Hi everyone and welcome to my blog tour stop for The Cryptic Lines by Richard Storry, narrated by Jake Urry. You can see the blog tour schedule below.
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…
First of all, I’m a huge audiobook fan, hands down, but since I started listening to audiobooks a few years ago I started to realized that my favorite stories to listen to were often mysteries. There is something about listening to a book with twists and turns that make my audiobook experience that much more enjoyable.
I absolutely loved The Cryptic Lines. I always have a fear (albeit slight bragging rights) of predicting the end of any mysterious book, but that wasn’t the case with this book. The whole idea of the scavenger hunt with it’s well thought out puzzles kept me pressing my earbuds in my ears with suspense as I tried to anticipate the next clue. Storry excels at writing captivating, secretive characters that were so eclectic. I wanted to explore the massive gothic mansion along side Matthew and Charles if only just to glimpse a further look into the mysterious life of Lord Alfred Willoughby and peruse his vast library of poetry.
This was definitely the best book to devour in four hours on a nice fall day. I actually really enjoyed the brevity of the book, it allowed Storry to both keep me guessing but not lose my attention to the task at hand.
Urry, as narrator, was fantastic. In my opinion, a narrator has the ability to make or break an audiobook with how they perform. Urry’s performance of each different character was spectacularly surprising. I was completely shocked with his versatility when it came to sounding like an elderly man one moment to a much younger man the next. My favorite was his interpretation of wacky Meg. I laughed out loud as I perfectly pictured her thanks to his performance. His tonality through the reading added to the overall ambience and and suspense of the story.
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.
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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.