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Publisher's Summary

NYPD Detective Alec MacAidan has always been good with weird. After all, his life has been a string of the unexplainable. But when an injured man gives him cryptic clues, then turns to dust in front of him, Alec's view on weird is changed forever.

Cronin, a vampire Elder, has spent the last 1,000 years waiting for Alec. He'd been told his fated one would be a man wielding a shield, but he didn't expect him to be human, and he certainly didn't expect that shield to be a police badge.

Both men, strong-willed and stubborn, are still learning how to cope with the push and pull of being fated, when fate throws them another curveball.

Rumors have spread quickly of turmoil in Egypt. Covens are fleeing with news of a vampire who has a talent like no other, hell-bent on unleashing the wrath of Death.

Alec and Cronin are thrown into a world of weird Alec cannot imagine. What he learned in school of ancient pharaohs and Egyptian gods was far from the truth. Instead, he finds out firsthand that history isn't always what it seems.

©2015 N. R. Walker (P)2017 Tantor

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Adventure - Porn?

This ended up being: 80% exposition, 15% unnecessary/overly descriptive sex scenes, and 5% plot.

The blurb seemed perfect for me: vampires =fantasy, ancient Egypt = a personal enjoyment of mine, LGBT leads = FINALLY!
I was hoping for an enjoyable use of historical figures and locations to tell an adventurous tale with an LGBT perspective. What I got was every vampire trope possible crammed into this 12 hour audiotape. It spends far too much time creating the universe which isn’t really unique or interesting, completely failing on relating it to ancient Egypt as promised. Every so often the exposition takes a break for some really crude sex scenes that could have been implied or briefly mentioned, but somehow we have what I can only describe as literary porn. Cringe worthy and waiting for it to end so we can move the plot. Speaking of which, I had so much hope with the main story! Seem interesting enough, but (without spoiling anything) all this built up ending on 1 chapter of action that wasn’t even that big of a deal.
I appreciated the narrator, very impressed with his talent. And I applaud the author for going against the grain with an LGBT take on the vampire craze. But I am unfortunately disappointed. I really wanted to enjoy it.

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A little slow

Struggled with this one. The story line was good but it just took so long for it to get anywhere. The lead up to the battle was arduous and the battle was done in a second. The character development seemed like it was missing something. The narration was not bad but it seemed like the voices were too old for the characters ages.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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More please!!!

Cronin's Key is one of my favorite books and I was so happy to see it was being made into audio. Joel Leslie is a phenomenal voice actor who truly brings these characters to life. His use of various accents and the quality of his performance make an already great story that much more fantastic. I highly recommend Cronin's Key both in print and audio, and if you haven't checked out any other of Joel Leslie's narrations then you're seriously missing out!

I'll keep my fingers crossed that the rest of this series gets recorded as well!

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Loved it

Loved it a lot. It was so good. Joel Leslie performance was great. I can not wait for the rest to come out as well.

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Stellar!

I loved this book when I read it and now I love it more as narrated by Joel Leslie. How he manages to keep all the voices distinct is just amazing.
Though I wouldn't put this book in the erotic romance category, the sexual tension between Cronin and Alec is hot! And yes, there are also some steamy scenes, but the book is about so much more than that.
It's been awhile since I read the book and I'd forgotten the ending. Can't wait for the rest of the series to be available in audio. Though they're great to read, Joel Leslie makes them come alive.

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A new series for me and a wonderful surprise!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would, I really enjoyed Cronin's Key. The story sucked me in and I have the net book ready to go!

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the progression of the realtionship between Alec and Cronin and Ale coming to terms with his life after the events at the start of the book. And Joel Leslie is awesome!

Which scene was your favorite?

Any scene when Cronin and his friends (hwho are 100's of years old) are subjected to Alec's modern day speech or qips or comments.

Any additional comments?

NR Walker is a new author for me and I don't know why is has taken me so long to find her!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing story

I'll start by saying this came highly recommended so part of my disappointment is in the fact it didnt stand up to my expectations.


The biggest redeeming point is Joel Lesley's narration and voice acting. The guy juggles around the different character accents in an impressive way.


*spoilers ahead*

The story overall is a basic one - destiny, big bad evil, prophecy, a chosen one and how things come to play.

The twist is that there are supernaturals involved and when that happens then as an author you really need to make sure you follow your own rules you laid . Thats basic sci-fi/fantasy writing 101.

This is where NR Walker fails big time.

The biggest contradiction is laid out from the very beginning - vampires can catch bullets.
They can acvidentally die from wood-imbued bullets, but thats if they are distracted or not fully aware.

Thay being said, there is way too much enthusiasm going around this 'invention' and none of the characters seems to care to point out the fact they cancatch those bullets despite Iji doing so over and over again...

Do when The Big Dramatical moment comes and Cronin's "saved" by another vampire sacrificing himself it doesnt seem very genuine. Because going by the rule that if he saw the bullet aimed - he couldve caught it in his hand and avoided getting hurt and dying.


Johanne's death didnt feel necessary or even emotional, and it felt like a huge miss.

Johanne would've done better being a double agent and spy who had just wanted to be rid of Alex to have Cronin all for himself. It would've explained a lot of last-minute changes to the 'prophecy' that didnt make any sense and his death a little more tragic.


The hylogryphs were a nice idea but it felt like there was too much doing for something that couldve been simplified to breaking into a hospital, taking a bag of blood donation, breaking a hole in the pyramids with detonators and letting sun inside.

The whole 'bringing back to life ' one ancient vampire egyptian or another didnt make sense, was never explained and the eventual conclusion felt very hurried and sloppy.

'Alex got it' is not a solution I feel okay with as a reader and felt forced to have the other characters be cool about not hearing an explanation themselves.

I will not be continuing this series.

16 of 19 people found this review helpful

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great story is even better when narrated :)

Where does Cronin's Key rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

somewhere up near the top of my list, it's my favourite book that I've listened to Joel Leslie narrate

Who was your favorite character and why?

hard to choose between Alec and Cronin
Alec is the tough, no nonsense cop and Cronin is the vampire that has been waiting a lifetime for him

Which scene was your favorite?

when they jump back to the police dept to "acquire" weapons and bulletproof vests
....and the final sex scene

If you could take any character from Cronin's Key out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Alec....tall, dark and handsome, and can still eat human food ;)

Any additional comments?

loved all the character voices as they fit well with the character descriptions

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  • Donald
  • Louisville, Georgia, United States
  • 06-16-17

More Please!!!!

I loved this book...I loved this story!!!! What a great story teller N.R. Walker is!!! Alec and Cronin and the cast of characters are fantastic and Joel Leslie does a fantastic job bringing the characters to life. I want to listen to more...

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Loved it!

I don't read a lot of paranormal books, but I recently finished the Red Dirt Heart series so I thought I'd continue on a NR Walker binge and I'm so glad I did! How many reviews can I start by saying "I love this book so much!"??? Well, let's mark this down as another one! I loved it!
I loved Cronin and Alec and all the delicious sexual tension radiating off of them. Gah! I loved Eiji (sooo funny) and Jodis. I loved Alec's dad Cole. This book made me so happy, I'd find myself with a goofy grin on my face while listening.
There were times I was tempted to grab my phone and sneak read while at work becasue I wasn't able to listen and I wanted to keep going, but the audiobook was EVERYTHING so I never cheated. Joel did such a freaking incredible job! His narration was truly brilliant. 2 silly things, but I loved the way Cronin said "No" and the way Alec said "Oh". I don't know what it was about those two words, but they just made me smile.
I want this series to be on television- who do we need to speak to, to get this done???

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  • kindleaddict
  • 06-11-17

7 out of 5 amazing stars

As books this series is amazing. As an Audio, Joel Leslie adds so much more. His ability to give every character a distinct voice, the sights and sounds of the locations while vivid in the book become bright and minute in the audio. He is in the middle of book 11 now and it's going to be just as Glorious.
I highly recommend this to Everyone.

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  • Becky L
  • 06-09-17

Best audio I've heard

I have previously read this book and rated the story at a solid 4 stars - but boy does the audio elevate Cronin's key way above that. Joel Leslie's narration of this book is so spot on I was utterly captivated. Each character (and there are quite a few in this!) had a unique presence - different accents (the Scottish one is superb!), different inflections and pacing had me seeing sides to each role I didn't pick up on in the book. Cronin was a tad more vulnerable and Alec more passionate, and I just loved Eiji :)

This audio is highly recommended - immensely enjoyable and deeply satisfying.

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  • Nathan
  • 06-09-17

Fantastic!

Any additional comments?

Very good story line, lore, good character dynamics and just enough male/male intimacy.
Great narration and accents.

I cant wait for book 2.

Nate.

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  • Saidar
  • 07-31-18

grating

I'm only.up to chapter 4, but unsure if I'll make it to the end or not. the narrator is... difficult to listen to. those people with throat cancer that use microphones to speak? That's what this sounds like.

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  • L&Tforthewin
  • 10-20-17

Fab!

Having read the book some time ago I was very pleased to find the audiobook, and to find that’s it’s fantastic. Great narration with good emotion.

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  • Stephen, liverpool
  • 09-07-17

great story, had me hooked.

i thought the narrator had an older voice than the characters he played, it took some of the magic away for me. great story and imaginative plot, kept me entertained.

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  • Mrs C
  • 08-31-17

Well worth listening to

What made the experience of listening to Cronin's Key the most enjoyable?

The narrator has an excellent voice for every character and I loved his Scottish accent.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favourite character was definitely Cronin.

Have you listened to any of Joel Leslie’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have listened to this narrator before and I think he is by far my favourite.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Probably when Cronin and Alec managed some alone time... ooh lala!!

Any additional comments?

Really good story to listen to. I would definitely recommend.

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  • davo
  • 08-01-17

gay vampires

I surprised myself by listening to the end. 6th book bought 1st finished. very enjoyable

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-16-17

Fab story.

Loved it. Great characters. Funny Fantastic narration. Great accents. Looking forward to the next installment.

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  • Mikie358
  • 06-21-17

Not great

An accent fest from Mr Leslie, and not very convincing, I found him annoying and I will be giving him a miss in the future. As for the book, I lost interest, maybe it might have been more enjoyable read by someone else.

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  • Avid
  • 05-07-18

Oh My Goodness

This book was fantastic. The way Joel Leslie narrates is pure theatre. It is like listening to a play. Fully recommend.