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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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    BlithelyBookishReviews APPLE VALLEY, CA, United States 05-04-15
    BlithelyBookishReviews APPLE VALLEY, CA, United States 05-04-15 Member Since 2015

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    "4.5 Overall Stars"

    Fatal Shadows is the first book in Josh Lanyon’s Adrien English series. This book isn’t a romance, nor is it an erotic read. What it is is one hell of a murder mystery!

    My friends have been raving about Mr. Lanyon’s books for awhile now, and now I get why. He’s got a unique style when it comes to storytelling, and toss in an interesting cast and an intriguing mystery loaded with twists and turns, Fatal Shadows turned out to be a refreshing, totally entertaining read!

    Chris Patton is the narrator and he does a fantastic job bringing the characters to life! His voice is so attractive and comfortable to listen to that I have to admit I'm just a little bit in lust with it! The sound quality is pretty good, but there were a couple other issues which could be resolved with better audio editing during production.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Billy PS 02-22-15
    Billy PS 02-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Another winner, super writing!!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed the book . Story and performance excellent! I'm on my 9th Josh Lanyon book and haven't had one disappointment.

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    Heather Seattle, WA, United States 07-30-14
    Heather Seattle, WA, United States 07-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A great start for a great series"

    Adrien English wants to write mysteries not live them out, but fate has decided that he needs to be in the middle. Friends are murdered, mayhem happens and the cops think it's Adrien himself. Detective Riordan is as straight as they come........or is he? So who can Adrien trust in finding out who really killed his friends, and without getting killed himself?

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    LizE 06-16-14
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    "Loved it!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The narrator is phenomenal! I was occasionally frustrated with the main characters but in a fun way! The tension between them was great. The mystery was good and had some surprises!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes...There were frequent twists in the plot.


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

    Yes! I love the various voices and his inflection. He does an amazing job!


    If you could take any character from Fatal Shadows out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Adrien, of course...I would want to knock some sense into him about Jake! LOL


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the time! I've already read book two and on to book three.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan MURFREESBORO, TN, United States 01-12-14
    Ryan MURFREESBORO, TN, United States 01-12-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Loved the Mystery"
    What did you love best about Fatal Shadows?

    The mystery kept me guessing and entertained.


    Would you recommend Fatal Shadows to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, but a small warning about the connections of the main characters.


    Have you listened to any of Chris Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but i did enjoy his performance.


    If you could rename Fatal Shadows, what would you call it?

    Memories, Suggestions, and love.


    Any additional comments?

    none

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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 12-05-14
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 12-05-14 Member Since 2015
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    "I did not enjoy it."

    Also the audiobook narrator’s breaths were a problem.

    THE STORY:
    This is mystery with some suspense. Main characters are gay men. Adrien owns a bookstore. His friends are being murdered. Adrien investigates. The story is complete with a happy ending. There is no romance, but it ends with hopefulness that Adrien and someone might be pursuing a relationship in the sequel. There are three brief sex scenes including self-pleasuring and back-door action. One of them is rape, but the victim pretends to desire it out of self preservation.

    OPINION:
    I just couldn’t get into it. I wanted it to be over. It’s all 1st person Adrien. It’s mostly his internal ponderings and analyzing. I did not care to listen to him. It might have been better in 3rd person. I want stories with intriguing characters and developing interesting relationships. That was not here. So I’m left with the guts of a mystery. Mystery lovers might like this, but I need more than a straight mystery. Another problem – the hero did stupid things at the end.

    AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
    Chris Patton has a good voice and good interpretation, but his BREATHS were annoying and distracting. Some breaths were louder than others, like he was too close to the microphone at times. He needs to use a different microphone or have his breaths removed in the editing process.

    Narrative mode: 1st person Adrien.
    Genre: gay male mystery suspense.

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    Barbara Northville, MI, United States 01-05-14
    Barbara Northville, MI, United States 01-05-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Not for me!"
    What disappointed you about Fatal Shadows?

    I must have mis-read overview. I thought I was going to listen to an light mystery. Too explicit and not what I would ever choose.


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    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 09-09-13
    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 09-09-13 Member Since 2014
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    "BORING."

    This series is highly touted as a great m/m series so I decided to give a try.
    What a snoozefest. The hero Adrien English didn't have a personality, at least, not an interesting one and the plot just dragged on with the mystery of who killed his friend/employee Robert.
    I think the writing style was just too dry for me. There was minimal drama and some serious homophobic cops.
    the narration was decent because I am not sure the narrator could have done anything to improve the story. I am unsure if I will even bother with book 2 but I can say this one wasn't enjoyable at all.

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    Amazon Customer Murfreesboro, TN, United States 11-25-12
    Amazon Customer Murfreesboro, TN, United States 11-25-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Why all the hype?"

    I had high hopes for this book given reviews i had read elsewhere. Sadly for me the book just fell flat for me. the mystery was very much run of the mill, almost caned and picked off a shelf. i felt a distinct lack of empathy for the people in the book. I didn't actively dislike any just could not relate to them on an emotional level perhaps It's just a mark of the noir vibe the author was going for but I detected a note of smugness through out the work like Lanyon was toying with reader it felt at some points like he was trying to give a lecture in detective fiction. after thinking about it, much of the praise for the comes from the fact the protagonist is gay and not for the quality of the work itself;

    the narration like the rest if the book is nothing memorable

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    Marcus 05-28-14
    Marcus 05-28-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Nought would be more appropriate than ones."

    This is appalling gay drivel. I put up with this pap for an hour and couldn't stand another minute. It's so awfully, awkward, painfully, pathetically, theatrically GAY!
    Shame on Audible for not making that clear in their description of the 'book'.
    I think gay's will like this even less. Every gay man doesn't fancy every man he ever meets and assumes they all want him. Yuk!
    I'll be asking Audible for a refund.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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