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Audiobook Review | No Known Address: The McLaren Mysteries, Book 6 by @JoHiestand #audiobook #myster
Title: No Known Address: The McLaren Mysteries, Book 6
Author: Jo A. Hiestand
Narrator: Callum Hale
Genre: British Mystery, Mystery
Luke Barber went missing from his village, leaving no clue to his whereabouts or why he left. Now, three years later, Luke’s father hopes ex-cop Michael McLaren can find a trace of Luke, alive or dead.
As McLaren pokes through the case details, he wonders if the pressure of succeeding in tennis or music, or his upcoming marriage, was too much for the lad and he simply ran away. And McLaren’s suspicion may be correct, for he soon is assaulted and left for dead - a hint that he’s upset someone connected with this case.
McLaren unearths the lies and false identity shoved at him, and uncovers what became of Luke, a discovery aided by idolatrous love and an ancient stone man.
Three years ago, Luke went missing. His father hires Michael McLaren to discover if Luke is alive or dead. As McLaren investigates, he suspects the pressures of life got the better of Luke and he just ran away. Lies, deceit, false identity and more spurn McLaren too close and someone tries to silence him. Will the assault quiet McLaren or will he root out what happened to Luke?
Narrator’s overall voice –
Callum Hale is a superb narrator, one of the best I’ve heard. His voice creates the imagery needed to follow the story. His soothing British accent works perfectly for this story.
Does the narrator fit the characters?
Callum uses different dialects for each character which is so helpful while listening. There were many times I would close my eyes and could picture what was going on. Callum also invokes emotion while reading. I found myself getting carried away into the story.
Narrator’s reading style –
Callum’s reading style is the perfect tempo, allowing the listener to be fully invested in the story.
Narrator’s impact on reading experience –
Callum makes this one of the best books I’ve listened to. Everything from his pacing to the inflection in his voice to the recreation of the characters to the emotional impact on the listener, all combine to an excellent reading experience.
Narrator’s pacing –
Callum’s pacing is slow in parts, quick in others, which comes across as natural ebbs and flows of the story. It’s a wonderful performance.
Audiobook flow –
The flow of the audiobook is right in line with the flow of the story. I immersed myself in the mystery and thoroughly enjoyed it.
What makes this audiobook unique –
What a superb performance by Callum. He becomes McLaren, at least for my imagination.
Would I recommend this audiobook –
YES! It’s such a wonderful listen, especially for fans of British mysteries and mysteries.
My Rating: 5+ stars
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Jo A. Hiestand grew up on regular doses of music, books, and Girl Scout camping. She gravitated toward writing in her post-high school years and finally did something sensible about it, graduating from Webster University with a BA degree in English and departmental honors. She writes two British mystery series—of which two books have garnered the prestigious N.N. Light’s Book Heaven ‘Best Mystery Novel’ two years straight. She also writes two Missouri-based mystery series that are grounded in places associated with her camping haunts. The camping is a thing of the past, for the most part, but the music stayed with her in the form of playing guitar and harpsichord, and singing in a folk group. Jo carves jack o’ lanterns badly; sings loudly; and loves barbecue sauce and ice cream (separately, not together), kilts (especially if men wear them), clouds and stormy skies, and the music of G.F. Handel. You can usually find her pulling mystery plots out of scenery—whether from photographs or the real thing.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N