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Widdershins Audiobook

Widdershins: Whyborne & Griffin, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    James Glenn Dale, MD, United States 05-31-15
    James Glenn Dale, MD, United States 05-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Poor Narration"

    The story tried to be good but writing was amateurish. Narration was barely tolerable and really detracted from the mediocre story. I was really disappointed since I had read a good review of the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Heather United States 06-24-14
    Heather United States 06-24-14 Member Since 2014

    Goodreads reviewer and blogger... also dentist and wife/mom when I get the time!

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    "Interesting story"

    **Audiobook edition**

    A gay virgin, a paranormal, a horror, and a historical walk into a bar... wait what?

    This book was kind of amazing... and odd... and then amazing again. I loved Whyborne and Griffin and I loved them as a couple. All sorts of deliciousness. I even liked the historical setting, something that is hit or miss for me. And of course, my love for virgins made this read simply scrumptious- I adored each blush and hesitancy from Whyborne.

    I listened to the audiobook, which was both good and bad. I always like hearing the story come to life but this wasn't my favorite narration. First of all, the quality of the audiobook wasn't as great as others. It sounded faintly crackly and slightly echoey at times, as if the equipment wasn't top notch quality. Also, the narrator didn't have enough differentiation between his voices. I like when I can tell exactly who is speaking and here it wasn't always clear. However, when the narrator did Whyborne's voice, he was spot on and an excellent reader.

    I will most definitely be continuing on in the series. Jordan L. Hawk, bring it on!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Orlando Murrieta, CA, United States 12-10-13
    Orlando Murrieta, CA, United States 12-10-13
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    "A spicy period piece"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki 07-29-13
    Vicki 07-29-13
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    "Horrible Narration!!!"
    What would have made Widdershins better?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jordan L. Hawk again?

    Maybe if there was a different narrator.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Get a different narrator.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 06-14-13
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 06-14-13 Member Since 2015

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "Narration and Recording is horrible"

    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.

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    Riva 06-06-13
    Riva 06-06-13
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    "Great book, OK narration"
    Would you listen to Widdershins again? Why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Widdershins to and why?

    This is an historical MM romance, similar to Trick of Time by JL Merrow.


    What does Julian G. Simmons bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy M 06-04-16
    Wendy M 06-04-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Terrible narration and recording quality"

    The story is good enough to continue...in ebook format. The narration and quality of recording (it sounded like he was in a tin can!), regrettably, detracted from the enjoyment of the story.

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    Monika 05-29-16
    Monika 05-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Meh - just Meh"

    The premise of a supernatural story with a gay main character was wonderful there aren't enough of them, however, the main character was the whiniest, most insecure person I have ever had the pleasure of meeting in a book. That being said, I'm not sure if it was the readers performance or the way the character was written. I'm not a huge fan of bodice ripper books (read erotic, historical stories) this is a bodice ripper book and the readers interpretation made it difficult to listen to.

    I may buy this book to read it rather than listen to it as I really like the premise but the reader ruined it for me. Perhaps by the second book he has figured out his game but I'm a bit hesitant to try it.

    I have to add, I made it to chapter 17, I was so done with the characterization and the reading of this book that I stopped halfway through.



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    jufnaatje 05-08-16
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    "Very good"

    Exciting story and good narration. Julian G. Simmons has clearlybgiven thought to what he says

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    MoveMeIntoBooks 05-04-16
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    "Not enough variance in the narrator's voice"
    Where does Widdershins rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is an excellent story that was only slightly marred by the narration. So not my favorite in terms of narration, but the story elevates it to the top half of audios.


    What aspect of Julian G. Simmons’s performance would you have changed?

    I would have liked to not hear the pages turning and for him to have a consistent volume to his voice. I understand that when a character whispers, the narrator should also have a bit of a whisper, but please make it a loud whisper. I know that sounds stupid, but I really had to keep changing the volume during listening. I also didn't hear much variance between Griffin and Whyborne's voices and if it wasn't for such a well written story with distinct character voices, I may have been completely lost. In fact, there wasn't much of a distinction in any of the character's voices - not in tone, cadence, rhythm, accents, intonation, inflection - nothing. Admittedly I am a bit tone deaf, but I've never had this problem when listening before and I've listened to at least a hundred audios :(


    Who was the most memorable character of Widdershins and why?

    Whyborne because of his innocence, social awkwardness, brilliance and complete bafflement when it came to his own charms and attractions.


    Any additional comments?

    I am disheartened to learn that the same narrator is throughout the books because I may have to return the others in the series that I've purchased. It's a shame because the story and characters are very good and compelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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