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Follow the Money

A Tale of Tales
Narrated by: Matthew Kerslake
Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
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About the book:

Follow the Money is a collection of novellas that follows the lives of different bank notes on their respective journeys, as they pass from one person to the next through London and New York. In a twist of fate, both of these bank notes transform in the second installment of each story. It sends them on a completely new journey into the unknown. So fasten your seat belts, and brace yourself for the ride of your lives. Your journey awaits you.

About the author: 

David Fuentes has been successfully writing for many years having achieved sales of his books worldwide. Most recently, he has worked in promotional marketing, producting a number of nonfiction books in the Win Competitions Online series, helping people to find and win free-to-enter competitions on and offline. He has now gone on to create this series of fictional crime drama novellas following the lives of a variety of different bank notes as they pass from one person to the next with future plans to release many more fascinating tales in the future. He currently resides in Hertfordshire, England, with his family.

©2018 David Fuentes (P)2018 David Fuentes

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The narrator did an excellent job with the story

Follow the Money: A Tale of Tales
By: David Fuentes Narrated by: Matthew Kerslake

This is written from the point of view of a bill, or note. We are quite literally following the money while reading this book. The writing is smooth and easy to follow. The stories are definitely all unique. I thought this story was a fun and quick listen.
I listened to the audio edition of this book and felt the narrator did an excellent job with the story.
However, I feel I need to let potential readers know this book is not meant to be listened to by non-adults. There are certain elements in the journey that are NOT considered to be “family friendly” and language that may be considered offensive is used quite frequently throughout the book.
Having said that, I still thought t to be entertaining; with all the feels included. One minute I felt empathy towards a character, only to follow with laughing at the next character. It was quite the roller coaster of emotions. Overall, I rate it with 4 stars.

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Very enjoyable audio book!

Follow the Money is a unique story that follows the journey of several twenty dollar notes along their journey through the criminal underworld. I enjoyed how the stories are linked together, yet make sense entirely on their own.

I enjoyed the perspective used to write these stories and the audio performance was simply wonderful. I felt as though there were actually multiple narrators and it was extremely easy to keep the points of view separate.

A quick note: this audiobook contains material not safe for children.

I received my review copy by the author/publisher/narrator free of charge via Audiobook Boom.

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  • Q147
  • South Africa
  • 06-21-19

A single £/$20 note...

This tale of tales tells the different stories of where a £20 note finds itself and the impact it has on the lives of many different people even in just one day.

Read/listen to it and think for a minute about the impact each coin/note you have and use has on you and person receiving it.

Excellently wrote and the audio version is very entertaining.

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Innovative story line

This book was so unique and original. Each short story is connected to the previous story by a 20-pound note.
The narrator did a fabulous job with all the different accents and the various situations depicted.
The first book for this listener, by both the narrator and the author. But not my last. Time well spent.

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Interesting Story!

This audible book literally traces where a bill has been! It's quite an eye opener!

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Fun adventures

Fun dialogue, good action, interesting format. The narrator does great with the different accents. Reminded me of the movie Snatch.

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Follow the money

This was a fascinating tale of how your money travels.It goes from drug dens to restaurants to well,everywhere.The stories were engaging and narration by Matthew Kerslake was fantastic!I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • norman
  • burlington, nc, United States
  • 10-28-18

Interesting and unusual

This book is not for you if you object to graphic descriptions of sex or violence. In fact, the author has a gift in his ability to paint descriptive word portraits. The novel tells the story of whoever is possesses a certain 20 pound note as it passes from person to person. In the second half of the book, the action moves from London to New York City and follows a 20 dollar bill. Some stories are brief. Most are more involved. Most of the the stories are interesting, graphic, and usually end badly for the person possessing the bill. The book also presents two very different endings. Overall, a very interesting, very unusual, read.

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Great money for the audio money

This is an audio that will teach you things about life and the financial state of a country. It will take you around and let you see every step of a bank note . From the first time a person touches the bank note till it goes around a few times. David Fuller opens your eyes and makes you realize what we humans take for granted

Mathew was a good narrator . His voice was strong steady and clear

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It gets to you

Chance or fate is a part of our lives – a great part. Perhaps the greatest force in the universe. David Fuentes presents you with a story where chance plays a leading role.
So you follow a single banknote in each short story. You witness when it enters the lives of the people; or rather, how the people around the banknote enter the scene of this particular bankonte-theater and how it affects the people without them even knowing it. And suddenly, you watch how the fate of their life as it unfolds before your eyes.

And as you follow the banknote, you follow each story, the people in it – you become the part of the chance universe; you - just another chance reader/listener. For you could have reached for any other book/audiobook, but something made you choose this one, right here and now. You are a part of the scene now.

The language is so alive - and the stories so strikingly crafted.
I strongly recommend "Follow the money" to be read / listened to.

During the course of the story, an observant reader/listener will be rewarded by small Easter eggs: now and then, some of the people in this kaleidoscope of event have familiar names; so thus you get acquainted with ordinary people with extraordinary names like Ben Kingsley, Winston Churchill or Tony Stark.

All in all, a good story with a good performance. Voicing of the different characters works perfectly – the accents, the dialects – and even the special effects contribute to the good experience while listening to this audiobook

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-30-18

Just the absolute best story

I like the way the author took the reader on a journey following the twists and turns as a banknote is passed between seemingly random people. A good book enjoyed it. Matthew did an excellent job.

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  • Andrew
  • 10-06-18

Really enjoyed

I really enjoyed this book well worth a buy👍🏼 would recommend to anyone looking for something worth listening to

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  • Norma Miles
  • 08-12-19

Their personal slice of heaven.

Where have the bank notes in your wallet been before arriving in your pocket? Follow the Money is several short novellas which trace the travels of a twenty pound note, or dollar bill, as it moves around a small part of London or New York City, giving a snapshot from the lives of kind people and villains, locals and tourists, thieves, prostitutes, gangsters, bar workers and the police. But it is made more interesting by sometimes returning to the same people in a later story and, by reworking the time line slightly, changing the story. Confusing? Well, yes, initially, but nicely satisfying.

This was a challenging book from the narration point of view as, being very largely told through conversation, it requires not only many different vocal timbers and distinctions but also the fast changing of accents, from East London, American, Irish, Carribean, Asian, Polish and German, amongst others, and Matthew Kerslake does pretty well to fulfill the task. Not always, but mostly. It is a pity that the variation in British accents is mostly unexplored - the Oxford University students in New York, for example - but understandable given the already great pressure upon him. His reading is fast and with understanding of the text: a good performance overall.

The way that the stories are presented, a sort of circular reworking, is fascinating. It does seem a pity that the only people, with very occasional exception, who use paper money here seem to be on the illegal side of the line: I guess this is what makes it an action filled story base but still...
And that bad language is universal and sex very much on display. The former was a necessary part of the conversation, of course, but the fairly graphic sexual descriptions, not so much needed, just an added titillation which wasn't really necessary (though no doubt it brought someone somewhere some pleasure!). Definitely a book for more adult consumption.

I'm not sure what I expected when I requested this book, via Audiobook Boom, from the rights holder, but it wasn't this. But my thanks for the free gifting to me of the complimentary copy which I received. I did enjoy the book, the more so as it moved beyond the first of the stories, and the merry-go-round of the action began to shift. But I would have to be careful to whom I recommended it, given the fairly adult nature of the writing. Personally, however, I'll be looking out for further work by David Fuentes

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  • JRoper
  • 07-13-19

good spin

David Fuentes has caught my attention with this new spin on a set of short stories. Each story is linked as one particular banknote moves from person to person. Loose ends that I though originally were left hanging, were all neatly tied up by the end of each set. Stories are set separately in the UK and in the USA

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  • S. McDonagh
  • 06-30-19

Good

I really enjoyed the different characters in this book. it is beautifully written. Would recommended

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  • Helen
  • 06-22-19

Amazing

Enjoyed this audio from start to finish hopefully more books to come well written too

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  • Iain Hart
  • 06-08-19

Excellent idea and well told

Well this fine book came completely from left field I did not expect what my ears were offered, but boy oh boy were they happy.

This story takes storytelling and completely turns it on its head the main protagonist is not what anyone would expect

I knew money causes problems but wow this series of notes caused no end of trouble from start to finish and I absolutely loved every minute of it.

I really enjoyed the format of this book, it wasn’t one story but several shorter that sometimes connected sometimes didn’t, but all made sense and was each very well written.

*parental warning* the stories contained within this book do contain some graphic scenes of a sexual nature, so if your abit shy then you have been warned.

loved all the characters and the settings and if your ok with some bad language then this is amazing.

The narrator for this plethora of sublime series of stories is Matthew Kerslake who does a superb job of the voices , scene setting and overall storytelling.

If your looking for something a little bit different then I would highly recommend this little gem, it will change the way you think about characters in a story.

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  • Wayne
  • 06-05-19

Interesting Tale

Really liked this story and found myself not wanting to pause it! Really good story.

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  • TG
  • 05-21-19

Great, engaging stories

I really enjoyed these short stories and liked the way the connected with each other. Some wit, intrigue, sex and a great narrator.

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  • Nancy Drew
  • 05-16-19

A thrilling tale with many twists.

Read the book while on holiday, couldn't put it down. I never would have thought this book was so raunchy. Loved it even more. It's a must read for anyone who likes slice of life, sex and breaking the rules.

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