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Ice Blue | [Emma Jameson]

Ice Blue

Summoned to London's fashionable Belgravia to investigate the brutal murder of a financier, Hetheridge must catch the killer while coping with his growing attraction to Kate, the reappearance of an old flame, and the secret that emerges from his own past.
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Publisher's Summary

Anthony Hetheridge, ninth Baron of Wellegrave and Chief Superintendent for New Scotland Yard, has never married, has no children, no pets, no hobbies, and not even an interesting vice - and will turn sixty in three weeks. With the exception of his chosen career, too sordid for his blue-blooded family to condone, his life has been safe and predictable. But then he meets Detective Sergeant Kate Wakefield - beautiful, willful, and nearly half his age.

When Hetheridge saves the outspoken, impetuous young detective from getting the sack, siding with her against Scotland Yard's powerful male hierarchy, his cold, elegantly balanced world spins out of control.

Summoned to London's fashionable Belgravia to investigate the brutal murder of a financier, Hetheridge must catch the killer while coping with his growing attraction to Kate, the reappearance of an old flame, and a secret that emerges from his past.

©2011 Emma Jameson (P)2013 Emma Jameson

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    Lois 02-01-14
    Lois 02-01-14
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    "Terrible narrator!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story is good, but the narration ruined it.


    What didn’t you like about Jack Wallen’s performance?

    Jack Wallen assumed voices that demeaned the intelligence of the characters, in particular Kate and Bahr. Kate is an intelligent woman, and he made her sound stupid and unprofessional.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy reading the series and would have enjoyed a decent narration. It is unbelievable that the author (if she had any say) approved this narrator. I would only buy another Audible in this series if the narrator is changed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paul and Courtney Berkeley, CA, United States 08-19-13
    Paul and Courtney Berkeley, CA, United States 08-19-13 Member Since 2014

    Paul Osborne

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    "Good Story, But the Reader was Awful"
    What did you love best about Ice Blue?

    It was a good mystery with a back story. Bit too much back story, but barely so.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jack Wallen’s performances?

    NEVER!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jess G 05-06-15
    Jess G 05-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Story, Poor Narration"
    Where does Ice Blue rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Low end of average.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ice Blue?

    I liked the whole story. Some week points but didn't detract from the story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He has no voice for Kate or Bhar. OK for the rest. Kate sounded like a goofy 13 year old. This really detracted from the narration. I read the book and Kate is supposed to be more of the hard core type. She just sounded silly - not believable as a functioning homicide detective. Bhar sounded asleep.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Book is better because of Kate and Bahr.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    E. Wooster 05-05-15
    E. Wooster 05-05-15
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    "Awful Narration Spoils a Good Book"
    What did you like best about Ice Blue? What did you like least?

    The plot and characters were well developed. The plot was engaging and kept me guessing, however, after the first chapter I had to go back and get the Kindle version in order to finish it. The audio narration was, to put it mildly, odd. The accents and the choices the narrator made when assigning voices, especially to women and foreigners, were really distracting. The only way to get through it was to read instead of listen.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    The first book was enjoyable and I will definitely read the rest of the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Clelie Rich 10-14-14
    Clelie Rich 10-14-14
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    "Terrible narrator"
    What disappointed you about Ice Blue?

    The narrator can't do women's voices and shouldn't try. He can barely do the voices for different men, but for any women here, he falls right down.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jack Wallen’s performances?

    No, never, ever.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It introduced me to a writer who is new to me. I will look for more by her, but definitely not another book narrated by this guy.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm amazed that this performance was considered acceptable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 10-13-14
    Lisa 10-13-14 Member Since 2007

    I adore English mysteries!!! I love nothing better than hearing a British accent in my earphones!

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    "Horrid narrator!"
    What would have made Ice Blue better?

    A different reader! He has an awful voice difficult to listen to. He also has a very small store of voices he can use that the story is almost ruined. His short, choppy style is distracting and annoying. I can't believe the publisher hired him after thr first book.


    Would you recommend Ice Blue to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, almost unlistenable


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    In every way possible. I'm shocked any producer could have found this performance acceptable.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is almost lost in my annoyance with the reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Auckland, New Zealand 05-17-15
    Richard Auckland, New Zealand 05-17-15
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    "Better than expected"

    The story was well constructed and enjoyable. I was worried it would get torrid, but it managed that fine line and the characters were believable.

    the narrator was no Barbara Rosenblat, but passable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer G 05-08-15
    Jennifer G 05-08-15

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    "Narrator needs to keep to Zombies"
    What did you like best about Ice Blue? What did you like least?

    I'm halfway through the book. What I like most: not that gory, good story so far and I would like to read the further adventures of Lord & Lady Hetheridge but only in print. Like least? The NARRATOR is awful and so distracting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    So far, lady Margaret. She knows what she's about. Sadly the narrator made her sound like a drag queen (not that there's anything wrong with a drag queen, but I just didn't picture the 75-80 year old as a Dame Enda, but more of a Dame Maggie Smith.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Find a narrator who can perform the character without distracting voices. His narration is adequate but his dialog is of the poorest quality.
    His affectations especially of Kate were impossible to overcome. His narration made her sound like a harpy or a shrew. High pitched and uneven tones and the harshest sounding imitation that couldn't resemble any of the accents of London. His mispronunciations of Provence (France) and several other words were "nails on a chalkboard."


    Was Ice Blue worth the listening time?

    Absolutely for the story, not so much for the voices.


    Any additional comments?

    I "googled" the narrator, Jack Wallen, a.k.a. Jack Wallen Jr. and he's the author of several Zombie stories. He started writing in 2000 and I think he should stick to writing and give up any form of English book narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly A. Herbert Texas, USA 04-29-15
    Kimberly A. Herbert Texas, USA 04-29-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Horrible Book - Rip off of other series"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one with any tastes


    What could Emma Jameson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Write her own story instead off ripping of 2 other series


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He. talks. like. this. with. a. full. stop. after. every. word.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    Ice BlueBy Emma JamesonNarrated by Jack WallenThis is the worst book I have read in a long time. The narration sounds like the performer cannot catch his breath. At first I thought that was the problem, so I switched over to reading on the Kindle. To have the main character’s trip to the toilet being described in way to much detail. Comparing this to Sweet Valley High or Harlequin Romance books is insulting to Sweet Valley High and Harlequin books.

    As far as being a police procedural, the ranks of superior officers are not kept straight. I am a fan of Deborah Crombie Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series and Elizabeth George’s Inspector Lynley series. Which is why this piece of dreck came up in my recommendations I think. It looks like the writer heard about these series and took major plot points from both series and crams them all in one book.

    1. Aristocrat who is slumming being a cop
    2. Subordinate who
    a. Lacks social skills
    b. Has no sense of style
    c. History of telling off superiors
    d. Is rescued by aristocrat
    e. Has huge litany of family problems that can interfere with their work (Kate’s Mother is on the game, sister is mentally ill, father abandoned them, brother is cognitively disabled, and is raising her sister’s child, who is being bullied at school)
    f. Left by lover/husband

    3. Boss finds out he has child he didn’t know about
    4. Romance between boss and subordinate

    This book reads like a high school kid’s version of a write a novel in 1 month.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen Duluth, MN, United States 01-17-15
    Colleen Duluth, MN, United States 01-17-15 Member Since 2008

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "About Type AB blood"
    Where does Ice Blue rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A big part of the plot hinges on something that is repeated a few times, but is not true, as though saying it more than once would make it true. Most authors do enough background research to know something as basic as the fact that a child with Type AB blood can not have any birth parents with Type O blood, because one parent contributed the A gene and the other contributed the B gene. So one parent was A or AB and the other was B or AB. If the mother was Type O, the child was adopted.


    If you’ve listened to books by Emma Jameson before, how does this one compare?

    The books are generally good.


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

    Actually, I'm not a huge fan of the way this book was read, because sentences tended to have the same tempo and emphasis, regardless of the content. Also, the communicative style chosen for Deepal makes him sound continuously sly and sarcastic.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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