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A Murder in Time Audiobook

A Murder in Time: Kendra Donovan Mysteries Series, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Beautiful and brilliant, Kendra Donovan is a rising star at the FBI. Yet her path to professional success hits a speed bump during a disastrous raid where half her team is murdered, a mole in the FBI is uncovered, and she herself is severely wounded. As soon as she recovers, she goes rogue and travels to England to assassinate the man responsible for the deaths of her teammates.

While fleeing from an unexpected assassin herself, Kendra escapes into a stairwell that promises sanctuary but when she stumbles out again, she is in the same place - Aldrich Castle - but in a different time: 1815, to be exact.

Mistaken for a lady's maid hired to help with weekend guests, Kendra is forced to quickly adapt to the time period until she can figure out how she got there; and, more importantly, how to get back home. However, after the body of a young girl is found on the extensive grounds of the county estate, she starts to feel there's some purpose to her bizarre circumstances. Stripped of her 21st century tools, Kendra must use her wits alone in order to unmask a cunning madman.

©2016 Julie McElwain (P)2017 Tantor

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    Beth Ann 03-01-17
    Beth Ann 03-01-17 Member Since 2014

    Story addict seeking like minded individuals

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    "Ugh! The Narration is ruining this book!"

    Granted, I'm not very far into this book, but the narrator is RUINING it for me. She has terrible accents, voice changes, and pronunciations. Also, her voice inflections don't reflect what is happening in the story. I love audiobooks but a bad narrator just ruins a (potentially) great book.

    24 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Townsend Pearland, TX, United States 03-09-17
    Townsend Pearland, TX, United States 03-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Competent heroine, decent story, lousy narration"

    Female FBI agent runs into trouble, makes a questionable decision, ends up in 1815 England, where she has to put her profiling and investigating skills to work without technology or backup. The plot is not too shabby. It was easy to figure out who the killer was NOT, but not so easy to identify who it was - or why. Nice blend of fantasy and reality - our Kendra is just lucky she fell in with such a hotbed of women's rights advocates. Also, be warned, this is not for the squeamish.

    Nice plot but much too long. The modern day lead-in could have been cut by at least fifty percent, and the rest could have used some judicious editing. I did enjoy Kendra's confusion and education into how the household staff was organized.

    Lucy Rayner is not an awful narrator but she was just not up to the demands of this book. The first part is set in America and the accents were so bad I almost quit listening. Once they got to England, the male voices were not very good either. The two male leads both sounded like they were auditioning for a title role in Beauty and the Beast. Rayner needs to stick to British historical romances.

    I didn't hate it, and I did finish it, though I stopped halfway through and listened to something else before going back to it. Not something I would listen to a second time, but I'll probably get the sequel if there is one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lindsay 04-02-17
    Lindsay 04-02-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Narration awful"

    I cannot tell you if the story was good or not because I was so distracted by the narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Persnickety 04-17-17
    Persnickety 04-17-17
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    "I Can't Continue Because of the Narration!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I have no idea whether the story is any good because the narration is too distracting. It reminds me of a young mother reading a children's story while trying to put on different voices (and doing a terrible job of it.)


    Would you be willing to try another book from Julie McElwain? Why or why not?

    Yes, but not with this narrator.


    What didn’t you like about Lucy Rayner’s performance?

    I'm sorry, but this narrator needs to stick to something she can just read without having to put on voices. Ms. Rayner has a beautiful voice and a lovely accent herself but she simply doesn't do characters well.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret 03-16-17
    Margaret 03-16-17
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    "Narration ruined the story"

    I wanted to like it but after torturing myself for an hour listening I had to give up. Volume of narrator jumps all over the place as well as being over-acted. The plot got lost and narrative gave me a headache. I would have been better off reading the kindle version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jodi 05-26-17
    Jodi 05-26-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Can't deal with the narrator"

    I couldn't tell you if this book is good or not, as I could not get past the narrator. Only made it through about two hours before I had to stop.

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    Amazon Customer 04-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good story, annoying narration"

    I enjoyed the story started reading it first then transferred over to audio to finish it. Almost couldn't finish it due to the narrator's horrible interpretation of the mens voices. She did fine on the female reading but the male readings is bad enough to almost ruin the entire book. I won't be able to listen to the next one if she's reading it, I'll just have to put it on hold until I have time to do finish the book version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    bbblue92 Palo Alto, CA United States 04-14-17
    bbblue92 Palo Alto, CA United States 04-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "HATED the Narration!!! LOL"
    Would you try another book from Julie McElwain and/or Lucy Rayner?

    Book, yes! Narrator, no!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lucy Rayner’s performances?

    Oh no, for sure. Can someone say SING SONGY?


    Was A Murder in Time worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    OMG! I guess I'm not the only one who hated the narration. Every starting of every sentence. I found myself mimicking her and going crazy in my head. But I liked the story so much I pushed through it. I want to hear book two but not sure if I can bring myself to listen to that narrator again!!!!

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    Barbara Humphrey 03-31-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Difficult to get past the narration"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Lucy Rayner’s performances?

    Highly unlikely


    Any additional comments?

    I've been an Audible member for YEARS and this is the first book I'm tempted not to finish because of the narrator. In addition to poor technical quality, there are many places where she even seems to be reading what could only be editing errors - wrong word choices and/or incorrect word order. If there will be any additional books in this series, please select a different narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 03-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Five stars for the story, One for the narration"

    The narration was ploddingingly slow, I recommend speeding it up to 1.25 to get it anywhere close to the normal Audible narration speed. The means voices, particularly the Duke and Marquis, were gravelly and grating and expressed absolutely no change in emotion throughout. I would buy books from the author again but not narration by this performer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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