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Spectred Isle

Green Men Series, Book 1
De : KJ Charles
Lu par : Ruairi Carter
Durée : 7 h et 34 min
Catégories : LGBT, Romance
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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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  • BR
  • 17/09/2018

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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  • Anne
  • 19/04/2020

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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  • t
  • 19/04/2019

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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  • ShannonVM
  • 07/06/2020

KJ Charles never fails!

I was a little distracted when I started listening to this book so it took me a few chapters to get caught up and figure out what was going on, but once I did, like with all KJ Charles's books, I found myself quite invested. I liked how this story connected back to The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal, but if you didn't read that you weren't lost. KJ Charles is a wonderful storyteller and Spectred Isle is no different. The world building is wonderful and makes me feel like I am a part of what's happening on page. Saul and Randolph are so good together. I love when characters are such opposites that they just work as a couple. KJC is one author who really does a great job of writing the opposites attract trope. I hope there will be more books in this series- I see there was supposed to be another one coming, but it's been a few years since an update on it. Ruairi Carter is a terrific narrator. This was the first book I've listened to that's he's performed and I was quite impressed. I'll definitely be looking at more of his work to listen to.

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  • tdb
  • 04/04/2020

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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  • Bennett
  • 04/02/2020

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
  • 03/02/2020

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28/09/2019

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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  • L.D.
  • 20/09/2020

Paranormal Historical Romance

Spectred Isle is a the first book in the Green Man series, and set in the same world as The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal book. I have not read the The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal before and had no trouble following along with Spectred Isle. I’m read The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal now and kind of wished I had read it before starting Spectred Isle. This is a paranormal, historical romance between two different men who find love with each other as they navigate a post-war England. The book feels like a set up to a larger series plot, but unfortunately, at the time of this review, the second book has not yet been written. I hope KJ Charles writes the next book because I’m fascinated with this world. I loved the character development between the two men and their romance was lovely. There was humor, action, drama, and tender love. Ruairi Carter narrated the audiobook and did a nice job. He had an enjoyable performance and used many different character voices that were easy to distinguish and follow.

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  • VHB
  • 12/09/2020

My god I love this so.

Love this author and more, Ruairi Carter narrations. He is so animated and always keeps my attention. Highly recommend this audio and another he has narrated call The Tutor by Bonnie Dee.