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Spectred Isle

Green Men Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Ruairi Carter
Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
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Summary

Archaeologist Saul Lazenby has been all but unemployable since his disgrace during the War. Now he scrapes a living working for a rich eccentric who believes in magic. Saul knows it's a lot of nonsense...except that he begins to find himself in increasingly strange and frightening situations. And at every turn he runs into the sardonic, mysterious Randolph Glyde.

Randolph is the last of an ancient line of arcanists, commanding deep secrets and extraordinary powers as he struggles to fulfill his family duties in a war-torn world. He knows there's something odd going on with the haunted-looking man who keeps turning up in all the wrong places. The only question for Randolph is whether Saul is victim or villain.

Saul hasn't trusted anyone in a long time. But as the supernatural threat grows, along with the desire between them, he'll need to believe in evasive, enraging, devastatingly attractive Randolph. Because he may be the only man who can save Saul's life - or his soul.

Contains mature themes.

©2017 KJ Charles (P)2018 Tantor

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Lovely

A very enjoyable book. I would advise listening to 'The Casebook of Simon Feximal' before you listen to this title as it will make more sense if you do. The narration was super.

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Wonderful story, clearly narrated, but not sure the narrator’s voice “fit” for me

I adore this book, and the audiobook is well-produced, clearly read, and the narrator does a decent range of voices. As a matter of personal preference I found the voices a little too “light” and chipper in places - Saul in particular was higher and more airy than the stiff-upper-lip-desperately-trying-to-hold-it-together tone I had imagined, but it didn’t spoil my overall enjoyment. I think the narrator’s voice for the (sort-of) prequel for this book, The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal, fit the tone of the text better, but again: didn’t spoil the book overall, and this narrator reads clearly and accurately.

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  • 17-09-18

A new KJ Charles audiobook to savor

I adore KJ Charles and have read all of her works. Favorites include The Charm of Magpies series, Think of England and now this, Spectred Isle. Even though I have read them as ebooks, it is always amazing to me how much is enhanced with the audio version. The narration took a good story and detailed characters to the next level. I don't like recapping the plot, but the highlights include MCs that have strengths, flaws and tragic pasts. The setting in post WW I England has the upheaval of the Great War as part of a very well done bit of world building that includes magic and mysteries. The m/m romance is strong, but not the insipid instant love that plagues so many m/m stories. The narrator does a good job with the main characters, particularly Randolph as the snarky aristocrat. One negative is that his women voices weren't great. But that is a minor quibble as there are very few women in the book. He does pull of the sex scenes well, which is where most narrators fail so that is a big plus. I did not know they were making this as an audiobook so was absolutely delighted to find it. It lived up to my expectations and then some. Definitely recommended.

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  • 19-04-19

Another intriguing tale

I will admit, it took two listens before I enjoyed this audiobook. I had previously read the book and enjoyed it, but the narrator's voice was so... childish? that the first time I listened, I hated the audio. However, the second time it was much better.

While not my favorite of Charles's books, I did enjoy Spectred Isle. I do wish we'd get more tales from the other men who band together.

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  • 25-05-20

A grandfatherly narrator

I wasn’t a fan of the grandfatherly sounding narrator for a romance book. It was impossible to tolerate the elderly voice portraying the young love interests. Skeevy.

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  • Anne
  • 19-04-20

Well that’s interesting

Hadn’t realised I was listening to homosexual literature and pleasantly surprised as a ‘straight’ older woman to find it beautifully portrayed in the sex scenes, slightly blush making but convincingly written and the reader was a pleasure to listen to as there was no innuendo in the way he approached it, just gentle honesty.
The story line was interesting although I couldn’t make up my mind as to whether I was listening to a supernatural fantasy with shades of steam punk or a mills and boon boy meets boy. A real crossover story

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  • 04-04-20

Magnificent

I loved the blend of magicalness and myth with an AU historical romance. Saul and Randolf were perfectly flawed and worked so well together.

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  • 04-02-20

Good Story

I love KJ Charles so I was very much inclined to enjoy the story. I didn’t realize it was set in a future with previously beloved characters in the past/background so that was a nice surprise.

I was less impressed with the narration-Saul’s voice sounded rather plaintive, young, innocent, fearful...it was a good job making the MCs sound distinctive, but not in a way that made Saul feel like an equal partner.

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  • NYC wheeler
  • 03-02-20

As usual KJ Charles doesn't fail to entertain

I don't think there is anything wrong with the narrator doing women's voices as some complained about, the story is good and I was thoroughly entertained although disappointed it is only 7+ hours long so it ends much faster than expected as most of her novels are longer. I definitely look forward to more green men novels, granted audible sends us more, as I quite enjoy the scary parts of this paranormal world, which seems darker than the Magpie world. It reminds me vaguely of the Jonathan and Mr. Strange series, which is also quite strange and dark.

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  • 28-09-19

fantastical story, great book one

I enjoyed the way the story tied faxamal in with this tale of comarady and supernatural.

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  • 14-11-18

MM Magic & Mayhem

Enjoyable beginning to a new series. KJ Charles is a brilliant writer, and weaves character and plot together seamlessly as usual. I'm hoping that the magic system will be better defined here than it was in the Magpie books [my one complaint there was that some of the magic abilities/inabilities felt like 'because plot reasons']. So far it seems to be. We'll see if that holds up when the rest of the series comes out.

Oh, I have a sneaking suspicion that Delingpole was involved in all the nastiness. Stating that here, for the record, before the other books are out.

As for the narration, I found it quite enjoyable. Much as I like Cornell Collins (aka Matthew Lloyd Davies), some of Charles' works are better-suited to other narrators. Ruairi Carter's voice is nicely suited to the feel of this series, and I hope he narrates future volumes.

#MM #Magic #Twenties #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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