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Room 119: The Whitby Trader

Narrated by: Jade McLean
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Summary

High-flying trader Dean Harrison has it all: the London penthouse apartment, the fast car, the beautiful wife. But when the threads of Dean’s life start to unravel, they do so with alarming speed. Following the advice of a frail stranger, Dean sets off for Welnetham Hall Hotel and is plunged into the mysterious world of room 119 - a world where nothing makes sense. How does everyone in the hotel know his name? Why does he travel there on a train line that shut down over 50 years ago? And who is the sinister man in black who pursues him wherever he goes? As he gradually pieces together the puzzle of Welnetham Hall, Dean is forced to reevaluate his life and realizes that nothing is more important to him than his wife and daughter. Desperate to get back to them, he vows he would lay down his life for the people he loves. It’s a promise he may have to keep.

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This Book Will Save Your Life

Having had my head turned inside out by Mr Lince's out-of-this-world, brilliant book, Funicular, I went into Room 119 well prepared to be messed with again. Dean Harrison, an ordinary city trader, and the circumstances that befall him, made me rethink everything I thought I knew but so obviously don't. He is a most endearing character, as is his wife, Sarah and his daughter, Jodi, This element is the key to the brilliance of this book. There is genuine warmth in this story and the vocal talents of narrator, Jade McLean, meant I felt every nuance. Room 119 takes you on the kind of ride your wildest imaginings wouldn't dream of and I LOVED it. If you have ever lost someone - you'll love it too because it presents a picture of possibilities that are now playing out in my head. How I would love a 'do-over' with a departed and hugely missed, adored loved one. The characters are too gorgeously bonkers; Benji, Mrs McCauly, all of the players are so divine. When Dean partnered Benji I thought my heart would burst with joy, couple that with singing at the wedding, (I'm trying not to put any spoilers in), where I wept with unbridled envy at the concept. No detail is too small; sea shanties, stock trading details, defunct railway lines and stations. Mr Lince has worked extremely hard to make sure that we readers/listeners can rely on him to get everything right. In Room 119 not only has Mr Lince created a masterpiece story in which he employs exquisite language and captivating characters, he has also created a myriad of new 'what ifs'. My mind is working away thinking about all the options and maybes thanks to the unrivalled imagination of this exceptional author. A truly unique and quirky concept that has burrowed its way into my heart and soul and will remain there for a very long time. This is a book you really need to buy. You can thank me later

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Excellent, gripping story!

Another great story from T F Lince, helped by the fantastic narration of Jade McLean it draws you in and keeps you hooked to the end! Highly recommended!

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Very good and thrilling.

When I started this book I had no idea what type of book it was so for the first 3 hours I thought it was a fiction story. Then weird things started happening and I realised that it wasn’t, it also started getting more intense and interesting. I ended up staying awake early this morning it was so good! Good narrator too.

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Wow! Just WOW!

WOW! I absolutely LOVED this book! I wasn't sure where it was going after listening to the first chapter but that is essential background and necessary for the reader (or listener in my case) to fully appreciate the story. This book has everything - it is part thriller, part fantasy, part love story and with the best twisty turny plot I've read in a long time. There are maybe 5 books I've read in my life that have made me audibly gasp at an event in the story and this book is one of them. I'm not going to retell the plot - there are lots of other reviews that do that well enough and I always say that I don't want to spoil anything for readers checking what it is like before buying. My advice to anyone hesitating is BUY IT! Right now and lose yourself in Trevor Lince's masterpiece. Easily my favourite Audible listen of 2019 and I listen to A LOT of books. I gave it to my 93 year old Mum to listen to after I'd finished and she loved it too. Can't wait to read more from Mr Lince!

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Fantastic narration, charming story

This is a highly unusual story - starting rather slowly with the tale of a city trader getting into trouble, it turns into something completely different - a charming and fantastical story of redemption, trust and love, and a life-affirming reminder of the things that really count. It might not have the most polished writing or perfect pacing, but there is so much genuine colour and richness and magic, I fell in love with this heart-warming story - and the fantastic narration by Jade McLean made it an absolute delight from start to finish.

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will stay with you for some time to come

Having read this book last year, I was pleased to see it being released on audiobook. This is an excellent story and the characters memorable. Where some of the dialogue from the book was quite clunky when reading (authors first book so can be forgiven), the narrator smoothes this out and makes it more enjoyable. Will stay with you for some time to come.

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Rrom 119

3.5 Stars I enjoyed this genre-defying tale that spans thriller, mystery and supernatural with ease! After a bit of a slow start and wondering if I could get behind the rogue-ish character of Dean, it took a huge swerve into the most unexpected direction and I found myself getting behind Dean!  A rollercoaster ride with a good heart that will definitely stretch your imagination.

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Brilliant

Wow, what a book. It's took me a few days after finishing listening to it to try and review it. The first few chapters set the scene, however when Dean goes to Room 119 the story really takes off. Very poignant in places, with a great set of characters and a storyline that weaves in and out of different stories and times. All about second chances and "what ifs" it made you think about what you have and what's important. A brilliant book and definitely one of the best I've listended to.

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My best book of 2019.

I finished this book over a week ago but I didn't put pen to paper as I was still reeling. This really got to me and it went straight up into my Favourites - my 6* books. It had a kind of a Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern) feel, another one of my favourite books. For me, this hit just the right note between magical and realism, and I'm not easy to please. It starts off pretty mundanely, so don't give up when you find yourself on the trading floor, juggling stocks. It soon veers off in a totally different direction, when Dean Harrison gets a serious wake-up call and he has to rethink his priorities. The characters in this novel are great, but it's the circles that they swerve around in that awed me. Really, so many loops and surprises. Aided and abetted by an amazing narrator, Jade McLean, this could become the first audiobook that I re-listen to. I won't say more as I don't want to spoil this for other readers, but I actually envy anyone starting this book for the first time.

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Extraordinary! Amazing! Brilliant!

Having previously listened to , Funicular, I started this book with high exoectations and I wasn't disappointed. The book starts fairly straightforwardly, but this is a Trevor Lince book so soon we are in the mysterious world of Room 119 of the Welnetham Hall Hotel and everything is turned on it's head and nothing is quite as it seems. Dean is a fantastic character. When the book starts he is a high-flying city trader who's life suddenly spirals out of control. But he never forgets his roots in the north-east, and although he has neglected his family he still loves them. Will he get a second chance? You can't pigeonhole this book into any genre. It has mystery, fantasy and romance. It had me laughing and crying in equal measure. There are so many wonderful moments in the book but they are so difficult to talk about without giving spoilers, but I have to say I loved the wedding scene. This is an extraordinary book with an amazing ending. It really is unputdownable. Just brilliant!

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  • Joan
  • 01-10-19

Good story, but oy with the clown

***WARNING!! MIGHT CONTAIN SPOILERS*** I really enjoyed this book. I liked the story, the characters and the narrator was really good as well, and made the characters come to life. I enjoyed how Dean went back in time and the paranormal aspects of the book, but when it came to the clown / circus thing, I sort of lost the plot. I felt it did not really fit with the feel of the story and I did not like it at all. I also felt that the daughter was portrayed a lot younger than the 14 years the book stated she was, as she did not speak or behave like a 14 year old. My favourite part of the story was how all the guides from Welnetham Hall Hotel was all together in the end. If it was not for the clown / circus part, this book would have gotten 4 stars from me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-09-19

Room 119

I enjoyed this book. The way he goes on a train trip to a hotel and what happens to him to open his eyes makes for interesting reading. Good lesson to be learnt from the book.

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  • Marisia Robus
  • 12-09-19

It was pretty good

I enjoyed the beginning of the book, but when the weird stuff started happening and I realised there was "fantasy" going on, I almost stopped the book. I don't do vampires, demons and Harry Potter type stuff, can't stand it . But I pushed on and in the end enjoyed it. All the fantasy and other-worldly things were a bit irritating to me. It makes you think and it has a very good life lesson. I didn't enjoy the narrator, I don't like these heavy British accents, but realise it fitted with the book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-11-19

WOW! Not what I was expecting at all!

*** Review contains spoilers! I started listening to this story, and admit that I was a little perplexed as to why I had opted for a book about Stock Market trading. I loved Jade McLean's narration so I stuck with it. I am ever so glad that I did. The story follows Dean Harrison, a workaholic trader who is very successful. He has a home in London, and fancy car, a wife and daughter hidden in an expensive burrough (who he doesn't spend very much time with) A very risky trade goes sour, he has a terrible accident, and then things start getting weird. This is a tale of redemption, hope, and love conquers all. You get to meet death, a clown, and experience a life or death chess game. Give it a listen, you won't be sorry

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  • saraw
  • 21-10-19

Wonderful, sweet and poignant

This was such a great book! An interesting take on second chances. And frankly, I hope it is real. I would highly recommend this book. The narrator was amazing as well! Loved it!

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  • Joni J Mielke
  • 20-09-19

An amazing story that offers a new perspective

I greatly enjoyed listening to this audiobook. Well-written, with a humorous, tongue-in-cheek turn of phrase that had me chuckling a few times, this book is not a comedy. What it is, is a beautiful and touching story of failure and hard-earned redemption. With a touch of the paranormal, the twists and turns that mark the main characters journey are as unusual as they are meaningful, and I loved the depth of his relationships with his wife and daughter, as well as other characters who affected his life so deeply. The narration is excellent and I found no fault with it. A wonderful book and well-deserved five stars, all round.

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  • Jo Reason
  • 26-08-19

Incredible

A book has to be very special or memorable for me to give it 5 stars. Congratulations T.F. Lince on this. Very good right from the start as I enjoyed the introduction to the characters. The book is exciting, you have no idea what is going to happen, it reminded me a little of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstein, which I read many years ago but did not review at the time. It keeps you on your toes, but without violence. The book is very clever and intriguing as the author writes about his main character, Dean. The whole book draws you in with it’s originality.