• Spectre Rising

  • Spectre, Book 1
  • By: C. W. Lemoine
  • Narrated by: Thomas Block
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (225 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

After a combat incident in Iraq, Cal "Spectre" Martin was grounded and told he would never fly an F-16 again. Years later, he started a new civilian life with his F-16 pilot fiancée while being haunted by the nightmares of his last deployment.

But when she goes missing on a routine training mission off the South Florida coast, Spectre unwillingly finds himself thrust back onto the frontlines of the war on terror - this time, not in the skies over Iraq, but on the streets of Miami.

While searching for answers, Spectre uncovers a deadly international conspiracy that shakes his beliefs to the core and threatens national security. The stakes have never been higher as Spectre rises to overcome his inner demons, challenge his friendships, and take to the skies once again in a daring final mission.

©2013 C.W. Lemoine (P)2016 C.W. Lemoine

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The narrator is terrible.

The narrator makes what would otherwise be a good story extremely hard to listen to. It's too bad. I wanted to finish the book, but I can't listen to it any longer.

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Fun Story, painful narration

The Good: The story was fun and I liked that Lemoine didn't dumb down military dialogue or acronyms.
The Bad: The narration pacing, slurred speech, regular mispronunciations for common titles and acronyms, character voices, accents, and the music. I nearly gave up on the book two chapters in but decided to continue with high hopes that the narration would improve.
- The pacing for the first several chapters is painful to listen to and sounds like one run on sentence. It did seem to improve over time or I just adapted to it subconsciously.
- The narrators slurred sounding voice took me regular out of the story and his cadence doesn't sound like law enforcement professionals, active, or former military service members. I didn't get the sense of a distinct personalities or attitudes through the narrators delivery.
- Incorrect pronunciations are fairly consistent. There were moments where something would be incorrectly pronounced and then several sentences later be pronounced properly. That gave me a false sense of hope as the narrator would then go straight back into the incorrect pronunciation a chapter later. i.e. Krav Maga is consistently mispronounced, "Krav mug uh".
- The character voices are so nasally that they never sound like actual people and they come off as caricatures.
- The music was entirely too loud at the end of chapters and the selections actually hurt the scenes more than they helped.

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The narration is awful

I really want to listen to this book, but I couldn't make it past the first chapter due to the absolutely abysmal narration. The narration talks like they have a mouth full of marbles and attempts at voice changes for different characters and especially accents are terrible. The book opens with a quote from Baron Von Richtofen, who was German. The spoken quote sounds like I don't know what. It certainly wasn't German.

I'm going to buy the book instead.

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Narration is just AWEFUL.

Decent story . Somewhat. Sort of believable. Then even that evaporates. I dont think I have paid for a book where the narratot was this bad. Between his atrocious voices for the characters and the pace he read the story. I just powered through this trainwreck and let the voices in my head override his voice and make it at least a little bit palatable.

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Great story horribly performed.

CW Lemoine's story is excellent. Great plot, well written. the performance, however, made it difficult to finish. I will never, ever, listen to a book performed by Thomas Block. The guy may be wonderful in many things, but his voice, pace, inflections, and character differentiations were horrid. Freaking horrid.

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Good Story (I'm sure), Terrible Acting

Couldn't get into this book at all. I'm sure the story is good, but the reader is terrible. I wish I could return and use that credit for another book...

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great book, awful narrator

The story itself was well written and entertaining. I will definitely continue the series. The narrator made it difficult to enjoy at times with his comical attempts at voices and frequent mispronunciations of acronyms and words. A redo with a talented performer would really do wonders, instead this performer takes you out of the story at times. Just didn't seem like the right type of book for him to do. this would be better suited for an Armand Schultz or someone comparable. Overall, loved the story and was very disappointed in the narrator.

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Wish it had a different narrator.

Enjoyed the story, struggled with the narrator. He sounds like he is talking with a mouthful of marbles.

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Narration unsettling

To be clear I loved the story, it's just the narrator was at times difficult to listen to with his attempts at Hispanic, Middle Eastern, and female voices. He just sounded like a sour old man telling a story and was a bit off putting. Also, his cadence sounded like he was slurring his speech. Also, I believe there was too much sexualization of the character Agent Decker which took away from the story for me.

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Good Beginning to a Series

Really enjoyed this book. Looking forward to the rest of the Series.

Had a little difficulty with the narrator. Storyline narration was ok but character voices not so much.

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  • Nick
  • 06-22-20

I wanted to like this, but the narration...

I really wanted to like this as I am a huge fan of aviation and thrillers. I also am a subscriber to the authors media channel which is great but..... Oh my lord the narration was absolutely terrible, monotone lifeless and just boring I couldn't finish the book and therefore won't be buying anymore in the series as I don't know what happened in the first of the series.

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  • Saul
  • 11-16-19

Good book ruined by narration

It’s a decent book, nothing ground breaking but it moves along nicely and the author clearly knows his aviation subject (being an ex fighter pilot himself). But the narrator is awful and at times I was struggling to follow what is a basic storyline as all the characters sound exactly the same.

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  • Martin Scoley
  • 12-01-18

Not for me

Struggled with this from start to finish. The sole reason was the narrator. Barely able to understand a thing he was saying and the style of the reading completely spoiled this audio book.

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  • Curtis Hulbert
  • 09-04-21

interesting story but terrible narration

the overall story is interesting with a few good twists and turns. however there are moments in the story that feel rushed and the main character seems to have some times of clairvoyance.

the narration is probably one of the worst I have listened to. the performance feels so amatuer. He has the same two voices for every character and the inflections of certain words are very strange. not to mention the random music can completely ruin any sort of immersion I had just had in that chapter and often the music choices feel like they had been ripped off of the free music store.

overall a promising story but the execution leaves much to be desired. the characters are very one dimensional and the narration is just awful.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-21

Terrible Narration

I cannot explain how bad the Narration was. It really spoilt the whole experience.

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  • Andreas E
  • 01-13-22

Great story. Horrible narrator!

Well, I’ve followed Mr Lemoine for a long time on YT and finally picked up his first book. While the story is interesting and captive it is completely ruined by the narrator. It is a shame sense I will not manage to finish the Specter series due to the same narrator in book nr 2. I really hope the author would do a new record as this clearly must hurt the sales.

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  • Mr Ian Perry
  • 09-18-20

Shame about the narration

If you can cope with the awful voices the narrator use I’m sure it would be a good story, I cringed at each new voice he tried and could not cope beyond a few chapters.

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  • Nathan
  • 03-05-19

Predictable but enthralling

I really liked this book. I found it very easy to follow the story but did at times find the use of description about weapons to be excessive

The storyline was pretty predictable but that did not detract from it at all and the cliffhanger at the end has now left me wanting to move on in the series

Looking forward to getting stuck in

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-29-22

I was ok with the narrator. Story partially plausible.

The story starts off good and has a few twists and turns. Some of them you see coming and some you don’t. A lot of it is plausible, but some of the threads a bit of a stretch. The over the top descriptions of small arms was a bit over the top (someone REALLY loves guns). Unlike other reviewers I found the narrator ok. Something different from boring old sameness.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-01-20

Story was good but narration was terrible.

The story line for Spectre Rising was not too bad but the narration by Thomas Block was absolutely terrible and detracted from what was otherwise a good yarn.
I really struggled to warm to the story. Will give another one a go but our old Thomas had me wary.

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  • Craig Martin
  • 03-16-20

Narrator

I struggled with the narrators inconsistent voices of the characters. They changed even by sentences

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-13-20

goodness me... stop with the voice acting

love thee story but the audio is kindergarden. The voice acting is grating... everyone someone speaks you cringe as the actor affects the voice... just read it straight... everyone sounds like a looney tunes character