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Old Scores

Barker & Llewelyn, Book 9
Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
Series: Barker & Llewelyn Series, Book 9
Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (482 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In 1890, the first Japanese diplomatic delegation arrives in London to open an embassy. Cyrus Barker, private enquiry agent and occasional agent for the Foreign Service Office, is enlisted to display his personal Japanese garden to the visiting dignitaries.

Later that night, Ambassador Toda is shot and killed in his office and Cyrus Barker is discovered across the street, watching the very same office, in possession of a revolver with one spent cartridge.

Arrested by the Special Branch for the crime, Barker is vigorously interrogated and finally released due to the intervention of his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, and his solicitor. With the London constabulary still convinced of his guilt, Barker is hired by the new Japanese ambassador to find the real murderer.

In a case that takes Barker and Llewelyn deep into parts of London's underworld, on paths that lead deep into Barker's own mysterious personal history, Old Scores is the finest yet in Will Thomas's critically acclaimed series.

©2017 Will Thomas (P)2017 Tantor

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Wonderful!

I have loved and enjoyed all of the Llewelyn/Barker books and adore Antony Fergusons narration but I particularly enjoyed Old Scores. The insights in Oriental culture were fascinating. I highly recommend this entire series.

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Series regulars will like the background info

I would not recommend this book as a first read. Go back, start from the beginning, enjoy each book, then read this edition. All the characters from previous stories come into their own. Looking forward to the next one.

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Another immersion into 1890's London life

I think I'm in love with Llewellyn. Or he's my alter ego. Hilarious, historical, wonderful!

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I love this series

This series of books have been, for me, very entertaining. The characters are great, and the scenes and historical tidbits fascinating. The narration superb.

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Another great Barker & Llewelyn book

I discovered this series a few months ago and have listened to everyone since then. The characters are great fun, the stories are interesting and unpredictable, and reveal aspects of life in 19th century London that aren't apparent in other detective books, even if you've read all of Sherlock Holmes and other favorites. But the unique characters and their personalities make the book an entertaining and captivating read, or "listen" if you prefer. Antony Ferguson does an outstanding performance. Without question, I'll grab the next one as soon as it becomes available as an Audible selection, because I love the narration.

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Top Notch

Not only is this Will Thomas at the top of his game, but also, Antony Ferguson did an excellent job of an American-Japanese accent. I was impressed. (Especially after the poor job at Russian a few books ago) This was impressive and I am American. I love this narrator anyway. He makes the nuances clear as well. Well done Ferguson. Well done Thomas. I can't wait for the next B&L. <3

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Great story. Rough audio edit

Will Thomas delivers yet another highly entertaining story. In addition, Antony Ferguson offers a great performance. However, whoever put the audio together must have been sleeping through the process. The character accents were not consistent and were very confusing at times. At one point, Ho had three different voices in the same five-minute segment. Very sloppy.

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An interesting event sequence

Japanese representatives have arrived in England to establish an Embassy. After a murder Barker is hired to find the murderer.
Twists and turns with more deaths ensuing. If you like this series this one is excellent.

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Not amoung my favorite

Not my favorite , but the narration is solid. The story was good 8n that you learn more about Barker. However, the story line was at times boring.

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Still a good story, but not the high quality..

This was a good story, but not the same quality as others in the series.
I guess I couldn't get the emotional buy-in required towards the Japanese delegation. One moment you're meeting these men and then all these tragic things happen, but you don't know these men from Adam. I didn't seem to care for these characters like I did for previous ones.
However, I will say the ending was shocking and graphic. I was actually a little stunned by it.
I also thought the storyline for "the Gov" felt a little rushed and haphazard. Once again, it didn't feel genuine, just kind of "Well, throw this part of the backstory in there so the readers have it."
Still a great narrative performance. I just hope the next story is better.