Ruritanian Rogues: Volumes 1-3

Narrated by: Jake Urry
Series: Ruritanian Rogues, Book 1-3
Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

While an ugly war with its neighbouring realm continues to rage, the insulated members of Ruritania’s upper class laugh and dance their way through their superficial lives. Some people, increasingly disillusioned by the pointless conflict, start to consider how the king might be persuaded - or forced - to end it. Meanwhile, an increasing number of items of great value are going missing from those attending these high society gatherings. At whom will the finger of suspicion point? Who can be trusted? What is the reason behind the unexplained spate of deaths at the Zenda Hotel? Who are the mysterious figures who meet in secret in the nearby caves? And what is the real agenda of the sinister Lord Marek Richter? Discover the answers to these questions, and more, in Ruritanian Rogues.

©2017 Richard Storry (P)2018 Richard Storry

What listeners say about Ruritanian Rogues: Volumes 1-3

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Absolutely Loved It

I absolutely loved this trilogy! The tales have mystery, suspense, danger, and quite a bit of humor. There is an ongoing war, traitors, and enough political machinations to make your head spin. I couldn't feel too harshly toward the "gentleman thief" who nonetheless does the right things when it really counts and peoples' lives are on the line, and you can't help but feel for his put upon friend/manservant. The stories have plenty of surprising twists, and it was fun to try to figure out what was going on and who the villains were ahead of the reveal in the story. I am eager for the next book to see how the story continues on. I love Jake Urry's narration! In fact, it was listening to the book sample and his voice that made me get the audiobook. He is fantastic at providing individual and varied voices, and perfectly hits the right notes to express the emotions, attitudes, and humor in the story. I highly recommend this audiobook to everyone. I will certainly be listening to it again. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Amazing Trilogy.

Amazing Trilogy. I loved the books very much, it took me a little longer to hear them and not because of the length of the books. Each book in itself is not very long. But the stories were interesting and complex and I loved it very much. The narrator did a good job. A great story over all I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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Excellent

Lots of twists and turns. Intrigue, some humor, a little 'It takes a Thief', a little 'Sherlock Holmes'. and a lot of people who are not what they seem. The narrator did an excellent job. His voice was pleasant and clear. His characters were so vivid you could just see them in your mind. All and all a great listen. Will look forward to hearing the next release. This audio was given to me free, and I voluntarily gave this review.

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Ruritanian Rogues,1-3

A Looming of Vultures This was a really good story .There were twists and turns i would have never guessed.Not giving anything away.Loved it!“ A Nest of Vipers This is exciting and suspenseful right up to the end.Storry writes great stories about the nobility of Ruritania.In this book the murders of a few people can actually undermine an end to war.Vipers indeed!Jake Urry may be my favorite narrator!He has such a pleasant voice. A Shroud of Darkness Another suspenseful adventure!The king is dying and a plot is afoot as to who will be next in line.Oh and there may be tiffin.lol As usual Jake Urrry was wonderful as narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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I found the stories to be ho hum and mundane

I was a struggle to keep my attention. On the surface the stories would appear to be interesting, but there really wasn't much meat to them, and where the author tried to put in a few twists, there wasn't enough explanation for them to be fulfilling. The narrator was fine, but the books were unexciting and didn't hold my interest. I received a promotional copy of this book and leave this review voluntarily.

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A Most Likable Gentleman Thief

I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. In a fantastical world full of intrigue and subterfuge, the gentleman thief Rudolph appears to be the most trustworthy of all the nobles. You cannot but like him and, at the same time feel sorry for Wilhelm, his faithful manservant, who tries his best to make an honest person of his wayward master. The storylines on all the books of this trilogy are all intriguing and will keep you guessing almost to the end. The writing is pleasant and the narration truly masterful. What's more, in each book, I found a pletora of secondary characters that made the stories so much more interesting and complex. Definitely a series you don't want to miss...

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an interesting listen

I wouldn't call this 3 stories in 1 it's more like one very detailed story that abruptly stops at the end of each segment. Overall I enjoyed this book the characters are likeable and funny. A thief in high society who overhears a plot to kill the king what could possibly go wrong!? There were some parts of the story that needed more character development I felt like I had missed a prequel to this series. The author did a fair job of keeping the characters interesting however I found myself rewinding from time to time because I missed information. I received this book for free for an honest review. I liked the book and wanted to know what happens next so I bought the 4th book in the series as well.

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A richly written story with mystery and humor.

I wasn't too far into "A Looming of Vultures" before I began to imagine this story being translated into a TV program, where it could easily fit into the "Masterpiece Mysteries" series on PBS. (The same is true for the second and third books of the Ruritanian Rogues series, as well.) Humor abounds amongst all three books. The banter between main characters Baron Rudolph von Mayerling (Rudy) and his manservant, Wilhelm (Willy), gives the Rogues series its zest and delightfulness. One might mistake them for an old married couple at times, but these two characters help to create balance between haughty aristocratic life and the darker, more mysterious corners of Strelsau. Before starting the series, I had read just enough of the book's description to pique my interest but was ultimately surprised at how well written and executed the Rogues books were. It wasn't long before I had lost myself completely in the decadent, turn-of-the-century European town of Strelsau, where lies and accusations live alongside thievery and murder. In Strelsau, appearances will deceive you, and you never know who, or what, is in the shadows, lying patiently in wait for the opportunity to strike. It is Jake Urry's narration that takes this story straight up and out into the stratosphere. With equal parts charm and mystique, Urry provides a warm, natural, and professional performance that truly enhances the written word. There is no other voice that could breath life into Storry's creation quite like Mr. Urry. The same could be said of his narration for books 2 and 3 of the series, as well. Storry and Urry make a decidedly formidable team. (I was given a free review copy of this audiobook at my request, and I have voluntarily written this review.)

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Ruritanian Rogues

I loved the box set! I listened to the first book on its own a while ago and when I saw the box set I had to get my hands on it. The author did not disappoint. There were some slow moments in the book but this did not put me off. Would recommend!

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Easy Listening

Ruritanian Rogues : Volumes 1 3, .. A light and easy listen. Does anyone remember the movies from way back about the fictional Ruritania. Well this audiobook takes you back to the fictional country and is 3 full length great mystery stories. Great value collection and very entertaining. Jake Urry's narration style takes a little getting used to, but bear with it as he is probably the perfect narrator for this trilogy. I received a free copy of this audio book at my own request and voluntarily leave this review. .

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  • Norma Miles
  • 09-16-18

Of all the crackpot schemes...

Delicious in every way, this triple book of dirty deeds is gloriously written by Richard Storry, a visual and gastric delight providing a colourful background to an amusing story of thefts and double dealing. There is even a recipe for Wilhelm's delectable chocolate Tiffin The first three titles are included: - A Looming of Vultures - A Nest of Vipers - A Shroud of Darkness. Set amongst the glitterati of Ruritania, it is so atmospheric it is almost possible to hear the medals clink and jowls tremble. The combining of of the pomposity of the high officials and the titled with humour, as well as the background horror as cloaked figures meet by lantern light to plot murder and mayhem is simply delicious. If the story alone were not delicious enough, it is read by the superb Jake Urry, whose voice can be both warmly inclusive and simultaneously chilling. He is pace perfect, charismatic, and his portrayal of the various protagonists from the military men to the unhappy Willie are always individually suited. He lifts the story to even greater heights ( or should that be depths?). A superb melding of story and narrator. A great book to cause both creepy tingles and smiles. My thanks to the rights holder for freely gifting me a complimentary copy, at my request, via Audiobook Boom.- just peep in, eavesdrop the nefarious intrigues - and enjoy.

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  • Richard Hildrew
  • 10-30-19

Superb Trilogy Of Books

I thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy of books by the brilliant Richard Storry, they were full of amazing characters and the plots were fantastic, I was kept fully emerged in the wonderful stories for hours. A special mention goes to the excellent narrator Jake Urry who brought each story to a different level with his wonderful narration. I highly recommend these books to everyone. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.