Friday, November 11, 2016

Audio Book Review ~ The Cryptic Lines by Richard Storry, Narrated by Jake Urry

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
Genre: Mystery

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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The story, set in a sprawling Gothic mansion owned by the elderly and recluse Lord Alfred Willoughby, begins as he calls on his lawyer, to make a final revision of his will.  Lord Willoughby is torn on what to leave is only living son, Matthew, because he has proven to making poor financial choices and is always coming to his father for money.  Lord Willoughby decides though to make Matthew work for his inheritance by creating a challenge that will hopefully prove he has ‘grown-up’ and ready for the responsibility that comes with enormous wealth.  If Matthew can’t complete the challenge in the allotted time, he receives nothing.  Matthew, who is a greedy and lazy son, will stop at nothing to ‘win’ the fortune he feels he is entitled to.

With cryptic clues, hidden secrets and an old mansion, this story is filled with so many twists and turns, I could not help but keep listening nonstop until the very end.  Richard Storry has a definite talent of drawing the reader in and keeping them hooked and guessing the outcome.  I, for one, was shocked at the ending, because I didn’t see it coming – at all.

This was my first audio book narrated by Jake Urry, and I will have to say that he did an excellent job at portraying each of the characters in a way that created the perfect atmosphere of mystery and intrigue.  His voice MADE me want to listen - to hang on to each and every word.   Each character had a distinct voice and personality that made this story come alive.

Overall, this was an intriguing book with interesting characters, a mystery that really held my attention and an ending that I did not predict nor expect.  If you love a good story with old Gothic mansions, secret passageways and rooms, mystery and cryptic messages, then I would highly recommend you pick up Cryptic Lines.  It’s a short read/listen and will not leave you disappointed in the least.

4 stars

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jake Urry. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Richard Storry
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.

Jake Urry
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 Colourand Portraits of the Dead by John Nicholl, occult mystery seriesThe Ulrich Files by Ambrose Ibsen, and gritty Sci-Fi novelShadows of Tomorrow by Jessica Meats. 

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