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Cronin's Key Audiobook

Cronin's Key: Cronin's Key Series, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

NYPD Detective Alec MacAidan has always been good with weird. After all, his life has been a string of the unexplainable. But when an injured man gives him cryptic clues, then turns to dust in front of him, Alec's view on weird is changed forever.

Cronin, a vampire Elder, has spent the last 1,000 years waiting for Alec. He'd been told his fated one would be a man wielding a shield, but he didn't expect him to be human, and he certainly didn't expect that shield to be a police badge.

Both men, strong-willed and stubborn, are still learning how to cope with the push and pull of being fated, when fate throws them another curveball.

Rumors have spread quickly of turmoil in Egypt. Covens are fleeing with news of a vampire who has a talent like no other, hell-bent on unleashing the wrath of Death.

Alec and Cronin are thrown into a world of weird Alec cannot imagine. What he learned in school of ancient pharaohs and Egyptian gods was far from the truth. Instead, he finds out firsthand that history isn't always what it seems.

©2015 N. R. Walker (P)2017 Tantor

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    kindleaddict 11/06/2017
    kindleaddict 11/06/2017
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    "7 out of 5 amazing stars"

    As books this series is amazing. As an Audio, Joel Leslie adds so much more. His ability to give every character a distinct voice, the sights and sounds of the locations while vivid in the book become bright and minute in the audio. He is in the middle of book 11 now and it's going to be just as Glorious.
    I highly recommend this to Everyone.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Becky L 09/06/2017
    Becky L 09/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Best audio I've heard"

    I have previously read this book and rated the story at a solid 4 stars - but boy does the audio elevate Cronin's key way above that. Joel Leslie's narration of this book is so spot on I was utterly captivated. Each character (and there are quite a few in this!) had a unique presence - different accents (the Scottish one is superb!), different inflections and pacing had me seeing sides to each role I didn't pick up on in the book. Cronin was a tad more vulnerable and Alec more passionate, and I just loved Eiji :)

    This audio is highly recommended - immensely enjoyable and deeply satisfying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan London 09/06/2017
    Nathan London 09/06/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic! "
    Any additional comments?

    Very good story line, lore, good character dynamics and just enough male/male intimacy.
    Great narration and accents.

    I cant wait for book 2.

    Nate.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen, liverpool 07/09/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "great story, had me hooked."

    i thought the narrator had an older voice than the characters he played, it took some of the magic away for me. great story and imaginative plot, kept me entertained.

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    Mrs C 31/08/2017
    Mrs C 31/08/2017
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    "Well worth listening to"
    What made the experience of listening to Cronin's Key the most enjoyable?

    The narrator has an excellent voice for every character and I loved his Scottish accent.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favourite character was definitely Cronin.


    Have you listened to any of Joel Leslie’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to this narrator before and I think he is by far my favourite.


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

    Probably when Cronin and Alec managed some alone time... ooh lala!!


    Any additional comments?

    Really good story to listen to. I would definitely recommend.

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    davo 01/08/2017
    davo 01/08/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "gay vampires "

    I surprised myself by listening to the end. 6th book bought 1st finished. very enjoyable

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    Amazon Customer UK 16/06/2017
    Amazon Customer UK 16/06/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Fab story."

    Loved it. Great characters. Funny Fantastic narration. Great accents. Looking forward to the next installment.

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    Mikie358 21/06/2017
    Mikie358 21/06/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Not great"

    An accent fest from Mr Leslie, and not very convincing, I found him annoying and I will be giving him a miss in the future. As for the book, I lost interest, maybe it might have been more enjoyable read by someone else.

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  • Ariel
    25/05/17
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    "More please!!!"

    Cronin's Key is one of my favorite books and I was so happy to see it was being made into audio. Joel Leslie is a phenomenal voice actor who truly brings these characters to life. His use of various accents and the quality of his performance make an already great story that much more fantastic. I highly recommend Cronin's Key both in print and audio, and if you haven't checked out any other of Joel Leslie's narrations then you're seriously missing out!

    I'll keep my fingers crossed that the rest of this series gets recorded as well!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Angelique Handke
    31/05/17
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    "Loved it"

    Loved it a lot. It was so good. Joel Leslie performance was great. I can not wait for the rest to come out as well.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Andrea Mitchell
    29/05/17
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    "Confessions of a Romantic"

    We don’t need to start by saying how much we love anything and everything but NR Walker, and the Cronin’s Key series is right up there. But, there is something that Joel Leslie creates, that brings this fantastic book to life. One of the best audio narrations we have heard in a while, so much we are downloading everything else Joel has recorded!

    Cronin is a thousand year old vampire who has been waiting for his fated one, his mate, who shows up in the form of Alec, a NYPD detective that has always attracted the weird. There is other vampires, and a newly born one wanted to take over the world, and happiness of finding each other and the sad thoughts that they might not have forever together.

    But, we love this story, so let’s talk about the narration. Joel has this husky quality to his voice that creates each individual voice for the characters. And his accents are out of this world. Reading this book, you feel the sexual tension between Cronin and Alec, but hearing it voices brings the tension, but the sweet heat they are both feeling for finding each other. Joel finds that caring between these two strong men, and their whispered words of love are so endearing. Our favourite scene in when Cronin first takes Alec to the Scottish fields, we could feel he love and tenderness between them.

    So much good, but one sad thing, we have to wait for the other 2 installments in the Cronin’s Key series!!! But really, it is a great book, and a fantastic narration, we will patiently wait if the rest are a good as this one.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • SassiKassi
    Olympia, WA, United States
    25/05/17
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    "Stellar!"

    I loved this book when I read it and now I love it more as narrated by Joel Leslie. How he manages to keep all the voices distinct is just amazing.
    Though I wouldn't put this book in the erotic romance category, the sexual tension between Cronin and Alec is hot! And yes, there are also some steamy scenes, but the book is about so much more than that.
    It's been awhile since I read the book and I'd forgotten the ending. Can't wait for the rest of the series to be available in audio. Though they're great to read, Joel Leslie makes them come alive.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Lee Todd
    26/05/17
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    "great story is even better when narrated :)"
    Where does Cronin's Key rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    somewhere up near the top of my list, it's my favourite book that I've listened to Joel Leslie narrate


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    hard to choose between Alec and Cronin
    Alec is the tough, no nonsense cop and Cronin is the vampire that has been waiting a lifetime for him


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when they jump back to the police dept to "acquire" weapons and bulletproof vests
    ....and the final sex scene


    If you could take any character from Cronin's Key out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Alec....tall, dark and handsome, and can still eat human food ;)


    Any additional comments?

    loved all the character voices as they fit well with the character descriptions

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Alberto Martinez
    09/06/17
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    "Is a good story headphones are a must for some chapters"

    If you like the philosophical concept of being in charge of your own life is interesting to see the character evolution, you know is a great story when it holds up without sexual parts and it does.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • JDub88
    22/06/17
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    "Pretty good!"

    I wasn't thrilled with the narrator at first--sounded a bit like he was always in pain--but he won me over with his voices. Spot on accents!
    The story was good, but I could have used a bit more intrigue... Everything came together too quickly near the end, but it was very enjoyable!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Donald
    Louisville, Georgia, United States
    16/06/17
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    "More Please!!!!"

    I loved this book...I loved this story!!!! What a great story teller N.R. Walker is!!! Alec and Cronin and the cast of characters are fantastic and Joel Leslie does a fantastic job bringing the characters to life. I want to listen to more...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • VHB
    CA
    09/06/17
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    "Great storie"

    Nice storie on vampires , good adventure, nicer characters.
    A bit long , but a great listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • pinkstar 11
    09/06/17
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    "OMG"

    This audio book thing is new to me, but I must say this book was fantastic. Cronin and Alec where literally brought to life. I felt emotion, rage, and lust from the reader. I was floored. My imagination kicked up in high a couple of notches into high gear and I got lost on the beautifully written words from this book. I wanted more at the end. Cronin is an awesome character, a perfect gentleman and Alec, I just can't... I feel in love with this experience. Thank you!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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