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Widdershins: Whyborne & Griffin, Book 1

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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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    Tim Cincinnati, Ohio, United States 11-17-13
    Tim Cincinnati, Ohio, United States 11-17-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Exciting story with great narration!"
    What made the experience of listening to Widdershins the most enjoyable?

    The story is set in the late 1800s. The period details and manner of personal behavior and speech really brought the story to life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Widdershins?

    The events of the evening that brought Griffin and Whyborne together are the most memorable for me.


    Which character – as performed by Julian G. Simmons – was your favorite?

    Definitely Whyborne. The narration fit the character of Whyborne perfectly.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Unimaginable horrors create unlikely heroes.


    Any additional comments?

    The lead characters have weaknesses they must overcome. Whyborne and Griffin must take charge of their lives in ways they never imagined. They have to fight personal and real demons under the burdens of Victorian-period decorum.

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    purrfus 03-15-17
    purrfus 03-15-17
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    "Didn't Finish Listening - gave up after chapter 3"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    World building: it was just enough different from our reality.


    What didn’t you like about Julian G. Simmons’s performance?

    Everything from his phrasing to his attempts to differentiate between character voices and emotional responses.


    Did Widdershins inspire you to do anything?

    I had previously purchased the kindle edition of this book, so after giving up on the audio version I read the book in the cloud. I also plan on reading the next few books in the series. I will be purchasing other books from the author as long as they have a different narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I will avoid Mr. Simmons' performances in the future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Monika 05-29-16
    Monika 05-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Meh - just Meh"

    The premise of a supernatural story with a gay main character was wonderful there aren't enough of them, however, the main character was the whiniest, most insecure person I have ever had the pleasure of meeting in a book. That being said, I'm not sure if it was the readers performance or the way the character was written. I'm not a huge fan of bodice ripper books (read erotic, historical stories) this is a bodice ripper book and the readers interpretation made it difficult to listen to.

    I may buy this book to read it rather than listen to it as I really like the premise but the reader ruined it for me. Perhaps by the second book he has figured out his game but I'm a bit hesitant to try it.

    I have to add, I made it to chapter 17, I was so done with the characterization and the reading of this book that I stopped halfway through.



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    Johanna 07-26-15
    Johanna 07-26-15
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    "Good book, bad recording"

    I almost didn't buy this book because of the bad sound quality. The whole recording is very tinny sounding and crackles a bit. Also, even though the narrator has a good voice, he reads way to slow. I had to speed it up to 1,25.

    The story is good, and that does, incredibly enough, make up for the bad recording. I like the nerdy mc and look forward to follow him and the other characters in the next book. I do hope the recording has improved in that one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Silk Prince George, BC Canada 07-22-15
    Silk Prince George, BC Canada 07-22-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Yeeeaahhhhh."

    The story is...ok but the narrator is painful...as expressive as a turnip. Seems brutal but, as much as I force myself through books that don't impress me, I am truly struggling through this book.

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    Raulin Hentchel 07-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Gay porn with investigative overtones."

    I couldn't finish it. the two sex scenes in the middle of the book were too awkward. i didn't enjoy the performance of the reader eithet. Probably goid for some people but not me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan D. Osborn Santa Monica, CA USA 07-01-14
    Jonathan D. Osborn Santa Monica, CA USA 07-01-14

    J.D. Osborn

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    "Poorly written, poorly read"
    Would you try another book from Jordan L. Hawk and/or Julian G. Simmons?

    No. The writer showed none of the qualities I like in novelist. His characters seem two dimensional at best, and his dialog fails to flesh out any of the characters satisfactorily.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jordan L. Hawk again?

    No.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The characters as read lack enough individual qualities to invest time to get to know them. What qualities exist on the written page, did not survive or get fleshed out by Julian Simmons.


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

    The concept behind the book is neat. I was looking for a gay adventure mystery. I just don't think this one delivered.


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    Heather 06-24-14
    Heather 06-24-14 Member Since 2014

    Goodreads reviewer and blogger... also dentist and wife/mom when I get the time!

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    "Interesting story"

    **Audiobook edition**

    A gay virgin, a paranormal, a horror, and a historical walk into a bar... wait what?

    This book was kind of amazing... and odd... and then amazing again. I loved Whyborne and Griffin and I loved them as a couple. All sorts of deliciousness. I even liked the historical setting, something that is hit or miss for me. And of course, my love for virgins made this read simply scrumptious- I adored each blush and hesitancy from Whyborne.

    I listened to the audiobook, which was both good and bad. I always like hearing the story come to life but this wasn't my favorite narration. First of all, the quality of the audiobook wasn't as great as others. It sounded faintly crackly and slightly echoey at times, as if the equipment wasn't top notch quality. Also, the narrator didn't have enough differentiation between his voices. I like when I can tell exactly who is speaking and here it wasn't always clear. However, when the narrator did Whyborne's voice, he was spot on and an excellent reader.

    I will most definitely be continuing on in the series. Jordan L. Hawk, bring it on!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Orlando Murrieta, CA, United States 12-10-13
    Orlando Murrieta, CA, United States 12-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A spicy period piece"

    Not the best performance, but a great story. I was a little sceptical about a period piece to start with, and a stilted performance didn't help, but in the end, a sexy period piece that's worth the money. Get it now. I've even bought another book in the series.

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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 06-14-13
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 06-14-13 Member Since 2015

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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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.

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