Spectre Rising

Spectre, Book 1
Narrated by: Thomas Block
Series: Spectre, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
4 out of 5 stars (146 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 first novel by Mover

C.W. Lemoine (aka Mover) knows his stuff. If you have any doubt, check out his YouTube content, which is also very good. This first dive into the world of fiction with the Spectre series was a great first novel. Well written with attention to detail that let's you know he knows his craft. The performance was a bit distracting at first, but as you get into the story, you no longer notice it- which speaks to the quality of the story itself.

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The Spirit of CW Lemoine

Fantastic action and love story. Following the author CW Lemoine on YouTube and this story is his reality and his dreams. Perfectly curated into fiction. The book narrator was deplorable however found that if played in 1 1/2 speed, the story went very well and when it came to the action you could actually feel the excitement of the action at 1 1/2 speed. Totally redeemed the experience of. the book.

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The music and narration killed it

A+ on technical details. B- on the short story. D- for the narration. F- music.

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Great story, who hired the narrator?

Pretty awesome story with just the right amount of details.

The narrator on the other hand. He needs to stick to books that don’t require attempting to change his voice for different characters.

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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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Great military story, horrendous narration.

With my daily commute and love of reading, I go through several audio books every. That being said, unless this audio book is re-released with a complete overhaul, I won't be listening to it again. I like the story enough, I'll have kindle read with it's robotic voice, the ebook on my phone's tinny speaker phone instead of listening to this. It'll be better that way (I tested it at the end of the book just to crosscheck myself). I'll try to provide enough detail to be helpful to those considering this audio title.

1) The narrator does not always keep the same voice for the characters, even within the same chapter. The major characters have this happen less often, but even they have this happen periodically.
2) Periodic music inserts at an excessive volume. They sometimes are cross themed to what was just being or even is being read.
3) Sometimes, it seems like the narrator had forgotten to read a line, so they came back, recorded that line, and inserted it in the middle of the dialogue. Seemingly not a bad thing, the character voice, intensity, tonality, etc is completely different with no attempt to blend them. If you don't have a large enough budget to cover a good editor, they could still re-record a particular paragraph instead of just one sentence in the middle. That would allow for a preceding and trailing pause to hide the edit in. This item is likely an issue that can be laid at the feet of an editor or producer and not the narrator, but it still effects the enjoy-ability of the book.
4) Mispronunciations galore. Being an avid audio book listener, I can cut a narrator a lot of slack to further my ability to sink into a book. When a particular word or phrase appear many times and/or are a focal object within a story, for the love of Pete... PLEASE, please, please, look up the pronunciation of these words or ask someone who knows how to do so. One specific and egregious example in this book is "Krav Maga".

The story itself is a lot of fun. Think of the movie Shooter with Mark Whalberg, or the Tom Clancy Jack Ryan series. The plots are all different of course, but the character path and the 'hero' of the story strike me as quite similar.

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-01-18

Not for me<br />

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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  • 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
  • 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

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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