11/23/14

At the Behest of the Dead Written by: Timothy W. Long Narrated by: Todd Menesses


At the Behest of the Dead
Written by: Timothy W. Long
Narrated by: Todd Menesses
Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
Unabridged Audiobook





photo of author Timothy W. Long narratorreviews.org
Author Timothy W. Long

Narrator Todd Menesses narratorreviews.org
Narrator Todd Menesses



Todd Menesses has one of the most brilliant voices I've had the pleasure of listening too,
very deep and throaty, macho to the max and he wields it like a scepter, slicing out every drop
of creepiness, and emotion as well as stressing and stretching actions. I have only the highest
of praise for this narrator. He takes command of the story and delivers it up until you almost believe you could love a warlock. Very good with giving each character an individual presence and female characters are well done. Todd Menesses is major leaguer in the audio book arena.

Timothy W. Long author of At the Behest of the Dead, not only writes a good story but has a terrific sense of humor. Laughing out loud to a book about a warlock and the underworld is not something one would expect but he had me laughing and appreciating his wry sense of humor throughout the book.

Phineas Cavanaugh deals in all things of the underworld and sometimes works for the Seattle police department. He takes on a strange case for them when Detective Andrews has hit the proverbial brick wall on some gruesome serial killings. Andrews isn't real keen on hiring a wizard and when she sees him in action she clearly isn't impressed but it isn't long before she realize that although his methods of discovery are just a bit weird, like sniffing the ground where the corpse had been, they prove invaluable to the investigation.

Phineas rides his pitchfork to travel from place to place, has a magic potion of eye-drops that work like night vision goggles and wears his cloak with jeans underneath it. He has many potions to use when working on a case but with all these tools, his ancient age and vast experience and training in all things magical he does find that the attractive Detective Andrews' gun is very handy also.

A young emissary is sent to tell Phineas his old mentor Salazar has been brutally killed and he's needed to find the demon who did it. Not only is Phineas saddened to hear this but surprised they sent for him at all since he'd been banished from the group years before. Phineas is a very powerful necromancer but is he powerful enough to take on a demon that was able to take down Salazar. Maybe not without the help of his old girlfriend Glenda a healer, Frank a shapeshifter and a variety of other minions. Saving Salazar from hell is not going to be easy, perhaps not even possible. Phineas pits forces against demons that scare even him.





10/28/14

Captain of My Heart Heroes of the Sea, Book 2 By Danelle Harmon Narrated By Wayne Farrell

Captain of My Heart
Heroes of the Sea, Book 2
By Danelle Harmon
Narrated By Wayne Farrell
Series: Heroes of the Sea, Book 2
Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins







Author Danelle Harmon Historical Romance Author
Danelle Harmon Author



















Wayne Farrell Narrator
Wayne Farrell Narrator


An excellent narration is not a promise but a guarantee when the narrator is the talented
Wayne Farrell. Once again he presents a stunning and multifaceted reading of Captain of My Heart. We've heard the excitement, fear and terror he's expressed in other books and we have a treat this time with his romantic voice. Yes, indeed a very melodious and romantic tone sets the scenes to perfection. Let Mr. Farrell whisk you away to 1775 and into the world of ships, and seas, and romance. I appreciate the fact that Mr.Farrell, although of Irish descent is able to pronounce words properly. I listened to a book last week where the narrator could not manage the th sound in a single word. It was terrible to listen to.


Captain of My Heart starts off with a flourish that pretty much continues throughout the book. Captain Brendan Merrick was highly thought of by his old crew and was moving up the ranks in
His Majesties Navy. Now a Flag Captain he makes an unexpected visit to his old ship and crew to investigate reports of unusually cruel punishments. Brendan finds out just how cruel and unjust the new captain Crichton is. A violent confrontation between them sends Brendan overboard and his artistically talented sister wounded.

Brendan is rescued and becomes a privateer in the American Colonies and dreams of building a ship unlike any other and the only shipbuilder of any worth is Ashton. Once Brendan meets Ashtons' daughter Mira he is both intrigued and repelled by her. Mira has her heart set on no one but Brendan. Once Mira has nearly killed him with her wild horseback riding, he quickly decides he wants nothing to do with her and her hoydenish ways and sets out to locate the next best shipbuilder. Mira is not going to let him leave so easily and goes late at night to his ship to apologize to him. Now no decent woman goes to a mans quarters and that late at night and Brendan points this out to her. Undaunted by conventions she remains and present her case.

2014 has been a first for running into books with thoroughly unlikable protagonist and Mira is at first place as a detestable and unbelievable main character. She's rude, unruly, tries to pass herself off as young man or boy, just very obnoxious. Her father and brothers are not much better. Her only redeeming character is she rescues cats and takes very good care of them.

What comes to mind is Mira is the female equivalent of the 'bad boy' that so many young women are attracted to. It just seemed so unlikely that a gentleman of good breeding would find anything about her intriguing. She is not just a spitfire like in so many romance books but an uncultured, self centered hoyden.

The book is excellent for scene setting with in depth descriptions that bring the story to vivid life. It is well written and heavy on action and adventure. Wayne Farrell with his distinctive voice and ability to create a mood makes it a very enjoyable book even if the characters are flavorless.

Other books narrated by Wayne Farrell:

The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan Narrated by Wayne Farrell