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Night and Day Audiobook

Night and Day: Gideon Lowry Key West Mysteries, Book 2

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Even Ernest himself would probably have fled Key West's Hemingway Days celebration - a week of raucous tourists and swaggering Papa pretenders that send locals into hiding. Thus the low profile assumed by Gideon Lowry, playing his weekly piano gig at a quiet hotel, fighting his daily urge for a drink. That's where Asia - just Asia, like Madonna - finds him. Beret-clad, with lips the color of a plum, she glides into Gideon's world on the breathless end of a classic tune. She's left her aerie at MTV to find her estranged husband, who's lost in the reverie surrounding his obsession: Hemingway. But Asia doesn't want him back, she wants a divorce - and is ready to pay handsomely for it.

As the Hemingway festival builds to its crescendo, mainland violence pays a nasty visit. There's an evil dancing behind the carefree facades of Duval Street, and it will take every sun-bitten ounce of Gideon's Conch resolve to reel it in...

©2014 John Leslie (P)2017 John Leslie

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    Norma Miles 24/07/2017
    Norma Miles 24/07/2017
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    ""Another mermaid singing .. but not for me.""
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    "Another mermaid singing ... But not for me.""
    Gideon Lowry, one time cop, now P.I., has lived all his life in Key West, apart from a short spell in the army. He's alone now, long time divorced, his sometime girlfriend, Casey, having left for Miami and he's given up the bottle since his brother's suicide a couple of years before. Despite a small inheritance, he is still supplementing his occasional income from detection work by playing piano 4 nights a week. Then one evening, into his bar comes Asia, slight, young, wearing a beret and red lipstick, who joins his piano rendering of Night and Day with her song....

    This is a wonderful detective noire series, poignant, and atmospheric with carefully drawn characters real enough to step off the page. Told in the first person, the pace is slow, deliberate and packed with personality. Narrator David Wood becomes Gideon, his lugubrious, laid back style really capturing the atmosphere, and his voicings of all of the characters is individual, distinctive and just right. It is a very fine performance, a pleasure to hear. He makes this already really good book one which is great audio.

    John Lesley's, Night and Day, is a totally stand alone novel but the second in the Gideon Lowery series. It totally transports the reader to the now Hemmingway dominated Key West area, a tourist attraction which once was a much sleepier place to live, where everyone knew each other and some, like Gideon, still ride around on bicycles with at least half a foot in the past. My thanks for the generosity of the rights holder, who freely gifted me a copy of this book, via Audiobook Boom. Long may this series continue. Highly recommended

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  • espanolish
    United States
    02/08/17
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    "Needs a Lift AND Has Great Potential"

    PI Gideon Lowry's former friendly flame is escorted out in a stilted but effective manner. Enter new, younger potential romantic interest with a songbird voice and a big problem, all of which gives N and D some lift without actually putting it into full flight. The new potential flame is tantalizing, alluring, and comes with all the excitements that draw a man to a woman and makes him want more until he realizes she doesn't have much depth, which makes him not care. I had a similar experience with N and D. The story holds super inticing potential without being fully delivered. The characters are stereotyped and barely interesting, and the premise is weakly plausible, both of which rip texture from the plot and-- even with a West Key backdrop and all the references to Earnest Hemingway-- leaves the story feeling a bit worn and lacking a genuine sense of place.

    The upshot is that audiobook comes with a pretty enticing preview of the next installment. I must say it hints very strongly of John Leslie upping his skills and stepping more strongly into his craft. I plan to check it out.

    Narrator David A. Wood gives a much improved performance from the first installment by pumping more life in both male and female character portrayals without being overly dramatic. I listened to half the tale at 1.5 speed before cranking it up to 2.0 with no problem.

    I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Booklover
    31/07/17
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    "Wonderful Detective Story"
    What made the experience of listening to Night and Day the most enjoyable?

    Gideon Lowry was an enjoyable character to follow and I can see more of his case stories in my future. I love that this was set in the midst of all things Hemingway. John Leslie does a great job of bringing the characters to life and leading you through the clues as Gideon finds them.


    What other book might you compare Night and Day to and why?

    I have always enjoyed the Jack Reacher novels and the style of this novel is very similar to the Reacher series, but yet individual in style as well.


    Have you listened to any of David A. Wood’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the only performance by David Wood that I have listened to so far.


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

    I felt for the character when he realized that his relationship with Casey had changed to something totally different. I could sense a feeling of loss through the narrator's voice and inflection. David A. Wood does a really nice job of becoming the character.


    Any additional comments?

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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • in1ear (John Row)
    Aurora, Colorado
    28/06/17
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    "A P.I. Named Lowry, Cole Porter, and A Sultry Dame"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes,it is a well written story, with interesting characters


    What other book might you compare Night and Day to and why?

    The previous book in the "Gideon Lowrey, Key West" mystery series.


    What does David A. Wood bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I enjoy David's interpretation, he has a listenable, interesting voice. With good pacing.


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

    I was comfortable taking brief breaks.


    Any additional comments?

    In my opinion, this Audible work is worth the credit and my listening time.

    Thanks for the opportunity to listen and offer my opinions on this work! A review copy was gifted to me at no charge. In return, I am happy to provide an honest review. Also at no charge. Thank you Mr. Wood!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ashley Hedden
    17/09/17
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    "Great read"
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    Night and Day by John Leslie was a good read. Gideon Lowry is a private investigator who is also a piano player. He located his clients husband but unfortunately he couldn't stop his murder. Lowry decides to investigate the murder. This was a good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jan
    28/07/17
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    "Interesting Story!"

    I loved this book by John Leslie. I found the narration to be very good and easy to listen to. David A Wood was able to convey the right emotions in his performance. My review is not a synopsis of the book, but rather my opinion of it. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This book is part of a series and a standalone listen. The location of this book (Key West) was appealing to me and I found the author and narrator were able to give me so much imagery.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Karen M.
    25/07/17
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    "Great Series!"
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    Night and Day is Book 2 in the Gideon Lowry Key West Mysteries Series. Although it can easily be listened to as a standalone, I think that it is best enjoyed after listening to Book 1 for insight into Gideon's back story. Gideon is hired to find an estranged husband believed to be in Key West but the husband's murder opens up a whole other can of worms. With no shortage of suspects, including the wife, Gideon must solve the murder without getting killed in the process.

    I loved this audiobook and the series just keeps getting better. The story is made even more interesting with bits of the Key West culture and history. Once again the narration of David A. Wood was outstanding and immediately drew me in. His voice is the perfect "Gideon". I would highly recommend Night and Day.

    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
  • Darc
    22/07/17
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    "Key West Mystery"

    Gideon Lowery, born and raised in Key West former Police officer turned PI and part time piano player has another mystery to solve in Key West. Gideon is hired by Asia, a well-known singer of MTV fame to locate her estranged husband. The story takes place during the annual Hemingway Days celebration and Asia’s estranged husband is found dead. Gideon is lead on an interesting chase in the world of the locals, visiting writers and big business. This is the second book in the series and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
    "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Susan Patterson
    20/07/17
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    "Great Key West flavor"
    What did you love best about Night and Day?

    It brought back memories of our stay in Key West.


    What other book might you compare Night and Day to and why?

    I hate this question.


    What about David A. Wood’s performance did you like?

    His sultry voice was perfect for the characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Divorce or murder


    Any additional comments?

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kelly watley
    Beaumont tx
    10/07/17
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    "Exceptional.. "

    ‘In my view, John Leslie is a masterful storyteller. He knows how to keep the reader on the edge of their seat and keeps the fan wanting more of his stories.’

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dee
    LA
    03/07/17
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    "I do love a good book two in a series!"
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    The first book in this series was an introduction into the complicated life of Gideon Lowry. Book two showed his growth, broadened our understanding of the people in his world, and then put forth another really good mystery.

    The narrator was consistent and strong and he made Gideon real.

    I don't know if there is a book three in the series but if so, I'm all in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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