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Publisher's Summary

From top-10 Irish best-selling author Jo Spain comes the second novel in the Inspector Tom Reynolds series.

Ryan Finnegan, a high-ranking government official, is brutally slain in Leinster House, the seat of the Irish parliament. Detective Inspector Tom Reynolds and his team are called in to uncover the truth behind the murder. As the suspects start to rack up, Tom must untangle a web of corruption, sordid secrets and sinister lies.

At first all the evidence hints at a politically motivated crime - until a surprise discovery takes the investigation in a dramatically different direction. Suddenly the motive for murder has got a lot more personal...but who benefits the most from Ryan's death?

©2016 Joanne Spain (P)2016 WF Howes Ltd

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  • Deirdre More
  • 03-15-18

I'm a Jo Spain fan but ....

What made the experience of listening to Beneath the Surface the most enjoyable?

I loved the story and am a big Jo Spain fan so I bought the book even after reading the reviews about the poor narration. I have to agree. It was hard to differentiate between the characters and the gap in sentences spoiled the flow.Sorry to Brian Tynan but I'm glad Aoife McMahon is reading Book 3.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Brian Tynan?

Aoife McMahon

Any additional comments?

Maybe I'm wrong but I believe that instead of saying Aidan Blake at one stage, the narrator said Aidan Quinn.

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  • Jinglekitties
  • 12-09-17

A good plot ruined by stilted wooden narration

The narration was irritating, stopping dead in the midst of phrases. Voices of characters inconsistent.

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  • Sinead Dee
  • 10-16-17

Narrator voice too annoying

I just listened to my first Jo Spain book which I loved. Brilliant female narrator. I think she added to the book. But I actually couldn’t listen to this book, I was getting so annoyed. It was like the narrator was trying to articulate every word & that was the focus, as opposed to telling the story. He was good at accents on a more positive note. It might just be lack of experience. It simply wasn’t for me. I don’t know if the story is good or not, but as I loved With our Blessing, I know this Jo Spain can write.

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  • Barry Taylor
  • 06-03-18

NARRATOR

After reading several negative comments regarding the Narrator, I found him easy to listen to and would willingly listen to him again

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  • Mrs AKD
  • 04-22-18

Another great tale from Ms Spain.

Good start to a complicated story where nothing was as it seemed at first glance. Not the emotional roller coaster of the first in the series but still a great story. Characters all still there with more of their backstories coming through. This series has legs.

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  • stella read
  • 04-05-18

Political aspect hard to keep up with

Good story once I’d got to grip with the political nuances of the time. Narration was very good, one man many tones. Really good. Did not see the ending or killer though. At all!!

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  • DartmoorDiva
  • 10-23-17

Absolutely dreadful narration

This is my second Jo Spain book, the first was great. This was also a good story completely ruined by the awful narration. He would. Stop in the middle of. Sentences. Use a high pitched effeminate tone for a character with a deep voice... and said 'haitch' for 'aitch'. Argh!!! I haven't checked yet, but sincerely hope he isn't narrating any others in this series. Awful.

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  • Mrs Ann E Davison
  • 04-26-17

Very poorly narrated

A good story. A bit too political for me. The reading was very poor. Inflections often not correct. Spoiled the book.

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  • Liath
  • 12-04-16

Awful reading

What did you like best about Beneath the Surface? What did you like least?

interestimg character interaction, and convincing political background. But the reader ... Flat intonation, sentences badly infected. Obvious hesitations before polysyllabic words. And my top three misreadings : a vet treating a "calf in cow". A Roman 'AmPI theatre' and people 'incarcerating' autumn leaves. I kid you not. This is just not good enough for a professional reading.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Brian Tynan?

Anyone. Shameful that such unprepared work could get to publication.

Any additional comments?

Make sure the readers have done the preparation! A real disservice to Jo Spain's novel.

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  • Mr. M. J. Walker
  • 11-04-16

A Gripping Tale

My first,but not the last Jo Spain. A compelling tale of political intrigue and murder very well read by Brian Tynan. Can't wait to download the next one!

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  • Donna
  • 07-30-18

Confusing narration

This book was hard to follow due to the plodding and undifferentiated narration. I tried speeding it up but it was just confusing

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  • Cecile
  • 05-13-18

Oh, dear, what a shame about the narrator

I almost think this was the first time the narrator had actually read the book. I’m persevering, but his delivery is far from a professional standard and is testing my patience. Spoils a good story.