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The Cryptic Lines

Narrated by: Jake Urry
Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
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Set in a sprawling Gothic mansion in a remote coastal location, somewhere in the British Isles, the elderly recluse Lord Alfred Willoughby is deciding what is to become of his vast fortune after his death.

Whilst his head is telling him to leave nothing at all to his wastrel son, Matthew, his heart is speaking differently.

After much deliberation, in a last-ditch attempt to try and show to his son the importance of applying himself to a task and staying with it to the end, he devises a series of enigmatic puzzles cunningly concealed within the lines of a poem - the cryptic lines.

If he completes the task successfully and solves the puzzles, he will inherit the entire estate, but if he fails, he will receive nothing.

However, from Lord Alfred's will, it emerges that Matthew is not the only interested party. The mysterious old house holds many secrets, and nothing is as it first appears....

The audio version, read by Jake Urry, has now been re-recorded at an even higher quality, bringing this atmospheric tale to vivid life like never before!

©2007 Richard Alan Storry (P)2019 Richard Storry

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  • 11-27-19

Absolutely diabolical!

Diabolical!
It was a dark and stormy night when the tale begins and it continues in a manner reminiscent of Henry James. There is an elderly very wealthy man with one wastrel son so the man repeatedly calls his solicitor to the mansion, only this time he dies while burning the most recent will and makes a cryptic statement. There's a video will and it gives a bequest to the faithful butler and leaves the great bulk to whichever of the other two (son or solicitor) finds the hidden item. From then on the suspense tightens as the men decide to work together and follow the sequential clues. The end absolutely blindsided me!
Jake Urry is the astounding voice actor who has the right tone at the right time and gives nothing away.

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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
  • 11-15-19

Mysterious treasure hunt.

Lord Alfred Willoughby is dying! He has written multiple wills but with the way his son Matthew is, he decides to write on last one. In it he stipulates that he will leave his faithful Butler 5 million, and the rest of his sizable fortune would be left to either of two contenders. But, nothing is ever easy and Lord Alfred sets a treasure hunt in place. The first to solve the clues and find a certain object, will inherit everything. All they have to do is solve The Cryptic Lines!

I absolutely flew through this suspenseful mystery! The authors descriptive writing really brought the scenery and atmosphere to life. You could just imagine the big sprawling manor house that they are searching, as well as the amazing land it's on! I also loved the whole treasure hunt and mysterious clues thing. It was awesome figuring things out along with the characters and trying to see was I right! You think you know what's going to happen but the author throws in twist after twist and the ending was brilliant!!

Character wise, their are only a few, but all were extremely well written and developed. James, the butler, was a typical English butler you see on the TV. The attorney was another awesome character. Such a nice person. Matthew is a money hungry man, who only wants his fathers vast fortune and will stop at nothing to get it. All of these, as well as the other characters, added up to a really enjoyable and thoroughly entertaining listen!

In all, this was a quick, fast paced, entertaining and suspenseful read.

Jake Urry was the perfect choice for this. He had an array of tones and cadences that really suited the feel of this story. He portrayed James and Lord Alfred perfectly with a really posh English voice and even did a perfect Matthew! He really brought this book to life and made it 10 times more enjoyable! Brilliant narrator.

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