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So This Is Christmas

The Adrien English Mysteries, Book 7
Narrated by: Kale Williams
Series: Adrien English, Book 5.5
Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Summary

God help you merry gentlemen....

Arriving home early after spending Christmas in jolly old England, amateur sleuth Adrien English discovers alarming developments at Cloak and Dagger Books - and an old acquaintance seeking help in finding a missing boyfriend.

Fortunately, Adrien just happens to know a really good private eye.

©2017 Josh Lanyon (P)2017 Josh Lanyon

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Irritating narration

Narrator has the most iritating voice. Epecially when speaking the female lines. Couldn't listen any longer.

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  • Viv
  • 16-12-17

Love Jake and Adrien!

Am I disappointed that Chris Patton was unable to do this audiobook? Absolutely! However I think that Kale Williams did a fine job representing Adrien and the other characters. My main disappointment was his Jake. It was not distinctive or gruff enough. This book is an utter delight for Jake and Adrien fans though and the audiobook did not take anything away from my enjoyment of the story!

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  • Pat C
  • 19-03-18

Loved the book; missed Chris Patton

If you could sum up So This Is Christmas in three words, what would they be?

Great continuation of the last book. I just miss hearing Chris Patton's voice. It was like having a different narrator for the Deathly Hallows after the first six being read by Jim Dale. It just wouldn't have worked, and I'm struggling to make it work here. I think sometimes I just ignored the narrator's voice and just imposed my memory of Chris Patton. Still one of the best series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of So This Is Christmas?

Jake's family's New Year's Eve party

What aspect of Kale Williams’s performance would you have changed?

Sometimes he just sounded too affected, overacting. He read parts of Adrien's dialog in too singsong a voice, which doesn't really go with how he was portrayed in the other five books. It's hard to describe. Just listen to how Chris Patton does it and that will explain it. And how he did Natalie's and Lisa, Adrien's mom's voice was painful at best.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not extreme, just very happy to see the continuation of one of my favorite audiobook series. Hope there's more to come.

Any additional comments?

Chris Patton is the guy for this series or at least someone who has a better understanding of the inflections. Like when he said the "Ah-huh", he got the intonation so wrong.. I don't suppose you would consider redoing this audiobook with Chris'voice, Josh, Pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee????!!! have to ask.:-/

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  • Cynthia Bowen
  • 21-12-17

story good, narrator annoying

Love the author, but the narrators chosen cadence for the story is awful. not natural sounding. ugh

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  • Lauren Prouty
  • 26-01-18

Narrator ruined it for me

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. Probably not their cup of tea.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I enjoyed the story.

What didn’t you like about Kale Williams’s performance?

I had to give up listening to the book (since I already read the book, and enjoyed that very much) because I couldn't tell who was speaking. There was no difference between Adrien and Jake (however, I know the characters so well I could surmise who was speaking but it ruined the listening experience to the point I saw no point continuing). Well, at least when I read the book I can "hear" Chris Patton speaking.

Did So This Is Christmas inspire you to do anything?

Not listen to any more Kale Williams recordings. He's a "reader."

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  • brandi
  • 02-01-18

Perfection!

Yes! Brilliant as always Josh Lanyon. A perfect novella to top off the series. The chracters were in tune, the narration was wonderful. I can't say more. It's a short book packed with lots of things happening...so much! Just read it! 3 hours well spent!

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  • Jeff
  • 30-12-17

Complete waste of time

Not only does the narrator do a horrific job of narrating the book, but his take on other characters is completely different than the previous narrator. Was so looking forward to another chapter in the Adrien English series. This, was not it.

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  • MahoganyEclipse
  • 08-06-18

I've Already Listened To This Twice

Realizing that Kale Williams narrated this book made me one extremely happy person! I loved the other guy but Kale is definetly my favorite and does a phenomenal job, just as he did with the Art of Murder series!

This story wraps up things nicely and I finally get to see both Jake and Adrien 'out' and happy as can be together! It's so sweet and their love is a balm for my soul.

I love that Jake's family are finally accepting of his sexuality (well, most of them anyway) and I'm glad I finally got to meet them. They seem pretty cool to me (thank god, poor Jake missed his family).

The ending had me squealing like a little girl because of all the warm fluffies it gave me. I'll be absoloutely estatic if there's to be a book 7 but this one is lovely in itself.

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  • Patrick McDonald
  • 17-12-17

Another hit for the holidays.

Another masterful work by Josh. If I had a concern it is minor. The new narrator is very good with a couple caveats. Lisa’s English accent is a bit forced and the difference between Adrien and Jake needs to be more pronounced but overall excellent narration. Looking forward to the follow up events (no spoiler here). Thanks Josh and my cat Jake thanks you too.

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  • TLD
  • 07-04-19

It’s a great book, you need to read the whole series.

Josh Lanyon skillfully draws us into the lives and love of his characters. Here Jake finally shakes off his internalized homophobia caused by his Irish Catholic policeman culture, and immerses himself in love of his man.

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  • AAHickman
  • 27-03-19

Needs work, women aren't caricatures

The book is good, it certainly ends with all the best yummy feels. It was wonderful to see Jake fully accept himself, and to see Adrien get off his high horse, and for their relationship to be complete.

The audio? Not so much. I think I hadn't bought it because I'd heard so so reviews of it originally, but I just re-listened to the entire original series and jumped on the wagon. While I understand that the original narrator, who is wonderful, couldn't do this book, this narrator should have made an effort to see how the characters were handled.

Also, maybe don't make every female character a caricature. I wanted to stop him ever narrating anything again with the way he read Natalie. That was pure freaking awful. But he did well with Jake and Adrien and, thankfully they were ninety-five percent of the book.