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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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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.

14 of 21 people found this review helpful

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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.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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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.

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  • EJ
  • Pawtucket, RI United States
  • 12-08-17

Monotone much?

The narrator was the worst part of this book. Pretty monotone and horrible at accents. Really took away from story.

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this is an interesting stor... another sex scene.

really enjoyed the story line, the characters were... sex scene... interesting, the time period added... sex scene. .. a risqué quality to the characters liv... sex scene extending into next chapter. .. es. I plan to listen to the next... sex scene. ones.

my only issue was with the narrator, at times he was super quiet and I had to turn my speakers up just to understand, I will say he was awkward at the beginning but came into his own by the end.

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Good story, but . . .

I enjoyed the story and the characters. The narrator was a bit dry and monotone at times but ok. The plot was a good paranormal mystery and I had no problem with the M/M romance aspect. But I was not expecting the explicit details of the physical side of the romance and it was a bit startling. Other M/M romance books I have read did not have that level of detail and it made me not want to listen to the other books in the series.

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The complete season is very worth your time!

Jordan L. Hawk creates a unique world full of magic, mystery, and romance that is well worth the listen. A community that brings together unlikely partnerships with a central focus given to a collection of people who choose to create family based on love, friendship, and trust - accepting of straight and gay relationships.

In the beginning of the first book, I found myself intrigued but hesitant due to what I considered a shaky performance by the narrator. By the end, I found myself really wanting to know what adventures this quirky band of characters would find themselves in next. The character development is very good and by the second full book the narrator seems to find his legs and begins to deliver a strong performance as well.

I am completely eager for the next installment! Not my normal fare, but completely enjoyable!

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Horrible narration for a great story

That narrator had some issues with pronunciation and volume. As well as poor sound quality, but the story was worth it for sure.

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Narration Needs Some Work.

How could the performance have been better?

There was many parts where is sounded like the narrator was talking into a paper cup, just this bad distant echo type sounds. It was off and on, as though narrator had recorded one bad session, then a good session, and then a bad session. It really annoyed me. If the sound gets better for the rest of the series then I will be really happy.

Did Widdershins inspire you to do anything?

It made me want to rematch the 1997 movie The Relic, which involves a semi-human/animal monster in a museum.

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Romance Fantasy horror

I was happy to find this book as I am always looking for gay fiction that I might enjoy. As there is an exceptional amount that is poorly written I was pleasantly surprised that the writing of this novel and characterizations therein done very well.