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Shadow of the Serpent Audiobook

Shadow of the Serpent: An Inspector McLevy Mystery 1

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Publisher's Summary

London had Sherlock Holmes. The dark alleys of Edinburgh had Inspector McLevy.

Known as the father of forensics and a likely influence on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, real-life police inspector James McLevy is here reinvented by David Ashton in a thrilling mystery - the first in a series - set in dark, violent Victorian Edinburgh.

Edinburgh, 1880. Election fever grips the city. But while the rich and educated argue about politics, in the dank wynds of the docks it's a struggle just to stay alive. When a prostitute is brutally murdered, disturbing memories from 30 years ago are stirred in Inspector McLevy, who is soon lured into a murky world of politics, perversion and deception - and the shadow of the serpent.

©2016 David Ashton (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

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    homebeam 22/06/2016
    homebeam 22/06/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "Masterly performance by David Ashton"
    What about David Ashton’s performance did you like?

    I read a review which said David Ashton's performance was distracting but I thought it was brilliant. The atmosphere he created was alternatively creepy, funny and thrilling. I wan't sure in the end if the story was quite as good as the performance but I enjoyed it so much I didn't want it to stop.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    sharon pickles 11/06/2016
    sharon pickles 11/06/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "LOVED IT"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, what's not to love if you are a Historical mystery/crime fan? There are great charactors and twists and turns in the plot...just good fun! Having listened to all of the McLevy radio series (9 and 10 on pre-order) I listened to the Shadow of the Serpent. Whilst I prefer the radio series, as there are more actors in it and I have grown to love each of them for their charactorisation, once I settled into listening to David Ashton's reading, I have really enjoyed the audio book. What a talented man he is!!!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I dip in and out over several days and listen when needing a little time to relax or when doing some mindless chore e.g. ironing :-) The reading allows me too be spirited away to Edinburgh.


    Any additional comments?

    Now ready to order the next audio book in the series whilst awaiting the 9 & 10 dramatised series. I feel some 'Clutter clearing' coming on and will need distraction :-)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Bennewith 12/07/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Story"

    The story was good but the narrator was poor. He read every word as though to hammer home it was a mystery. it could have been three hours shorter had he not done so. A real pity as I would like to read more stories of McLevy but can't face the narrator and will probably return this book as I won't be able to listen to it again.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sally Alp New Southgate London Uk 01/06/2016
    Sally Alp New Southgate London Uk 01/06/2016
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    "The most annoying narrator ever"

    I have had to restart this book so many times I have forgotten. Mr Ashton may have penned a brilliant book and once I got over his heavy breathing while reading and the distracting accents I did like the Scottish version of Sherlock.
    But when I re- listen to a book it because I enjoyed it so much I wanted to listen to it again and several I missed first time round but I going to have to read-listen so I can understand it the second third or even fourth time.
    Maybe another narrator , someone like Stephen Fry would have done justice what is a really good book.
    Sorry!! :(

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    james grenfell 13/09/2016
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    "Potentially good story ruined by the narrator."

    I struggled to listen as the narrators voice was not easy listening . Such a shame.

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  • joanna potter
    10/08/16
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    "Really struggling to finish this!"
    What would have made Shadow of the Serpent better?

    Somebody else reading it. He is overly dramatic and I can hear him licking his lips and swallowing, which is really distracting. The performance is too much, much like the typical over enthusiastic thespian.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadow of the Serpent?

    I`m really disappointed as the story seems really quite good and well written, but I cant listen to anymore of this. I might read the book though - fingers crossed that I don`t have that voice in my head when I do.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Ashton?

    Anybody!


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Cindy
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    "Dark drama"

    The author is a Scottish actor and his throaty whispers and heavy accent greatly enhance the story once the ear adjusts to them. It's a dark, Jack the Ripper type story but with enough difference to make it compelling drama. I was driven to look up the facts about the two great historical figures in the novel and the book became a learning experience as well.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • wookie's mom
    28/08/16
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    "Another 3 1/2 Star"

    I would have given this book a 3 1/2 stars just to be fair, as it just wasn't the book for me and I want to be fair. I might try it again in a few months and perhaps it will fit me better then, I will let you know then.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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