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Those who love romantic suspense and thrillers with heart have found their new literary crush.

An Irishman on the run. He's left a lot of things behind him...but they're not far enough back.

Conor McBride has lost everything, and if he can't find a way to disappear in a hurry, the next thing he loses could be his life. Running from enemies he's never met and haunted by his own destructive actions, Conor needs a refuge secure enough to hold his secrets. A farmhouse inn tucked amidst the green mountains of Vermont seems ideal, but when his past catches up with him, Conor discovers the beautiful young innkeeper has secrets of her own, and hers are more likely to get them both killed.

©2014 Kathryn Guare (P)2018 Kathryn Guare

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Good adventure

Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret Chord (The Conor McBride Series - Mystery Suspense Thriller Book 2) to be better than the print version?

Yes.................... the narrator is able to bring out nuance in the story and characters that would not be possible in simply reading the book.

What did you like best about this story?

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Have you listened to any of Wayne Farrell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first time............. he did a good job in bringing the story to the listener.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

25 of 26 people found this review helpful

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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 04-11-18

Excellent Spy Thriller

I was given the Secret Chord in return for an honest and unbiased review. I thought I should start with the first book.The first book in the series was OK for me but this book I really enjoyed.

The Secret Chord is an enchanting ride with the Irish violinist/farmer/spy Conor McBride who turns up in Vermont and meets his match in artist/innkeeper Kate Fitzpatrick. I was immersed in the action from the start of the novel; Ms. Guare keeps you guessing where the plot will lead. Some characters met in Deceptive Cadence return and interesting new ones are introduced. Ms. Guare has a wonderful ear for dialogue and description and I would be remiss if I didn't mention her fine use of her native "green mountain" state as this novel's main setting. Beware, though—events will lead across the globe to culminate in some hair-raising plot twists!

Wayne Farrell was once again outstanding with the delivery of the story.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Note worthy

This is my first Wayne Farrell narrated novel and I have to say that he is as expressive as one of my favorites, Gerard Doyle. This book was so well written by Kathryn Guare that at times I had to stop and re listen to an especially well written section to savor it again. Coupled with Wayne Farrell's stellar presentation this is a book that I will revisit again. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Wow !! Great book!!

This is my kind of book. It has an entire menagerie of strange characters, that are well-defined and exciting to read about. Connor McBride is a man easy to relate to, and the many people he encounters as he runs for his life are each unique and interesting . Wayne Farrell does a great job presenting the milieu of each group, and comes up with an ending that boggles the mind.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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wow w! o ! w!!!

now God damn this book is what I call Perfection this book has everything thrilling moments interesting story you couldn't put it down it was just amazing I can't describe how amazing it was I love it so very much it's freaking amazing and again I will say the word amazing I love it I couldn't stop listen to it I enjoyed the thrill very munch the book itself is genius
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Mystery and Love

Mystery and Love, two of the most popular topics readers pick up and Kathryn Guare does well to pair them together in this book.
In the end, I was truly swept away by her extensive novel of agents, farmers, heiresses, and mobsters. Although, I must admit it was hard to keep up with all of the twists and turns created in the story but on the whole it was a story that kept me intrigued to the very end.

Wayne Farrell's narration was very notable for me. His character voices were subtle yet distinguishable and his narration easy to listen too.

Overall I would recommend this to all who love a good action packed mystery and don't mind a little love thrown in.

This audiobook was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

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Great Suspense

This was a great suspense thriller. The narrator brought the characters to life and did a great job! I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and/or author and/or narrator in exchange for an honest review.

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Better than Book 1, which is good!

I didn’t know what to expect from book 2 of the Conor McBride series. Book 1 ended well and didn’t require a follow up. However, Kathryn Guare outdid any expectation I had. It is not necessary to listen to the first book to enjoy and understand The Secret Chord; but I recommend it. You have a backstory that you wouldn’t have without it.

I loved the interaction between Conor and Kate. I typically cringe at love scenes and detest predictable quotes. Ms Guare created a spunky but tender relationship in this couple that I enjoyed to the very end. The action and intrigue just kept me excited to listen, especially for the last third of the audiobook.

Thank you for bringing back an incredible narrator! Wayne Farrell IS the voice of Conor and does a fantastic job of switching from character to character.

Well done!

I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for my unbiased review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Dee
  • LA
  • 04-08-18

Mystery! Suspense! Thriller!

What a wild ride this listen was!!! I absolutely loved every minute of it. Every. Minute. There was mystery and suspense aplenty. Layers kept peeling off and new information kept emerging. That was fun.

The two main characters, Conor and Kate, were vulnerable and extremely likeable with kissable boo-boos. This second book in the series alludes to events in book one and you could benefit from having that first listen, even if it's just to understand the genesis between Conor and the CIA/MI5/DEA. Without it though, this listen still holds its own.

The narration was insane! Farrell transitioned from a Irish brogue, to a female falsetto, to a 10 year old kid without breaking a sweat.

I don't know how many more books are in the series but I'm all in.

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So excited this is finally out on audiobook!

I couldn't wait for this to come out on audiobook, and Connor McBride didn't disappoint. I enjoy this narrator and love the characters... Kathryn Guere hit it out of the park once again.

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  • Book Addict
  • 08-29-18

An Exciting Thriller!

Well what can one say after 10hours and 25 minutes of nonstop intrigue and deception.
We follow Conner McBride after he sells the farm and property after the death of his mother. Conner is world class musician and plays the the violin. He leaves Ireland and goes to Vermont to work on a farm and old Inn that his employee and friend introduced him too via internet.
Conner can’t believe his luck when he meets Kate, his boss. They start to full in love, but before they can start enjoy life. Unfortunately both their pasts comes back to haunt them. Once we find out Conner had worked with MI6 in the past, and they need his help again.
This is a book full of spies, and bad men that need to be behind bars. There is love between Kate and Conner and I was absorbed and listened in one go and now need the next one. This book had everything, and it had to be listened to carefully in case you miss something.
I really enjoyed listening to the narrator’s voice, and his Irish lilt was pleasure to listen to. I kept me so focused on the action the time sped to fast.