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
The story is good, but the narration ruined it.
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.
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.
It was a good mystery with a back story. Bit too much back story, but barely so.
The narration is so clownish it's laughable. The narrator uses exaggerated English accents (Kate's east London makes her sound the tart she isn't supposed to be) that ruined the pleasure of listening.
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.
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.
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."
Absolutely for the story, not so much for the voices.
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.
Low end of average.
I liked the whole story. Some week points but didn't detract from the story.
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.
Book is better because of Kate and Bahr.
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.
The first book was enjoyable and I will definitely read the rest of the series.
No one with any tastes
Write her own story instead off ripping of 2 other series
He. talks. like. this. with. a. full. stop. after. every. word.
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.
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.
No, never, ever.
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.
I'm amazed that this performance was considered acceptable.
I adore English mysteries!!! I love nothing better than hearing a British accent in my earphones!
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.
No, almost unlistenable
In every way possible. I'm shocked any producer could have found this performance acceptable.
The story is almost lost in my annoyance with the reader.
Strange inflection and terrible accents made the book almost unbearable to listen to. More like Alice in Wonderland characters than real people. Characters sounded stupid, creepy, or both.
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