Fan NYC, NY 01-17-13
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    "So worth it!"
    Have you listened to any of Chris Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't heard him before, but I really hope Mr. Patton does all the Adrien English series. It was outstanding--especially his characterizations of Lisa, Claude and Jake.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-04-13
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    "Can't wait for the rest!"

    I love Josh Lanyon's books, and I was so excited to see the audiobook for this one (makes washing dishes and walking the dogs much less boring)!

    It always takes a bit to get used to a different reader, but once I started listening I was hooked. Now I can't wait for the rest of this series!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Slyfrymama Utah 04-15-16
    Slyfrymama Utah 04-15-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Not What I Was Expecting...AT ALL"

    This was a gay romance novel far more than a mystery novel, and the overall storyline lacked intrigue or depth. Very anticlimactic, and all the gay sex details were more than needed or wanted.

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    Nancy 04-12-16
    Nancy 04-12-16
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    "disappointed and displeased"

    The story summary did not accurately reflect the graphic homosexual nature of the story line. the lifestyle choice is not one that I support and would never have chosen this particular book had it been accurately portrayed. if I could get my money back I would request it.

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    Hans 04-04-16
    Hans 04-04-16
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    "Starts well, unbelievable ending."

    Starts rather well, but too predictable... The ending is just too ridiculous. One thing to set yourself up as live bate, but it's another to sleep with a someone you know is a serial killer...

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