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Spectre Rising

Spectre, Book 1
Narrated by: Thomas Block
Series: Spectre, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
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Summary

After a combat incident in Iraq, Cal "Spectre" Martin was grounded and told he would never fly an F-16 again. Years later, he started a new civilian life with his F-16 pilot fiancée while being haunted by the nightmares of his last deployment.

But when she goes missing on a routine training mission off the South Florida coast, Spectre unwillingly finds himself thrust back onto the frontlines of the war on terror - this time, not in the skies over Iraq, but on the streets of Miami.

While searching for answers, Spectre uncovers a deadly international conspiracy that shakes his beliefs to the core and threatens national security. The stakes have never been higher as Spectre rises to overcome his inner demons, challenge his friendships, and take to the skies once again in a daring final mission.

©2013 C.W. Lemoine (P)2016 C.W. Lemoine

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Good book ruined by narration

It’s a decent book, nothing ground breaking but it moves along nicely and the author clearly knows his aviation subject (being an ex fighter pilot himself). But the narrator is awful and at times I was struggling to follow what is a basic storyline as all the characters sound exactly the same.

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Predictable but enthralling

I really liked this book. I found it very easy to follow the story but did at times find the use of description about weapons to be excessive

The storyline was pretty predictable but that did not detract from it at all and the cliffhanger at the end has now left me wanting to move on in the series

Looking forward to getting stuck in

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Not for me<br />

Struggled with this from start to finish. The sole reason was the narrator. Barely able to understand a thing he was saying and the style of the reading completely spoiled this audio book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-12-18

The narrator is terrible.

The narrator makes what would otherwise be a good story extremely hard to listen to. It's too bad. I wanted to finish the book, but I can't listen to it any longer.

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  • Mike V.
  • 28-11-18

Fun Story, painful narration

The Good: The story was fun and I liked that Lemoine didn't dumb down military dialogue or acronyms.
The Bad: The narration pacing, slurred speech, regular mispronunciations for common titles and acronyms, character voices, accents, and the music. I nearly gave up on the book two chapters in but decided to continue with high hopes that the narration would improve.
- The pacing for the first several chapters is painful to listen to and sounds like one run on sentence. It did seem to improve over time or I just adapted to it subconsciously.
- The narrators slurred sounding voice took me regular out of the story and his cadence doesn't sound like law enforcement professionals, active, or former military service members. I didn't get the sense of a distinct personalities or attitudes through the narrators delivery.
- Incorrect pronunciations are fairly consistent. There were moments where something would be incorrectly pronounced and then several sentences later be pronounced properly. That gave me a false sense of hope as the narrator would then go straight back into the incorrect pronunciation a chapter later. i.e. Krav Maga is consistently mispronounced, "Krav mug uh".
- The character voices are so nasally that they never sound like actual people and they come off as caricatures.
- The music was entirely too loud at the end of chapters and the selections actually hurt the scenes more than they helped.

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  • coachtom
  • 15-01-18

Narration is just AWEFUL.

Decent story . Somewhat. Sort of believable. Then even that evaporates. I dont think I have paid for a book where the narratot was this bad. Between his atrocious voices for the characters and the pace he read the story. I just powered through this trainwreck and let the voices in my head override his voice and make it at least a little bit palatable.

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  • A Reader
  • 18-03-20

The narration is awful

I really want to listen to this book, but I couldn't make it past the first chapter due to the absolutely abysmal narration. The narration talks like they have a mouth full of marbles and attempts at voice changes for different characters and especially accents are terrible. The book opens with a quote from Baron Von Richtofen, who was German. The spoken quote sounds like I don't know what. It certainly wasn't German.

I'm going to buy the book instead.

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  • Chris Zwolinski
  • 04-06-20

Can It be re-recorded?

I'm about 1/2 way through and ready to read the rest while driving myself.

The overall rating is good, but the narrator does not come across as knowledgeable about the subject matter and this is a great distraction to me since I know what he should be saying.
It also drives me a tab bit crazy to hear him attempt an accent that is way off.
I have a hard enough time listening him to begin with.

Mover, You wrote it, you should read it. I think it would sound much better and if not more believable, at least more accurate.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-05-20

Great book solid military fiction

Great book very accurate of description of Jets and operation of. Not surprised as the author is a fighter pilot. The narrator makes everyone sound annoying though. But the narrator still did a better job than I could. Definitely worth my monthly audible credit, in fact I bought three more credits so I could buy the other two audiobooks available. Hopefully the other books in the spectre series are narrated you audiobook soon!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-05-20

Specter rising

This is a very well written book.
The characters have depth and are easy to connect with. The only issue I have is all the female characters have the same voice.

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  • CHARLES JOHNSON
  • 03-05-20

narration utter crap

story was ok, tried for a tom Clancy Clive Cussler vibe but didn't achieve.

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  • Rex Black
  • 22-04-20

Great book!

Loving the book, well written with great tempo and stays interesting.
The narrator's voices and pronunciation leave a bit to be desired however, so if that bothers you grab the text version; You won't regret it.

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  • Bible packer
  • 22-04-20

Cut the music

The artsy attempt at music interludes during the narration were distracting at best, mainly just annoying. Thomas Block’s interpretation for different characters became very hard to follow since they all sounded like inebriated 3 pack a day smokers. I have enjoyed several of C.W. LeMoines other writings but this one was not on par with his other works. While a plausible story line over all, there was a sense of imbalance of character development or the usual sense of completion in the ending. The ending seemed more designed to leave the door open to a sequel in a quick rushed after thought sort of manner.