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A Looming of Vultures Audiobook

A Looming of Vultures: Ruritanian Rogues, Book 1

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While an ugly war with its neighboring realm continues to rage, the insulated members of Ruritania's upper class laugh and dance their way through their superficial lives. Some people, increasingly disillusioned by the pointless conflict, start to consider how the King might be persuaded - or forced - to end it.

Meanwhile, an increasing number of items of great value are going missing from those attending these high society gatherings. At whom will the finger of suspicion point? Who can be trusted? With so many competing, yet intertwined, agendas, what will be the outcome of this looming of vultures?

©2016 Richard Alan Storry (P)2017 Richard Alan Storry

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    Melanie Preston Lewis London 18/10/2017
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    "A lovely story"

    The lives of the landed gentry in Ruritania seems like an episode from Downton Abbey! I adore the language and the etiquette employed. The gentleman burglar is so endearing, I know I should abhor his behaviour, but I simply couldn't bring myself to dislike anyone so fond of chocolate tiffin! Of course, the exquisite language was enhanced by the narration of Jake Urry - a man who's voice can be likened to liquid chocolate. There doesn't exist a word, story or tale that cannot be turned into a masterpiece by the addition of Mr Urry. I'm thrilled to recommend this tale, it's simply lovely!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Norma Miles 02/11/2017
    Norma Miles 02/11/2017
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    "Your magnificent chocolate Tiffin."

    Delicious in every way, this book of dirty deeds amongst the grandeur of Ruritanian nobility has echos of the gentleman thief books of Raffles and sidekick, Bunny. Gloriously written by Richard Storry, a visual and gastric delight providing a colourful background to the amusing story of thefts and double dealing. There is even an end recipe for the delectable chocolate Tiffin.

    Simply to say that it is narrated by Jake Urry should be enough. His excellent narration with just a twinge of the sinister gives this sumptuous and whimsical tale the needed gravitas. Perfectly read, as always, he voices the characters and paces the text perfectly, his reading not disguising the inherent humour.

    Good story, definitely fun and definitely recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    julie vivienne 29/10/2017
    julie vivienne 29/10/2017
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    "Just brilliant!!"

    A thrilling storyline penned from the amazing imagination and writing skills of Richard Storry exquisitely narrated by the skills and luxurious vocal tones of Jake Urry.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Iain Hart 10/10/2017
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    "Great story"

    Let your imagination run free through this brilliant story of fiction. I love how the characters interact with each other and if you want a tense, edge of your seat tale, then listen to this.

    The land of Ruritania is laid out in vivid and colourful descriptions, showing both the good and bad sides, even the upper classes aren’t as safe as they think they are, even from their own kind.

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    Alison Kelly 17/11/2017
    Alison Kelly 17/11/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Compelling Story"

    It’s years since I have read anything in this vein - a story that just makes you want to go on and on listening...forget work, blow the housework, can the chores...I just wanted to be immersed in the story.

    Characters are brought to life by the wonderful voice and narrative shaping of Jake Urry; and the personalities of the protagonists are depicted with finesse.

    I feel sure that this Ruritanian saga is just the beginning of many; and I really hope to see more of Rudi, Wilhelm, the sumptuous banquets and above all, the atmospheric setting of this magical land.

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  • Karen M.
    04/12/17
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    "Wonderful Tale of Thievery and Treachery"

    What an entertaining listen! An aristocratic thief, a treacherous murder plot and scrumptious baked goods - sounds like fun to me. Will Rudy finally learn his lesson or is he beyond redemption? Will the assassins succeed or will an unlikely hero save the day? Listen and find out!

    I really enjoyed this story. The dialogue between Rudy and his manservant was hilarious and they definitely had an interesting relationship. The action and suspense had me captivated. As for the narration, you can always count on it being great with Jake Urry as the narrator. I would recommend this.

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is my honest opinion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mary Karowski
    26/11/17
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    "A tale of two thieves"

    A baron with a penchant for taking what he wants in the dead of night as a gentleman’s hobby. A manservant who is along for the thrills and to keep his master safe. Along comes a challenge that can’t be ignored in the form of a safe full of gold deemed uncrackable by the makers. As the crime unfolds a plot to assassinate the king is uncovered, due to his nature he cannot reveal what he knows. What an two rogues do? Listen and find out. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Miller
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    20/01/18
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    "Theft, intrigue, & a plot that won't quit"

    **I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jake Urry. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.**

    The last few years, I’ve been primarily focused on reading/reviewing romance novels of the fantasy, sci-fi, and paranormal variety. But every once in a while, I find myself in the mood for something vastly different. Enter “A Looming of Vultures” and it’s 4-ish hours of humor, suspense, and mystery.

    There was a surprising amount of plot in this book, considering how short it was. Mr. Storry even managed to throw in a plot twist that I aaaalmost didn’t see coming, it was so subtly hinted at in a previous chapter. The pace of events was perfect for the story he had to tell and his characters were interesting and nicely developed. There was also just enough detail devoted to scene-setting and just enough background information given to paint a good backdrop for the events of the story. Ruritania was made real enough that I found myself wanting to check a map to see if I could find it in Europe somewhere!

    As a thief and an aristocrat in a country suffering through war, Rudy could have been so easy to dislike…but I loved him. He’s clever, funny, inventive, and unapologetic in his desire to have the pretty/valuable things that belong to other wealthy individuals. His interactions with Wilhelm were hilarious and he was surprisingly courteous to his servant, despite the general attitude people like the General displayed towards their staff. Rudy and Willy seemed to have a lot of history and a good working relationship with one another. Wilhelm seemed to be the character that “doth protest too much” and it was surprisingly endearing rather than the annoying character trait it could have been. The other characters played their parts well and gave us a glimpse into the current atmosphere of Ruritania.

    Several months ago, I listened to another Richard Storry/Jake Urry collaboration (“The Cryptic Lines”, which I reviewed here) and was really, really impressed. Mr. Storry is a very talented author and though it appears his works tend to be on the shorter side, he manages to present incredible details, developed characters, and interesting plot twists. He knows how to balance the elements of whatever mood he’s trying to set so that it isn’t too…monochromatic. There are subtleties that give his work texture and flavor and dimension, if that makes any sense. He also allows his reader enough freedom of imagination to make it easy to ‘picture’ what he’s writing. Mr. Urry has a voice that is PERFECT for suspense, action, and intrigue, and his accent lends just the right touch of both elegance and gravity. The audio quality of his narrations is spot-on, with not random volume changes, awkward pauses, or distracting background noises to interrupt the spell he’s weaving over the reader. I hope he narrates the rest of the Ruritanian Rogues series!

    Bottom line: Everything about this story was just right: the length, the narrator, the balance of suspense and lightheartedness, and that one little plot twist. The addition of the vulture at the beginning and the end definitely set the tone and was a rather creative use of a normally off-putting creature. I highly recommend this book, especially in audio format, to anyone who loves a good intrigue!

    Oh, and Willy’s Chocolate Tiffin recipe is included at the end, so that’s pretty awesome. 😊

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  • mandy
    12/12/17
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    "Good!"

    Well written and unique mystery - I enjoyed this story! Narration was really well done for the story. Looking forward to book 2!

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bibliopa
    United States
    11/12/17
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    "Entertaining Story"

    I received this audio book for free in return for an unbiased review.

    I enjoyed this book for the most part. I love mysteries and read them often. This plot for this was kind of all over, but the author did a fairly decent job of wrapping it all up.

    There was one think I found really irritating. I hate it when otherwise seemingly intelligent people do something really stupid and the rogue thief in this book had one stupid habit that I think an intelligent person would never do. Unfortunately, a lot of the plot hinged on this stupid mistake so I see why the author did it, I think it would have been a better book if the author would have spent more time and figured out a more subtle way of accomplishing the same goal.

    The narrator was very good, lovely, velvety English accent, although it probably would have been more accurate to have been a German accent throughout based on the heritage of the people. It didn't bother me as I much prefer listening to an English accent rather than a German accent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anita Ewing
    22/11/17
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    "Not the story you think."

    Set in the real world, this is a story about peerage and theft. I received this audio book for free at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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