Saturday, October 29, 2016

Audiobook Blog Tour: The Cryptic Lines by Richard Storry narrated by Jake Urry...Review!

Today it's my pleasure to tell you about The Cryptic Lines audiobook...
Keep reading for my review and more info about this book, its creator, and the narrator who brought it to life...

About the Audiobook

Audiobook Title: The Cryptic Lines
Author: Richard Storry
Narrator: Jake Urry
Publisher: Richard Alan Storry
Length: 4 hours and 13 minutes (unabridged)
Audio Release Date: March 16, 2016

Set in a sprawling gothic mansion in a remote coastal location, somewhere in the British Isles, the elderly recluse Lord Alfred Willoughby is deciding what is to become of his vast fortune after his death. Whilst his head is telling him to leave nothing at all to his wastrel son, Matthew, his heart is speaking differently. After much deliberation, in a last-ditch attempt to try and show to his son the importance of applying himself to a task and staying with it to the end, he devises a series of enigmatic puzzles cunningly concealed within the lines of a poem – the cryptic lines. If he completes the task successfully and solves the puzzles he will inherit the entire estate; but if he fails he will receive nothing. However, from Lord Alfred’s Will it emerges that Matthew is not the only interested party. The mysterious old house holds many secrets, and nothing is as it first appears…

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About the Author

Richard is the author of four published novels, with his fifth “A Looming of Vultures” due for publication in 2017. Prior to writing his first novel, “The Cryptic Lines” he was very busy in the theatrical world: He composed the incidental music to Chekhov’s Three Sisters, seen in London’s West End, starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Eric Sykes, and subsequently broadcast on BBC4 television. His musical adaptation of “The Brothers Lionheart” premiered at London’s Pleasance Theatre, followed by a successful run at the Edinburgh Festival where it was voted Best Childrens’ Play. “The Cryptic Lines” has now been adapted for both the stage and screen.

About the Narrator

Jake Urry is a British actor and audiobook narrator, and also co-founder of Just Some Theatre. Since graduating from an Acting degree course in 2012 he’s toured with Just Some Theatre as an actor and producer, worked on a number of commercial voice over projects and most recently started producing Audiobooks. Jake has produced over 10 titles since March 2016 and has rapidly found himself at home narrating Thriller, Horror, Mystery and Suspense titles. His audiobook work includes dark psychological thrillers White is the Coldest Colour and Portraits of the Dead by John Nicholl, occult mystery series The Ulrich Files by Ambrose Ibsen, and gritty Sci-Fi novel Shadows of Tomorrow by Jessica Meats. 

My Review

Title: The Cryptic Lines
Author: Richard Storry
Narrator: Jake Urry
Format: Audiobook
Length: 4 hours and 13 minutes (unabridged)

An entertaining story full of twists and turns, The Cryptic Lines quickly captured my attention and wouldn’t let it go.  And while this was partly due to the fascinating and complex mystery that Richard Storry has written, narrator Jake Urry breathed life into this story and its characters which allowed me to feel as if I were there with the characters solving the cryptic clues left for them by an eccentric old man.

That eccentric old man was Lord Alfred Willoughby, a wealthy man who decided to leave his son a set of clues concealed in the lines of a poem that he must solve in order to earn his inheritance.  However, his solicitor is included this puzzle-solving treasure hunt and whoever solves the clues first is the “winner.”  The pair decide to work together and we are soon taken on a fascinating journey through the Willoughby estate as they work to solve the complicated clues and meet a colorful cast of characters.

Filled with complicated clues and puzzles, The Cryptic Lines reminded me of some of my favorite classic mysteries.  With each new clue, I became more invested in the plot and its characters.  Richard Storry’s detailed descriptions made it easy to imagine myself a part of the story and to lose myself as I eagerly anticipated what would happen next.  At times a bit predictable, it was nevertheless an entertaining story perfect for mystery fans.

A wonderful narrator, Jake Urry’s haunting voice mesmerized me as he brought the story to life.  Each character had their own distinct voice making it easy to distinguish who was speaking and giving them distinct personalities.  And I loved the way he set the mood for each scene.  You could sense the urgency, frustration, and other emotions that each scene invoked by the way he spoke making the story feel even more real.

The Cryptic Lines was an enjoyable short mystery filled with surprises that was made even more entertaining by the work of its narrator.

My Rating:  4 Stars

*I received a free copy of this Audiobook in exchange for an honest review.*

I hope you enjoyed learning about The Cryptic Lines and I hope you'll give it a listen sometime!

The Audiobookworm

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