Inspector Hobbes and the Curse

Unhuman, Book 2
Narrated by: Tim Campbell
Series: Unhuman, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
Categories: Fiction, Humor
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Set in the Cotswolds, this is the next instalment in the adventures of Inspector Hobbes, Mrs Goodfellow, and Dregs, as narrated by the still disaster-prone Andy Caplet. It is a rip roaring, funny, and moving tale of Andy's infatuation with a dangerously beautiful woman, starting off during investigations into sheep deaths and the mysterious disappearance of pheasants.

These incidents appear to be connected to a rash of big cat sightings, and something horrible seems to be lurking in the woods. Is Andy cursed to be always unsuccessful in love, or is the curse something much darker, something that will arouse his primeval terrors?

©2013 The Witcherley Book Company (P)2017 The Witcherley Book Company

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A paranormal comedy that's entertaining & exciting

Inspector Hobbes and Andy Caplet are at it again! Hobbes is trying to save the townsfolk of Cotswolds from deadly panther-like cats and Andy is falling in love, well maybe, one can never truly be for sure. Hobbes has yet another deadly mystery to solve and Andy in his sad sack way stumbles across the clues. No one is more surprised than Andy to discover he has become the obsession of not one but two creatures …

I enjoyed this book very much. Of course one may find themselves annoyed by Andy but if one looks at him as a bumbling inept person with good intentions, then he’s more fun and enjoyable. Hobbes, for all his unhuman qualities, is filled with compassion and intelligence far more superior than Sherlock Holmes – he’s just more modest about it.

Wilkie Martin has created a world in which human and unhuman may exist together. A paranormal comedy that is entertaining and exciting blending fantasy and mystery together expertly. He has built his characters deftly and with richness.

Again, Tim Campbell serves as the narrator telling the story from Andy Caplets point of view. Campbell becomes Andy and does it smoothly and with great finesse. He has the perfect voice for both Andy and Hobbes.

If you enjoy comedy and paranormal creatures with a mixture of Sherlock Holmes, this is the series for you! I thoroughly enjoy them.

There were no issues with the quality or production of this audiobook.

Audiobook was provided for review by the publisher.

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A solid sequel

We don't have as much "Arthur Dent" as before and the character is taking on pathetic-ness.
But still this is a good sequel and t's really enjoyable. In my opinion the book after this, Book 3 is the worst.

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Detecting

I am digging this series very much. I love how you think your going to learn something about who Hobbs is,but then he answers the question in a way that says maybe next time I will be more forward and detailed with my questions. I love the character of Hobbs very much and I don’t mind his side kick, but hope he improves himself to the point were he can live in Hobbs world.

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I love unhumans

This is my second book a red Inspector hops and the blood and I was pulled in.I can’t stand Andy He’s a terrible human being but because he so terrible he makes the unhumans a delight no matter how flawed. I think because he’s human that’s why his terrible aspect stand out sooo much. but he makes a delightful narrator of the story the narrator himself I love his voice him as Hobbs , Andy and the old woman is flawless I sometimes think I’m Listening to a full cast production

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Entertaining as the first but fell a bit short

Loved this book. Love the series. Loved the characters, the story, dialog, and narrator.
I just feel it felt it ended without a resolution.

Of course there were not as many surprises as the first book and that shaves a bit off the fun.

Don't let this dissuade you from listening! The journey is worth it. Get this book!

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great book. .. again I am pleased

I am very happy with the next installment of the quirky adventures of this inspector and the poor writer who can't get anything right. But I like watching him grow

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More Please!

this is the second or third time that I have listened to the series and I will listen again! I literally never listen to books twice or read them twice, but this series is so satisfying so much fun and I hear something new each time I listen.

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Plodding Along

This story is fine. Just fine. The reader comes to every conclusion hours before you reach the end of the book. Honestly, you will reach the conclusion before you reach the middle of this book. At that point, you simply have to wait for the characters to catch up with you.

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Stupidity has a limited fun potential

I liked the first book, but after that sequel, I am really not sure if I am going to buy the next one. After all, general stupidity has very limited fun potential. By the middle of the book, I started getting irritated by Andy and the feeling only got stronger. OK I can tolerate one book about a mumbling sniveling self-pitying cowardly idiot, but that's about it. Andy would be good as a sideline to provide some cheap laughs but as a protagonist, he is hopeless and eventually disgusting. Especially as he does not demonstrate even the slightest hint of developing into somebody more interesting.
There is relatively little of inspector Hobbes in this one and Andy simply can not stand on his own shaking feet as a hero.

The narrator is very good and he is the main reason I finished the book at all.

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phantastic listen, an enjoyable romp

I've really started enjoying this series. I like the fact that the character development is really improving that you really get to know the inside of each of the characters inspector Hobbes quite funny and enjoyable, a big draw a bii dry.

it's a definite worthwhile listen

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  • N B
  • 02-04-19

What is going on with the accent??

Terrible! the narrator has the worst English accent... 'I thot' and what is a 'sooorsage'?? All the comedy comes from how awkward and pathetic the main character is and it gets old fast. There was hardly any plot. Bad.

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  • Richard
  • 09-06-18

RP is amiss

The reader pronounced the word broad as brod. Bought as bot. Thought as thot. It’s a common mistake made by young regional actors learning RP. It’s also annoying beyond belief to listen to.
The story’s are good though but with a rather Dislikable main character.

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  • Malbec
  • 12-30-17

Loved it!

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

Yes, and no. Having read the series as an ebook first, the stories tended to stay in the mind for a few days. Both readers in our household got withdrawal symptoms. The audio versions are like reading the stories anew, but with familiar characters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Inspector Hobbes and the Curse?

Inspector Hobbes. Loved the characterisation and the humour.

What about Tim Campbell’s performance did you like?

A more rounded depth to the characters, giving them a new life.

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

Too busy laughing to be moved.

Any additional comments?

We both love this series and hope the author will write more Inspector Hobbes books.
Disclaimer: This review follows a promotional gift from the author having entered a competition from his newsletter. However, we would have bought the audio versions in any event.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-16-18

a brill follow-up

I can't get enough of these books. great story and so funny. narration is the best.

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  • Elle V
  • 03-13-18

A real cracker

This is the second in the Inspector Hobbes series and it’s great! We learn a little more about Hobbes and Mrs Goodfellow and it’s another cracking comedy yarn-thoroughly enjoyable with great narration.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-18-18

Fantastic book and series

Accident prone main character, a fierce clever inspector and a veteran karate cook. Really amusing and a good mystery too. Brilliant series. Compulsive listening. Great narrator as well.

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  • Chris
  • 07-07-19

Average story ruined by awful narrator

I have never heard an Audible narration as poor as this. The narrator mis pronounces so many common words that it becomes increasingly irritating & completely detracts from the story line. In one 5 minute spell the narrator managed to mispronounce such wirds as haunted, lorry, thought & thoughtful amongst others. Combine this with a weak story & poor attempts at humour this is definitely one to avoid

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  • Sarah shepherd
  • 04-09-18

Fantastic!

Loved this book tim campbell reads it perfectly, inspector hobbes is awesome and andy gave me many laugh out loud moments!

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  • Chris
  • 08-03-18

Another great adventure with the team

a great continuation of the saga with the characters from the first book which flows nicely from where the last one ended.

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  • MR J DAWSON
  • 06-10-18

supernatural Adrian Mole

meet supernatural Adrian Mole. really enjoy listening to it whilst commuting. good source sound and well paced.