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Fatal Shadows

The Adrien English Mysteries
Lu par : Chris Patton
Série : Adrien English, Volume 1
Durée : 5 h et 24 min
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Someone's out to get Los Angeles bookseller Adrien English. His best friend has been viciously murdered, now he's getting weird phone calls and sinister gifts from a mysterious "admirer." The cops think he's trying to divert suspicion from himself - with the exception of sexy and homophobic homicide detective Jake Riordan. Is Riordan really such a great detective - or does he have a few secrets of his own? Is his offer to help Adrien on the level or is he out to nail his favorite suspect - to the wall?

©Copyright 2012 Josh Lanyon (P)2012 Josh Lanyon
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  • Tony Squared
  • 26/11/2012

A Good Mystery, Well Read

Would you consider the audio edition of Fatal Shadows to be better than the print version?

No, the are equally good each in their own way. What's remarkable is that Lanyon's skillful writing translates so well into the audio medium. He puts precise, witty dialogue on the page that gives each character a distinctive personality and voice. All that comes across vividly in Chris Patton's skillful vocal enactment.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Well, Adrien, of course; an sympathetic, quirky character who is, as another character says, "something of a wise-ass."
After Adrien, the most complex character may well be Riordan, the enigmatic, macho homicide detective.
But Adrien's faux-French black restaurateur pal Claude is right up there.
And let's not forget Adrien's overly-doting socialite mother, Lisa.

Which scene was your favorite?

I suppose the very last one, where Riordan says,"This won't be easy, Adrien," causing Adrien to smile.
Makes you impatient for a sequel.
But the scenes where Adrien tries to communicate with Angus, the Goth temp store clerk, are hilarious.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The most appropriate would be the two lines from the Elizabethan dramatist that give the story it's title:

"Our acts, our angels are, for good or ill
Our fatal shadows that walk by us still."

But for today's audiences you'd have to dumb it down to something like:

"SHADOWS FROM THE PAST CAN KILL!"

Any additional comments?

If you like a an exciting, romantic mystery, written in a literate and witty style, this is the story for you.

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  • Kimberly
  • 27/11/2012

Awesome Audio!

Would you listen to Fatal Shadows again? Why?

Yep! The story was quite compelling and the narrator did an excellent job.

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

Oh yeah. It was a slow build on mystery, yet things kept happening in story to keep the interest going. This audio actually sets a pace that slows you down to get the full impact of the storyline..No rushing through like you do a book, especially when it starts to get suspenseful. Things you might miss while reading are picked up while listening to an audio version.

What does Chris Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Good voice characterizations. Not a drone!Actually brought the characters and story to life.

Any additional comments?

Would love to hear the rest of the series done by Chris Patton.

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  • Paul Luthi
  • 01/04/2013

Your Typical Mystery Novel with a Gay Twist!

This is my first listen from this author, and one of my first listens in the mystery genre. I have to say Josh Lanyon has me hooked! The storyline was captivating, but did not quite keep me on the edge of my seat. The characters were very likeable and realistic, and even though I was able to guess the culprit by the middle of the book, his motivation was not revealed until much later.

Overall, it is an excellent listen. Chris Patton is an above average narrator, neither distracting or annoying, and really added something special to the whole experience.

One huge advantage (in my opinion) to other gay novels I have listened to is that the sex scenes in Fatal Shadows are more tasteful and less graphic. They are still there, and they are still hot, but they are fairly short, so they don't distract the reader from the storyline.

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  • A.R.
  • 12/05/2013

Gripping till the last moment!

Excellent writing, and wonderful detective story! It keeps you guessing who is the real killer till (almost) the last moment. The main charater (Adrien) is very likable and the supporting cast is revealed as more than one dimensional. I was slightly thrown when the story ended before any action between Adrian and his love interest (I won't spoil it!), only to discover that there is a second book.I can't wait to get it now! Laynon shows that he is up there with the other great crime authors. The fact that he also adds in steamy m/m romance is a big, big bonus. I will definately be searching out other books by him. Patton also gives a great performance.

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  • stephanie
  • 28/04/2013

I LOVE this series!!!

What did you love best about Fatal Shadows?

the plot, the characters, Adrien! His mother! Claude! Chris Patton!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Fatal Shadows?

Anytime claude spoke, Chris pulled off the pseudo accent so well!

Which scene was your favorite?

I really liked the end.

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

The scene with sex scene toward the end. so creepy.

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  • Donald
  • 15/03/2013

Good book...

Just finished this book and though I figured out who the culprit was half way through, I enjoyed the journey to revelation. The dialogue between Adrien (with an e) and Jake at the end, makes me want to get the next part of this series. The tale provided by Josh Lanyon was a good read and Chris Patton's narration added to the story. A great book...

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  • J.Sidelinger
  • 24/12/2012

Adrien English Read by Chris Patton is a Treat

What made the experience of listening to Fatal Shadows the most enjoyable?

Chris Patton's performance of the characters was a treat. I heard from others that they liked his performance, and now having heard him myself - I can say that Josh really picked someone who interpreted the characters of Adrien and Jake superbly.

What did you like best about this story?

Josh Lanyon writes like no other m/m writer. Yes, I am a fan, but the reason I become one is because of the polish and thoughtful construction he puts into his stories. Almost everyone who has read Adrien English falls in love with Adrien with an 'e" and Jake. Josh writes with humor and flawed characters that endear themselves to the reader.

Have you listened to any of Chris Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I can't wait to hear more of his performances.

If you could take any character from Fatal Shadows out to dinner, who would it be and why?

That's tough because you fall in love with both main characters, but I think I would love to go out to dinner with Claude (a secondary character) just for the sheer entertainment of hearing him dish the dirt in a faux French accent.

Any additional comments?

If you are a Josh Lanyon fan then why not treat yourself and add to your collection. It's a great for a commute.

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  • Jürgen
  • 01/01/2013

Beginning of a series[sic] friendship

Would you consider the audio edition of Fatal Shadows to be better than the print version?

After reading the entire Adrien English series I was looking for a way to introduce Josh Lanyon's work to a dear friend of mine who didn't have the opportunity to read the books. But I knew he liked audiobooks. So I was excited to find "Fatal Shadows" listed at audible.com. After listening to it myself first, I can say in all honesty that the tone of the story is successfully translated into sound thanks to Chris Patton's sensitive use of his fabulous voice.

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

From the very start the listener gets a mental image of the characters involved and is drawn into the plot as Adrien's story unfolds. There is murder, suspense, old friends and handsome strangers, and the question of whom to trust.

If you could rename Fatal Shadows, what would you call it?

Although I'd never dare to question Josh Lanyon's excellent choice of title, if asked what alternative I would have chosen instead of "Fatal Shadows" it would be something along the line of "A Wounded Heart" or "Perpetual Check".

Any additional comments?

Hopefully Chris Patton is going to record the other four books of the Adrien English mysteries as well. I'm looking forward to their release in the near future.

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  • Brian Kyle
  • 11/01/2017

Fascinating amateur sleuth

Adrien English, mystery bookstore owner cum amateur sleuth, is a sensational character—smart, damaged, wry, and a lot stronger than he thinks he is. Josh Lanyon’s writing is funny, rich, and consistently captivating. It takes five books to develop both Adrien’s subtle, danger-driven evolution into a man more at ease in his own skin and the company of his family and friends, and his beautifully complex relationship with big, gruff homicide detective Jake Reardon, and it’s worth every minute—especially given Chris Patton’s spot-on narration. Fatal Shadows sets the stage, but you won’t get the true Adrien English experience unless you keep going.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30/04/2013

ah yes....adrien with an e.....

i love the adrien english series....
the mystery is there... and adding the "romance" of protagonists
it works....and the purple prose is non existent!

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  • Sunne
  • 02/11/2013

One of my favorite series.

This is book 1 in the Adrien English series. I highly recommend the whole series (to be read in order), these are some of the "need to read"-books in the m/m genre. Josh Lanyon is an author who mangages to entertain without falling into stereotypes.

The narrator Chris Patton did such an excellent job that I'm definitely going to check out other books narrated by him.

Highly recommended but you need to listen in order because despite every mystery story is solved in each book, the relationship between Adrien and Jake spikes and crashes and survives over the whole series.

I already have read and reread the series on my kindle but I need to have them on audio, too. Yes, I think these books are so good.

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  • Georg Hampel
  • 28/12/2015

Lame story to kill time if you have lots of it

Continued listening till the end - always hoping there will be a twist of some kind or anything intersting happening... but no.

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  • S.H.
  • 29/01/2015

Der Beginn

Adrien English und Jake Reardon lernen sich im Rahmen eines Mordfalles kennen. Reardon ist einer der Ermittler, Adrien einer der Hauptverdächtigen. Der Kriminalfall hat mich jetzt nicht vom Hocker gerissen. Auch an den Sprecher musste ich mich erst gewöhnen. Dennoch entwickelte die Reihe bereits hier einen Sog, dass ich sofort mit dem zweiten Band weiter gemacht habe. Dafür sorgte die, wenn auch sehr langsame Entwicklung zwischen Jake und Adrien.

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  • Volker
  • 16/06/2017

Fehlkauf

Serie: The Adrian English Mysteries
Teil: Rezension für alle 5 Teile
1: Fatal Shadows
2: A Dangerous Thing
3: The Hell You Say
4: Death Of A Pirate King
5: The Dark Tide
Autor: Josh Lanyon
Sprecher: Chris Patton

Hab seinerzeit gleich die ganze Serie (5 Teile) erworben und bin erst jetzt dazu gekommen, sie mir anzuhören. Bin total enttäuscht. Die Story ist total hahnebüchen und wird im Lauf der anschließenden Teile immer schlimmer. Auch der Sprecher tut hier keine Meisterleistung, aber das hätte ich noch hingenommen, wenn die Stoy nicht so vollkommen daneben gewesen wäre. Gebe die komplette Serie zurück.
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