Some things should stay buried.
Repressed scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne has two skills: reading dead languages and hiding in his office at the Ladysmith Museum. After the tragic death of the friend he secretly loved, he's ruthlessly suppressed any desire for another man.
So when handsome ex-Pinkerton Griffin Flaherty approaches him to translate a mysterious book, Whyborne wants to finish the job and get rid of the detective as quickly as possible. Griffin left the Pinkertons following the death of his partner, hoping to start a new life. But the powerful cult that murdered Glenn has taken root in Widdershins, and only the spells in the book can stop them. Spells the intellectual Whyborne doesn't believe are real.
As the investigation draws the two men closer, Griffin's rakish charm threatens to shatter Whyborne's iron control. When the cult resurrects an evil sorcerer who commands terrifying monsters, can Whyborne overcome his fear and learn to trust? Will Griffin let go of his past and risk falling in love? Or will Griffin's secrets cost Whyborne both his heart and his life?
©2012-2013 Jordan L. Hawk (P)2013 Jordan L. Hawk
I had a hard time getting into Widdershins. Upon reflection, I think that had a lot to do with an Audible narrator who was so passive as to sound like every sentence he had to utter was a terrible bore and just getting up in the morning must have been a tedious chore. It made the main character sound whiney and dumb and completely unlikeable. There was no spark of intelligence at all - just confusion, annoyance, and a grievous amount of tell over show.
Story: Percival Whyborne has had to live under the cloud of his very famous and very powerful father's name for all his life. At the Ladysmith University, he is still harassed mercilessly for being a Whyborne but at least he has his books. Until Griffin Flaherty comes into the university seeking a translation of a very odd book. Suddenly both men find themselves caught up in a supernatural world and conspiracy with far reaching consequences.
As far as paranormal goes, there isn't much new here. That doesn't necessarily mean it is a bad book but a LGB theme isn't going to excuse or justify sloppy/poor writing. Plot and world building is still incredibly important and none of the characters or the University felt real. The book had a cartoony feel that, while not terrible, still never felt grounded at any time. The conspiracy ended up sounding too much like a B-movie trying to use Masons or Shriners as world dominating evil mustache twirlers. It was hard to decide who was stupider sounding - the main characters or the villains (ok, the villains were stupider). There was the spark of something good under all the mess but it was pretty well hidden.
Because the narration was so offputting, I would not recommend the Audible version. Perhaps I might have enjoyed this more had I read the book instead of listened to it.
Not the best performance, but a great story. I was a little sceptical about a period piece to start with, and a stilted performance didn't help, but in the end, a sexy period piece that's worth the money. Get it now. I've even bought another book in the series.
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
The narration and recording is so bad, I didn't even make it past chapter 1. I think the book of this is fairly decent, but the audible version is just so bad.
A better narrator! I could not get past the first 10 minutes of this book, because the narration was so bad. I listen to a lot of audio books and this is by far the worst narrator I have heard.
Maybe if there was a different narrator.
Get a different narrator.
Yes, b/c after I got use to the narrator I think he did a good job. Also, Griffin and Ival are one of my favorite MM couples. NOTE: there is some weird echoing in the first chapter on the audio version, that clears up later; but it could put some listeners off. Also, the narrator seems very young, younger than I pictured the MCs, but like I said, you get use to it after a while.
This is an historical MM romance, similar to Trick of Time by JL Merrow.
He did a good job of bringing emotion to the story, But he did a horrible job with his accents. Really bad. I also couldn't differentiate btwn Griffin and Ival's voices, they sounded very similar. I think this was his first narration, he did an OK job, but Charlie Belmont, Paul Morey, Sean Crisden or Jack LeFleur would have been outstanding.
I think this book would make a great film. It is full of action scenes and supernatural happenings. And the romance is very sweet and sincere. I don't know what the "tag line" should be.
I listened to this book b/c I read it first and loved it. Also, the 2nd book in the series was coming out, which is also wonderful. Jordan Hawk does a great job of combining romance, emotion, action and adventure. A great cast of characters, similar to a Sherlock Holmes novel. I hope, Threshold (the 2nd book) is out on Audible too. I would definitely listen to it as well. It has even more action and a great supernatural story.
This is a wonderfully written series. I read the whole thing and then was delighted to find the audiobooks. Get it. She brings all the feels in a period piece that gives you wonderfully drawn characters and imaginative world building in an alternate 19th century New England.
Rabid Listener/Reader and Shopper!
Narration - Julian G. Simmons - OK/pretty good - At first, I wasn't real sure about the narrators voice, until I grew to understand the character of Percival Endicott Whyborne. Then, I decided he's perfect for Whyborne who is sort of shy, awkward and sweet. There's a variety of characters and some are a little dramatic - I prefer the more basic characters.
The story? I don't even know how to explain it. Not anything that I was expecting. In fact, I don't even know what I was expecting, but it wasn't this. Is it a romance? A Historical? A Paranormal? A horror story? A mystery? All of the above? I don't know, but I kinda loved it!
The relationship between Whyborne and Griffin develops slowly through the course of their business dealings and is really pretty sweet. And there's some pretty good sexy time in this one as well *fans self*
This really ended up being a great story, a great listen and I'm totally up for listening to the rest of this series!
I received this audiobook free of charge from audiobookblast in exchange for an unbiased review
A pleasant surprise
There was so much to like. It was a tender M/M romance. It was a coming of age story. It was a great paranormal thriller/mystery.
What I liked best was Percival finding his inner strength and courage.
Yes I do. The narration was the downside of the book. Basically the narrator did a truly bad imitation Irish accent. That in and of its self ruined the narration.
Griffin a PI went undercover using an Irish brogue as part of his cover. The narrator did the most terrible imitation accent that can be imagined. It would of been better to of slightly changed Griffin's legend to one that didn't require an Irish brogue with this narrator.
When Percival's bullying father came to his aid and asked him why he didn't trust him.
Percival is a gay antiquities scholar in the late 1800's early 1900's. He is a lone wolf, secretive and hiding his nature from his family and colleagues. He is bullied and not respected by either his father nor older brother who are both aggressive, successful business tycoons At this time in history homosexuality is a crime.
Percival lacks confidence and is insecure. He is a genius at ciphers and knows over 13 ancient languages.
Griffin is a disgraced former Pinkerton who now is a self employed PI investigating a death and in need of a ancient translation of a cipher. Griffin is also battling his own personal demons. Christine is a female scholar fighting for acceptance and recognition in a male dominated world. She is able to discern Percival's nature, and accept and support him.
This book has something for most every one. It is a tender M/M love story. It is an exciting historical paranormal mystery/thriller. It is a coming of age story. It is a story about courage and acceptance. I am eager to get into the rest of the series.
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All reviews are based purely on whim, fancy and my mood. They are 100% my honest and personal opinion. Hey, you get what you pay for!
Percival Whyborne is a shy, socially awkward kind of guy, comfortable hiding away with moldy old tomes. The thought of taking a lunch outside his office and having to actually converse with someone is out of his comfort zone. He can speak 13 languages and can read even more but he doesn’t think that any big thing.
He’s sweet and modest and hiding himself from the world for more reasons than shyness.
When Griffin Flaherty, a handsome PI walks into his life and ask Whyborne to decipher a mysterious journal his world is about to get a whole heck of a lot more exciting. As you may have guessed, this is no ordinary old book.
Some very sinister things happen and Whyborne finds himself playing a huge role in all of it. He’s also forced to put some demons in his past to rest which resulted in some pretty great character building. Along the way, he and Griffin become friends and in between mystery solving and monster slaying there’s plenty of time for innocent kisses and a whole lot more.
Widdershins is a strange mix of monsters, mystery, and action along with a well-developed sweet and very sexy romance. I was worried it would fall down and fail me but somehow it all works. There is great care taken here to develop all aspects of the story. It has spooky atmosphere and lovable characters. There was only one point where I had my doubts, when Whyborne discovers something in Griffin’s room, but I got over it and cannot wait to read more.
I listened to this book as an unabridged audiobook provided to me in exchange for a review. I listen to a ton of audio and I am pretty picky about narration. This narrator did a decent job with Whyborne but unfortunately a not-so-great job with Griffin’s character. They have very different personalities but sound exactly alike which left me feeling a little confused here and there (though I admit that is not too difficult a feat). I would’ve liked more of a distinction between the two and would give the narration a 3 while the story gets a 4 1/2. Even with that said, I've just restarted the audio because I can't face deleting it without listening one more time.
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