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The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal

Narrated by: Gary Furlong
Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
Categories: LGBT, Romance
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Publisher's Summary

A story too secret, too terrifying - and too shockingly intimate - for Victorian eyes.

Dear Henry,

I have been Simon Feximal's companion, assistant, and chronicler for 20 years now, and during that time my Casebooks of Feximal the Ghost-Hunter have spread the reputation of this most accomplished of ghost-hunters far and wide.

You have asked me often for the tale of our first meeting, and how my association with Feximal came about. I have always declined, because it is a story too private to be truthfully recounted, and a memory too precious to be falsified. But none knows better than I that stories must be told.

So here is it, Henry, a full and accurate account of how I met Simon Feximal, which I shall leave with my solicitor to pass to you after my death.

I dare say it may not be quite what you expect.

Robert Caldwell
September 1914

©2013, 2015 K. J. Charles (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • 11-24-17

KJ Charles is magic

A Gothic supernatural romance is not my usual cup of tea. But I have never been disappointed in KJ Charles so I gave it a try. And was well rewarded with a great narrator telling creepy supernatural stories set in pre-WWI England. Main character Robert Caldwell has written countless published stories of the great ghost hunter Simon Feximal, now he shares stories to his editor that give the intimate background of the two men as long time partners. Robert's compassionate (and passionate) love for a difficult man makes this more than the average m/m romance. And Simon as a man hardened by the evil he fights, is a hidden true romantic adding more emotion than expected. Edwardian Britain is well described adding a nice atmosphere to the proceedings. Gary Furlong is a narrator I haven't heard before and will now keep an eye out for because of his great performance. My dearest hope is that he will be tapped as narrator for Spectred Isle as it is set in the same supernatural world. Quite frankly I look forward to anything audible puts out for KJ Charles if it continues to be of this quality.

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Beautiful audio for one of the best books

Audio: I was worried about the audio for this book because Furlong narrates another book that I forget the title of and I hated it. I was worried that a book I love without measure would be ruined. But. No. He does an outstanding job with this story. His voice for Simon is swoonworthy, his voices are all distinct, and he does great with the accents. Fantastically well narrated.
This is one of two Charles' books that I haven't re-read compulsively. This one because it hurts at the end, in a hopeful way, but still painful. I adore this book, and, in it's way it may be the most(?) romantic relationship she's written. Two men that find a connection that, at first, shouldn't be broken, and then, eventually, can't be broken. How many romances have two characters that bind themselves together in such a permanent way? How many people would be willing to take on what Robert does to save Simon? Yes, this is her most heart breaking and strongest character connection.

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It's incredible

The Secret Casebook is already one of my favourite books, but the narrated version was somehow even better. Kudos to Gary Furlong for his incredible performance

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Don't miss this- one of my favorites KJ Charles

The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal is not one of K.J. Charles's most popular or flashiest books, but it holds a very special place in my heart.

I loved this book in ebook form, and I loved it just as much in audio. The narrator (Gary Furlong) did an amazing job with the voices and really helped the story come to life. I couldn't stop listening. I didn't want it to end.

If you love audiobooks and K.J. Charles, this is a must-buy.

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So good. So so Good.

I bought this audiobook some time ago on the strength of being written by K.J. Charles. Then put off listening to it, uncertain if it was actually a series of short stories (a format I'm not overly fond of). As it turns out it is a series of cases, but there is enough of a plot flowing through them that I still consider it one story. And I loved that story! Robert and Simon ae characters I could get behind and the reader could absolutely feel how they became important to one another. But mostly I just adored the narrative style. The way Robert told the story. No doubt part of my love was because Gary Furlong did such a wonderful job bringing it to life. But it was such a good story, to begin with. I really struggled with wanting to listen more and get to the end and listen less so it never actually ended.

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Great story, the narrator sounds a little stiff when not performing direct quotes

The accents of the individuals is quite good and I liked the short story style. It starts off with quite a bang-- a very explicit scene right in the beginning, which is either good or bad depending on your taste. It took me a bit of time to get used to the narrator when not performing direct quotes, so if you're in my boat, give it time and perhaps you can acclimate. The story is worth it and it's something that can be overlooked. I wouldn't say it's the narrator is the best I e ever heard, which definitely puts me in the minority, but oh well, what can you do?

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Simply wonderful!

Loved both the story and the narration, the best book by KJ Charles (so far :) The historical background is solid, characters well developed and their stories really well told!

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amazing

unforgettable characters, detailed accounts of adventures and I am so disappointed it has no sequal

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Wow

I wish all of my books could be as well written and the world of all of my books could be as well as stablished as this one. Thank you so much for writing it.

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K.J. Charles writes sweet masterpieces

I ADORE KJ Charles. everything I've read so far is wonderful, enthralling, sexy, sweet, and masterfully written. I haven't read much victorian fiction before but they write it knowledgeably as if it were truly written in that era. The characters are well developed, loveable, and interesting. The magical worlds created are new and intricate. The narrator speaks soothingly and the performance is great. Thank you so much, both the writer and narrator.

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Amazing narration

I loved this story, although the ending broke my heart. The narration was perfection, and I couldn't have asked for more.

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Favourite book, lesser narrator

This is a favourite book of mine and I was very much looking forward to the audio. I find it hard to be critical of narrators, but I have to say that I found the narration rather monotone. Not so much the dialogues, and voices and accents are OK. But the narrative sentences all seem to sound the same, thus turning it relatively dull. The book deserved more.